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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.

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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.

  • 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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  • vmem
    looks epic :D
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  • sketysh
    http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/asus_radeon_r9_290x_directcuii_oc_review,29.html for bench marks
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  • irishtr
    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
    I like the looks of this. Will match my Maximus VI nicely.
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  • Swordkd
    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
    "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
    12216960 said:
    Nvidia.... be afraid!!!!

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