Motherboard ASRock Z87 Extreme6 (LGA1150 Platform) Review

Intel Z87 platform is masterfully penetrating into all global markets. ASRock is the company that has already managed to introduce a set of products based on this platform, including Z87 Extreme6 model. The very board is supposed to be an advanced solution for enthusiasts, containing all necessary for specific usage attributes: POST-indicator, a powerful VRM system with a massive heatsink, and a lot of other facilities mentioned below.



Design and Layout


ASRock Z87 Extreme6 is designed in ATX form-factor with 305x244 mm dimensions. Its top side accommodates a large number of components, while the reverse side revels in three driver-doublers (ISL6611A) of CPU power rails only. Intel Z87 chipset is cooled down by a voluminous heatsink. A couple of additional ASM1061 controllers are soldered right to the system logics; they allow for the usage of up to ten devices with SATA 6 Gb/sec connectivity interface. The board comes with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 graphics core. …

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.

Presentation of ‘Inconceivable’ Graphics Card GeForce GTX 680 iGame

Graphics card from Colorful Technology company has become a real discovery at the crowned Computex 2012 exhibition. The major peculiarity of new GeForce GTX 680 iGame is seen in the integrated gigantic cooler of passive type which is called to ensure the sufficient heat removal. The developers have exceeded all expectations by presenting the graphics cars with such an original design and elaborate framework.



Passive cooler implemented in GeForce GTX 680 iGame consists of two solid aluminum radiators with the copper heat tubes. Those tubes are joined with a jumper which has other six heat tubes. The radiators are localized at both sides of the motherboard. The graphics card itself is of 15 cm in height; this place is dedicated to the nine expansion slots. The accelerator is based on the advanced Kepler architecture and operates under the layout of GK104 chip with Cuda cores. It employs PCI Express 3.0x16 bus and is equipped with GDDR5 memory of 256 bit interface. A couple of …
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