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ASUS DirectCU II OC R9290-DC2OC-4GD5 Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

  • Game Faster, Quieter, Cooler.
  • DirectCU II: 20% cooler and 3X quieter
  • 30% less power noise and 2.5X greater durability
  • GPU Tweak: Real-time intuitive graphics tuning
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R9290-DC2OC-4GD5
R9290-DC2OC-4GD5
ASUS Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II Delivers 19% Faster Game Performance than Reference Design
  • DirectCU II: Achieves 20% lower temps with 220% the dissipation area, plus 3X quieter running than reference
  • Exclusive CoolTech Fan: Drives wider airflow to keep critical components cool.
  • 1000MHZ Engine Clock for better performance and outstanding gaming experience.
  • DIGI+ VRM with Eight-phase Super Alloy Power: Delivers precise digital power for superior efficiency, reliability, and performance
  • GPU Tweak: Helps you modify clock speeds, voltages, fan performance and more, all via an intuitive interface
  • GPU Tweak Streaming: Let you share on-screen action in real time – so others can watch live as games are played
  • 19% Faster Game Performance than reference Radeon R9 290 in BattleField 4™

ASUS Exclusive Innovation

Game Faster. Quieter. Cooler.
R9290-DC2OC-4GD5

I/O Ports Highlight

  • 2 x Native DVI-D
  • 1 x Native HDMI
  • 1 x Native DisplayPort

19% Faster in Battlefield 4

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R9290-DC2OC-4GD5

Ultimate Cooling

DirectCU II

DirectCU II

20% Cooler and 3X* Quieter

For Ultimate cooling, ASUS thermal engineers developed the exclusive DirectCU thermal technology. Applying the exclusively designed heatpipes directly on GPU core for faster heat dissipation. Exclusive DirectCU II thermal design includes a direct-GPU contact 10mm copper heatpipe and 220% larger dissipation area to boost heat removal efficiency. It performs 20% cooler and 3X quieter than reference.

*Equivalent to 14dB and performance varies depending on system configuration


CoolTech Fan

CoolTech Fan

Proprietary CoolTech fan consists of a hybrid blade and bearing design, with inner radial blower and outer flower-type blades. These provide multi-directional airflow to accelerate heat removal and enable highly stable graphics performance.


BIOS Switcher

BIOS Switcher

Ultimate Stability

DIGI+ VRM with Super Alloy Power

DIGI+ VRM with Super Alloy Power

30% Less Power Noise and 2.5X Greater Durability

Acclaimed DIGI+ VRM has been applied via a 8-phase power design that uses digital voltage regulators to minimize power noise by 30%, enhance power efficiency by 15%, widen voltage modulation tolerance, and improve overall stability and longevity by 2.5 times over reference.

POSCAPs to lower power noise, enhance overclocking, and improve stability far beyond standard analog designs.

DIGI+ VRM with Super Alloy Power

Ultimate Graphics Tuning

GPU Tweak

GPU Tweak

Real-Time Intuitive Graphics Tuning
  • Shows detailed specs and actual card status with GPU-Z
  • Sync GPU clocks and voltages for easier overclocking
  • Monitoring widget provides real-time detailed multi-parameter info
  • 2D/3D switcher locks cards in 3D mode for higher benchmarks
  • Automatically checks and updates drivers and BIOS versions
  • Stream on-screen action to the web in full HD
R9290-DC2OC-4GD5

Stream Online Instantly
GPU Tweak streaming tool that lets you share on-screen action in real time – so others can watch live as games are played. It's even possible to add to the streaming window scrolling text, pictures and webcam images.

R9290-DC2OC-4GD5
Graphics GPU Features
Powered by AMD Radeon™ R9 290
Powered by AMD Radeon™ R9 290
AMD Eyefinity™Technology
AMD Eyefinity™Technology

Extend the view across up to six displays to immerse yourself in gameplay and entertainment.

CrossFire Support
CrossFire Support

Multi-GPU technology for extreme performance.

AMD HD3D
AMD HD3D

Immerse in stereoscopic 3D gaming and get up close and personal with your favorite stars while watching Blu-ray 3D. AMD HD3D is also designed for professionals who create complex visual effects and detailed data visualizations.

NVIDIA® GPU Boost 2.0
PCI Express 3.0

Delivers double the bandwidth per lane of PCIe 2.0 for faster GPU-CPU communication.

Microsoft DirectX 11.2 API
Microsoft DirectX 11.2

Brings new levels of visual realism to gaming on the PC and get top-notch performance.

