Items tagged with X79

MSI announced a new front control panel known as the MultiConnect Panel as well as the "world's first" voice command technology with system boot control in the form of the Voice Genie. MSI's MultiConnect Panel offers support for Wi-Fi 802.11n and Bluetooth 3.0 wireless as well as an OC Genie button that will enable MSI mainboard users to increase system performance with the push of a button. The MultiConnect Panel also features a Super Charger that provides three times higher voltage than conventional USB ports so you'll be able to quickly charge your smartphone, tablet, and other gadgets via a MSI X79 mainboard. MSI's Voice Genie is a voice control system that lets users enable and disable OC... Read more...
Overclocking used to be a dark art reserved for a power users who didn't mind taking potentially catastrophic risks in order to squeeze a few more ounces of free performance out of their components. Things have changed dramatically in recent years, but lest anyone forget, overclocking can still be dangerous, even with all of the modern day safe guards. YouTube user "japan0827" found this out the unfortunate way when his overclocked system went up in smoke...literally (see video here). He was using a Gigabyte X79-UD3 motherboard and narrowed the culprit down to a faulty MOSFET that couldn't handle the stress from the board's CPU VRM. Pictures are littered all over the Web on various forums, and... Read more...
ASRock recently posted a pair of pictures on its Facebook page that are sure to appeal to Transformers fans. One is of an X79 Optimus Prime motherboard and the other is themed after Bumblebee, also based Intel's X79 chipset. As far as we can tell, these are concept shots and not actual boards, though if they are real, there's a good chance both will be unveiled at CES in Las Vegas next month. ASRock didn't provide any specs for these boards, but other than the Transormers-themed makeover, they look identical to ASRock's X79 Extreme9. We're guessing the company's design team was just having a little fun and that's all this is, but then again, you can buy Transfomers-themed gear from Razer, such... Read more...
G.Skill has rolled out several quad-channel memory kits built exclusively for Intel’s X79 platform in recent weeks, and today there’s another kit: the RipjawsZ DDR3-2400MHz 64GB (8 x 8GB). The DIMMs are all rigorously hand-tested and validated and are designed for maximum stability and overclocking headroom. They also come with a lifetime warranty. This incredibly heavy-duty RAM kit joins the other X79 RipjawsZs, including the 64GB DDR3-2133MHz, 32GB DDR3-2400MHz, and 16GB DDR3-2500MHz kits.... Read more...
“Moar X79 motherboards pleez!”, you’re undoubtedly shouting. Well, good news: EVGA announced its slew of X79-based boards in the X79 Classified, X79 FTW, and X79 SLI. All of the boards support the new socket 2011 Intel chips and feature four DIMM slots; 10 USB 2.0 ports and 10 USB 3.0 ports (4 USB 3.0 on the X79 SLI); and a pair each of SATA 6Gbps, 3Gbps, and E-SATA ports. The boards also support at least 3-way SLI, and the X79 Classified can handle 4-way SLI at x8. The X79 SLI has three PCI-E x8x16 slots while the other two have five each. In terms of power, the larger two boards of the three, the X79 Classified and X79 FTW, feature 12+2 CPU PWM and dual 8-pin CPU connectors.... Read more...
Now that the Intel X79 chipset and new Intel Sandy Bridge-E CPUs (socket 2011) are officially a matter of record, seemingly every manufacturer is nearly simultaneously launching products to go along with them. Memory makers are no exception, as the new X79-based motherboards support a ridiculous amount of quad-channel DDR3 system memory. Because there are so many, we decided to wrap these memory announcements up in one tidy package for your reading enjoyment. Let’s go in alphabetical order, shall we? Corsair announced new kits in its Dominator and Vengeance families. There are five new Dominator kits, and they come with Corsair’s DHX+ heatsink and support Intel XMP1.3 profiles. Available... Read more...
A few weeks ago, the fine folks at ASUS invited a gaggle of us tech newsies out to San Jose to get up close and personal with their new X79 chipset-based motherboards. In addition to setting us up with top-notch accommodations, the ASUS crew had lots for us to see, hear, and busily jot down. After breakfast, we listened to several brief but informative presentations by various ASUS representatives on the X79 platform (and Intel’s upcoming CPUs) and all the new features on the ASUS X79-based motherboards. After that, we hit the demo floor. ASUS had several stations set up where we could take our time getting familiar with the new products. Boy, they demoed a lot of new ones (which we mentioned... Read more...
November 14th 2011 marks the release of Intel’s Sandy Bridge-E microarchitecture and its companion X79 Express chipset. Sandy Bridge-E is the ‘tock’ in Intel’s tick-tock release schedule cadence, that bridges the gap between current Sandy Bridge processors and next year’s, totally new Ivy Bridge microarchitecture. The first processor to arrive in the SBE line-up is the Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition, a six-core chip poised to knock Intel’s aging Gulftown-based processors from their position atop the PC food chain, one that they've held for almost two years. We’ve got a Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition in house, along with a handful of X79 Express-based motherboards,... Read more...
We’ve been in this business here at HotHardware for a long time now. For most of that time, we’ve heard from countless so-called "industry experts" that the PC is dead, or at the very least dying. Quite frankly, we’re sick of hearing it. The PC is far from dead. One has to look no further than Intel's most recent finanical results, or even the contents of this website. In fact, we’d argue that the PC is more pervasive than ever. The PC isn’t dead, it just so happens to be one of the most flexible and versatile pieces of technology in existence, and it has simply gone through a number of transformations in its illustrious lifetime. What was once a non-descript,... Read more...
