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Video card MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G: review and testing 

Continuing our familiarity with the various modifications o recently announced AMD Radeon R7 370 the basic features are available in the review of ASUS STRIX R7 370, we will talk about the MSI’s product which is equipped with high-quality element base and proprietary cooler MSI Twin Frozr V. Another difference of MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G is ability to switch between three operating modes, allowing a single click to obtain the necessary performance or reduce noise. 

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

The specs:

Model

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G 

Graphics core

AMD Radeon R7 370 (Trinidad PRO)

Quantity of shader CPU

1024

Supported API and technologies

DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, AMD Mantle, AMD Eyefinity, AMD App Acceleration, AMD HD3D, AMD CrossFireX, AMD PowerPlay, AMD PowerTune, AMD ZeroCore, AMD Virtual Super Resolution, AMD Frame Rate Target Control, Vulcan, OpenCL 2.0

Basic/dynamic frequency of graphics core, MHz

Mode «Silent»

925 / 975

Mode «Gaming»

980 / 1030

Mode «OC»

1000 / 1050

Memory frequency (effective), MHz

Mode «Silent»

1400 (5600)

Mode «Gaming»

1400 (5600)

Mode «OC»

1425 (5700)

Memory capacity, GB

2

Memory type

GDDR5

Memory bus, bit

256

Memory carrying capacity, GB/s

182,4

Memory type

PCI Express 3.0 x16

Max resolution

4096 x 2160

Screening interfaces

1 х DVI-D

1 х DVI-I

1 х HDMI

1 х DisplayPort

Support for HDCP and HD-video decoding

Yes

Max capacity of PSU, W

500

Dimensions from official website (according to our measurements), mm

258 x 132 x 37 (276 х 135)

Drivers

Available drivers MSI or  GPU

Producer website

MSI

Package and content

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

The printing of the packaging of MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G is realized in a design typical for series MSI GAMING: red and black colors, and a series of logo (a stylized dragon). In addition to video card name and the manufacturer here is the information about the presence of the logo «OC Edition», indicating about the factory overclocking of key parameters. 

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

All important information is located on the back of the box. Most of the space takes the description of the key advantages:

  • Gaming App – a proprietary software that provides quickly switching between three different operating modes: «Silent», «Gaming» and «OC». Each of them will be relevant, depending on the user's current task.
  • Torx Fan - a new fan design, which has replaced the Propeller Blade. It provides 19% higher airflow, a higher strength and lower noise level. The design sports two rows of blades with different designs, which helped to achieve such impressive results.
  • SuperSU Pipe - the use of two copper heat pipes with a balanced arrangement contributes to increased efficiency of heat dissipation.
  • Zero Frozr - fans of cooling system stop spinning when GPU temperature is below 60°C, eliminating the occurrence of even a minimum level of noise during idle or at low loads, and significantly extend the life of fans.

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

A list of system requirements is located on the back of the packaging. Based on these recommendations, the power supply shall have a capacity of at least 500 W and supports 6-pin power cable PCIe.

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

In the box with the card we found not only the usual instructions and a CD with software, but also an adapter to connect an analog monitor.

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

To display an image there is the following set of video outputs:

  • 1 x DVI-I;
  • 1 x DVI-D;
  • 1 x HDMI;
  • 1 x DisplayPort.

The following resolutions are supported:

  • Digital up to 4096 x 2160;
  • Dial up to 2048 x 1536.

Design and cooling system 

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

The product is realized in the traditional style of the series MSI GAMING, with a predominance of black and red colors in the design.

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

In addition to the PCI Express x16 slot, its power is supplied via an optional 6-pin connector. Note that the cooler doesn’t make any difficulties to disconnect the power cord.

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

In order to implement the technologies AMD CrossFireX the MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G uses a single connector for the corresponding bridge that allows you to combine two video accelerators for the joint calculation of graphical effects.

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

The reverse side of the printed circuit board features mounting screws of cooling systems, one of which is covered by a warranty sticker. 

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

The basis of MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G is graphics chip AMD Trinidad PRO, which is determined by the utility GPU-Z 0.8.5 as the «AMD Pitcairn». It is produced according to of 28-nm process and consists of 1024 stream processors, 32 ROP units and 64 texture units. The GPU operating frequency was increased to 1050 MHz with respect to the recommended 975 MHz.

As for the video memory subsystem, it is realized byGDDR5-chips Samsung's with total volume of 2 GB, which operate at effective frequency of 5700 MHz. Communication between the graphics processor and memory is realized through a 256-bit bus, which is capable of carrying 182.4 GB of information per second.

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

Branded cooling system is not only quite stylish, but also relatively compact. The video card including installed cooling system occupies two expansion slots and has a total length of 258 mm according to the official website of MSI (276 mm as measured in our lab).

The cooler comprises a radiator, two copper heat pipes coated with a layer of nickel, as well as two axial fans with blades 95 mm in diameter, mounted on the plastic housing.

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

In case of automatic speed control of fan blades at maximum load, the graphics core is heated to 66°C, and cooler is very quiet just 24% of its maximum capacity. 

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

Under the maximum fan speed GPU temperature dropped to 54°C. The noise rose to an average level, but remained quite comfortable for extended use. 

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2G

In case of load absence the frequencies of the GPU and memory were automatically reduced, allowing to reduce power consumption and heat dissipation of video card in general. In this mode, the GPU temperature did not exceed 52°C because the fans stopped to rotate, and the cooling system has moved in a completely passive mode. Here appears the aforementioned technology MSI Zero Frozr, which provides a silent mode of video caed at low loads.

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Video card SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5: review and testing

Following the graphics card SAPPHIRE NITRO R9 380 4G D5, which is representative of a more productive lineup with the support for comfortable gameplay at a resolution of 1440p, we present SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5 that is another graphic accelerator in this series. It features modest performance, but uses an efficient two-fan cooling system SAPPHIRE DUAL-X.

SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5

Novelty is characterized by a small factory overclocking and 4 GB of memory. Also, the advantages include the possibility of the cooling system in a passive mode under light load.

The specs:

Model

SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5 (11240-04-20G)

Graphics core

AMD Radeon R7 370 (Trinidad PRO)

Manufacturing process, nm

28

Quantity of shader processors

1024

Supported API and technologies

DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, AMD Mantle, AMD Eyefinity, AMD App Acceleration, AMD HD3D, AMD CrossFireX, AMD PowerPlay, AMD PowerTune, AMD ZeroCore, AMD Virtual Super Resolution, AMD Frame Rate Target Control, Vulcan, OpenCL 2.0

Nominal frequency of graphics core, MHz

985

Memory capacity, GB

4

Memory type

GDDR5

Nominal/effective video memory capacity, MHz

1400 / 5600

Mmeory bus, bit

256

Memory carrying capacity, GB/s

179,2

Inner interface

PCI Express 3.0 x16

Screening interfaces

1 х HDMI

1 x DisplayPort

1 х DVI-I

1 х DVI-D

Minimal PSU capacity, W

500

Dimensions from the official site (measured in our lab), mm

211,12 x 111,15 x 36 (225 x 113)

Drivers

Available drivers  SAPPHIRE or GPU

Producer website

SAPPHIRE

Package and content

SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5

The card comes in a compact vertical-oriented package. It is performed in a black color with gray inserts. The front side sports main features of this graphics accelerator:

  • factory overclocking;
  • 4 GB of memory standard GDDR5;
  • optimal operation of modern online games at 1080p;
  • two-fan cooling system SAPPHIRE DUAL-X;
  • intelligent control system of cooling system operation mode (Intelligent Fan Control II).

SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5

The side face of the package contains a list of the minimum system requirements. According to the manufacturer, the power of the power supply must be at least of 500 W when installing a graphics accelerator, and 600 W when using the combination of two video cards in the mode AMD CrossFireX.

SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5

Package of SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5 consists of:

  • adapter DVI↔D-Sub;
  • Stickers on the computer;
  • ROM with software and drivers;
  • a set of instructions.

This set contains almost all the necessary components to install a video card on the motherboard and connect the monitor. In some cases, you may need a 6-pin PCIe-adapter to connect an optional power supply. Most users do not need it, because almost all modern power supplies are equipped with the data connector.

SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5

On the interface panel contains the following interfaces:

  • 1 x DisplayPort;
  • 1 x HDMI;
  • 1 x DVI-D;
  • 1 x DVI-I.

Such a set of connectors can be found on a large number of modern graphics cards, because it combines the most popular digital and analog interfaces (using the included adapter).

Design and circuitry 

SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5

Graphics card SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5 is made on black PCB. Its length is 225 mm and height 112 mm (as measured in our lab). As you can see, the graphics processor is equipped with a protective metal frame which prevents it from damage when installing or removing the cooling system.

SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5

 

SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5

The power subsystem of the GPU is realized according to 4-phase scheme and includes qualitative components (solid capacitors and ferrite chokes). Chip NCP4206 produced by ON Semiconductor is used as a controller.

SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5

The video card powering is realized due to PCI Express x16 slots and one 6-pin PCIe. It is pretty easy to connect or disconnect it, because the cooling system does not interfere this process.

SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5

Next to the interface connector panel we found bridge AMD CrossFireX. It allows you to combine two similar video cards for co-processing of graphics.

SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5

The reverse side of the PCB features a number of elements of the power subsystem and the screws that secure the cooling system and interface panel.

SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5

The basis of SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5 is a graphics chip AMD Trinidad PRO, which is determined by the utility GPU-Z 0.8.5 as the AMD Pitcairn. It is made according to 28-nm process and includes 1024 stream processors, 32 units rasterization and 64 texture units. The nominal frequency of the graphics processor in increased from 975 to 985 MHz.

SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5

Memory of graphics accelerator (total of 4 GB) is realized with the help of 8 chips SK Hynix H5GC4H24AJR-T2C with capacity of 4 GB each. They operate on effectively frequency of 5600 MHz and exchange information with the graphics chip via a 256-bit bus with carrying capacity of 179.2 GB/s.

Cooling system 

SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5

This video card is equipped with a dual-slot cooling system SAPPHIRE DUAL-X. Its two axial fans with blades diameter of 86 mm are fixed on a plastic casing that covers the radiator.

SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5

Fans FirstDo FDC10H12S9-C with the characteristics of 12 V and 0.35 A are applied. Thanks to the support of Intelligent Fan Control II they can completely stop at light load.

SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5

SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5

The heatsink consists of a copper base and 74 aluminum fins. Two copper heat pipes with a diameter of 6 mm are applied to accelerate the exchange of heat between these components. Special thermal pads are installed along the perimeter. They transfer the heat from the memory chips on the base of the radiator.

SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5

The heat pipes are in contact with the heat sink fins and the base without the use of solder, but in general their fixation is reliable.

SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5

Now let's examine the efficiency of the cooling system SAPPHIRE DUAL-X. At maximum GPU load and the automatic control of fan speed the GPU was heated up to 74°C. Propellers were spinning at 45% (1790 rpm) of its maximum speed, and the noise did not stand out against other components.

SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5

After setting the rotation speed of the fan blades to the maximum (3340 rpm), the GPU temperature dropped to 65°C, and the noise rose above average, but it was still quite acceptable under prolonged use.

SAPPHIRE NITRO R7 370 4G D5

After the transition to the idle mode, the temperature of the graphics core and memory was reduced. This allowed the cooling system to go into a passive mode, thanks to technology Intelligent Fan Control II. GPU temperature did not exceed 45°C, and the card was operated in a completely silent mode.

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Review of video card MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

Over the time NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 is one of the best solutions in terms of price and performance for building of midrange gaming system. Its main features are available in the review Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 iChill Ultra, as well as in article dedicated to microarchitecture NVIDIA Maxwell. We are going to review version MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G, which is characterized not only by the presence of factory overclocking, qualitative element base and a proprietary cooling system, but also an increased video memory up to 4 GB.  

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

The specs: 

Model

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

Graphics core

NVIDIA GM206 (Maxwell)

Quantity of CUDA-cores

1024

Supported API and technologies

DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0, NVIDIA TXAA, NVIDIA FXAA, NVIDIA MFAA, NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync, NVIDIA Surround, NVIDIA PhysX, NVIDIA 3D Vision, NVIDIA SLI, NVIDIA CUDA, NVIDIA GameWorks, NVIDIA GameStream

Basic / dynamic graphics core frequency, MHz

Mode «Silent»

1127 / 1178

Mode «Gaming»

1190 / 1253

Mode «OC»

1241 / 1304

Memory frequency (effective), MHz

1753 (7010)

Memory capacity, GB

4

Memory type

GDDR5

Memory bus, bit

128

Memory carrying capacity, GB/s

115,4

Bus

PCI Express 3.0 x16

Max resolution

Digital up to 4096 x 2160

Analog up to 2048 x 1536

Screening interfaces

1 х DVI-I

1 х HDMI

3 х DisplayPort

HDCP support and HD-video decoding

Yes

Minimal PSU capacity, W

400

Additional power sockets PCIe

1 x 8-pin

Dimensions from the official site (measured in our lab), mm

267 х 139 х 40 (279 х 140)

Drivers

Available drivers  MSI or GPU

Producer website

MSI

MSI has paid much attention to the improvement of standard video card, because, in fact, new product obtained the reference graphics core and video memory subsystem. Its structure contains: the original circuit board, brand cooler and quite interesting ability to switch between three operating modes, allowing you to flexibly control the performance and power consumption depending on the current task.

Package & content

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

The printing of package MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G is made in the typical series MSI GAMING: red and black colors, and presence of a series logo (a stylized dragon). In addition to title of the video card and the manufacturer it is worth noting the presence of the logo «OC Edition», indicating that about factory overclocking key parameters.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

All important information is located on the back of the box. Most of the space takes the description of the key advantages of video card, such as:

  • Gaming App - bundled proprietary software that provides a function to quickly switch between three different operating modes: «Silent», «Gaming» and «OC». Each of them will be relevant, depending on the user's current task.
  • Torx Fan - a new fan design, which replaced the Propeller Blade. It provides 19% higher airflow, a higher strength and lower noise level. The design uses two rows of blades with different designs.
  • SuperSU Pipe - the use of three copper heat pipes with a balanced arrangement contributes to increased efficiency of heat dissipation.
  • Zero Frozr - cooling system fans stop spinning when GPU temperature is below 60°C, eliminating the occurrence of even a minimum level of noise during idle or at low loads, and significantly extend the life of fans.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

A list of system requirements is located on the back of the packaging. Based on these recommendations, the power supply should have a capacity at least 400 W, as well as to support the 8-pin power cable PCIe.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

In the box with the video card we’ve found not only the usual instructions and a CD with software, but also for the power adapter for connecting an analog monitor.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

To display the image the next set of interfaces is provided:

  • 1 x DVI-I;
  • 1 x HDMI;
  • 3 x DisplayPort.

The following resolutions are supported:

  • Digital up to 4096 x 2160;
  • Dial up to 2048 x 1536.

Appearance & cooling system 

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

New product is made in the traditional style of the series MSI GAMING, with a predominance of black and red colors in the design.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

In addition to the PCI Express x16 slots, its power is provided via the optional 8-pin connector. Note that the cooler doesn’t make difficulties to disconnect the power cord.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

In order to provide technology NVIDIA SLI for 960 MSI GeForce GTX GAMING 4G the manufacturer has provided one connector for the appropriate bridge. It allows you to combine a pair of graphics cards for the joint calculation of graphical effects. Recall that you can see the results of testing NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 in mode 2-Way NVIDIA SLI in review of GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 960 WINDFORCE OC.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

The reverse side of the graphic adapter is covered by a massive metal support plate, which significantly improves the reliability of the structure and prevents damage of the printed circuit board under the weight of the cooling system.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

The tested model is based on the graphics chip NVIDIA GM206-300-A1 (Maxwell), produced according to 28-nm manufacturing process. It includes 1024 CUDA-cores, 32 blocks of rasterization and 64 texture units. As we have said, the video card features factory overclocking of graphics core, the maximum operating frequency of which is 1241 and 1304 MHz.

Also, the novelty has an increased video memory up to 4 GB using the microchips of company Samsung, which operate at effectively frequency of 7012 MHz. Communication between the graphics processor and memory is realized through a 128-bit bus, which is capable of carrying 115.4 GB of information per second.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

The cooling system has not very large dimensions. The video card including installed cooling system occupies two expansion slots and has a total length of 267 mm according to the official website of MSI (279 mm as measured in our lab).

The cooler features a radiator, three copper heat pipes coated with a layer of nickel, as well as two axial fans with 95 mm blades, mounted on the plastic case.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

In case of automatic speed control of fan blades at maximum load, the graphics core is heated to 64°C, and cooler works virtually silent for 40% of its maximum capacity.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

Under the maximum speed of fan blades rotation the GPU temperature dropped to 52°C. This noise exceeded the average level, but in a closed PC case it did not stand out too much compared to other components.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

In case of load absence the frequencies of the GPU and memory are automatically reduced, allowing you to reduce power consumption and heat dissipation. In this mode, the GPU temperature did not exceed 45°C because the fans stopped to rotate and cooling system transferred into a fully passive mode. Here technology MSI Zero Frozr is activated, which provides a silent operation mode at low loads.

tags: msi   geforce gtx 960   gddr5   full hd   cuda   nvidia sli   maxwell   gm206   samsung   pci express 3.0   directx 12   
Read the full review >>>

Review of video card MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

Over the time NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 is one of the best solutions in terms of price and performance for building of midrange gaming system. Its main features are available in the review Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 iChill Ultra, as well as in article dedicated to microarchitecture NVIDIA Maxwell. We are going to review version MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G, which is characterized not only by the presence of factory overclocking, qualitative element base and a proprietary cooling system, but also an increased video memory up to 4 GB.  

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

The specs: 

Model

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

Graphics core

NVIDIA GM206 (Maxwell)

Quantity of CUDA-cores

1024

Supported API and technologies

DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0, NVIDIA TXAA, NVIDIA FXAA, NVIDIA MFAA, NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync, NVIDIA Surround, NVIDIA PhysX, NVIDIA 3D Vision, NVIDIA SLI, NVIDIA CUDA, NVIDIA GameWorks, NVIDIA GameStream

Basic / dynamic graphics core frequency, MHz

Mode «Silent»

1127 / 1178

Mode «Gaming»

1190 / 1253

Mode «OC»

1241 / 1304

Memory frequency (effective), MHz

1753 (7010)

Memory capacity, GB

4

Memory type

GDDR5

Memory bus, bit

128

Memory carrying capacity, GB/s

115,4

Bus

PCI Express 3.0 x16

Max resolution

Digital up to 4096 x 2160

Analog up to 2048 x 1536

Screening interfaces

1 х DVI-I

1 х HDMI

3 х DisplayPort

HDCP support and HD-video decoding

Yes

Minimal PSU capacity, W

400

Additional power sockets PCIe

1 x 8-pin

Dimensions from the official site (measured in our lab), mm

267 х 139 х 40 (279 х 140)

Drivers

Available drivers  MSI or GPU

Producer website

MSI

MSI has paid much attention to the improvement of standard video card, because, in fact, new product obtained the reference graphics core and video memory subsystem. Its structure contains: the original circuit board, brand cooler and quite interesting ability to switch between three operating modes, allowing you to flexibly control the performance and power consumption depending on the current task.

Package & content

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

The printing of package MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G is made in the typical series MSI GAMING: red and black colors, and presence of a series logo (a stylized dragon). In addition to title of the video card and the manufacturer it is worth noting the presence of the logo «OC Edition», indicating that about factory overclocking key parameters.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

All important information is located on the back of the box. Most of the space takes the description of the key advantages of video card, such as:

  • Gaming App - bundled proprietary software that provides a function to quickly switch between three different operating modes: «Silent», «Gaming» and «OC». Each of them will be relevant, depending on the user's current task.
  • Torx Fan - a new fan design, which replaced the Propeller Blade. It provides 19% higher airflow, a higher strength and lower noise level. The design uses two rows of blades with different designs.
  • SuperSU Pipe - the use of three copper heat pipes with a balanced arrangement contributes to increased efficiency of heat dissipation.
  • Zero Frozr - cooling system fans stop spinning when GPU temperature is below 60°C, eliminating the occurrence of even a minimum level of noise during idle or at low loads, and significantly extend the life of fans.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

A list of system requirements is located on the back of the packaging. Based on these recommendations, the power supply should have a capacity at least 400 W, as well as to support the 8-pin power cable PCIe.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

In the box with the video card we’ve found not only the usual instructions and a CD with software, but also for the power adapter for connecting an analog monitor.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

To display the image the next set of interfaces is provided:

  • 1 x DVI-I;
  • 1 x HDMI;
  • 3 x DisplayPort.

The following resolutions are supported:

  • Digital up to 4096 x 2160;
  • Dial up to 2048 x 1536.

