Meeting New GTX 970 DirectCU Mini OC Video Card from Asus

Tailored for mini-ITX motherboards, Asus has designed a new graphics card based on GeForce GTX 970 adapter. The GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU Mini OC features 170x122x40 mm dimensions only, targeting small-sized chassis for mini-ITX platforms. The heart of the card is Nvidia’s GM204-200-A1 GPU with 13 SMM blocks, 1664 CUDA cores, 104 TMUs, and 64 ROPs. It runs at the nominal 1088 MHz frequency but might be overclocked to 1228 MHz index.

Asus GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU Mini OC employs a shortcut PCB that accommodates a two-slot cooler with a vapor chamber, a backplate, and a high-efficiency CoolTech Fan. The latter is distinguished by a unique design that dramatically enhances airflow. The incorporated hardware base features Super Alloy Power design. It implies the inclusion of prime-quality chokes, capacitors, and power transistors. Their combination provides for some incredible efficiency and a prolonged lifespan.

The integrated GPU is accompanied with 4GB of GDDR5 memory; it …

Review of the universal cooler for graphics cards Ice Hammer IH-900B

With an excellent combination of cost and efficiency, cooling systems Ice Hammer continues to advance steadily to our market, crowding out products over top manufacturers. Today the characteristics, efficiency and noise level of another novelty — a cooler for graphics cards Ice Hammer IH-900B will be studied.

The novelty comes in a compact cardboard box with a small cutout on the front side, through which part of the fan and radiator is visible. On the reverse side there is also present cut-out in the form of the cooler. There is a list on GPU graphics cards from NVIDIA and AMD, which is compatible with the Ice Hammer IH-900B. On the sides of the package you can find specifications and other information about the cooling system.

Along with the cooler are supplied: small aluminum heatsinks for memory chips and smaller radiators for power elements, two sets of sleeves, key pads and screws, and a brief installation instruction, thermal compound A2, cables, adapters, as well …

Graphics Card MSI R7870 Hawk Review

MSI, a large-scale manufacturer of computer hardware and consumer electronics, has introduced its new lineup of graphics cards, codenamed R7870 Hawk. The new series goes with the upgraded Radeon HD 7870 video adapter, improved integrated circuit and overclocking base. In addition, these graphics cards will go with the implemented GPU Reactor and Unlocked Digital Power technologies. Upon the whole, the introduced integration and performance is called to compete for the customers' favor with other high-end top models designed by Gigabyte and Asus.

Design and Layout

Design of R7870 Hawk somehow resembles a short-cut version of R7970 Lightning from MSI as well. It has similar design of cooling system covered with blue strip. The cover hides five heat pipes and rather compact fans. The rear part of the card is covered by a metallic plate; there is a plastic boot opposite the graphics chip that covers GPU Reactor block. This block is based on a separate detachable board and …
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