If you've been looking to build yourself a NAS (network attached storage) system, then you might want to stop by Giada's new motherboard, the Giada N70E-DR. The motherboard packs an integrated Celeron C1007U processor, which chews on just 17W of power.
The motherboard can handle native RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 with data security protection and some high-performance Intel 82583V gigabit ethernet ports for some great networking speed and reliability. Also included are some smart hardware monitoring and management capabilities, which allows customers to keep a check on the health of their system.
There are six SATA ports, with two of them being of the SATA 3.0 standard. Two USB 3.0 ports are featured on the Giada N70E-DR for some speedy external connectivity. There's one DDR3 DIMM slot, and a PCI-Express x16 port for some speedy graphics if that's what you want your NAS to be capable of.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where we have Gary in the US wanting to know if the motherboard and RAM he's chosen for his upgrade are the ones for him.
Q: I'm building a new PC I have everything I'm looking for but I'm not sure about my mobo and memory selection would a GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD4H and G.SKILL Trident 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 work fine or would it be better if I got a diferent memory?
A: You can view the answer to Gary's question right here.
We've seen so much of the Haswell board leaks this week it's not funny, and now we have ASUS' turn to throw their tease into the mix. They have a little tease for their Z87 motherboard, which will arrive as the brand new "Gryphon" motherboards:
It's still too early to reveal all,
But we had to let you know a little.
There's more than just a new socket,
Intel 4th Generation Core CPUs
And a new Z87 chipset.
It's time for the brand new Gryphon
Not only that, but we have a tease of their new, "true ROG innovations", and an even yummier tease of their Z87-DELUXE motherboard.
OC legend resident ASRock guru, Nick Shih, has been frolicking his magical overclocking fingers over a new motherboard, the ASRock Z87 OC Formula. The Haswell-based motherboard has been spotted through a new photo, just a tease of things to come.
There are no details on the motherboard, but one would gather that it was put under some overclocking pressure at CeBIT, and should be fully unveiled at Computex in June. Enthusiasts and power users alike won't have much time to wait, with under three months left until the big event in Taipei kicks off again. You can be sure we'll be covering Computex and the huge Haswell launch from all vendors very closely, so watch this space!
We've already seen what ASRock are working on, but what about Gigabyte? They haven't been sleeping by the looks of things, with the new Z87 range of motherboards, built for overclockers, being noticed at CeBIT.
The best of the bunch, the GA-Z87X-OC, is built with a full 8 Phase Solid VRM using DRMOS, International Rectifier MOSFETs, which should give some crazy stability when pushing that overclock. The Z87X-OC includes that sexy orange and black design we've come to know and love from Gigabyte, as well as the usual buttons for enthusiasts on the board - BCLCK, Turbo, Gear, Power switches at the side of DIMM slots, Voltage measuring points, Debug LED and a Dual BIOS switch.
We should expect to see more from Gigabyte at Computex in June, where more consumer-ready boards should be unveiled. There's more in the Z87 range from Gigabyte, with the GA-Z87X-UD5H, GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD3H and GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD3H being shown off at Gigabyte's CeBIT 2013 booth.
Yesterday we had a look at a few of ASRock's Haswell-based motherboard offerings, but the pictures weren't too shabby. We're back today with some much better pictures, where we can take a closer look at their upcoming motherboards.
The shots are in perfect detail, of each board - the B85M, H87 Pro4, Z87 Extreme6 and Z87 Pro4-M. We have shots of each, as well as the inputs on the back of each board, let's start with the B85M:
CeBIT 2013 - We are still three months out from Intel's Haswell line of processors hitting retail shelves, but that is not stopping ASRock from unveiling four new LGA1150 motherboards.
The high-end ASRock Z87 Extreme6 is a standard sized ATX motherboard that is equipped with gold capacitors, can support dual channel DDR3 RAM up to 1600MHz, and features two PCI-Express 3.0 slots. It sports 14 USB ports of which six are USB 3.0, 8 SATA 6Gb ports and DVI, D-Sub, HDMI and Display Port.
The Z87 Pro4-M is a MicroATX board that features 100% solid capacitors, one PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, support for AMD CrossfireX, multiple monitor support through built in display connectors, and 12 USB ports (six USB 3.0) The Pro4-M also includes six SATA 6Gb ports.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where we find Shady from Egypt wanting to know if upgrading his motherboard will net him any performance increases in his games.
Q: If I've changed my motherboard to a high end one, Will there be some improvement in frame-rates ?
