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.

Transcend to Announce a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 SSD

Transcend Information, a leading designer of storage solutions, announces the launch of its new super high-speed SSD, codenamed ESD200. The drive employs the latest USB 3.0 interface of SuperSpeed generation and is distinguished by truly compact dimensions, providing for the most convenient utilization. The casing is void of movable parts and operates with minimum noise level. Besides, it's based on a set of flash chips and owns anti-heat, shockproof and anti-vibratory properties. The series will be introduced by models of 128GB and 256GB volume capacity.

The implementation of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface ensures ten times faster data transfer speed, if compared with the previous USB 2.0 generation. On such conditions, Transcend ESD200 is capable to develop Read speed up to 260 Mb/sec and Write speed up to 225 Mb/sec. This implies that 4.7GB DVD drive full of different content will be copied for fifteen seconds only. However, a new SSD is backwards compatible with USB 2.0; so, …

MSI Outs ECO Motherboards for Socket LGA1151

Launched first in 2014, ECO lineup of motherboards from MSI has recently been replenished by a triplet of models for socket LGA1151. The new-comers boast a wide range of power-efficient facilities as well as an optimal performance level. Thus, the users will enjoy the most advanced technologies without sacrificing performance. All three mainboards are developed in micro-ATX form-factor and employ Military Class 4 hardware base, although their other specifications differ.

MSI H170M ECO is designed on Intel H170 chipset, ready to accept Intel Core i3/i5/i7, Pentium & Celeron CPUs for socket LGA1151. The PCB accommodates two DIMM slots for the installation of DDR4-2133 MHz memory modules (up to 32 GB capacity). Storage subsystem offers 6x SATA III ports, while expansion is supported by 2x PCIe 3.0 x1 and one PCIe 3.0 x16 slots.

Audio subsystem is based on 7.1-channel Realtek ALC887 controller. The organization of network is entrusted to Intel I219V controller via LAN port. The …
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