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We have had a few weeks with three A85X motherboards and AMD’s top of the line Trinity APU, the A10-5800K, which combines 4 unlocked Piledriver CPU cores (stock 3.8GHz, turbo 4.2GHz) with an integrated Radeon HD 7600D GPU with 384 Radeon Cores at 800MHz. We’ve written several in-depth articles on AMD’s new Virgo platform--A85X chipset, FM2 socket and Trinity APUs--covering both the basics of the new A85X chipset, as well as CPU and overclocking performance. The FM2 socket is brand new for Trinity APUs and is not backwards compatible with FM1--sorry, Llano owners. Gigabyte... Read more...
We have received news directly from Intel that the company will stop developing new desktop motherboards once the launch of its next-gen Haswell architecture is completed, sometime later this year. This move does not impact Intel’s desktop chipset plans and Intel will support and warranty all of the current products it sells, through the full stated warranty period included with the specific product. Intel also plans on launching and shipping its Haswell-based products for 2013 under its normal sales terms, and will expect deliveries to continue through the normal life of those products (usually... Read more...
Over the course of the past few years, you might have noticed that component vendors have been working hard to shed some old technology that's been keeping us from progress. We've seen EFI replace the typical BIOS, for example, and GPT become more prevalent to allow us to use hard drives greater than 2.2TB in size. Next up? "Silicon Photonics", a technology that Intel has been working on for the past decade that helps make the word "bottleneck" non-existent where inter-system communications are concerned. At the Open Compute Summit, being held in Santa Clara this week, we've already learned... Read more...
It's been a nice, long ride for the conventional PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) slot, but with the introduction of Intel's game-changing Haswell platform, the Santa Clara chip maker is reportedly doing away with support for the legacy ports. If you've been holding onto an earlier model Sound Blaster card or any other peripheral still using the old-school ports, go ahead and plan their retirement party now. Intel's Z87 chipset for Haswell isn't just about getting rid of old technologies. In a nod towards future-proofing, Z87 will reportedly boast support for half a dozen SATA 6Gbps connectors,... Read more...
Asus today lifted the curtain on its F2A85 Series of motherboards built around AMD's new A85X chipset and FM2 socket. The boards are designed and optimized for the Sunnyvale chip designer's second generation "Trinity" Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), which are expected to launch next month. One of the things Asus continues to tout is the inclusion of Dual Intelligent Processors, which are two onboard chips -- EPU (Energy Processing Unit) and TPU (TurboV Processing Unit). Paired with Asus' exclusive DIGI+ VRM digital power design, Asus claims its boards deliver twice the precision power as ones... Read more...
Hulking desktop towers were once all the rage, and for some, they still are. As a whole, however, the PC industry is trending towards smaller, more compact systems. With that in mind, the mini-ITX form factor is picking up some steam in enthusiast circles, and it's because vendors like EVGA are getting on board with packing big features onto tiny slices of silicon. To wit, EVGA's Jacob Freeman posted a few pictures of the company's upcoming mini-ITX Z77 motherboard, which is scheduled to launch next month. He didn't provide any real details to go along with the pictures, but it's easy enough to... Read more...
GIGABYTE announced its new GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards complete with dual onboard Thunderbolt ports. Each Thunderbolt port supports maximum data transfer speeds with simultaneous bi-directional data transfer at speeds up to 10Gbps. You'll find dual Thunderbolt ports on the GIGABYTE Z77X-UP5 TH and GIGABYTE Z77X-UP4 TH motherboards. These GIGABYTE Thunderbolt motherboards can be connected to up to 12 devices and 3 digital displays simultaneously. Thanks to the onboard Thunderbolt technology, users will be able to transfer 1TB of data in just five minutes.  The Z77X-UP5 TH and Z77X-UP4 TH... Read more...
Still pissed at your parents for trashing your vintage baseball card or comic book collection when you were a teen? Hey, it could worse. Imagine if they would have tossed a barrel of old Apple gear into the garbage bin. Apple nostalgia is apparently commanding premium prices these days, as evidenced by an Apple I motherboard and an old handwritten letter by Steve Jobs from back when he worked for Atari. The working Apple I motherboard fetched $374,500 dollars from the highest bidder at auction house Sotheby's. It's a working piece of history that also includes a couple of user manuals, circuit... Read more...
It seems like Intel's Ivy Bridge is getting all the attention these days, but let's not forget about AMD, which is getting ready to roll out a new platform of its own. AMD's upcoming A10 and A18 Trinity Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) are scheduled to arrive in the second quarter of this year, and already we're seeing compatible socket FM2 motherboards being announced, including the brand-spankin'-new A85F2-A Deluxe by Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS). The A85F2-A Deluxe is one of five FM2 models ECS has planned, the other four being the A75F2-A2, A75F2-M2, A55F2-A2, and A55F2-M3. As for the... Read more...
Asus isn't the only motherboard manufacturer who is unleashing Thunderbolt technology today. MSI also announced the official release of its Z77A-GD80 motherboard with Thunderbolt support. This motherboard was showcased at CES 2012 in January. The Z77A-GD80 features the newest Intel Z77 chipset with support for the new generation 22nm processors. With the Thunderbolt interface, users will get two-way bandwidth up to 10Gbps as well as power for external devices. The Z77A-GD80 uses Military Class III components and features MSI's one-second overclocking OC Genie II and UEFI / Windows dual-graphical... Read more...
ASUS launched its P8Z77-V PREMIUM motherboard which features the Thunderbolt connection interface. Thunderbolt promises transfer speeds that are twice as fast as USB 3.0 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0. It offers simultaneous bi-directional 10Gbps transfer speeds over a single cable, with the flexibility to daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt-ready devices. As the flagship of the P8Z77 Series, this motherboard features true 4-way NVIDIA SLI and 4-way AMD CrossFireX on the PCIe Gen 3.0 slots. The P8Z77-V PREMIUM motherboard also features advanced SSD Caching II, an onboard 32GB mSATA based... Read more...
Before you go crossing over Intel's Ivy Bridge, which the Santa Clara chip maker is ever-so-close to laying down, you have to make sure you have all your ducks in a row. It starts with the proper foundation, and if you're still shopping a compatible motherboard, Biostar hopes you'll give its brand-spanking-new TZ75B motherboard more than just a passing glance. The TZ75B is a socket LGA 1155 motherboard built on top of Intel's Z75 chipset. That means it's ready to rock and roll with upcoming 22nm Ivy Bridge processors. It also means native SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support, as opposed to previous chipsets,... Read more...
In preparation for the impending arrival of the company’s 3rd Generation Core processor products based on its Ivy Bridge microarchitecture, Intel has readied a new chipset dubbed the Z77 Express. We have already been able to show you a number of Z77 Express-based motherboards, thanks to a handful of sneak peeks while out at CES early this year and a few briefings that took place afterwards, but today we can finally give you the full monty on the chipset itself. We have been playing with a few Z77 Express-based motherboards for the past couple of weeks, evaluated their performance, and have... Read more...
In preparation for the impending arrival of the company’s 3rd Generation Core processor products based on its Ivy Bridge microarchitecture, Intel has readied a new chipset dubbed the Z77 Express. We have already been able to show you a number of Z77 Express-based motherboards, thanks to a handful of sneak peeks while out at CES early this year and a few briefings that took place afterwards, but today we can finally give you the full monty on the chipset itself. We have been playing with a few Z77 Express-based motherboards for the past couple of weeks, evaluated their performance, and... Read more...
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