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Computex 2015 - As pointed out in a recent press release, GIGABYTE has become the first manufacturer to add Intel USB 3.1 premium I/O controller on board support through the 100 series of motherboards.
Wondering how it works? The GIGABYTE press release stated that by "using PCIe Gen.3 x4 lanes from the chipset and Display connectivity from the processor" it is able to operate at "a total bandwidth of 40 Gb/s."
This means you may be using USB Type-C before you though it was possible, enabling the long-awaited reversible plug for use at home, work or school.
Computex 2015 - The BIOSTAR Z97X, its latest high-end gaming motherboard, is the first Intel Z97 motherboard to receive the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system certification.
BIOSTAR designed the Z97X from the ground up, featuring an ATX form factor board that supports USB 3.1, three PCI Express 3.0x16 slots, PCIe M.2 support, Dual GbE LAN and BIOSTAR Super Hi-Fi Audio technology and support for the DisplayPort.
The motherboard also features an onboard HDMI capable of support for 2K and 4K resolutions. This is a great move by BIOSTAR, as Microsoft has promoted Windows 10 as a true OS for gamers, and gaming-focused hardware will be important.
Computex 2015 - Showcasing what ECS has to offer in the Intel Z170 chipset department is the Z170-CLAYMORE and the Z170-BLADE offerings.
The Z170-CLAYMORE boasts four memory ports capable of DDR4 Dual-Channel support up to 32GB, five PCIe x16 slots and a display outputs including HDMI 2.0 and Display Port. Adding to this is 2-Way SLI support for those looking at increasing performance.
Next up is the Z170-BLADE. Also supporting Intel's 6th Generation processors, expect four RAM bays supporting Dual-Channel DDR4 up to 32GB, two PCIe x16 slots, one PCIe x1 slot and further 2-Way video card support. Adding to this is six SATA (6Gb/s) ports and a single M.2 offering. Outputs on this board include HDMI, SVI, D-Sub and Display Port sitting alongside a 6-Channel (5.1) HD audio output by Realtek, two USB 3.1 ports, siz USB 3.0 ports and four USB 2.0 offerings.
Computex 2015 - Another Intel fanless motherboard to add to the mix is the BIOSTAR-made N3150MH, sporting either a 14nm Intel Pentium or Celeron processor.
Complete with support for two DDR3L-1600 RAM sticks, a uATX (266 x 188mm) design, one PCI-E x16 slot, two PCI-E x1 slots and display outputs of HDMI and D-Sub, this motherboard will compete with similar offerings from GIGABYTE and ASUS.
As for further connections, you can expect two USB 3.0 ports front and rear, four front and two rear USB 2.0 ports and Gigabit Ethernet support.
Computex 2015 - Complete with Intel 6th generation processor support, BIOSTAR has unleashed its new sleek Gaming Z170X motherboard to the public.
Supporting four DDR4 RAM sticks running at up to 3200 MHz with three PCI-E x16 slots and two PCIe M.2 slots (32G/bs), also on offer is three SATA Express options (16G/bs) and one USB 3.1 Type-C port.
Designed in an ATX form factor size, this motherboard sports a 2GbE LAN capability, listed as both Killer and Intel powered.
Computex 2015 - Steering away from the extreme MSI Dragon Gaming series is this consumer MSI Z170A PC Mate motherboard complete with Intel Z170 Express Chipset compatibility and more.
Featuring two PCI-E slots capable of supporting 2-Way crossfire applications, also on offer is 4 DIMMs running in Dual-Channel with DDR4 memory at 3300Mhz (overclocked) and one M.2 SATA (32G/bs).
With storage on the mind, MSI has also added six SATA (6G/bs) ports, two USB 3.1 Gen2 connections, fix USB 3.0 ports and four USB 2.0 offerings alongside a single Gigabit LAN port.
Computex 2015 - The red MSI dragon has a strong showing this year in Taipei, seeing motherboards on display across the X99 and Z170A models.
First up is the X99A GODLIKE GAMING motherboard, featuring support for Intel Core i7 LGA 2011-3 socket processors, eight RAM bays supporting Quad-Channel DDR4 RAM at 3300MHz (overclocked) up to 128GB total, five PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots supporting 4-way SLI or Crossfire, one M.2 SATA port (32G/bs) ten SATA ports (6G/bs) and two Killer Gigabit LAN cards coupled with one Killer Wi-Fi module. For the audio lovers there is also added support for a 6.3mm Hi-Fi audio jack.
The other X99 motherboard on display is the X99A GAMING 9 ACK, sporting similar features but with the addition of two USB 3.1 ports and one less Killer LAN card. This model motherboard also took home a BC award thanks to its cool looking design.
Adding to yesterday's exclusive release of the GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming G1 motherboard, our man on the ground Steven Bassiri went for a closer look and this is what he discovered.
Today GIGABYTE showed off its top of the line next generation gaming motherboard, the Z170X-Gaming G1. Off the bat you can tell that the board is totally different than anything GIAGBYTE has done before. To start things off GIGABYTE has added RGB LEDs to the board and through an application you can control them and make them whatever color your heart desires.
A nice mix of white shielding and red slots add to the aesthetic appeal of the product. While we don't know too much about the product, we do know a few things. First off the 20 phase (16+4) VRM is powered by IR components and PowIRstages. The memory also seems to use an IR PWM and powerstages. The heat sink has built in watercooling as well.
Computex 2015 - Straight from the horse's mouth, we have been given an exclusive look into the new GIGABYTE Z170x Gaming G1 motherboard sporting some fantastic new features.
Complete with 20 phases of IR powered VRM (16+4 phases), the new Intel Thunderbolt and USB 3.1 controller as a two in one to provide USB Type-C on the back panel, an amazing new network setup and brand new metal shielding on the PCIe slots.
Delving into the network options, GIGABYTE is offering a unique and brand new setup with this motherboard model, seeing a three-way KILLER NIC setup (the KILLER Double Shot Duo or Pro) with two being wired and one wireless. What's even cooler is that the motherboard will dedicate the fastest connection to the most taxing process (for example, a game) and reserve the other two networks for background tasks like VoIP or downloads.
Computex 2015 - Another fanless PC to add to the growing list is GIGABYTE's GA-N3150M-D3P, boasting an Intel Celeron N3150 Quad Core SoC running at 1.6GHz and Dual-Channel DDR3L UDIMM RAM up to 8GB in capacity across two ports. This motherboard is a sure fire competitor for the new range by ASUS as covered by us today.
Further features include HDMI and D-SUB outputs, humidity protection through a new glass fabric PCB design, GbE LAN with high ESD protection and PCIe plus PCI interface options for expansion card options.
Once again there's nothing AMD on offer.