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.

Thermaltake Unveils Chaser A71 Full-Tower PC Chassis

Thermaltake has lately made an official presentation of a new full-tower chassis, entitled Chaser A71. The model features 565x205x537 mm dimensions and a rather stylish design. Its side panel contains an L-shape acrylic window that makes an exposure of all internal components. Moreover, the two out of four pre-installed fans are furnished with a bright blue LED that enigmatically illuminates the framework.



Being a full-tower solution, Chaser A71 is housed in a quite spacious case. It gladly welcomes ATX, mATX and Extended ATX motherboards, eight expansion cards of up to 344 mm in length, six hard drives or solid-state drives, three optical drives, a heatsink (of a liquid-cooling system) up to 240 mm, and a compatible power supply unit. The maximal supported CPU cooler height should not exceed 160 mm.


I/O panel is represented by a dense group of ports, indicators and keys: Power button, HDD activity indicator, a pair of USB 2.0 and the same number of USB 3.0 ports, and …

Greeting One More Chassis of Urban Series from Thermaltake

Following the release of Urban S31 PC chassis, Thermaltake put its best foot forward to introduce one more representative of Urban series – Urban S41. This is a mid-tower case of a minimalistic design, with totally black exterior and interior. The model is vested in SECC steel coverage and will be available in two framework variations: with a large side-facet window and without it. In its entirety, the chassis features 516x220x520 mm dimensions and weighs 8.9 kg.



Thermaltake Urban S41 is ready to welcome all contemporary motherboards of ATX and micro-ATX standard. Despite its mid-tower framework nature, its internal capacity does not yield to some full-tower case species. Therefore, it positions four external drive bays of 5.25-inch format, five internal bays for 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives, and seven slots for PCI expansion cards. Additionally, the case is equipped with an external top-facet dock for the installation of drives with SATA interface (HDD/SSD). The frontal I/O …
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