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.

SilverStone Comes Out with Precision PS12 Chassis

The lineup of tower cases developed by SilverStone has been replenished by a new price-efficient solution, entitled Precision PS12. The model features 405x360x170 mm dimensions and is ready to accommodate small-sized motherboards (mini-ITX, micro-ATX) as well as four expansion cards. The chassis is made of high-quality plastic, supplemented by a fine-meshed metallic grid on the front panel.



Inside, there is a single rack for the installation of optical drives; it’s estimated for two 5.25-inch units. There is also space for 4x 3.5-inch drives and 1x 2.5-inch drive. Hence, there is little space for graphics adapters, the length of which should not exceed 358 mm. The layout is intended for 140-mm high CPU coolers & standard ATX PS/2 power supply units.


SilverStone Precision PS12 is shipped with a single preinstalled 120-mm fan (front panel). Additionally, it’s possible to include one 80-mm fan (front panel) and one 80-/92-mm fan (rear panel). Pricing is set at $45.

The Refined Envy 34 All in One PC from HP

At the CES 2017 event in Las Vegas, the HP Company has presented its new AIO type PC – Envy 34.



All the key electronic components are located in the base, which also holds speakers. This peculiarity makes the device thin and adds showiness to its layout. The display is curved and possesses a 34” IPS-panel with wide viewing angles and a resolution of 3440 × 1440 pixels. The aspect ratio is 21:9.


This product is equipped with the 7th generation Intel Core CPU and up to 16 GB of DDR4 RAM memory. Optionally a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M or an AMD RX 460 graphic accelerator can be installed. One can choose to use either a 1 TB hybrid hard disk or a standard 1/2 TB HDD and a 256 GB SSD for data storage.


Among highlights, we may distinguish a webcam, which can be put out of sight into the framework, and Qi, the inbuilt system of wireless gadgets charging.


The initial cost of this all-in-one PC is $1750.
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