Appearance & cooling system 

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

New product is made in the traditional style of the series MSI GAMING, with a predominance of black and red colors in the design.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

In addition to the PCI Express x16 slots, its power is provided via the optional 8-pin connector. Note that the cooler doesn’t make difficulties to disconnect the power cord.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

In order to provide technology NVIDIA SLI for 960 MSI GeForce GTX GAMING 4G the manufacturer has provided one connector for the appropriate bridge. It allows you to combine a pair of graphics cards for the joint calculation of graphical effects. Recall that you can see the results of testing NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 in mode 2-Way NVIDIA SLI in review of GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 960 WINDFORCE OC.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

The reverse side of the graphic adapter is covered by a massive metal support plate, which significantly improves the reliability of the structure and prevents damage of the printed circuit board under the weight of the cooling system.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

The tested model is based on the graphics chip NVIDIA GM206-300-A1 (Maxwell), produced according to 28-nm manufacturing process. It includes 1024 CUDA-cores, 32 blocks of rasterization and 64 texture units. As we have said, the video card features factory overclocking of graphics core, the maximum operating frequency of which is 1241 and 1304 MHz.

Also, the novelty has an increased video memory up to 4 GB using the microchips of company Samsung, which operate at effectively frequency of 7012 MHz. Communication between the graphics processor and memory is realized through a 128-bit bus, which is capable of carrying 115.4 GB of information per second.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

The cooling system has not very large dimensions. The video card including installed cooling system occupies two expansion slots and has a total length of 267 mm according to the official website of MSI (279 mm as measured in our lab).

The cooler features a radiator, three copper heat pipes coated with a layer of nickel, as well as two axial fans with 95 mm blades, mounted on the plastic case.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

In case of automatic speed control of fan blades at maximum load, the graphics core is heated to 64°C, and cooler works virtually silent for 40% of its maximum capacity.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

Under the maximum speed of fan blades rotation the GPU temperature dropped to 52°C. This noise exceeded the average level, but in a closed PC case it did not stand out too much compared to other components.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G

In case of load absence the frequencies of the GPU and memory are automatically reduced, allowing you to reduce power consumption and heat dissipation. In this mode, the GPU temperature did not exceed 45°C because the fans stopped to rotate and cooling system transferred into a fully passive mode. Here technology MSI Zero Frozr is activated, which provides a silent operation mode at low loads.

tags: msi   geforce gtx 960   gddr5   full hd   cuda   nvidia sli   maxwell   gm206   samsung   pci express 3.0   directx 12   
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MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 video card: review and testing

In August 2015 the company NVIDA has pleased fans by announcement of a new graphics card, which is designed to be a solution for the mid-level gaming systems for Full HD-resolution. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 will take its place among the novelties in the architecture of NVIDIA Maxwell (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti) and more productive NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

The company is positioning its new product as a substitute for video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650. As you can see, under medium graphics settings and resolution of 1920 x 1080 the new model should demonstrate a stable 60 frames per second in today's games, while NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 is three times behind.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GOther distinctives feature of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 from NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 are the support of useful functions API DirectX 12 (Volume Tiled Resources, Conservative Raster, Raster Ordered Views), a doubling of GDDR5-memory and twice the best performance.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GAlso the producer has focused on the performance of video card in MOBA games, where it shows a decrease of response time almost twice that is important in network battles, as the battle depends on character of the speed of response.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GUsing proprietary software GeForce Experience, you can optimize system performance of your favorite MOBA game due to one click, thereby reducing response time by increasing the frame rate, as well as to choose the optimal graphics settings.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

Also this software allows to keep the gameplay to the computer or broadcast the video on the popular Internet services.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

The base of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 is a graphics chip NVIDIA GM206-250, which includes 768 CUDA cores, 48 texture units and 32 units rasterization. The amount of video memory is 2 GB, which operates at a frequency of 6600 MHz. The memory bus is 128-bit.

Summary comparative table of graphics cards spec NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960:

Model

NVIDIA GeForce

GTX 750 Ti

NVIDIA GeForce

GTX 950 

NVIDIA GeForce

GTX 960

GPU

NVIDIA GM107-400

NVIDIA GM206-250 

NVIDIA GM206-300

Manufacturing process, nm

28

Quantity of CUDA-cores

640

768

1024

Quantity of texture blocks

40

48

64

Quantity of rasterization blocks

16

32

32

Basic / dynamic clock frequency, MHz

1020 / 1085

1024 / 1188

1126 / 1178

Video memory

Type

GDDR5

Capacity, GB

2

2

2

Nominal / effective clock frequency, MHz

1350 / 5400

1650 / 6600

1752 / 7010

Bus size, bit

128

128

128

Carrying capacity, GB/s

86,4

105,6

112,16

Additional PCIe power sockets

-

1 х 6-pin

1 х 6-pin

As you can see, we have a little cut version of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960, which has received less computing power, but a slightly higher dynamic graphics core frequency and more affordable cost.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GLet’s move on to a detailed study of the trends on the example of the video card MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G:

Model

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

Graphics core

NVIDIA GM206-250

Quantity of CUDA-cores

768

Supported API and technologies

DirectX 12 (Shader Model 5.0), OpenGL 4.4, NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround, NVIDIA PhysX, NVIDIA TXAA, NVIDIA FXAA, NVIDIA MFAA, NVIDIA 3D Vision, NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync, NVIDIA SLI, NVIDIA CUDA, NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0, NVIDIA GameWorks, NVIDIA GameStream

Nominal/dynamic frequency of graphics core, MHz

Mode «Silent»

1026 / 1190

Mode «Gaming»

1102 / 1279

Mode «OC»

1127 / 1317

Memory frequency (effective), MHz

Mode «OC»

1663 (6650)

Modes «Gaming» and «Silent»

1653 (6610)

Memory capacity, GB

2

Memory type

GDDR5

Memory bus, bit

128

Memory carrying capacity, GB/s

106,4

Bus

PCI Express 3.0 x16

Max resolution

Digital up to 4096 x 2160

Analog up to 2048 x 1536

Screening interfaces

1 x DVI-I

1 x HDMI

3 x DisplayPort

Support of HDCP and HD-video decoding

Yes

Minimal capacity of PSU, W

350

Additional power sockets PCIe

1 x 6-pin

Dimensions according to official website (measured in our lab), mm

270 х 137 x 37 (287 x 137)

Drivers

Available drivers MSI or GPU

Producer website

MSI

MSI has paid much attention to the improvement of standard video card, because the new solution has got only reference graphics core and video memory subsystem. It includes: the original circuit board, corporate cooler, enhanced power system and a very interesting switch option between the three modes, allowing you to manage the performance and power consumption depending on the current task.

Package and content

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GThe package of GeForce GTX 950 MSI GAMING 2G is realized in typical style for the series MSI GAMING: red and black colors dominated and also a logo of series (a stylized dragon). In addition to video card and the manufacturer, it contains the logo «OC Edition», indicating that the factory overclocking of key parameters.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

All important information is located on the back of the box. Most of the space takes the description of the key advantages:

  • Gaming App a proprietary software with switch option between operating modes: «Silent», «Gaming» and «OC». Each of them will be relevant, depending on the user's current task.
  • Torx Fan - a new fan design which replaced the Propeller Blade. It provides 19% higher airflow, a higher strength and lower noise level. The design uses two rows of blades with different designs, which helped to achieve such impressive results.
  • SuperSU Pipe - the use of two copper 6 mm heat pipes with a balanced arrangement to increased efficiency of heat dissipation.
  • Zero Frozr - cooling fans stop spinning when GPU temperature is below 60°C, eliminating the occurrence of even a minimum level of noise during idle or at low loads, and significantly extend the life of fan.

We also note a number of advantages, the description of which did not fit on the package:

  • Military Class 4 - product features high quality electronic components with high performance and reliability (ferrite chokes, and solid tantalum capacitors).
  • Twin Frozr V - new proprietary cooling system that provides lower noise and better cooling compared to the reference cooler.
  • MSI Predator – due to utility you can save any game play in full screen mode. Utility MSI Predator is positioned as a free alternative to the highly popular program Fraps.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

A list of system requirements is also located on the back of the box. Based on these recommendations, the power supply should have a capacity of at least 350 W, as well as to maintain a 6-pin power cable PCIe.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GIn the box with the video card we found not only the usual instructions and a software CD, but also adapter from DVI to D-Sub.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GThe following set of video outputs is used to display an image:

  • 1 x DVI-I;
  • 1 x HDMI;
  • 3 x DisplayPort.

The following resolutions are supported:

  • Digital up to 4096 x 2160;
  • Dial up to 2048 x 1536.

Appearance and circuitry

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GThe video card MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G is realized on the original printed circuit board with a black matte finish. The logic arrangement of the key components is quite familiar: all memory chips are soldered around the GPU, and power system components are located on the left side of it.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GPower features a reinforced five-phase scheme: four phases are responsible for the power of the graphics core, and one is designed for video memory subsystem. It uses high-quality components corresponding to the concept of MSI Military Class 4.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GThe power system of core is implemented on a digital PWM controller NCP81174 produced by ON Semiconductor, which has some protection from excessive supply voltage, as well as energy efficiency.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GIn addition to the PCI Express x16 slot, here is an optional 6-pin connector. Note that the cooler doesn’t cause discomfort to disconnect the power cord.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GIn order to provide technology NVIDIA SLI the MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G uses a single connector for the appropriate bridge. It allows you to combine a pair of graphics cards for the joint calculation of graphical effects.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

The reverse side of the PCB is notable for two memory chips, some of the electrical components and fixing screws of the cooling system, one of which has a special sticker.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

The news product is based on the graphics chip NVIDIA GM206-250 which is produced according to 28-nm process technology. It consists of 768 CUDA cores, 48 texture units and 32 ROP units. In nominal mode (mode «OC») basic graphics core frequency is increased from 1024 to 1127 MHz and dynamic averages 1317 MHz instead of 1188 MHz reference.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GMemory of test video card (total 2 GB) is realized using four chips Samsung K4G41325FC-HC28 with capacity of 4 GB each. According to the documentation, their nominal effective frequency is 7000 MHz, but in our case it was reduced to 6650 MHz, which allows them to hope for a good overclocking potential. Communication between the graphics core and memory is realized through a 128-bit bus, which is capable of carrying of 106.4 GB information per second.

Cooling system

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GThe tested model with including installed cooling system MSI Twin Frozr V occupies two expansion slots and has a total length of 270 mm according to the official website of MSI (287 mm as measured in our lab).

