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MSI prepares mid-range X299 GAMING PRO

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 5 days, 1 hour ago

As we are sliding into the hectic fun that is Computex 2017, MSI is teasing its mid-range X299 GAMING PRO motherboard.

 

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This new motherboard features support for the X299 chipset, providing quad-channel DDR4 support, with MSI reinforcing the memory slots on each side of the CPU socket. MSI calls its socket 'Turbo Socket', but we don't know if that's MSI or Intel's choice.

 

There's an 8-pin connector that is joined by a 4-pin connector, which will have MSI pushing their upcoming X299 GAMING PRO motherboard for overclocking. We should expect MSI to unveil this board during Computex, which takes place between May 30 and June 3.

MSI's next-gen X99 GODLIKE GAMING motherboard spotted

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 6 days, 22 hours ago

MSI is teasing its next-gen X299 GODLIKE GAMING motherboard ahead of what should hopefully be their full unveiling at Computex 2017 in a couple of weeks.

 

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The X299 GODLIKE GAMING motherboard has four beautiful reinforced PCIe slots, three shielded M.2 slots, three ethernet connectors, USB 3.1, and two Wi-Fi antennas.

 

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MSI's GODLIKE motherboards are their flagship series, so we should expect everything including the kitchen sink on the upcoming MSI X299 GODLIKE GAMING board.

MSI teases its next-gen X299 motherboard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

MSI has started teasing its next-gen motherboard based on Intel's upcoming X299 platform, and man does it look slick AF. MSI's upcoming X299 motherboard has a bunch of beautiful RGB LEDs running under the hood, with three M.2 slots on the motherboard and plenty of x16 ports for 4-way SLI/CF systems.

 

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It will be using the upcoming LGA 2066 socket, and MSI's own Audio Boost VI technology - and MSI will reportedly be using a 6-pin PCIe power connector above the first PCIe x16 slot, something that you'll need when running multi-GPU configurations. MSI will be making this X299 board their showcase motherboard for high-end/enthusiast systems, and I can't wait to build a new PC around it. Oh yeah.

 

Intel will reportedly be launching 12C/24T processors based on the upcoming Kaby Lake X architecture, a knee jerk reaction to the multi-threaded war that AMD is waging with Intel and its Ryzen processors. These new high-end CPUs are being dropped two months early, with Intel seemingly scared out of their pants over Ryzen.

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MSI bundles super-fast Optane M.2 with motherboards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Apr 26, 2017 2:00 am

MSI has just unleashed 3 new motherboard bundles that include Intel's new Optane Memory pre-installed into the M.2 slot on the board, with the new bundles dubbed 'Opt Boost' variants of MSI's boards.

 

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MSI will be launching the Z270 Tomahawk Opt Boost, which will feature support for high-speed DDR4, USB 3.1 ports, and dual M.2 slots - with MSI using a 16GB Optane drive in the second M.2 slot on the board.

 

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The second board is the B250M Bazooka, a micro-ATX motherboard on the mid-range B250 chipset, meaning it will not have overclocking support, with its single M.2 slot used up by the Optane drive.

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BIOSTAR reveals world first mini-ITX for AMD Ryzen CPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Apr 20, 2017 7:04 am

We've all been waiting for mini-ITX motherboards ready for AMD's new Ryzen CPUs, and here we are: BIOSTAR has finally announced the world's first mini-ITX motherboards for AMD's new AM4 platform.

 

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BIOSTAR has announced the BIOSTAR RACING X370GTN and RACING B350GTN mini-ITX motherboards, both falling into the RACING Series family, with both of the AM4-capable boards featuring BIOSTAR's second-gen RACING features like 5050 LED Fun Zones with dual 5050 LED headers for DIY customization, and their exclusive VIVID LED DJ with full RGB LED control.

 

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BIOSTAR's new mITX motherboards are perfect for your monster-fast Ryzen gaming PC, especially if you throw in a Ryzen 5 1600X (6C/12T) or the Ryzen 7 1800X (8C/16T). Better yet, the new motherboards are pretty cheap, at $129 for the higher-end RACING X370GTN, while it's just $109 for the upcoming RACING B350GTN.

AMD's huge update for motherboard partners coming soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Apr 1, 2017 4:15 am

AMD is already offering performance improvements on its new Ryzen 7 1800X processor for games like Ashes of the Singularity and DOTA 2 - but there are some big surprises coming soon with a new AMD Generic Encapsulated Software Architecture (AGESA) point release 1.0.0.4 to motherboard partners.

