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Adding to the plethora of Intel 6th Generation 'Skylake' announcements today is ASRock with its support for this new chip in the form of its 100 Series motherboards.
Including models such as the Z170 Extreme7+, the Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6+, the Z170 OC Formula and more, plenty of features and a range of styling options are on offer. With the Extreme model taking on a sleek black and gold color scheme, the Fatal1ty dons the traditional red and black and the OC Formula model wraps up the line with a stand-out yellow highlighted scheme.
Featuring general 100 series options like Ultra M.2 slots suitable for RAID 0, DDR4 support, USB 3.1 Type-A and USB 3.1 Type-C, ASRock also offers a Type-A and Type-C USB 3.1 front panel with the Gaming K6+ and Extreme 7+ models - something unseen with many other company offerings.
Technology company GIGABYTE has announced the 100 series motherboards able to support the Intel Z170 CPU chipset.
The new motherboard series supports DDR4 RAM, introduces USB 3.1 with support of the Type-C connector, and is Creative Sound Blaster ZxRi 120+dB SNR Audio Certified. The Intel USB 3.1 controller features the fastest USB controller - 4 PCIe Gen. 3 slots offering 32GB/s total bandwidth.
Select GIGABYTE Z170 motherboards also support Dual Gigabit LAN Killer E2400 with the Killer 1535 Wi-Fi card that offers 802.11ac+Bluetooth 4.1 - and the Killer Doubleshot-X3 Pro application prioritizes and redirects important traffic using the fastest connection available.
EVGA has just outed its latest X99-based motherboard, the X99 Micro2, a new mATX offering from the company. EVGA's latest board features USB 3.1 Type-C, which should have connectivity fields drooling.
The new EVGA X99 Micro2 is an update from the first Micro2 motherboard, with an extra USB 3.1 Type-C port as well as additional SATA ports. We also have a "revised trace layout and a refreshed BIOS over the previous model", reports AnandTech. The new board is capable of x16/x16 or x16/x8/x8 for 40-lane CPUs. This allows the other PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot some breathing space when it comes to available bandwidth.
EVGA has used an Intel I217 network chip, while getting some help from Realtek for the audio solution with Realtek's ALC1150 chip. EVGA should be pricing the X99 Micro2 at around $225-$250.
Intel is about to press the launch button on its upcoming Skylake processors, a range that will include the new flagship Core i7-6700K processor, and while we've seen some of the GIGABYTE and BIOSTAR boards, now we're getting a sneak peak at one of MSI's enthusiast boards.
The MSI Z170A XPOWER Gaming Titanium Edition is a work of art, sporting a beautiful white and black color scheme that is going to look great with the right components. One of the standout features on the new Z170A XPOWER Gaming Titanium Edition motherboard is the inclusion of the 'MSI OC Dashboard'. This dashboard is located next to the DIMMs, and lets you overclock your system very easily.
The MSI OC Dashboard has a few buttons on it that lets you overclock your CPU, but it also features direct BCLK control from the new tool. You can also do a complete discharge of the motherboard, which is a different touch than we're used to. On the board itself, we have two M.2 slots, 8 x SATA 6Gbps ports, two SATA Express ports, two USB 2.0 connectors, a right-angled USB 3.0 connector, and an internal USB 2.0 port.
This socket LGA2011v3 motherboard is based on Intel's X99 Express chipset and is apparently aimed at workstation builds, as claimed by ASUS. Being micro-ATX in size and brandishing three PCI-E x16 slots, this motherboard further supports up to an impressive 64GB of quad-channel DDR4 RAM.
Powered through 24-pin ATX, two 8-pin EPS and 6-pin PCIe connections, this motherboard uses an 8-phase VRM for the CPU and 2+2 phase VRM for memory. Further features include one PCIe x1 slot, eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports, one M.2 32 Gb/s slot, two gigabit Ethernet ports driven by Intel I210 controllers and a single 802.11 ac Wi-Fi connection.
Other connectivity and storage options include Bluetooth 4.0, two Type-A USB 3.1 ports, six USB 3.0 ports, USB 2.0 and 1.1 options. As for sound, on offer is 8-channel ASUS CrystalSound 2 audio.
