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 …

Biostar Added J1800NH2 to Its Mini-ITX Motherboard Line

Biostar, Taiwanese PC hardware guru, has recently launched a new mini-ITX motherboard entitled J1800NH2. The greenhorn is targeting mini-desktop entry-level systems, as well as field-specific platforms, such as information boards, point-of-sale terminals, slim clients, etc. It is compatible with Windows 7/8/8.1 OS and boasts the availability of capacitors with solid-state electrolyte. The recommended retail price makes up $76.

Biostar J1800NH2 is based on Bay Trail-D platform and comes with an integrated 4-core Intel Celeron J1800 processor, featuring 2 MB cache (L2). The CPU operates at 2.41 GHz clock frequency but might be overclocked up to 2.58 GHz margin. The model also boasts an integrated Intel HD Graphics chip that runs at 668 MHz (nominal)/792 MHz (overclocked) frequency. It is cooled by a small-sized aluminum heatsink, sustaining the specified 10 W TDP level.

To continue, this motherboard is equipped with two SO-DIMM slots for the installation of DDR3-1333 MHz …

ASRock Debuts with a Couple of E3V5 Mainboards

Following the success of Intel Xeon E3-1200 v5 CPUs, ASRock decided to launch a couple of compatible ATX motherboards. The Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC and E3V5 WS models both feature Intel C232 chipset. The first new-comer is targeting gamers, while the other one is called to satisfy the needs of fastidious enthusiasts.

ASRock Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC comes equipped with 4 DIMM slots which support DDR4-2133 MHz memory modules. The inventory also includes Super Alloy design as well as Gaming Armor, Hyper BCLK Engine, F-Stream, Key Master, DDR4 Non-Z OC technologies.

ASRock E3V5 WS accommodates six SATA III ports, a pair of PCIe 3.0 x16 expansion slots, 8-channel Realtek ALC892 audio, Intel I219LM gigabit Ethernet controller, and a variety of external interfaces: four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, two PS/2, one RJ-45, and three audio ports.

The only drawback of both motherboards is absence of video ports. Thus, it’s vital to complement them with …
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