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 …

Platinum PSU Huntkey FX500SE Review

Nowadays more and more PSU manufacturers tend towards a better acoustic ergonomics of their products. Sure thing this is linked with the desire of customers to have high-performance but quiet systems. There is small wonder that traditional power supplies are rather noisy, due to air fans, so the manufacturers invented a sophisticated solution: hybrid cooling. It presupposes two working modes: active — with fans on and passive — with fans off. Huntkey is one of the companies that successfully implemented this invention into proprietary devices. Its FX500SE is a good example of efficiency combined with quiet operation. Plus, it provides users with appropriate connectivity facilities.

General Specifications

Huntkey FX500SE features a typical for all middle-end products design, without any ingenuity claim. The unit is housed in a steel case of 150x86x140 mm dimensions with matte black coating. All cables are masked under a nylon sheath, adding more solidity to the model. …

Greeting New Gaming PC Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube

Lenovo is glad to introduce a new gaming PC, featuring small-sized dimensions (252.3x393.3x314.5 mm). The IdeaCentre Y710 Cube boasts an aggressive asymmetric design that immediately compels attention. The new-comer supports 64-bit Windows 10 Home OS & is based on a powerful configuration of a 4-core Intel Core i7-6700 CPU (3.4 GHz-4.0 GHz frequency), 16 GB of DDR4-2133 MHz memory as well as Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics.

Storage subsystem consists of a 256 GB solid-state drive, replenished by a 1 TB HDD. Network facilities are represented by wired Gigabit Ethernet port, controlled by Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2400, wireless Wi-Fi 802.11ac adapter, and Bluetooth 4.0 adapter.

To continue, despite compact dimensions, this gaming rig accommodates a bunch of external interfaces, including 5x 3.5-mm audio mini-jacks, 8x USB ports (2.0 & 3.0 versions), 1x RJ-45, a single Optical S/PDIF Out, and three video ports (DVI, D-Sub & HDMI).

Pricing is set at $2037.
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