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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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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

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

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  • Bryan H.
  • 1/28/2015 8:12:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBoom or Bust

Pros: When it works, it works.

Cons: Owned it for less than a month before it broke on me. Screen kept going black and i needed to restart my computer. With time it just got worse.

And due to low stock and high demand, the card is not available any more through Newegg. So rather than being sent a replacement, i'm stuck with a refund and store credit.

Other Thoughts: The customer service people worked with me and were able to leave me with a satisfactory experience, but I would have rather purchased a non-defective product.

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  • Brandon C.
  • 1/22/2015 5:45:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: No lie with how quiet the cooler is and plays EVERYTHING at the the max with no lagging or chopping.

Cons: No cons from me!

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  • Nathaniel B.
  • 1/17/2015 11:33:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFollow up Review


Since this card has two bios chips available and is flashable, I went ahead and rolled the dice to see if I could flash it with a 290x bios. I was able to unlock mine with the ASUS 290x DCIIOC bios and leave the clocks at 1050MHz core and 1250MHz memory while leaving the voltage alone! Upon doing so, the screen flicker I was having with the updated ASUS 290 DCIIOC (non-x) bios is gone! I have left the second bios on the card alone so I can always go back to the 290 if I wish to lower power consumption or have any issues in the future with the 290x bios.

Cons: Power draw vs NVidia 970 for similar performace. Screen flicker when using the original or updated ASUS 290 DCIIOC bios.

Other Thoughts: Doing this WILL VOID YOUR WARRENTY, and YOU are responsible if it bricks your card or destroys anything else. There are VERY specific conditions that must be met before even attempting a bios flash.

Follow the directions at (google "how to unlock a radeon r9 290" and get the asus 290x DCIIOC bios from

Also note that the power draw will increase by 40watts at idle and about 70watts at full load vs the stock 290 bios so make sure your power supply can handle the added stress.

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  • Nam P.
  • 1/12/2015 11:21:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSam Pham

Pros: Almost Silent
Great GPU
Stay between 65C and 70C after 2-4 hrs of gaming.

Cons: The Card is big. I had to remove Cosmo SE drive bays to fit this long card

Other Thoughts: I have no problems after 2 months. I will get a second card later for CF. I bought this card on Black Friday for $250 after $20 Asus Zenbook rebate card. I have no need to overclock for 1080p as of now.

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  • Achilles S.
  • 1/10/2015 8:34:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsTerrible.

Pros: Fast card

Cons: Display driver crashes ALL THE TIME.
Random reboots.

Other Thoughts: Asus should be ashamed of this card. To release a card that has this many bugs is ridiculous. This is a well known problem, and many of the solutions online involve DECREASING the abilities of the card. But why the heck would we want to slow the card down when we pay for a R( 290 card?


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  • Jason H.
  • 1/9/2015 10:50:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsAnother solid Asus GPU

Pros: * Pretty quiet
* Great build quality
* Comes with backplate
* Great 3 year warranty
* Runs pretty cool for a R9 290

Cons: * Big
* Fans get loud past 70%
* Elpida memory

Other Thoughts: I purchased this card for my son to replace his aging EVGA 660ti 2GB. First thing you will notice is the card is big, so big in fact that it would not fit in my son's Antec 300 mid size gaming case. Shame on me for not double checking the interior dimensions of the case. So I got him a Antec P100 which the 290 fits in with room to spare.

The build quality of the Asus is great. It is hefty and big, but everything exudes a feel and look of excellence. The cooler is large with fat heat pipes and works well. Playing Far Cry 4 on 1200p Ultra settings temps only reached 65-66C. When looping the Valley benchmark for 30 minutes, temps slowly rose to 74C when on a custom fan profile that had the fans at 65% at that temp. Once the fans get into the 70-75% speed range they do start to get a bit loud though, but at least it is not annoying or buzzy sounding, just the whoosh of fast moving air. It is possible that temps could be lowered slightly if I had turned up my case fans, but as it stands the temps are good.

Overclocking was a pleasant surprise, for the core at least. On stock voltage the core reached 1125Mhz perfectly stable, more voltage allowed me to get to 1200Mhz, but generated more heat than I wanted. The memory, which is Elpida was not as fortunate, but still clocked to 5800Mhz, which is still acceptable. For reference, my ASIC score was 79.5%. At my 1125Mhz overclock there is absolutely no throttling present.

Performance wise, it is a HUGE upgrade over the 660ti (which was overclocked to 1240Mhz on the core). In almost all test benchmarks, the frame rates doubled or more. The additional power allowed us to once again max out visual details in newer games at 1200p resolutions. Compared to my MSI GTX 970 Gaming, the 290 actually performed very closely. I was able to purchase the Asus DCII 290 for $220 after rebate on sale, at that price it really is a amazing deal. Up to $275 this card is a great option, however, if priced at $300, I believe that the GTX 970 is a better buy with better power consumption, less heat and better performance.

So in the end, I think that the AsusDirectCU II OC R9 290 is a great graphics card and if you can find it for $250-275 or so (as of this writing anyway), it represents a excellent bargain. Above that however, start looking at the GTX 970.

