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.

LG Smartphone Developers Give Preference to Android

LG smartphones developed on Windows Phone platform didn’t live up to the corporate management and developers’ expectations. The sales volume of such devices leaves much to be desired. In contrast to such statistics, LG smartphones developed on Android platform enjoyed wide popularity among huge customer audience.


In view of such conditions, LG management team has taken a decision to call a halt to the production of devices on Windows Phone and produce devices on Android by leaps and bounds. Such statement has been made by the corporate representatives during the official meeting dedicated to the announcement of data on sales volume for the previous quarter.



LG smartphone developers and sales department team confirm that the level of sales of devices produced on Windows Phone was inconsiderable as compared to the level of sales of devices on Android. It is believed that smartphones on Android contributed great mite to the improvement of the overall company’s …

Cooler Master Launches High-End Cosmos SE Chassis

Cooler Master, a Taiwanese designer of prime-quality PC hardware, started selling its fresh Cosmos SE (codename COS-5000-KKN1) chassis. The product is developed in mid-tower form-factor and positions itself as a miniature copy of the earlier released Cosmos II full-tower model. The latest entry distinguishes itself by an extraordinary design and an unbelievable capaciousness. The steel and aluminum case has got a totally black coating (interior and exterior); it features 264x569x524 mm dimensions.



The Cosmos SE is delivered in two framework variations: with absolutely blind side panels and with a stylish acrylic window. In order to provide comfort during transportation, Cooler Master has furnished the chassis with convenient carrying handles. The frontal facet is rich in six USB ports (a pair of 3.0 and four 2.0 ports) and in a dedicated button for the fan backlight adjustment.


This chassis model supports standard ATX and even larger motherboards (micro-ATX and E-ATX), as …
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