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Asus Unveils Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II Graphics Card

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Asus has finally confirmed it is developing a DirectCU II edition of the R9 290X with a trio of product photographs.

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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    patrick47018 , December 7, 2013 9:18 PM
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    How do I win this???


    Very carefully
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    animalosity , December 7, 2013 9:20 PM
    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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    patrick47018 , December 7, 2013 9:14 PM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id2kANw_sMU
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    hotsacoman , December 7, 2013 9:17 PM
    How do I win this???
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    patrick47018 , December 7, 2013 9:18 PM
    Quote:
    How do I win this???


    Very carefully
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    Mousemonkey , December 7, 2013 9:19 PM
    That looks like their standard DCU cooler like the ones on my 660Ti's, what's so special about the one on the 290X?
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    animalosity , December 7, 2013 9:20 PM
    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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    patrick47018 , December 7, 2013 9:21 PM
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    That looks like their standard DCU cooler like the ones on my 660Ti's, what's so special about the one on the 290X?


    Nothing really, I don't know the specifics on the changest from DCU to DCU II but they are likely subtle like the changes in the revisions of motherboards.
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    animalosity , December 7, 2013 9:22 PM
    Well apparently I can't edit my "first comment"..comment. When I read this article the web page initially showed no comments when clicking on it. I obviously retract my statement.

    Also as a side note, I would like to see ASUS's poseidon hybrid coolers on the 290 or 290x. Either Hawaii GPU is fine.
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    Mousemonkey , December 7, 2013 9:22 PM
    Quote:
    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!


    Claiming first could end badly, you have been warned. :non: 

    Don't...

    Bump posts, claim "first!"


    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/283384-33-read-first

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    lunyone , December 7, 2013 10:54 PM
    That looks like their standard DCU cooler like the ones on my 660Ti's, what's so special about the one on the 290X?

    It should drop down temperatures ~20 C, from what I've read somewhere. That means that you should have a better performing (from stock cooling) GPU and also the noise should be quite a bit better than the stock option. This is definitely something that should have been done on day 1, but at least we are now seeing it.
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    Mousemonkey , December 7, 2013 10:57 PM
    Quote:
    That looks like their standard DCU cooler like the ones on my 660Ti's, what's so special about the one on the 290X?

    It should drop down temperatures ~20 C, from what I've read somewhere. That means that you should have a better performing (from stock cooling) GPU and also the noise should be quite a bit better than the stock option. This is definitely something that should have been done on day 1, but at least we are now seeing it.


    So it's just a standard Asus cooler then?
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    SchizoFrog , December 7, 2013 11:07 PM
    It is the same cooler as the article states as it has the same name, DirectCU II. This is ASUS, not MSI who seem to bring out a 'new' (same) version of their Twin Frozr cooler with each generation of GPU. ASUS have tweaked the latest versions of these though for the extreme cards as you may notice that the fan closest to the bracket is the same fan as designed for extreme performance with the single fan 'Mini' cards, this fan is also included with the 780 but as yet they haven't announced a DirectCU II version of the 780 Ti.
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    SchizoFrog , December 7, 2013 11:17 PM
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    Just thought I would also point out that there are massive differences between the DirectCU II with regards to it's heatpipes with the extreme version using what ASUS calls SSU Heatpipes and the overall card has a different layout all together.
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    lancelot123 , December 7, 2013 11:22 PM
    Doesn't it seem odd that it is taking so long for these custom coolers to come out for the 290X? Are they having problems getting the card to run cooler? Is there a VERY low yield on the GPUs that it is making it take forever to build up a decent stock?
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    Mousemonkey , December 7, 2013 11:30 PM
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    Doesn't it seem odd that it is taking so long for these custom coolers to come out for the 290X? Are they having problems getting the card to run cooler? Is there a VERY low yield on the GPUs that it is making it take forever to build up a decent stock?


    That and and the fact that it's a very difficult chip to cool.
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    radiovan , December 7, 2013 11:40 PM
    ASUS has proven to have thermally and acoustically efficient GPU coolers, however, one better have efficient case ventilation as well, as this cooler will dump all the heat from the 290X into the case - indirectly attempting to cook the surrounding components. Looking forward to seeing the final (positive) results.
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    jimmysmitty , December 7, 2013 11:51 PM
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    That looks like their standard DCU cooler like the ones on my 660Ti's, what's so special about the one on the 290X?


    The DCUII cooler is pretty much the same across all their cards, just made to connect to said card.

    And from what I have read, the reason it is not out yet is they are still working on the coolint aspect as this is not cooling as well as they want.

    lancelot123, this is the normal time frame for a new GPU. The 280 and lower series were rebrands so the PCB stayed the same thus they had all the coolers designed.

    They have to design it and test its capability to make sure its worth the money.

    I am sure we will start seeing them trickle out. Asus and Sapphire will probably have the best ones. I am assuming we will see a Tri-X one from Sapphire which looked to cool the 280X even better than the Vapor-X design which was pretty top end for the HD7970.
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    robax91 , December 7, 2013 11:59 PM
    So if I buy this one, it won't double over as a heating element for my PC easy bake oven?
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    Mousemonkey , December 8, 2013 12:01 AM
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    So if I buy this one, it won't double over as a heating element for my PC easy bake oven?


    Until reviews are out I wouldn't count on it if I were you.
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    Welshstig , December 8, 2013 12:05 AM
    Dammit! Now I can't use my graphics card for frying me eggs for breakfast
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    lunyone , December 8, 2013 1:00 AM
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    So if I buy this one, it won't double over as a heating element for my PC easy bake oven?


    Until reviews are out I wouldn't count on it if I were you.


    I wouldn't count on it either, but it shouldn't be worse than the stock OEM one that is out. That setup needs to die a horrible death and a bit better quality cooling solution put in it's place. I believe AMD just rushed out the parts to get market share, but I believe they lost out on quite a few purchases, because people want a pretty cool and quiet GPU (at least most people do).
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