Overclocked Asus Strix R9 380 OC Graphics Card Review

AMD has recently updated its lineup of graphics cards, offering solutions for any taste and budget. Its Radeon R9 380 adapter is an appropriate balance of quality and price. Hence, there is small wonder that all company’s partners rushed into introducing their own versions of the card. The Strix R9 380 OC from Asus is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding interpretations. Let’s see what privileges it boasts.

General Specs

Asus Strix R9 380 OC is based on Antigua Pro GPU (28 nm) that entails 1792 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs and 11 TMUs. In contrast to the etalon model running at 970 MHz frequency, this card features 990 MHz nominal clock frequency. The codename – Strix-R9380-DC2OC-2GD5-Gaming implies that this item comes equipped with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, operating at 5500 MHz efficient frequency. However, it is assumed that Asus will introduce the version with 4 GB memory to satisfy the needs of a wider audience.

PCB Layout

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Greeting PowerColor Radeon R9 290X New-Generation Graphics Cards

PowerColor has officially introduced a pair of high-efficiency graphics cards developed on the new-generation Radeon R9 290X series adapters. Codenamed PowerColor Radeon R9 290X, both new-comers support the latest graphics technologies, i.e. DirectX 11.2 and OpenGL 4.2. The models feature a totally identical design, still there is one differentiation: one of the models is equipped with a key to Battlefield 4 game. Such ‘bonus’ has resulted in a bit heightened price of $580, if compared with the standard model that costs $550.

Both cards are based on AMD Hawaii XT chip. It has been dynamically overclocked by PowerColor to 1030 MHz, whereas the nominal clock frequency remained the same – 800 MHz. In order to enhance the performance, the GPU has been supplemented with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory with 512-bit interface that runs at 5000 MHz.

To proceed with the specifications, both graphics adapters accommodate four rear video ports (HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI-I, and DVI-D). …

Gigabyte Intros GA-J1800N-D2PH Motherboard

Gigabyte is set to unveil in the European market its latest mini-ITX motherboard, codenamed GA-J1800N-D2PH. Featuring 170x170 mm dimensions, the greenhorn is targeting small-sized entry-level desktop PCs. It boasts Ultra Durable 4 Plus hardware base with high-quality components on board. European customers will be able to acquire this model for a price tag of 50 EUR.

Unlike the majority of rival solutions, Gigabyte GA-J1800N-D2PH already comes equipped with a CPU: Intel Celeron (Bay Trail-D), 2.41 GHz nominal frequency, 2.58 GHz dynamic frequency, 1 MB cache L2, integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 with 792 MHz frequency, 10 W TDP. Due to low power consumption, it might be cooled by a passive cooler.

The motherboard accommodates two SO-DIMM slots for the installation of two-channel DDR3L-1333 MHz memory modules (up to 8 GB). Its other facilities include a pair of SATA II 3 Gb/sec ports, a single PCI slot, one USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports, one gigabit Ethernet port, …
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