Unusual PC Chassis Prodigy M from BitFenix

BitFenix, a company known for modern and cutting-edge PC solutions, is going to release one more representative of Prodigy PC chassis family – the Prodigy M. The new-comer features identical to the predecessor dimensions, nonetheless is ready to welcome motherboards of mini-ITX, as well as of micro-ATX standard. The chassis is designed in two color variations: stylish Arctic White and exclusive Midnight Black. According to the preliminary info, the model will be released in late September at a price of about €80.



Despite small-sized format, the case is able to accommodate all crucial components. The number of bays for various drives has been reduced, although storage does not suffer from lack of facilities. Thus, the case features four bays for HDD items (3.5-inch) and five bays for HDD/SSD items (2.5-inch). Five expansion PCI Express slots allow for the creation of various system configurations, including CrossFire and SLI graphics schemes.


The length of supported …

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 …

Promising Speed Forecasts for AMD Radeon 8000 Sea Islands

AMD is continuing its work on the new GPU generation codenamed ‘Sea Islands’. The new series is prognosticated to be released in the coming winter. All the products with this GPU will be branded Radeon 8000. AMD manufacturers claim that their new graphic processing units will be 40% more efficient due to the implemented advanced technologies. There is not so much news about the future GPU architecture, although cardinal changes are barely possible.



Sea Islands chips will be equipped with 5.1 billion transistors as compared with the current 4.3 billion items applied in the products. This augmentation will facilitate the increment of efficiency. The chips will be developed according to the already tried-and-proven 28 nm technological requirements. The increase of transistors is not as large due to the adherence to the ascribed norms. It should be underlined that the implementation of the old technologies does not imply the considerable warming up of the chips; the developments …
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