Asus is bringing its DirectCU II cooling technology to mid-range cards, with the R7 265 the first card to feature this technology in this segment.
AMD launched its latest mid-range R7 265 video card yesterday, and Asus is wasting no time in launching its variant of the card.
The Asus R7 265 DirectCU II features highly-conductive copper cooling pipes which come in direct contact with the card’s GPU for effective heat dissipation. The of DirectCU II cooling technology has usually featured in Asus’ high-end cards until now, and the fact that it has included it in a card that is set to retail for under $200 means that the manufacturer is intent on bringing more features to its mid-range offerings.
The card itself is similar to the reference R7 265 card, and features a core clock of 900 MHz and boost clocks of 925 MHz. Asus’ version does feature 1280 stream processors to the stock card’s 1024, but otherwise it is the same as a stock R7 265, which means 2GB of GDDR5 memory at 5.6 Gbps bandwidth on a 256-bit memory interface.
Asus said the lifespan of its R7 265 is two and a half times that of the stock card, which is achieved by using Super Alloy Power components. Asus claims that because of the high-quality components, users can overclock the card to 15 percent without any issues. Power is delivered through a single six-pin PCIe power connector, and thanks to the inclusion of DirectCU II, the card runs 20 percent cooler and three times quieter than the reference card.
In addition, you can tweak all facets of the card, like video-memory clock speeds, voltages, cooling-fan speeds and power-consumption thresholds easily through the GPU Tweak software utility. The streaming tool included with the utility allows you to broadcast gaming sessions in real time.
Asus hasn’t announced availability details of the R7 265 DirectCU II yet, but the card should be available in stores before the end of the month, and should cost under $200.