Meeting New GTX 970 DirectCU Mini OC Video Card from Asus

Tailored for mini-ITX motherboards, Asus has designed a new graphics card based on GeForce GTX 970 adapter. The GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU Mini OC features 170x122x40 mm dimensions only, targeting small-sized chassis for mini-ITX platforms. The heart of the card is Nvidia’s GM204-200-A1 GPU with 13 SMM blocks, 1664 CUDA cores, 104 TMUs, and 64 ROPs. It runs at the nominal 1088 MHz frequency but might be overclocked to 1228 MHz index.

Asus GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU Mini OC employs a shortcut PCB that accommodates a two-slot cooler with a vapor chamber, a backplate, and a high-efficiency CoolTech Fan. The latter is distinguished by a unique design that dramatically enhances airflow. The incorporated hardware base features Super Alloy Power design. It implies the inclusion of prime-quality chokes, capacitors, and power transistors. Their combination provides for some incredible efficiency and a prolonged lifespan.

The integrated GPU is accompanied with 4GB of GDDR5 memory; it …

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.

CPU Cooler Deepcool Ice Blade Pro v2.0 Review

Deepcool can be boldly attributed to the manufacturers that are constantly improving their mastery is the elaboration of hardware components. The company’s second revision of CPU cooler Ice Blade Pro is a bright confirmation of this statement. Codenamed Ice Blade Pro v2.0, this product is supposed to exceed its predecessor in performance, noise level and consumer appeal. But let’s start its reviewing from technical peculiarities.

Technical Peculiarities

Deepcool Ice Blade Pro v2.0 features the following specifications:

— dimensions: 161x125x70 mm (+fan(s) 120 mm), ultimate weight – 981 g;

— compatibility: Intel Socket LGA 2011/1366/1156/1155/775, AMD Socket 939/FM1/FM2/AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+;

— heatsink: tower framework consists of 49 aluminum plates, 4 heatpipes and a base supporting Core Touch technology;

— fan: dimensions — 120x120x25 mm, type of bearing – fluid-film bearing, nominal/startup fan voltage – 12/7 V, maximal power consumption – …
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