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 …

A Pair of Monitors with 5:4 Aspect Ratio from iiyama

Iiyama, a Japanese monitor manufacturer, replenished its product line with a pair of displays with an unusual aspect ratio. Models E1980SD-W1and E1980SD-B1 feature 5:4 aspect ratio and differ from each other only by the color of casing (white and black). Along with all up-dated technologies and possibilities, iiyama offers a 3-year limited warranty that secures absolutely free servicing for all customers. The recommended price for the new entries is established at $177 mark.



Monitors E1980SD-W1and E1980SD-B1 employ TN+film panel type and are characterized by 5 ms array response time (transfer from White to Gray). The nominal resolution of 1280x1024 ensures good viewing angles (170 degrees across and 160 degrees down), 250 cd/m2 maximal brightness, and 1000:1 maximal static contrast with five million to 1 dynamic contrast. Option iStyleColor is responsible for the improvement of image quality.


Both models are characterized by the reduced showings of power consumption. …

One-Slot XFX RX 460 2 GB Core Edition OC and XFX RX 460 4 GB Core Edition OC Graphics Cards

Last week the HIS company was the first to introduce a one-slot AMD Radeon RX460 series graphics card, motivating other manufacturers to design parallel solutions. Thus, XFX announced the release of a pair of such video accelerators – XFX RX 460 2 GB Core Edition OC and XFX RX 460 4 GB Core Edition OC – which differ only in the VRAM capacity (2 and 4 GB respectively).



Both novelties are based on the AMD Polaris 11 graphics processor and support 896 streaming processors, 56 TMU as well as 16 ROP. The base GPU clock matches the benchmark of 1,090 MHz, and the dynamic frequency has increased from 1,200 to 1,220 MHz. The effective video RAM rate equals 7,000 MHz.


A compact cooler is designed to chill down internal components. Its construction contains a moderate-size heat sink and an axial flow fan. The front-end interface features the following ports: DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort.


The price of XFX RX 460 2 GB Core Edition OC and XFX RX 460 4 GB Core Edition OC models has …
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