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PowerColor Radeon R9 295X2: High-End Adapter with Two GPUs

PowerColor has recently launched the most powerful in AMD’s Radeon series graphics card, entitled Radeon R9 295X2. The key peculiarity of the model is the availability of two GPUs, which are accompanied by a hybrid cooling system. Such remarkable specifications make the card an ideal solution for advanced gamers and overclocking enthusiasts.



PowerColor Radeon R9 295X2 employs PCI-e 3.0 x16 interface and incorporates a pair of AMD Hawaii XT GPUs (28 nm, GCN 2.0). Each processor features 2816 CUDA cores, 64 ROPs, and 176 TMUs. They operate at the maximal 1018 MHz clock frequency. Each GPU ‘cooperates’ with 4 GB GDDR5 memory (8 GB in total) with 512-bit rails. Its nominal clock frequency makes up 1250 MHz, whereas efficient frequency might reach up 5000 MHz.


This remarkable graphics card is furnished with a hybrid cooler. Both GPUs are taken care by a liquid-cooling solution of enclosed type, power circuits are taken care by air cooling. The latter consists of a fan …

LaCie Updates a High-End 5big NAS-Server

LaCie, a reputable French manufacturer of premium storage devices, has updated its award-winning NAS, codenamed LaCie 5big, filling it with a bunch of cutting-edge options. The greenhorn is targeting corporate field and intended at a problem-free data backup, 4K video editing, joint and remote access to data, etc. The storage is housed in a solid aluminum chassis and counts five drive bays. Nonetheless, it features 173x220x196 mm dimensions only, which makes it the most compact NAS with the largest storage capacity in the market.



LaCie 5big will be available in three versions with the maximal capacity of 10 TB, 20 TB and 30 TB. The most outstanding peculiarity pertained to the model is the support of high-speed Thunderbolt 2 interface, represented by two ports. Initially, the storage presupposes the integration of five 6 TB hard drives, designed by Seagate, with the 7200 RPM spindle operation.


All the drives might be joined into RAID 5 configuration for a better …

Antec Outs Budgetary GX500 Chassis

Antec, a well-known designer of multiple hardware solutions, has released a new budgetary chassis, codenamed GX500. The model is developed in mid-tower form-factor and features 205x476x458 mm dimensions. It is made of solid steel but is complemented by plastic patches. The case has got a totally black coating and minimum accessories. The customers are able to acquire the product for the recommended price tag of EUR 59.



Antec GX500 supports the integration of standard ATX, as well as detracted mini-ITX and micro-ATX motherboards. The internal layout is ready to accommodate two 5.25-inch drives, five 2.5/3.5-inch drives, and seven PCI expansion cards. Storage might be enlarged due to the availability of one more external 3.5-inch drive bay.


Spacing within the chassis is sufficient to pack ATX power supply unit, CPU cooler of 158 mm in height, graphics adapters of 380 mm in length, and heatspreaders (liquid-cooling) of 380 mm in length. The chassis’ exterior does not …

Sapphire Introduces Edgy R9 290 Vapor-X OC Graphics Card

Sapphire Technology Ltd., the first-string supplier of graphics cards based on AMD chips, introduces its proprietary version of Radeon R9 290 adapter – R9 290 Vapor-X OC. As seen from the title, the model features an original Vapor-X cooler with three low-noise fans and has received factory overclocking. Bright design and outstanding performance makes this card a desirable acquirement for enthusiasts and overclockers.



Sapphire R9 290 Vapor-X OC is based on Hawaii PRO GPU (28 nm, GCN architecture) with 2560 stream processors. It runs at 1030 MHz frequency. The chip is accompanied by 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (512-bit interface) that operates at 5600 MHz effective frequency. The card is developed for PCI Express 3.0 x16 rail and is powered through a pair of sockets: 1x 8-pin and 1x 6-pin.


The award-winning Vapor-X cooler consists of an evaporator and five heatpipes. The main heat-pipe features 10 mm diameter, two other – 8 mm, and the last two – 6 mm. This combination is …

Palit to Release GTX 780 JetStream 6 GB Graphics Card in a Few Days

Palit has officially claimed that a long-awaited kick-off of GeForce GTX 780 JetStream graphics card with 6 GB memory will take place in mid-April. The model is differentiated not only the doubled video memory capacity, but also by the incorporation of an offbeat three-slot cooling system and factory overclocking. The privileges offered by the card will be available for the customers with about €600 in their pockets.



