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AMD and its hardware partners are not letting any grass grow underneath their collective feet. That much was made evident at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where AMD announced its 2nd generation Ryzen and Threadripper processors. That means new motherboards are on the horizon as well. We had a chance to look at one in person, Gigabyte's upcoming Aorus X470 Gaming 7 WiFi. Gigabyte said it listened to a lot customer feedback when designing this motherboard. Apparently Gigabyte really does frequent the comments sections in articles, as well as look at what people are saying in web forums... Read more...
More AMD RYZEN love is being announced at CES 2018, this time from prominent motherboard maker MSI. Small form factor (SFF) PCs can be fantastic build projects. They significantly decrease the footprint of your PC, often without compromising performance, whether it’s to accommodate confining dorm-living or a convenient portable build for LAN and eSports gaming. But first you need a strong but diminutive foundation. Enter the MSI Mini-ITX B350 PRO AC motherboard for RYZEN. The Mini-ITX B350 PRO AC is an AM4 socket motherboard for RYZEN processors and is packed with a surprising array of features... Read more...
When we think of Threadripper, we envision big and burly builds stuffed chock full of high performance hardware. The kind of system that dominates a room, and would elicit a Tim Allen grunt. Well, ASRock has something different in mind, at least in regards to size. Going in the complete opposite direction, ASRock is gearing up to release the world's first micro ATX (M-ATX or mATX) motherboard for Threadripper. That motherboard is the X399M Taichi, essentially a smaller version of the regular ATX-sized X399 Taichi. Like its bigger brother, the X399M Taichi sports a TR4 socket to accommodate AMD's... Read more...
AMD this year set the foundation for competing in the performance CPU sector with Ryzen, and it will build upon the underlying Zen architecture over the next several years, at least through 2020. Looking ahead to 2018, AMD and its manufacturing partners GlobalFoundries will transition from a 14-nanometer LPP process to 12nm LP, which it will use to launch refreshed Ryzen processors under the codename Pinnacle Ridge. Over at PCI-SIG, the standards body that oversees PCI Express technologies, there is a new Promontory 400 series platform listed, presumably for these new CPUs. The Promontory platform... Read more...
It is almost a given that any new motherboard appearing on the market will have a bunch of flashing lights, no matter which chipset it is based on. Not so with EVGA's X299 Dark motherboard. The company decided to go in a different direction with a sweet looking motherboard that is performance tuned for an Intel Core-X series processor. Power users will find many amenities here, including no less than three fans to keep critical components cool. "Some motherboard companies believe it is enough to tell you that their boards are fast. Others put enough RGB LEDs on their boards to make you think racing... Read more...
One thing you are not likely to hear in workstation circles is, "Do you even overclock, bro?" However, should that question arise when using an ASUS WS C621E SAGE motherboard, you could answer, "You bet your backside, I do!" For users who need to squeeze every last ounce of performance from their workstation, the WS C621E SAGE is a dual-Xeon motherboard that supports overclocking on both processors. You would think that having dual Xeon sockets (LGA 3647), a dozen DIMM slots supporting up to 768GB of DDR4 memory would be enough, and 4-way SLI and CrossFireX support would be more than enough to... Read more...
We can now add EVGA to the list of companies that support Intel's 8th generation Core processors, dubbed Coffee Lake, with the help of three Z370 motherboards. Three boards is pretty standard fare for EVGA, with this launch following the theme of other recent ones. Those wanting an mATX motherboard have an option in the form of Z370 Micro, while hardcore enthusiasts have the Z370 Classified K. For everyone in between, there's the Z370 FTW. Figuring out the minute differences between motherboards can be a massive hassle, but EVGA's made things pretty simple by including a side-by-side features list... Read more...
Starting on Thursday, October 5, you will be able to purchase one of Intel's newfangled Coffee Lake CPUs. In the meantime, two things are happening—early benchmarks are leaking to the web showcasing the promise of 6-core/12-thread processing, and motherboard makers are launching new brand new printed circuit boards (PCBs) based on Intel's Z370 chipset for its 8th generation Core processor family. MSI is among them, with a flurry of new options aimed at gamers. MSI announced more than a dozen Z370 motherboards spread out across its Enthusiast Gaming, Performance Gaming, Arsenal Gaming, and Pro Series... Read more...
ASUS is releasing a motherboard with 19 PCI-Express expansion slots, and no, it is not intended for gamers who want to play Crysis (or any other title). This one is aimed directly at digital coin miners as the cryptocurrency craze rages one. Like the California gold rush that lasted from 1848 to 1855, this cryptocurrency boom has modern day miners going out in search of riches, and more tools are being made available specifically for that purpose.Cryptocurrency mining is red hot at the moment. Two of the most popular cryptocurrencies are Bitcoin and Ethereum, both of which are trading at obscenely... Read more...
A day after Intel revealed full specifications for its remaining Skylake-X lineup as part of its high-end desktop (HEDT) Core X-series of processors, hardware partner ASUS has gone and launched a couple of premium X299 chipset motherboards under its Republic of Gamers (ROG) division. Both are part of the company's Rampage VI lineup and include the ROG Rampage VI Extreme and ROG Rampage VI Apex. These are not motherboards for the casual builder, they're intended for gamers and power users who are looking to build a burly desktop. That is something worth mentioning as even though Intel's Core X-series... Read more...
If you are planning to build a system around a high-end desktop (HEDT) processor, then you probably have AMD's upcoming Threadripper launch on your radar. We will have to wait and see how things shake out, but on paper, Threadripper looks impressive—compared to Intel's HEDT lineup, Threadripper offers more cores and threads per dollar, along with more PCIe lanes for decked out configurations with multiple graphics cards and those fancy NVMe M.2 SSDs. Of course, performance will depend on the motherboard as well, and mobo makers are starting to reveal their Threadripper-compatible lineups.A spattering... Read more...
Intel and AMD are getting ready to duke it out in the high-end desktop (HEDT) processor market with brand new CPUs and platforms. It remains to be seen which side will have the upper hand, but in terms of motherboard selection, that does not appear to be a problem. With regards to Intel and its X299 chipset for enthusiasts, MSI unveiled a handful of options at Computex. MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Two of those models have product pages already up on MSI's website. They include the X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC and X299 SLI Plus. Starting with the former, the X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC is being billed... Read more...
Enthusiast system builders have a lot to be excited about this summer. New high-end CPUs and GPUs are on the horizon and it doesn't even matter where your allegiance lies—Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA have all announced some exciting new products. For Intel, the big news is its Core i9 line of processors. In preparation for those chips reaching retail, Gigabyte unveiled a trio of X299 chipset motherboards under its Aorus gaming brand. "Marked with the Aorus brand the new X299 Aorus Gaming motherboards are here to exceed expectations, this is apparent just by glancing at the aggressive exterior of these... Read more...
Things just got real in the enthusiast space, folks. In what amounted to a mic drop moment, Intel unveiled new high-end desktop (HEDT) processors based on Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X, the top part of which is a monster 18-core CPU under the company's new Core i9 branding. With the cat officially out of the bag, motherboard makers were free to announce accompanying X299 chipset motherboards for Intel's new chips. ASUS and its Republic of Gamers (ROG) division wasted no time in doing so.ASUS ROG unleashed three performance grade X299 motherboards at Computex, each one "expertly tailored for different... Read more...
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