The Asus Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II is probably one of the best 290X’s on the market. The R9 290X GPUs offer great value for the money, especially now that the newer 300 series of cards are out. The 290X GPUs feature 4GB of GDDR5, are based on PCI Express 3.0 and can utilize Crossfire Support, Eyefinity and AMD HD3D technologies.

The ASUS DCII 290X  features a 4.7% faster game performance in games like Metro Last Light with its 1050MHz engine clock. The ASUS DCII can also achieve 20% lower temps and has DIGI+ VRM with 8-phase Super Alloy Power that delivers amazing efficiency, reliability and performance.


  • Graphics Engine
    AMD Radeon R9 290X
  • Bus Standard
    PCI Express 3.0
  • Video Memory
    GDDR5 4GB
  • Engine Clock
    1050 MHz
  • Memory Clock
    5400 MHz ( 1350 MHz GDDR5 )
  • Memory Interface
  • 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 300Wadditional 6+8 pin PCIe power required
  • Accessories
    1 x Power cable
    1 x Red metal sticker kit
    1 x Gold metal sticker kit
  • Software
    ASUS GPU Tweak & Driver
  • ASUS Features
    DirectCU Series
    OC Series
    Super Alloy Power
  • Dimensions
    11.3 ” x 5.8 ” x 1.6 ” Inch

Closer Look


The box itself looks quite familiar and is almost identical to the ASUS GeForce GTX 770 I had. On the front is a nice design used to grab the consumers attention, there is also a small image of the DCII cooler. On the back of the box is a bit more information about some of the features the ASUS Radeon 290X DirectCU II has. On the back, users will also be able to see what outputs the GPU has which include 2x DVI, 1x HDMI and 1X Display Port. One of the things I like about ASUS GPUs is the fact they don’t include a bunch of unneeded accessories! The only real accessory per say is the dual 6-pin top 8-pin converter.

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If you ask me, the bare card itself looks the best before you add any of the gold or red accent stickers to it. There is just something about the all black design that makes it really appealing and at the end of the day, will also make it easier to paint for those who want to make it fit in with a different coloured build.
Another of the things I really like is the fact that it comes with a pre-installed backplate! This really does help properly set the card off and gives it a better overall look, rather than just showing a bare PCB.

As mentioned, the ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II features 2x DVI, 1x HDMI and 1x Display Port outputs so users can make use of many different type of monitors and even use multi-monitor (Eyefinity) setups. ASUS-R9-290X_6

Here are just a few more photos I took to showcase the looks of the card, including the DirectCU II cooler, power inputs and even a look at the card inside my case.

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Final Words

The ASUS Radeon R9 290x DirectCU II is without a doubt the best card I have ever owned personally. It runs everything I throw at it on a single 1080P monitor on Ultra without any problems what so ever. I will be doing a more in-depth review on it in the future, for now I just wanted to share some pictures of it with you all. If you have any questions, or, any suggestions for what you would like to see in the full review please do get in contact! Hope you liked this quick overview and please check out some of the links below!


ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II Product Page: CLICK HERE