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GThe cooler consists of a sufficiently large radiator that uses 44 aluminum nickel-plated plates, two 95 mm axial flow fans designed by Torx Fan, and a plastic housing, which covers the entire structure.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GThe fans are manufactured by Power Logic and are labeled «PLD10010S12HH». They are based on sliding bearings with increased service life. Their rated operating voltage is 12 V, and the current is 0.4 A.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2GTo improve the heat exchange efficiency two 6 mm heat pipes are used. They are in direct contact with the surface of the graphic processor. They are covered with a layer of nickel, which is used to minimize the effectiveness of the drop due to the oxidation of copper. Contact of heat pipes with improved copper base is realized by means of solder. It is also used in places of contact with the edges of the radiator pipes.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

Separate low-profile heatsink is applied for heat dissipation from elements of the power subsystem.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

In case of the automatic speed control of fan blades under the maximum load, the graphics core is heated to 65°C, and cooler works at the same time 43% of its maximum capacity. The noise level was very low. It absolutely did not stand out against other components.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

Under the maximum speed fan blades GPU temperature dropped to 53 ° C. At the same time the noise rose to an average level, but remained quite acceptable for long-term daily use.

MSI GeForce GTX 950 GAMING 2G

In case of load absence the frequencies of the GPU and memory were automatically reduced, allowing you to reduce power consumption and heat dissipation of video card in general. In this mode, the GPU temperature did not exceed 38°C because the fans stopped to rotate and cooling system turned into a fully passive mode. Here the aforementioned technology MSI Zero Frozr is activated. It provides a silent mode of video card operation at low loads.

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Mirrorless cameraCanon EOS M3: review and testing

It is not a secret that the largest market lion of classic SLR cameras is divided among Canon and Nikon. And after the appearance of mirrorless cameras, both producers took a waiting position. Such a move was quite justified: should we change something if everything is okay? While other manufacturers have managed to saturate the market with their own solutions and to attract the attention of the world community.  The company Nikon with lineup Nikon 1 also joined to such manufactures.  And only in the late summer of 2012 Canon introduced the first mirrorless system camera - Canon EOS M (where «M» means Mirrorless). But in contrast to its rival, Canon did not invent a new format sensor, but has equipped its creation with proven APS-C matrix. Despite this, the new product could not compete in this segment. The second was Canon EOS M2, which could not significantly affect the state of affairs, including due to the presence in the Japanese market only. In order to fix the situation recently the company has introduced Canon EOS M3, which had time to visit our test lab, and we want to share our impressions of familiarity with it. 

Canon EOS M3

In comparison with its predecessor, the novelty has significantly updated design and construction, the sensor with resolution increased to 24.2 megapixel, updated autofocus Hybrid CMOS AF III, proprietary processor DIGIC 6 and a number of other equally interesting features. All this and more will be describe in detail in this review. Let’s start from the specifications Canon EOS M3:

Producer and model

tags: canon   wi-fi   cmos   full hd   hdmi   sdhc   sdxc   
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Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless camera: review and testing

After the announcement of a new class of mirrorless cameras, a considerable number of manufacturers of photographic equipment quickly filled the market with own solutions. Instead, Nikon had a three-year break, and only then presented cameraы Nikon 1 J1 and V1. Mirrorless camera got a new matrix CX format and its own bayonet called Nikon 1, which allowed to take an intermediate between reflex (not only with the full-frame, but APS-C-matrices) and compact. Furthermore, it excluded the possibility of competition of adjacent lines. Solutions with index «V» are aimed to the most demanding users. They have a high functionality, the electronic viewfinder and a rich set of controls. Models with an index «J» have received simplified construction and are designed for everyday use. Currently lineup of mirrorless cameras took several generations and was supplemented by younger models with index «S», and in recent years with secure the camera Nikon 1 AW1.

Nikon 1 V3

For testing we have a flagship mirrorless camera Nikon 1 V3. Compared to its predecessor, it has received significantly updated design and construction, the sensor with 18.4 megapixel resolution, fast hybrid AF, corporate processor EXPEED 4A and a number of other interesting features. According to a good tradition, we offer to start the review of the camera from technical specifications:

Producer and model

tags: wi-fi   cmos   full hd   hdmi   sdxc   sdhc   nikon   
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Video card Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream: review and testing 

We are going to learn various modifications of well-proven NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960, the main characteristics and features are described in the review Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 iChill Ultra, as well as in a separate article dedicated to microarchitecture NVIDIA Maxwell. This time will tell about the new product from the company Palit, namely, the Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (NE5X960T1041-2060J). It received a good level of factory overclocking, high-quality element base and corporate cooler.

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (GNE5X960T1041-2060J)

However, lets’ learn the specification:

Model

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream

(Palit NE5X960T1041-2060J)

Graphics core

NVIDIA GM206 (Maxwell)

Quantity of CUDA-cores

1024

Supported API and technologies

 

DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0, NVIDIA TXAA, NVIDIA FXAA, NVIDIA MFAA, NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync, NVIDIA Surround, NVIDIA PhysX, NVIDIA 3D Vision, NVIDIA SLI, NVIDIA CUDA, NVIDIA GameWorks, NVIDIA GameStream

Nominal/dynamic GPU frequency, MHz

1279 / 1342

Memory frequency (effective), MHz

1800 (7200)

Memory capacity, GB

2

Memory type

GDDR5

Memory bus, bit

 

128

Memory carrying capacity, GB/s

115,2

Bus type

PCI Express 3.0 x16

Max resolution

Digital up to 4096 x 2160

Analog up to 2048 x 1536

Screening  interfaces

1 х DVI-I

1 х DVI-D

1 х HDMI

1 х DisplayPort

Support for HDCP and HD-video coding

 

Yes

 

Minimal PSU capacity, W

400

Additional sockets of PCIe connectors

1 x 6-pin

Dimensions taken from official website (according measurements in own test lab) , mm

247 х 126 (259 х 125)

Drivers

Available drivers  Palit or GPU

Website

Palit

As you can see, Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream is significantly different from the standard version of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960. Firstly we would like to note the modified set of interfaces and factory overclocking of graphics core, which in nominal mode is clocked at 1279 MHz (increase of 13.5% compared to the recommended 1127 MHz), and taking into account the operation of technology NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 average is 1342 MHz (increase of 13.9% compared to reference 1178 MHz). Video memory is also overclocked and operates at effectively frequency of 7200 MHz instead of the standard 7010 MHz.

Package and content 

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (GNE5X960T1041-2060J)

Package of the product is made from high-quality cardboard. It is equipped with a handle for easy transportation. Traditionally video cards of Palit JetStream series are decorated in black and gold colors. Key information is on the front side of the box and includes the capacity and type of video memory, and support for technologies NVIDIA G-SYNC, NVIDIA GameWorks, NVIDIA GameStream and DirectX 12.

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (GNE5X960T1041-2060J)

The most interesting information the manufacturer has placed on the reverse side of the flip cover:

  • Outstanding Achievements - thanks to a proprietary cooling system and improved circuitry the engineers were able to reduce the operating temperature of the GPU, the noise level of the cooling system and increase the overclocking potential compared to the reference card.
  • Dual Fan - to the cooler's design includes two fans diameter of 87 mm, which provides a more efficient cooling of the key elements.
  • TurboFan Blade – due to the use of a special form of the blades, the cooling fans generate a more powerful air flow, which should positively affect the efficiency of cooling.
  • Optimized Air Flow - propellers of cooling system rotate in different directions, thereby reducing the possibility of conflict between the air flowd and increase the effectiveness of removing excess heat.
  • LED Lightning - the fans are equipped with white built-in LED, ensuring the original appearance in the process.
  • 0-dB TECH - cooling fans are activated only after heating to the graphic processor at 60°C or after raising the power consumption to 60 W video that makes novelty absolutely silent in idle and low load.
  • ThunderMaster - bundled proprietary software ThunderMaster will allow you to not only monitor the status of the video accelerator in real-time, and, if necessary, overlook it by simply pressing a button.  

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (GNE5X960T1041-2060J)

The reverse side of the package is reserved for a small description of the main advantages of the video card. There is a brief technical specification in several languages.

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (GNE5X960T1041-2060J)

Below you can find a list of system requirements for the computer. Based on the recommendations, the power supply in such a system should be characterized by a capacity of at least 400 W and have a 6-pin PCIe cable.

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (GNE5X960T1041-2060J)

Package of graphics card includes:

  • manual;
  • software CD;
  • adapter for video card power;
  • adapter DVI to D-Sub.

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (GNE5X960T1041-2060J)

The standard set of interfaces is used to display an image:

  • 1 x DVI-I;
  • 1 x DVI-D;
  • 1 x HDMI;
  • 1 x DisplayPort.

The reference model has five video outputs, three of which are DisplayPort and one HDMI and DVI-I.

The following resolutions are supported:

  • Digital up to 4096 x 2160;
  • Dial up to 2048 x 1536.

Design and circuitry 

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (GNE5X960T1041-2060J)

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (NE5X960T1041-2060J) is realized on a compact circuit board with a standard brown principle layout. The element base consists of solid-polymer and tantalum capacitors, inductors and ferrite chip DrMOS, which should positively affect the overclocking potential, stability and reliability of new product.

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (GNE5X960T1041-2060J)

The power system is made according four-phase scheme, where three phases are responsible for power of the graphics core, and one is designed for video memory. Control is provided by digital PWM controller NCP81174, manufactured by ON Semiconductor. According to the documentation, it is equipped with short circuit protection and is characterized by increased efficiency by supporting the power saving function (PSI).

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (GNE5X960T1041-2060J)

In accordance with the recommendations of the company NVIDIA, the power of graphics adapter is provided by PCI Express x16 slot and one 6-pin PCIe, located on the side of the board. The cooler prevents the disconnection of the cable PCIe.

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (GNE5X960T1041-2060J)

In order to provide technology NVIDIA SLI the Palit NE5X960T1041-2060J uses one connector for the corresponding bridge that allows you to combine two video accelerators for the joint calculation of graphical effects. You can see the results of the testing NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Mode 2-Way NVIDIA SLI in review GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 960 WINDFORCE OC.

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (GNE5X960T1041-2060J)

The reverse side contains two of the four video memory chips, the above-mentioned PWM controller and some other electrical components.

