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 …

Corsair and Panram to Appear with DDR4 RAM Lineups

Corsair dares to announce the ‘fastest ever DDR4 memory modules’ which entered an award-winning Dominator Platinum series. The new-comers are targeting high-end desktop platforms on Intel Haswell-E basis. They are already optimized for an efficient operation with Intel X99 Express motherboard with Core i7-5960X/i7-5930R/i7-5820K processors, as well as with Asus X99 Deluxe and Asus Rampage V Extreme motherboards.



Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 models are able to achieve 3300 MHz clock frequency, due to the support of fresh overclocking Intel XMP 2.0 profiles. High-frequency memory (3000 MHz and up) is introduced in the shape of 16 GB kits (4x4). All planks feature a sleek and stylish design with 56 mm height, including DHX aluminum heatspreader.


To continue, not only Corsair is ready to astound ever-demanding users. Panram Technology snaps at its heels by launching its own series of DDR4 memory, codenamed Ninja-V Series. The products will be available in 8 GB and 16 …

Plextor Refreshes The Line of M5 Pro SSDs

Plextor, a well-known manufacturer of multifarious consumer electronics, is preparing for the release of its updated high-performance M5 Pro SSD series. Similar to the older version, new drives are targeted basically at business and gaming spheres. The manufacturer does not voice the precise information concerning the release date or pricing guidelines. Nevertheless, the preview of new M5 Pro specifications has already aroused interest of many analysts and average consumers.



According to the preliminary data, M5 Pro SSDs are developed in 2.5-inch form-factor and employ Marvell 88SS9187 Monet controller as the basis of their operation. The updated drives use high-speed SATA III interface to provide for the maximal speed and reliability of all operations. Testing results show that these products are estimated for about 2.4 million hours of trouble-free operation. In addition, Plextor will ensure that all drives are delivered with a 5-year limited warranty.


Plextor M5 Pro …
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