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.

ASRock Announces a New Mini-ITX Motherboard AD2550-ITX

ASRock, a well-known supplier of high-quality PC hardware, tries not to leave chances to its competitors in the development of new products and their delivery to potential customers. Hence, the company has recently announced the release of a new mini-ITX motherboard AD2550-ITX, intended for the incorporation into small-sized systems. As seen from the codename, the model employs dual-core Intel Atom D2550 processor, running at 1.86 GHz. It should be pointed out that AD2550-ITX resembles its predecessor AD2550B-ITX, launched last year, although the new-comer is differentiated by a more qualitative configuration.



The motherboard is based on black PCB that boasts the implementation of solid-state capacitors only. All key functional facilities are ensured by means of Intel NM10 Express chipset. The board houses a pair of 204-contact SO-DIMM slots which support DDR3-1066 MHz memory modules of up to 4 GB overall capacity. A couple of SATA 3 Gb/sec ports (for the connection of drives) …

Meet a New 4K Monitor from NEC

NEC is going to release one more 24-inch PC monitor but this time with the support for an Ultra HD 4K resolution of 3840x2160 pixels. Entitled MultiSync LCD-EA244UHD-BK, it is characterized by an outstanding visual performance and by a relatively high price tag (approximately $2900). The model doesn’t feature a unique design, however it does have a lot to offer to all potential viewers.



NEC LCD-EA244UHD-BK employs an updated IPS panel, equipped with GB-R backlight. The latter ensures a wider color gamut than traditional W-LED analogues. The panel is specified by 6 ms response time, widest viewing angles (178/178 degrees H/V), 350 cd/m2 brightness, and 1000:1 static contrast. Two in-built speakers (1 W each) provide for a high-quality audio production.


The connection with the video sources might be realized via six video ports: a pair of DVI-D, two DisplayPorts, and a couple of HDMI ports with MHL support. The availability of four USB (v.3.0) ports promotes for the …
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