Asus Replenishes X99 Motherboard Lineup with 4 New Items

Asus adds to its renowned lineup of X99 motherboards a set of new solutions. All the greenhorns are based on Intel X99 chipset targeting socket LGA2011-v3 platforms. Thus, they support the installation of Haswell-E & Broadwell-E CPUs (Intel Core i7). The boards brag about the incorporation of multiple innovations and technologies. The latter include:

— OC Socket ensures more efficient CPU & memory overclocking;

— Asus Aura offers RGB backlight and allows for the connection of additional LED stripes;

— 5-way Optimization helps in fine tuning of system components;

— Asus SafeSlot provides for an enforced framework of PCIe slots.

Motherboard Asus X99-Deluxe II features the following specifications:

— memory subsystem: 8 DIMM slots for DDR4 memory with 3333 MHz frequency, up to 128 GB;

— storage subsystem: 2 M.2 slots, 2 U.2 slots, 1 SATA Express, 8 SATA 6 Gb/sec;

— audio subsystem: Crystal Sound 3;

— network: LAN – Intel I218-V, Intel …

Motherboard Biostar Hi-Fi Z87X 3D Review

When all the turmoil connected with the launch of new Intel Haswell processors becalmed, potential customers could finally get their own opinion about CPU facilities and decide whether an upgrade is a sensible move. A flagship motherboard from Biostar, entitled Hi-Fi Z87X 3D, proves that it worth the effort. Biostar was one of the first manufacturers in the market to pay much attention to audio subsystem. Hence, all the best audio elaborations have been aptly implemented in its flagship board.

General Specifications

Biostar Hi-Fi Z87X 3D positions itself as the motherboard for overclocking, featuring:

— chipset: Intel Z87;

— form-factor: ATX, dimensions – 305x244 mm;

— socket and supported processors: Socket 1150, Intel Haswell Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7;

— built-in graphics core: Intel HD Graphics 4600;

— memory: type – DDR3, capacity – up to 32 GB, clock frequencies – 1066 MHz – 2800 (OC) MHz;

— expansion slots: three PCI-e 2.0 x1, two …

PC Enclosure Cougar Evolution (Askot 6GR1) Review

PC enclosures developed by Cougar are not frequenters in the global market. Still, the company's line of products is replenishing with ever newer models that might compete for the market dominance with a lot more renowned suppliers. Its latest creation, Evolution (Askot 6GR1), was released with a dual brand: Cougar and Askot. In the majority of cases, Askot enclosures fill up the line of Cougar's products, but sometimes its cases single out as a separate brand. Casting aside all marketing issues, Cougar Evolution (Askot 6GR1) is a worthy representative of contemporary PC chassis segment that offers a bunch of typical and a few singular facilities to all potential customers.


Enclosure Askot 6GR1 features visually unpretentious design without any bright points or voluminous salient elements. Nevertheless, more intent inspection uncovers the whole beauty of this case: the availability of prominent ribs on the frontal panel, an unusual pattern of the frontal and top …
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