Motherboard Asus Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX Review

Latest Asus development, motherboard Asus Maximus V Formula, is notable for a rather high price. This is explained primarily by the implementation of high-end overclocking options and support of advanced brand technologies. Moreover, one might find this model at even higher price due to the availability of ThunderFX sound board in the nominal delivery set. Despite the pricing policy, this model is a desirable acquirement, since it provides unmatched performance and limitless facilities for overclockers.



Specifications


Asus Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX is developed in XL-ATX form factor. The model is based on Intel Z77 chipset specifically for Socket LGA 1155 CPU slot. CPU supports Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 and Asus TurboV EVO technologies which give access to overclocking facilities. Dedicated facilities allow the customer to alter Bclk frequencies from 80 MHz to 300 MHz (with 0.1 MHz shot) and to change voltage index in CPU, memory chips, PLL, CSA.


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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.

PSU Seasonic X-1250 SS-1250XM Review

Power supply unit Seasonic X-1250 is a senior product of X series that includes units from 400W to 1250W power. The two junior models are absolutely passive, while all other models feature hybrid cooling schedule. This implies that on conditions of little loading, the integrated fan stops its operation; and vice versa, when the loading is increasing, the fan's operation is more intense. PSU X-1250 is quite powerful to serve the needs of high-performance systems that require stable and efficient power to all key components.



Basic Features


Power supply unit Seasonic X-1250 is delivered in a spacious cardbox which contains a set of cables for the connection of PC components. The unit is housed in a dull black casing with stamped yellowish grid. The whole construction is 190 mm in length (+20 mm for cable connectors), so it won't suit compact-sized PC chassis. All basic specifications are indicated on the casing: the availability of +12VDC line that demonstrates 1248W power at …
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