Asus R9-290 DirectCu II OC Graphics Card Review

[section_title title=P5 : Overclocking and Temperatures]

Overclocking :

So before we look at the benchmark results, lets see how this card overclocks. The overclocked results have been included so you can see what kind of real world gains are seen. For overclocking, I used the EVGA Precision X utility. I cranked up the power limit to maximum to obtain these results. I left all other settings to auto.

The maximum overclock on the core I could get was 1105 MHz, which was a healthy 105Mhz above what the card came with. The memory however, was fairly poor and I could only manage 1300MHz (40Mhz OC). The benchmarks would crash immediately at any speeds above these.

R9-290 OC

With these settings, we saw some decent performance gains of about 10% in most of our benchmarks. Here are the results for battlefield 4.

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BF4-R9-290-OC-2

Temperatures and Noise :

Temperatures did not look so good, I expected it to be a lot better with the cooler Asus has used, but to be fair, the 290 is a hot chip. The idle temperatures were about 46c and on load it got up to 72c. These temperatures are slightly high, but nothing to worry about at all and are well within safe operating limits.

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