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 official announcement of the motherboard Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X

Company Biostar, taking the example of the motherboard market leaders, manufactures the product for the audiophile — Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X. In the latest model are involved: the processor socket LGA1155, the flagship chipset for the platform (Intel Z77), three full-height PCI Express x16 and 13-channel subsystem of CPU power. The developer promises high quality audio through 7.1-channel HD Blue-ray audio codec ALC898, Technology THX TruStudio Pro, Hi-Fi Ground (multi-layer PCB with protectors properties), and Puro Tone (signal / noise ratio — 110 dB), as well as resistors, Hi-Fi Resistor with tin oxide capacitors and Hi-Fi Cap.



Four slots for memory with dual access are designed for installation of modules DDR3-1066/.../2600 totaling 32 GB. In addition, the construction of SLI and CrossFire configurations using the formula «x8 + x8» is possible. The lower slot PCI-E 2.0 x16 x4 is good to use for high-speed SSD-drives, and «external» controllers. PCB has six ports Serial ATA …

Motherboard Gigabyte Z77MX-D3H TH Review

Each new year brings new ideas for the developers of PC hardware. Since motherboards are indisputably the main component in the PC integration, their design and facilities are given the most attention. Hence, each manufacturer tries to implement some unprecedented technologies to attract potential audience by an improved performance and possibilities. Intel Thunderbolt technology is a hit of 2012; that is why, motherboard designers turned their looks into this direction. Gigabyte was among the first companies to integrate Thunderbolt interface into its products: model Z77MX-D3H TH is a bright evidence of it.



Integration


Motherboard Gigabyte Z77MX-D3H TH resembles the modification of its predecessor Z77MX-D3H, except for the availability of Thunderbolt interface and design of PCB. The renunciation of the third PCIe x16 slot allowed the manufacturer to free four lines of PCIe bus and employ Thunderbolt technology for their activation. As a result, a new product has got a …
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