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 …

Welcome in MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G Golden Edition Video Card

MSI has finally gladdened its gaming fans with a new ‘golden’ graphics card, entitled GTX 970 Gaming 4G Golden Edition. The model is based on Nvidia’s GM204-200-A1 GPU (Maxwell architecture) with 1644 CUDA cores, 104 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and 13 SMM units. Connection with visual devices might be realized via dual DVI ports, a single HDMI, and one DisplayPort.



Thanks to the support of MSI Gaming App, users are free to select one of the working modes: Silent, Gaming or OC. Each of them is differentiated by nominal and dynamic clock frequencies, Hereby, in Silent mode this adapter runs at 1051 MHz/1178 MHz (nominal/dynamic); Gaming mode provides for 1140 MHz/1279 MHz frequency, while OC allows increasing both indices up to 1165 MHz/1317 MHz correspondingly.


The integrated GPU cooperates with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (256-bit interface, 224 Gb/sec throughput index). Its nominal clock frequency makes up 1751 MHZ, but its efficient index rises up to 7010 MHz.


MSI GTX 970 Gaming …

Eizo Showcases a New Gaming Monitor Foris FG2421

Eizo Nanao Corporation, a well-known Japanese manufacturer of visual solutions, has just introduced its newest Full HD monitor, intended for inveterate gamers and movie fans. The Foris FG2421 features 23.8-inch display with a standard 16:9 aspect ratio and the resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. It is based on VA panel and supports a wide variety of advanced technologies.



The VA panel is characterized by wide viewing angles (176/176 degrees H/V), dramatically fast response time – 1 ms, good refresh rate – 240 Hz, and static contrast of 5000:1. The model is able to display up to 16.7 million colors with the maximal brightness of 400 cd/m2. The incorporation of Turbo 240 technology allows for the conversion of two 120 Hz signals into a single 240 Hz signal, due to the adjustment of LED.


In addition to Turbo 240, Eizo Foris FG2421 supports Smart Insight technology with five pre-installed gaming profiles for RTS and FPS. Moreover, it goes with a set of standard profiles for a …
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