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 …

Hard drives still confidently dominate on the notebook market, according to analysts

SSDs are gradually penetrating into mobile computers, but can not yet can become a serious competitor of hard disk drives. Even recently observed slowdown in demand for notebooks with hard drives will not lead to a decrease of the part pf these models in favour of laptops, where SSD is the main storage, analysts believe.



According to the first quarter of this year, models from the HDD larger than 500GB, offered at $ 450-550, formed the largest segment of the market at a rate of 32% of total deliveries. Second place with 26% take laptops with HDD capacity over 320GB, which cost $ 350-450. They are followed by models with HDD larger than 640GB ($ 550-650 price range), than go HDD larger than 750GB ($ 650-750), they are followed — with 250 GB HDD (price less than $ 350), next — the HDD larger than 1 TB ($ 750-900). And only in last place, relevant to market by about 3%, are laptops with SSD volume 128GB or HDD with very large volume (price — $ 900 or more).


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Trojan.Encoder.94 Transgresses All Permitted Limits

The past few weeks have become a real calamity for the users of personal computers and other devices all over Europe. This calamity is triggered by the massive attacks of new encoder program Trojan.Encoder.94. Last week the encoder reached the borders of several countries in Latin America which could not but harass all customer community. So far the companies, which make business on developing antivirus systems, cannot find the ways of preventing the penetration of encoder, despite multiple notifications and urgent security measures from the customers’ part.


The operation chart of Trojan.Encoder.94 is targeted mainly on user files. Once the program gets into the system, it immediately encodes all data in PC or other device. Text, graphic, audio and video files fall under encoding, and when the user tries to open the needed file, the program displays the notification which contains information about the possible methods of error removal. All of those methods dwindle down to a …
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Acer, inc. Aspire 5050 based on Acer, Inc. Prespa M

  • BATTERY
  • COMPUTER
  • DISPLAY
  • HDC
  • KEYBOARD
  • MEDIA
  • MODEM
  • MOUSE
  • NET
  • PCMCIA
  • PROCESSOR
  • SCSIADAPTER
  • SDHOST
  • SYSTEM
  • UNKNOWN
  • USB
  • VOLUME