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 …

PC Monitor LG 24EA53VQ Review

PC display makers fall over backward to win as many customers as possible. We may hear now and then about factory calibration, new case coating, optimized power consumption, and so on and so forth. Thus, each manufacturer increases the number of practically analogous products but with a slight distinction. The situation is different with LG that always tries to offer only innovative facilities. It remains only to look at its monitor model, codenamed LG 24EA53VQ, that is differentiated by a new panel type – AH-IPS – with 23.8 inch dimensions. Not 23 inch as standard IPS models have, not 24 inch as AMVA items have, but a totally unique panel! Certainly, this is not the only advantage of this display.

Design and Ergonomics

In regard to design, 24EA53VQ resembles its predecessors a lot, having a thin frame, classical look, and plastic coating. The display case is equipped with an external PSU, a dedicated VESA bracket, and W-LED that owns power-saving properties. Such …
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