ASRock has now surpassed ECS and MSI in motherboard shipments for 2010. Impressive. ASRock shipped eight million retail motherboards last year and are set to become quite the thread in the high-end market.
ECS and MSI each shipped roughly seven million retail motherboards last year, but with large OEM orders either company would suffer from losing their market position to ASRock. ASRock still has quite the hill to climb to catch up to Gigabyte and Asus with 18 million and 21.6 million boards sold last year respectively.
Earlier on today ASRock and Fatal1ty held a joint launch event in Taipei at the at Y17 Taipei Youth Center to officially launch their relationship as well as the P67 Professional gaming motherboard to local press.
We already went over in detail about Fatal1ty's P67 motherboard in an exclusive interview with the man himself back in early December last year. You can watch that here to refresh your memory if it needs, err refreshing.
After some presentations by ASRock, Intel and others as well as a highlight of some of the top features of Fatal1ty's P67 motherboard by Johnathan himself, we got down to the business end of the show. The business we are talking about here is of course gaming. ASRock gathered together four top Taiwanese gamers (I think they were from what I gathered) and put them up against Fatal1ty playing Counter-Strike 1.6.
If I recall, most gamers only managed to get one kill against Fatal1ty and it was first to five kills. I am sure if I got the chance to get up there on stage, I would have easily got to five kills before Fatal1ty.......... right? Well, we'll never know. Hah!
CES 2011, Las Vegas - As you would have seen earlier on today, we posted our review of the Sapphire Pure Black X58 motherboard. That NDA came off on that one today.
We first saw and heard about it at the Sapphire suite last week in Las Vegas, but what Sapphire was also showing off was their almost completed Intel P67 motherboard. Sapphire getting into the motherboard business seriously is a pretty big surprise, but what's more surprising is that they are doing it with Intel chipset boards. For a company has always worked so closely with AMD on its video card business, it's big news.
In the video above you get a look at the upcoming P67 motherboard that should go on sale next month as well as the X58, a cool looking vertical case mod that was done up by a Texan modder for Sapphire at CES and some other things that Sapphire were showing off at the show.
Intel has been quite busy this month with the launch of the LGA1155 socket - but this has not slowed down news floating around the web of the LGA1366-successor, LGA2011.
Zol.com.cn has been a source of some blurred out MSI motherboard shots, of which they claim the new chipset to be called X68 (although there are rumors of an X78 chipset too).
CES 2011, Las Vegas - January 7, 2011 Asus shows off their commitment to all levels of the computer market. In a room at the Venetian Hotel and Casino I had the chance to talk with JJ Guerrero about some of Asus' new products and in particular where they are going with their new Sandy Bridge boards (the H67 and P67).
CES 2011, Las Vegas - It's funny the things you find when taking a minute out of your busy CES schedule to admire some of the fantastic views that Las Vegas has to offer.
During our visit to the MSI suite at the lovely Aria hotel today, we spotted an upcoming MSI motherboard called the Big Bang Conqueror just sitting around which we believe is based around the AMD 990FX chipset. This chipset will support future AM3+ processors from AMD and it will be AMD's top dog for overclockers and gamers.
While we didn't get too many details on the chipset itself, from looking at the board itself we could make quite a few assumptions. The first and third blue PCI-E graphics slots will operate at 16 lanes for full speed AMD Crossfire support and the memory setup uses a standard dual-channel DDR3 configuration. As far as the MSI specific details go, we see the addition of the new Military Class II, OC Genie, SATA 6G, USB 3.0 and more.
Watch the video above here to get a real close look at it.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - January 6, 2011 MSI held their Master Overclocking Arena event for the 2011 year. Held at the Pole Position raceway the event was military themed to match MSI's "Military Grade" component that they put on their motherboards. The competition was setup for teams to compete instead of the more traditional single last-man-standing style event that others use. MSI also live streamed the event.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - I haven't reviewed a motherboard in several years but I use them daily and build new systems every couple weeks. In 2010 I praised Gigabyte quite a bit for their USB 3.0 work and even used their X58A-UD7 for most of the year for testing storage products on. While running through the CES show floor today the new G1 Killer caught my eye and I had to stop to take a peek.
Here we see the new G1 Killer next to the new P67A-UD7. The G1 is a serious motherboard that will require a new case for most users. Gigabyte told me that only 12 cases on the market will work with the new G1 but many more are on the way.
