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 …

Meet a New 1200 W PSU SuperNova P2 from Evga

Evga, an award-winning American designer of hardware products for enthusiasts, is about to release a really hard-hitting power supply unit of enthusiast-level – the SuperNova 1200 P2. The model strikes the eye by 80Plus Platinum efficiency, backed by 10-year’s limited warranty. The recommended by the designer retail price won’t trespass the height of $270.



Evga SuperNova 1200 P2 features 1200 W power and 90% efficiency on a typical loading. It teases a totally modular layout system, therewith all cables have an atypical design; the latter is called to optimize the airflow within the PSU case. A set of available cables includes 24-pin ATX, a pair of 4+4-pin EPS12V, ten SATA Power, five MOLEX 4-pin, six 6+2-pin PCI Express Power, and a single FDD Power.


The following power supply unit is furnished with a single +12V rail that is estimated for 99.0 A current intensity. The layout houses first-rate Japanese capacitors with a solid electrolyte, a vertical two-layer main …

SilverStone Outs Strider Platinum Power Supply Units

SilverStone technology is about to launch three new PSUs which join Strider Platinum family. The ST55F-PT, ST65F-PT and ST75F-PT offer 550 W, 650 W and 750 W power correspondingly. The new-comers are housed in a classic black chassis, featuring 150x86x140 mm dimensions, and are based on Sirtec platform. The latter complies with ATX 12V 2.4 requirements. Moreover, all models boast 80Plus Platinum certificate, since their efficiency achieves 94% in 230V networks.



SilverStone Strider Platinum units feature an entirely modular design. Cooling is ensured thanks to a pre-installed 120-mm fan that rotates at 1500 RPM on 100% loading and at 1000 RPM on 70% loading. It produces not more than 18 dB noise and might operate trouble-free for some 100 thousand hours.


These PSUs come equipped with all-new safety options, including Active PFC, overvoltage, overloading, overheating, and short circuit safeguards. The list of integrated connectors embraces standard ATX, EPS 12V (4+4)-pin, a …
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