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.

New Graphics Card from Elsa with S.A.C. System

Elsa is currently preparing to launch an ingenious graphics card on the basis of Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti adapter. Codenamed Elsa GeForce GTX 650 Ti S.A.C., is considered to be the 'quietest' card available in the market due to the implementation of Silent Air Cooling technology that keeps the noise level at the maximum of 25 dB. Under the manufacturer's ideas, its new creation will perfectly suit those people who long for low-noise desktop system operation.



Elsa GeForce GTX 650 Ti S.A.C. is developed on two-slot printed circuit board of 145 mm in length, specifically for PCI-e 3.0 x16 bus. This graphics solution houses GK106 chip with 768 CUDA cores and Kepler architecture; it's designed under 28 nm technological process. The nominal GPU frequency is estimated at 928 MHz. The maximal index of power consumption approximates 110W.


The integration of the graphics card involves 1024 MB memory of GDDR5 type which goes with 128-bit interface. The nominal memory clock frequency …

Adata Announces a Couple of External High-Speed DashDrive Elite SSDs

Adata Technology, a Taiwanese manufacturer of RAM modules and diverse flash peripherals, announces the release of two new external solid-state drives that entered DashDrive Elite lineup. Codenamed SE720 and SE810, this couple positions itself quite differently: the first model is oriented at OS Windows users, while the second model is targeting Mac users. Despite diverse predestination, both drives are ready to offer high performance combined with extreme reliability.



Adata DashDrive Elite SE720 will be available in two flash-memory capacities: 128 GB and 256 GB. Each model features a thin, stainless metallic case with 8.9 mm depth and scratch-proof surface. These solid-state drives employ USB 3.0 interface and are powered via USB cable. They are known to support a built-in option of quick backup, which is enabled just by pressing one button. Additionally, SE720 drives have got a convenient LED indication system that notifies the user about the data transfer process.

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