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.

Handheld Drive Corsair Voyager Air Review

In view of a violent growth of mobile devices, the interest towards independent external storage solutions has increased immensely. Smartphones, tablets and other laptop devices do not have enough inbuilt memory to cope with the enlarging multimedia inventories. The emergence of handheld external drives with a wireless adapter and charger battery onboard is called to efficiently solve the problem of data storage. Corsair, a renowned manufacturer of storage and other hardware products, has recently introduced its own vision of handheld drives. Codenamed Corsair Voyager Air, this drive is able to operate in an autonomous mode, providing for enormous storage opportunities.

General Peculiarities and Delivery

Voyager Air comes into the market in several versions, which are differentiated by the capacity (500 GB and 1 TB models), case coloring (black or red), and a type of network power supply (for the USA and Europe). The drive boasts an inbuilt Wi-Fi adapter and features …

Unusual PC Chassis Prodigy M from BitFenix

BitFenix, a company known for modern and cutting-edge PC solutions, is going to release one more representative of Prodigy PC chassis family – the Prodigy M. The new-comer features identical to the predecessor dimensions, nonetheless is ready to welcome motherboards of mini-ITX, as well as of micro-ATX standard. The chassis is designed in two color variations: stylish Arctic White and exclusive Midnight Black. According to the preliminary info, the model will be released in late September at a price of about €80.

Despite small-sized format, the case is able to accommodate all crucial components. The number of bays for various drives has been reduced, although storage does not suffer from lack of facilities. Thus, the case features four bays for HDD items (3.5-inch) and five bays for HDD/SSD items (2.5-inch). Five expansion PCI Express slots allow for the creation of various system configurations, including CrossFire and SLI graphics schemes.

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