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 …

PSU Fractal Design Newton R3 600W Review

Fractal Design plunged into PSU market comparatively not so long ago, and nowadays its product line counts only three PSU series, naming Tesla R2, Integra R2 and Newton R3. The latter consists of three models and is supposed to belong to the top-segment of products. The entry-level model in this series, codenamed Fractal Design Newton R3 600W, is estimated for the maximal output power of 600W (as suggested by the codename), produced via +12VDC rail. Generally, this power supply unit has got 80Plus Platinum certificate due to high level of efficiency. Let’s see what other privileges this product might offer.



Basic Peculiarities


PSU Newton R3 600W features 150x86x165 mm dimensions (w/h/d) and goes in two color variations: black and white. The case itself has got matte coating that prevents visible fingerprints or stains. Some facet edges are skewed a bit to add elegance to the design. The model complies with EPS 2.92/ATX 2.31 standards and is estimated for one hundred …

Gigabyte Puts on Sale Motherboard GA-H61M-DS2 Model

Gigabyte has put on sale across a Japanese market its entry-level motherboard entitled GA-H61M-DS2 Rev.3. The board is developed in a micro-ATX form-factor and takes Intel H61 Express chipset as the basis. It is predestined for Socket LGA 1155 and all compatible with it CPU lines: Intel Celeron, Intel Pentium, Intel Core i3, i5, and i7. One of the most distinguishing features ascribed to this model is the employment of Ultra Durable 4 Classic components that protect all internal elements from such unfavorable impacts as humidity, voltage instability, high temperatures, and electrostatic discharge.



The other promising news is that Gigabyte offers two variations of GA-H61M-DS2 model with DVI/HDMI ports on the rear panel (GA-H61M-DS2 DVI and GA-H61M-DS2 HDMI correspondingly). The basic model does not have either of such interfaces but is still rich in various ports: a couple of PS/2, three standard audio slots, four USB 2.0 ports, one RJ-45, and a single D-Sub port.

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