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (GNE5X960T1041-2060J)

The tested model is based on the graphics chip NVIDIA GM206-300-A1 (Maxwell), produced by 28-nm manufacturing technology. It includes 1024 CUDA-cores, 32 rasterization blocks and 64 texture units. As we have said, the video card has factory overclocking of graphics core with frequencies 1279 and 1342 MHz. 

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (GNE5X960T1041-2060J)

Total memory capacity of Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream is 2GB and it is realized by using 4 chips Samsung K4G41325FC-HC28 with capacity 4 GB each. According to the documentation, their nominal effective frequency is 7000 MHz, but in our case it was increased to 7200 MHz. Data exchange between the graphics processor and memory is realized via 128-bit bus, which is capable of flowing 115.2 GB of information per second.

Cooling system 

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (GNE5X960T1041-2060J)

In addition to the original design, the cooling system stands out due to quite large dimensions. The video card including installed cooling system occupies two and a half expansion slots and has a total length of 247 mm according to the official website of the company Palit (259 mm measured in our lab). 

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (GNE5X960T1041-2060J)

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (GNE5X960T1041-2060J)

The cooler consists of a sufficiently large heatsink assembled from 35 aluminum nickel-plated plates, and two axial fans with blades 87 mm in diameter, mounted on the plastic housing. But the red pad on the case is made of aluminum instead of painted plastic, as it might seem at first glance.

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (GNE5X960T1041-2060J)

The blades of Apistek GA92S2H have a special curved shape that allows them to generate a powerful airflow. However, they rotate in different directions, thereby reducing the possibility of conflict between the air flows and helps to further improve the efficiency of their work.

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (GNE5X960T1041-2060J)

To improve the heat exchange efficiency there are three copper heat pipes with the diameter of 6 mm each. Unfortunately, they are not covered by a layer of nickel, which may adversely affect the efficiency of the cooler in the future.

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (GNE5X960T1041-2060J)

Thus contact of heat pipes with radiator fins and copper base is improved by soldering on one side and the other hot melt adhesive.

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (GNE5X960T1041-2060J)

The cooling elements of the power subsystem are provided by a separate low-profile heatsink.

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (GNE5X960T1041-2060J)

In case of automatic speed control of the fan blades and under the maximum load, the graphics core is heated to 71°C, and cooler is quiet at 42% of its maximum capacity.

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (GNE5X960T1041-2060J)

Under the maximum fan speed the GPU temperature dropped to 56°C. The noise rose to an average level, but it was quite comfortable for extended use.

Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream (GNE5X960T1041-2060J)

In the absence of load the frequencies of the graphics core and memory are automatically reduced, resulting in lower their power and heat consumption. In this mode the cooler operates quietly, since the fan is not rotating through the use of technologies 0-db TECH. 

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Video card ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 (TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5): review and testing

In this review we will learn not just another version of video cards based on GPU NVIDIA GM206 (Maxwell), but a new product equipped with the original cooling system. It is part of a series introduced by ASUS due to celebration of the 20th anniversary of the release to the market of graphics cards.

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 (TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5)

Model ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 (TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5) is equipped with a cooler of radial type with the original white and red housing. The advantage of this design is that the hot air is removed outside the housing and substantially does not increase the temperature inside the system unit.

The specs:

Model

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 (TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5) 

Graphics core

NVIDIA GM206 (Maxwell)

Manufacturing process

28

 Quantity of CUDA-cores

1024

Supported API and technologies

 

DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0, NVIDIA TXAA, NVIDIA FXAA, NVIDIA MFAA, NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync, NVIDIA Surround, NVIDIA PhysX, NVIDIA 3D Vision, NVIDIA SLI, NVIDIA CUDA, NVIDIA GameWorks, NVIDIA GameStream

Nominal/dynamic GPU frequency, MHz

1190 / 1253

Memory capacity, GB

2

Memory type

GDDR5

Nominal/effective video memory frequency, MHz

1753 / 7010

Memory bus, bit

 

128

Memory carrying capacity, GB/s

112,2

Inner interface

PCI Express 3.0 x16

Screening  interfaces

1 х HDMI 2.0

3 x DisplayPort

1 х DVI-I

Minimal PSU capacity, W

400

Dimensions taken from official website (according measurements in own test lab) , mm

264 x 121 x 37 (276 x 122)

Drivers

Available drivers ASUS or  GPU

Website

ASUS

Package and content

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 (TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5)

The front side of the graphics card ASUS TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5 package is decorated in a unique style, combining white and red colors. There is a large image of the graphics accelerator and its key advantages. Mark «OC Edition» says about factory overclocked GPU from nominal 1127/1178 MHz to 1190/1253 MHz.

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 (TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5)

On the back of the box you can find description of the main features of the graphics card, supplemented with visual icons. In particular, radial fan of graphics accelerator captures air from both sides, providing a 10% greater efficacy than the reference model. Also it 4 times longer than the reference cooling system and 7% more efficient using bunch NVIDIA SLI.

The qualitative element base Super Alloy Power consists of silent chokes and solid-state capacitors with a long service life (50 000 hours). Also the delivery set includes proprietary software for overclocking and monitoring (ASUS GPU Tweak) and utility XSplit Gamecaster, allows you to record and broadcast the game session.

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 (TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5)

The side face of the package contains a list of the minimum system requirements that are recommended for the correct operation of the video card. Thus, the capacity of power supply unit must be at least 400 W (up to 38 A at +12V line), and the amount of RAM is 4 GB.

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 (TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5)

Supplied set of graphics accelerator ASUS TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5 includes a quick start guide and a CD with software and drivers. Perhaps some users may need DVI↔D-Sub adapter to connect an analog monitor. It is not included into deliver set.

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 (TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5)

To connect monitors or TVs the interface panel provides quite an extensive set of connectors:

  • 1 x HDMI 2.0;
  • 3 x DisplayPort;
  • 1 x DVI-I.

Such a set of connectors allows you to connect several modern digital monitors or TVs. Thanks to connectors HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort you can watch 4K content of improved quality.

Design and circuitry

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 (TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5)

Graphics card ASUS TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5 has an original design, which resembles a reference, but is independent development of company ASUS. White shroud of graphics accelerator with red accents will look quite unusual, especially in the case with a transparent side cover. The circuit board is deliberately quite compact to improve air blowing.

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 (TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5)

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 (TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5)

The power subsystem of ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 is made of five-phase scheme: four phases are designed for the GPU, and one is for the video memory subsystem. As mentioned earlier, there are qualitative components Super Alloy Power, designed to operate at a high load (during acceleration or prolonged gaming sessions).

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 (TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5)

In addition to slot PCI Express 3.0 x16, to ensure the normal operation of the video card you must connect an additional 6-pin PCIe. It connection and disconnection is free, since the connector is located in the corner of the PCB.

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 (TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5)

The reverse side of the printed circuit board contains several elements of the power subsystem, and two of the four video memory chips. In the upper right corner we found a connector for bridge NVIDIA SLI. It allows you to combine the processing power of GPU for the two co-processing graphics.

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 (TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5)

The base of ASUS TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5 is graphics chip NVIDIA GM206-300-A1 (Maxwell). It consists of 1024 CUDA-cores, 64 texture units and 32 ROP units. The nominal operating frequency is 1190 MHz GPU and dynamic is 1253 MHz.

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 (TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5)

The total capacity of video memory is 2 GB. It is realized using 4 chips Samsung K4G41325FC-HC28 of GDDR5 standard with capacity of 4 GB each. The memory runs at an effective frequency of 7010 MHz, and to exchange data with a graphics core there is 128-bit bus with a capacity of 112.2 GB/s.

Cooling system

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 (TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5)

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 (TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5)

The cooling system takes up two slots for expansion cards. It is characterized by a large length (276 mm). The outer plastic cover not only creates an elegant look of the adapter, but also directs the air flow along the surface of the PCB. Air blowing is provided by 75 mm radial fan, built on the basis of a reliable dual ball bearing.

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 (TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5)

Removal and heat dissipation is realized using an aluminum radiator with a longitudinal placement of ribs that contact with the GPU using a copper base.

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 (TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5)

Another small aluminum radiator is installed on the elements of the power subsystem.

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 (TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5)

During stress tests in automatic mode of the cooling system, the GPU temperature was at 80°C. The propeller was rotated at a speed of 1637 rpm, and the level of noise can be characterized as average.

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 (TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5)

After fixing the fan speed at maximum, the GPU temperature dropped to 63°C. The noise exceeded the average level and has already become uncomfortable for long life. This mode is suitable only for overclocking and running stress tests.

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 (TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5)

In idle mode the frequencies of the graphics core and memory are automatically dropped and the core temperature did not exceed 35°C. The cooler is very quiet.

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Video card ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5): review and testing

A few months ago many manufacturers have expanded their video cards range of the popular series NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 models with 4 GB of memory. And the company ASUS did the same. It has released a version ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5), which boasts of a number of other advantages.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5)

First of all they include significant factory overclocking, productive proprietary cooling system DirectCU II with support for passive mode «0dB FAN» and qualitative element base. Also it has a good set of interface panel connectors and support for efficient software.

The specs:

Model

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5) 

Graphics core

NVIDIA GM206 (Maxwell)

Manufacturing process, nm

28

Q-ty of shader processors (CUDA-cores)

 

1024

Supported API and technologies

 

DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0, NVIDIA TXAA, NVIDIA FXAA, NVIDIA MFAA, NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync, NVIDIA Surround, NVIDIA PhysX, NVIDIA 3D Vision, NVIDIA SLI, NVIDIA CUDA, NVIDIA GameWorks, NVIDIA GameStream

Nominal/dynamic GPU frequency, MHz

«Gaming»

1228 / 1291

«OC»

1253 / 1317

Memory capacity, GB

4

Memory type

GDDR5

Nominal / effective video memory capacity, MHz

1753 / 7010

Memory bus, bit

128

Memory carrying capacity, GB/s

112,2

Internal interface  

PCI Express 3.0 x16

Screening  interfaces

1 х HDMI 2.0

3 x DisplayPort

1 х DVI-I

Minimal PSU capacity, W

400

Dimensions taken from official website (according measurements in own test lab) , mm

215 x 121 x 41 (227 x 122)

Drivers

Available drivers ASUS or  GPU

Website

ASUS

Package and content

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5)

The card comes in a cardboard box with high-quality color printing. Its front side contains the logo of the manufacturer and the series ASUS STRIX. Below you can find an image of a proprietary cooling system DirectCU II, which is 30% more efficient in comparison with the reference model, according to signs. Also here is the mark of a factory overclocking and the capacity of video memory.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5)

The reverse side of the package has a layout of the interface panel connectors and a more detailed description of ASUS STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5features:

  • cooling system supports passive mode «0dB FAN», which allows it to be absolutely silent at light load;
  • element base corresponds to the branded concept Super Alloy Power and includes solid capacitors with increased 2.5 times lifetime, with ferrite core chokes, and improved field-effect transistors;
  • proprietary software for overclocking and monitoring (GPU Tweak) and free software license for game broadcasts  XSplit Gamecaster for 1 year.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5)

On the side face you can find the minimum system requirements required for the complete the work for the graphics card. Thus, the minimal capacity of power supply is 400 W, and the load capacity of the rail +12V must be 38 A or higher. It is also desirable to have at least one 6-pin PCIe.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5)

Inside the box a graphics accelerator is securely fixed using foam shapes and antistatic bag. This design will allow to protect the fragile electronics from damage during transportation.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5)

Package of ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC consists of:

  • adapter DVI-I ↔ D-Sub;
  • software and drivers CD;
  • stickers on the computer;
  • quick start guide.

