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.

Fractal Design Outs Core 2500 Enclosure

Fractal Design, a highly-acclaimed Swedish hardware manufacturer, announces the launch of mid-tower Core 2500 PC enclosure. The new-comer is ready to offer a unique combination of an austere design, an efficient cooling, a marvelous functionality, and an affordable price. The model is already on sale for the recommended by the manufacturer price tag of $59.90.



Fractal Design Core 2500 features totally black interior and exterior. Aluminum frontal panel is differentiated by a 3D grain-oriented coating. The enclosure is ready to welcome motherboards of ATX standard, as well as CPU coolers as high as 162 mm and graphics cards as long as 380 mm. Frontal and bottom perforated sites have got dust filters that prevent litter from shrinking into the components.


Besides, the internal layout of the case offers two vacant places for the installation of 5.25-inch drives, eight places for 3.5/2.5-inch drives (SSD/HDD), and seven PCI slots for expansion cards. It should be noted that …

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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