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 …

ASRock Announces a New Mini-ITX Motherboard AD2550-ITX

ASRock, a well-known supplier of high-quality PC hardware, tries not to leave chances to its competitors in the development of new products and their delivery to potential customers. Hence, the company has recently announced the release of a new mini-ITX motherboard AD2550-ITX, intended for the incorporation into small-sized systems. As seen from the codename, the model employs dual-core Intel Atom D2550 processor, running at 1.86 GHz. It should be pointed out that AD2550-ITX resembles its predecessor AD2550B-ITX, launched last year, although the new-comer is differentiated by a more qualitative configuration.

The motherboard is based on black PCB that boasts the implementation of solid-state capacitors only. All key functional facilities are ensured by means of Intel NM10 Express chipset. The board houses a pair of 204-contact SO-DIMM slots which support DDR3-1066 MHz memory modules of up to 4 GB overall capacity. A couple of SATA 3 Gb/sec ports (for the connection of drives) …

Xigmatek Outs Midgard III Case with Wireless Charger Dock

Xigmatek, a renowned Taiwanese designer of prime-class PC hardware, has launched a follower of the well-known Midgard case series – the Midgard III. It features 409(d)x515(h)x260(w) mm dimensions, always ready to accommodate mini-ITX, micro-ATX, and standard ATX motherboards. The case has got a sleek stern design, though is peculiar by the availability of a unique wireless charger station (Qi standard), leaving all competitors way behind (in terms of connectivity).

Xigmatek Midgard III comes with three external 5.25-inch bays, eight internal 3.5/2.5-inch bays, and seven expansion slots for add-ons. The framework is predestined to accommodate standard ATX/EPS power supply units, CPU coolers of 160 mm in height, graphics cards of 330 mm in length, and heatsinks of 300x50 mm dimensional type. The hidden in the top-front facet I/O panel houses Reset button, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, the same number of USB 2.0 ports, and two audio in/out sockets.

Optimal airflow within the …
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