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.

Here Comes the 2nd Generation of Enermax Revolution X’t PSUs

Following the success of Revolution X’t series of power supply units, Enermax has introduced the second generation of revolutionary solutions: the Revolution X’T II. The series counts four models of 160x150x86 mm dimensions, each complying with 80Plus Gold certificate (up to 92% efficiency level). All the new-comers are able to operate in a wide voltage range (100-240 V) to meet the requirements of different PC platforms.



Enermax Revolution X’t II units come equipped with a single +12V rail with high output capability, high-end Japanese electrolytic capacitors, DC-to-DC converters as well as other reliable hardware. The chassis is cooled down by 139-mm fan, based on patented Twister bearing; consequently, the fan is estimated for 160.000 hours of fail-safe activity.


In order to reduce the end price of the models, Enermax has implemented hybrid cabling: key cables are connected to the chassis, while accessory cables might be detached when unnecessary. The units …

MSI Outs ECO Motherboards for Socket LGA1151

Launched first in 2014, ECO lineup of motherboards from MSI has recently been replenished by a triplet of models for socket LGA1151. The new-comers boast a wide range of power-efficient facilities as well as an optimal performance level. Thus, the users will enjoy the most advanced technologies without sacrificing performance. All three mainboards are developed in micro-ATX form-factor and employ Military Class 4 hardware base, although their other specifications differ.



MSI H170M ECO is designed on Intel H170 chipset, ready to accept Intel Core i3/i5/i7, Pentium & Celeron CPUs for socket LGA1151. The PCB accommodates two DIMM slots for the installation of DDR4-2133 MHz memory modules (up to 32 GB capacity). Storage subsystem offers 6x SATA III ports, while expansion is supported by 2x PCIe 3.0 x1 and one PCIe 3.0 x16 slots.


Audio subsystem is based on 7.1-channel Realtek ALC887 controller. The organization of network is entrusted to Intel I219V controller via LAN port. The …
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