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 …

Modular Power Supply 650W Chieftec A80

Evaluating the effectiveness of modern computer power supplies, the most attention is paid to their coefficient of performance (COP) at a given load — usually means of 20%, 50% and 100%. At the same time, not less important requirement, established by standard 80PLUS should be considered. That means — the preservation of this level of performance for all occurring in the world supply voltage variations, that is in the range of 100-240 V.



The standard rules of 80PLUS at different levels (Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, etc.) are performed for two voltage 115 V and 230 V. In both cases, the normalized PS should show the efficiency of not less than specified for each category level. Not usual power supply CTG-650C model of the new A-80 series from the Chieftec company is interesting in that it has officially claimed efficiency of 85% or more, but only for nets 220-240 V.


As the advantages of such solution can immediately be noted a lower price, due to less stringent …

LC Power Gaming 986 Series Сhassis Have Side Panels Made Out of Tempered Glass

The new LC Power chassis family has been presented. This line includes such models as Gaming 986S White Shadow and Gaming 986B Dark Shadow of the Midi-Tower type.

These products are made out of aluminum, and side panels are manufactured out of darkened tempered glass. Dimensions are the following: 482 × 223 × 467 mm, the weight is approximately 9 kg.



The LC Power Gaming 986 Series frameworks allow to mount the ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX typical size motherboards. There’s enough place for seven expansion cards, including discrete graphics accelerators of up to 420 mm length.


Users can embed up to five 3.5-inch drives and up to three 2.5-inch storage devices. The CPU cooler must be not higher than 170 mm.


In general these chassis can hold up to seven 120-mm fans – three on the front, two on top, one on the back side and one additional. There are two fans with backlighting in the supply kit.


The Gaming 986S White Shadow model is produced in the silver-white …
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