Specifications
Graphics Engine AMD Radeon R9 290
Bus Standard PCI Express 3.0
Video Memory GDDR5 4GB
Engine Clock 1000MHz
Memory Clock 5040MHz (1260MHz GDDR5)
Memory Interface 512-bit
Interface DVI Output: Yes x 2 (DVI-D)
HDMI Output: Yes x 1
Display Port: Yes x 1 (Regular DP)
HDCP Support: Yes
Power Consumption Up to 300W additional 6 + 8-pin PCIe power required
Accessories 1 x Power cable
Software ASUS GPU Tweak & Driver
ASUS Features DirectCU Series
OC Series
Super Alloy Power
Dimensions 11.3 x 5.8 x 1.6-Inch
Note
  • Specifications are subject to change without notice.
  • PCB Color and bundled software versions are change without notice.
  • Brand and product names mentioned are trademarks of their respective company.
R9290-DC2OC-4GD5

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Jason T.
  • 4/1/2014 5:33:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

Pros: Using one monitor at 1080p it can almost play any game at max settings and never get higher then 74C.

It has a back plate

the card it self looks very nice

It does eyefinity with no need for adapter or the use of a display port

It can max most games out at 5760*1080p have to lower the settings a little for far cry 3 and crysis 3 but not enough to notice a change in details in the games. It can play those games at 35+fps

Doesn't need crossfire bridge for crossfire

Scores 14453 in 3Dmark11

Cons: When using eyefinity the card gets up to 80C but these cards are made to run at 95C so its fine.

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  • ivette l.
  • 3/31/2014 7:17:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsReally am upset... What wrong?!

Pros: Im not sure yet....

Cons: Is not performing to my needs...

Other Thoughts: I had a geforce gtx 285 sc 2 gb and ran average of 60 fps in "World of tanks" at mid settings at 1920x1080 res. I purchase gtx 770 and by 29 inch ultra wide screen and keep same settings but with 2560x1080 res instead and im getting barley 60 fps....i decide that ill need stronger card to keep me steady above 60 fps to keep vertical sync on....which is best for gamers..no lag in such.....So i do some research....2 days worth...hours of comparing specs and i buy this Asus 4gb 512 bit.... supposedly a beast on paper....should keep me at least at 80 90 fps at mid settings for world of tanks at 2560x1080 resolution....Well.....it dosent come close! what is wrong with this thing?!!!! im getting 30 to 40 fps!!!!!! im ready to die!!!!!
HELP!!!!!!
Setup:
CPU: FX4170 Zambezi 4.2ghz 4.3 turbo. quadcore
MOBO: Asrock
RAM: 8gb 1600 ddr3
POWER: 750w fatality edition
HD: 250 gb seagate 7200 rpm
Now what am i doing wrong?!!! Why is this card so slow? Or am i bottle necking? why did my gtx 770 do so much better?! ASUS explain please!

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings,

I am sorry that you are having issues with the display card. If I may, I would like to help. Please contact me through email, and we can discuss this case further. 3573813.

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/25/2014 6:20:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsworks

Pros: Quiet, works, looks nice, budget priced splitting connectors, comes with all wire needed

Cons: Motherboard and cpu cable is little long, cpu has two wires can get in the way if trying to have good cable management.

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  • Jason T.
  • 3/16/2014 1:15:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsR9 290

Pros: Max temp is 73C for gaming and only with crysis 3 other wise other games it only gets up to 65C like final fantasy 14 online its a lot cooler then reference.

Plays games like a champ, it maxes crysis 3 out at 1080p 30fps, otherwise at very high settings and FXAA it can get 60fps. It pretty much maxes any other game out at 1080p 60Fps

It has a back plate and the card itself looks very nice, great quality and its not made of cheap plastic.

The fans don't make a sound at least they don't get louder then my case fans.

Cons: Not the greatest Over clocker in the world, got it to a stable 1050/1250 otherwise going pass that cause artifacts and crashes.

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  • Clifford M.
  • 2/26/2014 7:29:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs4 Stars for single, 3 Stars for Crossfire

Pros: - Build Quality.
- Appearance.
- Noise level.
- Single card temps.
- Single card scrypt mining 870 kh/s.

Cons: - Higher VRM temps than stock cards.
- Temp issues when using multiple cards.
- Card droop.
- Can't mine scrypt at max settings when using more than
one card.

Other Thoughts: Okay, I got two of these to use in my gaming rig for a cfx config for 7680x1440. I figured I’d use them for mining too when I wasn’t gaming. I’ve spent about a week testing each card individually and together. It took over a month to get these, so being impatient, I picked up an OEM R9 290X (couldn’t find any 290’s). Compared to the OEM 290X these cards are a lot cooler and quieter. However, I will admit the OEM coolers are not as bad as everyone says they are. The main issue is how they have the fan profile set up.

But back to these cards, the build quality is excellent and the cards look gorgeous. Single card performance and temps are just like everyone else says. Usually in the mid to high 70’s (Celsius) with the fans being very quiet. As for mining scrypt, both cards maxed out at around 870 kh/s individually. Both my cards seemed to like these setting the best; “--thread-concurrency 31000 -I 20 -w 256 -v 2 -g 1 --gpu-engine 966 --gpu-fan 75 --gpu-memclock 1500 --temp-cutoff 95”. This is with Windows 8.1 and cgminer 3.7.2.

