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.

Synology Announces a New DiskStation DS214 NAS

Synology Inc., a well-known Taiwanese manufacturer of high-end network solutions, announces the release of a two-disk NAS, entitled DiskStation DS214. The storage is targeting budget-oriented home and small business customers who long for high performance and stability of system operation. This NAS comes with two 3.5-inch drives, each featuring 4 TB capacity. Herein, the drives are mounted without any tools, by means of rubber shims only.



The DiskStation DS214 is differentiated by a quite low power consumption index. The storage consumes not more than 20W on full load conditions, with the minimal index of 3.65W in sleep mode. This NAS model is based on a two-core processor, running at 1.06 GHz. Its layout also embraces 512 MB of DDR3 memory, gigabit Ethernet port, and a twain of USB ports (3.0 version). Moreover, the case is equipped with a set of LEDs for drives, network, and NAS activity.


To proceed with the specifications, the new-comer boasts some 111 Mb/sec Read speed …

Asus Launches 4K-Capable MG24UQ Monitor

Asus is about to launch a 23.6-inch PC monitor, first seen at CES 2016. The new-comer is basically targeting inveterate gamers who would love the company’s brand facilities such as GamePlus & GameVisual. The model is developed on IPS panel with 16:9 aspect ratio, 4 ms response time, 178/178 degrees viewing angles as well as 4K Ultra HD resolution (3840x2160).



Asus MG24UQ is able to ensure the premium brightness of 300 cd/m2, dynamic contrast ratio of 100M:1 and the maximal amount of displayed colors (16.7 million). The monitor is furnished with a pair of 4-watt speakers (2 watt each) which provide for a powerful & pure sounding.


The other privileges of the model are: the integration of VESA bracket for trouble-free wall mounting, the possibility to adjust the display in different aspects (height, tilt, swivel and pivot adjustments), the availability of different video ports (HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0) and one 3.5-mm audio port.


The MG24UQ ensures 87-134 kHz of …
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