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 …

CPU Cooler Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Review

Each new product developed by Thermalright gains particular attention from the part of professionals and average customers. This is explained by the fact that the company tried its hardest to reach the top of cooling systems segment. Indeed, some of its coolers continue leadership in the most efficient coolers ranking of all ages. Hence, the release of a new CPU cooler, codenamed Silver Arrow SB-E, could not but draw attention of the community. This is a follower of Silver Arrow model, thought with perceptible improvements. SB-E marking signifies that the model has been designed specifically for Sandy Bridge-E processors, so it can be attributed to the highly-specialized models.

Basic Peculiarities

Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E is a two-section radiator with two fans which take up to a half of the motherboard spacing. Its dimensions equal to 164x155x104 mm. It is delivered in a card box with fans, radiators and accessories managed in different packages. The nominal …

Meet New AE222/G and AE201 AIO Solutions from MSI

MSI has enlarged its inventory of all-in-one PCs with a pair of new models – the AE201 and the AE222/G. Both greenhorns are based on the advanced Intel Core i3/i5 4th gen processors and are thought to support the latest Windows 8.1 platform version. The first model, AE201, features 20-inch display with Full HD resolution (1920x1080). Official press-release does not give a hint about detailed specifications, though it mentions that this model supports Flicker-Free and Less-Blue Light technologies.

Nonetheless, the larger part of the presentation is devoted to the AE222/G AIO PC. This model features 21.5-inch Full HD display and supports the above mentioned technologies, as well as optional sensor facilities. All functional possibilities are relied on Intel H81 Express chipset. The product will come in two variations: either with Intel Core i3-4130 CPU, running at 3.4 GHz, or with Core i5-4440s. The latter boasts overclocking abilities, demonstrating 2.8 GHz nominal and 3.3 GHz …
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