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 …

The Latest FSP Dagger Power Supply Units Are Already on Sale

The well-known PSU manufacturer FSP has voiced the launch of retailing of its latest modular Dagger line power units, being announced during the Computex event. The specialties are of 500 and 600 W nominal capacity, made in the SFX form-factor and are 80 Plus Gold certified (88% efficiency at 230 V). These are good-quality solutions, which do not take much room. Producers claim, they are perfect for micro-ATX or mini-ITX gaming systems.



The FSP SDA500 and SDA600 Dagger products give out 100% of power at 12V circuit, which means 41.6 А and 50 А respectively. The devices are overvoltage, overheat, overpower and short circuit protected, equipped with a power factor active correction mechanism and support SFX12V V3.3 and ATX12V V2.4 standards. Proper cooling is ensured by a low-noise 80 mm double ball bearing fan.


Presently the FSP Dagger SDA500 and SDA600 power supplies are officially on sale at the recommended price of $99 and $109. The company-issued warranty is 5 years.

Power Module Chieftec A80 650W Review

The requirements of customers towards contemporary power modules are quite tough. They should own good performance characteristics and high coefficient of efficiency level, as well as 80Plus marker. The latter speaks about quality and ability to satisfy the needs of any PC. However, all PSU are classified according to different criteria, so one can find appropriate product even without 80Plus standards. The compliance with those standards is realized on 115V and 230V conditions but there are a number of standards applied to 220V-240V. Power module Chieftec A80 650W doesn’t belong to the army of 80Plus products, though can boast outstanding performance and efficiency. It is primarily targeted at the segment of affordable PSU solutions.



Design and Framework


Chieftec A80 650W design is developed in a classical template common for the models with a solid frontal fan. The casing consists of a ventilation perforation, decorative grid with the brand logo, sockets for module …
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