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Motherboards News (395)

BIOSTAR Announces Hi-Fi B85S1 Motherboard

Category: Motherboards
Posted: April 20, 2015 03:50PM
Author: Nick Harezga


The Hi-Fi B85S1 is the latest motherboard from BIOSTAR, built on the B85 chipset with support for fourth generation Intel i7 and i5 socket 1150 processors. The Micro ATX board has two DDR3 slots, one PCI-e 3.0 slot, four SATA3 ports, and Gigabit Ethernet. BIOSTAR Hi-Fi functionality targets entertainment needs with a built-in headphone amplifier, built-in HDMI, and 24 bit audio output at 192KHz. The Hi-Fi B85S1 will have an MSRP of $59.

Source: Press Release



TUF Trooper B85 Motherboard Announced by ASUS

Category: Motherboards
Posted: April 15, 2015 01:25PM
Author: Brentt Moore


ASUS has officially announced its latest motherboard offering, the TUF Trooper B85. The TUF Trooper B85, which is based on the versatile Intel B85 Express chipset, comes with military-certified components that ensure exceptional durability and long-term reliability, and is certified by TUF engineers as a server-strength motherboard. According to the ASUS, over 7,000 hours of strict validation tests were performed by TUF engineers to ensure that the motherboard is truly able to withstand all types of conditions and heavy use. The ASUS board boasts the military-grade TUF LANGuard Ethernet socket, TUF ESD Guards 2, TUF Audio with physical shielding, TUF Thermal Radar Core for flexible temperature management, and a five-year warranty.

Source: TechPowerUp



Hi-Fi B85Z5 Motherboard Introduced by BIOSTAR

Category: Motherboards
Posted: March 23, 2015 04:33AM
Author: Brentt Moore


BIOSTAR, a manufacturer of quality motherboards, graphics cards, and industrial computing systems, has officially revealed the Hi-Fi B85Z5 motherboard. This latest product from BIOSTAR is based on the Intel B85 single chip architecture, meaning that key business features such as Intel Rapid Storage Technology and Intel Small Business Advantage are included and fully supported. The BIOSTAR Hi-Fi B85Z5 motherboard offers support for Intel's 4th generation Core i7 and Core i5 processors in the 1150 socket, includes four DDR3 slots that support up to 32GB of RAM, and is manufactured with solid capacitors as well as Super Durable Ferrite Chokes. Being a Hi-Fi product, the motherboard also includes a built-in powerful "Double Hi-Fi" headphone amplifier and Super LAN Surge Protection, which enhances Ethernet protections.

The BIOSTAR Hi-Fi B85Z5 motherboard features an MSRP of $89.

Source: Press Release


990XA-UD3 R5 Motherboard Introduced by GIGABYTE

Category: Motherboards
Posted: March 23, 2015 04:10AM
Author: Brentt Moore


GIGABYTE, a pioneer in the motherboard industry, has officially introduced the 990XA-UD3 R5, the company’s latest socket AM3+ motherboard. The 990XA-UD3 R5 is an ATX form factor product, is a part of the Ultra Durable Series, and is based around the AMD 990X chipset, featuring an AMD SB950 southbridge, The motherboard, which is powered from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors, comes with six SATA 6 Gb/s ports, three PCI-Express 2.0 slots, two USB 3.0 ports, a Realtek ALC1150 CODEC, a gigabit Ethernet connection, and a PS/2 mouse/keyboard combo port.

The 990XA-UD3 R5 motherboard from GIGABYTE is expected to retail for $130.

Source: TechPowerUp


GIGABYTE Announces X99 Champion Series

Category: Motherboards
Posted: March 16, 2015 04:05PM
Author: Nick Harezga

GIGABYTE has added to the X99 Champion Series, featuring four motherboards including the previously discussed X99 Gaming 5P. Joining the Gaming 5P are the X99-UD4P, X99-UD3P, "and the already famous X99-SOC Champion." VP of the GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit Henry Kao described the Champion stating, "Since its launch in January, the GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion motherboard has become the undisputed performance leader for X99 motherboards with over 30 top overclocking scores under its belt including 10 World Records." Users can install DIMM modules up to 3200MHz or RDIMM modules that provide greater memory density with support for up to 16GB per stick. Reliability was addressed by using an all digital power design featuring IR Digital PWN and IR PowIRstage ICs, Long Lifespan Durable Black Solid Caps, and 6x Gold Plating. Realtek HD Audio was included with a built-in audio amplifier for improved sound.

