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 …

Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB Power Units with a capacity of 650–850 W

A new series of Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB power units is about to see the world. It hasn’t even been announced on the official site of the manufacturer yet. This series includes three models with a capacity of 650, 750 и 850 W, all of which feature one powerful +12V line, the up-to-date circuitry and the element base of high quality. That’s why these samples are effective and marked with a 80 PLUS Gold certificate.



The three models of the Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB series use fully modular cable system with handy flat sleeves. Besides, 650 W and 750 W versions are equipped with nine SATA and four 6+2-pin PCIe connectors. In its turn the 850 W model offers ten SATA and six PCIe connectors.


The cooling system embodies a 140 mm fan with 256-colour RGB-lighting, managed through the DPS G PC App. Thermaltake recommends to install these power units with a fan on the top. This is expected to lower the temperature inside the power unit and the chassis by 3°С. …

Asus Boasts a New ROG Swift PG278Q Gaming Monitor

Asus has begun a new season with the introduction of one more ROG series representative – the ROG Swift PG278Q PC monitor. This 27-inch model outstrips the competitors by a number of exclusive facilities, including an increased refresh rate (starting from 120 Hz), a minimal response time (1 ms only), a true WQHD resolution, and support for Nvidia G-Sync technology. In keeping with the company’s strategy, the monitor is oriented primarily on gamers; however, all fans of high-end imaging will find it a godsend.



To begin with, it must be stressed that Asus ROG Swift PG278Q is the first ever display with WQHD resolution (2560x1440) that supports advanced G-Sync options. These options are thought to synchronize the screen refresh rate with the GPU frames output rate. Thanks to this, there is no tearing or output latency; instead, the gamers enjoy more productivity and a really swift response. The model accommodates DisplayPort v.1.2 in order to communicate with compatible …
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