Asus to Start Shipping Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC Graphics Card

Next week Asus is going to start shipping its newest graphics card from Radeon R9 series. Codenamed Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC, it is based on an original PCB with black-and-red design and the incorporation of an exclusive DirectCU II cooling system. Plus, the availability of ‘OC’ in the codename implies the availability of factory overclocking.



Asus Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC takes GCN Hawaii core with 2816 stream processors as the basis. It operates at an overclocked 1000 MHz frequency. The model is equipped with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (512-bit bus) that runs at an effective 5400 MHz frequency. Just for a comparison, etalon adapter from AMD runs at 947 MHz/ 5000 MHz for GPU/memory correspondingly.


DirectCU II cooler consists of a heatsink, four copper nickel-plated heatpipes (two of them feature 10 mm dimensions), and two high-performance fans: one ordinary and one CoolTech. The card receives power via 6+8-pin connectors and might require not less than 600 W PSU.

AOC Introduces Extraordinary myConnect and myUltraSpeed Monitors

AOC International GmbH is glad to introduce a pair of extraordinary PC monitors, which replenished myDisplay series and Style Line production line. Codenamed AOC myConnect and AOC myUltraSpeed, the models are differentiated by a stylish design and some unique facilities. For instance, the first monitor offers USB-connection with laptops in Plug&Play mode, while the second one is peculiar by a high refresh rate, valuable for inveterate gamers.



AOC myConnect features 15.6-inch WXGA mobile display. It employs DisplayLink technology to allow a single USB 3.0 port to be connected with a laptop. This port provides for not only video imaging to the monitor, as it also charges it. This model accommodates an ergonomic stand that enables the transition of the display to the portrait mode. Moreover, thanks to Smart Auto Pivot, the display is able to change the aspect automatically.


Monitor myConnect is delivered with a brand software package. It contains a lot of useful settings …

Gigabyte Announces New Mini-PC Brix GB-Bace-3160

Gigabyte adds another mini-PC to its small-sized solutions. This time the company introduces a low-budget Brix GB-Bace-3160 model targeting entry-level users (home/office use). It might be employed to fulfill such routine tasks as file editing, web surfing & multimedia boot. The model boasts a strict all-black design, featuring 114.4x107.6x56.1 mm case dimensions.



Gigabyte Brix GB-Bace-3160 accommodates a 4-core Intel Celeron J3160 CPU (14 nm) that operates at 1.6/2.24 GHz frequency; it is accompanied by an integrated Intel HD Graphics 400 graphics core (320-700 MHz frequency). The PCB houses only a single SO-DIMM slot for the installation of DRR3L-1600 memory.


Storage subsystem is introduced by a single SATA III (6 Gb/sec) port, intended for the incorporation of 2.5-inch SSD/HDD. Audio subsystem is supported by Realtek ALC255 controller. Furthermore, this mini-PC comes with a 4-watt power supply unit.


Network facilities are realized by means of gigabit LAN port …
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