But as soon as you put two of these in the same rig everything changes. Temps while gaming shoot up into the 80’s and 90’s for both cards. VRM temps went up even higher, getting close to 100c. My gpu temps ranged from 85 to 93c with CFX enabled. And the VRM temps ranged from 86 to 98c. On a good note, I will say, these temps didn’t cause any throttling. But the VRM temps are a fair amount higher than on the OEM 290X. The 290X is mining at full force sandwiched up against a 7850 in a mid-tower case. And the GPU temp is 74c with the VRM temps being 55c and 66c. Fan speed is set at 75%. Sounds like a hair dryer, lol.

These high VRM temps killed any possibility of me being able to run both cards at max settings for mining. VRM temps would quickly go above 110c. Even though I never had any problems running SLI configs in it before. I thought it might be my case. It’s a full tower case with six noctua fans in it. And since these cards do tend to droop a little. Which I was a little uncomfortable with. I decided to go shopping for another case.

I ended up getting the Cooler Master XB EVO. It’s a cube case that doubles as a test bench. I’ve got to say I love the case. And I don’t have to worry about card droop anymore. Unfortunately, even as a test bench; with the side panels and top off, there’s no improvement in cooling. I ended up having to down clock my cards for mining. I settled at 700 kh/s per card giving me temps in the 70’s for the gpu’s and 80’s for the VRM’s. Also, I forgot to mention my motherboard is 3-way sli/cfx compatible. So there’s actually two empty slots open between the cards.

I will admit I don’t have an actual mining rig set up. With a complete open frame and risers to lift the cards off the motherboard. The temps might not be an issue. But for use in a gaming pc I would have to knock off one star for a single card because of the higher VRM temp. And in a CFX setup I’d knock off two stars.

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  • Jeff A.
  • 2/13/2014 7:52:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsAsus needs to fix things...

Pros: It looks good

Cons: Extremely hot
Inconsistent
Outrageously expensive at the moment

Other Thoughts: Let me start off by saying that I waited 2 months to get this card, I got it somewhere for MSRP and it is not even worth that. The card is ridiculously inconsistent, scoring somewhere around 3300 in Unigine Valley on ExtremeHD settings, and then 1600, now 2300. The card gets up to 95 degrees under load which is extremely hot, as hot as the reference cards. The problem is, they didn't even change the cooler design from the GTX 780, they just slapped it onto this Hawaii card and that's the problem. You can see there is only one heat pipe making full contact with the GPU and two heat pipes are not even touching it at all. I'm not sure if this is the full problem but it's something to note. And you can't say the Hawaii GPU's are impossible to cool because take a look at the Sapphire Tri-X. Why Asus would ruin the reputation of their popular DirectCU II series baffles me. I am going to be returning this card and waiting even longer till I can get the Sapphire card for a decent price, unless Asus can fix this somehow.

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings,

Thank you very much for your valuable feedback.

95 degrees Celsius does seem very warm for a display card. Were you overclocking the video card at all? If you are, please return the card's settings back to factory settings. Also make sure that there is adequate cooling in your computer case. Should you need any assistance in this case, please let me know through email. 3470885

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/12/2014 2:21:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDoes what it says on the tin!

Pros: The card looks good, solid construction, thanks to the backplate it does not sag like my previous 7970 did.

There is a noticeable performance increase on the 7970, I do not notice discernible increase/decrease in fan notice over the 7970 Vapor X. I have had no throttling issues so far after a few hours of gaming.

Cons: Has to be the availability and price, Newegg selling well over retail but i can understand that they want to discourage people buying from Newegg and selling for a profit elsewhere.

Other Thoughts: Very happy so far, will update the review when I have had more game time.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/9/2014 2:24:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOverpriced and overhyped

Pros: It's a nice performance increase coming from a 6870 as long as you don't give it a full load.

Cons: Core clock will throttle down to ~900MHz range on stock settings (1000MHz core/1260MHz memory) and fan at 100% using MSI Afterburner's Kombustor stability test (basically Furmark). This is in a Antec 1200 case full of fans, 23C ambient temps.

The DirectCU cooler was not designed for the Hawaii chip(find a picture, some heat pipes don't even touch the chip), but Asus threw it on this card anyway. This is why the Sapphire card has much better load temps.

Other Thoughts: When the box arrived, there was no indication that it was factory sealed. For all I know, this was an open box item.

The price on Newegg fluctuates wildly.

Overall, I'm not happy with the card. It doesn't even operate at stock speeds without major throttling.

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings T,

What temperature was the display card getting while under heavy load? As far as the DirectCU II cooler, it should work perfectly with this card. When you have the chance, please contact me through email, and we can figure out what is causing the problem with this card. 3475081.

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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