Cooler Master Showcases G-Series PSUs



Along with the launch of new PC chassis, Cooler Master is ready to release new G-series power supply units. The series is introduced by three models – G500, G600 and G700 – with 500W, 600W and 700W power, respectively. All of them correspond to ATX12V v2.3 standard, support Active PFC option and a range of protection tools (from short circuit, overvoltage, current overload, power overload). Moreover, these units employ a dual EMI-filter and take benefit from a single 120 mm fan with automatic speed control functions.


Cooler Master G-series PSUs have been felicitated with 80Plus Bronze certificate, due to their high efficiency (approximately 85%) and an estimated mean time between failures of 100.000 hours. The two junior models, G500 and G600, are able to operate at 456W and 576W load, correspondingly, on +12V rail. They are quipped with six SATA Power sockets and a pair of PCI Express Power 6+2-pin sockets. G500 unit will come to the market at the price of €60, while …

Overclocked Asus Strix R9 380 OC Graphics Card Review

AMD has recently updated its lineup of graphics cards, offering solutions for any taste and budget. Its Radeon R9 380 adapter is an appropriate balance of quality and price. Hence, there is small wonder that all company’s partners rushed into introducing their own versions of the card. The Strix R9 380 OC from Asus is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding interpretations. Let’s see what privileges it boasts.



General Specs


Asus Strix R9 380 OC is based on Antigua Pro GPU (28 nm) that entails 1792 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs and 11 TMUs. In contrast to the etalon model running at 970 MHz frequency, this card features 990 MHz nominal clock frequency. The codename – Strix-R9380-DC2OC-2GD5-Gaming implies that this item comes equipped with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, operating at 5500 MHz efficient frequency. However, it is assumed that Asus will introduce the version with 4 GB memory to satisfy the needs of a wider audience.


PCB Layout


All hardware base components are …

Saluting XL2420Z: a New Gaming Monitor from BenQ

BenQ Corporation, a renowned Taiwanese developer of hi-end visual solutions, has just unveiled its newest gaming PC monitor. Entitled XL2420Z, this 24-inch item is crammed with advanced technologies, ensuring an unprecedented gaming experience. The new-comer is based on a common TN array, capable of embracing up to 72% of NTSC color model. The improvement of visual effects is ensured by LED backlit, whereas connectivity is supported by input connectors: 2x HDMI, 1x D-Sub, 1x DVI, 1x DP1.2, and audio jack.



BenQ XL2420Z panel features such specs: aspect ratio — 16:9, maximal resolution – Full HD 1920x1080, vertical refresh rate – 100/120/144 Hz, response time – 1 ms, typical brightness – 300 nits, viewing angles – 170/160 degrees, contrast static/dynamic – 1000:1/12M:1, amount of displayed colors – 16.7 m. The model is peculiar by an advanced stand with red elements. Along with the standard adjustments (the alteration of height, tilt and pitch angle), the user …
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