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.

Preview of Intel Itanium 9500 Specifications

The Internet community is actively discussing new Intel's development, processors Poulson, that belongs to the tenth generation of Intel Itanium. All previous data about the upcoming product were vague and void of official proofs. Currently, the data are more ample and allow the community to study the future processor in more details. Thus, Intel Itanium 9500, codenamed Poulson, will be presented by four models the release of which is planned for early autumn.

The crystal of Poulson processor will consist of 3.1 billion transistors that are called to form eight computing cores. Each core counts up 89 million transistors and the pipeline width is doubled to twelve instructions. This way CPU developers implement more efficient approach towards transistor budget. Just for comparison purposes, Poulson's predecessor, Tukwila, counted 109 billion transistors per core.

To continue, Poulson CPUs will accommodate a couple of cache memory arrays, five channels of QPI bus, system …

CPU Cooler Scythe Grand Kama Cross Rev. B Review

Scythe is the company known for an optimal correlation of efficiency with price, whenever we speak about cooling systems. In fact, this manufacturer develops and supplies coolers practically for all sections of PC chassis. Moreover, Scythe constructs not only classical tower-like coolers but also singular products unique in framework, design and compatibility. Model Grand Cama Cross Rev. B is not exception, since this CPU cooler's atypical framework is the first thing that strikes the eye. Nevertheless, this product is outstanding also by its efficiency and reliability.

Framework Peculiarities

Cooler Scythe Grand Cama Cross Rev. B is compatible with a variety of processors housed in Intel's Socket LGA 2011, 1366, 1156, 1155, 775 and AMD's Socket FM1, AM3/(+), AM2/(+). Unlike all traditional vertical and horizontal frameworks, this model consists of two sections located in diagonal at 40 degrees angle, relating to the cooler's base. Both parts are managed by a single …
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