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

I/O Ports Highlight

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

19% Faster in Battlefield 4



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

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.

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.


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.

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
  • 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.

Learn more about the ASUS R9290-DC2OC-4GD5

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Customer Reviews of the ASUS R9290-DC2OC-4GD5

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  • Glenn S.
  • 5/20/2015 8:49:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAsus r9290-dc20c

Pros: Great card. Runs smooth and beautiful. Gaming and encoding much faster

Cons: Does not do the 4096 x 2160 advertised. It stll does 3200x1800 though. Also no documentation to speak of. This is why 4 eggs instead of 5

Other Thoughts: Thinking about buying a second card and see how it runs

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  • Dawn L.
  • 5/1/2015 6:09:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing card

Pros: I got mine cheap and absolutely love it, I can play any game I want on at least Medium settings at 1080p 60 fps with this card and my AMD 6300 cpu.

Cons: overclocking it is a little fickle but if you dont care about that then none.

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  • Adam L.
  • 4/30/2015 8:52:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Card - but avoid software

Pros: - Can run everything on max settings without so much as a hiccup
- Runs consistently cool (I've never gone over 67C
- Runs consistently smoothly with FPS no lower than 30 at any point, and usually at 60+
- Cost effective
(I've run this card doing CoD, Witcher 2, Crysis 2/3, MKX, Alien: Isolation, all at max settings without a flaw)

Cons: - Software issues can tank the entire experience (See my Other Thoughts)
- BSOD (See my Other Thoughts)

Other Thoughts: Here's my rig:
AMD FX 8350
ASUS M5A 99FX PRO 2.0 Motherboard
Ripjaws 16GB 1866
Samsung SSD 850 EVO x2 for 750GB
EVGA 800W Gold Certified Modular PSU

The first time I got this card, I had everything set up, installed all software for MB, GPU, etc and latest drivers, and would consistently get black screens and force shutdowns/reboots. I had to go back to 13.x drivers to be able to successfully run, and later found that I could install the most up to date omega beta's, however could NOT install CCC or any other similar software (i.e. afterburner, Radeon PRO, etc) without getting black screens. I spoke with ASUS tech support, who stated they have never heard of this issue, despite many reviews stating BSODs. I RMA'd the card with Newegg, and took a different approach. I installed the newest catalyst package with drivers from AMD, and then ran 3DMark and gamed for several hours with no issues at all and flawless performance. I then installed my MB software from ASUS to do monitoring, OC, etc, and the BSOD's returned. I uninstalled the MB software, and all is well. So bottom line is that all of these BSOD complaints may actually be software related. Now, I understand this issue shouldn't be happening regardless, but the performance of this card is so incredibly good, and the software benefit from this stuff is so marginal, I think its a no brainer. If you're having BSODs, try uninstalling any extraneous software you have and starting from scratch with your GPU, might work! But this is a phenomenal card.

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  • timothy f.
  • 4/24/2015 11:29:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsRandom black outs.

Pros: Noticeable improvement over my GTX 550ti. Crisper graphic quality. About a 8-10 FPS gain on Arma 3 Dayz mod.

Cons: I had flickering black out while playing any game every 2 to 5 minutes. I updated the drivers and did some web search to change some factory settings to a lower setting and higher fan percentage usage. This helped out a lot. While logging into Dayz Standalone after the above changes, I get a black screen randomly. I have to go to the task menu to close out the game. Sometimes when I look at the ground the screen blacks out as well. When I look up at the horizon it returns to normal view. Driver cd did not work.

Other Thoughts: The driver cd did not work at all. Good for me that I was able to DL drivers from Radeon. It seemed to help with the black outs but that problem is still there randomly.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience that you had with the unit.

Usually these problems are caused by incorrect drivers, hardware failure or incorrect installation make up another set of problems, and external factors can also cause video problems. Before you install the graphics card, please check if the windows supports the graphics card of if they are compatible.

