Motherboard Asus Z97-Deluxe Review: Getting to Know a New Intel’s Chipset

Intel’s Z-series chipsets have been recently supplemented by a new Z97 Express companion. Its release coincides with the launch of an updated Haswell Refresh CPU line for LGA 1150 socket. The new platform is thought to support PCI Express M.2 interface that substitutes an old-fashioned mSATA one. It is also supposed to support SATA Express interface and the forthcoming Intel Core 5th generation CPUs. What are the real differences between Z97 and preceding chipsets? Let’s find it out through the example of Asus Z97-Deluxe motherboard.



Basic Specifications


— form-factor: ATX, 305x244 mm dimensions;

— chipset and CPUs: Intel Z97 Express, 4th/5th gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors for Socket LGA 1150;

— interface: DMI 2.0, 20 Gb/sec;

— memory: 4x DIMM slots, DDR3 standard, two-channel, 64 GB ultimate capacity, 1066 MHz-3300 (OC) MHz frequencies;

— multi-GPU support: AMD CrossFireX, Nvidia SLI;

— expansion slots: 3x PCI-e 3.0 x16, 4x PCI-e 2.0 …

Graphics Card Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 670 HerculeZ 3000 Review

High-end graphics cards segment is represented by a line of outstanding, catchy and inspiring products. Each manufacturer tries to add some unique traits to its creation with the aim to engage as many customers. Nominal model GeForce GTX 670 has become a reliable base for many graphics cards. Nevertheless, Inno3D implemented in this base an advanced cooling system with a bright name iChill HerculeZ. Still, this is not the only attractive feature, since the card is able to offer a number of other unmatched options.



Design and Integration


Design is what singles out Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 670 HerculeZ 3000 from other graphics cards in high-end segment. Its voluminous cooling system that consists of three large fans, its height that equals to three expansion slots, and its ornamental metallic elements with huge screws speak of grandeur and reliability. The overall length of the card achieves 29 cm. Large heatsink covers all basic components of the printed circuit board. The …

Sapphire Vid-2X Display Expander Review

Display expanders cannot be found in abundance on PC hardware market. In fact, not every user knows what the main purpose of those devices is. In the most general meaning, display expanders are splitters that allow the connection of two monitors towards a single output on a graphics card. However, their destination is not limited by this function only, since it might serve some other means as well. Sapphire introduces its own similar solution in the form of Vid-2X Display Expander model. The manufacturer assures that this splitter differs from traditional couplers in terms of functional and reliability.



Framework


Splitter Sapphire Vid-2X Display Expander is housed in a black plastic casing with gray side plates. The casing's cover is divided in two parts; the spacing between them serves ventilation and heat management means. The base accommodates rubber stands which provide for the framework steadiness. It should be mentioned that Sapphire delivers two models simultaneously …
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