Asus Introduces a New Powerful Motherboard Z87-A

The line of Haswell-compatible motherboards from Asus has been recently replenished with a new model – Z87-A. The new-comer is supposed to be the most ‘customer-friendly’ board, due to the correlation of incorporated facilities and price: based on the prime chipset (Intel Z87) on Socket LGA1150 platform, this board boasts an extreme functional combined with the price of $150 only. Thus, it might become a perfect solution for a powerful gaming PC.



Motherboard Asus Z87-A is elaborated in ATX form-factor and supports Intel Core i3, i5, i7, Pentium, and Celeron processors. Memory is represented by four DDR3 DIMM slots that are able to run at the maximal 3000 MHz frequency. Their overall capacity might achieve 32 GB. CPU power supply subsystem involves 8 phases; this is quite enough for a full-scale overclocking. Audio facilities are ensured by the integrated 7.1-channel Realtek ALC892 controller. Network facilities are backed by a separate gigabit Realtek 8111GR controller.
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‘Cubic’ Chassis Corsair Carbide Air 540 Review

Corsair is renowned for the whole galaxy of products designed for contemporary PC platforms. Its PSUs, memory modules, SSDs, cooling solutions, peripherals, and cases are widely incorporated in desktop and mobile segments. The latter count a list of series, targeted various customers with various needs. The most peculiar one is Carbide series that currently consists of eight models. Carbide Air 540 differs from its comrades, in the first place, by its cubic framework and, in the second place, by its mini-tower height but midi-tower internal spacing. Those are not the only attractions of the model, since Corsair always offers more than it’s seen on the surface.



Design and Ergonomics


Corsair Carbide Air 540 features 458x322x419 mm dimensions and is distinguished by a rather strict design. Exterior and interior facets are totally painted black, except for ‘Corsair’ label and sockets with inscriptions. The case is made of thin steel but for the external plastic panels …

Intel Core i7-4000 Release is Scheduled for Q3’13

Intel has just unveiled its current year release plans and made a specific focus on Intel Core i7-4000 processor series. According to Intel, the new line of products, known also as Intel Ivy Bridge-E, is going to hit the market in Q3’13. Their launch will replace the Sandy-Bridge-E series – Intel Core i7-3000. The new-comers will support Socket LGA2011 CPU sockets, as well as Intel X79 chipset. This is called to dramatically facilitate the updating process of the current systems.



The first three models to appear in the market will be Intel Core i7-4960X, Intel Core i7-4930K, and Intel Core i7-4820K. They will all be delivered with an unlocked multiplier. The first two models are known to have six physical and twelve virtual processor cores.


The nominal frequency of Intel Core i7-4960X equals to 3.6 GHz and the dynamic frequency might achieve 4.0 GHz index. This processor will be equipped with 15 MB of cache-memory. Its cost will fluctuate within the measures of $1000. …
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