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» July 23, 2014 05:00PM

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MSI Z97 Gaming 7 Review

MSI Z97 Gaming 7 Review

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Motherboards News (387)

Biostar J1800NH2 to Support Intel Bay Trail

Category: Motherboards
Posted: September 9, 2014 03:21PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The JH1800NH2 is the latest motherboard from Biostar and it is a mini ITX solution targeting the Intel Bay Trail chipset. The System on a Chip design of the board allows for the small form factor with a fan-less design and low power consumption. The board presents several options for system configurations including offices, digital signage, thin clients, and kiosks. The small size doesn't limit the functionality of the board as it supports up to 16GB of DDR3, one PCIe 2.0 slot, and two SATA2 connections.

Source: Press Release




Gigabyte Announces X99 Motherboards

Category: Motherboards
Posted: September 2, 2014 03:44PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Gigabyte has announced its first motherboards to feature the Intel X99 chipset. The boards will be available under three different categories including "G1™ gaming, SOC overclocking and signature GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™." Gigabyte VP of motherboards Henry Kao introduced the boards stating, "In addition to being the first motherboards to support the latest Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition CPUs and recently released DDR4 memory, GIGABYTE X99 motherboards offer an extensive range of unique GIGABYTE features that truly unlock the full potential of the platform." Some of the features that will be offered by these boards include all digital power design, long lifespan solid capacitors, Realtek onboard audio with included amplifier, and Killer Networking support. Also included will be a bevy of storage options including M.2, SATA Express, and Thunderbolt.

Source: Press Release




ECS Announces Z97-PK Motherboard

Category: Motherboards
Posted: August 19, 2014 03:45PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The latest motherboard from manufacturer ECS is the Z97-PK and it is based on the Intel Z97 Express chipset. ECS describes the board as the "unmatched motherboard" for use with the Intel 20th anniversary Pentium processors that were announced at Computex 2014. Referring specifically to the G3258 processor, which features an unlocked multiplier, ECS has overclocked the chip to 4.7GHz using the new motherboard which it claims is "much higher than similar products from other motherboard manufactures."

Source: Press Release



BIOSTAR Announces J1800TH Motherboard

Category: Motherboards
Posted: August 18, 2014 12:12PM
Author: Brentt Moore


BIOSTAR, a manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and industrial computing systems, has just announced its latest all-in-one board that features a system-on-a-chip, the J1800TH. The J1800TH makes use of the mini-ITX form factor as well as Intel’s Bay Trail chipset, allowing it to provide optimized performance through a low power consumption and fan-less design. Value is one of the main components of the BIOSTAR J1800TH, as it supports many innovations such as a moisture proof PCB, ESD protection, eXtreme Durable Capacitors, and USB 3.0, just to name a few. With the BIOSTAR J1800TH being as efficient and compact as it is, it is suitable in a variety of business applications including digital signage, kiosks, point of sales units, and thin clients.

Source: Press Release



Biostar Hi-Fi Z97Z7 Coming Soon

Category: Motherboards
Posted: August 12, 2014 04:29PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Biostar is adding to its Hi-Fi line of motherboards with a new board powered by the Intel Z97 chipset, the Hi-Fi Z97Z7. The board features several in-house Biostar technologies including "Hi-Fi technology, Golden Plated Audio Connectors, 8 Phase Power Design and Super Conductive Heat sinks." It also includes all of the connectors you could possibly need including 4K HDMI, USB 3.0, DVI, and Gigabit LAN.

Source: Press Release



Biostar Announces Hi-Fi B85S2G Motherboard

Category: Motherboards
Posted: August 1, 2014 01:55PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The latest motherboard from Biostar uses the Intel B85 single chip architecture supporting fourth generation i7 and i5 processors from the 1150 socket. The Hi-Fi B85S2G has numerous potential applications including personal, business, and Bitcoin mining with three PCI-E slots. The board also has two Gigabit LAN ports and a "Load Balancing" feature to divide traffic between the ports when both are connected. Up to 16GB of DDR3 is supported in two slots with four SATA3 connectors, two SATA2 connectors, 8-channel audio, and seven USB ports.

Source: Press Release



Biostar Announces TB85 Motherboard

Category: Motherboards
Posted: June 30, 2014 04:23PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Biostar has announced a new motherboard based on the Intel B85 chipset supporting fourth generation Core i7 and i5 processors, the TB85. The TB85 has a broad range of features that will make it appealing to a wide audience including "IT departments in larger companies as well as small firms," and for Bitcoin miners as the board has six PCI-E slots. The board supports up to 16GB of memory in two DR3 slots, uses 100% solid capacitors, has a total of six SATA connections, and features onboard audio.

