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Gamers or HTPC fans who are looking for a feature-packed mITX mainboard supporting Socket 1151 Coffee Lake CPUs might want to check out the new EVGA H370 Stinger. As the name of the board implies, it uses the Intel H370 chipset and is an economical offering that supports Core i3, i5, and i7 Socket 1151 Coffee Lake-S processors. The board is also Intel Optane Memory Ready and has an HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 output integrated. The H370 Stinger supports 7.1 channel high definition audio and optical out. EVGA includes Intel Dual-band WiFi / Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity with external antennas for better signal strength. The board has a single M.2 Key E 32mm socket and a single M.2 Key... Read more...
ASUS has announced some new mainboards that are available for gamers out there looking to build up a compact gaming rig using an AMD Ryzen processor. Both of the new boards are mini-ITX form factor and promise to shoehorn in all the features that gamers expect of a ROG mainboard in a much smaller package. The first new board is the ROG STRIX X370-I GAMING (AMD X370 chipset), while the other is the STRIX B350-I GAMING (AMD B350 chipset), both using Socket AM4. Both boards have very similar spec sheets and are ready for liquid cooling and have addressable RGB lighting for those wanting bing to go along with their Ryzen performance. Both of the boards also feature an integrated M.2 SSD heatsink... Read more...
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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 the DAC. To help protect and insulate the the Realtek ALC898 audio processor and onboard amplifiers... Read more...
Android and VIA, sitting in a tree.... Just kidding. But, the truth of the matter is this: VIA has just announced Android support for their embedded x86 boards. They're starting off with support for the VIA EITX-3002 Em-ITX board. Running Android on an x86 platform offers increased flexibility, great multimedia support and cost saving advantages for embedded applications such as in-vehicle entertainment and interactive kiosks. Key advantages for Android on x86 include leverage of Android development resources and existing apps, rich I/O flexibility, greater CPU performance as well as higher display resolutions of up to 1920 x 1080. In addition VIA has released SMART ETK, an Embedded Tool Kit... Read more...
You understand the drill by now: Intel releases a new CPU, tons of PC makers unveil new machines with the new chip in it, and tons of motherboard makers offer up new boards to handle the new chip. One thing is very clear; there's a lot of "new" going on this week. Gigabyte is now on the bandwagon with their new X79 series of mainboards, featuring the company's new 3-way digital engine, 3D power and 3D BIOS. As you'd guess, this board supports the latest 2nd-generation Intel Core i7 processor family (Sandy Bridge-E). The new boards take advantage of the new and exclusive GIGABYTE 3D Power, based on a 3-way Digital Power Engine for both the PWM and memory that delivers unprecedented power delivery... Read more...
Classify yourself as a "Digital Home Media Enthusiast?" If so, VIA has a motherboard they'd love for you to peek. The company has just released the VE-900 Mini-ITX mainboard, immediately available worldwide for those in need of a small, power-efficient new HTPC rig. It features a 1.4GHz Nano X2 dual-core CPU, VIA's VX900 all-in-one media system processor, support for resolutions as high as 1080p and support for 24-bit audio and up to 192kHz sample rates. There's also HDMI support, and it can handle up to 8GB of DDR3 memory. Sadly, pricing isn't being disclosed, but it ought to be coursing through supply channels as we speak. VIA Releases VIA VE-900 Mini-ITX Mainboard for Digital Home Media Enthusiasts... Read more...
Embedded systems just aren't what they used to be. And by that, we mean that they're far more potent and useful to the masses than they were just a few years back, when they were only powerful enough to handle mundane enterprise chores and the like. VIA has been capitalizing on the uptick in power and power efficiency lately, and their newest board is living proof. The next-gen EPIA-M720 Mini-ITX motherboard features the VIA VX900 MSP, and acts as the upgrade to the EPIA-LN. There's DDR3 and SATA II support, as well as a VIA 1GHz C7 processor coupled with the VA VX900 all-in-one media system processor. All combined, what you're left with is a small footprint that's plenty powerful to chew through... Read more...
Gaming motherboard? Oh, yeah. Gigabyte's got you covered, and if this promo picture is any indication of what this silicon packs... well, let's just say you should probably suit up before ordering. The G1.Sniper 2 is all set for Intel Z68-based war, ready to handle the latest Intel i7 Sandy Bridge CPU and including Bigfoot Networks' G1-Killer network technology -- stuff that'll smooth out jitter and ensure you don't get sniped while lagging. There's even a dedicated Sound Blaster X-Fi 20K2 onboard, as well as 2-way CrossFireX and SLI support, PCI Express Gen. 3 support, a built-in front audio headphone amplifier, military-styled heatpipe/heatsinks, and switchable graphics tech with LucidLogix... Read more...
We've seen some fairly unusual motherboards, and some fairly advanced ones as well. But what about a mainboard with an SSD infused onto it? It's true, and it's real. Gigabyte has just announced a new mainboard with an SSD on it, the Z68XP-UD3-iSSD. The board has a 20GB Intel SSD 311 built right onto it, which enables users to take advantage of Intel's Smart Reponse technology for a serious performance boost. It's an mSATA-based SLC SSD, and while the company doesn't make clear if you could load an operating system onto it, it should hasten the transfer of frequently used files. The new Z68 board should ship in June, but a price has yet to be disclosed. So, how long before this trend trickles... Read more...
A new platform is only as good as the support surrounding it, and now Gigabyte is giving Intel a little of that with a new Z68 motherboard. But it's not just "yet another Z68 mainboard." This is being called the world's first Z68 motherboard with onboard mSATA for Intel SLC SSDs as well as Smart Response technology. These new motherboards will support second-generation Core processors, and provide the first-ever mSATA drive connectors on a standard desktop PC motherboard. There's also the company's new TouchBIOS technology, which allows users o take total control over how their system operates and performs to best match their individual computing needs. 11 models are available now, with more... Read more...
The big news this week in the motherboard world? Z68! Tons of companies introduced new Z68 mainboards, including MSI. MSI's never one to wait around to release a new board once a platform is launched, and this week's no different. The company's newest device features OC Genie II, which enables insane performance boosts at the user's command. The company's also playing up the intense build quality, not to mention LucidLogix Virtu support for switching / mixing and matching GPUs. There's full AMD CrossFire X and NVIDIA SLI support, HDMI / DVI video outputs and a ClickBIOS that's easy to customize. You'll also get USB 3.0 and SATA III support, not to mention THX TruStudio PRO audio. There's no word... Read more...
As the Intel Sandy Bridge snafu continues to work itself, more and more companies are announcing plans to ship revised products based on the redesigned B3 stepping chipsets. Gigabyte is a major motherboard player, and obviously ships a ton of boards that support Intel CPUs. At the CeBIT 2011 trade show, the company has revealed new 6-series mainboards that feature the B3 stepping chipsets, and they're also introducing the X58A-OC motherboard designed by and geared for extreme overclockers. Also on showcase this year is the newly launched G1-Killer Gaming motherboard series as well as Gigabyte’s AMD offerings including the new revision 800 series motherboards which offer support for AMD’s... Read more...
Intel announced earlier in the week that they would be taking a huge hit to deal with the widespread Sandy Bridge flaw. Something to the tune of $1 billion or so. Many companies have been quick to react, assuring customers that all of their Sandy Bridge products will be covered under warranty. Now, Puget Systems is doing the same. The company has announced their official response to the Sandy Bridge flaw, and while they haven't experienced the issue yet, they aren't leaving customers without an option. Once the replacement hardware arrives in March, the company will either take your system back in for a replacement, or they can ship customers a PCI-E SATA controller to drop in for use instead... Read more...
Bigfoot Networks may have found their niche and their big break all at once, and they aren't even introducing a new product at CES. The secret? Partnerships. A few months ago, the company managed to get their Killer E2100 gaming network interface card integrated into a shipping GPU. The card manages bandwidth and has been shown to help online gamers have a smoother experience regardless of their connection. But the thing is, hardly anyone wants to buy a dedicated NIC. But if you integrate that NIC technology into a product that someone was already considering? Gold mine. At CES this week, Bigfoot Networks introduced a partnership with Asus, which means that Asus will soon ship a ROG Rampage III... Read more...
Well, this is sneaky. MSI has just revealed that they will be hosting a press event at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, and the funny thing is they aren't telling what will be there. But they are telling who will be sharing the stage with them: Bigfoot Networks. That's the company responsible for creating the Killer NIC card, a dedicated gaming NIC that has been well received in the gaming arena. It has shown to reduce ping times and lag, and generally smooth out online gameplay. Killer has already integrated their NIC technology onto a GPU, but the obvious next step is to integrate it into mainboards. MSI is a respected motherboard manufacturer, and while we aren't specifically told that... Read more...
Need a new system? Not willing to buy a full-size tower? Don't sweat it, as ZOTAC has just what you need. The company has just introduced a new pair of AMD 800 Series Platforms, including the planet's first AMD mobile-on-desktop platform -- M880G-ITX WiFi and the socket AM3 compatible 880G-ITX WiFi.   Both of these mainboards will fit in tight Mini-ITX enclosures, with the M880G-ITX WiFi offering a 1.5GHz dual-core AMD Turion II Neo K625 processor, a Radeon HD 4200 series GPU, two DDR-800 DIMM slots, a PCIe expansion slot, HDMI, dual-link DVI and a VGA output. The 880G-ITX WiFi  is AMD Phenom II, Athlon II & Sempron ready, and ships with a Radeon HD 4250 GPU, two DDR-1333 DIMM... Read more...
MSI today added another motherboard to its growing Fuzion lineup, this latest one being the 870A Fuzion Power Edition. More than just fancy nomenclature, this is MSI's most powerful Fuzion board so far with support for AMD's full line of Phenom II, Athlon II, and Sempron processors in AM3 form. The real treat with MSI's Fuzion series is the cross-vendor GPU support. Equipped with two PCi-E x16 Gen2 slots and a Lucid Hydra chip, the 870A Fuzion allows gamers to mix graphics cards from different brands and vendors rather than worrying about matching videocards to your chipset. Trying doing that with your SLI or CrossFireX-only board (actually, don't try it). A host of high-end goodies round out... Read more...
The world has come a long way in the world of embedded computing, with more and more power now able to squeeze onto integrated circuits versus having to use discrete processors and the like. Integrated graphics are far more powerful now than they were, and integrated processors in general are far more capable now than ever before. But there is still a long ways to go in making fewer things discrete, namely the battery. The battery has held back innovation in consumer electronics for as long as portable devices have been around; regardless of how great a design is, there must always be consideration made for a battery. Drats. Oki Printed Circuits is hoping to change our opinion on these batteries... Read more...
Is bigger always better? Not if you're VIA, who makes out by making smaller-than-average wares, from tiny CPUs to tiny motherboards. The company has just launched yet another tiny product, the EPIA-M830, their first VIA Nano E-Series Mini-ITX board. It's designed to operate with 64-bit applications, and while it's aimed at commercial applications, it doesn't take a computer scientist to realize the potential in the home, car, or elsewhere. It's being made available in both passive and active cooling configurations; the fanless 1.0GHz or the 1.3GHz fan-equipped Via Nano E-Series options are both joined by the VIA VX800 media system processor, which provides DirectX 9 support. They both support... Read more...
Haven't you heard? AMD has a new CPU out, and the bargain price is shaking up the industry in a big way. With each new processor from Intel or AMD comes a load of motherboards itching to support it, and if you're not going the pre-fab route, Gigabyte would like to encourage you to have a look at their newest options. The company has just launched a new AMD 800 Series Motherboard family, featuring support for 4-way CrossFireX, CPU Core Auto Unlock, auto-charging for iPhones, USB 3.0 (yes!), 3x USB power (enough to charge an iPad, we bet) and quite a bit more. Unlike past boards, you can tell that Gigabyte's playing to win in terms of extra features; in the past, so long as a motherboard had plenty... Read more...
Haven't you heard? AMD has a new processor out there, and there's not much one can do with a CPU without a supporting motherboard to go along with it. Asus is more ready than ever to help out, with the introduction of two new mainboards based on AMD's latest 890FX chipset. The new Republic of Gamers Crosshair IV Formula and the M4A89TD PRO are the two joining the fray, both of which feature the company's Core Unlocking technology. There's also a Turbo Unlocker technology that allows for the best possible performance out of the new AMD Phenom II Black Edition and 6-core processors, and oe Hsieh, General Manager of Motherboard Business with ASUS, said: "ASUS will never stop developing the friendliest... Read more...
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