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.

Trojan.Encoder.94 Transgresses All Permitted Limits

The past few weeks have become a real calamity for the users of personal computers and other devices all over Europe. This calamity is triggered by the massive attacks of new encoder program Trojan.Encoder.94. Last week the encoder reached the borders of several countries in Latin America which could not but harass all customer community. So far the companies, which make business on developing antivirus systems, cannot find the ways of preventing the penetration of encoder, despite multiple notifications and urgent security measures from the customers’ part.


The operation chart of Trojan.Encoder.94 is targeted mainly on user files. Once the program gets into the system, it immediately encodes all data in PC or other device. Text, graphic, audio and video files fall under encoding, and when the user tries to open the needed file, the program displays the notification which contains information about the possible methods of error removal. All of those methods dwindle down to a …

UPS PowerCom Phantom PTM 600AP Review

The importance of uninterruptible power supply units in home and corporate systems can't be overestimated. Those units save PCs and other devices from malfunctions and total failure in case of voltage fluctuations or sudden disappearance. In this light, many prudent users tend to acquiring UPS with the aim to protect their hard-earned platforms from breakdown. PowerCom is known to deliver high-end UPS units which can be employed as in standard home systems, so in large corporate ones, where the danger of sudden voltage variations is great. Its latest product Phantom PTM 600AP is able to ensure total reliability in the most unexpected conditions.



General Peculiarities


UPS PowerCom Phantom PTM 600AP features tower-like thin casing without any extraordinary solutions. The central part of the clipboard contains a single Startup button that is lighted by blue LED. The rear board houses three standard earthing-pins for the connection of various PC components and peripherals, …
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