Source: Press Release




MSI Announces New Z97 Motherboard

Category: Motherboards
Posted: May 29, 2014 02:46PM
Author: Nick Harezga

MSI has announced the Z97 GAMING 9 AC motherboard, the latest Intel compatible motherboard from the company. The board is covered in several heatsinks to keep everything cool and "unique Dragon Armor that highlight an arsenal of new features found on the board." The key feature of the new board is the Xtreme Audio DAC, providing a dedicated onboard sound card with high quality components that is tuned to deliver "120dB Signal-to-Noise-Ratio (SNR) 192kHz / 32-Bit of purest sound quality for studio-grade Hi-Fi solutions and gaming headgear."

Source: Press Release



ECS Offers Support for 4th Generation Intel Core Processors

Category: Motherboards
Posted: May 26, 2014 07:12AM
Author: Nick Harezga

ECS has announced a BIOS update to enable support for 4th Generation Intel Core Haswell Refresh CPUs on all 8 Series motherboards. ECS offers a large number of motherboards that will be able to take advantage of the update, with models utilizing the Z87, H87, Q87, B85, and H81 chipsets. More information and the new BIOS and Drivers can be found on the ECS website.

Source: Press Release



ECS Announces New Intel 9-Series Motherboard

Category: Motherboards
Posted: May 13, 2014 03:49PM
Author: Nick Harezga

ECS has announced the L337 Gaming Z97-MACHINE motherboard, bringing support for 4th and 5th generation Core i7, i5, and i3 processors to the Intel Z97 Express chipset. The board is targeted at gamers with a number of features to appeal to that specific market. A Hybrid Power design provides for enhanced overclocking ability due to MOSFETs that provide up to 90% power efficiency. An M.2 SSD interface gives users the ability to install drives with lengths of 42mm, 60mm, and 80mm. An ESS SABRE Premier Amplifier is combined with the Sound Blaster Cinema 2 to provide a high-fidelity audio experience for gaming headsets. The board also features 2-Way CrossFireX and native 4K Ultra HD resolution for your viewing pleasure.

Source: Press Release



MSI Announces Next Generation of Motherboards

Category: Motherboards
Posted: April 16, 2014 04:19PM
Author: Nick Harezga


MSI has announced a trio of forthcoming motherboards, the GAMING 3, GAMING 5, and GAMING 7. The boards borrow the USB Audio Power feature from ITX GAMING motherboards, providing stable 5V power over USB for USB headsets and USB DACs. On board sound is provided by a Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2, giving external audio power without the need for an additional card. A six month premium license for Xsplit Gamecaster is also included for users that wish to stream their gaming adventures.

Source: Press Release




ECS Announces New AMD F2+ Motherboards

Category: Motherboards
Posted: April 7, 2014 04:24PM
Author: Nick Harezga

ECS has announced the release of three new motherboards based on the the AMD FM2+ APU socket, featuring additional features over the FM2 platform. The boards will offer support for PCIe 3.0, DirectX 11.1, and 4K resolutions. The A78F2P-M2 uses the A78 chipset, offers six SATA 3 connections, HD Audio, and video connections through HDMI, Display Port, DVI, or VGA. The A58F2P-M4 uses the A58 chipset and has four SATA 2 connections with HDMI or VGA options. The A55F2P-M2 uses the A55 core, adds DVI capability, and can accommodate an additional PCIe x1 card when compared to the A58F2P-M4. All three boards have two memory slots for dual channel DDR3.

Source: Press Release



ASUS Announces Two Motherboards for AMD AM1 Socket

Category: Motherboards
Posted: March 7, 2014 01:07PM
Author: Nick Harezga


ASUS has announced a pair of new motherboards, the AM1M-A and AM1I-A, designed for the AMD AM1 System-on-a-Chip (SoC) Athlon and Sempron APUs. The AM1 APUs "combine high processing power, advanced Microsoft® DirectX® 11.1 graphics, and Fusion controller hubs (FCHs) in one small, efficient package — improving performance by over 50% compared to the previous (‘Brazos 2.0’) generation of AMD APUs." The SoCs provide an excellent balance between power efficiency and graphics performance to make the boards a good choice for systems like HTPCs. Both boards can accommodate 32GB of DDR3 in two memory slots, provide HDMI and DVI-D video output, and have two SATA 6Gb/s ports. The AM1I-A has a single PCIe 2.0 x4 slot while the AM1M-A has an x16 slot and the AM1M-A also has an additional two USB 3.0 ports.

