HIS Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2: Graphics Card with an Offbeat Cooler

HIS has recently replenished its Radeon R9 series of graphics cards with a new model – the Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2. Based on AMD Hawaii Pro chip, this card is a combination of an ultimate efficiency and an offbeat design. The integrated GPU runs at an etalon frequency — 947 MHz. No changes have been incorporated into the frequency mode of GDDR5 memory: the 4 GB memory with 512-bus interface runs at nominal/effective 1250/5000 MHz frequency.



The major peculiarity pertained to the model is the employment of a proprietary two-slot cooler, codenamed IceQ X2. It consists of a spacious copper base (40x47.5 mm), a large aluminum heatsink, a pair of 89 mm fans, and five nickel-plated heatpipes: 2x 8 mm and 3x 6 mm. The cooler also accommodates additional heatspreaders, which dissipate heat in memory and VRM sections. Moreover, the framework boasts a dedicated stiffening plate that reduces loading on the printed circuit board.


To continue, HIS Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2 comes with two …

NOX Outs Coolbay VX Zero PC Chassis

NOX Xtreme Products S.L. Corporation is glad to announce the availability in the European market of a new PC chassis, entitled Coolbay VX Zero. This mid-tower model features 465x490x165 mm dimensions, sitting is a SGCC steel case. It has got a black-and-white exterior coating, a totally black interior, a metallic grid on the frontal facet, as well as an acrylic window of the side facet. All those peculiarities add to the sleek style of the chassis.



NOX Coolbay VX Zero is supposed to accommodate micro-ATX or standard ATX motherboards. Its internal spacing is estimated for the integration of three 5.25-inch optical drives and seven 3.5/2.5-inch HDD/SSDs. The rear section of the case contains seven PCI slots for expansion cards. Upon the whole, the layout promotes for the installation of 350 mm long graphics cards, 160 mm high CPU coolers.


Furthermore, the model is equipped with an inbuilt dock-station on the top facet for the connection of a single 3.5/2.5-inch hard drive. …

HP Employs Processors AMD Athlon II X2 221 and Sempron X2 198

The release of hybrid AMD processors of A series was announced about a year ago, however, their actual appearance in the market was delayed for a few months. It is a well-known fact that a part of those processors for Socket FM1 platform has got idle graphics block; this part of processors has been codenamed Athlon and Sempron. The two processor models from this series Athlon II X2 221 and Sempron X2 198 can be currently found in PCs manufactured by HP company.



Both processors have been observed in the list of specifications of desktop PCs delivered by HP: Athlon II X2 221 is employed in HP Pavillon p6-1169cx and p6-1226cn models, while Sempron X2 198 is employed in HP Pavillion p6-1152cx, 1230cx, 1231cx, and 1159cx models. The major peculiarity of such technological solution is that HP PCs with those processors are delivered only to the Chinese market.


Two-core Athlon II X2 221 operates at 2.8 GHz frequency, and accommodates 1 MB cache memory of the second level. It is …
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