While this is not the first time that we've seen the Asus Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II, it is the first time that we've spotted more details for you to see.
The graphics card will be based on the R9 290X, however, it will feature a non-reference PCB along with a non-reference cooler, as well as non-reference clock speeds.
The card's PCB will feature an 8-phase VRM circuit, which is built not only to allow the card to run more stable and last longer, but also designed to make the card run quieter, as the parts used should produce less audible electrical noise.Image Source: SweClockersImage Source: SweClockers
The cooler on the card is the same as the one that is featured on the recently announced GTX 780 Ti, so it also features the stickers to match either your red or gold Asus motherboard. Of course, you can also just omit the stickers entirely, giving it a stealthy black appearance.
But what does all this mean without knowing the clock speeds? Well, the GPU is clocked at a speed of 1050 MHz, with the memory clocked at an effective speed of 5.4 GHz. It still features 4 GB of GDDR5 memory running over a 512-bit memory interface.
The card is already showing up at select retailers, with a UK price of £499.99. This does include a BF4 voucher.