Source: Press Release



Gigabyte Releases Mini-ITX GA-J1900N-D3V Motherboard

Category: Motherboards
Posted: February 21, 2014 04:09PM
Author: tpsreport

A motherboard aimed towards point-of-sale (POS) applications and kiosks was released by Gigabyte. The GA-J1900N-D3V motherboard will have several legacy options, such as a LPT parallel port, two RS232 serial COM ports, and a PCI slot, which are often used in that industry. It'll also have a newer mini-PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot, as well as two internal SATA connectors. 

The J1900N-D3V is Gigabyte's newest and world's first mini-ITX motherboard powered by Intel's Celeron J1900 System-on-Chip (SoC). The J1900 is a passively cooled quad-core x86-64 processor clocked at 2 GHz with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000. The two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots on the motherboard can accept up to 8GB of dual-channel DDR3-1333 MHz memory. Rear I/O connectivity includes PS/2 ports, 6-channel HD audio, D-Sub and DVI display outputs, four USB 3.0 ports, and two gigabit Ethernet interfaces "that can withstand high electrostatic discharges [...] from common electrical surges and even direct lighting [sic] strikes." Pricing for Gigabyte's J1900N-D3V board is currently unknown.

Source: Product Page



Biostar Releases the Hi-Fi A88W FM2+ Motherboard

Category: Motherboards
Posted: February 12, 2014 11:25PM
Author: tpsreport

One of the oldest names in motherboards is back at it again. Biostar's new Hi-Fi A88W FM2+ motherboard is based on the AMD FM2+ socket to support AMD multi-core socket FM2+/FM2 processors, AMD A-series, and E3-series processors. The motherboard has four DIMM DDR3 slots capable of memory speeds up to 2600+ MHz, two PCI-E 3.0 x16, two PCI-E x1, two PCI legacy slots, several USB 2.0 front headers, a single USB 3.0 front header, and eight SATA 6GB/s ports. The rear I/O has dual USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet, VGA, DVI, HDMI, PS/2 port and 7.1 surround sound audio jacks.

The highlights of the motherboard have to be the AMD A88X chipset, which features Biostar Puro Hi-Fi 3D technology for audio enhancement. One aspect of the audio enhancement is a built-in amplifier that "can drive major high-end headphones with over 100dB loads and up to 600 ohm impedance." The technology also provides "higher audio output of 24bit/192KHz than the 16 bit/48KHz from the normal MB" for superior sound quality. Another feature is that the board is made of 100% X.D.C solid capacitors and uses a moisture-proof PCB to ensure durability.

The only things not known are the availability date and price.

Source: Press Release and Product Page




New Mini-ITX Board Available From MSI

Category: Motherboards
Posted: February 7, 2014 03:26PM
Author: Tobias Thydal

When building a home theater PC (HTPC), the criteria are usually a small size, low noise production and longevity. MSI's new J1800 aims at fulfilling those criteria.

The low TDP is achieved by using a Intel Celeron J1800, which has integrated graphics. This chip allows for passive cooling to reduce noise production. The board supports up to two sticks of DDR3 RAM, and it can handle up to a total of 8 GB at speeds of 1066/1333 MHz. The audio is handled by a Realtek ALC887 chipset; however, if that is not good enough, the board has a PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slot available for a sound card. There are two SATA 3 Gb/s ports to handle storage. This might be a bottle neck for some SSDs, but it should not make a world of difference, and since this board is not meant for insane performance it does make somewhat sense. Connectivity on the inside includes a 4-pin CPU fan connector even though the chip is passively cooled as well as a 4-pin system fan connector. So if one is not sure about only using passive cooling, it is possible to add a couple of fans. On the back there is both a PS/2 keyboard and mouse port, a USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, and 3 audio jacks. As for graphic outputs, there is a VGA port that supports a maximum resolution of 2560x1600, a DVI-D port that supports a maximum resolution of 2560x1600, and an HDMI port that supports a maximum resolution of 1920x1200. 

To ensure the longevity of the board, MSI has used its Military Class 4 components, which include dark chokes for better power stability and effeciency, and solid CAPs for longer lifetime, lower ESR, and low temperature.

