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.

PC Chassis Enermax Fulmo ST ECA3270 Review

Enermax, one of the outstanding players in the PSU and cooling market, has recently paid great attention to the development of other hardware pieces, including chassis and cases. Its Fulmo series vindicates that the company has plenty of shot in the locker to beat competitors and marvel customers. Enermax Fulmo ST ECA3270 is probably the most interesting model within the series, with a bit strict, aristocratic design but rich internal layout. But, is that truly so? Let’s find it out.



Design Peculiarities


First of all, it should be mentioned that Fulmo ST ECA3270 comes in two color variations: black and dark-gray. Color is not the only feature that diverges the couple, since black version is furnished with fan backlights. Upon the whole, the model is designed in mid-tower standard and features 244x485x513 mm dimensions. The frontal facet is covered by a steel grid, which hides a non-removable air filter. The facet is blind, except for three grid-like plugs for 5.25-inch …

Foxconn Q77M: Effective Solution of Corporate Tasks

Foxconn introduces a new motherboard destined for the efficient solution of all basic corporate assignments. Codenamed Foxconn Q77M, the model is developed in micro-ATX form factor and supports processors from Intel: Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge (Intel Core i3, i5, i7 of the second and third generations). It is peculiar for the integrated facilities pertained to the remote control and virtualization.



Motherboard Foxconn Q77M employs high-quality Japanese capacitors in its framework. The minimal error-free operational time is estimated at sixty thousand hours. Such index is going to attract those corporate clients who require stable and uninterrupted work with the utmost performance.


This model accommodates such video interfaces as VGA, HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI, gigabit LAN socket, six-channel HD audio codec and graphics core with DirectX 11 support. Additionally, the board allows employing up to 32GB of DDR3-1600 MHz memory type and supports RAID standards with the …
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