Asus Radeon R9-290X DirectCU II Detailed, Priced

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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
    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
    Nvidia.... be afraid!!!!
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  • Gam3r01
    It is a very nice looking card, cant wait to see benchmarks on this!
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  • Xymos
    Nvidia.... be afraid!!!!
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  • JJ1217
    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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