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 …

AOC Outs Frameless Q2781PQ Monitor

The majority of customers place a priority on functionality of the monitor rather than its design. AOC Q2781PQ is a solution that combines both: state-of-the-art performance & an extraordinary design. The greenhorn is differentiated by an ultrathin frame, giving the impression of frameless construction. The display rests upon an asymmetric stand that provides for a better ergonomics, due to tilt, pivot & swivel adjustments.

The 27-inch AOC Q2781PQ monitor is based on AH-IPS panel which ensures 16:9 aspect ratio as well as 2560x1440 resolution (QHD) on 60 Hz refresh rate. The panel features 4 ms response time, the top brightness index of 350 cd/m2, the widest viewing angles (178 degrees in both aspects), and 100% coverage of RGB environment.

The model is known to support Flicker-Free technology that adjusts brightness level by means of backlight, securing flicker-free imaging on the screen. The monitor boasts 1000:1 static & 50M:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The amount of …

Intel to Release Celeron Ivy Bridge Processors in 2013

CPUs designed under 22 nm technological process are present practically in all Intel product lines but for Intel Celeron and Intel Atom series. This situation is going to change in the first quarter of the coming year, when new Itel Atom Silvermount and Celeron processors of Ivy Bridge generation are going to be introduced. Celeron series will be represented by three models: G1610, G1610T and G1620; they will substitute the items developed under 32 nm process. Moreover, a more advanced technological process will be applied even to the design of budgetary CPUs with the purpose to enhance their performance and power-saving characteristics.

According to the current data, all three Celeron models will be equipped with two cores based on Ivy Bridge micro-architecture, 2 MB cache-memory of the latest level, and with graphics core Intel HD Graphics 2500. They will also employ two-channel DDR3 memory type, operating under a dedicated controller at 1333 MHz frequencies. Nominal CPU and …
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