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.

Next year TSMC will start manufacturing the first 20nm chips

The Taiwanese company TSMC confirmed its intention to start production of chips using 20 nm technological processes in 2013. However, for now the company does not plan its production on an industrial scale and will release the first chips in a limited quantities, giving them a total of 1% of production capacity. According to the head of the company, the mass production of semiconductor chips with this technology will not begin until 2014.



Meanwhile TSMC Company is going to produce only one version of the chip, which will be able to enter into the wide range of devices, from smart phones with low-power to high-performance graphics cards. For comparison, the Taiwanese company currently has four different output chips on 28-nm technology. These are 28LP (poly / SiON) for low-power low-cost chips, 28HPL (HKMG) for use in low power applications, 28HP (HKMG) for high-performance chips and 28HPM (HKMG). The latest version combines elements of high-performance chips with high efficiency …

Thermaltake Adds 3 New PSUs to Toughpower DPS G Platinum Series

Gamers as well as enthusiasts now have an ideal solution for their PC-builds – a triplet of power supply units from Thermaltake with the best durability and facilities. The company has replenished Toughpower DPS G Platinum series with 850 W, 1050 W and 1200 W PSUs. All of them boast 80Plus Platinum certificate that ensures their efficiency at 94% level. The new-comers are backed by a 7-year’s limited warranty from the manufacturer.



Featuring 180x150x86 mm dimensions, Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G Platinum modules employ 100% Japanese capacitors with an extended range of operational temperatures (up to 105 C). The heart of the system is STMicroelectronics controller. It gives access to an advanced monitoring system that enables the display of system data either on the PC or a cloud server. Therewith, this info might be requested from any electronic device, including tablets & smartphones.


The models are known to support power-efficient modes for Intel Skylake platform. …
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