The Direct CU II range of graphics cards not only offer great value but also better cooling and even factory overclocked speeds. Asus have used the same basic design on both Nvidia and AMD card offerings to ensure customers get the best performance and a potentially longer lasting product.
The card comes in the standard Direct CU II box with basic information about the card on the front and more detailed specifications and features on the back. Inside the box you get a driver disc, manual, DVI to VGA converter and a Crossfire connector.
The Graphics Card
The card comes in a black PCB with a black heatsink and two fans for pushing air out of the I/O bracket. Two of the heatpipes that cool the GPU can be seen protruding from the card as well. A 6-pin power connector is located at the rear and a Crossfire tab is at the top of the card. The I/O bracket has 2 DVI, 1 HDMI and 1 DisplayPort with vents for the hot air to exit the case from.
The Asus Direct CU II OC R7 260X comes factory overclocked at 1188MHz core and the 2GB of 128bit DDR5 memory runs an effective speed of 7000MHz. The reference speeds are 1100MHz and 6500MHz respectively so the 260X reviewed here runs 88MHz and 500MHz faster.
For testing we used our Core i7-3770k in an MSI Z77 motherboard with 2 x 4GB of DDR3 Gskill Ripjaws with a Thortech PSU. For comparison the Zotac 750Ti OC that we recently reviewed will be used and it was running the 334.89 drivers while the 260X was running 14.2 b1.6.
Using Asus own GPU Tweak software we were able to get 1300MHz core and 7200MHz memory. Default voltage was 1.225V but we were able to increase that to 1.237V with 120% on the power target slider.