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 …

Adata Boasts a Pair of Originally-Styled External HDDs

Adata strikes the storage market by a couple of external HDDs with an exotic design. The HD650X & HD710M are housed in solid cases, featuring green and camouflage coloring. The chassis of both models is totally protected from shocks, dust, humidity or electrostatic discharge. Thus, the customers can rest assured in the data integrity.

Both 2.5-inch HDDs are equipped with USB 3.0 interfaces, although their other specifications speak of diverse destinations. Adata HD650X features 121x81x21 mm dimensions and offers 2 TB of capacity. It is compatible with Xbox 360 & Xbox One gaming consoles, promoting for the achievement of new gaming records.

In its turn, Adata HD710M (132x99x22 mm) is thought to meet IP68 standards as well as MIL-STD-810G 516.6 military specifications. Hence, it’s possible to use the drive underwater without the threat of data loss. The drive is available in two capacity variations: 1 TB or 2 TB.

Both models are compatible with various OS, including …

Point of View strengthens GeForce GTX 680 UltraCharged 4GB of memory

Dutch manufacturer of discrete graphics Point of View considered as a good idea to equip one of the top-end versions GeForce GTX 680 with the prefix UltraCharged with four gigabytes of memory. This graphic card can be a good alternative to existing POV / TGT GTX 680 UltraCharged with 2GB buffer.

The new model, as well as it «precursor», is using the reference design PCB Nvidia with the configuration of additional power connectors PCI-E Power (6 +8)-pin. Typically, the PCB for GeForce GTX 680 is equipped with only four power phases for the GPU, but the version of the UltraCharged Point of View / TGT the fifth one added.

The frequencies remained the same: 1111 MHz for the graphics core (1176 MHz in turbo mode) and 6008 MHz for the 4 GB of memory GDDR5. Under three-slot cooling system, there is GK104 chip in the composition of 1536 shaders and 256-bit memory bus. Point of View marketers emphasize that the graphics processor for the graphics cards GTX 680 UltraCharged …
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