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 …

The Mass Market Segment of 3D Graphics Cards Has Been Replenished with the Asus Expedition GTX 1070 Sample

According to several sources, the Asus Co. has introduced a brand-new 3D video card, called Expedition GeForce GTX 1070. The novelty is primarily geared toward customers willing to assemble a productive system and simultaneously to cut costs to the maximum. Reportedly, this graphics card will gain popularity among managers of PC bangs being so widespread in China nowadays.



One should highlight, that the graphics processor of Asus Expedition GTX 1070 is factory overclocked. The base clock equals to 1,607 MHz, and the overclock – to 1,797 MHz. The configuration features 1,920 CUDAs and 8 GB of memory. The manufacturer admits, that 3D Expedition cards undergo a thorough 144 hours testing, including 15 hours of 3DMark checking.


The cooling system of this graphics card is rather simple and is made of a pair of 80 mm fans, an aluminium heatsink and two copper nickel-plated heat pipes. There is no precise information about the PC-board, though, it’s supposed to possess a …

The SilverStone FPS01 Device Returns the Optical Drive Bay into Game

Optical carriers are not popular anymore. Nowadays they are mostly used as license movies carriers, and not as user data storage media. SilverStone offers an alternate variant for those having an unexploitable optical drive of the Slim type.



The new device, called FPS01, is released in two variants, which differ in USB types only: the SST-FPS01 model offers a pair of standard А type ports, and SST-FPS01-C possesses only one С type port. FPS01 is compatible with the standard 12.7 mm Slim ODD optical drive bay and is installed in place of the needless DVD or Blu-ray bay. Though this is not the whole scope of the module’s functionality.


This device features the built-in SD and microSD card reader supporting SDHC and SDXC cards, and the place to install M.2 drive with 6 Gbps SATA interface of 2280 typical size. Unfortunately, the use of FPS01 in laptops can bring some trouble as far as there’s a need to connect the module through standard Molex jacks, USB 3.0 and SATA. …
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