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 …

Mushkin Releases SSDs for Ultra-Thin Devices

Tendencies of the the past twelve months vividly demonstrate that ultra-thin devices are gradually replacing traditional laptops and nettops. Indeed, ultrabooks are becoming in great demand as with corporate clients, so with average customers. This is explained firstly by their ultra-compact and ultra-convenient design, and secondly, by their unmatched performance and data storage facilities. The latter is secured by dedicated SSD solutions which are delivered in compact format. Mushkin follows the current market tendencies, introducing ultra-compact SSD series, codenamed 7mm Enhanced Chronos Deluxe.



The 7mm Chronos Deluxe series is represented by six models of 60GB, 90GB, 120GB, 180GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities. They have been developed as an alternative to the Chronos Deluxe 9.3 mm SSD line with the aim to absolutely comply with ultrabook form-factor. All the models of new series are based on LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller. They employ NAND MLC synchronous flash-memory and …

Asus Launches ‘Art-Oriented’ PA238Q Monitor

ProArt series of PC monitors from Asus has been recently refilled with a new 23-inch model, codenamed PA238Q. The product is targeting professional art designers that specialize in graphics and video editing. Along with unprecedented visual specifications, the new-comer is distinguished by optimized power efficiency. Hence, on maximal loading it consumes up to 33 W power, whereas on idle/sleep mode – not more than 1 W. This art-oriented innovation is already available in the European market at 248 EUR.



Asus ProArt PA238Q is based on AH-IPS panel equipped with LED backlight. It promotes for an ideal color rendering with Full HD resolution format. The integration of a path-breaking matrix ensures the widest viewing angles of 178/178 degrees in both aspects, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 6 ms response time (GtG environment), 16.7 million of displayed colors, as well as 50.000:1 dynamic contrast.


It should be underlined that this monitor comes with a high-precision factory …
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