It should be noted that this board only supports Windows 8 and 8.1, which may deter some potential buyers, but Windows 8 and 8.1 offers Fast Boot, which can prove to be quite nice for an HTPC.

Source: MSI



ECS Launches Z87H3-M Motherboard

Category: Motherboards
Posted: January 15, 2014 04:02PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Taiwan based company ECS has introduced their new motherboard that is based on the Z87 chipset, the ECS Z87H3-M. The new motherboard includes display connections like DVI, HDMI, and VGA as well as expansion slot technologies such as four DDR3 1600 slots, two PCI Express x16 slots, one PCI Express x1 slot, and one PCI slot. Other notable connections include six SATA 6GB/s ports, one Gigabit LAN port, and one COM/serial port. The goal that ECS had in mind when developing this motherboard was the potential for expansions and upgrades that customers may want to perform.

This motherboard incorporates ECS Durathon technology as well, which ensures that the board undergoes stricter testing, uses a triple density moisture proof PCB, and is extremely temperature resistant. The Durathon technology built into the ECS Z87H3-M motherboard also provides solid capacitors and heavy-duty electrostatic discharge protection on LAN, USB, and VGA ports. Unique ECS features are also found on this motherboard and include EZ charger technology as well as the ECS iEZ utility, which ensures hassle-free BIOS updates, driver updates, and efficient fan speed management.

With worldwide availability starting this month, the ECS Z87H3-M motherboard carries an MSRP of $100.

Source: Press Release



MSI Debuts 760GMA-P34FX Motherboard

Category: Motherboards
Posted: January 14, 2014 10:23AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Introduced as a value oriented hardware component, MSI has introduced their 760GMA-P34FX Socket AM3+ motherboard. The new motherboard supports AMD FX Vishera processors out of the box, as well as 16GB of dual-channel DDR 3, SATA 6Gb/s, and USB 3.0. A third-party ASMedia ASM1061 controller is used in order to deliver two SATA 6Gb/s ports, while the SB710 southbridge offers six SATA 3Gb/s ports. Power is delivered through a combination of 24-pin ATX and 4-pin CPU power connectors. Many PCI standards are supported as well, with the MSI 760GMA-P34FX featuring a PCI-Express 2.0 x16, a PCI-Express 2.0 x1, and a legacy PCI slot. DVI and D-Sub connectors are available for display connectivity.

The MSI 760GMA-P34FX Socket AM3+ motherboard is available for purchase from retailers worldwide.

Source: techPowerUp



EK Announces New Water Block Kit

Category: Motherboards
Posted: December 26, 2013 08:37PM
Author: Brentt Moore

The Ljubljana based company, EK Water Blocks, has introduced a new water block kit for the ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition. Designed exclusively for the ASUS Rampage IC Black Edition, the kit properly cools various components of the motherboard such as the Intel X79 Express southbridge as well as the power regulation modules. Nickle-plated electrolytic copper makes up the base of the water block and POM Acetal is used for the top portion. Labeled as the EK-FB KIT ASUS R4BE, the water block kit is a complete liquid cooling solution for the ASIS Rampage IV Black Edition motherboard. This new water block offered by EK makes use of the original motherboard back plates and will ship in six different versions, with prices ranging from 104.95€ to 114.95€.

Source: ThinkComputers



Gigabyte Reveals Newest Motherboard at Blizzcon

Category: Motherboards
Posted: November 11, 2013 05:34AM
Author: Nick Harezga


Blizzcon is the annual show hosted by Blizzard to show off its products and bring gamers together for exhibitions and professional gaming competitions. At Blizzcon 2013 this past weekend Gigabyte joined the party, revealing its newest motherboard, the G1.Sniper Z87. Blizzcon is an excellent launching point for the hardware as VP of the Motherboard Business Unit Henry Kao said, "The new G1.Sniper Z87 has PC gaming built-in to its DNA, an utterly compelling choice for any high performance PC built with fragging in mind." The board features a number of innovative audio features including a socketed OP-amp that can be upgraded by the user, a digital to analog converter, and a Sound Core3D audio processor from Creative. In addition to the audio components, the G1.Sniper Z87 supports fourth generation Intel Core processors, four DDR3 modules, SLI and CrossFire, and six SATA 6Gb/s connectors.