Source: Press Release



ASUS 9 Series Motherboards Offer Support for Latest Intel Core Processors with BIOS Update

Category: Motherboards
Posted: March 11, 2015 04:34AM
Author: Brentt Moore

ASUS has announced that all of its 9 series motherboards officially offer support for 5th-generation Intel Core processors after users perform a quick BIOS update. For owners of ASUS 9 series motherboards that boast the renowned ASUS USB BIOS Flashback feature, the BIOS update can be downloaded to a USB flash drive and applied after the USB BIOS Flashback or reset button is pressed. Owners of these boards do not even have to have a CPU or DRAM modules in place and do not need to perform any interaction with the motherboard after the BIOS update begins. For owners of ASUS 9 series motherboards that do not feature the ASUS USB BIOS Flashback feature, an easy-to-use Windows-based BIOS updater application can be ran with just one click.

The BIOS updates that enable support for 5th-generation Intel Core processors on ASUS 9 series motherboards are available immediately for download from the ASUS website.

Source: TechPowerUp



TA970 Plus Motherboard Revealed by BIOSTAR

Category: Motherboards
Posted: March 10, 2015 04:31AM
Author: Brentt Moore


BIOSTAR, a manufacturer of quality motherboards, graphics cards, and industrial computing systems, has officially revealed its latest AMD socket AM3+ motherboard known as the TA970 Plus. The TA970 Plus is a full-size ATX motherboard that includes the AMD 970 chipset and also offers consumers premium and reliable components, thereby supporting both enthusiasts and gamers. The TA970 Plus offers AMD OverDrive and Advanced Clock Calibration, which allows users to overclock their systems by calibrating the timings between their processor and RAM of choice. This allows users to maintain system stability while overclocking, allowing them to truly push their hardware to the limit.

BIOSTAR TA970 Plus motherboard exclusives include the BIO-Remote II, Smart Speed LAN, and PURO Hi-Fi technology. PURO Hi-Fi technology is being touted as one of the most important aspects of the TA970 Plus motherboard, as it is comprised of an integrated independent audio power design with a built-in amplifier which successfully reduces electronic noise and produces superb sound quality.

Source: Press Release



GIGABYTE Unveils X99 Gaming 5P Motherboard

Category: Motherboards
Posted: March 6, 2015 06:21AM
Author: Brentt Moore


GIGABYTE, a pioneer in the motherboard industry, has officially rolled out the X99 Gaming 5P, the company’s latest addition to its vast motherboard lineup. The X99 Gaming 5P is quite similar to the already available X99 Gaming 5, but differs in that it offers native support for DDR4-3200 XMP profile, includes a different brand of chokes for the CPU VRM, and features a "CPU mode" switch between 2011-pin and 2083-pin socket modes. The X99 Gaming 5P is also an E-ATX form factor motherboard, while the X99 Gaming 5 is an ATX motherboard.

Pricing and availability of the X99 Gaming 5P has not yet been announced by GIGABYTE.

Source: TechPowerUp


BIOSTAR Launches Gaming Z97X Motherboard

Category: Motherboards
Posted: February 9, 2015 05:49PM
Author: Nick Harezga


BIOSTAR has launched its latest motherboard for Intel based systems, the Gaming Z97X. This motherboard represents the first attempt by BIOSTAR at a motherboard designed specifically for gamers "from the ground up to be cool looking and high performing." The board has support for socket 1150 processors in an ATX form factor with three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, PCIe M.2 support, dual gigabit Ethernet, and BIOSTAR Super Hi-Fi Audio. Also included is the Gaming Commander box, a device that fits in a standard CD-ROM slot on your case with several interesting features. Users will have access to microphone in and audio out jacks with a built-in USB DAC, volume control buttons, and various temperature indicators.

