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 …

Adata Announces HDD Model of Quite Unusual Design

Adata decided to change the concept of external hard drives by developing HDD with an extraordinary design. Instead of traditional approach to the design templates, the manufacturer used an unusual template with the purpose to attract the clients. Codenamed DashDrive HV610, this product employs multi-color removable panels with puzzle-like texture. In addition, these panels are called to solve the problem of cable management: they fix the USB cable (for the connection of HDD with PC) which is delivered in the nominal kit.

The other peculiar feature of DashDrive HV610 is the employment of USB 3.0 interface. This Adata HDD series is represented by three models of 500 GB, 750 GB and 1TB volume capacities. The drive is equipped also with activity indicator. All other specifications are still unaccessible, since Adata does not voice any speed parameters or estimated pricing. According to the words of the company's representatives, more details will be provided already when the sales …

Monitor Asus PA248Q Review

The market of displays is full of models with the 16:9 height-to-width aspect ratio, what can't be said about 16:10 models which go in quite scant supply. Still, the latter are of great demand among computer enthusiasts. The inventory of monitors produced by Asus includes models of various height-to-width aspect ratio. Currently, the company is introducing exactly 16:10 product, codenamed PA248Q. The chief peculiarity of Asus PA248Q is seen in the availability of USB 3.0 hub that offers advanced facilities for customers.


Design of monitor Asus PA248Q greatly resembles that of its predecessor, PA246Q. The frontal panel contains a red stripe and vertical control buttons. The display is dull and void of loud dirtying. The swivel gear allows the customer to rotate the display 92 degrees clockwise. The stand contains measurement marks with digits that show the degree to which it's possible to raise or rotate the monitor. Vertical control buttons are located on the right …
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