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.

Graphics card Colorful iGame GTX 660 Ti ARES X on sale soon

Chinese manufacturer of graphics cards Colorful, as the more well known in our region MSI, is preparing for the official announcement of Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti card of alternative design iGame GTX 660 Ti ARES X. First of all, the eye catches a massive cooling system based on the Shark Bionic least five copper heat pipes and a pair of fan size ~ 80 mm.

According to the small heat release of GK104 chip in version with 1344 shaders, the efficiency of the cooler Shark Bionic is not doubtfull.

Card is equipped with (4+2)-phase power system and two connectors PCI-E Power 6-pin. In a similar version of Colorful GTX 670 there are six-channel power graphics core and two phases for the memory. Looking at the enclosed photo, is visible the presence of video outputs DVI (2), HDMI and DisplayPort connectors and a pair of SLI. What can not yet be explained, it is the presence of eight chips PCB Hynix GDDR5 — it is not combined with 192-bit bus.

Twelve pads for the RAM chips can …

‘Ice-Cold’ Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 780 Ti HerculeZ X3 Ultra Review

The newest top GPUs designed by Nvidia and AMD are characterized by higher temperatures and higher noise levels, as compared to the GPUs of the previous generation. That is the price of more power. Nonetheless, average customers cannot be satisfied with efficiency only, so they were patiently waiting for non-reference products with more appropriate cooling. Inno3D always tries its best to comply with the demands of exacting PC enthusiasts, gamers and home users, hence the release of iChill GeForce GTX 780 Ti HerculeZ X3 Ultra graphics cards was much a desire. This model offers an ideal combination of performance along with decreased operational temperatures.

Design and Key Specs

At-a-glance new Inno3D’s creation resembles its predecessors in design matters. This is a voluminous graphics card with bright metallic elements, a three-slot cooler, and three fans with traditional to iChill series ‘snowflake’ stickers. Its side facet houses a dedicated space for iChill …
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