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Asus Radeon R9-290X DirectCU II Detailed, Priced

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It seems that Asus' Radeon R9 290X is coming to retailers soon!

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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: SweClockersImage 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.

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    JJ1217 , December 18, 2013 8:44 PM
    There is already a review of this card on PCper^^ Not that big performance difference, but at least it maintains its clock speed at 1050. Overclockability seems to be the same as reference too (1150 ish), but again, it can maintain these clock speeds.
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    Xymos , December 18, 2013 8:26 PM
    Nvidia.... be afraid!!!!
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    Gam3r01 , December 18, 2013 8:22 PM
    It is a very nice looking card, cant wait to see benchmarks on this!
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    Xymos , December 18, 2013 8:26 PM
    Nvidia.... be afraid!!!!
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    JJ1217 , December 18, 2013 8:44 PM
    There is already a review of this card on PCper^^ Not that big performance difference, but at least it maintains its clock speed at 1050. Overclockability seems to be the same as reference too (1150 ish), but again, it can maintain these clock speeds.
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    vmem , December 18, 2013 8:52 PM
    looks epic :D 
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    sketysh , December 18, 2013 9:09 PM
    http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/asus_radeon_r9_290x_directcuii_oc_review,29.html for bench marks
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    irishtr , December 18, 2013 9:29 PM
    Be afraid of what? lol already proven its overhyped, overheated and lost its #1 selling point all the AMD pushers claimed... Price, its price discount that was a big kick in NVIDIA face is now flipped, so why should I buy this inferior card now (Any 290X for that matter)? TruAudio - pft please its just another DSP eliminates the need for a Discrete Sound Card sure, but your only gonna see the benefit when using the HDMI audio out of the Video card, otherwise its nothing more than a glorified DSP tweaking the sound coming out of your onboard audio wake up people... Mantle? Sure nice concept and needed to allow AMD to compete for real numbers not bogus marketing benchmarks that weren't real world retail numbers so yea sure it will boost game performance for AMD cards by what 10-15%? Well they most likely running at a 20-25% disadvantage so it just closed the gap a lil still weak in my opinoin.
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    jimmysmitty , December 18, 2013 10:18 PM
    I like the looks of this. Will match my Maximus VI nicely.
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    Swordkd , December 18, 2013 10:19 PM
    Nice card. Finally delivers the performance that stock cards should have. Doesn't look like it performs as well as the 780ti, but it doesn't cost near as much either, so that's a nice trade off. If you are building the ultimate rig, you go with the 780ti, but if you want to save a bit of money and not sacrifice too much in performance, this card is right there for ya.
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    thechief73 , December 18, 2013 10:30 PM
    "UK price of £499.99" Just curious, what will this translate to here in 'Merica? In a direct conversion of currency, all I can say is OUCH.
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    Mousemonkey , December 18, 2013 10:37 PM
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    Nvidia.... be afraid!!!!


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    vaughn2k , December 18, 2013 11:05 PM
    looks cool and nice.. ;) 
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    yyk71200 , December 18, 2013 11:06 PM
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    Nice card. Finally delivers the performance that stock cards should have. Doesn't look like it performs as well as the 780ti, but it doesn't cost near as much either, so that's a nice trade off. If you are building the ultimate rig, you go with the 780ti, but if you want to save a bit of money and not sacrifice too much in performance, this card is right there for ya.


    Performance difference is pretty much a wash. You'll play on the same settings (minus PhysX) on the same resolution. Might as well save money unless you really want NVidia features.
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    eldragon0 , December 18, 2013 11:10 PM
    @ ​irishtr, Maybe you should read some reviews before you let your fanboi shine green. Faster than the 780 ti? No.... but it matches wits with it in nearly every game, some it actually does win. The heat issue was from the reference cooler... (if you could) throw an amd reference cooler on a 780 ti and what do you have ? You are right!! ; A flaming hunk of shit. So try using your head and your lack of computer knowledge to assess the information given to come up with an opinion next time, opposed to just spewing hate. On that note, I think I'll be passing on the directcu, I really want to wait for a 2x8 power card to come out, with a little better map.

    EDIT: Bad name Clipboard got ahead of my passion for fanbois :3
    The're just too cute.
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    Mousemonkey , December 18, 2013 11:15 PM
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    @ ​Doherty , Maybe you should read some reviews before you let your fanboi shine green. Faster than the 780 ti? No.... but it matches wits with it in nearly every game, some it actually does win. The heat issue was from the reference cooler... (if you could) throw an amd reference cooler on a 780 ti and what do you have ? You are right!! ; A flaming hunk of shit. So try using your head and your lack of computer knowledge to assess the information given to come up with an opinion next time, opposed to just spewing hate. On that note, I think I'll be passing on the directcu, I really want to wait for a 2x8 power card to come out, with a little better map.


    Who?
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    eldragon0 , December 18, 2013 11:23 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    @ ​irishtr , Maybe you should read some reviews before you let your fanboi shine green. Faster than the 780 ti? No.... but it matches wits with it in nearly every game, some it actually does win. The heat issue was from the reference cooler... (if you could) throw an amd reference cooler on a 780 ti and what do you have ? You are right!! ; A flaming hunk of shit. So try using your head and your lack of computer knowledge to assess the information given to come up with an opinion next time, opposed to just spewing hate. On that note, I think I'll be passing on the directcu, I really want to wait for a 2x8 power card to come out, with a little better map.


    Who?



    Fixed :p 
    That's what I get for looking at Tom's while at work.
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    DjEaZy , December 18, 2013 11:55 PM
    ... gonna gift it to my self on my birthday...
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    rdc85 , December 19, 2013 12:13 AM
    Quote:
    "UK price of £499.99" Just curious, what will this translate to here in 'Merica? In a direct conversion of currency, all I can say is OUCH.


    Aren't price in Europe usually higher than in US?

    Anyways, Are tom's going to do they own bench mark?
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    mfox666 , December 19, 2013 1:20 AM
    Come on Toms, where's your article on this card? Already reviewed on 4 other sites...
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    bemused_fred , December 19, 2013 2:01 AM
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    There is already a review of this card on PCper^^ Not that big performance difference, but at least it maintains its clock speed at 1050. Overclockability seems to be the same as reference too (1150 ish), but again, it can maintain these clock speeds.


    That's the big thing. Now that it's no longer throttled to hell and roraing like a jet engine, it's a pretty awesome card!
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    Soda-88 , December 19, 2013 3:25 AM
    There needs to be Poseidon version of this.
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