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Asus R9 390X STRIX DC3 OC 8GB Review

Rating: 8.0.

AMD released the R9 390X GPU three months ago and the custom-cooled board partner offerings are available in strength. Today we are taking a look at Asus' STRIX DC3 OC version of the R9 390X which utilises the company's triple-fan DirectCU III cooler and an automated production process.


Asus' approach to taming the power-hungry R9 390X (Grenada XT) GPU is to throw a cooler with five heatpipes, an almost-11 inch fin array, and triple 92mm fans at it. But it's not just high-performance cooling that Asus gives the R9 390X STRIX DC3 OC card – the company also deploys an enhanced 8-phase power delivery system that utilises Super Alloy Power II components.

It will be interesting to see how Asus' out-of-the-box GPU overclock will allow the R9 390X to compete against Nvidia's slightly more expensive GTX 980. And how much of a performance lead will the R9 390X STRIX DC3 OC provide over a GTX 970?

With a smart selection of display outputs and an eye-catching, reinforcing backplate, is Asus' R9 390X STRIX DC3 OC graphics card one that you should have on your radar?


  • 1070 MHz engine clock for better performance and outstanding gaming experience.
  • DirectCU III with Triple Wing-Blade 0dB Fan Design delivers max air flow with 30% cooler and 3X quieter performance.
  • AUTO-EXTREME Technology with Super Alloy Power II delivers premium delivers premium quality and best reliability.
  • GPU Tweak II with Xsplit Gamecaster provides intuitive performance tweaking and lets you stream your gameplay instantly.

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