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 …

Thermaltake Chaser A71 LCS Chassis with BigWater 850 GT on Board

Thermaltake Technology, a renowned Taiwanese manufacturer of PC hardware components, is going to release a new full-tower chassis of Chaser A41 series. Codenamed Chaser A71 LCS, the model distinguishes itself by a black stylish case with blue stripes on the frontal panel, a large transparent window on the side panel, and a gaming-type LED backlight. The overall dimensions of the new-comer are estimated as 537x205x565 mm, while the total weight reaches up 10 kg.



Thermaltake Chaser A71 LCS boasts some incredible capacity facilities. Thus, it is able to accommodate motherboards of E-ATX standard, three external drives of 5.25-inch form-factor, one external drive of 3.5-inch standard, as well as eight internal PCI cards and five bays for 3.5/2.5-inch drives. The chassis is ready to house rather voluminous graphics adapters, the maximal length of which equals to 244 mm, and rather high CPU coolers that reach up 160 mm.


The top facet of the case contains I/O panel that boasts …

Graphics Card Sapphire Toxic HD 7970 GHz Edition Review

Up-to-date facilities provided by graphics cards manufacturers allow customers to create various graphic configurations, including the activation of several monitors within a single card. Indeed, contemporary technical approaches transform traditional video adapters into video gurus. The latest development of Sapphire, a flagship model Toxic HD 7970 GHz Edition, offers up to 6 GB of GDDR5 memory and promotes for the activation of six monitors in Eyefinity. Such options exceed those integrated into a reference model, AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, and are able to ensure a dramatic increase in performance.



Technical Peculiarities


Sapphire decided to base its flagship model on GPU AMD Tahiti with an integrated delimiter which lowers the clock frequency on the overshoot of thermal threshold. Its standard frequency equals to 1050 MHz, nominal frequency – 1100 MHz; sill, this GPU features Lethal Boost options that increase the frequencies up to 1200 MHz. This graphics card is …
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