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.

FSP Intros ‘Noiseless’ PSU Model Aurum Xilenser 500

FSP, a renowned developer and supplier of power supply units, introduces a new product that is widely recognized as ‘noiseless’ PSU. Codenamed FSP Aurum Xilenser 500 (AU-500FLD), it employs a passive cooling system instead of an air cooler, thus its dump operation is easily explainable. The unit also characterizes by a startling efficiency which provided for the acceptance of 80+ Gold certificate.

Aurum Xilenser 500 takes similar to Aurum Pro/CM models design with a totally black casing and a comb-like top grid enclosed in a golden stripe. The model is able to operate at the nominal 500W power and support the latest ATX12V/EPS12V standards. It should be noted that this unit utilizes a standard framework with all power connectors soldered on the printed circuit board. A set of connectors involves five SATA connectors, a single 4-contact FDD, four 4-contact Molex, and a pair of 6+2-contact PCI Express connectors. Naturally, it contains two main 24-contact and 4+4-contact …

PC Chassis Gigabyte Sumo Alfa Review

The multeity of PC chassis in the market might create a real confusion for entry-level consumers. Small-sized and big-sized, rectangular and square, black and white models are developed with the only purpose: to satisfy the demands of each particular customer group. Gigabyte, a hardware giant, knows how to attract potential clients to its new products. Sumo series of chassis is primarily targeting gamers due to a futuristic design and bright LED lighting. However, the latest model of this series, codenamed Sumo Alfa, is destined for a wider audience than gamers only and will perfectly suit PC enthusiasts, as well as, users with more modest requirements.


Chassis Gigabyte Sumo Alfa is designed in midi-tower form-factor with lower PSU localization. It is delivered in a mere black color of casing, supplemented by a few steel-like inlets on the frontal panel. The latter is given an unusual shape to justify the slogan 'The Future Begins': glossy surface with metallic …
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