Intel is ramping up towards their release of Kaby Lake, led by the enthusiast Core i7-7700K processor (which runs at 100C under load) - and now, we have leaked details on the entire Z270-based line up from ASUS.
ASUS's next-gen Maximus, Strix, and TUF series products are on their way, and they look delicious. ASUS will be revealing 8 motherboards based on the Z270 chipset, but there will be other H170-based boards released, aimed at mid- and budget-minded consumers. All of the ASUS Z270-based boards will be enthusiast/overclocker/gaming boards, and we are beyond excited.
The best of the best from the Z270 series by ASUS will be the ROG Maximus IX Formula, with the usual upgrades over the Z170-based motherboards, but it rocks an awesome integrated I/O and backplate.
Intel will be launching its Kaby Lake architecture and flagship Core i7-7700K processor in early 2017, with 200-series chipsets to launch alongside the CPU, with Z270 and H270 motherboards now spotted from Supermicro.
Supermicro is branding their new motherboards under their SuperO brand, designed for gamers and enthusiasts. There are four motherboards listed on SuperO website, with pictures and features listed, as for the four new motherboards, we're looking at:
- C7Z270-CG | POWERFUL GAMING
- C7Z270-PG | POWERFUL GAMING
- C7Z270-CG-L | POWERFUL GAMING
- C7H270-CG-ML | POWERFUL GAMING
This is the C7Z270-CG, which has a NVIDIA-ready black and green theme, with a huge PWM supply that is cooled by a heat pipe. There's 4 x DDR4 DIMMs, ready for up to 64GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM. 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 ports and 3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. Storage enthusiasts won't be left out, with 2 x M.2 slots that will support next-gen M.2-based SSDs for blistering 2GB/sec+ speeds, and we also have 6 x SATA 6 ports.
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.
Intel's next-gen Kaby Lake architecture is around the corner, with a tease of the Core i7-7700K processor and it packing a massive 40% improvement over the Skylake architecture in single-threaded performance - but now, we're seeing Z270-based motherboards from ASRock teased.
The two motherboards from ASRock are in the Z270 Gaming K6 and Z270 Pro 4, with the Gaming K6 featuring a red and black theme, and will be aimed at the - uh, hmm - gaming market.
ASRock will most likely aim its Z270 Pro 4 at the mainstream market, and as for when we'll see the new Z270-based boards from ASRock, we should be aiming for CES 2017.
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.