Meeting New GTX 970 DirectCU Mini OC Video Card from Asus

Tailored for mini-ITX motherboards, Asus has designed a new graphics card based on GeForce GTX 970 adapter. The GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU Mini OC features 170x122x40 mm dimensions only, targeting small-sized chassis for mini-ITX platforms. The heart of the card is Nvidia’s GM204-200-A1 GPU with 13 SMM blocks, 1664 CUDA cores, 104 TMUs, and 64 ROPs. It runs at the nominal 1088 MHz frequency but might be overclocked to 1228 MHz index.



Asus GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU Mini OC employs a shortcut PCB that accommodates a two-slot cooler with a vapor chamber, a backplate, and a high-efficiency CoolTech Fan. The latter is distinguished by a unique design that dramatically enhances airflow. The incorporated hardware base features Super Alloy Power design. It implies the inclusion of prime-quality chokes, capacitors, and power transistors. Their combination provides for some incredible efficiency and a prolonged lifespan.


The integrated GPU is accompanied with 4GB of GDDR5 memory; it …

Small-Sized CPU Cooler Thermalright AXP-100 Review

Being an acknowledged leader in the segment of PC cooling systems, Thermalright never stops its improvement. The company always keeps pace with time, supplying its customers with only advanced and up-dated products. Following the latest tendencies towards the miniaturization in HTPC field, Thermalright took a decision to design a cooler for small-sized mini-ITX motherboards. As a result, all potential customers can now revel in a new compact cooler, codenamed AXP-100.



Design and Framework


CPU cooler AXP-100 features a horizontal framework, consisting of thin aluminum plates pieced by six copper heatpipes (6 mm each pipe). The whole construction is covered by a nickel surface. The heatpipes are folded smoothly and distributed across the heatsink area with 10 mm spacing; their edges are covered by ornamental caps with ‘Thermalright’ logo. Such configuration ensures utmost heat dissipation across the surface.


The implemented heatsink has got two-stage structure, …

Thecus Showcases N7710-G and N8810U-G NAS Models

Thecus has gladdened all PC enthusiasts by announcing two new NAS servers, codenamed N7710-G and N8810U-G. Both models are a combination of high efficiency, well-tried network platform for SMB, high-quality hardware base, and appropriate support software. The manufacturer promises to make them available in late March at the price tag of $1335 for the first model and $2400 for the second one.



The N7710-G and N8810U-G are equipped with a powerful Intel Pentium G850 processor, as well as with dedicated network modules that support 10GbE technology. The latter ensures 10 times faster transfer speeds than usual gigabit connection does. Therefore, both storages can efficiently handle all present-day tasks and are sure to handle even more hard-driving ones in the future.


The couple supports all updated RAID configurations (JBOD, 0, 1, 5, 6, 10), which allow the customer to select the most efficient storage options. Additionally, the models support RAID 50 that enables the …
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