Asus was the first assembler that has ventured to officially launch its customized model of the AMD Radeon 290x R9
, and has done so “in theory” in time for Christmas. Although there are still the Asus Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II OC in stores, is expected this week to make its appearance, or as late Monday the 23rd.In principle it comes in two different models, both with the same DirectCU II
heatsink that has worked well for the brand. We will see the standard model, with the same operating frequency as the reference model of AMD (ie , the core running at 1 Ghz and memory at 5 GHz effective) and the model with Overclock from the factory, is increasing by 50 Mhz speed core and 400 MHz effective memory speed, providing a little extra performance.
Yes, both are custom PCB by Asus, which features a 10 -phase VRM design and GDDR5 memory chips from Samsung. Both models come with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory and 512-bit bus.
As for the DirectCU II sink is identical to that used in other Asus graphic cards, such as the GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II OC. There are two bodies of aluminum sheets welded to four 8 mm heatpipes diameter. The heatsink is ventilated with a pair of 92 mm fans, one of which has the Asus CoolTech technology.
Both cards are expected to cost about 500 euros and, as we said before, should land in stores in the coming days.