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post #11 of 27
DirectCU II is a terrible subpar cooler for the R9 290 series.

ASUS copy-pasted the cooler from GTX 780 to the R9 290. The r9 290 has higher thermal density and more power that needs to be dissipated.
Edited by AlphaC - 4/5/14 at 2:28pm
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post #12 of 27
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DirectCU II is a terrible cooler for the R9 290 series.

ASUS copy-pasted the cooler from GTX 780 to the R9 290. The r9 290 has higher thermal density and more power that needs to be dissipated.

 

Let's compare it to the MSI Gaming R9 290 which was often recommended to me instead of the DirectCU II R9 290:

 

http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/msi-r9-290-oc-gaming-edition-review-1600p-ultra-hd-4k/28/

 

http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/asus-r9-290-direct-cu-ii-oc-review-1600p-ultra-hd-4k/28/

 

Both got pretty much the same temps in their test, but the MSI Gaming R9 290 needed its fan speed to be at 64% while the DurectCU II R9 290 only needed its fan speed to be at 50%. That seems pretty good to me.

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post #13 of 27
The thing is the ASUS fans are louder so you can't compare them solely by % fan speed. If you look at the acoustic chart the MSI is quieter (34-36dB load). See http://www.ocaholic.ch/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=1270&page=17 , http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r9-290-and-290x,3728-7.html for fan speeds

Another thing to note is the components themselves, the ASUS uses IR3550 for VRM which tolerate much less amperage and heat loads than the reference IR6894/IR6811 (the MSI is more or less reference design http://www.custompcreview.com/reviews/review-msi-radeon-r9-290-gaming-4g/19995/3/).

MSI also seems to carry Hynix , whereas ASUS' Hynix is luck of the draw.

However ASUS DCUII is clocked at 1000/1260. MSI Gaming is clocked at 977/1250.
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post #14 of 27

I'm not planning on overclocking, and acoustic performance isn't as important to me. Besides, KitGuru got 35-37 from the DirectCU II for those temps.

 

My point was though not so much the acoustic performance, but the cooling performance. A 14% slower fan speed achieved the same cooling performance.

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post #15 of 27
The 290 Vapor-X is rumored to be on shelves soon.
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post #17 of 27
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ive got even better idea smile.gif if your setup can hold 2 cards then set 770 to run psyhx only and take your r9 as a primary gpu. idk if it's even possible but worth to give it a try biggrin.gif

This is supposedly not possible. AFAIK PhysX is disabled if there is an AMD card installed in the system even if the AMD card is not used for rendering.
post #18 of 27
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Thanks for the responses. The Asus card is a open box from newegg. Do you guys know if it comes with full warranty from Asus? I know newegg only has 30 days refund only.
post #19 of 27
it should have a full asus warranty
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post #20 of 27
No one mentioned Nvidia's upcoming "wonder" driver?

If you've already ordered the OB card, I'd hang on to the 770 and see what the new D3D11 drivers bring to the table. Nvidia's making some pretty bold claims (some exaggerated no doubt) but if they actually deliver, the gap between the 770 and 290 may not be quite as large. Of course you can always send the 290 back.
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