ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II OC Review

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The packaging for the DirectCU II OC continues the excellent trend of recent ASUS designs, with everything clearly laid out and easy on the eye. It's always easy to over-egg the pudding, and so it's wonderful to have something that is both simple and informative.

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The card itself is plain black and quite stealthy looking. It would blend into any colour scheme of your choosing. Should you have either of the two recent ASUS offerings they provide both red and gold sticker options to help finalise the harmonious colour scheme. Personally we'd have also liked to see some blue ones, not only for those with blue systems, but because even until very recently a lot of ASUS motherboards are black and blue.

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Unlike one card we reviewed recently the branding is facing the right way, and with a sturdy back plate you can be assured that even under the harsh temperatures of the latest Radeon cards, you wont suffer from any PCB warping.

Power is provided by the 8+6 pin arrangement, and you can also see the beefy heat-pipe that forms the backbone of the Direct Contact heatsink.

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The leading edge contains spaces for the ROG Connect monitoring system, and tucked away you can just catch a glimpse of the high quality CAPs that form part of the 6+4 phase power.

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Similarly to the standard R9 290X the ASUS model has no Crossfire fingers, with everything being handled by the motherboard. At the business end we have the common Radeon DisplayPort/HDMI/DVI outputs.

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Most Recent Comments

29-12-2013, 16:09:35

barnsley
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We'd like to see some blue stickers included to make the ASUS Pro range of motherboards, but that's nit-picking.
Oi asus do this. Also do it for the 280x and send me a sticker sheet as my red gpu doesn't go well with my blue theme :c.

I'm really tempted to sell my 280x and get the 290 version of this or get the toxic 290.Quote

29-12-2013, 16:18:48

SeekaX
heh, just checked the 290x prices again, no custom coolers on mindfactory yet, but the price is around 500 euros. so with a custom cooler it will be around 550-600 i suppose. at 590 euros the 780ti already starts, even with custom coolers.
that card needs a price drop, at 500 euros with custom cooler it would fit between the 780 and the 780ti.Quote

29-12-2013, 16:19:56

WYP
Very nice improvements over the reference release, some very nice results there.Quote

29-12-2013, 16:20:35

SieB
Nice to see that Asus has tamed the temps with the DCUII

I'm waiting for my Sapphire Tri-X 290 from OCUK, they were supposed to get stock on the 27th to be delivered on the 28th. That didn't happen though so it's some time next week now. I'll compare results against this 290x version to see how much difference there is between a custom cooled £380 290 and a custom cooled £500 290x when I get my card.Quote

29-12-2013, 16:25:45

Ghosthud1
still dont see how 83*c is tamed.Quote
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