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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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  • Nathaniel B.
  • 12/26/2014 2:43:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPowerful but has Issues

Pros: VERY fast and destroys all of my games at max settings when paired with my Intel Xeon E3-1241 v3. Max temps I have seen are 68C under full load.

Cons: Like many others who own not just this card but any R9 290/290X that has the "wonderful" (sarcasm for those that don't know it) Elpida memory on it. I get about 1 black screen flash every 5 seconds or so at desktop or doing 2d stuff like web surfing. Some times its more, sometimes its less. A few times I have had to walk away from my computer because it kept happening so fast and often I got a headache.

Any 3d is perfectly fine or if I turn off power play and it runs at max clocks all the time it does NOT flicker.

Other Thoughts: System Specs:
OS: Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
Hardware: Fractal Design Define R4, Intel Xeon 1241-v3 3.5Ghz CPU, Kingston 32GB (4 x 8GB) ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1600 RAM (Model KVR16E11K4/32), ASUS DirectCU II OC R9290-DC2OC-4GD5 video, CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i liquid cooling, ASRock C226WS+ ATX mobo, Adaptec 8805 with AFM-700 BBU/cache, 8x WD Red Pro 3 TB. hdd, 2x Intel 730 480GB ssd, Intel EXPI9402PTBLK 2x gbps NIC, and EVGA 120-G1-0650-XR 650W power supply

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  • HAMID D.
  • 12/25/2014 7:17:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card

Pros: - stays cool, very cool
- I cant even hear it. I hear the hum of my 3 case fans but not this. I've played farcry 4 on ultra for 7-10 hours straight and I didn't even notice it.
- very very very reliable card.
- PC crashed once, I doubt it was due to the card.
- got it at MC fro $269 plus free game. Can't beat that.

Cons: Honestly, I cant think of one.

Other Thoughts: If you can get MC to price match with other retailer then do it. It's a great card. No, its not a 970, but this will eat anything you toss at it.

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  • Andrey V.
  • 12/23/2014 6:56:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsQuiet

Pros: Great, reasonable size. Fights great in a regular case. Not power hungry. I have a 450 watt power supply, and it pulls just fine!
The back has a thick black metallic 2cm-ish plate. Looks sweet.

Cons: Their is no ASUS branding visible. Once you put it in the case, the only text you see is a small branding of "Direct CU II" and silver thermal pipes.. I like the ASUS Brand, I wish I could see the Red ASUS branding in the window of my case.

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  • Michael B.
  • 12/19/2014 11:54:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSweet card

Pros: Very nice card. Easy installation. Easy to update the BIOS in windows.

Cons: Not really a con, but a warning. I didn't realize how big this badboy is. I had a mid-tower case, but I had to go out and buy a full tower to be able to use the card. The card wouldn't fit in my mid-tower case.

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  • Antonio L.
  • 12/19/2014 7:19:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsBlown Away. A Solid Card.

Pros: -Runs cool
-Runs Silent
-Looks pretty
-Great Asus Support
-Amazing Price/Performance Ratio
-Maxes out any game I throw at it @ 1080p, 60fps
-Overclocks easily.

Cons: -Bit of a large card
-Power hungry
-Drivers caused a black screen (Newest AMD Omega Driver solved this)

Other Thoughts: If you are on the fence about this card, GET IT. Stop thinking and just do it. It's an absolutely monster. Nothing I can throw at it gets it's usage over 70%, and its maxing out everything. It's a lot cheaper than a GTX 970 and performs just as well (even better in some games). And for only 3/4ths the cost.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/18/2014 12:35:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsummm

Pros: it's a asus R9 290

Cons: I've had the card for s couple days now and it keeps giving me amd drivers missing and locking up my machine. I moved it from slot to slot can't get it to quite work as well as green screening badly

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Mik,

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#N141264361!b2c/c1h8k!rma-request/cope!consumer/csn9


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  • Kyle E.
  • 12/17/2014 5:18:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOne helluva card

Pros: 1. Got this card for $240 after rebate, so 90$ OFF
2. Overclocks like a champ, mines running at 1154mhz
3. Runs far cry 3, skyrim, grid autosport at max settings with 60fps constant
4. Free games, seriously got 150$ in free games including sniper elite v3, beyond earth, and a few indies.

Cons: 1. Heat, but I was prepared for that
2. Can draw up to 400w but thats not really a con just nit picking
3. Wish I had grabbed a second one at that price

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Lt. General,

We appreciate your time posting this review and we want to thank you for it. Its good to know that your satisfied with the product. For further assistance please email me at and put case # N141259407 in the subject for your reference.

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

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

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  • James S.
  • 12/11/2014 3:34:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: This card has exceeded my expectations. It's quiet, runs cool, has a great heat sink and fan, and is easily overclocked with Asus' software.

Cons: The card is very long and requires a large case

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  • Jason R.
  • 12/11/2014 9:05:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Card

Pros: Love this card so much ordered 2 more for my wife and son. What a huge upgrade for the price. Love Asus products, and this one continues their tradition of solid craftsmanship coupled with competitive pricing.

Cons: It won't open my beer. Come on Asus when will you add a bottle opener to your video cards.

Other Thoughts: See you in a few years Asus when it's time to upgrade again.

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  • Gustavo Z.
  • 12/9/2014 2:59:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat GPU

Pros: Awesome performer what else can I say.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This is my second R9 290 and I have it crossfire. Love it. Comes with a back plate and looks awesome. I wish ASUS would put some sort of LED lights on it on high end cards.

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