Sapphire Outs iCafe Gaming OC Graphics Card

Sapphire, the largest global retailer of graphics cards with AMD GPUs, comes out to the market with its own rendition of Radeon R7 260X adapter – the Radeon R7 260X iCafe Gaming OC. The new-comer features 215x105x35 mm dimensions and a purely black design. Its key differentiation is the integration of a two-slot aluminum cooler without heatpipes and a low-noise PWM fan. The nominal retail price makes up 124 EUR.



Sapphire Radeon R7 260X iCafe Gaming OC is based on AMD Bonaire XTX GPU (GCN 1.1) with 896 stream processors, 16 ROPs and 56 TMUs, running at 1050 MHz frequency. Its major ally – 2 GB GDDR5 memory with 128-bit interface – operates at 6000 MHz frequency. Power supply subsystem boasts 5+3-phase configuration, while connection to the PSU is realized by means of a single 6-pin socket.


To continue, I/O panel accommodates three video ports: DL DVI-I, HDMI, and DisplayPort 1.2. The list of supported standards and technologies includes DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, …

Meet Gold-Certified ZM1200-EBT PSU from Zalman

Zalman is well-known for designing affordable PC components. Their budget-oriented nature implies stable but medium efficiency. Things are different with the company’s latest PSU, entitled ZM1200-EBT: it is in stark contrast to the other solutions, due to high wattage and decent performance. The model yields 1200 W power, whereas its efficiency level achieves 92%. Due to this, the unit was conferred 80Plus Gold certificate.



Gaming- & overclocking-targeting Zalman ZM1200-EBT employs a single +12V design. Its output capability is able to reach 100 A. This PSU supports Intel ATX 12V 2.3 and EPS 12V 2.92 standards. The hardware base incorporates Japanese capacitors with 105C temperature grade as well as high-quality DC-DC converters.


To continue, the greenhorn features modular cabling system. Upon the whole, the case accommodates 15 sockets for the connection of targeted wires: 8x 8-pin sockets for CPU & GPU, 2x 18-pin and 10-pin items for the motherboard, 5x 6-pin items …

Overclocked Asus Strix R9 380 OC Graphics Card Review

AMD has recently updated its lineup of graphics cards, offering solutions for any taste and budget. Its Radeon R9 380 adapter is an appropriate balance of quality and price. Hence, there is small wonder that all company’s partners rushed into introducing their own versions of the card. The Strix R9 380 OC from Asus is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding interpretations. Let’s see what privileges it boasts.



General Specs


Asus Strix R9 380 OC is based on Antigua Pro GPU (28 nm) that entails 1792 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs and 11 TMUs. In contrast to the etalon model running at 970 MHz frequency, this card features 990 MHz nominal clock frequency. The codename – Strix-R9380-DC2OC-2GD5-Gaming implies that this item comes equipped with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, operating at 5500 MHz efficient frequency. However, it is assumed that Asus will introduce the version with 4 GB memory to satisfy the needs of a wider audience.


PCB Layout


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