Motherboard Biostar Hi-Fi Z87X 3D Review

When all the turmoil connected with the launch of new Intel Haswell processors becalmed, potential customers could finally get their own opinion about CPU facilities and decide whether an upgrade is a sensible move. A flagship motherboard from Biostar, entitled Hi-Fi Z87X 3D, proves that it worth the effort. Biostar was one of the first manufacturers in the market to pay much attention to audio subsystem. Hence, all the best audio elaborations have been aptly implemented in its flagship board.

General Specifications

Biostar Hi-Fi Z87X 3D positions itself as the motherboard for overclocking, featuring:

— chipset: Intel Z87;

— form-factor: ATX, dimensions – 305x244 mm;

— socket and supported processors: Socket 1150, Intel Haswell Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7;

— built-in graphics core: Intel HD Graphics 4600;

— memory: type – DDR3, capacity – up to 32 GB, clock frequencies – 1066 MHz – 2800 (OC) MHz;

— expansion slots: three PCI-e 2.0 x1, two …

Graphics Card Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 670 HerculeZ 3000 Review

High-end graphics cards segment is represented by a line of outstanding, catchy and inspiring products. Each manufacturer tries to add some unique traits to its creation with the aim to engage as many customers. Nominal model GeForce GTX 670 has become a reliable base for many graphics cards. Nevertheless, Inno3D implemented in this base an advanced cooling system with a bright name iChill HerculeZ. Still, this is not the only attractive feature, since the card is able to offer a number of other unmatched options.

Design and Integration

Design is what singles out Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 670 HerculeZ 3000 from other graphics cards in high-end segment. Its voluminous cooling system that consists of three large fans, its height that equals to three expansion slots, and its ornamental metallic elements with huge screws speak of grandeur and reliability. The overall length of the card achieves 29 cm. Large heatsink covers all basic components of the printed circuit board. The …

ASRock to Officially Introduce Z87 Extreme 4/Z87 Pro 3 Motherboards in Early June

ASRock is going to officially introduce its two budgetary motherboards (compatible with Intel Haswell processors) in early June. Codenamed ASRock Z87 Extreme 4 and ASRock Z87 Pro 3, these products will cost around $170 and $100 correspondingly. Such attractive price makes them one of the most affordable solutions involving high-efficient CPUs of the next generation.

The more costly motherboard, Z87 Extreme 4, is known to feature only high-quality layout components, including PCB with dual copper layers, chokes with ferrite hub, and durable solid-state capacitors. This model supports DDR3 memory modules of up to 2600 MHz frequency and up to 32 GB capacity. Expansion slots consist of two PCI connectors, two PCI Express 3.0 x1 connectors, and three PCI Express 3.0 x16 connectors.

The connection of internal drives becomes possible due to the availability of eight SATA III sockets. Audio subsystem is realized with the help of 8.1-channel Creative Sound Blaster codec. External …
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