Source: Press Release




ECS Expands Durathon Technology to Include Triple Density PCB

Category: Motherboards
Posted: November 7, 2013 04:43PM
Author: Nick Harezga

ECS introduced its Durathon Technology as a way to deliver the highest quality components to consumers through innovation and testing. The current trio of tools that are part of Durathon are Extreme Temperature Resistance, 1.5K Marathon Testing, and Superior Solid Capacitors. ECS has now added Triple Density PCB to help guard against moisture and humidity damage in its products. This is accomplished through the use of bi-directional splitting glass fabric, which offers three times the humidity protection of normal glass fabric. The denser PCB material also helps to protect against higher temperatures.

Source: ECS



ECS Makes Use of new Intel System-on-a-Chip

Category: Motherboards
Posted: October 25, 2013 05:49AM
Author: Nick Harezga


ECS has announced a new line of Mini-ITX motherboards that are based around an included Intel Bay-Trail System-on-a-Chip, the BAT-I series. A trio of motherboards will be available, each with a different included CPU, providing users with several options to choose from. The BAT-I series is targeted toward small form factor systems and other applications where power is a concern, as these new boards have a maximum power consumption of 10W. One of the models uses a Pentium CPU and the other two use Celerons. The boards are still packed with features despite their small size, including Mini PCI-e, USB 3.0, serial port headers, and full HD support through an HDMI connection.

Source: ECS



L337 GANK Drone is the Latest Motherboard from ECS

Category: Motherboards
Posted: October 9, 2013 01:42PM
Author: Nick Harezga


ECS has officially released the latest motherboard in the L337 series, the L337 GANK Drone Z87H3-A3X. The board is described as "entry level" and uses the Intel Z87 Express chipset. In addition to support for fourth generation Intel Core processors, the Drone also offers support for dual GPU solutions from NVIDIA or AMD, four DDR3 slots, and custom designed heatsinks to keep components cool under load. The board also has a number of pre-configured overclocking profiles for an easy performance increase in your system, and the use of Golden Solid Capacitors boasts up to six times increase in lifespan.

Source: Press Release



ASRock Shows Off New Enthusiast Motherboard

Category: Motherboards
Posted: September 13, 2013 04:11PM
Author: Tobias Thydal

ASRock has long been in the shadow of some of the larger motherboard manufacturers, but the company seems to be fed up with this position, and it is now doing what it can to gain the attention of the enthusiast consumers with the new Z87 Extreme 11 /TB20. The motherboard, which was shown at IDF 2013, is made specifically to cater to the most hardcore of the overclockers. It uses two 8 pin power connectors to ensure that enough clean power is being supplied during LN2 overclocking and a 12 phase, high quality VRM to allow for those high overclocks. The motherboard also features three PCI-E 3.0 x1 slots, four PCI-E x16 slots, two Thunderbolt ports, plenty of USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, dual GbE LAN ports, along with many other features. One of the things that really stand out though is the number of SATA ports. 22 SATA 6 Gbps ports are placed on the board to ensure that no one will ever lack a SATA port. For video output there is both HDMI and DisplayPort, and for audio the motherboard houses an A-Style Purity Sound chip. All of the above listed features fit neatly onto a large XL-ATX board.

Source: MaximumPC



ECS Adds New H81 Motherboards

Category: Motherboards
Posted: September 12, 2013 05:12PM
Author: Nick Harezga

ECS has announced a trio of new motherboards designed for the latest Intel 8-Series chipset, H81. One board will be available in each of the three main form factors, ATX, Micro ATX, and Mini ITX. All of the boards have support for SATA 6Gb/s, PCI Express 3.0, USB 3.0, two DDR3 slots, and 4K resolutions through an HDMI cable. ECS built all of the boards using its Durathon technology featuring Triple Density PCB design, Extreme Temperature Resistance, and Superior Solid Capacitors.

Source: Press Release



New All Black Republic of Gamers Motherboard Unveiled

Category: Motherboards
Posted: September 12, 2013 01:18AM
Author: Tobias Thydal

ASUS' Republic of Gamers line of products has proven its worth through years of being pushed to the limit. Another addition to the lineup has now been unveiled. Called the Rampage IV Black Edition, it is a thing of subtle beauty with a minimalistic and clean, all black design using only a tiny amount of red to highlight a Republic of Gamers logo, and to separate the SupremeFX Formula audio from the rest of the motherboard. Looking at the features, it appears that ASUS spared no expense. The motherboard will have 12 SATA ports, with eight of them being SATA 6 Gbps, eight USB 3.0 ports, built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi, an optimized design for Ivy Bridge-E, Extreme Engine DIGI+ III (VRM design), and ASUS' own SupremeFX Formula audio. The SupremeFX Formula includes WIMA and ELNA capacitors, an OpAmp headphone amplifier, and 120 dB SNR, all of which is separated from the rest of the motherboard to avoid interference from other components.

