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.

Enermax Unleashes PSU Platimax 1350W

Enermax Technology Corp., a leading supplier of power supply units, chassis, and other PC hardware, announces the release of powerful PSU, codenamed Platimax 1350W. This model is primarily targeting enthusiasts and professionals who appreciate reliability and endurance in the 'toughest' conditions. The PSU is destined to manage up to 1350W loading at +12V line, with the peak loading of 1600W.



All potential customers will be drawn by the utmost efficiency that fluctuates within the measures of 89%-94%. Such outstanding characteristics allowed the product to receive general acknowledgement and 80 Plus Platinum certificate. Platimax 1350W model employs good quality capacitors and features removable cable scheme. The manufacturer offers also five-year limited warranty along with PSU.


Platimax 1350W is equipped with ten- and 12-contact sockets for the future graphics cards and CPU generations, as well as, with a dedicated security system protecting the device from emergency …

Deepcool is preparing a new cooler with heat pipes

Deepcool production company of inexpensive and quite efficient cooling systems has provided a sample of CPU cooler — Big Frost (tentative codename), which is an extension of current Frostwin model. Previous model has 4 sintered powder heatpipes, which conduct heat from the processor to protect it from overheating. Also, like a new model, it has 120mm fans.



New model has a simple design, but strict, almost «standard», forms will not prevent it from showing a decent performance. It works with less noise and performs an effective cooling. Big Frost consists of a nickel-plated copper base with a miniature auxiliary radiator, six U-shaped copper heatpipes, each of 6 mm in diameter, and two sections of aluminium plates of similar thickness. Pre-installed fans are running at different speeds. One turns with intensity of 1300 r / min (22.6 dB noise), the other — in the range from 900 to 1500 rev / min (21,4-32,1 dB).


Dimensions of construction form 126x136x159 mm, weight — …
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