HIS Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2: Graphics Card with an Offbeat Cooler

HIS has recently replenished its Radeon R9 series of graphics cards with a new model – the Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2. Based on AMD Hawaii Pro chip, this card is a combination of an ultimate efficiency and an offbeat design. The integrated GPU runs at an etalon frequency — 947 MHz. No changes have been incorporated into the frequency mode of GDDR5 memory: the 4 GB memory with 512-bus interface runs at nominal/effective 1250/5000 MHz frequency.



The major peculiarity pertained to the model is the employment of a proprietary two-slot cooler, codenamed IceQ X2. It consists of a spacious copper base (40x47.5 mm), a large aluminum heatsink, a pair of 89 mm fans, and five nickel-plated heatpipes: 2x 8 mm and 3x 6 mm. The cooler also accommodates additional heatspreaders, which dissipate heat in memory and VRM sections. Moreover, the framework boasts a dedicated stiffening plate that reduces loading on the printed circuit board.


To continue, HIS Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2 comes with two …

AOC Expands Its Lineup of PC Monitors with 69ID Series

AOC, a renowned developer of PC displays, has recently showcased its new series of IPS/AH-IPS monitors, entitled 69ID. According to the manufacturer, all models within the series feature the latest visual facilities, including 3D technology, and boast the most updated bezel-less framework. The users will get an opportunity of acquiring affordable 21.5-inch, 23-inch and 27-inch displays to be employed in office or home environment. Upon the whole, the new series counts six monitor models: AOC 69ID i2269Vw, AOC 69ID d2769Vh, AOC 69ID i2769Vm, AOC 69ID i2369v, AOC 69ID i2369Vm, and AOC 69ID i2269Vwm.



All 69ID displays support Full HD resolution and are equipped with white LED backlight. The latter is characterized by power-saving facilities. In combination with Eco Mode and e-Saver, LED backlight allows for a substantial cut in power consumption. In regards to design, the frontal coverage and a stand are made of brushed aluminum, whereas the rear panel distinguishes by a glossy …

Sapphire Vid-2X Display Expander Review

Display expanders cannot be found in abundance on PC hardware market. In fact, not every user knows what the main purpose of those devices is. In the most general meaning, display expanders are splitters that allow the connection of two monitors towards a single output on a graphics card. However, their destination is not limited by this function only, since it might serve some other means as well. Sapphire introduces its own similar solution in the form of Vid-2X Display Expander model. The manufacturer assures that this splitter differs from traditional couplers in terms of functional and reliability.



Framework


Splitter Sapphire Vid-2X Display Expander is housed in a black plastic casing with gray side plates. The casing's cover is divided in two parts; the spacing between them serves ventilation and heat management means. The base accommodates rubber stands which provide for the framework steadiness. It should be mentioned that Sapphire delivers two models simultaneously …
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