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 …

ECS to Release a Small-Sized H110S-2P Motherboard

ECS has officially introduced a new mini-STX motherboard, entitled H110S-2P. Featuring 147x140 mm dimensions, the greenhorn is based on Intel H110 chipset for Socket LGA1151 platform. The most peculiar thing about the mainboard is the availability of a full-sized LGA socket which allows for the installation of desktop CPUs (Intel Pentium/Celeron/Core i3/Core i5/Core i7) with the maximal TDP of 65 W.

Upon the whole, the model is targeting small-sized PCs. ECS H110S-2P accommodates a pair of SO-DIMM slots with support for 32 GB of DDR4-2133 MHz memory modules. Storage subsystem is backed by a single SATA 6 Gb/sec port & a single M.2 slot for SSD. There is also another M.2 slot but it is intended for the integration of wireless Wi-Fi/Bluetooth modules.

Audio subsystem is developed on the basis of Realtek ALC662 controller, whereas network facilities – on the basis of Realtek 8111H controller. The motherboard comes equipped with a couple of 3.5-mm audio ports, one RJ-45 …

Thermaltake Showcases Tailor-Made Versa N25 Chassis

Thermaltake has added to its Versa lineup of chassis a new-comer – the N25. The middle-tower case is targeting primarily extreme gamers who covet ultimate performance and one-off design. The case features 490x197x463 mm dimensions & weighs 4.6 kg. Its key attraction is the trimming of the front and top panels which resemble the armor of transformers. The other peculiarity is the side acrylic window. Upon the whole, all panels are painted black as outside, so inside.

Thermaltake Versa N25 is intended for standard ATX, mini-ITX and micro-ATX motherboards with 7 expansion slots. Storage subsystem offers four seats for 2.5-/3.5-inch drives (internal) as well as two external 5.25-inch drives & one external 3.5-inch unit. Drive mounting might be realized without any tools.

Base N25 comes with a single 120-mm rear exhaust fan that rotates at 1000 RPM. If necessary, users are free to install four other 120-mm fans on the front and top facets (dust filters are included). In …
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