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.

Apacer Launches Memory Cards of SD and CF Format

Apacer Technology, world-known manufacturer of digital storage devices and memory cards, has introduced in a stately manner its latest ‘creations’, memory cards of SD and CF format, codenamed SD-M and CompactFlash5. The key feature of new products is the extended temperature range which allows the cards to show good operability under conditions of low temperatures (from -40 degrees centigrade) up to extremely high temperatures (to +85 degrees centigrade). The applied technology promoted for the expansion of these memory cards to a variety of areas, including aviation, military and automotive electronics.



According to the words of Apacer’s representatives, their memory cards are full-blown solid state drives with SD and CF interfaces. SD-M and CompactFlash5 are based on MLC NAND flash memory.


Memory cards with SD interface support SD 2.0 and Class 10 specifications, and will go in four volume capacity variants: 4, 8, 16, and 32 GB. Those cards are known to develop …

Some More Details about Intel Core i7 Haswell Processors

As it was publicized earlier this year, a new generation of Intel Haswell processors will be launched in spring 2013. Along with the line of CPUs for desktop systems, Intel will release a series of mobile CPUs. The release is planned for April 2013. Intel Core i7 Haswell will be a pioneer mobile series and will count only three models: Intel Core i7-4930MX Extreme Edition, Intel Core i7-4900MQ and Core i7-4800MQ. All three models are going to become the best match for laptops of gaming class and portable work stations due to their power consumption.



Intel Core i7-4930MX Extreme Edition is a flagship model in the series. It features four cores and supports Hyper-Threading Technology that enables the operation not with four currents (as the majority of contemporary 4-core CPUs do) but with eight currents. Its nominal clock frequency equals to 3GHz, but thanks to the support of Turbo mode the index might be increased to 3.9GHz with one enabled core and up to 3.7 GHz with all …
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