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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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Warranty

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


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  • Frederick B.
  • 7/24/2014 3:45:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRound Two

Pros: - fast
- relatively quiet compared to a lot of twin coolers
- looks nice
- beefy/heavy but very sturdy, sagging not an issue
- everything but the gpu and memory chips are non-reference/custom
- eats AAA games for lunch

Cons: - first one I got was defective, died after five days and I had to send back to Newegg for replacement (Newegg service is awesome, got a new one two days ago, 4 business days after shipping back first one)
- can get toasty under load
- uses Elpida memory (tends to be lower quality than hynix or samsung, but not always).
- Direct CU Cooler isn't specifically designed for Hawaii gpu, but still a great cooler non-the-less compared to reference cooler and many others

Other Thoughts: when I get a new graphic card, i generally run Unigine Valley or Heaven a few times to see whether everything is up to snuff. Installed in the same identical computer, same everything, same clocks, same drivers, the replacement card is getting 200 points higher score in Valley benchmark on stock clock speeds. What this tells me is that the first Card I got was defective from the get go, but took 5 days for it to finally stop working. I am not an engineer, so I can only speculate that it might have been a small fracture in the silicon that grew as I used it... no idea though, could have been anything really. It happens.

The replacement card I have now has an asic score of 76% (defective one was 86%), so this one tends to run slightly hotter because of the higher default voltages, but still not much past 80C under full continuous load with fans @ 55%, and VRMs always keep below 90C.

Also, for anyone reading these reviews: please bear in mind that most people don't bother writing reviews at all, while people who have bad luck usually do write reviews. The Newegg score for this card likely does not reflect the overall fail/success rate of these cards, so do not let Newegg ratings effect your buying decision.

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  • William Q.
  • 7/23/2014 9:13:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot the best R9 290 for the money

Pros: This graphics card costs about the same amount of money as most of the other R9 290 cards on the market.

For the money you get a really fast card that compares with higher priced NVIDIA cards and even performs better at higher resolutions.

I got this card to play 1440p games and so far I have been really impressed. This graphics card is very fast.

Cons: The problem with this graphics card is that ASUS didn't design the cooler specifically for this card. They took their cooler from an NVIDIA card and put it onto this card.

Because of that not all of the heat pipes make the best contact with the GPU cores meaning that even though the cooler is good it's not being fully utilized. Obviously this card is still going to perform cooler and quieter than a stock R9 290 cooler, but there are many other options for about the same price that cool the card better.

Other Thoughts: So in the end I wouldn't really recommend this card unless you get a really good deal on it, or just really like the way it looks.

There are many other options that run cooler and quieter for the same price. It's disappointing that ASUS didn't put more work into making the cooler more suited for the R9 290.

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  • jeffrey s.
  • 7/23/2014 1:13:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove it!

Pros: So far I love it! The shroud is metal and that was a shock also I did not expect it to have a back plate. I am very satisfied so far!

Cons: Very Expensive.

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  • Ryan G.
  • 7/18/2014 1:55:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGreat card, just don't buy it!

Pros: Card runs at a very high rate, and it would give you the best bang for you buck

Cons: Runs, extremely, extremely hot (85-90c)
Severe stability problems
Constant black screen clickers

Other Thoughts: I had my first one of these for about 4 months without any issues, then one day I started getting the black screen flicker issue. To my horror, when I started looking on the internet I discovered this was a major issue. I did all the regular troubleshooting, and all the irregular troubleshooting but nothing fixed it.

I ended up doing an RMA to Asus, which I had to pay for the shipping, which isn't that big of a deal except....
So after waiting 2 weeks for my card to come back, I discovered that absolutely nothing had been done to the card. After putting it back into my PC, within 30 minutes the issues started showing up again. I contacted Asus and they told me they hadn't done anything because it tested fine with their software. I was furious.

I then did their advanced RMA process which was a joke. You have to fill out a bunch of paperwork, and then they charge you the price of a new Video Card + Shipping ($450), as collateral until they receive the original card. Needless to say, this whole process took over a month.

I've received the new card, and low and behold the new card has almost the identical issue. I replaced the PSU, the HDMI cables, and made some many Trixx settings my head spins. There's something not right with these cards either on the hardware or software level, so I would recommend avoiding these at all costs right now. They could be really good cards, but it's just not worth the headache.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for that detailed input. It seems you may have some artifacting going on. I would love to help with yur RMA process. Please be sure to place case number # N140731995 in the subject line for me to reference your case properly, when yoou contact me. I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department dedicated to bringing a resolution to all issues related to our products.

