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 Boasts an Extraordinary R9 270X IceQ X2 Turbo Boost Clock Graphics Card

As an exclusive AMD’s partner, HIS has lately unveiled a new graphics card with an extraordinary design and unprecedented facilities. Codenamed R9 270X IceQ X2 Turbo Boost Clock, the model is characterized by an overclocked core frequency and the implementation of an efficient two-slot IceQ X2 cooler. The GPU is designed under Graphics Core Next architecture, supports the latest DirectX 11.2 technology and offers 2.5 times higher performance. Besides, it boasts some striking energy-efficiency, consuming 95% less power in idle mode.



HIS R9 270X IceQ X2 Turbo Boost Clock runs at 1100 MHz frequency (nominal) with the potential to rise up to 1140 MHz in Boost Clock mode. To compare, AMD’s reference model runs at 1000/1050 MHz frequency correspondingly.


The new card is furnished with 2 GB of GDDR5 video memory (256-bit interface) that operates at 5600 MHz frequency. It should be noted that the user is able to engage iTurbo technology in order to increase the clock …

Power-Efficient Monitor AOC G2460PG Review

Monitors with G-Sync support are not oddity nowadays. However, only few manufacturers manage to design a product that would be a perfection in any aspect. AOC has succeeded in this matter when it introduced the G2460PG model. It is differentiated not only by anticipated visual effects but also by low power consumption. Let’s review AOC G2460PG in details.



Highlights


The G2460PG features the following specifications:

— display dimensions: 24 inches, aspect – 16:9, visible part of the screen – 531.36x298.89 mm;

— panel type: TN + Film, 6-bit, support for A-FRC;

— response time: 1 ms;

— maximal resolution: 1920x1080 pixels at 144 Hz refresh time;

— maximal brightness: 350 cd/m2;

— contrast: static – 1000:1, dynamic – 80M:1;

— viewing angles: 178/170;

— amount of displayed colors: 16.7 m;

— power supply: internal 100-240 V;

— power consumption: working mode – 40 W, standby – 0.5 W, off mode – 0.5 W;

— …
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