HIS Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2: Graphics Card with an Offbeat Cooler

HIS has recently replenished its Radeon R9 series of graphics cards with a new model – the Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2. Based on AMD Hawaii Pro chip, this card is a combination of an ultimate efficiency and an offbeat design. The integrated GPU runs at an etalon frequency — 947 MHz. No changes have been incorporated into the frequency mode of GDDR5 memory: the 4 GB memory with 512-bus interface runs at nominal/effective 1250/5000 MHz frequency.

The major peculiarity pertained to the model is the employment of a proprietary two-slot cooler, codenamed IceQ X2. It consists of a spacious copper base (40x47.5 mm), a large aluminum heatsink, a pair of 89 mm fans, and five nickel-plated heatpipes: 2x 8 mm and 3x 6 mm. The cooler also accommodates additional heatspreaders, which dissipate heat in memory and VRM sections. Moreover, the framework boasts a dedicated stiffening plate that reduces loading on the printed circuit board.

To continue, HIS Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2 comes with two …

Motherboard Asus Z97-Deluxe Review: Getting to Know a New Intel’s Chipset

Intel’s Z-series chipsets have been recently supplemented by a new Z97 Express companion. Its release coincides with the launch of an updated Haswell Refresh CPU line for LGA 1150 socket. The new platform is thought to support PCI Express M.2 interface that substitutes an old-fashioned mSATA one. It is also supposed to support SATA Express interface and the forthcoming Intel Core 5th generation CPUs. What are the real differences between Z97 and preceding chipsets? Let’s find it out through the example of Asus Z97-Deluxe motherboard.

Basic Specifications

— form-factor: ATX, 305x244 mm dimensions;

— chipset and CPUs: Intel Z97 Express, 4th/5th gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors for Socket LGA 1150;

— interface: DMI 2.0, 20 Gb/sec;

— memory: 4x DIMM slots, DDR3 standard, two-channel, 64 GB ultimate capacity, 1066 MHz-3300 (OC) MHz frequencies;

— multi-GPU support: AMD CrossFireX, Nvidia SLI;

— expansion slots: 3x PCI-e 3.0 x16, 4x PCI-e 2.0 …

Greeting a Pair of Liquid Freezer 120 & 240 Coolers

Arctic announces a pair of liquid cooling systems entitled Liquid Freezer 120 and Liquid Freezer 240. They are targeting the most demanding CPUs designed by Intel & AMD. The first model perfectly matches processors with up to 250 W TDP, while the second one might cope with 300 W TDP. Pricing is set at 100 EUR and 130 EUR correspondingly. Both new-comers are shipped with a brand Arctic MX-4 thermal compound.

Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 accommodates a waterblock with a copper base, an efficient pump, 120-mm heatsink, long connecting hoses (326 mm), and a couple of 120-mm fans, based on a fluid dynamic bearing. They are monitored by means of PWM technology, enabling them to rates within 500-1350 RPM speed range. At the same time, the maximal noise level does not exceed 0.3 Sone.

To continue, Arctic Liquid Freezer 240 is distinguished by the implementation of a 240-mm heatsink and four 120-mm fans. Tests prove, that this cooler is able to maintain the temperature of Intel Core …
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