Please be visit our website for more information about the drivers and the manuals.

If there is anything else that we can assist you regarding this matter, please contact me directly at and place the case #N150486959 in the subject line for reference.

Thank you for choosing ASUS products.

Best regards,
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Timothy G.
  • 4/20/2015 9:13:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsInitial Review, Amazing!

Pros: Great card for the price that I got for $269.99(+ $30 MIR) so total $240 for a high end card!!. I know the 300 series is shortly due - in the next two months or so and they will perform better, more energy eff. and cooler -- but I'm sure that I would not get this type of performance for this type of $$. in addition if we compare the 290 w. GTX 970 sure the 970 beats it and runs cooler but the gap is not that much w/o OC and its ~$90 cheaper.

Currently there is no Nvidia card for ~260ish for this type of game.

When it comes to FPS @1080p I get min 40+ max from 75-100+ fps depending on the game. 1440p would be no problem for this card, @ 4k would not recommend unless CX

Cooling is pretty good in comparison to reference 290(250W) and it stays near temps my 270(150W) was reaching. More details below.

Cons: Because this is a 250+W card it will get hot and coming from a R9 270 the 290 can get a bit loud for my taste.

The good thing is that I have a well ventilated case Antec 1100 w/ 5 silent fans and planning to add 1 or 2 more fans to the side panel for VGA cooling. So far my card sit @ 38 -40c Idle and while gaming on not so intense games (guild wars 2, FFXIII,) it reaches 64c and when playing on intense games like Dragon Age Inquisition, The Witcher 2(ubersampling) it reaches 78c and breaks that silent barrier mind you its not a jet plane! its just that you will hear the fans doing their job,

Other Thoughts: VGA shopping is not easy for minded shoppers and people that want to maximize performance and value at this price is a steal. If you find this card @ reg proce &300 I would say either wait for the R9 300 series or spend a little more and go for GTX970.

Even this card is not a DX12 it will support most of its features so this card will be future safe.

Hopefully this is of some use for VGA shoppers

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  • Sean P.
  • 4/16/2015 10:13:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThumbs up

Pros: Runs super cool even while intensive gaming never gets above 47C and I just have stock fans in right now. Smashes every game I have on highest settings, looks balling. Might buy another one in the future for crossfire or another computer that's how much I love it.

Cons: large, to fit it im my PCI I had to remove the top of my hardrive holder, even then I only had about 1 cm. However that is to be expected with how well it runs, as well im only running a mid sized tower.

Other Thoughts: If your looking for a reliable fairly cheap card that destroys games this is it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/14/2015 1:24:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsa quite beast!!

Pros: this card is absolutely quite. the fans are quiter that my radiator fans. it impresses when it comes to its performance. I bought mine for a good 260 USD and I say it was perfect because it over performs the 960 and just slightly under a 970 when it comes to performance

Cons: none at all. no noise, performance issue. all good

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  • david m.
  • 4/10/2015 9:50:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFlawless

Pros: Runs great and easy to overclock it a bit w/o worry

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: I bought an R9 290 from MSI on my first shot. Was not impressed and thought i just wasted money on the card. Then i bought this one and it blew the MSI 290 out of the water. Everything i seem to buy from MSI has under performed. Replaced my gpu and mobo to the ASUS equivalents and increased my performance by a noticable 18% in games and 27% in benchmark tests. Next is a gigabyte build :)

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/2/2015 11:11:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsgreat buy

Pros: This card is able to play everything out there on ultra while being quiet even under heavy load

Cons: none

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  • David H.
  • 4/1/2015 4:22:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Card

Pros: Everything!

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: Got two of these in crossfire on an ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 mothorboard with an FX-8350 processor @4.5ghz, with 16gb of ram @2133 and they basically idle with a single 1920x1080 monitor and laugh at any game you throw at it wanting more with stock clocks.

4K 3840x2160 Monitor is on the way to really unleash this rig's potential. WhooHoooo!!

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