HIS Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2: Graphics Card with an Offbeat Cooler

HIS has recently replenished its Radeon R9 series of graphics cards with a new model – the Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2. Based on AMD Hawaii Pro chip, this card is a combination of an ultimate efficiency and an offbeat design. The integrated GPU runs at an etalon frequency — 947 MHz. No changes have been incorporated into the frequency mode of GDDR5 memory: the 4 GB memory with 512-bus interface runs at nominal/effective 1250/5000 MHz frequency.



The major peculiarity pertained to the model is the employment of a proprietary two-slot cooler, codenamed IceQ X2. It consists of a spacious copper base (40x47.5 mm), a large aluminum heatsink, a pair of 89 mm fans, and five nickel-plated heatpipes: 2x 8 mm and 3x 6 mm. The cooler also accommodates additional heatspreaders, which dissipate heat in memory and VRM sections. Moreover, the framework boasts a dedicated stiffening plate that reduces loading on the printed circuit board.


To continue, HIS Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2 comes with two …

The “exquisite” ASUS MX27UC monitor

Recently the exquisite ASUS Designo monitors family has been expanded by Designo MX27UC. This display possesses a 27-inch AH-IPS matrix with the resolution of 3840 × 2160 px, a thin screen frame and the capacity to display 1.074 bln of shades. The device is produced in golden and black colours, among its peculiarities one can find a ring-shaped base and a thin construction. The monitor weighs 5.5 kg regarding its dimensions 614.4 × 429.5 × 225.4 mm.



The matrix used exhibits high brightness and contrast ratios – 300 cd/m² and 1300:1 respectively. Viewing angles are wide — 178° in horizontal and vertical directions, pixel density is 163 per inch, and the pixel pitch is 0.156 mm. The monitor offers 100 % sRGB coverage of the colourspace.


Designo MX27UC is very comfortable to work with. The Eye Care technology stack provides a blue light filter (Ultra-low Blue Light) and a Flicker-free option. Other benefits include the SplendidPlus pre-setting, QuickFit virtual …

MSI Z77A-GD65 - Common LGA1155-board by Micro-Star Company

Like the other major motherboard manufacturers, the company Micro-Star Intel thoroughly prepared for the appearance of Ivy Bridge processors and new chipsets of seventh series. Motherboard companies use simple and understandable system of names, that is why it is not difficult to arrange in order of seniority, all six motherboards based on the logic of Intel Z77 Express, from the main MSI Z77A-GD80 to younger Z77A-G43 and the small Z77MA-G45.



The box, in which comes motherboard MSI Z77A-GD65 is traditionally designed. The front side is decorated with different logos and the centre has a large poster. On the reverse side of the box there is a summary of some advantages and features of the board.


One of the characteristic weaknesses about motherboards of Micro-Star Company is the lack of panels to display USB 3.0 ports on the front wall of the chassis. The layout of the motherboard MSI Z77A-GD65 is close to the classical, and therefore it not only looks good, but is easy to …
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