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During each of the past five Computex I have attended, GIGABYTE has always had a private suite in Taipei 101 to showcase their prime products. Admittance to this suite is by invitation only, and there was just so much to show I have decided to dedicate an entire article to coverage.
The X99-Designare EX is GIGABYTE's top-of-the-line mainstream model. Moving away from the traditional "Ultra Durable" naming scheme and trying some new words, the X99-Designare EX is one of the first GIGABYTE motherboards you will be able to purchase under this new model name. The motherboard fully supports the 6950X Broadwell-E 10 core CPU, and I used it in our review of the new CPU. The motherboard uses a PEX8747 to expand CPU PCI-E 3.0 lanes to support dual U.2 ports, M.2, and a slew of PCI-E lanes. The board also has dual Intel Gbit LAN and build in Wireless AC/BT. GIGABYTE also make sure to include those RGB LEDs for enthusiasts who might want some extra
Computex 2016 - Colorful showed off a very interesting motherboard at its booth in Taipei: a B150 chipset motherboard with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU built into the PCB.
Alongside its new iGame GeForce GTX 1080 video card, Colorful showed off a surprise reveal at its Computex booth: a custom B150 chipset motherboard that features an onboard GeForce GTX 1070 GPU. It looks like Colorful is making a console-smashing, ultra-performance mini-PC that's capable of VR support. This PCB fits neatly with Colorful's new partnership with Chinese ISP Shunwang Technology to provide VR-ready solutions to Chinese internet cafes. I think this new PCB would power a compact, high-performance VR-ready mini-PC for internet cafes as well as consumer living rooms.
The motherboard is custom and doesn't confirm to any ATX configurations. Colorful's custom motherboard slots up to an Intel Skylake i7-6700 in the LGA 1151 socket, with two SO-DIMM lanes that support up to 2133MHz DDR4 RAM. There's also two PCI expansion slots for SSDs or Wi-Fi chips.
Computex 2016 - MSI's new alabaster Z170A MPower Gaming Titanium motherboard made an appearance in Taipei, showing off metallic PCI-E slots and reinforced DIMM lanes along with a stylish chrome-and-white PCB.
MSI's Z170A MPower Gaming Titanium motherboard is a small step below from MSI's premium Z170A XPower Titanium model, but retains many of the same features and color scheme. The MPower Titanium is the second socket LGA 1151 motherboard in MSI's Gaming Titanium series, and fits Intel's 6th Gen Skylake CPUs up to the Intel i7-6700K.
Like its bigger brother, the Z170A MPower Titanium Gaming board's metallic flair serves a key purpose: the motherboard's PCI-E x16 slots are reinforced with metal to eliminate bending from the heaviest of video cards. The motherboard's DDR4 RAM-supported DIMM lanes are also braced with metal.
Computex 2016 - Biostar reveals new Z170 Standard ATX and B150 Micro-ATX motherboards in its performance Racing lineup.
Biostar's new Racing Z170GT8 motherboard sports an LGA1151 socket for Intel's Z170 Skylake processors with support for up to 4x DDR4 3200MHz RAM modules. Video slots include 2x HDMI, a DVI-D, and a VGA port--no DisplayPort options seem present. Expansion slots include 4x PCI-E x16 3.0 slots, 3x PCI-E x1 3.0, a single M.2 slot capped at 32gb/s, and a U.2 slot capped at a similar 32Gb/s. As for peripheral slots and storage, the Z170GT8 rocks 7 USB 3.0 slots, a single USB Type-C port, 4x USB 2.0 ports, and 3x SATA Express at 16Gb/s. The board also supports Vivid LED DJ lighting options.
Biostar's Micro-ATX motherboard, the Racing B150GT3, is built on the B150 chipset with 4x DIMM lanes that support up to DDR4-2133 RAM. Expansion slots include 2x PCI-E x16 3.0, 2X PCI-E x1 3.0, and a single M.2 32GB/s slot for 3D NAND SSDs. A single DVI-D and HDMI port offer limited video output, and users have 6x SATA3 ports for storage. USB slots include 6x USB 3.0 and 6x USB 2.0 ports for peripherals. Like its bigger Z170 brother, the Racing B150GT3 supports LED color effects.
Computex 2016 - ASUS' new Rampage V Edition 10 board is no slouch as far as high-end features go, but its X99-E 10G WS takes it even further.
Apart from supporting 4-way SLI, CrossfireX, and up to 128GB ECC UDIMM/RDIMM and non-ECC UDIMM, it boasts a dual 10G Intel NIC (2*X550-AT2), and a very fast 10GB/s for USB 3.1 as well as single 32Gbit/s for the M.2 x4 and U.2 drives. Processor-wise, you'll need a Core i&/Xeon E5-2600/1600 v4/v3.
Pricing and availability details and yet to come.
Computex 2016 - ASUS is coming at us with a new motherboard: the Rampage V Edition 10.
Designed for Broadwell-E and Haswell-E CPUs and the X99 chipset, this one supports U.2 and M.2 drives, quad-channel DDR4 3333 (OC) RAM, quad GPU setups, and includes a whopping 10 SATA 6.0 GB/s ports. The design, meanwhile, is a straightforward black and grey scheme -- perfect if you're the minimalist type.
No price has yet been announced, but it's safe to say the Rampage V Edition 10 will be set you back a pretty penny. More as it comes.
Computex 2016 - Asrock's first new board revealed today is a little modest, offering strong features at a mid-range price. The Fatal1ty X99 Pro Gaming 17 board, though, aims to offer more for a higher price, particularly if you're a streamer.
Like its cousin the X99 Taichi, the Fatal1ty features a 12 phase power design, support for dual ultra M.2, dual USB 3.1, dual band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and a water pump header. What makes it stand apart is the included XSplit 3-month license and Creative SoundBlaster Cinema3 Audio card, both of which are great for streaming Overwatch or whatever else you might fancy.
Computex 2016 - The Asrock presentation at Computex has just started, and from it we already have a look at the first piece of new hardware to come: the X99 Taichi.
Described as an "all-rounder", the X99 features 12 phase power design, three PCI-E steel slots, support for dual ultra M.2, dual USB 3.1, dual band 802.11ac Wi-Fi (lots of dual action), and a water pump header, to name the highlights.
The design, meanwhile, is black and white and heavily stylized, almost resembling a laptop and custom desktop case in ways.
Computex 2016 - During our first day at Computex, we've spotted some seriously cool hardware, but one of our world exclusives is that Intel will be releasing their next-gen Skylake-E processors onto a new motherboard, with more pins than ever before.
Right now the HEDT processors slot into an LGA 2011 motherboard, but the next-gen chips will be slotting into LGA 3647 socket. This is an interesting tidbit, as it means there'll be new motherboards next year when Skylake-E launches, with 1636 more pins. The socket itself is absolutely huge, especially when compared to the already large LGA 2011 socket, and positively massive compared to the current LGA 1151 in the mainstream market.
Computex 2016 - Last week we reported Intel was likely to unveil its 200-series chipset at Computex and while that hasn't happened yet, we have a tease from MSI. The motherboard manufacturer was seen showing off what it calls the Z2T0 Anniversary board (speculated to be a typo for Z270 Anniversary), which is believed to be a socket LGA1151 motherboard based on Intel's new technology.
The heat sink design and PCB markings are not finalized, but already the board is described by TechPowerUp as "pretty loaded with features that rival the current Z170A-Gaming M7."
Selling points for the 200-series include increased I/O performance and added PCIe 3.0 lanes, among other features.