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ASUS ROG Strix X399-E motherboard spotted

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Now that AMD has pushed out its next-gen Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, motherboard makers are unleashing their X399-based motherboards... and now we're being teased by the ASUS ROG Strix X399-E motherboard.




ASUS will be making the ROG Strix X399-E as a cheaper motherboard in its X399 range, less than the ROG Zenith Extreme, the flagship X399 board from ASUS. The ROG Strix X399-E still packs 4 x PCIe x16 slots, 1 x PCIe 3.0 x4 and a single x1 port. There's 2 x M.2, 1 x U.2, and 6 x SATA 6Gbps.


We should expect ASUS to launch their ROG Shift X399-E motherboard sometime later this month or September.

AORUS X399 GAMING 7 is ready for AMD Ryzen ThreadRipper

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jul 26, 2017 1:41 am

The release of AMD's new Ryzen ThreadRipper CPUs is so close now I can smell the PCBs of these motherboards, with AORUS showing off their upcoming X399-based motherboards that are around the corner.




AORUS X399 motherboards will feature Socket TR4, taking the massive 12C/24T and 16C/32T processors in the Ryzen ThreadRipper range. AORUS is teasing their upcoming X399 GAMING 7 motherboard, something that was at Computex, now rocking M.2 heatspreaders. The orange and black style of the AORUS X399 GAMING 7 is mean, looking awesome with orange LEDs on the PCIe slots. Do want.

ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme: ThreadRipper BEAST BOARD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jul 23, 2017 11:24 am

AMD is about to launch its next-gen Ryzen ThreadRipper CPUs that will drive 16C/32T processors into the masses, while ASUS is preparing a new high-end motherboard.




The new ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme has been teased, with a full unboxing revealing that the new board rocks the beefy TR4 socket, Wi-Fi antennas, and much more. ASUS includes a PCIe ethernet card, VGA holder, ASUS DIMM2 extension card, LCD screen, and four reinforced PCIe slots.




ASUS' new X399 ROG Zenith Extreme is the first X399 motherboard to arrive in E-ATX, which is a fair bit larger than a traditional ATX motherboard.

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ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Extreme announced, ready for Ryzen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jul 20, 2017 12:44 pm

ASUS launched their Crosshair VI Hero earlier this year when AMD launched their new Ryzen processors, but now the company has unleashed their first ROG motherboard ready for Ryzen CPUs.




The new ROG Crosshair VI Extreme is a new enthusiast motherboard ready for Ryzen CPUs, enthusiasts, and gamers alike who want the very best from ASUS. ASUS includes their Aura Sync RGB LED technology, dual PCIe 3.0 x16 slots for SLI/CF setups, and even a third x16 slot for CrossFire rigs (as long as your cards are dual-slot).


There's also USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectivity with Type-C and Type-A ports, GbE connectivity, and an upgraded 2x2 antenna for 802.11ac Wi-Fi. ASUS includes their latest SupremeFX S1220 codec teamed with the ESS Sabre DAC that provides great quality sound all from your motherboard.


Best of all, ASUS isn't charging you a kidney for the Crosshair VI Extreme, which is priced at just $349. The new motherboard will be available in the US starting next month.

GIGABYTE announces Ryzen-capable mini-ITX motherboard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jul 4, 2017 8:29 am

GIGABYTE has announced their new mini-ITX motherboard ready for AMD Ryzen processors, with their new AB350N-Gaming Wi-Fi motherboard that is ready for AMD's "performance-class" B350 chipset.




This means we have most of the functionality of the flagship X370 chipset, but is cut down slightly. The table above explains it easily.




Moving onto the board itself, the GIGABYTE AB350N-Gaming Wi-Fi looks great with its black and silver style, with 2 x DIMM slots and a single x16 PCIe slot. There's some overclocking headroom on the board with GIGABYTE deploying an advanced all-digital six-phase VRM with an International Rectifier controller, IR PowIRstage ICs and solid state capacitors. LN2 cooling even works on the AB350N-Gaming Wi-Fi, with GIGABYTE including 4-pin hybrid fan headers that are specific to LN2 cooling... so expect mITX boards to play with the big boys in LN2 records.

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MSI unveils its new X299 TOMAHAWK ARCTIC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 19, 2017 1:35 am

MSI has officially unveiled its new X299 TOMAHAWK ARCTIC motherboard, with its freakin' beautiful - and super unique look.




