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 …

Transcend to Announce a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 SSD

Transcend Information, a leading designer of storage solutions, announces the launch of its new super high-speed SSD, codenamed ESD200. The drive employs the latest USB 3.0 interface of SuperSpeed generation and is distinguished by truly compact dimensions, providing for the most convenient utilization. The casing is void of movable parts and operates with minimum noise level. Besides, it's based on a set of flash chips and owns anti-heat, shockproof and anti-vibratory properties. The series will be introduced by models of 128GB and 256GB volume capacity.

The implementation of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface ensures ten times faster data transfer speed, if compared with the previous USB 2.0 generation. On such conditions, Transcend ESD200 is capable to develop Read speed up to 260 Mb/sec and Write speed up to 225 Mb/sec. This implies that 4.7GB DVD drive full of different content will be copied for fifteen seconds only. However, a new SSD is backwards compatible with USB 2.0; so, …

Here Comes a Series of Radeon R7 Graphics Cards from Sapphire

Sapphire is the company that frequently gladdens its fans with high-end advanced solutions. Thereby, it doesn’t lag behind other manufacturers who nowadays introduce their own versions of AMD’s Radeon R series of adapters. Sapphire Radeon R7 series currently counts seven models: four of them belong to Radeon R7 240 lineup, two – to Radeon R7 250 lineup, and one – to Radeon R7 260 lineup. As a result, each customer is able to choose a card, which is an optimal balance between price and facilities.

The senior model, Sapphire Radeon R7 260X, is based on AMD Bonaire XTX GPU, running at 1150 MHz frequency. It is equipped with 2 GB GDDR5 memory modules (128-bit interface) that operate at 6600 MHz effective frequency. Cooling is provided by a two-slot cooler that embraces a few heatpipes, an aluminum heatsink, and a single axial-flow fan. Video interfaces are represented by DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-I, and DVI-D ports.

A pair of Sapphire Radeon R7 250 models is distinguished …
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