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 …

Introduction of MSI Z77A-GD80 motherboard with chipset Intel Z77 Express

The most favourable method of attracting customers is offering products with the best functionality, overclocking potential and the retail price. This approach was used in the design of the motherboard MSI Z77A-GD80, designed to work with processors Intel LGA1155. The apparent competitive advantage of the new interface is the support of the newest Thunderbolt.

MSI Z77A-GD80 comes in a large cardboard box on the front side of which, in addition to the model name and logos of many compatible technologies, there is information about the support of the latest high-speed standard Thunderbolt. Logo Military Class III indicates using the design of the motherboard of electronic components with a high level of reliability.

The back of the pack contains detailed information about original features of MSI Z77A-GD80, such as automatic overclocking OC Genie II, the OSD firmware Click BIOS II and Support Multi BIOS II, which allows switching between the primary and backup chips with the …

Graphics Card MSI R7770 Power Edition 1GD5/OC Review

Graphics card segment is currently represented by a huge number of products targeted at customers with quite different needs. Customers with ‘modest’ standard needs will be sufficed with the graphics cards of traditional layout; however, when it comes about inveterate gamers or professional designers, the requirements rose to the skies. Such customers need high-end product with outstanding layout and performance, as well as longevity combined with affordable price. New graphics card R7770 Power Edition 1GD5/OC from MSI developers is able to satisfy the needs of customers with any needs due to the advanced frequency formula, well-thought framework and improved performance characteristics.

Framework and Layout

At first sight MSI R7770 Power Edition 1GD5/OC is not distinguished by the originality in design or framework. Still, the employed cooling system is considered to be a zest of this graphics card. Codenamed TransThermal, the cooling system has got a specific …
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