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.

Kingston and Adata Come up with M.2 SSDs

Within the framework of Computex 2014 both Kingston and Adata are going to introduce their fresh SSD series of M.2 form-factor. In keeping with the manufacturers’ words, the products – SM2280S2 and SR1020NP — are differentiated by some spectacular performance. At present the companies provide only basic info about the drives, leaving their fans in suspense.

Kingston SM2280S3 is based on Phison PS3108 that supports SATA 6 Gb/sec interface only. It ensures 540 MB/sec and 514 MB/sec speed on sequential Read/Write operations. For sure, it’s not the performance innovative M.2 drives should demonstrate (about 10 Gb/sec), although the model considerably surpasses traditional HDDs in this respect.

This SSD series is represented by three models of 120 GB, 240 GB and 480 GB capacity. All of them employ DDR3 cache-memory with the minimal 256 MB capacity. Besides, the difference in efficiency between other M.2 offers Kingston promises to compensate by a more affordable price.

Adata Boasts Three New Premier Pro Solid-State Drives

The product line of SSDs from Adata has been replenished with three high-performance models. The SP910, SP900 M.2 2242 and SP900 M.2 2280 enter the award-winning Premier Pro series and might be implemented within various market segments (desktop, laptop or ultrabook solutions). In keeping with the manufacturer, the triple is thought to marvel the customers by super-high speeds, reliability, and instant response.

Adata Premier Pro SP910 is developed in 2.5-inch form-factor, featuring MLC NAND flash memory chips and Marvell 88SS9187 controller. The model employs SATA III 6 Gb/sec interface and offers 128 GB or 1TB storage area. Moreover, it supports a variety of useful tools, including S.M.A.R.T., ECC, etc.

This SSD is differentiated by some striking speed characteristics. Thus, its ultimate sequential Read/Write speed equals to 560/460 MB/sec, whereas the ultimate random Read/Write speed (4 K) makes up 91.000/77.000 IOPS. The new-comer is delivered along with a 3.5-inch …
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