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.

ASRock Debuts with a Couple of E3V5 Mainboards

Following the success of Intel Xeon E3-1200 v5 CPUs, ASRock decided to launch a couple of compatible ATX motherboards. The Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC and E3V5 WS models both feature Intel C232 chipset. The first new-comer is targeting gamers, while the other one is called to satisfy the needs of fastidious enthusiasts.

ASRock Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC comes equipped with 4 DIMM slots which support DDR4-2133 MHz memory modules. The inventory also includes Super Alloy design as well as Gaming Armor, Hyper BCLK Engine, F-Stream, Key Master, DDR4 Non-Z OC technologies.

ASRock E3V5 WS accommodates six SATA III ports, a pair of PCIe 3.0 x16 expansion slots, 8-channel Realtek ALC892 audio, Intel I219LM gigabit Ethernet controller, and a variety of external interfaces: four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, two PS/2, one RJ-45, and three audio ports.

The only drawback of both motherboards is absence of video ports. Thus, it’s vital to complement them with …

Shuttle SH87R6: Barebones Mini-PC with Outstanding Capabilities

Shuttle is happy to introduce its new elaboration – barebones system on Intel Haswell basis, codenamed SH87R6. The new-comer joins the ranks of XPC series and features 332x216x198 mm dimensions. It offers all users freedom in assembling PC systems of various configurations and is predestined to be employed as HTPC system or as a device for professional digital multimedia.

Mini-PC Shuttle SH87R6 supports the latest Intel’s processors of Intel Haswell family (Core i3/i5/i7) and comes with an integrated Intel HD Graphics that is compatible with DirectX 11.1 technology. Haswell-based systems might boast some striking performance and computing characteristics. The model comes also with four full-size DIMM slots for the integration of DDR3 memory modules (up to 1600 MHz and 32 GB capacity) and 300W PSU, certified with 80Plus Bronze standard. The latter is able to provide for the best efficiency and power-saving operation.

Expansion facilities are offered by one PCIe x16 slot …
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