Today MSI launches the final motherboard in its PRO series line with the Z170A SLI PLUS, the "sequel" of sorts to the X99A SLI PLUS.
The big ticket items are USB 3.1 Type-C, SLI and Crossfire support, Steel Armor PCI-E slots for heavy video cards in multi-GPU configurations, Military Class 4 components (Hi-c Caps, Super Ferrite Chokes and Solid CAPs) for stability, and 4K UHD support. And then of course there's the very welcome minimalist all black design.
Pricing or availability are not yet known.
PAX Australia 2015 - ASUS always impresses us at trade shows, and PAX Australia 2015 was no different. The company was teasing its new super-tiny, ROG-powered Maximus VIII Impact - powered by the new Z170 chipset from Intel and ready for the Core i7-6700K processor.
The ASUS Maximus VIII Impact features the company's SupremeFX IMPACT III sound card, which will provide crystal clear gaming audio all day and night long.
Aimed at high-end gamers, ASUS' ROG Maximus VIII motherboard series launched a few weeks ago, and today the latest entry makes its way to retail: the ROG Maximus VIII EXTREME flagship.
Features include Z170 chipset support, quad-GPU setup support, 4x DDR4 (3866 OC, 64GB) slots, thermal backplates, 24-bit ESS Hi-Fi Sabre DAC, HDMI/DisplayPort 1.2 ports (max resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 4096 x 2304 @ 60 Hz), Bluetooth V4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual band 2.4/5 GHz), and the ROG SupremeFX 2015 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC, to name several. For the full spec list, head to the product page here.
The board will set you back a whopping $499.99.
Biostar is about to launch its Z170Z5 motherboard.
As you can tell from the name, it's based on the Intel Z170 chipset. What you can't tell from the name is it supports both DDR3 and DDR4 (2-DIMM DDR3L-1866(OC)/1600/1333 for 16GB maximum capacity and 2-DIMM DDR4-2133/1866 for 32GB maximum capacity), so if you want the benefits of Z170 without giving up your DDR3 for some reason, this could be the board for you.
Other selling points include allegedly quicker charging of smartphones and tablets, "Super Durable Solid Caps" for a doubled lifespan, and built in overcurrent protection, among others.
The board will launch "soon" at an MSRP of $129.90.
ASUS has just unveiled its latest Z170-based motherboard, the new ROG Maximus VIII Impact. The new Maximus Impact motherboard is the best yet, set to make it the centerpiece of new high-powered mini-ITX gaming PCs.
The new ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Impact features Intel's latest Z170 chipset, compatible with the new Skylake-powered processors like the Intel Core i7-6700K. The motherboard itself features two DDR4 slots that will take DDR4 RAM right up to a huge 4133MHz when overclocked. The motherboard features a "full-scale voltage-regulator module (VRM) dubbed Impact Power III vertically-mounted onto the tiny board, allowing you full access to digital power management for ultra-precise and stable overclocks with your processor and memory".
On the audio side of things, ASUS has deployed its SupremeFX Impact III which features beautiful LED-illuminated audio jacks and Sonic SenseAmp technology. Connectivity wise we have the brand new 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO technology which is built-in, so it doesn't take up any additional space. ASUS has also provided USB 3.1 Gen. 2 Type-A and reversible Type-C connectivity, as well as a built-in U.2 connector which provides up to 32Gbit/s of bandwidth.
The new GIGABYTE Z170X-UD5 TH not only showcases an Intel 100-series chipset, M.2 SATA support and Durable Black solid capacitors rated for 10,000 hours, there has also been added certification for Thunderbolt 3 - offering Power Delivery 2.0 and the ability to daisy-chain up to 12 devices over the dual USB Type-C ports provided.
This Thunderbolt 3 over USB Type-C motherboard further comes with DisplayPort 1.2 and is marketed towards users wanting to display two 4K monitors at 60FPS, or a single 5K display. Further options include GIGABYTE DualBIOS, support for SLI and Crossfire and Intel GbE LAN. More information can be found on the product page.
If you're looking for blisteringly-fast RAM to throw into your next rig, now is the time to open your eyes. DDR4 is hot off the press and it seems each and every company is fighting for that top clock spot.
The latest news from ASRock are some brand new records set during IDF 2015. First up is the 4x Intel XTU category, seeing a score of 1910 marks, followed by the MaXXMEM category at 3894.5 marks. Achieved with the help of overclockers 'Splave' and 'L0ud_sil3nc3', this 1910 4x Intel XTU record was posted at no other time than during a live keynote (see above).
With the help of Kingston DDR4 memory, the MaXXMEM 3894.5 score was achieved on the second day of overclocking, with Intel CEO Brian Krzanichru watching closely, offering the help of an i7-6700K CPU.
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.