HIS Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2: Graphics Card with an Offbeat Cooler

HIS has recently replenished its Radeon R9 series of graphics cards with a new model – the Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2. Based on AMD Hawaii Pro chip, this card is a combination of an ultimate efficiency and an offbeat design. The integrated GPU runs at an etalon frequency — 947 MHz. No changes have been incorporated into the frequency mode of GDDR5 memory: the 4 GB memory with 512-bus interface runs at nominal/effective 1250/5000 MHz frequency.



The major peculiarity pertained to the model is the employment of a proprietary two-slot cooler, codenamed IceQ X2. It consists of a spacious copper base (40x47.5 mm), a large aluminum heatsink, a pair of 89 mm fans, and five nickel-plated heatpipes: 2x 8 mm and 3x 6 mm. The cooler also accommodates additional heatspreaders, which dissipate heat in memory and VRM sections. Moreover, the framework boasts a dedicated stiffening plate that reduces loading on the printed circuit board.


To continue, HIS Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2 comes with two …

BenQ Launches BL2420PT Quad HD Monitor

BenQ, a well-known Taiwanese designer of visual solutions, strikes the imagination with a new PC monitor, entitled BL2420PT. This 23.8-inch item with 16:9 aspect ratio is based on a high-quality AHVA matrix that ensures unrivaled specifications: the widest viewing angles (178 degrees in both aspects), Quad HD resolution (2560x1440 pixels), and 100% coverage in sRGB surrounding.



BenQ BL2420PT features 520x568x199 mm dimensions and weighs 7 kg. The display is equipped with white LED backlit that reduces typical power consumption to 28 W and to 0.3 W in Off mode. The implemented matrix provides for 1000:1 native contrast with 20M :1 correlation in dynamic mode. The maximal brightness makes up 300 cd/m2, color depth reaches 8 bits, the ultimate amount of displayed colors – 16.7 million, whereas typical response time equals to 14 ms (5 ms in GtG surrounding).


The rear panel accommodates four video interfaces: DVI, VGA, DisplayPort 1.2, and HDMI 1.4. Sound production is relied …

Motherboard Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 Review

The development of motherboard segment was always characterized by experiments and competition. In earlier times manufacturers tried to differentiate their products by color and delivery set configurations. Nowadays the conjuncture seems to be quite similar, although contemporary technological approaches presuppose the development of motherboards from scratch, while the remnants from the past used ready-made base. Motherboard Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 belongs to the generation of exclusive products with solid and high-end components, as well as original design.



Design and Framework


Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 design is differentiated by the predominance of dark colors, but due to the bright-green radiator embedding, PEG-slots and memory slots coloring, the motherboard looks brisk. Enlarged dimensions are considered to be the major distinction of this motherboard from other products. This model is developed in XL-ATX form-factor that can be compatible only with full-tower casings. The …
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