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MSI MEG X570 Creation motherboard with Zen 2 CPU spotted

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Apr 2, 2019 2:18 am

MSI will be soon announcing and releasing its new X570 Creation motherboard, something that has been teased on an EEC listing.




The new MSI X570 Creation motherboard will be the enthusiast-ready from the company that will work with AMD's new Ryzen 3000 series CPUs. The upcoming MSI motherboard had an early engineering sample of an upcoming Zen 2 processor codenamed "2DS104BBM4GH2_38/34_N" as an ES1 (engineering sample) processor with 4C/8T with a 65W TDP and 3.4/3.8GHz CPU clock speeds.


We're looking at a new Ryzen 3 processor by the looks of things, as a 4C/8T chip on the 7nm node under the new Zen 2 architecture. We will see AMD release a slew of new Ryzen 3000 series processors:


  • Ryzen 3 3300 - 6/12 - 3.2/4.0GHz - 50w - $99
  • Ryzen 3 3300X - 6/12 - 3.5/4.3GHz - 65w - $129
  • Ryzen 3 3300G - 6/12 - 3.0/3.8GHz - 65w - $129
  • Ryzen 5 3600 - 8/16 - 3.6/4.4GHz - 55w - $178
  • Ryzen 5 3600X - 8/16 - 4.0/4.8GHz - 95w - $229
  • Ryzen 5 3600G - 8/16 - 3.2/4.0GHz - 95w - $199
  • Ryzen 7 3700 - 12/24 - 3.8/4.6GHz - 95w - $299
  • Ryzen 7 3700X - 12/24 - 4.2/5.0GHz - 105w - $329
  • Ryzen 9 3800X - 16/32 - 3.9/4.7GHz - 125w - $449
  • Ryzen 9 3850X - 16/32 - 4.3/5.1GHz - 135w - $499

GIGABYTE X499 motherboard range teased, ready for AMD Zen 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Apr 2, 2019 1:15 am

AMD will be revealing its next-gen Zen 2 architecture in the coming months, which will bring big improvements in clock speeds, IPC performance, power efficiency, and much more. In this blend of announcements we will also see the new X570 chipset released, which will deliver PCIe 4.0 for the first time ever.




We've already seen some leaks of upcoming ASUS motherboards, but now it's time for a gander at the GIGABYTE range of X570 motherboards which will be led by the flagship X570 AORUS Extreme motherboard. There's also some X499 motherboards which will work with the Threadripper 3000 series processors, which will be using the Zen 2 architecture on 7nm with up to 32C/64T.


The full list of GIGABYTE X570 motherboards:


  • X570 AORUS PRO
  • X570 GAMING X

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ASUS installs malware onto tens of thousands of PCs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 26, 2019 3:59 am

If you've got a PC with an ASUS motherboard and ASUS Live Update installed, you might want to read into this story. Security firm Kaspersky has reported that hackers have been able to get backdoor access in up to millions of PCs.




How? Through firmware updates through ASUS' own Live Update software. Live Update lets ASUS upload drivers, software, and firmware updates to compatible PCs. This includes pre-installed versions of Live Update on ASUS-powered laptops and desktops, and as a standalone downloads to countless ASUS motherboard owners.


VICE Motherboard published a story recently, which Kaspersky replied in a blog post detailing more of what happened with ASUS. The security firm said over 57,000 users of its anti-virus software have downloaded, and installed the compromised version of Live Update. Make note of that: this is for people using Kaspersky anti-virus software, there would be many magnitudes more that don't use their software, and thus weren't considered in these 57,000 people.


UPDATE: ASUS official response at full news post

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ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula teased, first with PCIe 4.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 25, 2019 1:14 am

AMD will be launching its next-gen Ryzen 3000 series CPUs just before or during Computex, with the new X570 motherboards designed to support the new 7nm processors on the new Zen 2 architecture.




ASUS will be launching a new range of X570 motherboards with VideoCardz reporting that we are to expect a flagship ROG Crosshair VIII Formula motherboard. There are 12 motherboards in the X570 range so far, with AMD making the new chipset in-house versus using something made by ASMedia. Not only that, but the X570 will be the first chipset out to market with PCIe 4.0 connectivity.


We will know more about AMD's upcoming Zen 2 processors in the coming months, especially as we inch closer and closer to the launch of the X570 chipset and the exciting new PCIe 4.0 connectivity.


  • PRIME X570-P
  • PRIME X570-PRO
  • Pro WS X570-ACE

SuperMicro plans high-end gaming motherboards for 2019

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Feb 12, 2019 6:30 am

SuperMicro has made a surprising move that we might not feel for another 6+ months or so, but the company has announced plans of returning to the gaming and high-end motherboard business this year.




The company has found success over the last couple of decades making some of the highest quality motherboards on the market, filling some of the most important systems in the world. Governments and companies that require 24/7 stability and 100% uptime will look to SuperMicro's various products and technologies, and while over the last few years the company has dipped its toes into the consumer/gaming motherboard market, it hasn't made a huge splash.