Adapter DVI-I ↔ D-Sub is a nice bonus. It allows to connect an analog monitor.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5)

Interface panel includes the following set of connectors:

  • 1 x HDMI 2.0;
  • 3 x DisplayPort;
  • 1 x DVI-I.

The following resolutions are supported:

  • Digital up to 4096 x 2160;
  • Dial up to 2048 x 1536.

Design and circuitry

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5)

ASUS STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5 is made on a compact circuit board. The total length of the graphics accelerator is only 227 mm, which will allow to place it even in small cases.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5)

The power subsystem uses a 5-phase design: four phases are reserved for the GPU and one is for the memory chips. PWM controller is a chip uP1608TK from the company uPI Semiconductor.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5)

The proper operation of the graphics accelerator is provided by slot PCI Express 3.0 x16 and one additional 6-pin PCIe. The PCB has a special projection for connector snap.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5)

On the reverse side of the printed circuit board there is a metal plate which not only protects the PCB from damage, but also participates in the heat removal process. Also note that one of the four screws of the cooling system has a protective seal. This means that the dismantling of cooling system is not desirable and will void the warranty.

In the upper right corner you can see the connector for the bridge NVIDIA SLI. It allows you to connect the processing power of two GPUs for the co-processing of the graphics.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5)

Video card ASUS STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5 is based on 28-nm GPU NVIDIA GM206-300-A1 (Maxwell). It consists of the 1024 unified shader processors, 64 texture units and 32 ROP units.

The graphics core has two modes. In the first case (mode «Gaming») its nominal frequency is 1228 MHz, and dynamic is 1291 MHz. When you activate the profile «OC» data values will be 1253 and 1317 MHz respectively.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5)

Total memory is 4 GB and it is provided by using 8 chips Samsung K4G41325FC-HC28 with capacity 4 GB each. They work on the effective frequency 7010 MHz, and to exchange data with a graphics core use 128-bit bus with a capacity of 112.2 GB/s.

Cooling system

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5)

The card is equipped with a proprietary cooling system, which occupies two slots for expansion cards. The outer part is covered by a plastic cover, decorated with original printing.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5)

Four nickel-plated heat pipes are used to remove heat from the GPU. Two of them have a diameter of 8 mm, and two 6 mm. They are characterized by direct contact with the surface of the GPU to improve heat dissipation.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5)

Two axial blowing fans FirstDo FD7010H12S (12; 0.35 A) with 75mm diameter blade are applied. They are based on slider bearings.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5)

Now let's examine the effectiveness of branded cooler under load. In automatic mode of the cooling system the GPU temperature did not exceed 70°C at maximum load. Fans were very quiet (the first rotated at 1730 rpm, and the second at 1700 rpm) and were virtually indistinguishable on the background of the other components.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5)

After running at maximum speed (first rotated with a frequency of 3300 rpm, and the second - 3280 rpm), GPU temperature dropped to 59°C. Even in this mode, the noise was average and was comfortable enough for long term use.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5)

In idle mode the GPU temperature dropped to 42°C and the cooler was switched to passive mode. And this is a principle of the technology "0 dB FAN»: silent cooler under low loads.

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Memory card Kingston microSDHC class 10 UHS-I (32 GB): review and testing

In this review we will focus on the compact microSD memory card Kingston microSDHC class 10 UHS-I (SDC10/32GB). It complies with the UHS-I Speed Class 1 (U1) with minimum recording speed of 10 MB/s. Other features of this model include the protection against moisture, shock and vibration, as well as protection against exposure of X-ray devices, installed, for example at airports and other objects.

Kingston microSDHC class 10 UHS-I (SDC10/32GB)

The specs:

Producer and model

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Memory card Transcend SDHC USH-I Premium 200x (32 GB): review and testing

At the moment the most productive common standard of SD and microSD memory cards is an Ultra High Speed Class 3 (UHS-I (U3)) standard, which provides a minimum write speed of 30 MB/s and designed to support video recording in format 4K Ultra HD. Of course, not all users have a need for such speeds. Many may use more reasonable version of the standard UHS-I Speed Class 1 (U1) with a write speed of at least 10 MB/s. And this class includes a model Transcend SDHC USH-I Premium 200x (TS32GSDHC10).

Transcend SDHC UHS-I Premium 200x (TS32GSDHC10)

The specs:

Producer and model

Transcend SDHC USH-I Premium 200x (TS32GSDHC10)

Form-factor

SDHC

Speed class

UHS-I Speed Class 1 (U1)

Max data transfer rate MB/s

30

Capacity, GB

128 (TS128GSDXC10)

64 (TS64GSDXC10)
32 (TS32GSDHC10)

16 (TS16GSDHC10)

8 (TS8GSDHC10)

4 (TS4GSDHC10)

Operation temperature mode, °C

-25…+85

Warranty

Lifetime

Producer website

Transcend
Product page

Tested novelty is available in six different capacity modifications, two of which are in format SDXC for 64 and 128 GB. Another interesting detail is the fact that on page and on the package the manufacturer claims only the maximum data rate, rather than read and write.

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Mirrorless camera Sony A5100 (ILCE-5100L): review and testing 

The arsenal of Sony includes a large number of cameras: from standard compact to full-frame mirror one. Such a variety of forms and solutions allows you to choose any technique to the needs and size of the purse. A special place in the hierarchy is occupied by mirrorless digital camera with interchangeable lenses that are actively developing and already gained recognition not only by fans, but also professionals of digital photography. We have to acquaint you with the solution on the example of top-end camera with sensor (Sony α6000), which left a lot of positive emotions. Today we have its younger item, a model Sony α5100 (ILCE-5100L) that is positioned as a more affordable solution. It should be noted that this model was awarded the prestigious award TIPA Awards 2015 as the best compact mirrorless digital entry level camera.

Sony α5100 (ILCE-5100L)

New product has inherited a corporate sensor Exmor CMOS with type of APS-C with a resolution of 24.3 megapixel, fast hybrid AF, high functionality and a number of other interesting features. The main differences lie in the simplified case design. All this will be explained in more details. To begin with we suggest to familiarize with the technical specifications of Sony α5100:

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Smartyphone HTC Desire EYE: review and testing 

The decision to allocate top smartphones in a separate lineup of HTC One, of course had a positive effect from the Taiwanese mobile giant. On the one hand, it is possible to carry out an extensive advertising campaign to attract new and potential customers, and on the other - to reduce the serious competition within its own product lineup, and to express themselves to others, at least a promising model.

HTC Desire EYE

In this article we will talk about a very interesting and flagship smartphone HTC Desire EYE, which is the main representative of a slightly forgotten lineup of "desirable" devices. What interesting features has new product and can it oppose to more famous solutions?.

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Smartphone Sony Xperia Z3: review and testing

urrently Sony is upgrading its mobile business, and shifts the focus to the decisions of the upper and middle price range. In this fiscal year Sony Mobile Communications plans to sell 38 million smartphones. Despite rumors about the rejection of the strategy of issuing new flagship models every six months, the Vice-President of Global Communications and Public Relations Tim Harrison in a recent interview said that the company decided to produce flagship models more frequently than once a 12 months. On the one hand, this solution allows to quickly take into account errors and to impose compete with other manufacturers. But is it possible in this case to rely on the fundamental improvements over the previous model? It can also lead to competition within the lineup. We will try to find out the example of Sony Xperia Z3 is it true in the current market conditions.

Sony Xperia Z3

 

In terms of technical characteristics, this model is a little different from its predecessor Sony Xperia Z2. There is the same 5.2-inch Full HD IPS-display, processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 and the main camera of 20.7 megapixels. So what's the difference? It lies in a number of design improvements, branded shell Xperia Home and several technical nuances. All this will be explained in more detail below. Let's start from the technical specifications Sony Xperia Z3:

Producer

Sony

Model

Xperia Z3 (D6603)

Type, form-factor

Smartphone, monoblock

Communication standard

2G (GSM)

850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

3G (HSPA+)

850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz

4G (LTE)

700 / 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2300 / 2600 MHz

Broadband data transfer

GPRS (32-48 Kb/s), EDGE (236 Kb/s), HSDPA (up to 42,2 Мb/s), HSUPA (up to 5,76 Мb/s), LTE Cat.4 (up to 50 Мb/s UL, up to 150 Мb/s DL)

SIM-card

Nano-SIM

CPU

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC): quad-core Krait 400, up to 2,5 GHz, L2 cache − 2 МB, manufacturing process 28-nm HPm

GPU

Qualcomm Adreno 330: up to 578 MHz, support for OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenVG 1.1, OpenCL 1.1 and DirectX 9.0c 

Display

IPS, 5,2" TRILUMINOS, 1920 x 1080 p (423 ppi), multi-touch up to 10 presses, protective Asahi DragonTrail X, technologies X-Reality and Live Colour

RAM

3 GB, dual-channel LPDDR3

ROM

16 GB

Card-readers

microSD (up to 128 GB)

Interfaces

1 x micro-USB

1 x audio mini-jack 3,5 mm

Multimedia

Sound processing

ClearAudio+

Speaker

Stereo

Microphone

Stereo

 

FM-radio

+

Camera

Main

Exmor RS (1/2,3"): 20,7 МP, BSI, aperture f/2.0, AF, LED flash, Image stabilization system

SteadyShot, «HDR»-shoot, video recording in format 4K Ultra HD (30 FPS)

Front

2,2 МP, aperture f/2.8, fixed focus, video recording in format 1080p

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2,4 / 5 GHz)

(Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot)

Bluetooth

4.0

GPS/GLONASS

+/+

NFC

+

ИК

DLNA/Miracast

+/+

MHL

+ (MHL 3.0)

Sensors

Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, light sensor, LED, a geomagnetic sensor (compass), barometer

Battery

Lithium-ion cell, non-removable: 3100 mАh

Charger

Input : 100~240 V AC 50/60 Hz

Output: 5 V DC1,5 А

Other

Dust and moisture protection according to IP65 and IP68

Dimensions

146 × 72 × 7,3 mm

Weight

152 g

Color

Black / White / Olive / Copper /Purple

OS

Android 4.4.4 KitKat + Xperia Home v7

Warranty

12 months

Producer website

Sony Mobile Communications AB

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 mirrorless camera: review and testing

A few years ago the Olympus completely refused the use of the classic mirror digital cameras. Such a step did some other manufacturers (including Panasonic, Samsung and Fujifilm). Having chosen the format Micro Four Thirds (MFT), the Japanese managed to compete to affordable mirror solutions. This is evidenced by the success of the model Olympus OM-D E-M5, which received several positive reviews from reviewers and from professional photographers. The next evolutionary step was the appearance of top-end camera Olympus OM-D E-M1, which absorbed the leading experience and corporate developments. It is designed to meet the needs of the most demanding user.

