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 …

WD Announces the Release of Innovative Hard Drives Series

Western Digital introduced its new hard drives series with SATA 6 Gb/sec interface. The new series, codenamed WD Red, has been developed specifically for the employment in NAS servers of basic level, which involve up to 5 bays and are destined for the home or office use. WD Red hard drives belong to the 'Power of Choice' series and are adapted exactly for the NAS servers of basic level. The company's designers understand the variety of requirements each customer might have and offer the most convenient approach to the home- or office-based solutions. WD has implemented a dedicated color-coded scheme to differentiate their line of 'Power of Choice' products: WD Blue, WD green, WD Black, and the innovative WD Red. Hence, the selection of the needed solution is facilitated by the color-coded approach.



WD red hard drives are developed in 3.5 inch dimension type and go in 1 TB, 2 TB, and 3 TB volume capacity. All the models have been thoroughly tested according to their compatibility …

Asus Teases New MG278Q Gaming Monitor

Asus’ famous Republic of Gamers series (ROG) of PC products will soon be replenished with a new 27-inch monitor, entitled MG278Q. As far as exterior is concerned, it’s a classic display housed on a central stand with multiple adjustments (height, tilt, angle, pivot mode). Being a representative of gaming-oriented devices, the model features a bunch of advanced facilities, including an top-notch AMD FreeSync technology that is called to synchronize GPU with display refresh rates for the production of a seamless visual stream.



Asus MG278Q is based on TN panel with a frosting coating. It is known to support QHD resolution (2560x1440), WLED backlight & 144 Hz refresh rate. The panel secures that gamers could get only the best imaging, offering: 1 ms response time (GtG), 350 cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 degrees viewing angles, 16.7 million of displayed colors, and 1000:1 static contrast.


To continue, the rear part of the panel accommodates a pair of HDMI ports, 1x DL DVI-D …
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