Asus to Release a Hybrid All-in-One PC with a Detachable Display

Asus decided to rejoice its ardent fans by the development of yet another hybrid all-in-one PC entitled Transformer AiO. First of all, it should be mentioned that this product differs from regular hybrid items (laptop-tablets or tablet-netbooks) by an unusual framework. This is a combination of all-in-one solution with a voluminous tablet, where Windows 8 and Android unanimously cooperate. In other words, Transformer AiO is a PC with a detachable display that can work in a standalone mode.

When examining this model as a PC dock-station and all-in-one solution, it’s necessary to name all key components. Thus, it is based on Intel Core i3 3220/i5 3350P/i7 3770 CPU, employs Nvidia GeForce GT730M graphics adapter and the latest Windows 8 OS platform. Internal layout allows the integration of 1 TB/2 TB hard drive and up to 8GB RAM. The station accommodates four USB 3.0 ports, Kensington’s lock, optical drive, and USB transmitter for the connection of keyboard and mouse.

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Top-Tier Chassis Zalman H1 Review

Zalman has long been deprived of a full-tower flagship PC chassis, after it discontinued the line of GS1200. The anticipation of a new etalon was accompanied by an overall market uncertainty as for the future of desktop platforms. Luckily, laptops and tablets couldn’t fully satisfy the customers’ growing needs, so Zalman decided to fire off with a new top-tier case, entitled H1. Stylish and magnetic from outside, this model has a lot of interesting options in the bins. Let’s have a look at them.

Key Features

Zalman H1 is a full-tower case, featuring 561x238x570 mm dimensions. The chassis is made of steel, aluminum and a high-quality plastic, with exterior and interior totally painted black. Internal layout allows for the installation of motherboards with elongated PCBs, including E-ATX and XL-ATX models. The model houses three external bays for 5.25-inch drives, seven internal bays for 2.5-/3.5-inch drives as well as nine expansion slots.

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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.
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