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.

Kingston Intros SSDNow Drives for Cost-Conscious Customers

Kingston Digital, a global designer of data storage and memory solutions, announces the release of a cost-effective SSD to extend V300 series. Codenamed Kingston SSDNow V300, the drives are intended specifically for cost-conscious consumers looking to upgrade their desktop or mobile systems. Under the claimed data, the new drives are ten times faster than standard HDDs and feature outstanding speed characteristics, where the spindle achieves 7200 rpm.

Kingston SSDNow V300 is based on SandForce SF-2281 controller and employs SATA 3 interface. The manufacturer offers its new products in three variations of 60GB, 120GB and 240GB capacity. Due to the implementation of an updated NAND flash-memory, developed under 19 nm technological process, SSDNow can boast 450 Mb/sec of consecutive Read/Write speed. At the same time, the showings ascribed to the random Read (4KB) operations demonstrate 85000 IOPS for all available models; however, when it goes about random Write operations, the …

ECS Intros a Series of H81 Motherboards with Durathon Support

ECS proudly introduces a series of new motherboards, based on Intel H81 Express chipset. The series consists of three models (H81H3-A3, H81H3-M7, H81H3-I) that support Socket LGA1150 platform and are ready to work with Intel Haswell processors. All three products are developed in different form-factors: standard ATX, microATX and mini-ITX. Therefore, the users have got a chance to choose which item is more appropriate for the assembling of systems with various performance requirements.

Despite the fact that the new-comers position themselves as entry-level solutions, ECS has taken care of their reliability and stability of operation. Therein, it incorporated Durathon technology, which is responsible for the products’ eligible work during a long period of time. Durathon implies the employment of a PCB with high density in order to protect the components from the detrimental effect of moisture, the replacement of standard capacitors to solid-state analogues with prolonged …
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