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 …

AMD Launches a New Driver Package Catalyst 13.8 Beta2

AMD has launched a second version of driver package Catalyst 13.8 that is called to dramatically enhance the efficiency in some games. The soft is compatible with Windows 8/7/Vista OS (32-/64-bit), supporting AMD Radeon (5000/6000/7700/7800/7900 series) and AMD Mobility Radeon (5000M/6000M/7000M/8000M series) GPUs.

Users can expect the following improvements:

— the resolution of problems with the image quality in ‘Van Helsing’ on anti-aliasing activation via Catalyst Control Center;

— the minimization of frame pacing delays in ‘Sniper Elite’, ‘Watch Dogs’, ‘World of Warcraft’, and ‘Tomb Raider’;

— the elimination of game image distortion in ‘Doom 3 BFG Edition’;

— the increase in efficiency in ‘Minimum’ (in CrossFireX), ‘Castlevania Lords of Shadow’ (in CrossFireX), and ‘RIPD’;

— the 9% increase in fps efficiency in ‘Splinter Cell Blacklist’ (Ultra settings);

— the 25% increase in efficiency in ‘Saints Row …

MSI Supplements Its Chassis Lineup with Barricade Model

MSI continues the development of brand chassis for the North-American market. The company's latest development, chassis codenamed Barricade, offers the whole range of privileges for its potential customers. The model is designed in Mid-Tower form factor and is compatible with the motherboards of ATX and micro-ATX form factor. Barricade goes in black casing with blue strips and at quite affordable price.

MSI barricade boasts 450x185x412 dimensions and the availability of transparent side window. The major peculiarity of this product is a grid-like clipboard and three integrated 120 mm fans. Two fans are located in the frontal part and go with LED lighting, and the third one is located at the rear part of the casing. In addition, the customer is capable to supplement the kit with two more fans of the same dimensions (at the top of the casing) to provide for better airflow and cooling.

This chassis is equipped with seven PCI Express expansion slots, four 3.5 inch bays, three …
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