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.

Asus Showcases M70 Desktop PC with NFC Support

Asus has lately announced the release of a new desktop PC that positions itself as the first ever desktop solution with the support of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. Entitled Asus M70, the product allows for the wireless interaction and data transfer with the compatible mobile devices on Android platform. For instance, a dedicated NFC Express software app enables an automatic copying of photo/video files from the smartphone or tablet to the PC.



Asus M70 is housed in a silver case, which is differentiated by a laconic but stylish design with a luminous stripe on the frontal facet. As for the internal layout, this model is available in several variations on the basis of two-core Intel Core i7/i5/i3 CPUs (4th generation chips) and graphics cards of Nvidia GeForce family (up to GeForce GTX 650 series). Operational management is entrusted to the newest OS Windows 8.


The implementation of a built-in uninterrupted power supply (UPS) is considered to be one of the …

Arctic to Release Coolers Specifically for Nvidia Graphics Cards

Arctic Cooling AG is going to release a new air cooling system destined particularly for Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 graphics solutions. Codenamed Accelero Twin Turbo 690, this new cooler is differentiated by better efficiency and practically imperceptible noise level. This model features 288x138x50 mm and weighs 805 g. The nominal delivery set of Accelero Twin Turbo 690 includes fixture kit, brand thermal compound Arctic MX-4, and thermal padding.



New cooling system consists of aluminum base with two copper sills, ten copper heat pipes (6 mm each in depth), a couple of 120 mm fans, and two-section aluminum radiator that contains eighty-six plates. Fans are developed on hydrodynamic bearing and can be monitored by a special facility; rotational speed can be automatically altered by means of pulse width modulation and fluctuate within the measures of 400 rpm to 1500 rpm.


According to the words of the company's developers, Accelero Twin Turbo 690 is capable to manage up to 400W …
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