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 …

Features of Models AMD Athlon II X4 (FM2)

Like Intel, AMD Company is not protected to the release of a large number of faulty processors, which are eliminated at the stage of laboratory tests. Some have a non-working cache (or part thereof), other — x86-cores, and others — a graphics block, and a fourth — a weak memory controller. According to this, there are releases of less productive CPU, but working with a moderate price tag. About unlocking cores / cache in AMD processors users probably know firsthand.



As the saturation of the defective inventory APU Trinity platform FM2, AMD will decide on the mass production of new models of AMD Athlon II X4. They will be easily distinguished from its predecessors on the number of the form 7xx.


Integrated Graphics Radeon VLIW4, of course, will be disabled. Frequency will be slightly reduced for marketing purposes. Overclocker devotees will primarily be interested in quad-core Athlon II X4 750K of free factor. The operating frequency of the model — 3.4 GHz, cache …
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