The P67A-UD7 is no slouch either and it's ten USB 3.0 ports are certainly worthy of high praise. Gigabyte was able to reach this high number by using two NEC USB 3.0 chips and a pair of VIA hubs. The USB 3.0 bandwidth is shared at that point but how many USB 3.0 devices do you plan on running this year? The fun really starts though when you think about the power delivery system since all ten USB 3.0 ports are capable of charging power hungry devices like Apple's Ipad.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Earlier on yesterday during the madness that is CES our first meeting was with Bill from Sapphire.
Bill is usually the guy to tell us about their latest and great graphics card, but as you might know, Sapphire is and has been in the process of expanding its line-up of products to cover more than just its core business of VGA.
Our first product look from their suite was their newly released PURE APU Mini-ITX motherboard. For the size of the motherboard, it comes packed with a large amount of features including three display outputs, USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth and more. Within the same video above, we also get a look at Sapphire Xtend TV which allows you to easily stream free-to-air TV from your home to wherever you are. Bill was streaming UK TV from his home without any issues at all in the demo we saw.
More coming up from Sapphire in just a bit! Just to end this, Sapphire is working on some real exciting stuff, but during our meeting we hit pen to paper and now our mouths need to be sealed for just a bit longer.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - January 5th 2011, GIGABYTE gives a sneak peak at a new overclocking board. During the launch of the G1-Killer line of motherboards Tim Handly gave the audience a glimpse of a new board built just for overclocking. The new and unnamed board has been designed by Hi Cookie himself. Tim teased the crowd with very few (almost none) details and a 5 second look at the board ona slide.
ccording to what we have been able to tell the board has been stripped of everything you do not need to overclock. The removal of these "useless" peripherals you have a very simplified trace layout, power managemet scheme and you can tune for performance much easier than a board that is loaded up (even one that alows you to diable those items). Tim also noted that this baord is being designed by Hi Cookie himself so you know it is going to be good.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - January 5th 2011 GIGABYTE launched thier new series of gaming motherboards; the G1-Killer series. In what was setup to look like a paramilitary rally GIGABYTE launched three new motherboards designed for gaming. These new boards are aimed straight at the gamer with many features that will appeal to even the most deamanding of customers. These boards are part of GIGABYTE's war on gaming. Each is deisgned like the perfect soldier. GIGABYTE calls these parts Super Sight, Super Speed, Super Hearing and Super Shield.
Remember when Sapphire nabbed the team from EVGA? Well, the results are below. Sapphire are now showing off their AMD Brazos based board with glee.
It may look small, but we all know that great things come in small packages. The board includes an Ontario CPU (which should be clocked at 1.6GHz), two SO-DIMM slots and a full PCIe 16x slot which allows some high end gaming to be had on this pint-sized board.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Most people want big and powerful hardware when they are building up a gaming or enthusiast system with big cases and lots of room for components. When it comes to building up an HTPC for the living room the opposite is true, most of us want small and compact gear that won't take up much room. Gigabyte has unveiled a new mini-ITX mainboard at CES this week that is aimed directly at HTPC fans.
The board is called the GA-E350N-USB3 and it is the first SFF HTPC mainboard from Gigabyte to use AMD Fusion technology inside. The board supports DirectX 11, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, SATA 6Gbps ports and has HDMI output. The board also has special 3x power USB ports for charging devices like the iPad faster than a normal USB port can.
The board has the AMD E-350 dual-core processor on board and has HD 6310 graphics that support Blu-ray and more. The board also supports 7.1 surround sound with S/PDIF output. The USB 3.0 port on the mainboard uses the Renasas controller from NEC. Pricing on the board is unknown at this time.
MSI are definitely wanting to have a huge party with the overclocking and enthusiast crowd as of late. First we have the amazing HAWK, Twin Frozr coolers, Big Bang motherboards and overclocked GPU's coming through at every angle.
Now we have the top of the line Sandy Bridge mobo - the Big Bang Marshal. The board is an XL-ATX form-factor, with eight (!) PCIe 16x slots which can be used in either a four x16 or an eight x8 configuration. This is made possible thanks to Lucid's HydraLogix chip - which also enables any combination of AMD and NVIDIA GPU's to be used in multi-GPU setups.
MSI have announced a partnership with Bigfoot Networks, the guys behind the Killer NIC range of high-powered network interface cards (NICs). MSI having Killer NIC chips on their boards obviously gives them a large advantage over the other players.
CEO of Bigfoot Networks, Michael Howse has said "We are pleased to be working with MSI, The Killer 2100 gaming network card is a perfect complement to the MSI Big Bang family of mainboard solutions that will give gamers a competitive edge in online play."
Gigabyte has as of late been sliding it's skirt up it's knee about it's G1-Killer motherboard and now, we're finally getting that sexy shot of something on the motherboard.
