Sapphire Unveils Small-Sized R9 285 2GB GDDR5 ITX Compact Edition Graphics Cards

Optimized energy efficiency offered by AMD Radeon R9 285 graphics adapters has become a key factor for Sapphire to elaborate a pair of original proprietary versions. The new-comers, codenamed R9 285 2GB GDDR5 ITX Compact Edition, are targeting mini-ITX systems with huge performance ambitions. The pair traditionally involves a standard model with etalon specifications and OC model with a factory overclocking.



Both graphics cards employ a small-sized two-slot cooler that consists of a compact heatsink, four copper heatpipes, and a single fan of 100 mm dimensional type. Connection with PC monitors and other visual solutions is realized by means of HDMI, DVI-I, and a couple of mini-DisplayPorts. Additionally, the models feature dual BIOS chips (standard and UEFI) which might be switched with the help of a dedicated key on the case.


To continue, Sapphire R9 285 2GB GDDR5 ITX Compact Edition and OC Edition are based on AMT Tonga GPU (28 nm, GCN) with 1792 stream processors, 112 …

Asus Boasts One More Graphics Adapter with a Two-Slot Cooler

Asus has replenished its graphics card series based on Kepler architecture with a brand variation of one-chip GeForce GTX 680 adapter. Brand Asus GeForce GTX 680 card has been developed on an original in design circuit board and is notable by the doubled to 4GB GDDR5 memory capacity. Nevertheless, the most outstanding characteristic of a new product is the implementation of a two-slot cooling system, codenamed DirectCU II. Earlier Asus equipped its GeForce GTX 680 adapters with three-slot coolers.



The company decided to concentrate mainly on the introduction of an uncommon cooling system, leaving all frequency showings identical to the recommended by Nvidia index. Thus, graphics core operates at 1006 MHz frequency, while memory module works at 6008 MHz. Memory chips are soldered on both sides of the circuit board. The reverse side of PCB is covered by an aluminum plate that is in direct contact with GDDR5 chips.


Some IT professionals dare assuming that the rejection of …

MSI Introduces Newest Z77A-GD65 Gaming Motherboard

First displayed at CeBIT 2013, MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming motherboard is now showing out in the company’s product line. As suggested by the name and attention-getting design, the board has been elaborated specifically for gaming needs. The new-comer is based on Z77 chipset, features ATX form-factor, and supports Intel LGA1155-compatible processors of the second and third generation (Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge).



Among the most attractive facilities ascribed to the model, it’s possible to distinguish the incorporation of Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2200 network platform. This platform provides for a substantial improvement of network connection quality, by means of defining all gaming traffic and assigning it a major priority.


The motherboard is known to employ high-quality Military Class III components, including CopperMOS elements in copper cases, gold-plate throttles with Golden SSC ferrite mandrel, tantalum Hi-c CAP capacitors, as well as solid-state capacitors with …
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