Sincerely,

Adam J.
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cc-adam@asus.com

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  • Frederick B.
  • 7/16/2014 4:08:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsRound 1 goes to Captain Defective

Pros: - while it worked it was incredibly powerful. ran assassins creed 4 max settings 60fps butter smooth @ 1080p, which is no small feat.
- power consumption very good, really impressed with the wattage I was seeing pulled from the wall
- looks great, the backplate looks really nice from outside case window.
- Asus really put some work into the PCB and non-reference design of the card itself. ASIC score was 86.3% which means they probably binned the GPU for this product.
- VRMs had a heat spreader on them, VRM temps never exceeded 80C
- card ran nice and quiet before it kicked the bucket.
- temps never went past 80C while It was working and I could monitor temps.

Cons: - Card virtually died after 5 days, blue screens, green-grey screen before running games, eventually black screen before windows logo and/or blue screens. spent 2 days installing different drivers, with mixed results of bluescreens and/or blackscreens with fans @ 100%.
- Elpida Memory... I'm not impressed Asus, you should know better. cheaper 290's with better coolers use Hynix...
- The fan on top of Gpu had faint clicking noise from day one, when spun with finger
- Cooler is not meant for 290, only 1 heatpipe out of 5 makes full contact with the GPU, but still keeps the card below 80 mostly.
- Big. make sure you have a big case.

Other Thoughts: Card is currently off to Newegg for RMA, and I will review again if/when I get a replacement with an appropriate score.

My advice to anyone looking to get a 290/290x: Research beforehand and get a card that does not have Elpida memory. I'm disappointed in Asus for some of the decisions made with this card, but After spending thousands of dollars on their products over the years, I am not ready to write them off just yet as another has-been.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I'm glad that you experinced the power of the card prior to your RMA. If you ever have any issues with your ATI VGA cards please don't hesitate to contact me. Please be sure to place case number # N140731991 in the subject line for me to reference your case properly.

Sincerely,

Adam J.
Asus Customer Loyalty
cc-adam@asus.com

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  • jordan o.
  • 7/8/2014 11:39:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest product thus far

Pros: This card is really the best "bang for buck" value at this moment. I got the card for about $379.99 because newegg refunded me instead of processing my RMA for my PowerColor R9 290. Currently im using Eyefinity (@5760x1080) and this card plays BF4 maxed (NOTE: im NOT using MSAA at all). I've used Eyefinity since the 6970 first came out and there was always this dreadful horizontal screen tearing but with this card the tear is fixed :) Also this card is super cool and quiet. i haven't seen temps above 65C...... yet until i OC some more.

Cons: no heatsinks on VRMs

Other Thoughts: i called asus about my VRM temps because the VRM hit 117C and i was concerned. From what the tech told me, these VRMs are built to withstand up to 180C and that i was well within safe temps so im not going to worry. Also as a side note please pay little attention to people poorly rating this card because of DOA. DOA's happen all the time from every manufacturer just RMA and be done with it.

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  • Joseph A.
  • 6/30/2014 7:57:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFast & Faulty

Pros: This card is fast. Really fast.

Cons: I get static lines across the screen. Not usable at all.

Other Thoughts: I have updated the card's BIOS and tried many different driver versions, yet the static lines/display corruption remain.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I would love for you to make contact with me. Please be sure to place case number # N140732005 in the subject line for me to reference your case properly. I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department dedicated to bringing a resolution to all issues related to our products.

Sincerely,

Adam J.
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • David S.
  • 6/26/2014 9:20:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Runs Star Citizen Arena Commander on Very High settings. Smooth as butter.

Quiet. I literally cannot hear it.

Looks sexy as hell - All the heat pipes and stuff make it look like a motorcycle. :)

Cons: None.

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  • Howard S.
  • 6/22/2014 11:26:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: Fast, quiet and chews up anything I throw at it. Went from a 670 to this and it was a huge upgrade. Temps are low and fans are quiet. Overclocks nice. Google some reviews on this card, outperforms a 780. Well worth the price

Cons: Drivers are a lot different on the AMD side, used to the NVIDIA drivers being a lot easier to install. Current drivers at this time are the 14.4 and installed easily, can't get the beta 14.6 drivers to work.

Other Thoughts: Overall extremely happy with this purchase, will purchase another one later on and crossfire them.

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  • Bradley S.
  • 5/29/2014 11:50:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsProblematic Card

Pros: Very little pros. It helps graphics on newer game look pretty, but that is about it.

Cons: Runs very hot. Hotter than you expect
Lots of GPU usage spikes from day 1
After 1 week of use static lines flickering across the screen.

Other Thoughts: Just don't buy this card. Not worth the headache.

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