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 …

Zalman Unveils Nifty Z9 NEO Chassis

Zalman comes out with a new jaunty PC case – the Z9 NEO. The model is available in two paintwork variations (black and white) and is compatible with mini-iTX, micro-ATX as well as full-format ATX motherboards. The mid-tower chassis features 490x482x205 mm dimensions to fit any environment.



Zalman Z9 NEO is estimated for the installation of 7 expansion cards, a pair of 5.25-inch drives, 4x 3.5-/2.5-inch drives, and two solid-state 2.5-inch drives. The layout provides for the installation of 160-mm high CPU coolers, 420-mm long graphics cards, 220-mm long PSUs (ATX PS/2).


The model allows the user to incorporate an efficient cooling system. Hence, there is room for two front fans (120 mm), two top fans with LED backlit, and one rear fan. The other peculiarities of the chassis are as following:


— the employment of soundproof materials on the front panel;

— the integration of a side acrylic window;

— the availability of swappable air filters on the front …

PSU Enhance EPS-1780GA4 800W Review

EPS-1700 series consists of six PSU models of 600W-1200W power efficiency. All units, without exception, can boast the correspondence to 80Plus Gold standard and the usage of high-quality Japanese capacitors in their framework. The operating temperature range varies from 0 to 40 degrees, depending upon conditions. PSU model EPS-1780GA4 800W cannot boast unique design, but is totally ready to cope with all set tasks due to the implemented power, reliability and potential.



General Peculiarities


EPS-1780GA4 800W is delivered in a large cardbox realized in black and goldish colors. The latter is predominant on a package to comply with the demands of 80Plus Gold products. The model is characterized by a quite typical design with a black casing, a black fan, and a black ventilation grid. There are no arty-crafty elements or eye-catching add-ons, but it will definitely catch the fancy of minimalists and practical customers. All essential PSU parameters are indicated on a delivery …
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