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  • Bob C.
  • 1/2/2015 6:56:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card!

Pros: Easy Install. Great Performance, runs somewhat cool.

Cons: Is not compatible with the beta version of Windows 10, just so people are aware. Ran into that issue.
Doesn't really stay THAT cool unless you have a great cooler.

Other Thoughts: I upgraded from a GT430 card (cost me $20 at the time) all the way to this beast (which I got for $230) and I have seen MILES of improvement, and under heavy load the temp hovers at around 70C, while at 35C on idle. I don't have any cooling besides what came with the card, so it could definitely be cooler if I wanted. Also, saw a huge drop in CPU temp upon installing this card, went from 70C to 50C. Definitely recommend!

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  • Alexandros P.
  • 1/1/2015 7:36:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood card, except...

Pros: Powerful and is much cooler and quiter then expected based on reviews of R9s in general. Also the price point is almost unbeatable.

Cons: Basically my only complaint is that I'm having trouble updating the driver to 14.12. I've tried everything imaginable (fresh installs with driver cleaners, upgrading the driver aka not a fresh install, uninstalling reported problematic windows updates, updating mobo BIOS/updating everything possible etc) to get it to work and at this point I'm just convinced it's the card. Don't know if it's just me but I'm really disappointed considering 14.12 was suppose to provide major performance boosts.

Other Thoughts: I wish I could give it 3 and a half eggs but since that's not possible I'm sticking with 3. If I can't update I won't be able to get the most out of the card. I also probably won't be cross-firing anytime soon as a result.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Acp,

I understand that your having a hardtime trying to update the graphics card and I want to help you with it. If you can please provide me more details like the website where you downloaded the updates, is there any error message showing up when your doing the update. Please email me at and put case # N150104212 in tghe subject line for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty are dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Chris N.
  • 12/26/2014 5:48:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWorked great for 5 days.

Pros: Worked awesome for 5 days!

Cons: Stopped working after 5 days. Boots fine to onboard video, doesn't boot to this card at all. Now I get to pay for return shipping! Awesome! There goes that rebate I got for the card.

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings Chris,

I am sorry that you are having issues with your graphics card. If you have not contacted NewEgg for an RMA exchange already and would like to RMA with ASUS, please refer to the link below to create an RMA. Simply fill out all pertinent info so that we can process your RMA and send you the instructions to have the unit sent in for repair service. Optionally you can contact ASUS support (live chat or phone in) to have them create a case and RMA as well if you have any issues with the form. If you would like to discuss this case further, please contact me through email and include your reference number within the subject line. In addition, please provide me with what troubleshooting steps you had tried, as well as the rest of the systems hardware configuration. Thank you. Cs#N141297859!b2c/c1h8k!rma-request/cope!consumer/csn9


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  • Jason L.
  • 12/26/2014 5:28:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMinor issues, good overall

Pros: The card is very fast, blazing through most games on the highest settings. It is relatively quiet, and a good bit more so than many cards I have owned at 50+% fan speeds. I've ran a few games through it, as well as one full hour through Unigine Heaven 4.0, and I haven't noticed the first artifact or hiccup.

I still feel that at the $254 price I paid for it, it was the best card at that point, even with its cons.

Cons: The card is huge, make sure you have a full tower case before buying, and I would highly suggest a case with a great deal of airflow. The card's bios lacks any and all under/over volting ability, though flashing is available, which I have not done myself.

The card draws quite a bit of power, per GPU-Z averaging 176W, which doesn't include any of the peripherals, or peak. The card almost certainly draws a good bit over 200W on average load, so be sure to have a good PSU.

Other Thoughts: Others have complained about GPU and VRM temps, but I haven't seen any of this. Some places attribute this to Asus's horrible software, saying the moment they uninstalled the ASUS utility, the temperature problems disappeared.

Others insist that their problems persist, and I do not know if it is because of poor case airflow, poor management of airflow (not all fans can be intake, etc.), or if their card was simply defective. I can only report on my experience, and this is what my card has shown through GPU-Z after an hour in Unigine:

Avg GPU load: 86%
Max GPU temp: 69C
Avg GPU temp: 57.2C
Max VRM1 temp: 66C
Max VRM2 temp: 61C
Max fan spd: 79%
Avg fan spd: 67%

All well within tolerable levels. Of course, it should be noted that I have an older CM Stacker 830 case, with 4 side fans, 2 front fans, 1 rear fan, and 1 top fan, all 120s. Two side fans, the rear, and the top fan are dedicated to exhaust. The 2 side intake fans blow directly onto the card.

None are high speed fans, all are relatively low speed and quiet with good airflow, but that could make all the difference in the world. Also, I have my own GPU fan profile set up through MSI Afterburner, which might be something you could try, if you have temp troubles.

I'm not sure what the actual root problem is that some are experiencing with the card, if there truly is a flaw that exists across the board, or what my particular setup does to alleviate such a flaw if it does indeed exist. I bought the card against some of these warnings, and I'm glad I did.

However, your mileage may vary, and I can't stress enough that you should have a large and extremely well ventilated case for this card.

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