Graphics Card Asus Matrix-HD7970-P-3GD5 Review

Model Matrix-HD7970-P-3GD5 is supposed to be the most powerful graphics card delivered by Asus that is based on Tahiti chip. This card belongs to Matrix series targeting primarily gamers and overclockers. In addition, Radeon HD 7970 is one of the most highly-productive adapters with a striking overclocking potential. Thus, Asus has managed to implement both performance and power in a single product to provide for the utmost results and utmost convenience.


Graphics card from Asus features similar to other Matrix-series models design. Its frontal panel consists of a large cooler with two voluminous fans. This cooling system is covered by a shroud with red insertions. Its rear panel accommodates a perforated plate that leaves bare only a few zones on a textolite (CrossFire sockets, iROG controller, VGA Hotwire zone); spacing under the cooler is covered by a thick plate-heatsink that prevents textolite deformation. The side panel contains a pair of 8-contact power …

Greeting New Graphics Card GTX 760 DirectCU Mini from Asus

Asus introduces to the European market its newest graphics card Asus GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU Mini (codename GTX760-DCMOC-2GD5) that is distinguished by compact dimensions. The model is based on a shortened PCB with PCI-e 3.0 x16 interface, featuring 170x120x40 mm dimensions. This provides for its employment in the cooperation with small-sized mini-ITX motherboards. The new-comer is equipped with a two-slot cooler, embracing a vapor chamber and a high-efficient CoolTech Fan of an original framework.

The heart of the adapter is GK104 GPU that contains 1152 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs, and 92 TMUs. The core is factory-overclocked to 1006 MHz (nominal index) frequency with the peak point at 1072 MHz on GPU Boost 2.0 activation. Memory subsystem is represented by GDDR5 modules with 256-bit interface; its overall capacity makes up 2 GB. The modules run at overclocked frequencies as well, reaching an effective point of 6008 MHz.

Rear video I/O panel boasts the availability of four …

Seagate Launches the 5th Generation FireCuda SSHD

Seagate has expanded its lineup of hybrid drives with the 5th-generation FireCuda SSHD. The greenhorns are based on shingled magnetic recording technology (SMR), rather than perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR). The SMR enables the partial superposition of data tracks; it ensures the ultimate record density. The models are backed by a 5-year’s limited warranty.

Seagate FireCuda series is introduced by 5 models, developed in 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch formats. Their capacity varies from 500 GB to 2 TB. The drives employ MLC flash memory (8 GB) as well as SATA 6 Gb/sec external interface. The spindle rotates at 5400 RPM.

The average data read speed makes up 140 MB/sec with 2.5-inch models & 156 MB/sec with 3.5-inch items. The latter offer also up to 190 MB/sec of the average read speed from flash memory; besides, it takes only 8.5-9.5 ms for the chips to search for the needed data on Read/Write operations. To add, the new FireCuda is thought to consume between 1.7-6.7 W power.
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