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 …

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble Merger: Operational Joint Working Plan

Microsoft representatives have recently announced the intentions of the corporation to merge with Barnes & Noble company. Barnes & Noble has established reputation for being the global leader in the production and sale of electronic books, as well as other Internet services dedicated to the sale of various goods. The company is currently working at production of electronic book entitled Nook which operates on Android platform. Specialists and analysts declare unanimously that the main goal of Microsoft and Barnes & Noble merger is the creation of a new company; the company will be oriented on the production of electronic books which will operate on Windows 8 platform.

Both companies’ representatives keep from commenting on the detailed structure of the future company. The unveiled info shows that both companies will continue working at creation and production of Nook electronic books. The merger is called to bring benefits to all involved parties: Microsoft will enter into …

Super Flower Intros Leadex Platinum 850 W Power Supply

Super Flower, a renowned Chinese designer of PC enclosures and other hardware components, has introduced a new power supply unit, entitled Leadex Platinum 850 W (codename: SF-850F-14MP). The model is housed in a stylish white case and features a large air fan with a ventilation grid. It is targeting high-end systems with fastidious requirements to power supply. In order to prove the model’s durability, the manufacturer adds 5-year’s limited warranty to the shipping contents.

Super Flower Leadex Platinum 850 W has been awarded 80Plus Platinum certificate, due to more than 89% efficiency. The PSU comes with a totally modular cabling system and a set of wires for the simultaneous employment of two graphics cards. The model is cooled down by a single 140 mm fan, monitored by PWM controller.

This power supply unit is equipped with a single +12V rail that is able to provide 70.8 A current. It might operate in networks with the voltage range from 100 V to 240 V. The product …
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