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.

The Raijintek Metis Plus Chassis in a Fresh Design

Raijintek has released a new version of Mini-ITX chassis, called Metis Plus. There are several colour solutions of this specialty: red, black, silver, white, blue, green and gold. The motherboard plate, dust filter and other parts are black.



The framework is manufactured out of 1.5 mm anodized aluminum, 0.5 mm SPCC steel and acryl (the side panel window).


According to the specification, this chassis can hold four 2.5-inch and one 3.5-inch drives or two 2.5-inch and two 3.5-inch SSD/HDD and a 120 mm liquid-cooling system heatsink, which can be mounted only at bundled 120 mm backlit fan disassembly. The max size of the motherboard to be installed is 170 × 170 mm (Mini-ITX), of the graphics card – 170 × 160 × 40 mm, of the CPU cooler – 160 mm. The interface panel on the top has two USB 3.0 connectors, as well as headphone and microphone jacks. To minimize hardware overheating developers designed this cube-type model with a grid-covered vent on the top.


The product …

The Just-launched QF140 PC Case Fans Have Been Presented by Cryorig

Welcome brand-new chassis fans from the Cryorig Company. The new series, called QF140, is represented by two 140 mm models – QF140 Silent and QF140 Performance.



The names are self-explanatory and suggest, that the difference between the two samples lies in the rotary speed and in the noise factor. The QF140 Silent fan rotates at the speed of 200–1,000 rpm and produces not more than 19.5 dBA of noise at the maximum 71.5 m³/hr air flow rate. The rotation velocity of QF140 Performance equals to 600–1850 rpm at the noise level of 38 dBA. Its productive capacity is 217 m³/hr.


Both Cryorig products weigh 159.3 g and have such identical dimensions: 140 х 140 х 25.4 mm. The fans feature eleven blades and for the most part are designed in black and white colours.


Each model goes for $15.
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