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We're only a couple of days away from Computex 2015 kicking off, with ASRock showing off two of their upcoming Z170-based motherboards in the form of the Z170 Extreme 7 and Z170 FATAL1TY Gaming K6 motherboards.
These two new boards will feature Intel's new Z170 chipset, which will handle the company's upcoming Skylake processors which are launching in Q3 2015. ASRock has spent some time on the design of the new Z170 motherboards, with a slick new look for these Skylake-powered motherboards. The boards use the LGA 1151 socket, with these new Z170-based motherboards supporting DDR4 RAM.
The ASRock Z170 Extreme 7 motherboard will feature four DDR4 DIMMs, SATA 10Gbps support, SATA Express, USB 3.0, Ultra M.2 support, and much more. ASRock has deployed its Purity Sound 3 design on an isolated part of the PCB, so you shouldn't have any interference with your audio on the Z170 Extreme 7.
The gaming series motherboard from ASRock, the Z170 Gaming K6, is part of the company's FATAL1TY branded motherboards. This motherboard is similar to the Extreme 7, but it sports a black and red theme. We have the same four DDR4 DIMMs, SATA Express, USB 3.0, Ultra M.2, and all that jazz.
With the H81M-P33 motherboard leading the charge, MSI has just issued a press release boasting official Microsoft WHQL certification and is the first motherboard company to do so.
Claiming that the MSI Click BIOS 4 is optimized for Windows 10 users, this will help end users with advanced stability when in use.
You can view the official certification here.
GIGABYTE has just unveiled its latest workstation motherboard, the MW70-3S0, which can handle two CPUs that fit into Intel's 2011-3 socket. The new workstation motherboard has the usual high-end technologies, such as SAS 12Gbps storage support, as well as support for 3-way GPUs.
The new GIGABYTE MW70-3S0 can handle three NVIDIA GeForce or AMD Radeon GPUs with full x16 PCIe speeds, but it also supports a fourth card where the full x16 speeds aren't required. GIGABYTE has attached a high-end LSI SAS 3008 controller, which supports up to eight SAS drives running at 12Gbps through two mini-SAS HD connectors.
Not only that, but the controller is capable of aggregating any SATA and SAS drives into the full 12Gbps data stream courtest of LSI's DataBolt technology. This means that users can simply tie in their SATA 3Gbps or SATA 6Gbps drives into the 12Gbps bandwidth, and enjoy increased speeds depending on the configuration used.
Complete with two wired DDR3 DIMM slots, a PCI-E 2.0 x16 port, two PCI-E 2.0 x1 slots and the SoC being rated at 6W TDP, ASUS' new N3150M-E Motherboard has quite a lot to offer.
A fanless heat sink design helps keep the SoC (System on Chip) cool which is announced as an Intel Celeron N3150 'Braswell'. This 14nm chip includes a quad-core CPU based on the 'Airmont' architecture and an integrated GPU.
The whole package also provides Gigabit Ethernet, four USB 3.0 ports, on-board audio and display outputs including D-Sub and HDMI.
MSI has just unveiled its new 990FXA GAMING motherboard, a new board that will take AMD CPUs and APUs, but the special feature here is the inclusion of USB 3.1.
USB 3.1 is up to twice as fast as USB 3.0, with the new 990FXA GAMING motherboard featuring two USB 3.1 ports. USB 3.1 allows for a huge 10Gbps, which is double that of USB 3.0's 5Gbps, and 20x faster than the speed USB 2.0 has on offer at 480Mbps. The new MSI 990FXA GAMING motherboard even features two USB 3.1 front headers, "for more convenience".
We also have a KillerNIC e2200 network port, Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2, and support for both AMD CrossFire and NVIDIA SLI multi-GPU setups. MSI didn't stop there though, we they have also included full support for NVMe, which is a next generation storage standard.
Thanks to TechPowerUp, the new iGame Z170 motherboard has been spotted and shown to the public, featuring a colorful design and a myriad of cool features.
Designed for 6th generation Core "Skylake" CPUs, one model of this motherboard is said to support up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM with some others packing in a max of 32GB DDR3. Other features include a 14-phase CPU VRM, two PCI-E x16 slots, six SATA 6Gb/s ports, one SATA-Express slot, one M.2 10 Gs/s port, two USB 3.1 ports, six USB 3.0 ports and more.
Set for a Q3 2015 launch, this new series of motherboards is likely to see a debut at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan.
Intel is expected to launch its new Skylake architecture in the next couple of months, where we are expecting a slew of Z170-based motherboards to be rolled out by the likes of GIGABYTE, ASUS and everyone else.
Well, Colorful has kind of jumped the gun, with the Chinese motherboard manufacturer hosting a media event to talk about their new Intel Z170-based motherboards. We now know that the Z170 motherboards will be unleashed at Computex 2015 in June, but we've gotten an early look at the boards thanks to some tipsters who sent various media sites some images on the new motherboards.
ASRock has recently issued out a press release stating their intentions to debut their new Z97 chipset motherboards featuring both USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C ports alongside some new X99 Extreme 6 offerings.
One of the strange things on the new ASRock motherboard is that it may feature an X99 chipset, but it has just two DIMMs. This means we're only looking at dual-channel DDR4 RAM compared to what the X99 excels at: quad-channel DDR4. This omission is quite large, something that doesn't seem to be getting much notice.
USB 3.1 not only offers a much faster charging speed of 3A compared to the 0.9A of USB 3.0, but 10GB/s data rates can also be expected alongside USB Type-C offering an easier-to-connect reversible plug. All of ASRock's new X99 and Z97 motherboards will be shown off at their CeBIT 2015 booth in Hannover, Germany at hall 2, C54.
GIGABYTE has just unveiled four new motherboards in its growing line of motherboards, with the new X99 Champion series. The new X99-powered motherboards will arrive as the X99-Gaming 5P, X99-UD4P, X99-UD3P and the already famous X99-SOC Champion.
The new GIGABYTE X99 Champion series motherboards have support for RDIMM memory, which comes in up to 16GB per DIMM for some serious RAM setups. They also have GIGABYTE's Amp-Up audio technology, Killer E2200 or Intel's gigabit Ethernet controller. There's the usual all-digital CPU power design, IR Digital PWM, IR PowIRstage ICs, and server level chokes which ensure "server level reliability".
The new lineup of GIGABYTE X99 Champion series motherboards should be available at e-tailers and retailers near you soon.
ASRock has jumped out ahead of Computex 2015 in June, announcing some new USB 3.1-capable motherboards and PCIe cards. The company has announced that it will have a range of USB 3.1 products, including USB 3.1 PCIe cards that will either have two Type-A ports, or a combination of Type-A and Type-C.
Starting off with the motherboards, we have the Z97 Extreme6/3.1 and the X99 Extreme6/3.1. The Z97-based motherboard features a combination Type-A and Type-C card, where the X99 version includes two Type-A because the board already rocks a Type-C port on its I/O.
When it comes to the PCIe cards, which provide a huge 10Gbps of bandwidth that will be capable of saturating a USB 3.1 port. The two ports will have a combined throughput of 10Gbps, versus 10Gbps per port. The PCIe cards have power requirements, with the dual Type-A cards requiring a 4-pin molex connector, while the combo card requires a 4-pin custom/floppy-sized connector. Each card has up to 3 amps at 5V, which allows for 15W charging.