If there are some tips please write it to me.
- AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE ( Overclocked to 3.70 GHz )
- Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT-S2 Motherboard
- MSI R6970 Lightning ( Factory Overclocked )
- Kingston Value-ram 4GB 1333 MHz
- Western Digital HDD 160 GB 7200 RPM
- Cougar 700CM Power Supply
- Thermaltake Armor A60 Case
- Samsung 900p LCD Monitor
A: You can view the answer to Shady's question right here.
Updated Intel 4K Collage graphics driver now available for Gigabyte's Thunderbolt-capable motherboards
If you're running one of Gigabyte's Thunderbolt-capable motherboards, including the Z77X-UP5 TH, Z77X-UP4 TH and the Z77MX-D3H TH then this news is for you. There's an upgrade available to the new Intel 4K Collage graphics driver.
Can't find 4K content? Well, the people over at Gigabyte have worked with Aduzai to provide a 4K video that can be used to test out, or even promote their 4K products. Gigabyte only restrict you from being able to sell it or charge for it's use in anyway. Other than that, it's free. You can check out the video on YouTube below, or download it here.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where we have Toni from Denmark wanting to know if there's much of a performance difference between high-end motherboards.
Q: How much difference is between high-end motherboards in performance? lets say asus sabertooth z77, Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H and Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X. i want to overclock them but i dont know which to buy.
A: You can view the answer to Toni's question right here.
Big news out of Intel today. They are looking to end their desktop motherboard business over the next 3 years. Intel will continue to provide chipsets for third-party manufacturers, but will no longer be producing desktop motherboards. This announcement isn't too surprising, though it was a bit unexpected.
The Intel staff will go to different projects, such as developing the NUC boards and reference boards. Reference boards are often the basis of many third-party designs. Intel plans to stop developing desktop motherboards after the Haswell launch, though all Intel boards will still carry a full warranty and will continue to be supported by Intel.
The socketed CPU design will continue to be available past Broadwell in 2014, though the cadence of release is said to be slower than what we are currently used to. Third-party motherboards should continue to be the high-quality specimens that most of us have come to love.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, with Bryant having issues with his new PC that features an ASUS Crosshair IV motherboard.
Q: I just got a used ASUS Crosshair IV computer, and cannot get it to go past the setup page. I have an older Dell computer, but is nothing like this one What do I need to know?
A: You can view the answer to Bryant's question right here.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, with Ovidiu in Romania wanting to know if 8x/8x SLI would hinder performance compared to 16x/16x.
I have a system with the following setup : AMD 955BE CPU, 4GB RAM, 850W PSU and an ASRock M3A785GXH/128M motherboard that has 3 PCIe slots.
One is 16x, the other is 8x and the last is 4x.
If I were to do a 2-way SLI setup with a GTX 660 (using the x16 and x8 slots), would the 8x slot impact performance?
For the moment I'm using a 1680x1050 monitor and in the future I am not planning on going any higher than 1920x1080.
A: You can view the answer to Ovidiu's question right here.
Gigabyte making new low-profile mini-ITX boards at CES 2013, pictures of the 4K dual-Thunderbolt display
CES 2013 - Gigabyte is producing two new low-profile mini-ITX boards that are used in All-In-One (AIO) systems. These boards have lower clearance requirements than a normal board and utilize SO-DIMM like a laptop. The back I/O panel is also around half-height and Gigabyte has two identical boards, with the only difference being the chipset.
One board features the B75 and the other features the H77. Both boards are identical in looks, layout, everything, except for this small detail. Gigabyte says they are one of the few, if not the only, company making boards based upon the B75 chipset.
In other Gigabyte news, we reported earlier that Gigabyte is virtually the only motherboard maker putting two Thunderbolt ports onto motherboards. They are showcasing the benefits of this by driving four monitors to make up a 4K resolution output device. We managed to see their display in person and grab an image of it in action:
Gigabyte show off dual Thunderbolt motherboard, bust out 4K resolution to four standard displays without a sweat
CES 2013 - This is something a little different, but we've heard about it last year and now there's finally some proper teasing from Gigabyte regarding their new dual Thunderbolt motherboards. The boards use just Intel HD4000 graphics which comes baked into any third-generation Intel Core processor features.
With just any third-gen Core i5 or Core i7 CPU and a Gigabyte dual Thunderbolt motherboard, you can take advantage of the new 4K Collage Graphics driver to push out the Ultra HD 4K resolution video stream across four normal displays. Two Thunderbolt ports can be used to split to two displays per Thunderbolt port, giving you four-display support and reaching a combined resolution of 3840x2400.
