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.

The Release of Unprecedented Extrememory USB Xtasy

Extrememory, a German manufacturer of versatile memory drives and PC components, has just announced the release of a new flash-drive series USB Xtasy. There would be nothing special in this release, but the company decided to amaze average customers, as well as IT professionals, by the unprecedented compact dimensions of their new drives. The drives have got solid aluminum casing of 39mm x 12mm x 4mm in size and are designed with the note of refinement and style in mind.

Extrememory USB Xtasy are based on COB technology which presupposes the aggregation of the circuit board and memory chip into a single unit. The drives are able to develop the reading and writing speed up to 18 Mb/sec and 6 Mb/sec correspondingly. They are equipped with the integrated USB 2.0 socket and have the backward compatibility with USB 1.1 sockets. USB Xtasy series will go in 8, 16, 32, and 64 GB of volume capacity to comply with the needs of different target groups.

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SilverStone Debuts with a Tiny PC Case PT13

SilverStone announces the release of a new PC case from Petit series that is intended for Thin mini-ITX platforms only. Entitled PT13, the new-comer is differentiated by truly tiny dimensions of 186x182x42 mm. Its framework consists of a steel chassis and an aluminum flip-up cover.

The possibility to utilize the case as in horizontal so in vertical positions is thought to be the major peculiarity of PT13. Additionally, the case might be fixed to the rear facet of the monitor, due to the availability of a dedicated VESA bracket. The company estimated the price for the model at $59.

SilverStone PT13 supports the installation of a single HDD or SSD of 2.5-inch form-factor. In regards to the supported motherboards, their list involves models from Intel (DH61AGL, DQ77KB), ASRock (H61TM-ITX, Z77TM-ITX, B75TM-ITX, H77TM-ITX), and Gigabyte (GA-H61TN, GA-H77TN). The maximal height of the supported CPU coolers might not exceed the margin of 19 mm. Unfortunately, expansion slots are …
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