Unusual PC Monitor HP Envy 27 Review

High-end PC monitors segment is abundant in models of different frameworks, designs and facilities. Nevertheless, the majority of manufacturers offer rather alike solutions, leaving demanding consumers dissatisfied. HP is the company known for challenging the rising demands, so the introduction of HP Envy 27 was an ‘expected surprise’ for all interested parties. This monitor distinguishes itself by an unusual design, remarkable specifications, and traditionally high price. It’s time to vindicate those privileges de visu.

General Specifications

PC Monitor HP Envy 27 features the following specifications:

— dimensions: 622x454x140 mm, weight — 6.9 kg;

— panel: type — AH-IPS, backlight – W-LED, aspect ratio/diagonal – 16:9/27-inch, resolution – 1920x1080, maximal brightness – 250 cd/m2, response time – 7 ms (GtG), viewing angles – 178/178 (down/across), number of displayed colors – 16.7 m, contrast – 1000:1 (static) and 10M:1 (dynamic);

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 …

Lian Li PC-V650 - aluminum chassis for a PC with a side mounted power supply

The company Lian Li announced the launch of a new computer case — PC-V650. New made is entirely made of aluminum and is designed to fit motherboard ATX and Micro-ATX, but because of non-standard side location of the power supply, it is lower than most peers.

Power supply (maximum length is limited to 230 mm) is mounted in the lower right side of the case — exactly opposite of expansion cards. In terms of composition and temperature regime the model is controversial, but it allows reducing the height. On the other hand, the case has turned out quite wide. In general, new dimensions can be expressed by the formula 427 x 251 x 360 mm, provided with seven slots for expansion cards.

Lian Li PC-V650 allows setting a standard size 5.25 ODD and eleven drives: seven 3.5-inch and four 2.5 inch. Bottom basket for hard drive is made removable: if to take it out, there is the possibility to use graphic card up to 370 mm. Regarding the maximum height of CPU cooler, it is 120 mm.

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