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 …

Nvidia Debuts with GeForce GTX 770 Graphics Adapter

Trailed by the flagship GeForce GTX 780 model, Nvidia officially launches one more high-performance graphics adapter of 700 series, codenamed GeForce GTX 770. Albeit the two products are rather similar in design (i.e. the incorporation of identical two-slot cooling system), their layout differs considerably. First of all, GTX 770 employs less efficient graphics core Nvidia GK104-425-A2 (28 nm) with 1536 CUDA cores, 128 TMUs, and 32 ROPs. At the same time this GPU operates at higher frequencies: 1046 MHz (nominal), 1085 MHz (dynamic).



Nvidia’s new entry comes either with 2 GB or 4 GB video memory modules of GDDR5 type. They employ 256-bit interface and ensure high bandwidth of 224 Gb/sec. Memory operational frequency is truly striking, demonstrating up to 1752 MHz (nominal) and up to 7010 MHz (dynamic) index. It should be noted that models with 4 GB modules will cost $50 more than those with 2 GB items (the recommended price makes up $399).


To continue, GeForce GTX 770 …

Unusual PC Monitor HP Envy 27 Review

High-end PC monitors segment is abundant in models of different frameworks, designs and facilities. Nevertheless, the majority of manufacturers offer rather alike solutions, leaving demanding consumers dissatisfied. HP is the company known for challenging the rising demands, so the introduction of HP Envy 27 was an ‘expected surprise’ for all interested parties. This monitor distinguishes itself by an unusual design, remarkable specifications, and traditionally high price. It’s time to vindicate those privileges de visu.



General Specifications


PC Monitor HP Envy 27 features the following specifications:

— dimensions: 622x454x140 mm, weight — 6.9 kg;

— panel: type — AH-IPS, backlight – W-LED, aspect ratio/diagonal – 16:9/27-inch, resolution – 1920x1080, maximal brightness – 250 cd/m2, response time – 7 ms (GtG), viewing angles – 178/178 (down/across), number of displayed colors – 16.7 m, contrast – 1000:1 (static) and 10M:1 (dynamic);

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