Sapphire Introduces Edgy R9 290 Vapor-X OC Graphics Card

Sapphire Technology Ltd., the first-string supplier of graphics cards based on AMD chips, introduces its proprietary version of Radeon R9 290 adapter – R9 290 Vapor-X OC. As seen from the title, the model features an original Vapor-X cooler with three low-noise fans and has received factory overclocking. Bright design and outstanding performance makes this card a desirable acquirement for enthusiasts and overclockers.

Sapphire R9 290 Vapor-X OC is based on Hawaii PRO GPU (28 nm, GCN architecture) with 2560 stream processors. It runs at 1030 MHz frequency. The chip is accompanied by 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (512-bit interface) that operates at 5600 MHz effective frequency. The card is developed for PCI Express 3.0 x16 rail and is powered through a pair of sockets: 1x 8-pin and 1x 6-pin.

The award-winning Vapor-X cooler consists of an evaporator and five heatpipes. The main heat-pipe features 10 mm diameter, two other – 8 mm, and the last two – 6 mm. This combination is …

ViewSonic TD2420: Monitor with Optical Touch Technology

ViewSonic, one of the leaders in the development of image display devices, has recently introduced a new 23.6-inch sensor monitor, codenamed TD2420. The model features 555.9x421.9x174.8 mm dimensions and supports two-point Optical Touch technology that recognizes up to two simultaneous touches, due to the integrated optical sensor. In addition, this display boasts anti-glare coverage and scratch-resistant surface (7H). Upon the whole, the product is designed to be used in medical or educational areas, as well as in home-based multimedia systems.

TD2420 accommodates TN panel and is equipped with LED backlight. It supports Full HD resolution (1920x1080) and is characterized by 5 ms response time (in Gray-to-Gray environment). The incorporation of an improved panel type resulted in the following image specifications: viewing angles make up 170/160 degrees (H/V), the maximal brightness achieves the index of 210 cd/m2, static contrast equals to 1000:1, and dynamic contrast equals to …

MSI works on development on three Mini-ITX motherboards based on chipsets A85, B75, and Z77

During August, MSI will release the two motherboards LGA1155 form-factor Mini-ITX, based on chipset Intel B75 and Z77. The first is positioned as a budget solution, the second is, in addition to support of overclocking Ivy Bridge K factor, will offer enhanced power system, and integrated Wi-Fi adapter and Bluetooth. Before the start of retail sales APU A-Series/Trinity (October) they will be joined by Mini-ITX motherboard based on chipset AMD A85.

From the pair of tiny “motherboards” B75/Z77 the greatest interest is for last one. The full codename of the model — MSI Z77IA-E53.

The upcoming model has seven power phases of processor socket with elements DrMOS and tantalum capacitors, power connector EPS12V 8-pin, two slots for RAM DDR3 (up to 16 GB of RAM) and a slot PCI Express 3.0 x16. Also, there are two SATA ports with a throughput of 3 and 6 Gb / s, single eSATA and mSATA (3 Gb / s). Jack mini-PCIe 5 GT / s is located directly above the mSATA — the original …
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