Palit GeForce GTX 780 JetStream 6 GB is based on GK110-300-A1 GPU with 2304 CUDA cores, 48 ROPs, and 192 TMUs. The core operates at the basic 902 MHz frequency, still it might be overclocked to 954 MHz level. The implemented GDDR5 modules employ 384-bit bus and run at an effective 6 GHz frequency (1.5 GHz nominal index).


Power supply is delivered through one 8-pin socket and one 6-pin socket. The estimated TDP level makes up 250 W. Video connectivity is realized by means of four dedicated ports: HDMI 1.4a, DisplayPort 1.2, DL DVI-I, DL DVI-D. In addition, …

Adata Offers Premier Pro SP920 Drive for Multimedia Data

Adata Technology enters into the market with a new series of SSDs, codenamed Premier Pro SP920. Initially, the customers will be able to acquire only two models of 128 GB and 256 GB capacity, though the manufacturer promises to enlarge the line later on with more spacious drives of 512 GB and 1 TB capacity. All the models feature a conventional 2.5-inch form-factor and are based on Marvell controller, accompanied by multi-level MLC NAND flash-memory.



Solid-state drives Adata Premier Pro SP920 employ SATA III 6 Gb/sec interface. Their design is peculiar by 7 mm depth, thus it will be possible to incorporate them into ultra-slim devices. The availability of a dedicated adapter, as well as a special mounting set, facilitates their installation into the 3.5-inch bays.


In keeping with the developers, these drives are primarily intended to work for the needs of multimedia data, as far as they ensure marvelous performance during Read/Write operations. Therefore, SP920 (depending …

Praiseworthy Monitor Iiyama XB2779QS-S1 Review

Present-day inventory of 27-inch monitors marvels the imagination. However, not all devices are identical in image quality and color sharpness. If you are not looking for a cheap solution with average showings, then you would probably appreciate the merits of ProLite XB2779QS-S1 display from Iiyama. This is not a mainstream product as its major rivals are award-winning Apple Cinema Display and Crossover. As distinct from them, Iiyama’s elaboration comes at a more alluring price that draws various audiences. Why is XB2779QS-S1 so special?



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The monitor is based on AH-IPS panel (codename LM270WQ1-SDF1 LG Display) with W-LED backlight, WQHD resolution (2560x1440), and 16:9 aspect ratio. The implemented matrix array contributes to a quick response time (5 ms GtG), a marvelous brightness index (440 nits), the widest viewing angles (178/178 degrees in both aspects), and an outstanding contrast ratio (1000:1/5M:1 S/D). The estimated color gamut demonstrates some striking …

Asus Comes Out with B85-Pro Gamer Motherboard

Thrifty enthusiasts willing to build up an efficient gaming system are given a chance to enjoy the privileges of a new motherboard from Asus: the B85-Pro Gamer. The model employs an affordable set of components, although it is highly competitive with more powerful solutions. This ATX board is based on Intel B85 Express chipset for Socket LGA1150 platform and supports Core i3/i5/i7, Celeron and Pentium (Haswell gen.) CPUs.



Asus B85-Pro Gamer comes with 4x DIMM slots that are ready to welcome up to 32 GB of DDR3-1600 MHz memory modules (two-channel). Storage section is represented by six SATA ports, four of which support 6 Gb/sec standard. Expansion of functional facilities might be realized due to three PCI slots, two PCI-e 2.0 x1, and two PCI-e x16 slots. The delivery of power supply is organized by means of 1x 24-contact socket and 1x 8-contact socket.


The hardware base also embraces network gigabit Intel I217V controller with an integrated GameFirst II technology; the …

Nvidia Titan Z Graphics Card to Be Launched in the Howe of the Year

Nvidia has recently announced the most powerful graphics adapter in its inventory, entitled GeForce GTX Titan Z. The model is primarily outstanding by the incorporation of two high-performance GK110 GPUs, accompanied by the extraordinary memory space. An official launch of this video monster is scheduled for the mid 2014 and the preliminary price tag makes up $2999.



Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z is supposed to be a representative of a new generation of graphics solutions, targeting mainly high-efficiency PC systems. In whatever way, the model is not targeting gaming systems, so that its potential could be entirely employed by the developers of audio-video content. As it was mentioned beforehand, the card is based on two Nvidia GK110 chips with the summary 5760 CUDA cores, 96 ROPs, and 448 TMUs. Still, clock frequency index has not been unveiled so far.


Video storage is compiled by 12 GB of GDDR5 memory with 768-bit interface. According to the designers, an efficient memory …