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.

Logitec Starts Selling Three New DVD Drives

Japanese manufacturer Logitec started a sales campaign of its three portative DVD drives. The drives have been codenamed LDV-PA8U2VBK, LDR-PMF8U2V and LDR-PMF8U3L. All three models boast the availability of correspondence to Windows 8 certificates; this implies that users won't encounter any complications in their attempts to install the drives into the systems based on Windows 8 OS. According to the average price estimates, LDV-PA8U2VBK model will cost approximately $63, LDR-PMF8U2V — $60, and LDR-PMF8U3L — $67.

The released models feature a lot of common, as well as, unique characteristics. Thus, LDV-PA8U2VBK model is a DVD-ROM drive supporting USB 2.0 interface. It features 132x146x15 mm dimensions and provides the users with Nero Kwik Media and Kiwi DVD licenses.

To continue, LDR-PMF8U2V model serves DVD RW/DVD-RAM drive means. It also supports USB 2.0 interface and is delivered with Nero 12 Essentials license. This DVD drive is notable for 136x142x19 mm dimensions …

ARM Readies Cortex-A72 and Mali-T880 for Mobile Devices

ARM has just announced a series of solutions for the upcoming next-generation mobile SoC. The most notable developments are Cortex-A72 processor and Mali-T880 graphics. According to the manufacturer, both components will be interconnected within SoC by means of CoreLink – CCI-500. The launch of new items is scheduled for 2016. Rockchip, MediaTek and HiSilicon are among the companies to integrate both elaborations into their products.

It should be noted that Cortex- A72 is a successor of Cortex-A57, taking analogous 64-bit operations but demonstrating three times higher performance. The new-comer will be designed under 16 nm FinFET+ technological process. Its layout corresponds to big.LITTLE framework requirements; this promotes for its combination with other ARM cores.

As far as Mali-T880 GPU is concerned, it provides for 1.8 response time increase if compared with the Mali-T760 model. Herewith, its power consumption is reduced by 40%. Moreover, this GPU might support 4K …
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