While recently searching GIGABYTE's website for BIOS updates for my X99 motherboard, I came across a new F20 BIOS for the X99-SOC Force, an update that brings support for a new and unreleased Intel processor.
GIGABYTE released BIOS F20 on 1/12/2106 for its entire X99 lineup, which supports a mysterious "2016 Q2 coming new CPU," as quoted from the website. Looking at Intel's roadmap for 2016, the next upcoming X99 CPUs will be based on the Broadwell-E microarchitecture, which has been highly anticipated by those who want 14nm on Intel's high-end platform. GIGABYTE's posting of this new BIOS reaffirms rumors and claims that current X99 motherboards will support Broadwell-E CPUs.
Looking at other motherboard vendor's sites, we could not find any hints of updated microcode for Broadwell-E support, which is not unusual given that Broadwell-E is not due for many months. Broadwell-E CPUs will work with current X99 motherboards as long as the X99 motherboard has been updated with Intel's latest microcode, so it is safe to say that if a motherboard is not shipped with Broadwell-E supporting BIOS versions then users might require Haswell-E CPUs for flashing. Releasing the BIOS so early before launch provides ample time for users to update their BIOS ROMs in anticipation for Broadwell-E CPUs, and so far, GIGABYTE is the only manufacturer providing Broadwell-E BIOS support.
Featuring support for quad-SLI NVIDIA cards or a quad-Crossfire AMD video card setup, ASUS' new 970 Pro Aura motherboard comes with an AM3+ socket and plenty of other features.
Rocking out the feature list are some other cool things such as ASUS-exclusive LANGuard and GameFirst technologies in order to smooth out online gameplay, Intel Gigabit Ethernet, software-controlled LED lighting, a supreme-FX audio setup which pumps out 115dB signal-to-noise ratio and connection options such as USB 3.1, M.2 SATA.
More information on this product can be found on the official ASUS website or you can check out the press release for a quick summary. This motherboard is set up with dual-channel DDR3 gaming rigs in mind and wasn't announced with a retail price.
GIGABYTE is always-on top of the overclocking challenges in the world, with the motherboard maker announcing its new GIGABYTE Z170 Winter OC Challenge, which will be hosted by HWBOT.org in February.
Overclockers from around the world are invited to overclock their sixth-generation Intel Core processors on GIGABYTE 100-series motherboards, with 5x motherboards to be won. Starting on January 31, there will be four different rounds for a chance of the big prize. The overclocker with the most ports from all stages of a category wins, which means the competition is super simple. The lucky draw includes a GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming G1 motherboard, which isn't too shabby at all.
CES 2016 - Supermicro is adamant about entering the gaming market. And that's a very good thing for gamers. They're known for producing some of the most reliable motherboards around for the workstation and data-center markets, and now they're taking all that engineering know-how into the gaming macrocosm.
They've had motherboards before that're geared towards gamers, but they haven't quite been too popular due to the association of them strictly with the enterprise segment. But Supermicro is adding a lot more motherboards to their roster in 2016. They're breaking out Z170 boards in micro-ATX and ATX flavors that'll feature some very cool color combinations and be backed by their incredibly strict validation process. They aren't a value brand, and they make equipment that's designed to last in 24/7 operating environments for many years, so they're a safe bet in most respects.
Supermicro will have a new Z170OCE overclocking friendly board in a green motif, as well as a micro-ATX H170 variant that'll carry on the red colors of it's big brother, the Core Gaming Z170. The new Z170OCE will have 6 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 3.1 and a Type-C port on the rear. It also has 6 SATA 3.0 ports and a PCIe x4 enabled M.2 slot just waiting for that NVMe enabled Kingston Hyper X Predator shown off at CES.
CES 2016 - ASUS had a tremendous showing at CES this year, with all manner of great new motherboards to look forward to and of course fantastic looking monitors. Now that Skylake has been out for a little bit, they're going to infuse the lower-end B150 chipset with some gaming love.
Even though these boards are not overclockable in the traditional (and official) sense, you can have a good stable board that uses all of the available resources that B150 has to offer, and in a small mini-ITX form-factor for those looking for a tiny, reliable and attractive package.
