Asus Unveils Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II Graphics Card

Asus has finally provided a teaser of its upcoming Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II that appears to be comprised of two cooling fans (including a single CoolTech unit), four nickel-plated heat pipes with at least two 10 mm pipes, and a PCB strengthening bracket.

Although the technical specifications are currently unknown, the fact that this is a DirectCU II card and includes Asus' Super Alloy Power Technology makes it almost certain that the graphics card will be factory overclocked.

Since the Asus R9 290X DirectCU II edition is still in development, the information provided in this post is subject to change. We have yet to receive any concrete information about the card's release date or retail pricing.

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  • animalosity
    Woo! First comment! No, but seriously, it's about time partner boards with custom PCB's and cooling designs show up. Maybe now there won't be any over heating issues as with reference designs and the cards will actually run at their intended clock speeds. This will in turn give the 780 TI a good run for its money and in all likeliness, surpass it on some occasions. I am still also anxious to see what Mantle will do for us in BF4 performance wise, and of course if all goes well, then we ought to see more developers jump onboard that bandwagon. I hate to say it, but I think Nvidia has some big shoes to fill. I know that I will start a fanboy war here, but I'm trying to speak objectively. Nvidia has phenomenal cooling designs, great power usage, and overall has always been an edge up performance wise, but I'm not quite certain one can justify an extra $150 for a few frames faster in games when and if these new custom coolers for the Hawaii GPU's live up to their names like that have in past iterations such as DCU II, Windforce, Matrix, Toxic, etc..Good work AMD and ASUS. Keep up the good work!
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