CES 2018 - At CES 2018, SuperMicro's subsidiary, SuperO, showed us a glimpse of their C9X299-PG300. The new C9X299-PG300 will replace any X299 motherboard we might have showed you at Computex, and will be available shortly. The new motherboard has enhanced VRM and M.2 cooling, as well as simple and straightforward aesthetics.
The motherboard's revamped VRM supports 300W TDP CPUs, and it's designed for overclocking. It features eight DDR4 DIMMs rated at up to 4000Mhz+, and you can load it up with 128GB of DDR4. The motherboard features four x16 PCI-E 3.0 slots, but bandwidth will vary depending on which CPU you use. We also find six SATA6Gb/s ports, two U.2 slots, two x4 PCI-E 3.0 M.2 lots, 10Gbit LAN, 1Gbit Intel LAN, and two customizable RGB LED headers.
CES 2018 - ASRock's commitment to the small form factor PC is unwavering, and at CECS 2018 they showed off two new Micro-ATX motherboards. The X299 chipset mainly serves Intel's X-Series of processors while the X399 chipset serves AMD's Thread Ripper CPUs. As such, they are high-end desktop chipsets loaded with features and more importantly, traces. Putting either on a micro-ATX motherboard is no easy feat, but ASRock is up to the task.
The X299M Extreme 4 offers four DIMMs for quad channel memory and support for up to 4200MHz+ DIMMs. It uses an XXL Aluminum Alloy heat sink that cools down its insane VRM. You do get SLI and CrossFireX support along with six SATA6G/s ports, two Ultra M.2 slots, two USB 3.1 ports, six USB 3.0 ports, Intel Gbit LAN, and 7.1 HD audio. ASRock also includes RGB LED capabilities.
CES 2018 - NZXT is mostly known for chassis and cooling solutions, but starting with the new N7 Z370, the company is getting into motherboards.
NZXT's first jump into the motherboard market comes with the N7 Z370, a $300 motherboard built on the Z370 chipset that sports a digital fan controller, RGB colors, and an all-metal frame that's specifically designed to compliment snazzy builds. The N7 Z370 comes in both black and white, and its full suite of profiles can be controlled by NZXT's CAM software, including RGB effects, fan curves, and more.
"Leveraging our years of experience as professional PC builders, we've designed the N7 motherboard with a completely new approach. In the face of increasing complexity in the PC gaming market, we want to make building easier and more enjoyable, with the N7 as a cornerstone for this new experience. Everything you need--from easy layout and obvious connections to digital fan control and RGB lighting--is included. We've also designed a completely unique motherboard cover so it's both beautiful and powerful. You can't build a quieter, better-looking system as easily as you can with our new N7 motherboard." says Johnny Hou, NZXT's founder, and CEO.
CES 2018 - GIGABYTE had a secret motherboard on hand at their CES 2018 ballroom, and we got a sneak peak so we could show you what they have in store for 2018. The AMD AM4 X470-based Aorus Gaming 7 is totally redesigned compared to their X370 Aorus Gaming 7.
The new motherboard has two M.2 slots, one routed to the CPU at x4 PCI-E 3.0 and one to the chipset at x4 PCI-E 2.0, both of them have heat sinks. The motherboard will support current and future AM4 CPUs, but should be compatible with Ryzen-2000 series CPUs/APUs out of the box.
Surprisingly, GIGABYTE decided to go back to the tried-and-true fin-type heat sink, which offers maximum cooling efficiency because of its maximized surface area. The new X470 motherboard features a 10+2 phase VRM controlled by an IR35201 PWM controller. Each power stage uses IR3553 40A PowIRstages for AMD's next gen Zen+ and current CPUs.
AMD is preparing their next-gen Ryzen processors for 2018, but we're already hearing about the new 400-series chipset that will power next-gen motherboards thanks to a new post on PCI-SIG.
The upcoming Zen+/Ryzen 2000 range is also known as Pinnacle Ridge, and will be an upgrade of Zen 1 made on 12nm. AMD will give us higher clock speeds and improved power efficiency, which is always welcomed. Zen 2 will be saved for the Ryzen 3000 series of processors, which will offer even more improvements over Zen as it will be baked onto the super-delicious 7nm node.
AMD's upcoming Summit Ridge 300 series chipset was listed on PCI-SIG in January 2016, but now we have the new codename Promontory chipset listed on PCI-SIG, which was added on December 19, 2017. This new chipset teased "AMD 400 Series Chipsets" which will include X470, B450, and A420 series motherboards.
Expect more news on this in early 2018.
