Overclocked Asus Strix R9 380 OC Graphics Card Review

AMD has recently updated its lineup of graphics cards, offering solutions for any taste and budget. Its Radeon R9 380 adapter is an appropriate balance of quality and price. Hence, there is small wonder that all company’s partners rushed into introducing their own versions of the card. The Strix R9 380 OC from Asus is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding interpretations. Let’s see what privileges it boasts.



General Specs


Asus Strix R9 380 OC is based on Antigua Pro GPU (28 nm) that entails 1792 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs and 11 TMUs. In contrast to the etalon model running at 970 MHz frequency, this card features 990 MHz nominal clock frequency. The codename – Strix-R9380-DC2OC-2GD5-Gaming implies that this item comes equipped with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, operating at 5500 MHz efficient frequency. However, it is assumed that Asus will introduce the version with 4 GB memory to satisfy the needs of a wider audience.


PCB Layout


All hardware base components are …

The 35” 21:9 Agon AG352UCG Monitor by AOC Is a Smart Display for Gaming Purposes

The Agon series by AOC has been recently replenished by a unique 35-inch GSYNC monitor for gaming purposes, named AG352UCG.



This novelty features a vertically aligned display with a 2000 mm curvature radius and a resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels. Its refresh factor equals to 100 Hz, and the response time – to 3 ms. Simultaneously the screen covers 100 % of the sRGB colour gamut and provides the 2500:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 of brightness, as well as 178/178 view angles.


Regarding the supported Shadow Control, Flicker-Free technology with a DC backlighting, Low Blue Light mode, a withdrawable headset holder and a handle, AOC AG352UCG can be justly called a smart device for true gamers. Customisable blue, green and red LED lights on the lower and back bezel, stereospeakers and an ergonomic AOC Ergo Base stand provide additional comfort during utilizing.


The monitor offers one DisplayPort, one HDMI ports along with microphone in/out and audio out.

The consumption …

PSU Gigabyte GreenMax Plus 550W Review

Gigabyte, being one of the major players in the motherboards and graphics markets, quite rarely replenishes its production line with PC chassis and power supply units. Rarely, but right on target! Its GreenMax Plus PSU series is an evidence of the company’s versatile maturity. The series includes three models of 450W, 550W and 650W power. Let’s see what Gigabyte has to offer to all ‘high-fed’ by multiple products customers by the example of GreenMax Plus 550W (codename: GZ-EMS55A-C1) model.



General Features


The GreenMax Plus 550W is delivered in a handheld cardbox with a convenient holder. The unit itself is housed in a typical case with a black semi-gloss coating and a large ventilation grid. All basic specifications are marked on its side facet. The manufacturers claim the power of 504W (42A) for the +12VDC bus. Thereat, the correlation of power on the bus with the total power reaches the index of 0.916, which is considered to be an average benchmark for such type …
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