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AMD's beefed up Z490 chipset teased, has more PCIe lanes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 6 days, 11 hours ago

AMD is currently in the process of launching their new flagship X470 chipset with the Pinnacle Ridge-based Ryzen 2000 series processors, but now a mysterious Z490 chipset has been teased.




VideoCardz reports on a slide that was allegedly posted on the PCEva forums, where it shows a presentation of GIGABYTE's AORUS X470 motherboards, showing the differences between some of the chipsets and then the mysterious Z490 (not X490, but Z490) chipset.


The purported Z490 chipset is identical to the X470 chipset except that it rocks 4 additional PCIe 3.0 lanes, something that would be great for multi-GPU users who want PCIe lanes for precious graphics cards, and multiple super-fast NVMe M.2 SSDs that need PCIe lanes to drive their insane speeds.


If this turns out to be true, we'll report on it as it breaks. Interesting stuff, though.

BIOSTAR confirms Z390 chipset with Z390 RACING motherboards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

BIOSTAR has accidentally leaked out Intel's upcoming Z390 chipset, with an early reveal of their own Z390 RACING GT3 and GT5 motherboards with a manual on the B360 RACING GT3S leaking and teasing the Z390 as well.




If we're seeing manuals on these motherboards, it means that the new/refreshed Z390 motherboards are imminent. The manual can even be downloaded from BIOSTAR's website, but we don't know much about the Z390 chipset at all. We do know that BIOSTAR's new motherboard has support for CPUs at up to 95W TDP, which might "indirectly confirm the maximum TDP of 8-core Coffee Lake-S CPU" according to VideoCardz.

ASUS keep ROG STRIX branding for next-gen Ryzen motherboards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Apr 9, 2018 3:17 am

If there was a teeny tiny Ryzen 2000-capable motherboard that wins best all-round looks, it would go to the ASUS ROG STRIX X470-I Mini-ITX, which looks awesome.




The upcoming ASUS ROG STRIX X470-I Mini-ITX is a powerhouse motherboard offering a hidden M.2 slot, two DDR4 DIMM slots, and a built-in Wi-Fi adapter.




ASUS includes the usual full-length PCIe x16 slot, so you can power your new AMD Ryzen 7 2700X with a Radeon RX Vega 64 (yeah, probably not), or a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

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GIGABYTE's new AORUS X470 GAMING 7 Wi-Fi teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Apr 9, 2018 3:00 am

GIGABYTE's new AORUS X470 GAMING 7 Wi-Fi was teased at CES 2018, but now the motherboard is being shown in full detail and it's shaping up to be one of the best-looking X470 motherboards you will soon be able to buy.




The new AORUS X470 GAMING 7 Wi-Fi is the flagship motherboard from AORUS for AMD's upcoming Pinnacle Ridge CPUs in the Ryzen 2000 series. We can see a large heat sink over the VRM, with reinforced DDR4 slots and PCIe x16 slots. There is space for two M.2 SSDs, both of which are passively cooled with heat sinks.


The board also rocks built-in Wi-Fi-AC, 2 x USB 3.1 ports, 4 x USB 3.0 ports, and a GbE port. We should expect GIGABYTE to debut the AORUS GAMING 7 Wi-Fi for just $240.

ASRock X470 Taichi Ultimate motherboard teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Apr 4, 2018 4:47 am

We are inching closer and closer to the official reveal of AMD's upcoming 400-series chipset and Pinnacle Ridge CPU architecture being released in the form of the upcoming refreshed Ryzen 2000 series, with our first look at two of ASRock's high-end motherboards.




First, we have the new ASRock X470 Taichi Ultimate motherboard which rocks 10GbE ethernet.




10GbE is provided through the AQUANTIA 10GbE controller, and power/reset buttons compared to its slightly cut down sibling.

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ASUS ROG Crosshair VII X470 motherboard leaked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 31, 2018 12:30 am

ASUS is preparing the ROG Crosshair VII motherboard with AMD's new X470 chipset, ready for the launch of the new Ryzen 2000 series CPUs that are right around the corner.




The new ASUS ROG Crosshair VII motherboard rocks a new VRM heat sink, a pre-installed I/O shield, power on/rest buttons have been moved next to the DIMM slots, while we now have a M.2 slot with a dedicated heat sink to keep those super-fast NVMe drives from getting too hot.


ASUS have changed things up between the previous-gen ROG Crosshair VI and the new ROG Crosshair VII, with the latter featuring less SATA 6Gbps ports with 6 drives capable on the new board compared to 8 on the former. The I/O bracket features 12 x USB ports (with a mix of 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1) compared to 14 on the previous-gen port, but the new board now sports a PS/2 port.

Continue reading 'ASUS ROG Crosshair VII X470 motherboard leaked' (full post)

ASUS ROG STRIX X470-F motherboard packaging leaked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 27, 2018 2:21 am

We're only a few weeks away from the retail release of Pinnacle Ridge CPUs and X470-based motherboards, with the new ASUS ROG STRIX X470-F motherboard packaging leaking out.




Here's the front of the box, where we can see it has multi-GPU support, the AM4 socket and X470 chipset, and Aura Sync RGB lighting tech from ASUS. The board has three x16 PCIe slots, but only two of them are reinforced. We should expect M.2 storage and improved overclocking on this board over the lower-end X470 boards from ASUS.




This board will launch on April 19 alongside everything else Pinnacle Ridge.

ASUS ROG X470 Crosshair Hero VII smiles for the camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 19, 2018 1:30 am

It looks like ASUS has started shipping their next-gen X470 motherboards out to distributors, ready to rock and roll with AMD's upcoming Ryzen 2000 series which has been made on the fresh 12nm FinFET node.




ASUS will have their ROG Crosshair Hero VII motherboard but VideoCardz also teases that the company could be working on the Crosshair VII Extreme motherboard, too. The site notes that there are two versions of the ROG Crosshair VII Hero: one with Wi-Fi, and one without.

ASUS ROG X470-F STRIX motherboard tease, ready for new Ryzen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 17, 2018 3:00 am

AMD is preparing for the launchb of its refreshed Ryzen 2000 series of CPUs, with ASUS being one of the first to have their upcoming X470 range of motherboards teased.




VideoCardz has the scoop with an "anonymous tipster" sending them a picture of the upcoming ASUS ROG X470-F STRIX motherboard. ASUS will have a bunch of X470 motherboards coming out over the next couple of months, something that includes:


  • PRIME X470-PRO

GIGABYTE release new Gemini Lake based J/N motherboards

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jan 22, 2018 12:21 pm

In a world that is dominated with performance and mining builds, GIGABYTE haven't forgotten about the little guy, in this case small-form factor PC's. GIGABYTE have announced the release of the new generation Gemini Lake based J/N series motherboards that feature an on-board CPU, humidity protected glass fabric PCBs, long acting capacitors, anti-surge ICs, low resistance MOSFETs, and Ultra Durable components.




"Following the announcement of the newest Intel Pentium Silver and Celeron Processors, GIGABYTE developed a series of motherboards that truly reflects our excellent ability to combine the best of motherboard technology with Intel processor architecture," GIGABYTE stated.


Powered by the latest Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Celeron processors, GIGBYTE's latest J/N series motherboards also includes support for M.2 SATA SSD, UDIMM DDR4 2400MHz memory, HDMI 2.0 4K and utilizes fanless cooling technology to provide the perfect solution for always-on, compact builds.