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.

Nvidia Introduces Pioneer Cloud GPUs of VGX Series

Nvidia VGX platform, that aims at securing virtualization facilities in any PC system, was introduced by the company not so long ago. But this is not the only surprise from the manufacturer, as yesterday it introduced a new cloud GPU solution, a pioneer in graphics industry. Those GPUs are developed on Kepler architecture and are targeted mainly at the employment with GPU-VDI facilities. The launch of such cloud solutions will facilitate GPU virtualization in various environments.

A new series of graphics processing units feature a dedicated hardware template, known as VGX MMU (memory management unit). This is a truly unique technology which allows the Nvidia VGX hypervisor to provide for simultaneous GPU employment by a few clients; at the same time, it ensures consecutive performance, compatibility of various applications, low-latency remote display, and stability of operation. Moreover, Kepler architecture consists of a high-performance encoding facility (H.264) that is …

A Pair of Monitors with 5:4 Aspect Ratio from iiyama

Iiyama, a Japanese monitor manufacturer, replenished its product line with a pair of displays with an unusual aspect ratio. Models E1980SD-W1and E1980SD-B1 feature 5:4 aspect ratio and differ from each other only by the color of casing (white and black). Along with all up-dated technologies and possibilities, iiyama offers a 3-year limited warranty that secures absolutely free servicing for all customers. The recommended price for the new entries is established at $177 mark.

Monitors E1980SD-W1and E1980SD-B1 employ TN+film panel type and are characterized by 5 ms array response time (transfer from White to Gray). The nominal resolution of 1280x1024 ensures good viewing angles (170 degrees across and 160 degrees down), 250 cd/m2 maximal brightness, and 1000:1 maximal static contrast with five million to 1 dynamic contrast. Option iStyleColor is responsible for the improvement of image quality.

Both models are characterized by the reduced showings of power consumption. …
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