This might not sound like a lot, but offering 4K resolution support from a motherboard without a dedicated GPU is a pretty darn good feature. The new graphics driver should be available from Gigabyte's website toward the end of the month.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, with Sahil in India needing some help choosing a motherboard for his PC upgrade
I am going to upgrade my system this Christmas, I have chosen the Core i5 3570k and gskill 8GB (4gb*2)
Now the most difficult part: to choose the MOTHERBOARD
I have shortlisted to the following boards:
1) ASUS Z77 sabertooth = $309(in Indian price)
2) MSI Z77 MPOWER = $272
3) ASRock Z77 OC Formula = $309
4) ASUS Maximus V Gene (love ROG!) = $254
I will strictly use this system for gaming, which motherboard you suggest for gaming and i have NZXT Lexa S case (will the OC Formula fit in it?).
Thank you, waiting for your suggestion.
A: You can view the answer to Sahil's question right here.
Ask the Experts: Will the MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti Power Edition work on my ASUS P8H61-MX motherboard?
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, with Elliot from the UK wanting to know if the MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti Power Edition will work on his ASUS P8H61-MX motherboard.
Q: Would the MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti Power Edition be compatible with the ASUS P8H61-MX motherboard? Please answer, I cant find this anywhere.
A: You can view the answer to Elliot's question right here.
Quite the juicy rumor for the weekend, where SemiAccurate are reporting that they've heard that ASUS have made an offer to acquire ASRock's motherboard division. If this were to happen, we're looking at ASUS becoming bigger than they already are, and making a bigger threat for the number two in the market, Gigabyte.
ASRock sit at number three, so a combination of number one and three's forces would be quite significant for the market. If it were to happen, we're be looking at ASUS and Gigabyte, followed by the smaller players like MSI, ECS which don't see anywhere near the same numbers as ASUS, Gigabyte or ASRock, and then there's a few much smaller players, too.
If the deal does go through, there will be downstream effects to many of the other companies and suppliers to these companies - so it would cause quite the stir. But, with Intel talking about making motherboards pretty much redundant, could we see this as a preemptive move from ASUS to take more control of the already tight market?
Normally a DigiTimes report is preceded with the words "RumorTT", but this seems more serious, and more real than most of DigiTimes' reports as it makes a lot of sense. Intel is preparing the launch of their next-generation Haswell-based processors for sometime in 2013, and they'll baked into tablets, notebooks, ultrabooks, desktops, and servers - nearly every segment of the market.
But, Haswell is designed by Intel to integrate functions such as power phase control - something overclockers use, into the CPU itself. This is of course worrying motherboard makers, as the overclocking market is a big thing right now, and a lot of players have boards designed purely for overclocking in mind. We're talking of nearly all big players - Gigabyte, ASUS, MSI, ASRock. This won't spell the end of their businesses, but it will most likely see a change in direction of how we see them sell their boards, and what features will set them apart from the others.
Intel won't push these changes into Haswell straight away, but will instead bake more chipset functions into the CPU over time. Right now, we're seeing motherboard players changing gears and pushing USB-based features, Thunderbolt, BIOS firmware features, and more in order to not feel stale, or similar to similarly priced motherboards from competitors.
Are the days of feature-laden motherboards coming to an end?
ASRock's Z77 OC Formula has been used with an Intel Core i7 3770K and the help of legendary overclocker Nick Shih, which has reached an insane 7.136GHz. This has given ASRock the number one spot on HWBOT, as well as setting a new overclocking world record. The man himself had the following to say about the achievement:
Hitting number one on HWBOT makes my day, but scoring number one with the motherboard I designed is like the wildest dream come true! Thanks to everyone who helped make my dream, ASRock Z77 OC Formula, into reality!
ASRock's Z77 OC Formula is ASRock's first motherboard designed for overclocking, featuring three Formula kits. These three kits are the Power Kit, which delivers "smooth and stable current with Digi Power, DSM, PAC, MFC and the 12+4 power phase design". Next up we have the Cooling Kit, which provides some great cooling, sporting the Twin-Power Cooling Heatsink, 8-layer PCB design with 4 sets of 2oz copper inner layers and GELID Solution GC-Extreme Thermal Compound. Finally, we have the Connector Kit, which includes Hi-Density Power Connectors and 15μ Gold Fingers.