Biostar Launches Hi-Fi Z97WE Motherboard for Audiophiles

Biostar, paying much attention to the needs of real audiophiles, has recently launched a new full-format ATX motherboard, entitled Hi-Fi Z97WE. As seen from the codename, the greenhorn is based on Intel Z97 Express chipset, showing compatibility with Intel Core i3/i5/i7 and Pentium processors (4th and 5th gen.) for Socket LGA1150. The model combines a variety of dedicated options, bringing multimedia experience to a new level. Despite the functional, the board comes at an affordable price of $143.



Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE features 10-phase VRM subsystem and draws power via 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors. The PCB accommodates four DIMM slots for DDR3 memory slots (up to 64 GB capacity), a pair of PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots, PCI-e 2.0 x1 and PCI slots. Storage functional is realized by means of six SATA 6 Gb/sec ports; they support RAID 0/1/5/10 configurations. In addition, the model employs 100% solid-state capacitors that ensure stability on overclocking, combined with a prolonged …

Intel Makes an Agreement with ASML to Accelerate 450 mm Wafer Development

The past several days were marked by the Intel's announcement about the celebration of a contract with ASML company. Such step has been dictated by the company's intentions to invest into the development of 450 mm wafers and EUV technologies. In accordance with the preliminary estimates, the general investment rate will reach $4.1 billion. The major target of the cooperation is to decrease the term of lithography equipment commissioning by two years, and stimulate the development of technologies targeted at 450 mm wafers. The implementation of the predesigned plans will allow the manufacturers of semiconductor components to receive a range of benefits, among which is the cut of expenses.



With the purpose to facilitate in the solution of this technological problem, Intel will take part in a dedicated program. This program includes financial backup of scientific and research projects, as well as, equity investing campaigns in ASML.


The initial stage of this program …

The Designer Series of BenQ Monitors Has Been Widened by the 27-inch PD2710QC Model

A new model of BenQ monitors under the PD2710QC codename has recently broadened the Designer line. This novelty, with Animation, Darkroom and CAD/CAM special modes preinstalled, is intended for designers and professionals working with graphics and video.



PD2710QC has an IPS 27-inch LCD panel with the 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution. Its brightness factor is 350 cd/m2, contrast ratio – 1000:1, and the response time – 12 ms. The device covers 100 % of sRGB and Rec.709 sets of colours, as well as supports Flicker-free and Low Blue Light technologies.


Among other peculiarities of this BenQ product one can notice embedded speakers of the total 2 W capacity and a convertible stand, which allows to adjust the height in the 130 mm range and to change the landscape display operation mode into the portrait one.


The interface contains an HDMI, a DisplayPort and a USB-C port.
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