Greeting New MSI Radeon R7 and Radeon R9 Graphics Cards Series

Right after an official release of new GPU solutions from AMD, the entire galaxy of graphics cards has filled out the market. MSI was among the first companies to introduce its Radeon R7 and R9 solutions, which replenished three brand lineups: Gaming, Classic and Overclocking. All the models are intended at entry-level users with standard graphics needs, as well as at hard-core enthusiasts with rather steep demands.

MSI Gaming series has been supplemented by three new products, codenamed Radeon R9 270, Radeon R9 270X, and Radeon R9 280X. All of them boast the incorporation of Military Class 4 components to provide for a more reliable functioning. In regard to cooling, the products are equipped with Twin Frozr IV Advanced cooler. Along with the adapters, MSI delivers a dedicated Gaming APP program; it optimizes and enhances their performance by activating the pre-installed profiles with heightened clock frequencies.

To continue, Classic series has also been replenished …

Seagate Announces a Bunch of New SSDs Targeting Various Segments

Seagate Technology, one of the leading players in HDD/SSD industry, announces the release of its first solid-state drive targeting consumer segment and next-generation drives targeting corporate field. Therefore, corporate clients will be able to enjoy the privileges of Seagate 1200 SSD that is primarily predestined for the implementation into high-end server systems. These drives will be released in three capacity versions (200 GB, 400 GB and 800 GB) and will employ SAS interface with 12 Gb/sec bandwidth.

Seagate 600 SSD is developed in 2.5-inch form-factor with two case depth modifications: 5 mm and 7 mm. The new-comers are supposed to be the most optimal solution for laptops and other small-sized devices. These drives employ SATA III interface and demonstrate quite striking speed characteristics: the maximal sequential Read speed achieves 550 Mb/sec, while the maximal sequential Write speed equals to 450 Mb/sec. Seagate 600 will be available in three volume capacities (120 …

Overclocked Asus Strix R9 380 OC Graphics Card Review

AMD has recently updated its lineup of graphics cards, offering solutions for any taste and budget. Its Radeon R9 380 adapter is an appropriate balance of quality and price. Hence, there is small wonder that all company’s partners rushed into introducing their own versions of the card. The Strix R9 380 OC from Asus is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding interpretations. Let’s see what privileges it boasts.

General Specs

Asus Strix R9 380 OC is based on Antigua Pro GPU (28 nm) that entails 1792 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs and 11 TMUs. In contrast to the etalon model running at 970 MHz frequency, this card features 990 MHz nominal clock frequency. The codename – Strix-R9380-DC2OC-2GD5-Gaming implies that this item comes equipped with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, operating at 5500 MHz efficient frequency. However, it is assumed that Asus will introduce the version with 4 GB memory to satisfy the needs of a wider audience.

PCB Layout

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