Intel is working with motherboard makers to remove legacy BIOS support from their UEFI firmware by 2020, with a new client/enterprise platform future in 2020 that will lose CSM (compatibility support module).
The CSM is a component that allows UEFI-unaware operating systems and bootable devices run on newer devices with UEFI.
The loss of CSM will see the end of 32-bit operating systems on newer hardware, as 32-bit Windows, and desktop Linux distributions require CSM. WoW64 translation layers will still allow 32-bit software to run on 64-bit Windows, but the lack of CSM will hurt many people that don't have all-new products.
Intel is on a rampage of releasing new CPU architectures and motherboard chipsets to go with them, but if you thought we were another year away from a big release, you are wrong. Intel is ramping up for the next Z390 launch, something that should be revealed in early 2018.
The new Intel Z390 chipset has been spotted in SiSoftware's database, and should launch side-by-side with a new range of 4/6/8-core processors that will need to compete with the new threat of AMD's upcoming next-gen Ryzen CPUs in the first half of 2018. Intel is building the new Z390 chipset to handle the new 8-core CPUs they'll unveil, which should fill out the Coffee Lake-S family of processors.
SuperMicro is the board partner that the new Z390 chipset has been spotted on, with their SuperMicro Z7Z390-PGW motherboard spotted on SiSoftware's database. The CPU wasn't detected, which means that the motherboard is an early engineering sample that isn't capable of being detected by SiSoftware yet, or the board is so new SiSoftware is having problems with it.
Intel teases the new Z390 chipset in its roadmap for the first half of 2018, falling towards Computex which kicks off in the first week of June. Intel isn't shy from revealing new CPU architectures and chipsets during the fun in Taiwan, but this new Z390-based board from SuperMicro is packing quite the punch that could turn the game around in a few ways. It features 5Gbit Ethernet, up from the 1Gbit LAN we have as a standard now.
GIGABYTE have announced their latest Z370 chipset based motherboard, the compact GIGABYTE Z370N WIFI motherboard. Designed for a mini-ITX form factor, the GIGABYTE Z370N WIFI motherboard is a versatile, yet powerful motherboard that is optimized to support Intel's 8th Generation Core Processors.
GIGABYTE have ensured that performance isn't compromised thanks to support for dual-channel DDR4-4600MHz (OC), dual M.2 PCIe slots, dual Intel GbE LAN, dual band 802.11AC wireless and seven USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports. This motherboard also boasts onboard DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0a outputs, both are capable of HDR video with HDMI 2.0a able to provide cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio to provide the ultimate viewing experience.
ASUS has just announced their new dual Xeon workstation motherboard, with the introduction of the WS C621E SAGE motherboard. ASUS' new offering is for high-end workstation users, who want a mind blowing amount of CPU grunt.
The new ASUS WC 621E SAGE motherboard rocks two LGA 3647 sockets, which will work with Intel's new Scalable family of Xeon CPUs. The board can support 205W TDP processors, which let it drive 2 x Intel Xeon Platinum 8180 processors with 28C/56T for a total of 56C/112T. There's also 4-way GPU support for both NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFire.
We have 12 x DDR4 DIMMs that support up to 768GB of DDR4 RAM, 7 x PCIe 3.0 x16 ports, with the full x16 PCIe 3.0 bandwidth required. There are 10 x SATA III ports, 4 x U.2 connectors (32GB/sec) and a single M.2 Socket 3 connector, all backed up with out-of-the-box support for NVMe PCIe SSD RAID 0. ASUS also includes 2 x GbE ports, Realtek 7.1-channel audio, and a bunch of USB 3.1 Gen 2/Gen 1, and USB 2.0 ports.
ASUS ROG is bringing Ryzen to Mini-ITX with their latest motherboards, ROG Strix X370-I Gaming and Strix B350-I Gaming motherboards for AM4 sockets. Catering for small-form-factor Ryzen builds, these ASUS ROG motherboards are nearly identical and are packed full of cutting-edge features like their full-sized counterparts including RGB lighting, M.2 SSD heat sink, liquid cooling ready and a host of other features for your AMD Ryzen build.
ASUS Maximus Impact series showcased improved audio with a dedicated riser card, and the Strix X370-I and B350-I Gaming go one step further with an M.2 Audio Combo card that contains both SupremeFX sound and M.2 storage. As for overlocking, these motherboards feature unlocked multipliers, six-phase VRM design and support for DDR4-3600 memory. To make overclocking even easier, ASUS ROG have introduced exclusive 5-Way Optimization technology, this intelligent auto-tuning technology automatically overclocks the CPU and configures the cooling performance based on the components of your build.