Greeting PowerColor Radeon R9 290X New-Generation Graphics Cards

PowerColor has officially introduced a pair of high-efficiency graphics cards developed on the new-generation Radeon R9 290X series adapters. Codenamed PowerColor Radeon R9 290X, both new-comers support the latest graphics technologies, i.e. DirectX 11.2 and OpenGL 4.2. The models feature a totally identical design, still there is one differentiation: one of the models is equipped with a key to Battlefield 4 game. Such ‘bonus’ has resulted in a bit heightened price of $580, if compared with the standard model that costs $550.

Both cards are based on AMD Hawaii XT chip. It has been dynamically overclocked by PowerColor to 1030 MHz, whereas the nominal clock frequency remained the same – 800 MHz. In order to enhance the performance, the GPU has been supplemented with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory with 512-bit interface that runs at 5000 MHz.

To proceed with the specifications, both graphics adapters accommodate four rear video ports (HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI-I, and DVI-D). …

Two New Pocket-Size External Drives from HGST

HGST, a company that has been acquired by Western Digital, is going to gladden its devotees by a couple of external drives, codenamed G-Technology G-Drive mini and G-Technology G-RAID mini. Both models are characterized by a pocket-size design and distinguish themselves as the world's first serial devices employing 2.5-inch hard drive with the total of 1TB capacity. This is, indeed, an incredible property that can't be currently beaten by any rival product. Besides, the spindle implemented in the hard drive develops the speed of 7200 RPM.

Model G-Technology G-RAID mini features 149x83x38 mm dimensions and contains two hard drives of 2.5-inch standard. Each of the drives goes with 1TB capacity (the total capacity is 2TB). The implementation of Oxford 936 controller enables the possibility to organize RAID 0 and RAID 1 array configurations. The inventory of the device boasts the availability of eSATA 3Gb/sec port, USB 2.0 port and FireWire 800 x2 port. This external drive is …

Liquid-Cooling System Zalman LQ315 Review

A few months after the last release of water-cooling systems, Zalman introduces a new series of products with a title attribute LQ3xx. The series consists of three models, LQ320, LQ315 and LQ310, which differentiate themselves primarily by dimensions. The senior cooler (LQ320) features 32 mm water block and 52 mm heatsink, the medium LQ315 cooler features 38 mm heatsink and analogous in dimensions water block; the junior cooler (LQ310) is the tiniest one and features 28 mm heatsink and water block. Zalman LQ315 greatly resembles its predecessor, CNPS20LQ, in design, however, is ready to offer some improved options, if compared with the previous cooler generations.

Design and Framework

Like any other water-cooling system, Zalman LQ315 consists of a water block combined with a pump and joined with a heatsink by means of flexible tubes. The water block is notable by the availability of 'Z' logo on its surface that is lighted blue during operation. Its round base, made of …
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