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.

Philips Equips Its New Monitor with ErgoSensor Technology

With the penetration of Internet into every sector of business and industry, it's barely possible to avoid hours-long work at computer. Such 'diligence' not infrequently leads to minor or major health issues, primarily connected with the eyesight and backbone. This is why, Philips decided to save its potential customers from any health problems by releasing a new monitor Brilliance 231P4QRYES. This monitor is equipped with ErgoSensor technology, like its predecessor, that helps the users in keeping to basic rules on work at PC.



ErgoSensor technology fulfills a few vital functions. Firstly, the integration of a built-in camera allows the system to estimate the distance between the eyes and the display; further on, it offers the user the most optimal distance index to provide for appropriate browsing. Secondly, when there is no one at computer, the monitor reduces the display brightness; moreover, after a certain period of time the system will turn the monitor off, saving up to …

AMD Highlights Plans for the Transition to the 28nm Process

AMD is a company known for the continual and elaborate work on the development and improvement of all product lines, as well as technological standards. Thus, the coming 2013 year is supposed to be portentous for the company in terms of the implementation of 28nm standards in their APU. AMD has recently voiced the plans for the change of the Trinity APU to a new model, codenamed Richland, and the transition to 28nm technological process.



The new APU, Richland, is presumably to be released in two versions: dual-core and quad-core. It will support a number of high-performance technologies, such as Blu-ray 3D, dual graphics, Open CL, AMD turbo core overclocking, and some others.


According to the preliminary information, Richland will employ FM2 socket (which Trinity employs) and Radeon 8000 series DirextX 11 GPU. This GPU will be furnished with 128 cores in dual-core model line, and with 384 cores in the high-end A10 APU. The same number of cores has been implemented in …
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