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.

Meet New AE222/G and AE201 AIO Solutions from MSI

MSI has enlarged its inventory of all-in-one PCs with a pair of new models – the AE201 and the AE222/G. Both greenhorns are based on the advanced Intel Core i3/i5 4th gen processors and are thought to support the latest Windows 8.1 platform version. The first model, AE201, features 20-inch display with Full HD resolution (1920x1080). Official press-release does not give a hint about detailed specifications, though it mentions that this model supports Flicker-Free and Less-Blue Light technologies.

Nonetheless, the larger part of the presentation is devoted to the AE222/G AIO PC. This model features 21.5-inch Full HD display and supports the above mentioned technologies, as well as optional sensor facilities. All functional possibilities are relied on Intel H81 Express chipset. The product will come in two variations: either with Intel Core i3-4130 CPU, running at 3.4 GHz, or with Core i5-4440s. The latter boasts overclocking abilities, demonstrating 2.8 GHz nominal and 3.3 GHz …

PSU Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 700W Review

Toughpower Grand series is one of the foreground PSU lines in the production gamma of Thermaltake. The series is replenishing with ever newer models from time to time, offering more advanced facilities and more efficient power. Model Toughpower Grand TPG-700M is one of the latest power supply units from this manufacturer. Its is characterized by the availability of 80Plus Platinum certificate and the employment of high-quality capacitors that ensure its stability of operation. Upon the whole, TPG-700M might be called a worthy follower of Toughpower series.

Specifications and User Experience

Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 700W is notable by a quite wide temperature condition range which fluctuates within the measures of 0 up to 50 degrees. The power on +12VDC rail is estimated at 696W (58A). The correlation of power on this rail with the total power makes up 0.994; this is a sample index for such type of units. All other basic specifications of the model are indicated on the …
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