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 …

Greeting New ProLite X2783HSU Full-HD Monitor from Iiyama

Iiyama Corp., a leading Japanese designer of high-end PC monitors and TV-sets, has recently released a new representative of ProLite series – the X2783HSU Full-HD monitor (1920x1080 resolution). The new-comer features 622.5x400.5x230 mm dimensions and 27-inch display with an anti-glare coating. Its case boasts a stylish, black glossy finish that adds to the model’s elegant design.

The Iiyama ProLite X2783HSU is based on AMVA+ array that comes along with a rear LED backlit. The array demonstrates the following specifications: aspect ratio – 16:9, response timeframe – 4 ms (GtG), contrast – 3000:1/5M:1 static/dynamic, viewing angles – 89/89 degrees up/down and 178/178 degrees H/V, amount of displayed colors – 16.7 m, maximal brightness – 300 cd/m2, synchronization – separate.

The monitor is equipped with a pair of speakers of 4 W power, an analog D-Sub connector, digital HDMI and DVI-D (with HDCP support) connectors, I/O audio connectors, Kensington lock, …

Akasa Intros Low-Profile CPU Cooler Nero LX

Akasa, a global manufacturer of chassis, PSUs, and PC peripheral components, introduces its new low-profile cooling system, codenamed Nero LX. The new product is intended specifically to provide the maximal cooling effect to CPU and its surrounding elements. Nero LX might be employed in HTPC and slimmer PC systems. Detailed specifications about this cooler have just appeared at the manufacturer's official website, however pricing info has not been revealed yet.

Akasa Nero LX features 120x120x59 mm dimensions and weighs 298 g. The overall cooler's framework consists of a 120 mm fan, a large base, and four copper heat pipes that pierce an aluminum heatsink. The cooler employs an advanced scheme of direct contact of heatpipes with CPU surface which promotes for the utmost cooling environment.

This model is compatible with a majority of processor sockets developed by AMD and Intel. Hence, it supports Socket FM1, AM2, AM2+, AM3 from AMD, and LGA 1366, 1156, 1155, and 775 from …
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