ASUS R9 270X DirectCU II Overview
Taking a first look at the card it looks like many of ASUS’s recently released cards. It has a black black with matching black shroud with red accents. Of course these are going to match many different motherboards including ASUS’s own Republic of Gamers series.
ASUS’s DirectCU II cooling solution is one of the best in the industry. It makes use of 2 cooling fans, a large aluminum heatsink and multiple copper heatpipes. ASUS says this solution is 20% cooler than the reference design and has 125% larger heat dissipation area. The large heatpipes make direct contact with the GPU.
Taking a look at the sides of the card you can see the large heatpipes sticking out. Talking about what’s under the hood this card feature’s ASUS’s DIGI+VRM design so you have a total of 8 power phases. There are 6 for the GPU and 2 for the memory / IO. The Super Alloy Power components allow for 20% cleaner power and a 2.5x longer lifespan. They also have a 30% higher voltage threshold for enhanced OC capability.
On the one side there is an ASUS as well as a DirectCU II logo that will show if you happen to have a case window. The card itself is powered by dual 6pin PCIe power connectors. You also have your CrossFire connector on this side of the card.
Flipping the card over we can see the all black PCB. There is a retention bracket on the card which should help with stability. As far as connections go you have dual DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort.