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Today we are going to take a look at Gigabyte’s Z170X-Designare motherboard, one of the company's more recent Socket 1151-based boards for Intel's 6th Generation Skylake-based processors. At first glance this is an unassuming board, at least in terms of its appearance. It features a dark and subdued black PCB with chrome highlights and nothing overly dramatic or gaudy. Yet for the sub-$250 price tag, this motherboard is loaded up with a strong array of cutting edge technologies. Among them is support for Intel Thunderbolt 3 across the board’s USB Type-c connection on the back I/O. This... Read more...
Intel is expected to launch Kaby Lake to the desktop in January. That's not far away at this point, though if you're curious about how well the processors will overclock, it's starting to feel like an agonizing wait. That's because early results show that Kaby Lake is going to be a fun architecture to play with. Anyone needing further proof of that need only look at a Facebook post containing screenshots of a Core i7-7700K processor hitting 4.9GHz.The overclocking effort was posted by Luning Duan, a former employee at Lenovo, according to his Facebook profile. He posted a couple of shots showing... Read more...
Are you looking for a reason to be excited about Kaby Lake? You're in the same boat as many enthusiasts who hoped we'd be close to a Cannonlake launch by now. As it turns out, getting to 10nm isn't all that easy, so Intel delayed Cannonlake until late 2017 and decided to fill the gap between it and Skylake with Kaby Lake, a surprise processor architecture that disrupts Intel's traditional tick-tock release cadence. While power users aren't exactly frothing at the mouth waiting for Kaby Lake to arrive, some leaked benchmark results suggest Kaby Lake is worth getting excited about, especially if... Read more...
We have another premium Z170-based motherboard on the test bench today, by way of MSI. The MSI Z170A Gaming M9 ACK motherboard is the company’s top end gaming board for use with Intel 6th Generation Skylake-based Core series processors. The MSI Z170A Gaming M9 is packed with a host of premium features aimed at improving and enhancing your experience. Like most gaming enthusiast boards, this one also commands top dollar, but still manages to ring in $100 shy of the wallet-busting ASUS Z170 ROG Maximus VIII we previously reviewed. Some of the more notable features on this motherboard include a built-in... Read more...
The Asus Z170 ROG Maximus VIII Extreme motherboard is the latest in Asus' flagship line of enthusiast-class motherboards for gamers. It’s a top-end premium solution with a dizzying array of tuning options to supercharge your next build and tweak overall performance in games, networking and more. Our previous motherboard eval featured the Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 Ultra Durable, which was a budget-friendly Z170 motherboard that offered strong performance, without a ton of superfluous bells and whistles. Yet the Gigabyte board was quite the performer, holding its own in most tests and even coming out ahead... Read more...
Are you ready for today's 'Aw shucks' moment? Intel is working with its hardware partners to roll out BIOS updates that will effectively prevent users from being able to overclock non-K Skylake processors. Of course, that's how it was always meant to be, but motherboard makers discovered a way to allow making BCLK adjustments to cheaper Skylake CPUs and quickly began flaunting that ability. Perhaps that was their collective mistake. If you want to overclock, Intel charges a premium for unlocked processors labeled with a "K" (Intel Core i7-6700K, for example) that allow users to make BCLK adjustments... Read more...
Intel's latest generation of processors built on the Skylake architecture are seriously efficient as well as seriously fast. The flagship, Core i7-6700K, is an interesting chip as it's clocked at a base 4GHz, and can peak at 4.2GHz with Turbo Boost. Overall, it's a really solid chip, as we discovered back in November after some in-depth testing. Of course, as fast as the 6700K is, overclocking can always help take things to the next level, or at least temporarily explore future potential. In Chi-Kui Lam's case, he did just that, and managed to break a world record in the process. Chi-Kui Lam's... Read more...
To expand on our coverage of Intel’s Z170-chipset, we now turn our focus to another Gigabyte motherboard for Intel Skylake CPUs. The Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 Ultra Durable motherboard is up at the plate and has the budget-builder firmly in its sights. Conversely, the company’s pricey Z170X-Gaming G1 motherboard, which we previously reviewed, is loaded with premium features that enthusiast gamers crave. Features such as Bluetooth, WiFi, 4-way CrossFire and SLI support, baked-in liquid cooling accommodations, and the like, are all absent on this more svelte GB product. With much of the fat trimmed, Gigabyte... Read more...
Intel Skylake processors have landed and motherboard manufacturers now have a wide range of boards sporting the necessary LGA 1151 socket and Z170 chipset to support the CPUs. Under the microscope today we have a high-end model from Gigabyte, the formidable Z170X-Gaming G1—a board that's virtually bursting at the seams with top-end features for the discriminating enthusiast. It's got everything from a 22 phase power array, to support for USB 3.1, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, quad GPUs, Gen3 x4 M.2 connectors and dedicated network processing via onboard Killer DoubleShot Pro X3 NICs—just to name a few.Gigabyte... Read more...
Intel has been discussing gaming and overclocking quite a bit at this year’s Intel Developers Forum, in large part because its latest 6th Generation Core processors, formerly codenamed Skylake, are such good overclockers.Oh, and apologies for the clickbait headline. We couldn’t resist. Hey, at least you're not looking at our coverage on "how to get ripped."Not only have the early Skylake-based processors currently in the wild hit relatively high frequencies already, but they are more flexible overclockers than previous-gen products as well. Unlike every Intel processor since Sandy Bridge was released,... Read more...
We are back with another high-end X99-based motherboard on the test bed. This time around we've got the latest from ASUS, the Sabertooth X99 TUF motherboard, which supports USB 3.1 and sports ASUS' "OC Socket". The first wave of motherboards based on Intel’s X99 chipset launched with attractive features and eye-catching designs. But as time has passed, most motherboard manufacturers have continued to update and optimize their X99-based offerings.  ASUS had already offered some stand-out features in its first salvo of boards. This was largely thanks to the company’s OC Socket used on its X99-based... Read more...
NVIDIA pulled the rug out from under overclockers through a recent driver update that disabled the ability to goose its GeForce GTX 900M Series mobile GPUs past their stock clocks, creating a whirlwind of criticism in the process. Having heard the collective outcries of overclockers, and perhaps looking to avoid a class action lawsuit, NVIDIA has decided to reinstate the ability to OC through an upcoming driver. Why a lawsuit? Well, we live in sue-happy times, but that's a topic for another day. The real reason, however, is because NVIDIA's hardware partners marketed and sold high-end gaming laptops... Read more...
One of the biggest downfalls of overclocking competitions is that they're usually very exclusive. Not everyone can afford hardware that's effectively going to be slaughtered, and it's impossible to compete with champions who are handed over gear from companies like Intel without much hesitation. It's for this reason that GIGABYTE's just-announced "Target OC" competition strikes me as being really freaking cool. Instead of asking people to break records, GIGABYTE's asking people to come as close to certain targets as possible, and lower-end hardware is definitely welcomed here. Take for example... Read more...
It might "just" be a Pentium, but I consider the G3258 "Anniversary Edition" to be one of the most interesting chips Intel's released in a while. It's a well-known fact that enthusiasts love ekeing as much performance out of their parts as possible, and there's just something about doing that to a sub-$100 part that can be seriously exciting. It's like buying a modest car and turning it into one that "wows" people. While the G3258 has overclockers right in its sights, that doesn't mean that those who don't like manual overclocking can't benefit. For them, GIGABYTE's updated EasyTune, now shipping... Read more...
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