Source: Press Release



MSI Introduces the X99S MPOWER Motherboard

Category: Motherboards
Posted: November 5, 2014 10:04PM
Author: bp9801

MSI, one of the top manufacturers of motherboards throughout the world, has a new high-end entry for Intel's Haswell-E processors. Dubbed the MSI X99S MPOWER, this motherboard is a custom-designed overclocking beast, and is the big brother of the X99S XPOWER AC. The MPOWER features Military Class 4 components to help with overclocking, which is a good thing considering the board was used to break 26 records at the recent MOA 2014 contest. It is also OC Certified, which means it has passed a 24-hour Prime95 test with an overclocked CPU and no airflow. A new and improved OC Engine to help generate more flexible bClk overclocking is also on the MPOWER, so you won't have to be concerned with system crashes during an intense overclocking attempt.

Along with all these overclocking enhancements, the MSI X99S MPOWER comes with support for DDR4-3333 RAM; Quad Multi-GPUs; OC Essentials like V-Check Points 2, Go2BIOS, and DirectOC buttons; Turbo M.2 32Gb/s, SATA Express, Audio Boost, and Gigabit LAN.

Not to be outdone by its new flagship, MSI also updated the X99S GAMING 9 AC and Z97 GAMING 9 AC with ACK. The two ACK-equipped boards carry an easy-to-remember name, as you simply add the 'K' to the end of 'AC'. ACK is a new wireless solution by Killer DoubleShot Pro to help deliver up to 3.5 times lower latency and 2.9 times faster data throughput compared to a traditional Wireless-N setup. It allows for a wired connection to handle a gaming connection and wireless for everything else, with MSI saying both can work together for speeds up to 1.867Gbps.

The MSI X99S MPOWER, X99S GAMING 9 ACK, and Z97 GAMING 9 ACK should all be available soon, although no prices or release dates were mentioned at this time.

Source: Press Release




GIGABYTE Releases GA-H81M-Gaming 3 Motherboard

Category: Motherboards
Posted: October 24, 2014 09:42AM
Author: Brentt Moore


GIGABYTE, a pioneer in the motherboard industry, has reworked the H81M-WW micro-ATX motherboard and has officially released the GA-H81M-Gaming 3. The latest gaming motherboard from GIGABYTE is very similar to the H81M-WW, with the only notable differences being a PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slot, an improved PCH heatsink, and an Intel-made gigabit Ethernet controller. The board is being marketed at entry-level builders who are looking for a motherboard that can support inexpensive and value driven gaming components while stiff offering plenty of features.

According to the GIGABYTE website the GA-H81M-Gaming 3 motherboard is currently available for purchase, but searches on Amazon.com and Newegg fail to yield any results at the time of this writing.

Source: GIGABYTE and techPowerUp



ECS Announces L337 Z97I-DRONE Motherboard

Category: Motherboards
Posted: October 9, 2014 04:05PM
Author: Nick Harezga


ECS has released a new motherboard under its L337 Gaming branding, the Z97I-DRONE. The board uses the Intel Z97 Express chipset on a mini ITX form factor motherboard. The board has two DDR3 channels that support up to 16GB, one PCIe x16 slot, and one M.2 slot for Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Also included is the interesting "Low-to-Full USB Speed" technology that delivers "optimized 8-time faster keyboard and mouse report rate from 125Hz to 1000Hz."

Source: Press Release



BIOSTAR Releases the Hi-Fi Z97Z7 Motherboard

Category: Motherboards
Posted: September 24, 2014 05:13AM
Author: Brentt Moore


BIOSTAR, a manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and industrial computing systems, has launched its Hi-Fi Z97Z7 motherboard, which was reported as coming soon just last month. The new motherboard from BIOSTAR is an ATX form factor board that features Intel socket 1150 support, four memory slots for up to 32GB of 2800(OC) RAM, on-board HDMI, and SATA Express. The Hi-Fi Z97Z7 comes with special components that ensure its performance and reliability, such as Super Durable Solid Caps that feature doubled lifespan thanks to an ultra-low ESR design, Super Durable Ferrite Choke that provides reduced energy loss and better power stability, and Super Conductive Heatsink Design that ensures super-fast heat dissipation for extreme performance. The BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z97Z7 also comes with Super Rapid Debug 3, which provides critical POST code information on a digital LED display that is located directly on the motherboard. Additional technology and connectivity options include a PCI Express 3.0x16 slot, PCIe M.2 support, and BIOSTAR exclusive Super Hi-Fi Audio technology.

The Hi-Fi Z97Z7 from BIOSTAR is available immediately and carries an MSRP of $119.

Source: Press Release


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



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