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Detailed video preview of ASRock X79 Overclock King Series Motherboards

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Nov 14, 2011 8:01 am

Today is the big day for Intel and its new Sandy Bridge-E processors and X79 Express chipset platform. The NDA just came off moments ago and now we can give you the full run-down on the ASRock X79 Overclock King Series of motherboards based off the new platform.

 

 

Last week we met up with Chris Lee, Director of Marketing, at the ASRock HQ here in Taipei where he gave us a full introduction to its first batch of X79 motherboards. ASRock is launching with five X79 boards right now including the Extreme3, Extreme4-M (Micro-ATX), Extreme4, Extreme7 and the Extreme9.

 

We spent most of our time in the video above focused on the top-dog, the ASRock X79 Extreme9. This board is packed out with loads of good features including eight DDR3 DIMM slots for quad-channel memory support, five PCI-E x16 slots, active fan cooling for the X79 chipset, loads of SATA-III ports and full digital VRM power management with 18 phases of power for RAM (2) and CPU (16).

 

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One of the big additions with the Extreme9 is the bundle inclusion of the ASRock Game Blaster which is a PCI-E x1 add-on audio and LAN card which uses the quad-core Creative SoundCore 3D audio processing chip for greatly improved gaming audio support over usual onboard audio usually found on most motherboards.

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GIGABYTE 3D Power hands-on with G1. Assassin 2 X79 motherboard

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 14, 2011 8:01 am

We are really letting loose now with our Intel X79 Express content and next up is another GIGABYTE video related to said product and this time it's another software feature called 3D Power and it's included with GIGABYTE's full range of X79 motherboards that should be online at many places as of now.

 

 

3D is obviously a big theme with GIGABYTE's X79 range of products and while there is little "3D" as we know about GIGABYTE's new software utility, 3D Power, we do like the insane level of control it gives you over your brand spanking new motherboard.

 

3D Power gets its name for its 3-way digital engine which allows you to control digital CPU power as well as both digital memory power controllers. This is all made possible since GIGABYTE's full range of X79 motherboards use an all digital power system with added controllers which give you the ability to fine tune power related options and settings down to a level we've never really seen before.

 

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3D Power gives you the ability to control voltage, phases and frequency. While it's true some users will never ever need to use this tool and the vast majority of users and even some experienced users won't know what the heck they are doing, these extreme fine tuning options are there. So, for users that do know what they are doing and are trying to either fine tune power savings or aim for the highest overclock on the planet, it's not such a bad tool to have on your side at all.

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GIGABYTE 3D Dual UEFI BIOS hands-on with X79-UD7 motherboard

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Nov 14, 2011 8:01 am

Now that the Intel NDA is up for the X79 Express chipset, we can finally let fly with all of our content on the subject. Our latest is from the GIGABYTE headquarters here in Taipei where last week we visited them and got a good look at their range of motherboards to support the new Socket 2011 Intel processors.

 

 

Since we've already spent a good amount of time previewing some GIGABYTE X79 boards and others, we didn't want to focus too much on the boards themselves, but some of the features included. We will start off with the all new 3D Dual UEFI BIOS. 3D, you say? Yes - well probably not the kind of 3D you are thinking with movies and the need to pull out some fancy active shutter glasses.

 

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Check out the video for a full hands-on look at the BIOS.

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ASUS P9X79WS, X79 Workstation board is ready for a workout

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Nov 14, 2011 4:45 am

ASUS may have the amazingly sexy Republic of Gaming boards, but Workstation (WS) series boards are filled to the brim with great detail and are fit for mission-critical environments. The WS-branded boards are usually based on chipsets from Intel's client product lines rather than Enterprise lines. Intel's Sandy Bridge-E 1P platform will get a similar treatment with the P9X79WS.

 

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The board is based on an ATX form-factor, and uses the tpyical X79 layout. The socket LGA2011 is powered by a 10-phase Digi+ VRM, which is cooled by a heatsink that shares its heat with a VRM heatsink cluster over the memory VRM, and one over the X79 PCH.

 

ASUS' P9X79WS features eight DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting SB-E's quad-channel memory, and all PCI-Express slots are long-type, and the board supports 4-way NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFire X support. Storage-wise we have two SATA 6Gbps and four SATA 3Gbps from the PCH, two SATA 6Gbps from a discrete controller, and to my surprise, a lack of eSATA.

