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.

ASRock Unveils Z170M OC Formula Mainboard

ASRock came into the market with a new small-sized overclocking-oriented mainboard. Entitled Z170M OC Formula, the model is designed in micro-ATX form-factor on the basis of Intel Z170 chipset. The latter is ready to cooperate with Intel Skylake CPUs for Socket LGA1151. The PCB offers a pair of DIMM slots for DDR4-4500 MHz RAM (up to 32 GB capacity).



ASRock Z170M OC Formula accommodates three PCIe 3.0 x16 expansion slots, enabling the creation of various graphics configurations (including Nvidia SLI & AMD CrossFireX). Storage subsystem is introduced by a pair of SATA Express ports (10 Gb/sec) as well as four SATA ports (6 Gb/sec) and one Ultra M.2 slot (32 Gb/sec).


This motherboard boasts a high-quality audio subsystem; it is based on Realtek ALC1150 controller, generating 7.1-channel sounding (Purity Sound 3). The 10-layer PCB comes with an integrated 14-phase power subsystem with dual-stack MOSFETs, premium choke coils, and solid-state capacitors Nichicon 12K Platinum. …

Ultrathin 2.5-inch SSDs from Biwin

Biwin America, Inc., a global manufacturer of solid-state drive solutions for client and corporate needs, has officially announced the release of 2.5-inch SSDs with slim-profile casings. It should be mentioned that decrease in casing dimensions touched upon all 2.5-inch products and series manufactured by the company, including Smart, Pro and Elite Series with SATA 3 and SATA 2 interfaces, as well as Drive NX and NuvoDrive PX Series with SATA 3 interfaces.



Previously all SSDs were developed in 9.5 mm-thin casings, but the current modifications allowed Biwin to decrease the dimensions to 7 mm. This is twenty-six percent less than with preceding models. Hence, slim-profile SSDs are applicable in more compact devices; they are destined to be installed in 1U and 2U server stands. This is called to increase the deployment capacity of the server without sufficient investments. Biwin 7 mm SSDs casings are made of black anodized aluminum to ensure fail-proof characteristics of the …
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