Even though it's a discretely covered in black shot, we'll take it anyway. After all, it's Christmas. The shot is from some G1-Killer themed wallpaper. Gigabyte's G1-Killer is set to launch at CES along side various other Sandy Bridge capable motherboards.
Yeah yeah, we know; size isn't everything. That being said, it's hard not to snap your neck turning your head when you see packaging like the folks at bit-tech grabbed a picture of while visiting with Gigabyte about their upcoming big-time motherboard.
That's Gigabyte's deputy director of motherboard marketing Tim Handley with the actual retail packaging of their upcoming, as of now unnamed flagship motherboard. Judging by the box, this motherboard's going to be enormous or be VERY safely packaged with a ton of extras. Solid state capacitors, and on-board SSDs were mentioned by bit-tech as "rumblings" but there's nothing official at this time. Regardless, we're very excited to see more.
Biostar is a name that lots of enthusiasts out there will know. The company has unveiled the latest mainboard in its line up and this board is called the TP67XE. It supports Intel LGA1155 socket processors like Sandy Bridge parts and uses the Intel P67 chipset. The mainboard is packed with lots of other features as well.
Other features of the mainboard include USB 3.0, SATA 3, Bio-Remote 2, and THX Theater sound. The board also uses Charge Booster tech for charging up your Apple hardware like the iPad or iPhone. The board also uses a new heat sink design and has a 10-phase CPU power supply along with a pair of 8-pin aux power connectors for the CPU to allow for more power and extreme overclocking.
Yesterday on our busy tech tour around Taipei, we stopped by the MSI headquarters to get a look at one of their upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge motherboards; specifically we took a look at the P67A-GD65.
Okay, so originally we got all mixed up in our rush and were actually looking at the GD55 throughout most of the video, but we made a correction at the end of the video.
As you'll see in the video above, the P67A-GD65 is a mid-range motherboard from MSI that uses an LGA-1155 socket which means it supports Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge processors. Straight up it's easy to see MSI design and attitude style in the design and it comes packed with loads of good features. The big one that MSI is pushing is "Military Class II". It has been upgraded from the first version in the P55 boards to provide even better power and stability. This is done through the use of a six phase power SFC choke setup that provides up to 30% better efficiency than standard chokes, 100% Hi-c CAP's and Japanese made solid capacitors with a claimed life-time of an impressive 10 years.
It also comes packed with "OC Genie II" which provides quick and easy one button touch overclocking to the CPU frequency. If you have an upcoming MSI H67 motherboard, instead of overclocking the CPU, the OC button will instead overclock the onboard IGP (graphics) instead. CONTINUED...
Here is one for the books! If you've been in the PC scene for some years, you'll remember back in the day that a guy by the name of Jonathan Wendel or "Fatal1ty" as he is known in the online world by his gaming tag, made some of the best gaming motherboards on the market with the once king we knew as ABIT.
Fast forward several years. I get a call from ASRock earlier this week saying that they have a special guest in town and I should come out to their office for an interview. Of course, that special guest from the US was Fatal1ty. He is in town to introduce his new Fatal1ty P67 Professional gaming motherboard exclusively to us here at TweakTown.
The Fatal1ty product team decided to work with ASRock after discussions started back at CeBIT in Germany earlier this year. Development has been on-going for the past two or three months and both sides are finally ready to show-off the fruits of their labor and planning. According to Jonathan and his team, ASRock was selected since they consider the Taiwanese motherboard maker "craftsman of motherboards" after inspecting its engineers and products over time.
In the video above we speak with Chris Lee from ASRock Marketing and the man himself, the renowned American gamer with a new product in his hands to show off to the world. CONTINUED...
Earlier today we caught up with Andrew and Holst from Foxconn at their headquarters in Taipei and discussed all things motherboards.
Firstly we got some exclusive hands-on time with their upcoming high-end Quantum Force P67 motherboard. When it comes to the market sometime early next year for a rock solid price of around 150 USD, it will support upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge Socket 1155 processors. It comes with a nice red and black style with several overclocker friendly features.
Besides the hands-on, we also got into Foxconn's thoughts on the motherboard market and trends that it is seeing. Andrew from Foxconn marketing commented about how his company is focused more on mid-range products packed full of features, rather than over-exuberant high-end products that cost an arm and a leg to own. In a nutshell, Foxconn notes that it sees more revenues being generated from mid-range products due to sales numbers.
It's interesting to hear about the direction Foxconn is taking with its motherboard products and you can too by watching the video above.