To provide a sense of how good this board will be, ASUS stated that " the ROG team went through 5 full layout designs to find the best possible 8 DIMM memory layout topology, and where the ROG team was working on the five new Z87 boards in the first half on this year, that whole team has focused efforts on just the Black Edition this time around!"

This board is not to be confused with the Rampage IV Extreme Black that ASUS showed off in April. Of those there were only three produced and none were sold. 

There is currently no word on pricing or availability yet, but I will keep you updated.

Source: ASUS




Gigabyte Adds Intel H81 Motherboards

Category: Motherboards
Posted: August 25, 2013 07:43AM
Author: Nick Harezga


Gigabyte is adding to its stable of Intel based motherboards with seven boards based on the Intel H81 chipset. The new H81 boards will be available in both ATX and Micro ATX form factors, allowing for a variety of build options. Gigabyte has included Ultra Durable 4 Plus components including all solid capacitors and Low RDS MOSFETs to provide longer lifespan and better performance at high temperatures. DualBIOS technology provides users with a Main BIOS and a Backup BIOS to help recover from several causes of failure. The board boasts a total of six USB 3.0 ports and support for 4K resolutions through DisplayPort or HDMI connections.

Source: Press Release



ASUS Motherboard Receives Thunderbolt 2 Certification

Category: Motherboards
Posted: August 20, 2013 01:52PM
Author: Nick Harezga


The Z87 Deluxe/Quad is the latest Z87 chipset motherboard from ASUS and it is the first motherboard to receive Thunderbolt 2 certification from Intel. The ATX motherboard can handle up to 12 devices through two Thunderbolt ports, each of which can reach speeds up to 20 Gb/s. The combination of Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort 1.2, and HDMI gives the board enough power to support three 4K displays at once. The board also supports four DIMMs, three PCIe cards, ten SATA 3 devices, and 16 USB devices.

Source: Press Release



Gigabyte Adds New FM2+ Motherboards

Category: Motherboards
Posted: August 19, 2013 03:16PM
Author: Nick Harezga


The Gigabyte A88X series of motherboards is targeted at the next generation of FM2+ AMD APUs, better known as Kaveri. Users looking to pair the motherboards with existing APUs are in luck as the boards support current generation FM2 Trinity and Richland APUs. A total of seven boards will be released, including the first G1-Killer board to support AMD APUs, the G1.Sniper A88X. The remaining six boards are the F2A88X-UP4, F2A88X-D3H, F2A88X-HD3, F2A88XM-D3H, F2A85XM-DS2, and F2A88XN-WIFI.

The G1.Sniper A88X is the highlight of the new crop of motherboards, with two new audio features. The Gigabyte USB DAC-UP provides a Digital-to-Analog converter and Gain Boost to provide improved sound quality for high end headphones and speakers. The board also has an upgrade able Op-Amp that can be easily replaced with a socket mount to provide users with additional customization options.

Source: Press Release




Official Motherboard Support for AMD's New Power House CPUs

Category: Motherboards
Posted: July 23, 2013 12:47PM
Author: Tobias Thydal

A week ago, I posted an article about AMD's new power house CPUs being available in stores; however, at that time there were no motherboards that officially supported these CPUs. Due to their high clock frequencies, the CPUs needs a lot of power, and not all motherboards are able to deliver that much. Two motherboard manufacturers are willing to put their neck on the line, and have stated that some of their motherboards support the two new CPUs. Gigabyte's GA-990FXA-UD3 (rev. 4.0) and GA-990FXA-UD7 (rev. 3.0) are capable of delivering the required power to the CPUs, and that is without a BIOS update. ASrock's 990FX Extreme9 motherboard will also support the new CPUs, but it requires you to flash the BIOS to the new BIOS P1.40.

If you do so happen to have one of the motherboards listed above and a FX-9590, then beware of one thing. The CPU has a 220 watt TDP, so it will require some high end cooling to keep it within the safe temperature range when put under stress. Reviews do state that the CPU never uses that many watts, but still uses a lot more than other AMD CPUs.

Source: CPU World



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