HIS Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2: Graphics Card with an Offbeat Cooler

HIS has recently replenished its Radeon R9 series of graphics cards with a new model – the Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2. Based on AMD Hawaii Pro chip, this card is a combination of an ultimate efficiency and an offbeat design. The integrated GPU runs at an etalon frequency — 947 MHz. No changes have been incorporated into the frequency mode of GDDR5 memory: the 4 GB memory with 512-bus interface runs at nominal/effective 1250/5000 MHz frequency.



The major peculiarity pertained to the model is the employment of a proprietary two-slot cooler, codenamed IceQ X2. It consists of a spacious copper base (40x47.5 mm), a large aluminum heatsink, a pair of 89 mm fans, and five nickel-plated heatpipes: 2x 8 mm and 3x 6 mm. The cooler also accommodates additional heatspreaders, which dissipate heat in memory and VRM sections. Moreover, the framework boasts a dedicated stiffening plate that reduces loading on the printed circuit board.


To continue, HIS Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2 comes with two …

Greeting Hi-Fi H81MDC Motherboard from Biostar

Biostar is proud to release a multifunctional micro-ATX motherboard that belongs to the new-gen Puro Hi-Fi lineup. Codenamed Hi-Fi H81MDC, it features 244x230 mm dimensions and is characterized by black-and-red PCB design. The board is based on Intel H81 Express chipset, supporting LGA1150-compatible CPUs of Haswell generation (Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7 series) with the maximal TDP of 95W.



Biostar Hi-Fi H81MDC is primarily peculiar by the realization of a high-end audio subsystem. It is based on a 7.1-channel Realtek ALC892 controller. This subsystem embraces high-quality components, as well as an additional shielding, called Hi-Fi Ground) of the multi-layer PCB. Support of Hi-Fi Power technology provides for an independent power supply to each analog and digital audio channel. The plate is protected against electrostatic discharge on connection of headphones/a microphone.


To proceed with audio subsystem, it comes with an onboard amplifier for headphones; it ensures the …

PSU Seasonic X-1250 SS-1250XM Review

Power supply unit Seasonic X-1250 is a senior product of X series that includes units from 400W to 1250W power. The two junior models are absolutely passive, while all other models feature hybrid cooling schedule. This implies that on conditions of little loading, the integrated fan stops its operation; and vice versa, when the loading is increasing, the fan's operation is more intense. PSU X-1250 is quite powerful to serve the needs of high-performance systems that require stable and efficient power to all key components.



Basic Features


Power supply unit Seasonic X-1250 is delivered in a spacious cardbox which contains a set of cables for the connection of PC components. The unit is housed in a dull black casing with stamped yellowish grid. The whole construction is 190 mm in length (+20 mm for cable connectors), so it won't suit compact-sized PC chassis. All basic specifications are indicated on the casing: the availability of +12VDC line that demonstrates 1248W power at …
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