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 …

Chieftec Unveils Gaming GP-01B Chassis

Chieftec replenishes its lineup of gaming cases with the Gaming GP-01B model. The middle-tower chassis is targeting micro-ATX/ATX platforms with up to seven expansion slots and a wide set of storage, cooling & connectivity options. The new-comer is housed in a SECC steel case, painted black, with four different LED inserts on the fascia. The release is scheduled for the end of July, 2016.

Chieftec Gaming GP-01B comes fitted with a pair of 5.25-inch drive bays, four 3.5-inch bays as well as a couple of 2.5-inch bays. Six out of eight slots support tool-free drive mounting. The list of included external interfaces involves 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 2x 3.5-mm audio ports.

Featuring 516x450x210 mm dimensions, internal layout allows for the installation of graphics cards of up to 430 mm in length & a standard ATX PS/2 power supply unit (200 mm).

To continue, the case is shipped with two preinstalled 120-mm front fans and a single 120-mm rear fan. Optionally, …

Aerocool to Advance Project 7-Chassis 1

Aerocool has just announced the release of a new stylish chassis, codenamed Project 7-Chassis 1. The greenhorn is distinguished not only by a catchy exterior but also by a spacious interior. The case houses a side window, made of a tempered glass, as well as a LED backlight on the front panel; the latter is regulated by means of dedicated buttons on the top facet.

Featuring 550x446.4x244.6 mm dimensions, Aerocool Project 7-Chassis 1 is ready to welcome motherboards of mini-ITX/micro-ATX/ATX format with up to 7 expansion slots. There are six slots in total for the mounting of drives: a pair of 3.5-inch bays and four 2.5-inch items. The layout allows for the integration of a 165-mm high CPU cooler and a 400-mm long video card (+ a standard ATX PSU).

The model comes equipped with a single pre-installed 120-mm fan on the rear plate. There is a possibility to enhance cooling with the help of five additional fans, mounted on the front and top panels. The user is able to manage …
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