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ASUS Radeon R9-290X DirectCUII OC tested and reviewed [Guru3D.com]
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Default ASUS Radeon R9-290X DirectCUII OC tested and reviewed [Guru3D.com] - 12-18-2013, 11:31 | posts: 20,757 | Location: Guru3D testlab

Today we test and review that gorgeous ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II OC edition. The card can Boost towards 1050 MHz and is clocked to 5400 MHz (effective) in the GDDR5 memory. The DirectCU II card ...

ASUS Radeon R9-290X DirectCUII OC tested and reviewed
   
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Default 12-18-2013, 11:34 | posts: 13,201 | Location: USA

77c at full load.. I can live with that. I noticed that thermal image looks way better on this card than it did on the reference 290x lol.

Also, was that the highest the card could OC too? I was hoping it would be more. But it's good either way.

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Default 12-18-2013, 11:46 | posts: 20,757 | Location: Guru3D testlab

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77c at full load.. I can live with that. I noticed that thermal image looks way better on this card than it did on the reference 290x lol.

Also, was that the highest the card could OC too? I was hoping it would be more. But it's good either way.
Correct, passing 1200 MHz made the card instable.


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Default 12-18-2013, 11:50 | posts: 11,898 | Location: new jersey

Pretty good review boss

Phaze you have to remember the fan speed was 43% max so there is room to get it down a little more without the jet noise of ref card.

The overclocking will still be "if you get a good one" lottery but over all you have hotwire and custom software voltage so it has the under pinnings to get the job done well.
   
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Default 12-18-2013, 11:51 | posts: 10,802 | Location: Finland

Windforce cooler will def have hard time with that one inside case.
   
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Default 12-18-2013, 11:54 | posts: 785 | Location: Denmark

Looks like a good card ! Can't wait to see what the final price will be.

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Default 12-18-2013, 12:05 | posts: 26,063 | Location: Hampshire UK

so, a custom 290 for around 350 will be performing similar (give or take a frame or 2) to a 780ti that costs 550. not bad.
   
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Default 12-18-2013, 12:09 | posts: 1,737 | Location: Northampton, United Kingdom

OcUK have the MSI 290 Gaming for 370 & the WindForce for 380 on pre-order so its looking good. They also have their own Custom made one with an NZXT Kraken on it for around 440.
   
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Default 12-18-2013, 12:11 | posts: 4,717 | Location: Not Far North Enough (England)

Damn that's awesome, finally unleashed this beast.
   
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lol, cockers site is down "too many connections"
   
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lol, cockers site is down "too many connections"
It's gotta suck to not have somebody configure MySQL with a 4 second fix/tweak in the week before Christmas for a HW selling company


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so, a custom 290 for around 350 will be performing similar (give or take a frame or 2) to a 780ti that costs 550. not bad.
Yeah that's not a bad at all considering the price difference.
   
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Default 12-18-2013, 12:27 | posts: 10,802 | Location: Finland

Hilbert, do you do temperature test in open air situation?

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so, a custom 290 for around 350 will be performing similar (give or take a frame or 2) to a 780ti that costs 550. not bad.
It's about on par with my card without OC.

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Default 12-18-2013, 12:34 | posts: 8,813 | Location: UK

Nice review, looks a cracker.
   
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Default 12-18-2013, 12:45 | posts: 300 | Location: Jakarta, Indonesia

Im regretting getting the 280x.. Couldve waited for the custom 290, as I wasnt even playing any games in between the launch.

Why would AMD waited this long to ratify the use of custom coolers, makes no sense.
   
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Why would AMD waited this long to ratify the use of custom coolers, makes no sense.
That isn't entirely fair TBH. AMD indicated December .. and it is ... December.

It takes time to develop new PCBs and matching cooling solutions. These custom products are a new design based of the product released end October, honestly .. this is quite fast development wise when you think about it a bit more..

Please do realize that NV might have had custom boards available from the get-go with the 780 Ti release, but the chip they used is the same on as on GTX 780 and Titan. Meaning only very little tweaks needed to be made to the existing PCB designs only, if at all. So for them it was much easier to release custom boards opposed to AMD who had a brand new chip / graphics design.


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Could be tempted by this, would a decent 1000 Watt PSU be happy running a pair of these? Also would I be limited in crossfire using PCIE 2 with the removal of the crossfire bridge?

Great review btw

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Hilbert, do you do temperature test in open air situation?


It's about on par with my card without OC.
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Could be tempted by this, would a decent 1000 Watt PSU be happy running a pair of these? Also would I be limited in crossfire using PCIE 2 with the removal of the crossfire bridge?

Great review btw
Yes and no. CFX now runs ACROSS the PCIe interface, bridges begone!
   
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Could be tempted by this, would a decent 1000 Watt PSU be happy running a pair of these? Also would I be limited in crossfire using PCIE 2 with the removal of the crossfire bridge?

Great review btw
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answer to your 2 questions.
   
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Default 12-18-2013, 13:14 | posts: 1,428 | Location: Japan, Soka

Thanks a lot for review!

Great card. Was thinking of 780, but this card just destroyed everything for its price, performance and finally fixed temperatures.


   
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That isn't entirely fair TBH. AMD indicated December .. and it is ... December.

It takes time to develop new PCBs and matching cooling solutions. These custom products are a new design based of the product released end October, honestly .. this is quite fast development wise when you think about it a bit more..

Please do realize that NV might have had custom boards available from the get-go with the 780 Ti release, but the chip they used is the same on as on GTX 780 and Titan. Meaning only very little tweaks needed to be made to the existing PCB designs only, if at all. So for them it was much easier to release custom boards opposed to AMD who had a brand new chip / graphics design.
Woa...I got ninja'd like 5 times while replying to you...lol

Anyway;

The PCB's may be new but custom coolers like DirectCU and Vapor-X have been around for years, nothing new there except maybe the position of the screw holes.

Considering the TDP of these cards it's in AMD's own interest to come up with a better cooling solution.
How hard can it be to make a reference fan that matches the GPU.... they did it with the FX-9590 so why not the 290 as well?

Something else I don't get is why these cards are being released with 6+8 pin plugs instead of 8+8 like they should be.....even some of the later release 7970's/7950's and 280x have 8+8 pin PCB's.

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Yes and no. CFX now runs ACROSS the PCIe interface, bridges begone!
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yes
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answer to your 2 questions.
Sweet, might hold off until some other vendors show off their cards.
   
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Great, thanks for review!

although that peak77C is a bit so so, but yeah a lot better then 94C
   
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Default 12-18-2013, 14:30 | posts: 23,895 | Location: NZ

Hilbert can you please include the IC maker in your reviews... You don't even have to remove the fan, just run MemoryInfo and it will tell you.

Here's a screenshot from my PC;


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