Asus teases custom Radeon R9 290X with DirectCU II cooler

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The Radeon R9 290X is a beast—and a toasty one at that. Cards based on AMD’s reference design appear to be thermally limited, especially with the blower running in “quiet” mode, which is already pretty loud. We’ve been waiting for card makers to come up with alternatives, and Asus has now teased its first custom solution. Behold the R9 290X DirectCU II:

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