Although we’re still a while away from the official launch of Intel’s X79 Express chipset and next-gen Sandy Bridge-E processors, Gigabyte has decided to show off their latest G1-Killer motherboard, the GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2. “Today we have a special treat for those of you who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our forthcoming X79 series motherboards, with a glimpse of the GIGABYTE G1. Assassin 2 in all its glory; the first G1-Killer series board to support Intel Core processors for the 2011 socket. As with all GIGABYTE G1-Killer motherboards, the emphasis is on serious gaming performance, with onboard audio and networking processors that ensure you’re getting... Read more...
We spent some time yesterday walking through the Technology Showcase at this year’s IDF, and as you may expect much of the buzz surrounds Sandy Bridge-E, its companion X79 chipset, and Ultrabooks. We stopped off to see what MSI, Kingston and Gigabyte specifically had on display on the show floor and also snapped off a few pictures of an Asus Ultrabook that was being shown off during one of our briefings.    Asus UX21 Ultrabook, all 2.4 pounds of it... First up we have some shots of the Asus UX21 Ultrabook. The all-aluminum Asus UX21 is just 0.66″ thick at its thickest point and weighs only 2.4lbs, yet the machine will be offered in configurations with up to a Core i7... Read more...
Just before wandering into Paul Otellini’s opening keynote at the Intel Intel Developers Forum going on in San Francisco, we spotted some new hardware on display in one of the demo areas we thought you’d all like to see. If you remember a few weeks back, rumors began to spread that both Intel and AMD would be offering self-contained liquid-cooling solutions with their upcoming high-end processors. Well, as these pictures show, Intel is most definitely on-track to offer a liquid-cooling solution. Oh, and yes, that’s an X79 motherboard right next to it...       The X79 Express chipset is the successor to the X58 and will be paired to Intel’s... Read more...
Sandy Bridge processors have been available for eight months, but Intel's highest-end CPU remains based on the older 32nm Westmere architecture, rather than on SB silicon. A report from VR-Zone suggests Intel's Sandy Bridge-E CPUs may have been delayed for thermal reasons. According to the site, Sandy Bridge-E chips will ship without an Intel standard cooler and may dissipate as much as 180W. To date, Intel has said only that the upcoming processors will have a TDP in line with its previous high-end desktop chips. The upcoming socket will span enthusiast and server systems. Despite appearances, the two statements aren't necessarily linked and should be evaluated separately. Any decision Intel... Read more...
Multiple bits of CPU data have crept out from under the woodwork in the last few days; here's a roundup of what's making the rounds. On the AMD side of the equation comes a rumor that the company is about to stop producing Phenom II X2 and X4 processors in favor of moving consumers along to the Fusion-based A8 hardware. Currently, the two APU's in stock at NewEgg--the A8-3650 (2.6GHz, $119) and the A8-3850 (2.9GHz, $139) offer significantly slower CPU cores than the Phenom II X4 955 BE (3.2GHz, $119) and Phenom II X4 965 BE (3.4GHz, $134) they'd replace. TechEye, which relayed the rumor from Kitguru, claims that: "So far no one can think of a reason to restart the X2 and X4s" and implies AMD... Read more...
Hello All.  We're just popping in let you all know that we've just posted a fresh article where we evaluate the features, bundle, and performance of MSI's NX7950GX2-T2D1GE, GeForce 7950 GX2 card.  Here's a snip from the piece... "Usually, good price / performance ratios are reserved for more affordable mid-range cards. Flagship cards rarely offer a lot of value, however.  That's just not the case with the 7950 GX2, though. It offers performance that somewhat justifies its $550+ price tag. The GX2 performs roughly on par with a pair of GeForce 7900 GT cards, and its price is in-line with the cost of two GTs.  And MSI's version of this card proved to be an excellent representative... Read more...
NVIDIA created a ton of buzz in the gaming community when it first introduced SLI. That buzz quickly gave way to a huge success, and the buzz and success really haven't diminished since. In fact, the birth of Quad SLI has only reinvigorated the buzz.  Quad SLI is currently possible thanks to NVIDIA's GeForce 7950 GX2 video card. A 7950 GX2 is a single card that features two G71 GPUs. This means that you can run pseudo-SLI in a single PCI Express x16 (or x8) slot and essentially enjoy the benefits of SLI on some non-SLI capable motherboard (as long as the motherboard's BIOS has been updated to provide support for the 7950 GX2). We finally have another retail 7950 GX2... Read more...
WinFast PX7950 GT TDH Extreme and WinFast PX7950 GT TDH --The smart New Choice for the Gaming Enthusiast who wants everything-- Taipei, Taiwan -- Leadtek Research, a world leader in extreme visual graphics technology, today announced the WinFast PX7950 GT TDH series for the enthusiast gaming segment. Following close in the footsteps of PX7900GS, with which it shares many similar features, the WinFast PX7950 GT TDH series was designed for extreme HD gaming and in this respect still has the edge on its sibling. Powered by NVIDIA SLI-Ready GeForce 7950 GT graphics processing units it delivers exceptionally smooth frame rates at widescreen resolutions up to 2560x1600 with ultra fluid, high-definition... Read more...
Hello Everyone.  BW here, stopping in for a evening update to let you all know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of Gigabyte's GV-NX79X512DB-RH GeForce 7900 GTX.  Click right here to check it out...  ... Read more...
Now that the dual-GPU GeForce 7950 GX2 has hit the streets, the GeForce 7900 GTX is no longer NVIDIA's flagship desktop graphics adapter. But that doesn't mean it should all of a sudden be disregarded and brushed aside as an afterthought for a high-end gaming rig. In fact, the 7900 GTX may even become a more attractive option for some as its price inevitably drops over the coming the weeks and months. It's not like the 7900 GTX has suddenly become a bad performer, just because a more powerful and more expensive option has come along. We've got a new GeForce 7900 GTX on the test-bench today, courtesy of Gigabyte. The GV-NX79X512DB-RH we'll be looking at here doesn't stray... Read more...
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