HIS Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2: Graphics Card with an Offbeat Cooler

HIS has recently replenished its Radeon R9 series of graphics cards with a new model – the Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2. Based on AMD Hawaii Pro chip, this card is a combination of an ultimate efficiency and an offbeat design. The integrated GPU runs at an etalon frequency — 947 MHz. No changes have been incorporated into the frequency mode of GDDR5 memory: the 4 GB memory with 512-bus interface runs at nominal/effective 1250/5000 MHz frequency.

The major peculiarity pertained to the model is the employment of a proprietary two-slot cooler, codenamed IceQ X2. It consists of a spacious copper base (40x47.5 mm), a large aluminum heatsink, a pair of 89 mm fans, and five nickel-plated heatpipes: 2x 8 mm and 3x 6 mm. The cooler also accommodates additional heatspreaders, which dissipate heat in memory and VRM sections. Moreover, the framework boasts a dedicated stiffening plate that reduces loading on the printed circuit board.

To continue, HIS Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2 comes with two …

Promising Speed Forecasts for AMD Radeon 8000 Sea Islands

AMD is continuing its work on the new GPU generation codenamed ‘Sea Islands’. The new series is prognosticated to be released in the coming winter. All the products with this GPU will be branded Radeon 8000. AMD manufacturers claim that their new graphic processing units will be 40% more efficient due to the implemented advanced technologies. There is not so much news about the future GPU architecture, although cardinal changes are barely possible.

Sea Islands chips will be equipped with 5.1 billion transistors as compared with the current 4.3 billion items applied in the products. This augmentation will facilitate the increment of efficiency. The chips will be developed according to the already tried-and-proven 28 nm technological requirements. The increase of transistors is not as large due to the adherence to the ascribed norms. It should be underlined that the implementation of the old technologies does not imply the considerable warming up of the chips; the developments …

HDD Segment is Given Comforting Forecasts

In consideration of mass transition to solid-state drives by large customer groups, HDD developers are deep in their thoughts about the way to promote their products. Indeed, the era of desktop computers is gradually sinking into oblivion, since more and more users give preference to more advanced compact devices, such as pads, mobile gadgets, etc., which require SSD integration. Still, analysts from some leading IT bureaus give promising forecasts for HDD industry for the upcoming four years.

According to their researches, HDD market will not die but, quite the contrary, will see a significant boost with the hit of supply in 2016. The end of 2012 is not far off, but it's already possible to estimate the overall delivery volumes by a few global HDD manufacturers. Thus, Toshiba, Western Digital and Seagate will increase the rate of supply at more than 4%, as compared with 2011, delivering 502.5 million drives. This index will rise approximately to 575 million items till 2016.
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