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US court verdict, rules that Twitter must open account of Icelandic MP to US authorities

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 14, 2011 3:24 am

On Thursday last week, a US judge ruled that Twitter must release the details of Icelandic MP and former WikiLeaks volunteer Birgitta Jonsdottir's Twitter account and those of two other Twitter users linked to WikiLeaks.

 

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Jonsdottir learned that in January of 2011, her Twitter account was being watched by the Justice Department because of her involvement last year with WikiLeaks' release of a view showing a US military helicopter shooting two Reuters reporters in Iraq. Jonsdottir believes the US authorities want to use her information to try and build a solid case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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AMD FM1 and FM2 packages are incompatible

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 14, 2011 2:30 am

Below, we have a picture of the AMD accelerated processing units in both FM1 and future FM2 packages, which the latter will be based on the next-generation Trinity APU. In the picture below, "Llano" FM1 APU is on the left, "Trinity" FM2 is on the right.

 

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Both packages are pretty much identical, with the difference between them a set of blanked pins in the sub-central portion of the pin array. The FM2 package sports 904 pins whilst the FM1 package has 1 more at 905 pins. One pin is blanked, whilst a pair of blanked pins are arranged further away from the central cutout.

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Leaked Sandy Bridge benchmarks, doesn't impress for gaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 14, 2011 1:26 am

Intel's new Sandy Bridge-E flagship processor, the Core i7 3960X has been thrown through a handful of benchmarks by Chinese website Inpai.com. The benchmarks put the i7 3960X head-to-head against the Sandy Bridge-based i7 2600K.

 

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Intel's Core i7 3960X will be the bees knees of the Sandy Bridge-E series, featuring 6-cores and 12 threads clocked at stock clocks of 3.6GHz and 3.9GHz when using Turbo Boost. The chip uses a maximum TDP of 130W, features 15MB L3 cache and launches on November 14.

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Weekend Roundup for November 12, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Nov 12, 2011 6:29 am

The latest happenings from around the web - November 12th, 2011

 

Motherboard

 

- GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD7 Motherboard @ Legit Reviews

- ASUS M5A97, M5A99X, and Crosshair V Motherboard Review Roundup @ PC Perspective

- ECS A75F-M2 Socket FM1 mATX Motherboard @ Futurelooks

- MSI 990FXA GD-80 Motherboard @ Overclockers Club

- ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Intel Z68 Motherboard @ ThinkComputers

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Skyrim, reviews are insanely good. Looks like a GOTY title is here, folks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 12, 2011 4:11 am

While we can get mixed up in the David vs Goliath battle that is Call of Duty vs Battlefield, we can forget another amazing open-world RPG launched from Bethesda. No, wait, no we can't. Skyrim has been getting its fair share of press too, and while it might be able to boast of nearly half a billion in first-day sales, it can boast with its near-perfect reviews.

 

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It looks like its gotten 90-percent or higher in every review, without me over-exaggerating. I'll let a few quotes from some reviews convince you:

 

Guardian:

 

The sheer size of the adventure, both in terms of its environment and in the amount of activities available to the player, is mind-blowing.

 

Giant Bomb:

 

It's one thing when a game offers dozens of hours of gameplay; it's quite another when that gameplay is good enough you'll want to live in its world for that long.

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Sony CEO says they building "a different kind of TV set," just like Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Nov 12, 2011 3:20 am

Everyone is waiting on Apple to "reinvent" the television set, but Sony CEO Howard Stringer has recently confirmed that Sony are stepping up to battle, too. Stringer recently said during a breakfast hosted by The Wall Street Journal, that:

 

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There's a tremendous amount of R&D going into a different kind of TV set. We can't continue selling TV sets [as we currently do]. Every TV set we all make loses money.

 

Stringer said that he has "no doubt" that Steve Jobs had intentions of designing a brand-new kind of television, but also stated that "it will take a long time to transition to a new form of television". Reports have floated around that Apple would use its Siri voice control engine on their yet-to-be-announced television set, where Stringer wasn't specific on how Sony would reimagine the television set.

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