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 …

ASRock Z77 Extreme6/TB4 will get four ports Thunderbolt

The company ASRock, as well as Gigabyte, appreciates the prospects of cutting-edge interface Thunderbolt, so much that it has supplied motherboard Z77 Extreme6/TB4 with four corresponding slots. The novelty is based on existing models with the prefix Extreme6, but its layout is slightly different from the original. In particular, the place of mini-PCIe slots and a pair of PCI slots are occupied with PCI-E x1, and PCI-E x4.



For those who don’t remember all specification, there is a reminder: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 uses a bunch of processor socket LGA1155 for two-and quad-core CPU Ivy Bridge (22 nm) and Sandy Bridge (32nm) chipset and overclocking Intel Z77 Express. The exact specifications of the new model are not listed. Its predecessor could work with three video adapters Radeon in 3-Way CrossFire (x8 + x4 + x4) or two GeForce in SLI (x8 + x8), DDR3 memory with a frequency of 2800 MHz and above, had a four-channel SATA 6 Gb / s and the same number of SATA 3 Gb / s and USB 3.0.
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Zotac Replenishes Zbox Mini-PC Series with Haswell-Based Models

Zotac is glad to announce the release of three new mini-PC models that entered Zbox series. Entitled IQ01, ID91 and ID92, these PCs are equipped with Intel Core (Haswell generation) CPUs and are compatible with Windows 7/8 platforms. All three models support DirectX 11 technology with Shader Model 5.0 features; additionally, they support HDCP interface, Blu-ray 3D technology, video decoding options, and the creation of multi-screen configurations.



Zotac Zbox IQ01 features such specifications:

— CPU: Intel Core i7-4770T that runs at 2.5 GHz (3.7 GHz in Turbo mode);

— graphics: onboard Intel HD Graphics 4600;

— I/O: 1x DVI-I, 2x DisplayPort, 4x USB 3.0, 1x mSATA 6 Gb/sec;

— support for Intel Turbo Boost 2.0.


Zotac Zbox ID91 boasts the following peculiarities:

— CPU: Intel Core i3-4130T that runs at 2.9 GHz;

— graphics: onboard Intel HD Graphics 4400;

— I/O: 1x DVI-I, 1x HDMI.


Zotac Zbox ID92 features the following technical aspects:
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