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Gigabyte is obviously feeling bullish about the future of desktop PCs if the energy and resources that the company is putting into its upcoming line of motherboards is any indication. Earlier this week, Gigabyte previewed its boards for a few journalists and discussed a new million-dollar-plus lab that it built for the sole purpose of providing week-long burn-ins for its high-end Black Edition motherboards. Although we can’t give you details about supported CPUs and whatnot until further announcements are made, we’re able to share a few up-close and personal photos we shot of the boards.... Read more...
We’ve already had a taste of what ASUS and Gigabyte have to offer in the way of Z87 motherboards, and now it’s time to give MSI’s lineup a spin. MSI’s offering of Z87 motherboards has essentially three tiers: the “POWER” series (which includes four XPOWER and MPOWER boards), a trio of gaming boards, and five mainstream boards. The company sent us a motherboard from each area to put through their paces. The Z87 chipset goes hand-in-hand with Intel’s 4th-generation Haswell processors, and we outfitted the three MSI boards--the tiny Z87I, the Z87-G45 Gamer,... Read more...
Another day, and another new motherboard from the labs at Gigabyte. The company has just launched its new FM2+ motherboards, including the newest addition to its G1-Killer range of gaming motherboards, the G1.Sniper A88X. For one thing, the new mobo is focused intently on pristine audio, using a USB DAC-UP optimized for users employing a Digital-to-Analog Converter, and Gain Boost which provides high gain output for advanced headphones and speakers. In other words, the USB DAC-UP also allows the port to be configured in BIOS for enthusiast system configurations which do not require USB power to... Read more...
For the past decade, AMD and Intel have been racing each other to incorporate more components into the CPU die. Memory controllers, integrated GPUs, northbridges, and southbridges have all moved closer to a single package, known as SoCs (system-on-a-chip). Now, with Haswell, Intel is set to integrate another important piece of circuitry. When it launches next month, Haswell will be the first x86 CPU to include an on-die voltage regulator module, or VRM. If the idea rings a dim bell, it should. This is an approach Intel first discussed back in 2005 during IDF. At the time, the company showed off... Read more...
We have had a few weeks with three A85X motherboards, the Gigabyte F2A845X-UP4, ASRock FM2A85X Extreme4-M, and Asus F2A85-V Pro, and AMD’s top of the line Trinity A10-5800K APU, 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... Read more...
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...
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