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 …

PSU Gigabyte GreenMax Plus 550W Review

Gigabyte, being one of the major players in the motherboards and graphics markets, quite rarely replenishes its production line with PC chassis and power supply units. Rarely, but right on target! Its GreenMax Plus PSU series is an evidence of the company’s versatile maturity. The series includes three models of 450W, 550W and 650W power. Let’s see what Gigabyte has to offer to all ‘high-fed’ by multiple products customers by the example of GreenMax Plus 550W (codename: GZ-EMS55A-C1) model.



General Features


The GreenMax Plus 550W is delivered in a handheld cardbox with a convenient holder. The unit itself is housed in a typical case with a black semi-gloss coating and a large ventilation grid. All basic specifications are marked on its side facet. The manufacturers claim the power of 504W (42A) for the +12VDC bus. Thereat, the correlation of power on the bus with the total power reaches the index of 0.916, which is considered to be an average benchmark for such type …

‘Cine’ Monitor Asus MX299Q Review

The emergence of 4K displays marked the beginning of a new era in PC monitors market. Despite the unquestionable viewing facilities, those products so far remain beyond the budget for many customers. So, the development of more affordable but ultra-modern solutions is at the height today. Asus was always differentiated by offbeat approaches to the design and framework of all products. Hence, the appearance of MX299Q monitor was quite an expected move. This model is peculiar not only by an unusual ‘cine’ design but also by striking facilities. Let’s get proof of it.



Specifications


Asus MX299Q boasts the following specifications:

— panel: type – AH-IPS (LM290WWI-SSAI), coverage – Hard Coating 3H (anti-glare), backlit – W-LED, diagonal – 29 inches, aspect ratio — 21:9, response time – 5 ms, resolution – 2560x1080, viewing angles – 178/178 degrees (H/V), brightness – 300 cd/m2, number of displayed colors – 16.7 m, contrast – 1000:1/80M:1 …
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