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.

Meet New External HDD Armor A30 from Silicon Power

Silicon Power, a renowned manufacturer of flash-memory devices, is going to release a new external HDD, entitled Armor A30. The drive features 134x87.5x18.6 mm dimensions and is estimated to operate at +5-+55 C temperatures. The most outstanding peculiarity pertained to Armor A30 is its compliance with MIL-STD 810G Method 516.6 Procedure IV standard. This implies the drive is housed in a super-solid ‘silica gel’ case that is able to survive the fall from a height of 122 cm, strong vibrations, temperature alterations, and to resist dust and water.

Silicon Power armor A30 will be available in two capacities (500 GB and 1 TB) and two color variations (white and black). All the models employ high-speed USB 3.0 interface and offer some notable performance. Hence, these HDDs feature maximal 5 Gb/sec data transfer speed (USB 3.0 interface) and up to 480 MB/sec (USB 2.0 interface). It should be stressed that the drive receives power via USB interface as well and is compatible with …

HDD-Box with Futuristic Design from Icy Dock

The market of external enclosures boasts a number of products from different companies. Nevertheless, Icy Dock decided to stand out against the background of others and introduced its HDD-box codenamed MB080U3S-1SB Blizzard. It seems that the manufacturer went beyond the realism and created a really futuristic dock for hard drives: instead of standard square shape Icy Dock made diamond-shaped detachable clipboard.

The dock is made of metal and plastic, and goes totally in black color. The clipboard covers 80 mm fan which is called to cool down even hot drives. This is unusual fan localization for the external enclosures but the manufacturers explain their move twofold. Firstly, this way the fan is able to dissipate cool airflow to all sides of HDD. This ensures the longevity of the cooling fan and increases the cooling system efficiency. Secondly, it promotes for hassle-free installation without any screws or other tools. The ejection of the clipboard is enabled due to the …
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