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 …

NEC Enters into the Market with a New PA302W Monitor

NEC is starting the sales of its newest PA302W PC monitor that joined the ranges of MultiSync series. The product is a 30-inch display, based on AH-IPS panel and equipped with GB-R LED backlit. It is characterized by 2560x1600 resolution, high-precision color rendering, 100% sRGB and 99.3% Adobe RGB support. The model is available in white and black colors and features an ultra-thin case (34% thinner than cases of previous models).

Monitor MultiSync PA302W boasts the availability of USB-hub with two In and three Out ports, supporting DisplaySync Pro option, and four different video ports: HDMI, DVI-D, DisplayPort, and mini-DisplayPort. The nominal stand provides for the adjustment of height (within the ranges of 150 mm), tilt, rotation of the display, as well as for the transferring the screen from the landscape to portrait mode. It should be noted that the company launches also the modification of this model with built-in SpectraView II calibration unit.

The incorporation …

Motherboard Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe Review

Classical desktops are gradually giving way to more advanced and compact PC solutions. The times when compact dimensions signified about fewer facilities have gone, and present-day PC market is able to offer all-in-one solutions, as well as, multi-functional, high-end mini-ATX motherboards. Asus is notable for the constant overcoming of stereotypes that allegedly stagger the development of motherboard functionality. Its P8Z77-I Deluxe motherboard proves practically unlimited facilities integrated in products of mini-ATX form factor.

Design and Integration

The availability of an additional board with power components is supposed to be the basic design peculiarity of Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe motherboard. It is located athwart to the main board and takes DIGI+VRM functions. Those functions are called to provide the motherboard with an efficient CPU power supply subsystem that is able to demonstrate good loading facilities. The additional board is developed according to the …
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