The approaching Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II OC graphics card by ASUS has been leaked way before its official launch in January 2014. These Asus Radeon R9 290x DirectCU II OC cards are going to be dispatched with factory overclocks and will contain a custom PCB design which will influence its performance over the reference boards and is also going to extend help in enhancing the cooling capacity of the graphics card.
This is an overclocked edition card by ASUS and subsequently it is going to ship with a factory overclock right out of box. Taking the professional and technical view and talking from it, we have the default 2816 Stream processors, 176 Texture mapping units, 64 Render units and a GDDR5 memory which has been spread over a 512-bit interface. The graphics card feature clock speeds of 1050 MHz for the core and the memory has been clocked at 1350 MHz. This clock speed has been upped from its default state which was of 1000 MHz for the core and 1250 MHz (5.0 Ghz effective) clock speeds.
Moving on to the cooling solutions which have been adopted by the cards, ASUS has made use of their leading flagship DirectCU II solution of the card which features a dual slot cooler integrated with the cooltech fan engineering. This technology helps to push an expanded volume of air to the inside direction of the heat sink chamber with direct contact surface dispersing high temperature. This is done with the assistance of four 6mm and a solitary 8mm heatpipe.
The card will ship with easy to apply metallic stickers that will allow you to choose between black or red colors to match your motherboard.
The card is expected to hit retail in mid-January with a price tag of around $629.