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 …

Motherboard MSI FM2-A85XA-G65A Review

Military-class motherboards elaborated by MSI have been always distinguished by the implementation of all high-end components within supply circuits, by extended overclocking facilities, and by corresponding exterior design. FM2-A85XA-G65A model corroborates such outstanding descriptions, being a worthy representative of products branded as ‘Military’. Moreover, the integration of high-quality and solid hardware elements enhances its overclocking potential that can’t but gladden PC enthusiasts.



Design and Layout


MSI FM2-A85XA-G65A is developed in ATX form-factor. It is notable by a fanciful, spacious layout, taking into account the full-fledged options integrated within a single chipset. Thus, there is no need in additional controllers. The distance between two graphics slots has been doubled to organize even the most powerful CrossFire configurations. The integrated heatsinks feature 31 mm height; one of them is located only 5 mm far from CPU socket. This implies …

Graphics Card Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 780 HerculeZ 3000 Review

Recently launched Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 graphics adapter has marked the era of high-performance combined with affordable price. Its efficiency level nearly reaches the one performed by GTX Titan adapter, but its price is far more reasonable for the majority of potential users. The only question is whether GTX 780 is able to demonstrate stability, running at heightened frequencies, on conditions of standard cooling? Probably, not. However, Inno3D decided to tackle the problem by developing its own version of adapter with an enhanced cooling system. As a result, Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 780 HerculeZ 3000 graphics card saw the daylight.



General Information


Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 780 HerculeZ 3000 is a top version in GeForce GTX 780 lineup of this manufacturer. Being a prime-class product, the card is ready to offer a stunning combination of heightened running frequencies and a powerful cooling effect. The model is delivered in a casual cardbox that contains user’s …
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