 

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The new AGESA-powered BIOS pushed out in April will offer some great improvements, including:

 

  • We have reduced DRAM latency by approximately 6ns. This can result in higher performance for latency-sensitive applications.
  • We resolved a condition where an unusual FMA3 code sequence could cause a system hang.
  • We resolved the "overclock sleep bug" where an incorrect CPU frequency could be reported after resuming from S3 sleep.
  • AMD Ryzen Master no longer requires the High-Precision Event Timer (HPET).

 

Better yet, that super cool guy Robert Hallock from AMD teased that this is just the beginning of Ryzen improvements - as there'll be an update in May that will push for better overclocking of DDR4 RAM on Ryzen motherboards.

GIGABYTE's new Z270X-Designare looks absolutely AMAZING

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 27, 2017 1:35 am

GIGABYTE has been owning with its new AORUS push, and now we have the upcoming Z270X-Designare motherboard, and a slick silver/black/blue look which has me salivating all over my keyboard.

 

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The new Z270-powered Designare motherboard has been fully validated and optimized for NVIDIA's high-end Quadro workstation and high-end graphics cards, so if you're looking for performance without limits - GIGABYTE's new Z270X-Designare motherboard is what you should be looking at.

 

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VP of GIGABYTE's Motherboard Business Unit, Henry Kao, explains: "Content creators need a high-performance platform that can keep up with the inventive minds as they craft their masterpieces".

First mITX motherboard for AMD Ryzen has been revealed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 26, 2017 1:20 am

AMD launched its new Ryzen 7 family of CPUs, and while there were a bunch of different AM4 ready motherboards released, there weren't any mITX boards for super-small, yet super-powerful Ryzen-based gaming PCs.

 

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That will end with Biostar's upcoming X370GTN, a new mITX motherboard based on the X370 chipset. Biostar has included everything you'll want and need on the X370GTN, with PCIe 3.0 x16, an M.2 slot, USB 3.1, and more. Here's what I/O you've got on the board:

 

  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Header
  • 1 x USB 2.0 Header
  • 1 x Front Audio Header
  • 1 x Front Panel Header
  • 1 x CPU Fan Header
  • 1 x System Fan Header
  • 2 x 5050 LED Header

 

And on the back, the Biostar X370GTN has:

 

  • 1 x PS/2
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C Port
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Port
  • 4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Port
  • 1 x HDMI Connector, resolution up to 4096 x 2160 @24Hz or 3840 x 2160 @30Hz
  • 1 x DVI-D Connector, resolution up to 1920 x 1200 @60Hz
  • 1 x RJ-45 Port
  • 5 x Audio Connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out Port

 

Biostar should release the new X370GTN motherboard in the coming weeks, but we don't know what price just yet.

ASUS reveals Z270-based Maximus IX Extreme motherboard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 10, 2017 8:31 am

ASUS has just revealed its new high-end monster motherboard, the ASUS ROG Maximus IX Extreme, which is their "seriously powerful new Z270 gaming motherboard that's expertly tooled to be totally cooled, with an integrated monoblock for water-cooled performance right out of the box" - awesome, right?!

 

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The new ROG Maximus IX Extreme is based on the Kaby Lake compatible Z270 chipset, ready for the latest Core i7-7700K processor - and of course, ASUS' awesome Aura Sync technology. There's built-in support for insanely fast DDR4 4133MHz RAM, the latest SupremeFX S1220 codec with 113dB SNR, and so much more.

 

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We have dual M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 slots, a USB 3.1 front panel connector, the latest 802.11ac with MU-MIMO and 40Gbps speeds through Thunderbolt 3.

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ASUS goes all-in with RGB LEDs and Aura Sync

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 5, 2017 10:59 am

We all know that fully decked out gaming PCs with RGB LEDs are all the rage right now - ASUS has a big following as it is with its hugely popular lineup of motherboards, graphics cards, and more - now has Aura Sync.

 

 

ASUS Aura Sync can take control of all of your Aura-enabled ASUS products, so if you have the new ROG Maximus IX Formula alongside the new ROG STRIX-GTX1080-A8G-GAMING graphics card - and RGB LED strips, Aura Sync handles it in one easy spot.

 

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There are 9 control schemes to play around with, so if you want it plain you can set it to 'Static' which is always-on with RGB LEDs - but there are plenty of modes for a fully custom look if you've got a full arsenal of Aura-ready ASUS products. If you're a music fan but love the style of ASUS hardware and peripherals, you can set Aura Sync to 'Music effect' where the RGB LEDs will pulse to the beat of your tunes.

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