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 …

MSI Announces GTX 960 Series of Graphics Cards

MSI is glad to introduce its own version of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 960 GPU. This time the company offers three graphics cards, one of which keeps an etalon design (GTX 960), whereas the other two take an original design (GTX 960 OC and GTX 960 Gaming 2G). The triple differentiates not only by external features but by operational clock frequencies as well.



The heart of all three models is Nvidia GM206 GPU with 1024 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs and 64 TMUs. MSI GeForce GTX 960 runs at 1127 MHz (nominal)/1178 MHz (dynamic) frequency; at the same time, MSI GeForce GTX 960 OC and MSI GeForce GTX 960 Gaming 2G run at 1178 MHz/1241 MHz & 1216 MHz/1279 MHz correspondingly. All three new-comers are equipped with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory having 128-bit interface; it operates at 1800 MHz (nominal)/7200 MHz (efficient) frequency.


MSI GeForce GTX 960 OC employs Armor 2X cooler with black-and-white cover design. It consists of two 90-mm fans, a middle-sized heatsink, and a couple of copper …

Sharkoon Showcases Budgetary VG4-S Cases

Sharkoon has rejoiced its budget-oriented admirers with a new series of PC cases, entitled VG4-S. The greenhorns are distinguished by a decent functionality combined with an alluring price. Featuring 445x200x430 mm dimensions, the case is ready to offer enough space for a set of up-to-date internal components and welcomes the connection of various external devices. Moreover, the model is housed in a black chassis, while perforated areas are illuminated by red/green/blue backlight.



Sharkoon VG4-S supports the installation of ATX, micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards, offering seven expansion slots, three 5.25-inch drive bays, three 3.5-inch drive bays, and four 2.5-inch drive bays. Internal space is sufficient for the mounting of 160 mm high CPU coolers, 250 mm long power supply units, and 385 mm long graphics cards.


External I/O panel boasts the availability of 4x USB 2.0 ports and a pair of 3.5 mm audio sockets. Cooling is ensured by a preinstalled frontal fan (120 mm) …
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