Europe Mismanages Disposal Of Discarded Electronics

A ticking timebomb is in the form of the correct way to dispose electronic waste, the globe is producing unit upon unit of the latest gadget which in turn pumps chemicals and materials into these devices. The turnaround from purchase to waste is even shorter than ever and protocols need to be implemented with the aim of recycling, which decreases the environmental impact on the plant as possible.

Unfortunately, A European Union Funded project in conjunction with Interpol, the United Nations University, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, the WEEE Forum, the Cross Border Research Association, Zanasi and Partners and Compliance and Risks has found rather poor statistics.

They have found in Europe, “just 35% (3.3 million tonnes of 9.5 million tonnes) of used (but still functioning) and waste electronics and electrical equipment discarded by companies and consumers in 2012 wound up in official collection and recycling systems”. What happened to 6.2 million tonnes? It’s not like companies made it disappear, (reads more information) OK it is like companies made it disappear as the rest of the waste was “either exported, recycled under non-compliant conditions or simply thrown in waste bins”.

Responsible manufacturing and consumers who buy these electronics need to bear in mind disposal when throwing away items. The raw materials are toxic, think chlorofluorocarbons in fridges or Benzene and n-hexane which are chemicals thought to cause cancer and nerve damage, not such a problem? These chemicals have been used in the production of Apple products up until 2014.

Of course, as this report illustrates, an unknown but damaging factor is the criminal gangs who thrive off the illegal waste supply chain in some countries. Disposal of electronic waste is essential considering the amount which is being manufactured with the ratio increasing year on year, hopefully, more can be achieved in this area to decrease humans carbon footprint on the earth.

Thank you economictimes for providing us with this information.

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Sapphire R9 270X Toxic Vs NZXT Kraken Cooling Review


Managing the thermal performance of a graphics card is no easy task, manufacturers extensively research their cooling solutions in a bid to offer the best performance and value vs their competitors products. Most graphics cards are created equal; take the Sapphire R9 270X that we have here today, it features a chip that is pretty much the same as any other R9 270X, but it also features one of the best coolers in its class. The extra cooling performance that Sapphires’ Tri-X cooler gives, allows the card to be overclocked for increased performance. Overclocking can make the card more powerful, but this also means it’ll generate more heat and you’ll have to add a better cooler. By adding a better cooler you reduce the heat of the card and leave more room for overclocking and so the cycle continues.

Overclocking is one reason for running a high-end cooler, but there are other benefits, as a more efficient after-market cooler can often run quieter than a stock cooler; lets not forget the fact that keeping your hardware from overheating can improve its lifespan. Today I’m going to be taking the NZXT Kraken G10 graphics card mount, which allows you to connect an Asetek water cooling unit directly to the GPU for improved cooling performance, and today we’re going to be doing that with the help of the NZXT Kraken X40 140mm AIO water cooler.

The G10 is a simple enough device and comes packaged in a small box, with a nice image of a cooler mounted to a GPU.

In the box you’ll find a simple instruction guide, two rubber blocks, the GPU back plate/screws, the metal frame of the bracket and an 80mm fan.

Sapphire Display Their Range Of Graphics Cards At CES 2014

At CES 2014, we stopped by the Sapphire suite in the Vdara hotel and while they weren’t showing anything new for CES, they did have their new range of Tri-X based graphics cards that were recently released to the market. This included the AMD Radeon R9 290 with the mammoth Tri-X triple cooling solution bolted onto it.

They were also showing off some of the rest of their range including some lower end models with extra connectivity options.

Also, if you weren’t aware, Sapphire have a very large market in the FirePro segment and where showing off their W600 with a total of six mini-DisplayPort connectors, opening the market up for retail, POS and much more.

Also on show was some of their other favoured graphics cards with strong coolers, including their Dual-X solution which as the name suggests incorporates a dual-fan design and cooper heatpipes for the very best heat dissipation.

Other lower end cards were also being displayed to show the full capabilities of what Sapphire have within the market.

The star of the show for Sapphire was definitely the Tri-X based cards, and within this range was the 290 OC and 290X, and while the Tri-X treatment does pack some punch in terms of cooling. The TOXIC edition with Tri-X cooler was the one that had us drooling.

Upstairs, Sapphire were also showing off some custom made systems including the Toxic which of course, included a Toxic based graphics card solution.

The second system was completely focused on silcnce in the Aerocool Deep Silence chassis with a Vapor-X based graphics card, and while we were standing quite close, the overall system didn’t even make a whisper.

Sapphire AMD Radeon R9 280X Toxic Edition 3GB Graphics Card Review


When it comes to overclocked graphics card with ridiculous speed Sapphire’s Toxic series is one of the most renowned in the “AMD world”. Today we have Sapphire’s Toxic R9 280X which comes with a massive out of the box overclock of 15% – taking it from 1GHz core to 1.15GHz core, on the memory we see a more modest increase of 100MHz (6.67%). The Sapphire Toxic R9 280X features the respected Tri-X triple fan cooler with a huge 10mm heat pipe and a dense aluminium heatsink. From what I’ve heard and read about this graphics card already the main selling point of this GPU is its ability to offer near-GTX 780 levels of performance for a substantially lower price.

This graphics card from Sapphire showcases the versatility of AMD’s Tahiti family of GPUs which have formed the basis of the HD 7950, HD 7970, HD 7970 GHz Edition and now the R9 280X. This isn’t the first R9 280X we’ve taken for a spin: you can check our review of the Sapphire Vapor-X OC R9 280X here and our review of the XFX Double Dissipation R9 280X here. That said the Sapphire R9 280X Toxic Edition really is in a whole different class to your average R9 280X which has a 50-100MHz overclock, or runs at stock speeds.

Sapphire’s packaging points out most of the key features we have already mentioned such as the Tri-X cooling and Toxic design. There’s also 3GB of GDDR5 capable of Eyefinity and 4K gaming that’s worth pointing out. Sapphire also have dual BIOSes on this card for UEFI and conventional BIOS motherboards.

The back details some more of those key features along with Sapphire’s tagline for the Toxic R9 280X which is “Mad and Dangerous”.

Included in the box is some documentation, a driver CD and a Sapphire sticker.

In terms of physical accessories we have a mini DisplayPort to full size DisplayPort adapter, a HDMI cable, a Crossfire bridge and two dual molex to single 8 pin power supply adapters.