Asus Boasts One More Graphics Adapter with a Two-Slot Cooler

Asus has replenished its graphics card series based on Kepler architecture with a brand variation of one-chip GeForce GTX 680 adapter. Brand Asus GeForce GTX 680 card has been developed on an original in design circuit board and is notable by the doubled to 4GB GDDR5 memory capacity. Nevertheless, the most outstanding characteristic of a new product is the implementation of a two-slot cooling system, codenamed DirectCU II. Earlier Asus equipped its GeForce GTX 680 adapters with three-slot coolers.



The company decided to concentrate mainly on the introduction of an uncommon cooling system, leaving all frequency showings identical to the recommended by Nvidia index. Thus, graphics core operates at 1006 MHz frequency, while memory module works at 6008 MHz. Memory chips are soldered on both sides of the circuit board. The reverse side of PCB is covered by an aluminum plate that is in direct contact with GDDR5 chips.


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Motherboard Biostar A55MD2 Review

Good overclocking facilities are what the majority of customers look for in contemporary motherboards. In this light, the manufacturers establish various price ranges, depending on the product’s overclocking potential. As usual, boards from budgetary lines cannot boast such potential, though there are some exclusions. Biostar A55MD2 is considered to be one of the cheapest solutions for FM2 platforms. Still, its layout marvels by the availability of CPU boost facilities, as well as gigabit network interface.



Design and Layout


Motherboard Biostar A55MD2 distinguishes itself by rather compact dimensions: 226x178 mm (uATX form-factor). The model accommodates an amplifying board that is made of a metallic fusible element. The chipset is cooled down by a small-sized aluminum heatsink, while field transistors are avoid of any cooler. This might signify about some inconsideration pertained to thermal environment. Power supply activity is realized by means of 24-contact and …

Chassis Corsair Carbide 500R Review

Corsair manufacturers have complemented their Carbide line of chassis with a new model 500R. Corsair Carbide 500R is known to be a convenient solution for gaming PCs due to the capability of installing practically all up-to-date graphics cards. Despite the innovations implemented in this chassis, IT specialists, as well as average customers, cannot but compare 500R with its predecessor 400R. This is because both models have got a number of similar features which differentiate the chassis from products of other manufacturers.



Layout


The possibility to choose the color of chassis is considered to be an outstanding feature of Carbide 500R. The user is offered either totally black casing or milk-white casing with black framing; the combination of colors creates an overall positive impression about the chassis’ design. Chassis 500R in black color doesn’t differ so much from its 400R predecessor except of upper plate plastic framing and shape of ventilation grid.

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