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 …

Which DDR3 SDRAM is better for Ivy Bridge

The overclocker memory is now in the category of products for perfectionists, still the common users are pleased with usual modules DDR3-1600 or DDR3-1333 SDRAM. The issue appears related to the release of processors Ivy Bridge series, which in some aspects are similar to its predecessors, still have some distinctive features.

Ivy Bridge processors are restricted on the maximum frequency supported by the DDR3 SDRAM. This indicates the theoretical chance of these processors work with high-speed memory DDR3-3200 SDRAM. Developers of overclocker memory package perceived the change in rules with certain enthusiasm: there are DDR3-2400 modules available in stores. The gap in frequencies of «elite» and «running» versions of the memory has grown twice in size. It won’t have a noteworthy blow on the work of commonly used tasks in systems.

The memory controller in the Ivy Bridge can work both in symmetric mode, with delay, frequency and volume modules in memory channels, and …

Meet New Biostar Puro Hi-Fi with Advanced Audio Facilities

Biostar has just announced the release of motherboards from Puro Hi-Fi series. The series involves five models, two of which are delivered with Intel Core processors (second and third generation) for LGA 1155 CPU socket. The other three boards go with AMD A series CPUs for FM2 socket. In accordance with the company's words, the new products will be a pleasant surprise for all audio enthusiasts, providing a range of advanced audio facilities.

All motherboards included in Puro Hi-Fi series are equipped with highly efficient graphics that is compatible with all updated video outputs (DVI, HDMI), as well as with HDCP technology. The integration of PCI-e 3.0 x16 bus promotes for the enhancement of video performance and the creation of digital graphics AMD CrossFireX and Nvidia SLI configurations. Moreover, Biostar motherboards contain all later-day interfaces: SATA 3.0, LAN GbE, USB 3.0 ports.

The implemented multi-layer circuit boards are characterized by soundproof properties …
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