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.

Acer Showcases Aspire Z3-615 All-in-One PC

Acer is preparing for a May launch of the newest all-in-one PC, codenamed Aspire Z3-615. It is built on Haswell-based Intel Core CPU and employs (optionally) Nvidia graphics adapter. What is more, the model runs under the updated version of Windows 8.1 OS. The customers will be able to acquire a high-efficiency device for the price tag of $999.



Acer Aspire Z3-615 features 23-inch IPS display that supports Full HD resolution. It houses inbuilt speakers with the support for Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater technology, as well as an inbuilt microphone with Acer Purified Voice option. The latter ensures background noise clipping and high voice audibility on video-chat sessions. The implemented stand allows for the alteration of display pitch angle within the range from -5 degrees to +25 degrees.


This all-in-one solution comes with 16 GB RAM and 500 GB/1 TB hard drive. It is also equipped with BD drive, multi-format card reader, and a webcam with the support for video call in …

Toshiba will increase the capacity of hard drives up to 600 terabytes

Toshiba is engaged in improving the existing hard drives in order to increase their capacity. Limited to several tens of terabytes, Japanese do not want to stop — they need at least 600 terabytes in a single 3.5-inch drive. To do this, Toshiba uses all the tools and opportunities, including temporary cooperation with companies, competitors, TDK, and Showa Denko KK.



The newly formed trio of producers focuses on the development of new technologies of recording information on magnetic media and improvement of existing methods. Alliance sees great prospective in the technology of the so-called «two-dimensional magnetic recording» (TDMR). It is experimental, but using, it is quite achievable to record density of 10 terabits per square inch, which thus gives the capacity of 600 terabytes in a single hard drive.


Of course, no one talks about the chances of such a capacious storage in the foreseeable future — Toshiba and its partners will have more than one year of research …
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