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 …

The Compulab IPC3 Mini-PC with Passive Cooling Goes for 693 USD

One of the latest products by Compulab is an IPC3 mini-PC, intended for industrial and commercial use. The lowest price of the basic model is 693 USD.



Outside dimensions of the framework are 160 х 190 х 40 mm. Due to its exterior construction the case provides overall passive cooling.


There’s a possibility to install 32 GB of RAM, a 2.5” storage drive, an M.2 2260 SSD and a couple of devices with an mSATA connector. The novelty features wireless interface adapters along with two USB 2.0, four USB 3.0, two Gigabit Ethernet, a DisplayPort 1.2, an HDMI 1.4a and an S/PDIF ports. However, special modules will be able to extend this set of connectors.


The Compulab IPC3 Mini-PC operates an Intel Kaby Lake CPU and is protected by the five-year manufacturer warranty.

Deepcool Launches the Follower of Big Frost Cooler

Deepcool, a Chinese supplier of various cooling systems, is going to release a follower of Big Frost model that saw the light last July. The new product has been given an attribute 'Extreme Edition' and is currently codenamed Big Frost Extreme Edition. This cooler takes the basis of the predecessor, though still features some unique options.



Therefore, Big Frost Extreme Edition is distinguished by a nickel coverage of copper heat pipes and polished base surface that is in direct touch with CPU lid. Deepcool equips its cooler with two 120 mm fans (UF120) which are monitored by PWM controller. Their maximal rotational speed is estimated at 1500 r/m. Both fans ensure the utmost CPU cooling and proper airflow distribution.


According to the preliminary data claimed by the manufacturer, Big Frost Extreme Edition will be compatible with such desktop platforms as AMD FM1, FM2, AM2/AM2+, AM3/AM3+ and Intel LGA2011, LGA1366, LGA115x.


One of the notable aspects ascribed to the …
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