That is all about to change as a journey that started in 2016 and has already provided some fruit from the seed with a few gaming-focused motherboards, but nothing to compete against ASUS and GIGABYTE. SuperMicro VP Vik Malyala recently talked with KitGuru during a recent visit to their Silicon Valley-based HQ, where Malyala said the company is focused on making gaming-class motherboards that will compete with ASUS Maximus and GIGABYTE AORUS gaming motherboards, with expansions being made to SuperMicro's engineering division so they can tackle the new market they're pushing into.

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GIGABYTE rumored to cut workforce over low motherboard sales

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Feb 4, 2019 1:47 am

GIGABYTE is reportedly preparing to cull its motherboard workforce by 5-10% over lower motherboard sales, with shipments of motherboards dropping year-over-year.




The company is better preparing itself for 2019 to hit a sales target of 10 million motherboards, which is keeping its head above water compared to 2018 where it sold 11.4 million motherboards, 12.6 million in 2017, and down from the much larger 16 million shipments in 2016.


DigiTimes is reporting that GIGABYTE will lay staff off from its sales and marketing departments of its motehrboard division, but the VGA side of things will be left untouched. GIGABYTE's graphics card sales aren't being hurt that badly with 3.5 million graphics cards sold in 2018, the same as in 2016.

ASRock X570 tease future of PCIe 4.0 tech, AMD Zen 2 CPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jan 31, 2019 2:20 am

AMD will be launching its new Zen 2-based range of processors in the coming months, where we should expect a huge launch during Computex 2019 in June, and now ASRock is feeling a little cheeky with an early listing of their X570 motherboards listed with the EEC.




The new X570 chipset will feature PCIe 4.0 connectivity for the next wave of GPUs, 10GbE (and 100GbE) network controllers, new SSDs (that can hit 4-5GB/sec) and more. The big deal with X570 is that it will be the chipset that should launch side-by-side with the Zen 2 CPUs that AMD is making on the new 7nm node that will deliver some large performance improvements.


AMD's upcoming Zen 2 processors will launch as the Ryzen 3000 series, but we could expect ASRock to release these motherboards earlier, too.


  • ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming X
  • ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming 6
  • ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming 4
  • ASRock X570 Extreme4
  • ASRock X570 Taichi
  • ASRock X570 Pro4
  • ASRock X570 Pro4 R2.0
  • ASRock X570M Pro4
  • ASRock X570M Pro4 R2.0

ASUS launches new X399 and X299 boards ready for HEDT CPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jan 7, 2019 1:30 pm

CES 2019 - ASUS has chosen the Consumer Electronics Show as the time to launch its new ROG series motherboards, both prepared for respective HEDT processors from AMD in the new Ryzen Threadripper 2000 series and the Intel Core-X range.




The new motherboards are redesigned in a few ways including power delivery, but this is the first time ASUS has stepped up to the HEDT motherboard mantle with similar features on both of the X399 and X299 motherboards which is a great things to see. Both boards support up to 128GB of DDR4 and support 3-way SLI and CFX multi-GPU configurations and a boat load of connectivity, features, and other technologies.

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The top LN2 9900K frequency record goes to... Supermicro

By: Steven Bassiri | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jan 3, 2019 11:57 pm

Supermicro isn't a name you typically find at the top of the extreme overclocking rankings over at HWBot, but today is different. Using a Supermicro C9Z390-PGW, user "Superm" submitted the highest LN2 9900K frequency world record, at 7.511GHz. While there is one score roughly 100MHz higher, that result uses Liquid Helium, which has a boiling point of -268C, which is much colder than the -196C liquid nitrogen can achieve.




The best part about this news is that the C9Z390-PGW is a six phase motherboard, without any of that twin or doubler stuff. Just six chokes (inductors) and six Infineon integrated power stages controlled by a Primarion digital PWM. If that doesn't yell quality over quantity, we don't know what does.




You can find our review of the motherboard here. The motherboard features a 6+2 phase VRM, with 6 for the CPU and 2 for the iGPU. The digital PWM controller is the Primarion PXE1610 and the power stages are Infineon TDA21232, which we figure are rated around 55A each, and then six Vitec 66A power inductors are used. While visiting Supermicro's HQ last month, I had a chance to talk with their engineers about their VRM. I was originally a bit wary of the motherboard featuring just six phases for such a power hungry S-SKU CPU, but they assured me not to worry, and when I did my review I was shocked that it handled the 9900K with ease.

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GIGABYTE's new Z390 AORUS Xtreme Waterforce board looks BOSS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Dec 12, 2018 4:33 am

GIGABYTE has just unveiled its latest AORUS motherboard just in time for the holidays, with the new Z390 AORUS Xtreme Waterforce ready to dip its toes into some water cooling goodness on a new Intel Core i9-9900K processor.




The new motherboard is for liquid cooling enthusiasts to push their CPUs to the limit, as well as everything else on the motherboard. It bursts out of the game with a gigantic monoblock that's pre-fitted to the motehrboard. This monoblock goes from the CPU socket through the power delivery part of the board, and the Z390 chipset itself.


The company is using a plastic cover close to the PCI Express slots, with metal heat sinks keeping the M.2 SSDs cool.




You'll be fine powering and overclocking the new Core i9-9900K to its limits with the Z390 AORUS Xtreme Waterforce motherboard, as there are dual 8-pin power connectors. There's also 16 IR Digital VRMs, while the PWM design packs 16 TDA21462 60A MOSFETs and 8 IR3599 Phase Doublers.

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