ASUS Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP And Radeon R9 270X DirectCU II TOP Detailed and Unboxed

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Oct 8, 2013
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The ASUS Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP and Radeon R9 270X DirectCU II TOP models have been pictured and detailed. A user on YouTube uploaded an unboxing video of the ASUS Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP which can be seen below:

ASUS Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP And Radeon R9 270X DirectCU II TOP Detailed

ASUS has several models planned for launch tomorrow based on their latest DirectCU II design featuring an improved cooling and PCB design. A few of these models were already unveiled in pictures that were taken  during an event held by AMD in Australia, you can see other Radeon R9 and Radeon R7 GPU lineups in the pictures too over here.

ASUS Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP

ASUS Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP is based on the Tahiti XT die, featuring 2048 cores, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Radeon R9 280X would feature a 3 GB GDDR5 memory operating across a 384-bit wide memory interface. The card would be clocked at 970 MHz at base and 1070 MHz with GPU Boost while the memory would be clocked at 6.4 GHz effective clock speed.

The most notable feature of this model is the custom PCB and the DirectCU II cooler. The DirectCU II cooling design helps deliver superior cooling performance compared to reference designs with the help of ASUS’s Cool Tech Fan technology and features a 10 Phase DIGI+ VRM with Super Alloy power delivering higher efficiency and stability to end users. The card features Dual-DVI, HDMI and display ports. Power is supplied through an 8+6 pin configuration.

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ASUS Radeon R9 270X DirectCU II TOP

The ASUS Radeon R9 270X DirectCU II TOP features the new Curacao XT with 1280 shaders, 80 TMUs, 32 ROPs, a 256-bit memory interface and 2 GB GDDR5 memory. The card features a core clock speed of 1120 MHz and the memory is clocked at an effective frequency of 5.6 GHz pumping out 179 GB/s bandwidth. The cooling design on the card includes several heatpipes that make direct contact with the GPU and heat is dissipated to the heatsink block made up of several aluminum fins that is blown off with cool air provided by the two fans on the shroud.

 

Image is courtesy of Videocardz!

The ASUS Radeon R9 270X DirectCU II TOP is equipped with a 6+2 phase DIGI+ VRM featuring Super Alloy power components and power is provided through dual 6 Pin connectors. The display ports include Dual-DVI, HDMI and a display port.

ASUS Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP ASUS Radeon R9 270X DirectCU II TOP
GPU Codename Tahiti XTL Curacao XT
GPU Process 28nm 28nm
Stream Processors 2048 SPs 1280 SPs
Core Clock 970 MHz 1050 MHz
Boost Clock 1070 MHz 1120 MHz
VRAM 3 GB GDDR5 2 GB GDDR5
Bus Interface 384-BIT 256-BIT
Memory Clock 6.4 GHz Effective 5.6 GHz Effective
Memory Bandwidth >300 GB/s 179 GB/s
VRM Design 10 Phase Digi+ 6+2 Phase DIGI+
Price $329.99 US $229.99 US

 

Expect both cards to hit retail tomorrow, as for prices, the Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II TOP would retail for a little over the $299 reference price range and the Radeon R9 270X DirectCU II TOP would hit retail for $229.99 US.

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