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Computex 2016 kicks off in just a few days time, with Intel reportedly preparing to unveil its next-gen 200 series chipset. Right now the Z170 chipset is the one responsible for running the current Skylake-based CPUs, including the flagship Core i7-6700K.
Intel is already poised to unveil the new Broadwell-E family, offering processors with up to 10 cores, and 20 threads. The flagship Broadwell-E offering will be the Core i7-6950X, which is expected to be quite the beast, and slot into some exciting new X99-based motherboards from the likes of GIGABYTE. The latest leak on Kaby Lake-S had Intel launching it in Q4 2016, but according to our industry sources, Intel will unveil the 200 series chipset at Computex.
When it comes to the Kaby Lake-S processors, they will arrive in dual- and quad-core designs with 35W/65W/95W parts. Intel's 7th generation platform will continue on with the LGA 1151 socket, with the new 200 series being made up of mostly the same innards of the 100 series, but it'll feature increased I/O performance. This is because Intel will push their exciting new 3D XPoint memory architecture, so we should see the Kaby Lake-S products featuring up to 24 PCIe 3.0 lanes, which is an increase from the 20 lanes availabel on the 100 series chipset. The 200 series chipset should also feature 6 x SATA 6Gbps ports, and 10 x USB 3.0 ports.
With Computex 2016 a little over a week away, GIGABYTE is getting out and ahead of the competitors with a much bigger tease of its beautiful new X99 motherboards, with its new X99 motherboards that will be compatible with Intel's next-gen Broadwell-E processors.
GIGABYTE X99 Designare EX, X99 Ultra Gaming and X99 SLI Phoenix motherboards will have various features and abilities - with the biggest feature of them all being that they'll work with the upcoming Broadwell-E processors from Intel. We'll also have updated I/O connectivity, with the X99 Designare EX motherboard taking the new flagship X99 motherboard spot.
GIGABYTE's new X99 Designare EX motherboard is a larger E-ATX form factor, with 8+1 phase PWM power, that will help power the Broadwell-E processor and its socket through a required 8-pin power connector. There are 8 x DDR4 DIMMs, with the entire motherboard being covered with a large heat sink that will keep those temps low during those all-night gaming or benchmarking/overclocking sessions. GIGABYTE has adopted an awesome-looking blue/white theme on the X99 Designare EX motherboard, with some RGB LEDs and a new feature called Ambient Surround LED that will let users customize colors on specific parts of the motherboard.
BIOSTAR has just announced its new, plainly named J3160MD motherboard, which features a built-in Intel Celeron J3160 quad-core processor. The Celeron J3160 is a Braswell-based refresh SoC processor, with 1.6GHz default clocks on its cores, with Turbo up to 2.24GHz.
The new BIOSTAR J3160MD motherboard includes the 14nm Braswell Refresh SoC, improved HD graphics and native support for DDR3L-1600 RAM. There's DVI, and USB 3.0 connectivity on the back, ensuring you won't have any issues hooking your devices and monitor up to this motherboard. Of course, you can opt for a discrete GPU, and then you can have DisplayPort or HDMI connectivity if you need it.
ASUS has just unveiled its new X99 motherboards that are ready for the next-gen Intel Core i7 processors, as well as the new ROG-based Strix motherboards.
The new boards include the Signature X99-Deluxe II, X99-A II, and X99-E while the ROG Strix X99 motherboard is the latest to join the ROG motherboard roster. The new boards from ASUS include ASUS Aura, which is onboard RGB lighting and a 4-pin LED strip header to provide users with beautiful illumination effects. There's also ASUS SafeSlot, which is a strengthened PCIe slot that uses a "new insert-molding process to bind the slot to fortifying metal for superior 1.6x retention and 1.8x shearing resistance".
It wouldn't be a high-end ASUS motherboard without dual U.2 and M.2 slots that use the 32Gbps of available bandwidth over the PCIe bus, as well as 3x3 802.11ac Wi-Fi and USB 3.1 Type-A and reversible Type-C connectivity. The X99-Deluxe II motherboard uses ASUS ThunderboltEX 3 technology, which provides speeds of up to 40Gbps for those who don't want to be bottlenecked, ever.
