Woe is you if your hard drive gives up the ghost, and not just because of the hassle involved with restoring data from your backups (because you are backing up your files, right?). The other reason it sucks to lose a hard drive right now is because recent flooding in Thailand hit HDD makers pretty hard, resulting in a shortage, which itself has resulted in higher prices. Unfortantely, the trickle down effect doesn't stop there.
We're not entirely sure what it is with the sudden propensity towards artillery themed heatsinks with respect to Intel's X79 chipset, only that it seems to be a popular motif. We saw it first with Gigabyte's G1.Assassin 2 X79 motherboard in the form of a pistol-shaped heatsink, and here again as a fake ammo belt on MSI's upcoming Big Bang XPower II X79 motherboard.
Gigabyte has come up with a way to make its UEFI BIOS interface even easier to navigate while simultaneously jumping on the 3D bandwagon, but not in the way you think. In reality, Gigabyte's 3D BIOS technology is a fancy way of navigating your motherboard's BIOS with an isometric graphical view of the board and all of its parts, and it's actually pretty cool.
Say what you want about Biostar, just don't accuse the company of lacking excitement over Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge-E launch. In fact, we'd wager Biostar's just as excited as we are, hence the giddy tagline pimping its TPower X79 motherboard as "The most powerful motherboard on the planet." Benchmarks will bear out whether or not that's true, but in the meantime, here's what we know about Biostar's newest slice of silicon.
Looking for a big, badass motherboard that can handle almost anything you throw at it? Intel’s been teasing us with glimpses of the Sandy Bridge-E-compatible DX79SI Extreme Series Motherboard ever since the Intel Developers Forum a little while back. We’ve been drooling and waiting for more info ever since. Now, with little fanfare and no formal announcement, the company’s released a product brief that gets into details and outlines the DX79SI’s capabilities in full.
We were beginning to think motherboard makers had grown completely uninterested in showing off anything that's not built around Intel's X79 chipset for LGA2011 Sandy Bridge-E processors, but that isn't the case with ECS. The mobo maker recently announced the H61H2-A2 Black Deluxe, a new slice of silicon built around Intel's H61 Express chipset with additional chips to support USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps.
Out of all the X79 motherboard pictures we've seen in recent weeks -- and we've seen a whole bunch of them -- not a single one has been representative of a micro-ATX mainboard. ASRock just changed that by releasing photos and information of its upcoming X79 Extreme4-M, a pint-sized board built around Intel's socket LGA2011 for Sandy Bridge-E.
At least two top-tier motherboard makers are no longer expecting to hit their board shipment targets for 2011. This is to be somewhat expected, given the frequent delays that plagued AMD's Bulldozer launch and with Intel's Sandy Bridge-E platform still sitting around the corner. The DIY crowd appears to be willing to wait for next-generation technology rather than building or upgrading to current gen parts.
In the midst of the all the spy shots of upcoming X79 motherboards that surfaced this past week, MSI today announced a board you can use right now. It's the Z68MA-G43 for socket LGA1155 processor owners, which rules out support for Sandy Bridge-E, though it does adopt the latest PCI Express Gen 3 high-speed data transfer standard, MSI says.
Many of you are waiting with bated breath for Intel to release its upcoming Sandy Bridge-E processors and can't wait to build an LGA 2011 system. If you choose not to, however, it won't be for lack of motherboard options, especially if you're a fan of Gigabyte. After posting spy shots of its G1.Assassin 2 motherboard, Gigabyte just sent us an email loaded with images of each and every X79 motherboard it currently has on tap. Photo gallery after the break.