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 …

HIS RX 460 4 GB Slim-iCooler OC Graphics Card with a Single-Slot Cooler

Welcome an extraordinary and a very interesting graphics adapter solution from HIS, namely the HIS RX 460 4 GB Slim-iCooler OC (HS-460R4TCNR). While most of competitive prototypes possess coolers with two slots, this sample is equipped with a single-slot cooling system. This highlighting moment lets HIS RX 460 4 GB Slim-iCooler OC occupy less place in a chassis.



The new product is based on the AMD Polaris 11 graphics engine and supports 896 streaming processors, 56 texture and 16 raster units. The GPU base clock matches the benchmark of 1090 MHz, and the dynamic frequency has increased from 1200 MHz to 1220 MHz. Video RAM encloses 4 GB GDDR5 chips with the 7000 MHz effective frequency and 128-bit bus, which goes in accordance with the reference scope of functionality.


The cooling system of HIS RX 460 4GB Slim-iCooler OC consists of a compact heatsink and an axial flow fan. The front-end interface set offers such ports as DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort.

SCION-32 Combines a PC and a Monitor in Itself

The E-BLUE company has introduced an interesting solution at the CES 2017 exhibition in Las Vegas, called SCION-32. This is the first Hybrid-Tower monitor and simultaneously an AIO computer with prospects for upgrading.



This 32-inch product has a QHD 2,560 × 1,440 pixels resolution and is backlit on the sides.


The SCION-32 system allows to install Micro-ATX and Mini-ATX motherboards with a respective CPU. There is enough space for two standard drives. The maximum length of the discrete graphics to be used is unknown, however we can assume, that there will be no problem with choosing an optimal variant, taking into account the abundance of video adapters on the market.


This device will be available this quarter, though the price has not been voiced yet.
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