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 …

HIS Marvels Customers with an Overclocked Radeon HD 7850 Graphics Card

HIS has supplemented its line of Radeon HD 7850 graphics adapters with a new outstanding model, codenamed HIS 7850 iPower IceQ X² Turbo. It is primarily distinguished from the reference model by a modified design and overclocked frequencies. Another distinguishing feature is that the card will be delivered along with a brand iTurbo utility; it is called to facilitate the adjustment of all key graphics parameters and optimize its efficiency level.



HIS 7850 iPower IceQ X² Turbo is based on AMD Pitcairn Pro GPU developed on GCN architecture (28 nm technological process). Its nominal clock frequency has been increased from 860 MHz to 1000 MHz. Memory subsystem is introduced by 256-bit GDDR5 memory modules, the overall capacity of which achieves 2 GB. Their nominal clock frequency index equals to 1200 MHz, while effective frequency approximates 4800 MHz.


Cooling of all crucial components is imposed upon a brand two-slot IceQ X² system. It is characterized by a better …

ECS NM70-I Motherboard: Pioneer in Its Class

ECS decided to tackle the problem of sameness, developing a new motherboard on the basis of Intel NM70 Express chips. The implementation exactly of these chips makes the board a pioneer in its product class. ECS NM70-I is designed in mini-ITX form factor and houses Intel Celeron 847/807 CPU. The latter consumes only 17W of power to add the board power-efficient properties. Such approach to layout secures a harmonious balance between performance parameters and price ranges, and is an ideal match for compact PC systems.



Irrespective of the initial motherboard's compact dimensions, the manufacturer stipulated expansion opportunities if the user finds such a need in future employment. The availability of 1x PCI Express slot x16, SATA 3Gb/sec and 6Gb/sec sockets promote for the unimpeded upgrade of video system and data storage devices. ECS NM70-I facilities allow the customer to play back high-contrast HD and Blue-Ray multimedia content. Moreover, ECS equips its board with two …
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