Computex 2016 is going to be the biggest yet, with NVIDIA unveiling its next-gen GeForce GTX 1080 last week, and will have its partners teasing various custom GTX 1080 models at the show. Well, ASRock is now teasing their new motherboards, too.
ASRock will be displaying their first X99-based "all-rounder of the Taichi series motherboards" at the show, which they said in the description of their YouTube video will "make its debut at Computex 2016!". Check out the teaser video above.
Broadwell-E's release is just around the corner, or so we'd like to think. And in preparation for the day that they release, ASRock has issued out new BIOSs for their entire line of X99 motherbaords so you can upgrade without issue when they do hit the streets.
The new BIOS files add support for the entire line of consumer Broadwell-E chips, from the impressive, deca-core, 6950X, the 6900K, 6850K and the 6800K. There's no need to buy a new motherboard, so while they aren't quite out in the wild just yet, you can at least rest assured that your motherboard is good to go. Just head on over to here to find your specific board to download the new BIOS. Happy updating!
Released in an ATX form-factor format and carrying support for AMD AM3+ processors, GIGABYTE's new 990X-Gaming SLI motherboard is said to be a direct continuation of its AMD 970 motherboard releases, as reported by techPowerUp recently.
Designed to be built with an AMD FX-8370 processor, this new product features support for up to 32GB of dual-channel DDR3 RAM running at 2400MHz speeds, further packing in two PCI-E x16 slots, PCI-Express 2.0 x1 and legacy PCI options. Other ports include two USB 3.1 Type-A, four USB 3.0 ports, an Intel-powered I-218C gigabit Ethernet connection and 10-channel audio thanks to a 115 dbA SNR CODEC. Wrapping up the feature list are storage offerings including a single 20 Gb/s M.2 port and six SATA 6 Gb/s ports.
With this board set for release soon, reports say that it should hit the shelves at around $100.
Sporting support for DDR4 and its paired 'boost technology', MSI has announced its new mATX B150M Gaming Pro motherboard, coming packed with an MSI DS B1 Gaming mouse for free as part of the package - described in a recent press release as a "great and nimble" peripheral.
DDR4 Boost is described by MSI as "fully isolating the memory circuitry from other components" which helps ensure "the purest possible memory signal for maximum performance and stability." Further packed with an LED illuminated LAN connector that comes with 15KV anti-surge protection, this new product also contains an isolated audio PCB for better quality sound.
MSI has not yet announced a release date or pricing.
BIOSTAR has gone completely LED crazy, introducing its VIVID LED DJ technology on multiple RACING series motherboards, including customization and personalization features to allow for maximum control.
BIOSTAR's VIVID LED DJ technology will help users synchronise their case color schemes with RGB onboard motherboard lighting, helping create a uniform lighting experience. Used in unison with BIOSTAR's 5050 LED Fun product, simply plug the strips into your motherboard and control everything through the VIVID software, creating a central place for all users to have maximum control over their color schemes.
This new LED technology is now available across a slew of BIOSTAR motherboard releases, including those from the Z170, B150 and H170 families. If you're interested, these products can be bought through Newegg.
Intel's unreleased Broadwell-EP powered Xeon processor has hit eBay, with the Xeon E5-2600 v4 processor being an 18-core part (36 threads thanks to Hyper-Threading) and priced at a pretty damn decent $999.
The new Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 works on existing X99-based motherboards, with a base clock of 2.2GHz, and Turbo frequency of 3GHz. The new Xeon CPU is based on Intel's 14nm process, with a big note that this particular CPU is an engineering sample with the 'A0' stepping which means it's an early sample.
It features 2.5MB of L3 cache per core, with 45MB LLC cache in total. The Xeon E5-2600 v4 comes with a 145W TDP. Now, this super-awesome 18-core Xeon E5-2600 v4 works with the Supermicro X10SR series with the BIOS R 2.0, while the X10DR series works with the BIOS R 2.0 release.
ASUS motherboards will include the X99 series with the BIOS 2101, Sabertooth X99 with BIOS 2101 and the Z10PE series with BIOS 3101. GIGABYTE motherboard support includes their GA-X99 series, as long as they're rocking BIOS F20.