Two months have passed since AMD’s Flagship R9-290X GPU made a worldwide debut . But with the release of the R9 290X other than great performance brought some heat issues due to it’s reference cooling design. Customers have been waiting for non-reference versions of the R9 290X since then, and Asus have given out a sneak peak of their non-reference Asus R9 290X featuring the renowned DirectCU II cooler.
The DirectCU II cooler is the same that was applied to the GTX 780 which was released in June. There’s not much of a difference with the coolers on both the GTX 780 and R9 290X, infact there’s no difference at all. The DirectCU II features 4-8mm nickel heat pipes, a single 10mm heat pipe and 2 CoolTech fans.It may not be the final Asus R9 290X that will be released, as they also want to improve on user feedback that has been gathered, the pictures shown are just pre-release examples.
But one thing to note is that on the Nvidia side, EVGA is preparing a custom GPU named after Kingpin (the famous overclocker) which will feature 2×8 and 1×6 pin power connectors. Why you might ask ? Because it doesn’t only have the ACX cooler but it would provide far better overclocking capabilities, while AMD’s R9 290X is going to stick with a 1×8 and 1×6 pin power connector. What this all means is that they have just pulled the previous design of the DirectCU II over AMD’s R9 290X just to keep it cool. How satisfied customers will be with that, is something we will have to wait and see.
No dates have been mentioned on when the R9-290X DirectCU II will be out nor the price , but it’s not going be as high as Nvidia’s GTX 780Ti.