Meeting New GTX 970 DirectCU Mini OC Video Card from Asus

Tailored for mini-ITX motherboards, Asus has designed a new graphics card based on GeForce GTX 970 adapter. The GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU Mini OC features 170x122x40 mm dimensions only, targeting small-sized chassis for mini-ITX platforms. The heart of the card is Nvidia’s GM204-200-A1 GPU with 13 SMM blocks, 1664 CUDA cores, 104 TMUs, and 64 ROPs. It runs at the nominal 1088 MHz frequency but might be overclocked to 1228 MHz index.



Asus GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU Mini OC employs a shortcut PCB that accommodates a two-slot cooler with a vapor chamber, a backplate, and a high-efficiency CoolTech Fan. The latter is distinguished by a unique design that dramatically enhances airflow. The incorporated hardware base features Super Alloy Power design. It implies the inclusion of prime-quality chokes, capacitors, and power transistors. Their combination provides for some incredible efficiency and a prolonged lifespan.


The integrated GPU is accompanied with 4GB of GDDR5 memory; it …

VP2771, a Professional 27” Monitor by ViewSonic

Welcome a 27” VP2771 monitor with a super-thin bezel by ViewSonic, possessing a SuperClear IPS panel and all the technologies, critical for professional colour rendering (4.39 trillion shades), which make it an ideal solution for digital artists or video editors.



The WQHD 2560 x 1440 resolution provides crisp images without deformation. The aspect ratio is 16:9, viewing angles are 178 degrees, the contrast ratio is 1000:1, and the response time equals to 5 ms. Among key characteristics of the device one can also distinguish an embedded ambient light sensor and a KVM switch. At the same time a Picture-by-Picture and a dual colour engine functions are available with this display. Hardware calibration goes together with the optional CS-Xri1 Colorbration Kit from ViewSonic, which costs $280.


This novelty features a USB 3.1 Type C input, USB 3.1, DisplayPort, HDMI, MHL 2.0 and mini DisplayPort.


The current manufacturer’s suggested retail price of VP2771 is $734.

Corsair to Release Hydro Series H5 SF Liquid Cooler

Taking into account the increasing number of cases when it’s impossible to install highly efficient air coolers on mini-ITX motherboards, Corsair has developed a universal low-profile liquid cooler. Entitled Hydro Series H5 SF, the unit shows compatibility with the majority of small-sized platforms for Intel LGA1366/115x and AMD FM1/FM2/AM2/AM3 sockets. Besides, this model is able to manage with up to 150 W of thermal power.



Corsair Hydro Series H5 SF is distinguished by an unusual framework. It employs dedicated props which hover the heatsink over the motherboard; thus, the system does not require additional space within the case. The base is made of polished copper.


The aluminum heatsink (167x40x57) is accompanied by a 120-mm fan that drags out hot air from heat-generating components. Its rotation speed varies from 1000 RPM to 1800 RPM, producing 12-24 CFM airflow. Still, the fan appears to be rather noisy with the peak levels of 36-42 dB.


Corsair bundles the …
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