The new X299 TOMAHAWK ARCTIC sports 4 x PCIe x16 slots, 2 x PCIe 1x, and 2 x M.2 slots. MSI's TOMAHAWK range is the company's mid-range series, so this doesn't have all of the bells and whistles that the high-end/enthusiast motherboards will have. We do have MSI's own Mystic Light feature, which will light up the board - and in that white theme, it'll look crazy good in the right combination of RGB LEDs, graphics card/s, and case/fans.



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SuperO's C7X299-PG revealed

By: Steven Bassiri | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 14, 2017 4:00 am

At number 18 on Fortune 100's list of Fastest Growing Companies, SuperMicro traditionally offers server and datacenter products, but now they are targeting gamers. SuperMicro recently established their gaming brand, SuperO, which is positioned to provide consumers with high quality gaming parts. With slogans such as "Server DNA Infused", you might assume that it is just marketing, but having looked at many of their motherboards I can attest they are not messing around. Server grade components and design practices are very common on their motherboards, and that is good news for people who want an X299 motherboard since Intel's HEDT platform has typically been closely tied to their server platform.




The C7X299-PG features Aquantia's new 5Gbit NIC, Intel Gbit LAN, two U.2 ports, two M.2 ports, four USB 3.1 ports (one type-C), 8 memory DIMMs supporting 128GB of DRR4, XMP 3733MHz+, and the Realtek ALC1220 with a Texas Instruments OPA1612 amplifier. Durability wise, the motherboard uses an 8-layer server-grade PCB, 20K@105C hours rated NIPPON Chemi-Con capacitors (that's very high), fully integrated power stages, and digital PWMs. The motherboard's UEFI is said to be improved over previous generations, and the motherboard offers a new look and theme compared to their previous X99 motherboard. We hope to take a look soon and let you know how it does.

Biostar reveals the monster X299GT9 motherboard

By: Steven Bassiri | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 5, 2017 2:03 pm

Computex 2017 - We have seen some impressive X299 motherboards, but none are as big as one we spotted at Biostar's booth at Computex 2017. The X299GT9 is a monster motherboard that comes in the E-ATX form factor, which allows for a significantly wider PCB. The motherboard features multiple PCI-E x16 slots, two U.2 ports, an M.2 slot, many USB 3.0 internal headers, and a hefty VRM.




Hidden under a metal veil is an Intel 1Gbit NIC as well as an Intel 10Gbit NIC. Intel's X550AT is employed to drive the higher networking speeds. The PCI-E layout is x16/x16/x8/x4/x4/x4/x4 and there are four SATA6Gb/s ports on the right of the motherboard. The motherboard does support USB 3.1 and carries a 14-phase VRM. We don't know much more about the motherboard, but its size is impressive, and hopefully we will get one in for review.

ASUS's first motherboards with wireless AD tech

By: Steven Bassiri | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 5, 2017 12:30 pm

Computex 2017 - ASUS's Rampage VI Extreme and X299-Deluxe do not only sport new digs, but also the latest in Wi-Fi technology, Wireless AD. While current standards such as Wireless N (802.11n) and Wireless AC (802.11ac) operate on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, Wireless AD (802.11ad) operates on the 60GHz band (or around it).




It will offer theoretical speeds up to 7Gbps, while Wireless AC maxes out around 3.2Gbps in its most impressive theoretical form. The Rampage VI Extreme will also feature 10Gbit wired networking, hopefully ushering in a new generation of multi-Gbit wired and wireless networking.




While features such as multi-Gbit networking tend to stay at the very top of the stack when it comes to integrated features, ASUS is also adding in Wireless AD into its X299-Deluxe, along with many features such as a built-in LCD located at the center of the motherboard and multiple USB 3.1 ports. Wireless AD capable networking equipment should become more common in the second half of this year into the next.

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ASRock delivers with an X299 mITX motherboard

By: Steven Bassiri | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 4, 2017 1:16 am

Computex 2017 - ASRock delivered the only X99 motherboard to the consumer market and it seems that they have done it again with the X299 chipset. The socket will support LGA2011 mounting.




The X299E-ITX/AC features the new chipset along with four SO-DIMMs, which ASRock claims can support up to 4800MHz DDR4, as well as quad-channel memory support. While it only has a single PCI-E x16 slot like most other mini-ITX motherboards, it does offer two x4 PCI-E 3.0 M.2 slots. Two of them are located on the back of the motherboard, while the third is located on a daughterboard behind the IO panel.




The motherboard actually features a second daughterboard that allow ASRock to cram more into the mini-ITX form factor including six SATA6Gb/s ports and a USB 3.0 internal header. The SATA/USB board sits above the VRM heat sink, which looks like it is small enough to cool down high quality dual N-channel MOSFETs or fully integrated power stages.

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