Asus to Start Shipping Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC Graphics Card

Next week Asus is going to start shipping its newest graphics card from Radeon R9 series. Codenamed Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC, it is based on an original PCB with black-and-red design and the incorporation of an exclusive DirectCU II cooling system. Plus, the availability of ‘OC’ in the codename implies the availability of factory overclocking.



Asus Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC takes GCN Hawaii core with 2816 stream processors as the basis. It operates at an overclocked 1000 MHz frequency. The model is equipped with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (512-bit bus) that runs at an effective 5400 MHz frequency. Just for a comparison, etalon adapter from AMD runs at 947 MHz/ 5000 MHz for GPU/memory correspondingly.


DirectCU II cooler consists of a heatsink, four copper nickel-plated heatpipes (two of them feature 10 mm dimensions), and two high-performance fans: one ordinary and one CoolTech. The card receives power via 6+8-pin connectors and might require not less than 600 W PSU.

Asus Showcases GTX 960 DC2 Videocard

Asus has complemented its Black Edition series of videocards with another model – the GeForce GTX 960 DC2 (codename: GTX960-DC2-4GD5-Black). Its major peculiarity is the employment of 4 GB GDDR5 memory that is sure to improve gaming efficiency in multi-display high-resolution environment. The model supports all modern standards (DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4) as well as proper Nvidia’s technologies: SLI, G-Sync, GameWorks, GPU Boost 2.0, ShadowPlay, GameStream.



Asus GeForce GTX 960 DC2 is based on Nvidia GM206-300 GPU (1024 CUDA, 64 TMUs, 32 ROPs). It operates at 1126 MHz frequency with overclocking possibility of 1178 MHz. The integrated 128-bit memory operates at 7010 MHz efficient frequency.


This graphics card entails Super Alloy Power components and an optimized DirectCU II cooling system. The latter ensures that heatpipes touched CPU surface for an unprecedented heat dissipation. The cooler comes with a pair of fans, one of which features CoolTech hybrid design. The …

The Mass Market Segment of 3D Graphics Cards Has Been Replenished with the Asus Expedition GTX 1070 Sample

According to several sources, the Asus Co. has introduced a brand-new 3D video card, called Expedition GeForce GTX 1070. The novelty is primarily geared toward customers willing to assemble a productive system and simultaneously to cut costs to the maximum. Reportedly, this graphics card will gain popularity among managers of PC bangs being so widespread in China nowadays.



One should highlight, that the graphics processor of Asus Expedition GTX 1070 is factory overclocked. The base clock equals to 1,607 MHz, and the overclock – to 1,797 MHz. The configuration features 1,920 CUDAs and 8 GB of memory. The manufacturer admits, that 3D Expedition cards undergo a thorough 144 hours testing, including 15 hours of 3DMark checking.


The cooling system of this graphics card is rather simple and is made of a pair of 80 mm fans, an aluminium heatsink and two copper nickel-plated heat pipes. There is no precise information about the PC-board, though, it’s supposed to possess a …
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