Intel will soon introduce their next-generation CPU architecture, and now we know that 100-series motherboards from ASUS will support the upcoming Kaby Lake processors - while the impending release of the 200 series will support them from day one.
ASUS series100 motherboards can be updated with Kaby Lake support through a BIOS update, using either a USB drive in the UEFI, or within Windows. You can get the new BIOS update on the ASUS website.
Here's a list of the ASUS 100-series motherboards that will support Kaby Lake CPUs after the BIOS update:
Instant compatibility with next-generation Intel Core processors
All ASUS 100-series motherboards that include the ASUS USB BIOS Flashback feature allow users to apply UEFI BIOS updates with ease. For other ASUS 100-series motherboards the necessary UEFI BIOS update takes just one click in an easy-to-use Windows-based BIOS updater application, ASUS EZ Update, which is available to download from the ASUS website.
Users keen to take advantage of the power of the next generation of LGA1151 Intel Core processors should visit product support page via http://www.asus.com and download the relevant UEFI BIOS version today. The following ASUS 100-series motherboards can be updated for compatibility with the latest Intel CPUs:
A future BIOS update will further improve performance and functionality.
One of the biggest stories of the week was the tease of the PCIe 4.0 specification, which was said to deliver up to 300W over the PCIe port. It sounded impossible, but we thought the information was legit, considering it came from Tom's Hardware. The information wasn't accurate, with PCI-SIG coming out and confirming the real news: PCIe 4.0 won't deliver 300W over the PCIe 4.0 slot... damn.
The updated post on Tom's Hardware said: "Update, 8/24/16, 2:06pm PT:PCI-SIG reached out to tell us that the power increase for PCI Express 4.0 will come from secondary connectors and not from the slot directly. They confirmed that we were initially told incorrect information. We have redacted a short passage from our original article that stated what were originally told, which is that the slot would provide at least 300W, and added clarification:"
- PCIe 3.0 max power capabilities: 75W from CEM + 225W from supplemental power connectors = 300W total
- PCIe 4.0 max power capabilities: TBD
Update: It appears this post from WCCFTech has to be taken with a rather large grain of salt, as @null1ng on Twitter tweeted us, directing us to these images - showing that the photos used in the article aren't right. Ugh.
AMD's next-gen AM4 socket is still on its way, with a new look at a high-end AM4 motherboard from ASUS and their ROG brand. The ROG Crosshair VI Impact motherboard supports the AM4 socket, bringing support for the upcoming Summit Ridge and Bristol Ridge processors, which will be released later this year.
ASUS is set to add all of the features that AMD's next-gen processors will offer, with the Bristol Ridge-based range of APUs to hit the next few months, and the new Summit Ridge-based FX processors in Q4 2016 - both of which will be powered by AMD's new Zen architecture. What will the ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Impact motherboard bring to the table? Not only will the AM4 socket appear, but we will be able to use existing AM3+ coolers on the board, as well an external VRM PCB that connects to the motherboard.
The external VRM PCB includes an 8-phase Impact Power III design that sports top of the line components like the IR3553 PowIR Stage MOSFETs, MicroFine alloy chokes, 10K Japanese-made black metallic capacitors and other components that will ensure the best power delivery for stable operation and overclocking headroom. ASUS should also use the Impact Control III I/O panel that will offer easy-to-reach access to the start, reset, clear CMOS, and USB BIOS flashback switches.
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.