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.

‘Cubic’ Chassis Corsair Carbide Air 540 Review

Corsair is renowned for the whole galaxy of products designed for contemporary PC platforms. Its PSUs, memory modules, SSDs, cooling solutions, peripherals, and cases are widely incorporated in desktop and mobile segments. The latter count a list of series, targeted various customers with various needs. The most peculiar one is Carbide series that currently consists of eight models. Carbide Air 540 differs from its comrades, in the first place, by its cubic framework and, in the second place, by its mini-tower height but midi-tower internal spacing. Those are not the only attractions of the model, since Corsair always offers more than it’s seen on the surface.



Design and Ergonomics


Corsair Carbide Air 540 features 458x322x419 mm dimensions and is distinguished by a rather strict design. Exterior and interior facets are totally painted black, except for ‘Corsair’ label and sockets with inscriptions. The case is made of thin steel but for the external plastic panels …

Flash Drive DataTraveler Locker + G2 develops the speed of 5 MB/s

With development of modern technologies, one may say that flash drive DataTraveler Locker + G2 represented by Kingston Digital has something common with antiques. According to the manufacturer «Flash Drive» is equipped with an interface USB 2.0, in recording mode has speed of 5 MB / s. Maximum speed in reading mode is equal to 10 MB / s.



Not surprisingly, that by promoting a new product the company relies on another feature — data protection. According to Kingston Digital, one can be confident in the safety of important data with DataTraveler Locker + G2. The drive automatically protects all information in two ways — using a hardware encryption and password protection. The drive has a password manager for the secure storage of user names and passwords (up to twenty accounts), as well as access to them. After ten failed attempts to enter the password, «flash drive» is locked and formats itself.


Drive DataTraveler Locker + G2 is compatible with Mac OS X and Windows, …
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