Motherboard Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z Review

Asus has been taking a leading position in the supply of motherboards to the PC hardware market for a long time. For example, its Republic of Gamers series has been enjoying great popularity among customers for more than six years already. Besides, the company was a pioneer to introduce ROG in its products to guarantee an unmatched performance and wide range of available facilities. Crosshair model was the first to implement ROG in its basis, and the latest Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z motherboard is a direct follower of this approach.



Background


Motherboard model Crosshair V Formula-Z is developed in ATX form-factor (305x244 mm dimensions), employs AMD 990FX/SB950 chipset and is ready to house CPUs from AMD AM3+ (Sempron 100/Athlon II/Phenom II/FX). Memory subsystem consists of four DIMM slots estimated for DDR3 memory type that is able to operate in two-channel mode at 1066MHz-2400MHz frequency. The model is known to support Extreme Memory Profile options and is compatible …

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.

Kingmax to Amaze the Customers with mSATA MMP20 SSD

Solid-state drives with mSATA interface have become an efficient tool for the improvement of laptops and nettops performance. Kingmax has joined the ranges of companies that develop SSD technologies in mSATA form-factor. Its fresh model line, MMP20, is primarily targeted at the small form-factor systems and hybrid solutions like HDD+SSD. The SSD model line features ‘Premium Selected’ certificate and has undergone thorough testing challenges.



Kingmax mSATA MMP20 is a compact and effective solution not only for laptops and desktop systems, but also for embedded systems like tablets. Kingmax SSDs comply with JEDEC MO-300B requirements and have SATAII 3 Gb/sec interface. They are furnished with a controller which optimizes the memory monitoring to ensure the most appropriate performance and reliability. SATA interface is called to align the connection between the flash-memory and host-system; this is supposed to improve data reading and writing speed, OS and applications …
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