Overview of the ASUS Prime X370-Pro Motherboard

Four- and six-core models of Ryzen 5 Summit Ridge processors have already appeared on sale, and almost everything is known about the speed and overclocking potential of the eight-core models (R7). The new Ryzen series processors are actually system-on-a-chip (SOC). Integration of the memory controller, functions of which have been once performed by the north bridge, is not something surprising.


Much more interesting is the south bridge, responsible for working with the periphery. Now such processors have basic capabilities for connecting, for example, drives, and they also have several USB outputs. In other words, most of the functions of motherboards have now lost their habitual form.


The so-called «chipset» is a hub; it greatly extends the capabilities of the computer. In fact, those fixes that many users expect are in the plane of UEFI interaction with the CPU (SOC) itself and are unlikely to rest on the structural component of the board.


AMD X370 is the senior …

Lian Li to Release a New PC-Q35 Case with a Door Lock

Lian Li, a Taiwanese vendor of unique PC cases, is about to release a new mini-ITX case in the Western European market. Entitled PC-Q35, the model features 514x261x356 mm dimensions and weighs 4.3 kg. It is peculiar by a classical brand Lian Li’s design with minimum decorations and great functional. Nonetheless, its main peculiarity is the implementation of a lock on the frontal door. The new-comer is already available for pre-order for a price of 129 EUR.



Lian Li PC-Q35 will come in two color solutions, black and silver. The chassis takes benefit of anti-dust filters and metallic feet with rubber soles; the latter are called to efficiently damp the vibrations. Internal layout supports for the installation of mini-ITX and mini-DTX motherboards, a pair of PCI Express expansion cards of up to 300 mm in length, ATX-compatible power supply unit up to 200 mm in length, and CPU air cooling system of up to 95 mm in height.


To continue, available storage facilities provide for …

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.
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