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Yesterday we stopped by the ASRock headquarters in Taipei to check out a couple of their new goodies ahead of Computex next week and today we dropped into ECS who showed us a couple new motherboards that they will be showcasing at the big show next week.
First up we got a look at the ECS P55H-AK Black Series motherboard. It is a brand new board part of its P55 family that supports Intel Socket LGA-1156 processors with thanks to the Intel P55 Express chipset. The P55H-AK will be ECS' top gaming board with lots of bells and whistles to boost performance. It supports full speed SLI and Crossfire by way of the included NVIDIA NF200 chipset that provides additional PCI Express lanes. Adding to the gaming side, ECS also uses the Realtek ALC899 chip for what they call excellent audio and they have also worked with Creative to add in Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2 support.
Topping things off, ECS added not only one, but two NEC USB 3.0 controller providing four USB 3.0 ports - two on the back I/O panel and included is a cable that allows two USB 3.0 ports to be added to the front of your case or at the back of the case, depending on your preference. There is also not only one, but two SATA 6G controllers providing two onboard SATA 6G ports and two eSATA capable SATA 6G ports on the back I/O panel.
eVGA is making room for yet another FTW series X58 motherboard in its already busy line-up which it calls the X58 FTW3 (SKU: 132-GT-E768-KR). We know of its existence thanks to online retailer NCIX.com listing it early for $342.39 on its U.S. site and $319.99 Canadian.
The listing gave a good amount of details on its specs which includes 8 phase CPU VRM, six DDR3 slots for triple channel support, three PCI-E x16 slots (running at x16, x8, x8 or x16, x16, N/A electrically as there is no additional bridge chip on this one) and carries support for 3-way SLI, 2-way SLI and CrossfireX.
The board includes both SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 support as well as giving a stack of USB 2.0 ports, a couple gigabit ethernet ports, 8 channel audio and EVBot's OC module.
GIGABYTE has won the race in bringing to market the first mini-ITX form factor motherboard that features SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support.
The GA-H55N-USB3 is quite the little number for a HTPC builder if you want premium features and future-proofing in a small footprint from the get go. Despite the m-ITX size, the board packs in all the good stuff from GIGABYTE such as Ultra Durable 3, 3x USB Power, On/Off Charge for Apple devices, DES2 (energy saving), DualBIOS and the star of the show, USB 3.0 support via NEC's controller onboard.
As the model name implies, this is a H55 chipset motherboard with support for LGA-1156 Core i3 and Core i5 processors with integrated graphics. You also get a PCI-E x16 slot for your video card of choice if more graphical power is your desire.
GIGABYTEs mighty GA-X58A-UD9 is now available for purchase with stock showing at several well known retailers/e-tailers throughout the U.s. - This is an enthusiasts/overclockers dream of an X58 motherboard with everything bar the kitchen sink packed into it.
The board boasts loudly and proudly six DDR3-2200+ supporting slots, seven PCI-E x16 slots with a couple NF200 bridge chips for 4-way SLI goodness, both SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 support, a 24-phase power design to ensure excellent stability for super high overclocks, a bunch of exclusive GIGABYTE technologies in the way of power management, BIOS features and overall board quality, monster cooling system with a waterblock on the Northbridge and much, much more.
ASUS are doing something very different to anything we've seen before with their premium X58 offering, the Rampage III Extreme. The board in itself is nothing all that unusual for a high calibre enthusiast offering of today; all the goodies and then some are in place; albeit, the lack of additional NF200 bridge chips for 4-way SLI action is a bit of a minus if a rich geek is looking to go all out.
However, that's where ASUS is doing something very different in conjunction with a separately sold ROG series product suited specifically to this motherboard which it calls the 'ROG Xpander'.
We've heard a fair bit of hype leading up to this FutureMark Orb eating monster and finally it gets a full view showing with the official press release handed out today. GIGABYTE has finally let loose its latest masterpiece based on the X58 chipset; this being the GA-X58A-UD9.
GIGABYTE has left no stone unturned during development of this board. The whopping 24 phases of power on tap for monstrous overclocking support is just the beginning.
