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Old 29-12-13, 07:23 PM
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ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II OC Review



Today we're looking at the ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II, a card that hopes to fix the issues with the reference 290X. Is it successful?


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Old 29-12-13, 08:09 PM
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We'd like to see some blue stickers included to make the ASUS Pro range of motherboards, but that's nit-picking.
Oi asus do this. Also do it for the 280x and send me a sticker sheet as my red gpu doesn't go well with my blue theme :c.

I'm really tempted to sell my 280x and get the 290 version of this or get the toxic 290.
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Old 29-12-13, 08:18 PM
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heh, just checked the 290x prices again, no custom coolers on mindfactory yet, but the price is around 500 euros. so with a custom cooler it will be around 550-600 i suppose. at 590 euros the 780ti already starts, even with custom coolers.
that card needs a price drop, at 500 euros with custom cooler it would fit between the 780 and the 780ti.
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Very nice improvements over the reference release, some very nice results there.
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Nice to see that Asus has tamed the temps with the DCUII

I'm waiting for my Sapphire Tri-X 290 from OCUK, they were supposed to get stock on the 27th to be delivered on the 28th. That didn't happen though so it's some time next week now. I'll compare results against this 290x version to see how much difference there is between a custom cooled £380 290 and a custom cooled £500 290x when I get my card.
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still dont see how 83*c is tamed.
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Old 29-12-13, 08:33 PM
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still dont see how 83*c is tamed.
12c cooler but still quieter is a massive thing matey.
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Old 29-12-13, 08:37 PM
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Oi asus do this. Also do it for the 280x and send me a sticker sheet as my red gpu doesn't go well with my blue theme :c.

I'm really tempted to sell my 280x and get the 290 version of this or get the toxic 290.
you could do what I'm planning on doing for my 7850, take the cooler off the card, take the plastic cover from it, white matte base coat and then blue on top of it. put it all back together again and you have a nice, blue-ish card

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Oi asus do this. Also do it for the 280x and send me a sticker sheet as my red gpu doesn't go well with my blue theme :c.

I'm really tempted to sell my 280x and get the 290 version of this or get the toxic 290.
you could do what I'm planning on doing for my 7850, take the cooler off the card, take the plastic cover from it, white matte base coat and then blue on top of it. put it all back together again and you have a nice, blue-ish card
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still dont see how 83*c is tamed.
Then Nvidia need to tame their cards to because they run at 80C...

I still think the 290x can do better.. seems like toms card was more of an average one. Many stock cards have clocked higher so something is up. Though the cooler is great i feel it needs to be better to further tame it but thats just me.
Maybe something like the powercolor r9 290x watercooled out of the box card.
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Old 29-12-13, 08:41 PM
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still dont see how 83*c is tamed.
Well considering it's down from 95 and remains quiet, i'd say it's tamed
The Sapphire Tri-X version i'm getting, all reviews i've seen so far are reporting max temps of ~74 and that's in furmark, normal gaming is ~70.

And that's with a max noise level of ~43db, that makes the Tri-X just as cool and quiet as the 780/Ti.

I don't know how the other aftermarket 290/x coolers are because there are no reviews for them yet, but if they do just a good of a job then the 290 is definitely tamed
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