Sapphire Continues Its Victorious Onset on Graphics Card Market

News about fresh releases from Sapphire gladdens all potential customers and IT specialists with enviable frequency. The most recent news touches upon the upcoming release of a fresh graphics card codenamed HD 7870 XT with Boost. This model is based on AMD Radeon HD 7870 adapter and employs Tahiti chip with 1280 current processors and 80 texture blocks. The chip is designed on Graphics Core Next architecture that secures its improved facilities. The model employs PCI Express 3.0 x16 interface.



The integrated GPU works at nominal 925MHz frequency, but on activation of PowerTune Boost option this index rises to 975MHz. Memory, that is represented by 2GB of GDDR5 memory standard, demonstrates 6000MHz frequency. It provides for 192-bit rail access. An inventory of video interfaces involves a couple of mini-DisplayPort outputs, a single Dual Link DVI-I and a single HDMI port. Moreover, this graphics card supports AMD Eyefinity technology that allows the connection of several …

HIS Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2: Graphics Card with an Offbeat Cooler

HIS has recently replenished its Radeon R9 series of graphics cards with a new model – the Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2. Based on AMD Hawaii Pro chip, this card is a combination of an ultimate efficiency and an offbeat design. The integrated GPU runs at an etalon frequency — 947 MHz. No changes have been incorporated into the frequency mode of GDDR5 memory: the 4 GB memory with 512-bus interface runs at nominal/effective 1250/5000 MHz frequency.



The major peculiarity pertained to the model is the employment of a proprietary two-slot cooler, codenamed IceQ X2. It consists of a spacious copper base (40x47.5 mm), a large aluminum heatsink, a pair of 89 mm fans, and five nickel-plated heatpipes: 2x 8 mm and 3x 6 mm. The cooler also accommodates additional heatspreaders, which dissipate heat in memory and VRM sections. Moreover, the framework boasts a dedicated stiffening plate that reduces loading on the printed circuit board.


To continue, HIS Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2 comes with two …

Transcend SSD220S: Affordable TLC-Based Solid-State Drive

Transcend expands its lineup of SSDs with a new model – the SSD220S. It is based on 15-nm TLC memory chip available in 240 GB & 480 GB capacities. The model employs SATA 6 Gb/sec interface as well as DDR3 cache-memory. The drive is housed in a small-sized aluminum case (100x69.85x6.8 mm dimensions).



Transcend SSD220S boasts satisfactory Read/Write speed showings: sequential Read/Write data transfer activity – 550/450 Mb/sec, random – Read/Write data transfer activity (4K) – 80.000 IOPS. At the same time, Read/Write incompressible data transfer speed does not go beyond 330 Mb/sec. Moreover, these SSDs support all modern technologies, including Advanced Garbage Collection, SMART, TRIM, NCQ, and DevSleep.


To add, it’s always possible to upload SSD Scope software pack to further improve the performance. The drive is ready to operate in a wide range of temperatures (0-+70 degrees). The 240-gigabyte model costs 69 EUR, whereas its senior companion (480-gigabyte item) …
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