If you're a little short on cash or just crazy about overclocking, MSI is offering up some beastly prizes including its new GODLIKE motherboards alongside Intel CPUs and PCIe NVMe drives, HyperX RAM and HyperX SSDs to winners of this newly-announced event.
These high-end prizes will be distributed to top placing competitors in the wide variety of competitions on offer including 2D battle and 3D battles expanding to categories such as ambient and extreme cooling, with limitations on overclocking specifics and CPU frequencies.
The release of Intel's new processors along with the Z170X chipset is right around the corner, and now we're getting to see what GIGABYTE is preparing for us in the form of the Z170X SOC Force.
GIGABYTE will have a slew of new boards arriving with the Z170X chipset, including: Z170X Gaming G1, Z170X Gaming 7, Z170X Gaming 5, Z170X Gaming 3, Z170X-UD7-TH, Z170X-UD5-TH, Z170X-UD3 and a Mini-ITX Z170X. The GIGABYTE Z170X SOC Force is going to be the flagship motherboard from the company, with an e-ATX design, and the usual orange and black color scheme with silver accents across the board.
GIGABYTE will be providing a 20 Digital Phase Power design with a Gen.4 IR Digital Controller and Gen.3 PoweIRstage ICs. Not only that, but GIGABYTE has provided high-end black capacitors, a Turbo B-Clock chip that provides the ability to push the BCLK frequency between 90-200MHz (instead of 100, 125 and 167MHz). The GIGABYTE Z170X SOC Force features four DDR4 DIMM slots supporting up to 64GB with speeds of up to 3400MHz.
Expansion slot wise, we have four PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (x16/x8/x16/x8), three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots, and three M.2 slots. The three M.2 slots are an interesting take, as it shows that M.2 is truly the future thanks to its radically increased bandwidth. 8 x SATA III 6Gbps ports, three SATA Express ports, and plenty of USB ports, GbE, 7.1-channel audio, and a USB Type-C port.
The MSI X99A GODLIKE Gaming motherboard is one of the best looking motherboards ever made, but some of its custom LEDs and the associated app for it, will have gamers customizing their rigs like never before.
Steven Bassiri, our Motherboard Editor here at TweakTown, has made a video showing off the 'Mystic Light' portion of the X99A GODLIKE Gaming motherboard. The LEDs can be controlled from your smartphone, making for some seriously easily customization of your PC.
Stacked full of features and capital letters, MSI has recently announced its X99A GODLIKE GAMING motherboard to the public, set out to support X99 platforms with a Killer DoubleShot-X3 PRO network setup, Turbo M.2 connectivity, USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C, fancy LED schemes and more.
RGB is seemingly everywhere right now, with MSI announcing this model to be its first RGB LED motherboard to market, supporting over 2,000 color variations and plenty of style presets including "breathing, flashing and waving." For those looking into extreme and extended LAN options, the Killer DoubleShot-X3 PRO offers two Killer Ethernet connectors and a Killer 1535 Wi-Fi adapter. Complete with a network manager, traffic will be optimized to ensure no lag is experienced.
Designed for Intel LGA 2011-v3 socket processors including the new Intel Core i7 series, this motherboard contains 10 SATA 6Gb/s ports, one Turbo M.2 32Gb/s SATA option and five PCIe 3.0 x16 slots. As for connectivity, you can expect to see one USB 3.1 Type-C port, one USB 3.1 Type-A port, eight USB 3.0 options and six USB 2.0 connectors.
Centered around the quad-core AMD A4-500 'Kabini' SoC, these two new beauties from ASRock are the mini-ITX QC5000M-ITX/PH and the micro-ATX QC5000M. Both designed to battle Intel's 'Braswell' boards, these new ASRock releases feature heat sink-laden passive cooling.
Almost identical in design, the micro-ATX QC5000M contains two more PCI-E 2.0 x1 slots than its mini-ITX baby brother. With both boards brandishing two DDR3 DIMM slots and a power draw thanks to the help of a 24-pin ATX connector they also offer display options including D-Sub and HDMI.
Other features include the basic additions of 6-channel HD audio, gigabit Ethernet and two USB 3.0 ports.