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.

Micron to Carry Out the Production of TLC Memory Next Year

Memory market, similar to other industries, undergoes certain changes and updates from time to time. Therefore, memory manufacturers are currently trying to comply their production with two major tendencies: considerable drop in demand for RAM, employed basically in desktop PCs, and simultaneous growth of demand for solid-state drives, employed in compact tablets and mobile devices. Besides, the latter is developed at lightning speed.

Micron, one of the leading memory manufacturers, feels like no one else all the changes and fluctuations in the market. Its quarterly reports witness about the relentless drop in demand for DRAM (9% drop at average) for the report period. At the same time, increase in SSD segment is estimated at 5% at average. Sales volume of NOR memory type did not outlive serious changes.

According to the preliminary data, Micron is going to carry out the production of memory on TLC microchips, manufactured under 20 nm technological process. The assumed …

Lenovo Unveils Plans for ThinkVision 4K UltraHD Monitors

Lenovo, one of the global leaders in consumer electronics, has unveiled plans for the upcoming release of two professional PC monitors of ThinkVision lineup. The ThinkVision Pro2840m and ThinkVision 28 are characterized by the support of 4K UltraHD resolution and a range of advanced features. The first 28-inch model combines an entire scope of facilities for professional users, whereas the second one boasts some intellectual capabilities, serving a real entertainment center run by Android OS.

Lenovo ThinkVision Pro2840m is targeting enterprise users who got used to work with automated design engineering and data analysis. For sure, it will be much appreciated by home users, willing to watch video in ultra-wide resolution (3840x2160). The model features a stylish ergonomic design with an excessive use of glass. The display is equipped with sensor keys and binary speakers.

The display itself is based on a full-fledged stand that allows for the rotation, adjustment of …
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