Olympus OM-D E-M1

This model has a classic appearance, the Live MOS sensor with 16.3 megapixel, fast hybrid autofocus, 5-axis optical image stabilization system, new brand processor TruePic VII and several other interesting features that will be described latter. Let’s start from the characteristics of Olympus OM-D E-M1:

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AMD FreeSync is a reasonable response of NVIDIA G-SYNC 

At the end of 2013 for the conference NVIDIA Editor's Day the NVIDIA has told about the technology NVIDIA G-SYNC, designed to make a real revolution in the world of dynamic synchronization of the image between the graphics card and monitor. Up to this point the struggle for the purity of the frame without any noticeable discontinuities and other artifacts was conducted exclusively on the side of the graphics card. NVIDIA offered to synchronize the refresh rate of the monitor with a frequency GPU frame rendering, to remove not only the gap frame, but slowdown, as well as delays. The technology NVIDIA G-SYNC in more detail is described in this review, so let's move on to the goal of this review - familiarity with the main competitor in the form of AMD FreeSync.

AMD FreeSync

Surely the AMD management immediately realized the full extent of the potential impact of NVIDIA G-SYNC to compete for the hearts and minds of gamers worldwide. Furthermore, this technology requires a license, ie, AMD would have to pay a pretty penny for its adaptation to graphics cards. Given the precarious financial position of AMD, the question of such a scenario may not even raised in the leadership.

However, it was necessary intelligently to create an alternative: if consider the market of only video cards (not taking into account the integrated graphics core processor), the NVIDIA company occupies a dominant position. This means that the analog of NVIDIA G-SYNC with additional module is unlikely to appeal to many monitor manufacturers. Therefore, AMD has chosen a different path - an open standard, which does not require for additional fees and integration of special module.

So in May 2014 such review appeared «Adaptive-Sync» to the VESA-standard DisplayPort 1.2a, which realizes the technology AMD FreeSync. This means that all members of the organization VESA (which includes AMD and key players in the market monitors) may free use a new standard in the production of their monitors and to choose: to enable or disable support for this technology. Furthermore, AMD FreeSync was interested for company Intel, so the graphics core of processors Intel Broadwell will support it.

Open and free access of standard DisplayPort 1.2a Adaptive-Sync provides another competitive advantage: to reduce the final cost of the monitor that can serve for many key factor.

AMD FreeSync

Now let's look at the technical details of AMD FreeSync in more details. As many already know, conventional monitors has constant refresh rate (usually 60 or 75 Hz, although there is a version with an index of 120 and 144 Hz). But the graphics card renders frames at different rates. First of all it is important in games where we want to get the maximum quality of image, that is, with the best graphics settings and acceptable speed of playback (up to 24 fps). The comfortable readings are above 30 - 40 fps. Since many of today's games are very demanding on system resources, and the scenes are very difficult to handle even high-performance adapters, the speed of rendering frames is dynamically changed. Due to this, there are gaps frames (Tearing), when one part of the monitor shows the current frame, and the other the next.

AMD FreeSync

To remove this effect a VSYNC technology was developed: if the new frame is not ready at the time of refresh, the system duplicates the old one. This approach is effective in dealing with gaps, but creates new problems: Stuttering and Lag. In turn, this reduces the responsiveness of the mouse, so players later react to real changes in the virtual world, where one moment may divide winners from the losers.

AMD FreeSync

Technology AMD FreeSync allows you to synchronize the refresh rate of the monitor with the speed of rendering images, eliminating the effects of gap frame and lagging. In fact, the same thing performs NVIDIA G-SYNC. But AMD FreeSync has a number of additional advantages.

AMD FreeSync

We have already mentioned that it does not require the integration of additional modules and license fees, as well as based on open standards. It also supports a wide range of monitor refresh rate: 9 - 240 Hz vs. 30 - 144 Hz at a competitive counterpart. Of course, the implementation of a specific frequency range depends solely on the monitor manufacturer, but in a way they always have the opportunity to go beyond the standard framework or create a product in the frequency range where fit in terms of its price positioning.

AMD FreeSync

Another important advantage of AMD FreeSync is the support for the standard features of the monitor and the lack of impact on performance of gameplay. Firstly, it means that compatible displays can use more color profiles (for example, "Video", "Read", "Theatre", "Night view" and others), DisplayPort port can transmit audio along with the video, and the manufacturer can integrate additional video interfaces (though technology AMD FreeSync work will be supported only when using the DisplayPort 1.2a). Monitors with support for NVIDIA G-SYNC use only one color profile and one video interface DisplayPort 1.2a.

AMD FreeSyncAMD FreeSync

As for the impact to performance, AMD has even provided a comparative test, the results of which are displayed in the following table:

Game

AMD FreeSync Off (FPS average number)

AMD FreeSync On (FPS average number)

Difference

NVIDIA G-SYNC Off (FPS average number)

NVIDIA G-SYNC On (FPS average number)

Difference

Alien Isolation

87,68

87,89

0,24

73,21

72,16

-1,43

BioShock Infinite

92,53

92,63

0,11

83,13

81,15

-2,38

Tomb Raider

87,1

87,5

0,46

74,5

73,5

-1,34

Sniper Elite 3

68,3

68,4

0,15

52,7

52,2

-0,95

Thief

71,4

71,7

0,42

61,9

61,2

-1,13

As you can see, NVIDIA G-SYNC reduces the average number of FPS in the specified game only by 1-2%, which will not be seen in reality. At the same time, the use of technology AMD FreeSync does not allow increase playback speed even at 1%. That is the point of comparison is purely symbolic.

AMD FreeSync

We are talking about the behavior of technologies outside the designated frequency band. NVIDIA G-SYNC behaves if VSYNC is permanently activated when output for the specified range: if the frame rate is lower than 30 Hz, you can notice stuttering and lagging. Above 144 Hz frame rate does not rise simply because the GPU limits it at this point. That is, the priority is the picture without breaks.

AMD FreeSyncAMD FreeSync

AMD FreeSync allows the user to decide on their own how the system should behave outside the supported range: activate VSYNC, reducing the responsiveness of the mouse and their own actions, or not to use VSYNC, faced with a possible rupture of the image. In the second case, the upper limit is removed and the level of FPS can go beyond it.

AMD FreeSync

Take advantage of the new technology will not only owners of the top-end graphics cards, but the owners middle range graphics cards, as well as a series of APU AMD Kaveri. Do add also the above-mentioned series of processors Intel Broadwell. Many have a question: "Why the list includes the processor with features not enough for comfortable play of modern games?" The answer lies in the use of technology AMD FreeSync and other content. For example, you can synchronize the refresh rate of the monitor with a fixed video frequency without re-encoding of the file.

AMD FreeSync

Moreover, this opens the way to further reduce the energy consumption, which is particularly important in mobile systems. The fact that the standard DisplayPort 1.2a Adaptive-Sync is already compatible with the Embedded DisplayPort interface and supports «Static Screen State»: if the picture is static (no new content, for example, while reading a document), the frequency of updating is reduced to the minimum level. In conventional displays it is 60 Hz, and compatible with AMD FreeSync it is theoretically 9 Hz.

AMD FreeSyncAMD FreeSync

AMD FreeSyncAMD FreeSync

And finally, let's look at the issue of price. In the past, AMD has repeatedly stated that the above indicated benefits of AMD FreeSync will provide accessible compatibility of monitors. Is that true?

AMD FreeSync

The NVIDIA site has a list of currently available monitors with support for NVIDIA G-SYNC. As you can see, the cheapest is 24-inch AOC G2460PG with a suggested price of $ 399, TN-panel resolution of Full HD (1920 x 1080) and refresh rate to 144 Hz. The most accessible in the published list is AMD model LG 29UM67 at an estimated price of $ 449. Stated dynamic range is 48 - 75 Hz, but it has a 29-inch IPS-panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1080 pixels. If you need the display with 144 Hz dynamic refresh rate, while Acer XG270HU with a 27-inch TN-panel and resolution of 2560 x 1440 looks good alternative for $ 499.

AMD FreeSync

In general, manufacturers very warmly received the technology AMD FreeSync. AMD has reported at least about 11 models of top vendors with different diagonals (from 23.6 to 34 inches), resolution (from 1920 x 1080 to 3840 x 2160) and a range of frequencies (from 60 to 144 Hz), which have already been announced or will soon appear on the market. It is possible that many other players just wait; analyzing consumer demands, and soon they join one of two groups.

AMD FreeSync

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SmarphoneLenovo VIBE X2: review and testing

Many modern smartphone manufacturers trying to draw attention to their devices through a kind of "arms race", which means an increase in the size of the display, the number of processor cores, camera resolution, and other important parameters. So sometimes it turns out that the smartphone has pretty interesting specifications, but from the outside nothing special apart from the competition - all the same unsightly monoblock. All this is clear for the company Lenovo, which is able to create not only interesting gadgets in terms of price/features, but may surprise potential buyer by original appearance. In this regard, nice is a model from lineup Lenovo VIBE, absorbed the advanced technical features and interesting design. A striking example is the hero of our regular review Lenovo VIBE X2.

