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?!
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.
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.
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.
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.
AMD is days away from the huge launch of its next-gen Ryzen processors, but there is another big event happening simultaneously - motherboard makers are preparing their new Ryzen capable motherboards - and they look amazing.
As you can see, ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, GIGABYTE, and MSI all have motherboards ready for Ryzen - with a slew of boards that start with flagship motherboards, mid-range boards, down to the lower-end variety if you don't want to spend $150-$200+ on a new Ryzen motherboard.
What will the different chipsets offer? The enthusiast X370 chipset is where you'll want to be, as it provides everything - USB 3.1 Gen 2 support, overclocking, and CF/SLI support.
But the mainstream B360 chipset is just as good if you're not going to multi-GPU setups, while the A320 chipset is a great mid-range chipset that still has native USB 3.1 support, but no overclocking capabilities or multi-GPU goodness.
AMD's range of Ryzen processors ranges from the high-end/enthusiast 8C/16 threaded CPUs like the Ryzen 7 1800X, but it also goes down to 6C/12T options, as well as 4C/8T options - all compatible with DDR4 RAM.
ASRock looks like its ready to impress AMD Ryzen CPU owners with their upcoming motherboards, led by the flagship ASRock X370 Killer SLI/ac motherboard.
The new ASRock X370 Killer SLI/ac motherboard has two reinforced PCIe 3.0 x16 slots that are ready for SLI and CrossFire setups, but it also features 2 x M.2 slots for super-fast storage solutions. It will also rock 802.11ac wireless connectivity, with a very slick black and white color scheme.
Next up, we have the ASRock AB350 Gaming K4 which also features 2 x M.2 slots - showing us that ASRock is serious about providing high-end features on cheaper motherboards. This board is a mid-range board with the B350 chipset, but it also has 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots - but no SLI/CF support.
Can you believe we are so close to one of the most important launches from AMD in over half a decade with their next-gen Ryzen CPUs? As we get closer, we're learning more and more about them, and now we're getting some full frontal shots and details on the motherboards from ASUS and GIGABYTE.
Starting with GIGABYTE, we have their upcoming AORUS AX370-Gaming 5 board - which looks slick as hell with its black, silver and orange theme. Both boards are based on the X370 chipset, ready for any Ryzen CPU you throw at it - right up to the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X processor.
ASUS will have its Crosshair VI Hero motherboard, as well as the Prime X370-PRO, which doesn't look as flash as GIGABYTE's offering - but it does feature their Aura Sync technology for some LED goodness.
We should expect some very competitive pricing on the new boards, easily under $200 - a fact that will have lots of gamers and PC users diving onto the new Ryzen CPUs on motherboard savings from the expensive world of Intel.
AMD is so, so very close to the unveiling of its next-gen Ryzen CPUs and now we're finally hearing about what I've personally said is the most important part of Ryzen's success: motherboard prices.
ASUS will have 4 motherboards ready for Ryzen processors on February 24, with the ASUS Prime B350M-A priced at $69, the Prime B350-PLUS at $89, the Prime X370-PRO at $149, and finally, the higher-end Crosshair VI Hero priced at just $209.
Doubled with the fact that you can pick up a 6C/12T Ryzen 5 1600X for $259, or the higher-end 8C/16T Ryzen 7 1700X for $389... these motherboard prices are great. It's going to open up a world of enthusiast gaming for people who don't have the money to sink into an expensive X99-based platform from Intel for the 10C/20T processors.
AMD is preparing the launch of its next-gen Ryzen CPU family, which will reportedly be led by the R7 1800X processor offering 8C/16T of CPU performance at 4GHz. ASRock will be an important motherboard partner for AMD, and now we have a tease of some of their higher-end X370 motherboards.
During a sponsored event in Croatia for DOTA 2, ASRock showed off their new Ryzen-capable motherboards. The boards are still production boards, but we get a better look at the first ASRock enthusiast-aimed X370 motherboards, ready for AMD's new Ryzen processors.
So, you have a Z170 motherboard, and Intel Kaby Lake is the CPU you want? OK, first of all, you must know that even though Kaby Lake is compatible with Intel's Z170 Skylake chipset, the CPU is designed for Intel's Z270 Kaby Lake chipset to use its new features.
As an overclocker, tester, and reviewer, I always move to the latest chipset if I decide to upgrade my CPU, and of course not an H/B or something chipset, I go to the root chipset - that means Z170/Z270. But, if you still want to stay on Z170, here's a comparison of the two designs and a must-do List to make your shiny new Kaby Lake CPU work on it.
Intel Z170 Chipset
It's clear you have more things on Z270 - 2x M.2 SSD, more USB, more SATA ports, etc.
Intel Z270 Chipset
A lot of people kept their Z170 board, sold their Intel Skylake CPU, and bought the new Kaby Lake CPU. Then all you have to do is install the new CPU and be done with it, right? Well, sorry to say it, but no. Infinite loop? Starts and turns off? Error codes? So, should I RMA? No. You should have upgraded your BIOS/UEFI first using your Skylake CPU as most motherboard manufacturers support Intel Kaby Lake on their latest BIOS released early in January. So, most of you I know, you didn't upgrade it. But, there's nothing wrong, I will help you with this.
CES 2017 - MSI had some new Ryzen-capable motherboards on display at CES, with two boards to check out: the B350 Tomahawk, and the higher-end X370 XPower Gaming Titanium.
First up, the MSI B360 Tomahawk - with a slick military style theme, 4 x DDR4 slots (dual-channel support), 8 x USB 3.1 and 6 x USB 2.0 ports. There's also Turbo M.2 support, offering 32Gbps of bandwidth for those high-end storage needs.
But for me, it's the upcoming X370 XPower Gaming Titanium that caught my eye. We have a bunch of connectivity, with 2 x M.2 slots, 2-way NVIDIA SLI support and 3-way AMD CrossFire support with its 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots.
I've been excited for AMD's next-gen Zen CPU architecture since day one, and that excitement has built up over the last 12 months into the official Ryzen CPU architecture AMD teased earlier this month.
Ryzen will rock up to 16 threads of CPU performance with an 8-core processor starting at 3.4GHz, and performance in the levels of the Core i7-6800K and 6900K from Intel. Now we're hearing that motherboard makers have been "rather aggressive about placing orders" for Ryzen-capable motherboards, as they "believe demand for the new platform will increase AMD's share in the worldwide desktop processor market in the second quarter of 2017", reports DigitTimes.
Better yet, we're getting an idea of how far along the Ryzen CPU and compatible motherboards are, with DigiTimes' report continuing: "The sources pointed out that they have started receiving high-end X370, mainstream B350 and entry-level A320 chipsets from AMD and are now in the final stage of finishing related testing and motherboard designing".
AMD is expected to launch its 8-core/16-thread Ryzen CPU in the final weeks of February, or early March. AMD should fully unveil Ryzen at CES 2017 next week, as well what I'm hoping will be a better look at Vega.