Some of the initial eye catching features include the seven PCI-E x16 slots (given even more credit thanks to the implementation of not one, but two NVIDIA NF200 bridge chips), a water block on the Northbridge and super duper cooling system with large heatsinks, one of which is a monstrous detachable upstanding unit.
You can a true 4-way CrossfireX and SLI supporting platform with the GA-X58A-UD9 and a large host of GIGABYTE exclusive technologies. They've thrown everything they can at this one including DualBIOS, an innovative power switching design, 333 onboard acceleration with USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps support, 3X USB power, Smart6 PC management tools and stacks more.
For the full rundown on GIGABYTE's mighty GA-X58A-UD9 including additional images, check out the press release here.
Details and pics of Sapphire's new Pure CrossfireX 890GX motherboard have surfaced. The board is full ATX sized and uses the 890GX+SB850 combination.
It's interesting that Sapphire has done away with its iconic white PCB this time around.
The AM3 socket is given 10-phase VRM power and is wired to four DDR3 slots. The integrated Radeon HD 4290 IGP is given 128MB of Sideport memory alongside the ability to share system memory.
Expansion slot wise, there are two x16 PCI-E slots (which operate at x8 electrically when both are used), a single PCI-E x1 and legacy PCI slot.
Other features include six SATA 6Gbps ports (thanks to the SB850 Southbridge), additional controller for an IDE connector, 8 channel audio with optical and coaxial S/PDIF, USB 3.0 support and DVI, D-Sub and HDMI display connectivity.
While the board will be available very soon now, we're not sure at what price point just yet.
Looking out for the cream of the crop when it comes to choosing an 890FX powered motherboard for your new six-core Phenom II? - ASUS have quite the candidate in store with the Crosshair IV Extreme which the folks at Slashgear managed to get a bunch of pictures and info about.
In case you're a little confused in thinking this board was already released last month, that was the Formula; the Extreme is similar in many aspects, but it gives one main advantage. This board sports LucidLogix's Hydra chip which gives much more flexible multi-GPU support and does away with cross-vendor restrictions.
There are no less than five PCIe x16 slots on this board to further add to the multi-GPU flexibility this board provides and it comes with a stack of other overclocking and enthusiast oriented trinkets. These include support for ASUS RoG Connect (with Bluetooth remote control), hardware buttons on the motherboard to control BIOS settings on the fly, one touch automatic overclocking with Turbo Key II and of course, ASUS' Core Unlocker feature that will unlock more cores on dual, triple and quad core processors.
Rounding out the feature set, you also get six SATA 6Gbps ports (and another three SATA 3Gbps ones), USB 3.0, Gigabit ethernet and 7.1 audio.
No word on pricing or availability just yet.
Looking out for a cheap microATX sized motherboard for your trusty little AM2/AM2+ processor? MSI are readying up a suitable one to market in the 740GM-P25 which is based around AMD's 740 and SB710 chips.
This would likely be the kind of board many would dedicate to the purposes of a work horse or HTPC setup. For 49 Euro (around $63) you get a board with APS (Active Phase Switching), a couple DDR3-1333 memory slots, integrated Radeon HD 2100 GPU, a PCIe x16 slot for the option of more powerful discrete graphics solutions, Gigabit ethernet, six SATA 3.0Gbps ports, D-Sub for video output from the IGP and 7.1 channel audio. MSI even includes some Core unlocking software with this little entry level number.
The board is available for pre-order now. More pictures over at the source.
For the purposes of next-gen kiosk, POI and POS applications, VIA has just unveiled its first Nano E-Series Mini-ITX motherboard which it calls the EPIA-M830.
This board supports the new 64-bit capable Nano E-series processors whilst confining itself to a Mini-ITX form factor. There's a mini-PCie socket onboard as well as a PCIe x4 slot for further expansion possibilities.
The board is sold in both active and passive cooled configurations. Its rear I/O delivers an RS-232 connector, four USB 2.0 ports, VGA out and line-in/line-out audio jacks.
The board is now available to project customers. You can find more details on it over at the official product page here and within the press release at the source link below.