ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II OC Review

Author: SKYMTL
Date: December 17, 2013
Product Name: R9 290X DirectCU II OC
Part Number: R9290X-DC2OC-4GD5
Warranty: 3 Years
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Overclocking Results

Overclocking the R9 290X isnít an easy task considering its stock heatsink can barely keep it under normal operating temperatures at stock speeds. However, ASUSí DirectCU II heatsink has more than enough thermal room which makes increasing clock speeds all that much easier.

Now, before I continue thereís one major caveat to these results: Iíve only had the card for about 12 hours so the amount of time spent on finding this cardís limits has been minimal. Nonetheless, with the help of ASUSí awesome GPU Tweak program, I was able to hit some reasonably good frequencies.

As you can see above, even with a few minor modifications to the core voltage and Power Limit, the core easily hit nearly 1.2GHz while the memory evened out at 6016MHz. Both of these represent vast improvements over what was achievable with the reference card. The best part about this is thereís even more room there since fan speeds were at 60% (which was still surprisingly quiet). And yes, there's still more in the tank.

While the R9 290X is still an extremely hot running card, it is great to see that AMDís board partners are being given the leeway to boost core voltages to higher levels than NVIDIA allows. With this small addition, these GPUs are more viable alternatives for overclockers than their GeForce counterparts.

The GTX 780 Ti-crushing performance results are below:


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