Lenovo VIBE X2

This model is original and has quite sophisticated design with qualitative materials. All this is wonderfully complemented by 5-inch Full HD IPS-screen, high-performance processor MediaTek MT6595M, the main 13 megapixels camera and a number of other equally interesting features, which we will discuss below. The specs:

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Mirrorless digital camera Sony α6000 (ILCE-6000L): review and testing

In a new millennium the popularity of digital photography is caused by an extremely wide surge in the development of social networks, blogs, etc. And if most of the modern user use the capabilities of smartphone camera for capturing moments of everyday life, for a truly artistic pictures in high quality this is not enough. Therefore, users who have an idea about the principles of modern digital photographic equipment and some experience with it are looking for more interesting options. One of them is mirrorless digital camera with interchangeable lens that can offer high functionality and a wide range of accessories. In addition, the benefits of these solutions include the relative compactness and reliability of the design, a more affordable price (in many cases), fast autofocus, the ability to view images using all the settings and effects before you press the shutter, a rapid transition to video mode and a number of other advantages. All this causes a relatively high popularity of mirrorless (system) cameras not only among the amateurs but the professionals of art and digital photography. Also this is contributed by a large variety of solutions available on the market from different manufacturers. One of them is the Japanese company Sony, which has extensive experience in designing and manufacturing various photo and video equipment.

Sony α6000 (ILCE-6000L)

For testing we have a mirrorless digital camera Sony α6000 (ILCE-6000L). It is part of the lineup Sony Alpha which brings together all the cameras with interchangeable lens. The novelty has a modern appearance, corporate sensor Exmor APS HD CMOS with resolution of 24.3 megapixel, fast hybrid autofocus, high functionality and a number of other equally interesting features, which will be discussed in the course of the review. Let’s start from the technical specification:

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Graphics card ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC: review and testing

ASUS company continues to rejoice its fans by extending the relatively young lineup of graphics cards ASUS STRIX via new solutions. Another addition of the family was the version of the graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960, with key features described in the review Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 iChill Ultra.

As for the tested model ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5), it has not only the factory overclocking, but also high-quality circuitry, as well as proprietary cooling system DirectCU II with integrated technology 0dB FAN, which allows to use cooling system in the passive mode at low load. Let's move to a more detailed examination of all the special features.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5)

The specs:

Model

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC  

(ASUS STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5)

Graphics core

NVIDIA GM206 (Maxwell)

Q-ty of shader processors

1024

Supported API and technologies

DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0, NVIDIA TXAA, NVIDIA FXAA, NVIDIA MFAA, NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync, NVIDIA Surround, NVIDIA PhysX, NVIDIA 3D Vision, NVIDIA SLI, NVIDIA CUDA, NVIDIA GameWorks, NVIDIA GameStream

Basic /dynamic graphics core frequency, MHz

«Gaming»

1228 / 1291

«OC»

1253 / 1317

Memory frequency (effective), MHz

1800 (7200)

Memory capacity, GB

2

Memory type

GDDR5

Bus memory width, bit

128

Memory carrying capacity, GB/s

115,2

Bus type

PCI Express 3.0 x16

Max resolution

Digital up to 4096 x 2160

Analog up to 2048 x 1536

Screening  interfaces

1 х DVI-I

1 х HDMI 2.0

3 х DisplayPort

HDCP support and HD-video decoding

Yes

Minimal PSU capacity, W

400

Additional PCIe sockets

1 x 6-pin

Dimensions taken from official website (according measurements in own test lab) , mm

215 х 121

(225 х 122)

Drivers

ASUS or GPU

Website

ASUS

Tested modification of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 compares favorably not only due to proprietary cooling system, but the presence of factory overclocking of the GPU from the standard 1126 to 1228 MHz (mode «Gaming», which is selected by default). Given the technology NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 graphics core is clocked at 1291 MHz instead of recommended 1178 MHz. Also video memory subsystem, which operates at a frequency of 7200 MHz effective instead of the recommended 7010 MHz received acceleration.

Do note that the graphics card was tested by us in a more productive mode «OC», where the nominal and dynamic GPU frequency is 1253 MHz and 1317 MHz, respectively. It will be activated by the complete utility ASUS GPU Tweak by selecting a preset profile «O». 

Package and content

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5)

Graphics card ASUS STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5 comes in fairly compact cardboard box and decorated with original and stylish line of the graphic printing with logo ASUS STRIX. In addition to the manufacturer and model of the device do note the reference about the capacity and type of video memory and the ownership of the solutions to the line «OC» (factory overclocked graphics cards). Also in the bottom right corner is specified the support for technologies NVIDIA G-SYNC, NVIDIA GameWorks, NVIDIA GameStream and DirectX 12.

The main advantages of new item are: a proprietary cooling system DirectCU II with technology 0dB FAN, digital power system DIGI+ VRM and improved circuitry made in accordance with the concept of Super Alloy Power. It includes:

  • solid capacitors Super Alloy Capacitors with increased life up to 2.5;
  • ferrite core choke Super Alloy Chokes;
  • FETs Super Alloy MOS with an increase of 30% voltage threshold;
  • polymer tantalum capacitors SAP CAP, which possess high stability and efficiency even when working in a mode of extreme acceleration.

In daily use the above-described advantages make a 15% increase in performance by 35 degrees lower operating temperatures, and 2.5 increased service life of the graphic adapter.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5)

The reverse side of the box is traditionally reserved for the slightly more detailed description of the benefits listed on the front side. Also here is a schematic representation of the interface board and mention of the capabilities of proprietary utility GPU Tweak with functions of Online Streaming and switching between the above-mentioned modes «Gaming» and «OC».

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5)

A list of system requirements for the computer is located on one side of the box. Based on the recommendations, the power supply in such a system should have a capacity of at least 400 W and provide at least 38 A on the +12V line. Also tested model requires connection only one 6-pin cable PCIe.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5)

The supplied set of the graphics card ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC contains the standard documentation, CD with software and adapter from DVI-I to D-Sub, which is quite sufficient set of accessories. You won’t have problems for connecting additional power supply, as almost all modern power supplies are equipped with at least one 6-pin cable PCIe.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5)

To output images the product has quite standard set of interfaces:

  • 1 х DVI-I;
  • 1 х HDMI 2.0;
  • 3 х DisplayPort.

The following resolutions are supported:

  • Digital up to 4096 x 2160;
  • Analog up to 2048 x 1536.

Design and circuitry

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5)

Model ASUS STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5 is performed on a compact black PCB with standard layout principle. Used circuitry corresponds to the proprietary concept Super Alloy Power and includes only high quality components: solid capacitors, advanced MOSFETs, Ferrite Core Choke, and tantalum-polymer capacitors. This increases the stability and reliability of the graphics card as a whole, as well as prolongs its life.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5)

Power supplying of a new product is made via quite a standard five-phase scheme, where four phases are responsible for the power of the graphics core and one for the video memory subsystem.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5)

A digital PWM controller is a chip uP1608TK produced by company uPI Semiconductor.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5)

In accordance with NVIDIA recommendations the power of graphics card is provided by slot PCI Express x16 and one 6-pin PCIe, located on the side of the board. Due to its arrangement the cooler does not discomfort the disconnection of the cable PCIe.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5)

In order to the operation of technology NVIDIA SLI the ASUS STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5 uses one connector for the corresponding bridge that allows to combine two video accelerators for joint calculation of graphical effects. Don’t forget that you can see the testing results of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 in mode 2-Way NVIDIA SLI in the review GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 960 WINDFORCE OC.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5)

 

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5)

The reverse side of a novelty, originally covered with a base plate is notable by two of the four video memory chips, the above-mentioned tantalum polymer capacitors and some other electrical components.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5)

The heart of the tested model is the graphics chip NVIDIA GM206-300-A1 (Maxwell), produced by 28-nm process. It includes 1024 unified shader pipes (CUDA cores in the terminology of NVIDIA), 32 blocks rasterization and 64 texture units. As we have said, the graphics card stands by a factory overclocking of graphics core with frequency in the mode «OC» in 1253 and 1317 MHz.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5)

Total volume of Memory of model ASUS STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5 is 2 GB and it is collected with the help of the 4 chips Samsung K4G41325FC-HC28 with capacity of 512 MB each. According to the documentation, their effective frequency is 7000 MHz, but in our case it was increased up to 7200 MHz. The data exchange between the graphics processor and memory is realized through a 128-bit bus, which is capable of passing of 115.2 GB per second.

Cooling system

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5)

Graphics card with installed cooling system DirectCU II takes up two expansion slots and has a total length of 215 mm according to the official website of the company ASUS (225 mm as measured in our lab).

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5)

The cooler consists of a fairly compact radiator, which uses 47 longitudinally spaced aluminum plates, two 75-mm axial fans with support for technology 0dB FAN, as well as the plastic casing that cover the entire structure above.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5)

The fans are made by FirstDo and are labeled as «FD7010H12S». Rated voltage of their work is 12, and the current is 0.35 A, which gives the final output of 4.2 W. Judging by the letter «S» in the title, they are built sleeve bearing.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5)

The uniform distribution of heat over the whole area of the radiator is realized by four copper heat pipes of different diameters: two 8 mm and two 6 mm. Note that the fins and heatpipes are covered with a layer of nickel, which is designed to reduce the decrease in the efficiency of cooling system during the operation, caused by the oxidation of metals. Here is a scheme of direct contact of heat pipes to the surface of the GPU through a small layer of thermal paste for rapid removal of excess heat.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5)

In order to improve the efficiency of heat transfer the pipes are securely soldered to the edges of aluminum radiator and copper base.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5)

Since the primary cooling system is not in contact directly with any force elements of stabilization module power or memory chips, the first is used for cooling a separate element in the form of a low-profile heatsink with thermal interface on the back side. But memory chips do not have any additional cooling.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5)

Under automatic speed control of fan blades in the maximum load, the graphics core was warmed to 62 degrees and cooler worked with the 57% of its maximum capacity. The noise level at the same time can be described as quiet.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5)

Under the maximum speed of the fan blades, the GPU temperature dropped to 54 degrees. In this case, the noise rose to an average level, but remained comfortable enough for continuous work with the PC.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II OC (STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5)

In case of absence of load the frequency of the graphics core and memory were automatically lowered, allowing lower power consumption and heat generation of the graphics core. In this mode, the GPU temperature did not exceed 39 degrees, as fans generally stop spinning and cooling system operates in a completely passive mode. Here the the above-mentioned technology is 0dB FAN activated which provides silent operation of graphics card at low loads.

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