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 …

LG Introduces a New Series of PC Monoblock Units

LG Electronics established the reputation as the global manufacturer of consumer electronics long time ago, but it still amazes the community with ever newer products and approaches. Thus, lately the company has 'shared' the news about the forthcoming delivery of its monoblock units which belong to V720 series. The first two models to appear in the open sale will be V720-D.AE50K and V720-U.AE30K. The basic distinction of both units will be their ultra-thin casings and the integration of all chief system elements at the stand base.

The two models are promised to have as similar specifications, so different features to comply with various needs. Both are furnished with Bluetooth 4.0 modules, TV-tuner, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/b, card reader. There are USB 3.0 sockets, HDMI socket, and loudspeakers of 7W efficiency. Some other major specifications are listed below.

V720-D.AE50K model:

— equipped with two-core Intel Core i5-3210M processor that works at 2.5-3.1 GHz frequency;

SilverStone Unveils Raven RVX01 Enthusiast-Oriented Chassis

SilverStone Technology is about to release its newest PC case that supplemented an outstanding Raven Series. Targeting advanced PC builders & enthusiasts, the Raven RVX01 features 500x215x485 mm dimensions and differs by an offbeat all-black chassis design with the employment of high-quality Japanese steel and plastic. The customers will be able to choose the modification with blind side panels and with a windowed side panel (acrylic glass). Pricing is set at $92 and $100 correspondingly.

SilverStone Raven RVX01 offers a nontrivial localization of all components. For instance, it presupposes the installation of the motherboard (mini-ITX, micro-ATX, ATX) in quadrature. Therewith, graphics cards and PSU are located in the top section of the chassis, while all the drives found their places in the bottom section. Such layout is called to optimize airflow.

The model is ready to welcome graphics cards of 348 mm in length, CPU coolers of 162 mm in height, ATX-compatible power …
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