SilverStone Showcases a Pair of New Add-Ons to the Strider Gold S Series

SilverStone has recently replenished its production lineup with a pair of new power supply units. Codenamed Strider Gold SST-ST75F-GS and SST85F-GS, the couple has entered the award-winning Strider Gold S series. As seen from the codenames, the units are estimated for 750 W and 850 W power correspondingly. Thanks to the incorporation of unprecedented features and some 90% efficiency, the products has picked up 80Plus Gold award.



The Strider Gold S new-comers feature a totally modular design and are developed in ATX form-factor. They are equipped with a single +12V bus. The latter is able to ensure the maximal performance for a gaming system, due to the maximal current of 62/70 A for the junior and senior models respectively.


It should be noted that SST-ST75F-GS and SST85F-GS correspond to all actual security standards. As a result, the units support voltage stabilization features (in the range of ± 3%), as well as vibration-proof and noise reduction features. This …

Solid-State Drive OCZ Agility 4 Review

Up-to-date SSD manufacturers are inclined to employ MLC flash-memory with synchronous interface in their product lines. The implementation of exactly such memory interface allows balancing the advanced performance with moderate price. This is especially vital for SSDs with SATA 3 6Gb/sec interface. Nevertheless, some producers take the challenge to implement flash-memory with asynchronous interface in their drives. As a result, the final products go at more attractive price but with more modest speed characteristics. OCZ dared to overcome this speed drawback by releasing SSD Agility 4 series. The models included in the series are based on asynchronous flash-memory interface and, according to the company's words, prove to show quite decent speed index.



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Despite the prevalence of SandForce controllers implemented in SSDs, OCZ decided to use quite different platform for its new series. Agility 4 employs Indilinx Everest 2 controllers which, in some way, …

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.
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