Underneath it'll be equipped with their Aura LED lighting that has a plethora of different colors and lighting effects. The board comes with MIMO enabled 802.11ac with an external 2x2 dual-band 2.5/5GHz antenna for maximum range and performance. There's an M.2 slot, and four separate SATA 6 ports for a mighty, yet great build. And better still is an on-board, dedicated water-pump header for the best possible cooling solutions.
CES 2016 - Upon entering GIGABYTE's CES2016 ballroom, we were greeted by many custom PCs, each using a different GIGABYTE Z170 or X99 motherboard and GIGABYTE's latest Xtreme Gaming VGAs. The new VGAs have three RGB LED rings around the fans as well as RGBs in the Windforce cooler logo.
This makes the VGAs easy to match virtually any build. The Xtreme Gaming VGAs are also replacing the G1 Gaming video cards as GIGABYTE's top offering. The VGAs utilize heat sinks with six copper heat pipes, three low noise high CFM fans, improved power delivery (more phases), and the top of the line GTX 980 Ti has a special LN2 BIOS with an extra 6-pin PCI-E power plug. The new Xtreme Gaming series of VGAs are premium offerings using either the NVIDIA GTX 970, 980, and top of the line 980 Ti.
CES 2016 - AMD unveiled their new Wraith cooler at CES 2016, but had some more surprising news: that their upcoming socket AM4 platform will have a single socket. Yes! A single socket.
This means that there will only be one socket to choose from for the Zen-based CPUs and APUs, bringing their platform into unison. Right now, both AMD and Intel's sockets are fragmented, but everything goes into one path with AM4 which is just so great - not just for consumers, but for system builders, too.
As for Zen, AMD is promising 40% more instructions per clock than the current Excavator cores, by utilizing simultaneous multi-threading (SMT) architecture, that is similar to the way Intel does things with its Core series, compared to the cluster-based multi-threading (CMT) approach.
CES 2016 - GIGABYTE has decided to show off its X170 (C236) and X150 chipset (C232) chipset motherboards. These motherboards carry unique IO shield covers, and in the case of the X170-Gaming 7 WS, an audio cover shield.
If you want to use an LGA1151 Xeon processor with the latest Skylake microarchitecture you must use an X series chipset, and the new chipset doesn't offer support for an iGPU. The X series motherboards also support select i3 and i5 Skylake CPUs, but the i7s and "K" SKUs are not supported. The X170 chipset supports a maximum of eight SATA ports, which is 2 more than the Z170 chipset. If you want support for Intel vPro technology the motherboard must also have an Intel i21X-LM series NIC, which these boards do carry. Some of the motherboards also have discrete clock generators, hinting to the fact that GIGABYTE might provide a method for overclocking non-K series processors, but GIGABYTE did not confirm or deny.
CES 2016 - MSI has just unveiled its latest motherboard for gamers, the new X99A GODLIKE GAMING CARBON Edition, which features MSI's Mystic Light technology. The improved Mystic Light RGB LED feature includes 16.8 million colors, and 16 LED effects to spruce up your X99-powered gaming machine.
The X99A GODLIKE GAMING CARBON Edition features Steel Armor technology, which is now available for DDR4 Boost on the GODLIKE motherboard. This offers up improved EMI-shielding, and even better signal strength for better memory performance.
We also have Audio Boost 3 Pro, Killer DoubleShot-X3 Pro, Turbo M.2 connectivity, two USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C connectors, and much more. MSI has also included its Turbo Socket technology, removing all of the limits for overclocking by providing a total of 2036 pins (up from 2011) for better overclocking on the Intel Extreme processors.
This is a new one: Biostar's latest motherboards -- the Z170GT7, H170GT3, and B150GT5 -- are racing themed. And by that we mean it comes complete with a checkered flag design and a "sports mode" dubbed GT Touch that gives you a performance boost.
Other features include Ferrite chokes, "super durable" solid caps, Intel LAN, SATA Express, a PCI-e M.2 slot, I/O Armor for dust and static protection, customizable LED effects that react to music, and a backup BIOS of sorts should things ever go horribly, horribly wrong. See below for full specifications.