Motherboard Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe Review

Classical desktops are gradually giving way to more advanced and compact PC solutions. The times when compact dimensions signified about fewer facilities have gone, and present-day PC market is able to offer all-in-one solutions, as well as, multi-functional, high-end mini-ATX motherboards. Asus is notable for the constant overcoming of stereotypes that allegedly stagger the development of motherboard functionality. Its P8Z77-I Deluxe motherboard proves practically unlimited facilities integrated in products of mini-ATX form factor.



Design and Integration


The availability of an additional board with power components is supposed to be the basic design peculiarity of Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe motherboard. It is located athwart to the main board and takes DIGI+VRM functions. Those functions are called to provide the motherboard with an efficient CPU power supply subsystem that is able to demonstrate good loading facilities. The additional board is developed according to the …

Greeting a Flagship L337 Gaming Z97-Machine Motherboard from ECS

ECS has announced the release of its flagship motherboard based on Intel Z97 chipset – the L337 Gaming Z97-Machine. The model is thought to be used for the creation of some powerful gaming configurations. It employs Socket LGA1150 platform that supports 4th and 5th generation of Intel Core/Pentium/Celeron CPUs. Featuring ATX form-factor (305x220 mm), the board might become an ideal complement to the high-end PC system.



ECS L337 Gaming Z97-Machine houses four DIMM slots for DDR3 memory modules; the maximal capacity of memory might not exceed 32 GB, whereas the maximal clock frequencies might approach 3000 MHz. Storage subsystem offers 4x SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports for the connection of standard drives (support for RAID 0/1/5/10 configurations), 1x M.2 NGFF port for the connection of solid-state drives of diverse length. Expansion facilities involve 2x PCI-e 3.0 x16 connectors and 3x PCI-e 2.0 x16 connectors.


Network LAN operates under gigabit Intel I218 controller. Audio …

PC Enclosure Cougar Evolution (Askot 6GR1) Review

PC enclosures developed by Cougar are not frequenters in the global market. Still, the company's line of products is replenishing with ever newer models that might compete for the market dominance with a lot more renowned suppliers. Its latest creation, Evolution (Askot 6GR1), was released with a dual brand: Cougar and Askot. In the majority of cases, Askot enclosures fill up the line of Cougar's products, but sometimes its cases single out as a separate brand. Casting aside all marketing issues, Cougar Evolution (Askot 6GR1) is a worthy representative of contemporary PC chassis segment that offers a bunch of typical and a few singular facilities to all potential customers.



Design


Enclosure Askot 6GR1 features visually unpretentious design without any bright points or voluminous salient elements. Nevertheless, more intent inspection uncovers the whole beauty of this case: the availability of prominent ribs on the frontal panel, an unusual pattern of the frontal and top …
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