Motherboard ASRock Z77 OC Formula Review

The variety of motherboards designed by ASRock is able to satisfy the whims of any customer group. All models are characterized by multiple useful facilities and different price ranges. This makes ASRock products a universal means for PC integration. These days the company has proudly released a dedicated motherboard, codenamed Z77 OC Formula, developed specifically for overclockers. This is the first model of this manufacturer designed particularly with overclocking facilities in mind.



Design and Integration


At first sight, motherboard ASRock Z77 OC Formula does not distinguish itself by exceptional design and layout. However, more intense look will uncover a range of peculiarities pertained specifically to this product. This motherboard is designed in CEB form-factor, since the number of integrated facilities would be scant for ATX standard. Still, fixing holes are located similarly to ATX boards, so there won't be any difficulties during its installation.


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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.

Lian Li Launches New Full-Tower Chassis PC-A79

Lian Li has recently launched a new PC chassis, entitled PC-A79. The chassis is designed in full-tower format, featuring 230x618x596 mm dimensions. As a result, it supports a full range of motherboard standards, including micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX, XL-ATX, and HPTX. According to Lian Li, the product is distinguished primarily by a well-considered cooling system and the availability of a removable motherboard tray. All potential customers are free to choose between a black variation (PC-A79B) and a silver variation (PC-A79A).



The case of PC-A79 chassis is made of brushed aluminum. Its spaciousness can’t but be distinct from similar products offered by competitors. Hence, it is able to accommodate nine drives of 3.5-inch standard and eight drives of 2.5-inch standard; all of them might be adjusted without any tools. The availability of eleven expansion slots provides for the installation of several lengthy graphics cards (up to 350 mm). The maximal height of supported CPU coolers …
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