AMD had recently launched its R7 265 GPU, following which ASUS has now launched R7 265 DirectCU II graphics card. It is a mid-range graphics card with ASUS’s proprietary high-end trickery, ASUS DirectCU II Cooler, something which was previously found only on its high-end graphics card. This cooler is claimed to keep the GPU 20% cooler and 3 times quieter. The card is priced at 14500 INR which is considerable for a mid-range graphics card. Let us now have a look on its spec sheet and its features to check if this card can stand out in the crowd.
Asus R7 265 DirectCU II Graphics Card comes with PCI Express 3.0. It also comprises of Shader model 5.0. There is 1 display port, one HDMI port, 1 DVI-D and 1 DVD-I. Talking about the memory, theAsus R7 265 DirectCU II Graphics Card has 2 GB DDR5 memory and a 2560 X 1600 pixel resolution
The specifications are very impressive for a mid-range graphics card. This card sports few premium high-end features too. It uses Super Alloy Power components which will boost the lifespan of the card by almost 2.5 times. ASUS has also incorporated its revolutionary ASUS DirectCU II Cooler which will help in keeping the card cool. With such outstanding build and superior cooling system, you can be sure to get better performance than usual mid-rangers without any hiccup. ASUS even claims that with such high quality components, gamers would be able to overclock the GPU by 15% i.e. to somewhere around 1050MHz. With the Asus R7 265 DirectCU II, you can also tweak clock speed, voltage consumption, fan speed, and power consumption using a Tweak Utility Software.
But is this the best gaming rig that you should consider buying in this segment? Let’s check what competition it has got and decide the winner ourselves.
MSI Radeon R9 270 stands out to be the only tough competitor for ASUS, at 16000 INR. This card has got 80 TMUs unlike 64 in ASUS R7265-DC2-2GD5 which gives MSI R9 270 higher texture rate. Obviously, high texture rate has resulted a boost in MSI’s floating point performance which is 2304 GFLOPS against ASUS’s 1843 GFLOPS. Because of MSI’s earlier release, it supports DirectX®11.1 and not the latest version. Rest all features are same except that ASUS features better build and a great cooling system which would only improve the performance.
Concluding for the winner, it’s actually a very tough competition between both of these mid-range gaming rigs. There is no clear winner among these two. MSI shows higher numbers on spec sheet, but Asus R7 265 DirectCU II graphics card has got extra points for its better build and cooling system. The performance difference between these two will not be significant. The winner you decide is now totally subjective depending upon you needs and most importantly, card’s availability as MSI card is difficult to get.