motherboard en Biostar Motherboards to Incorporate Built-in LAN Protection from Lightning Strikes <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/super_lan_surge_protection.jpg" alt="Super LAN Surge Protection" title="Super LAN Surge Protection" width="228" height="150" style="float: right;" />Motherboard maker takes lightning storms seriously</h3> <p>Here's the thing, folks -- if you want to protect your PC from lightning strikes and other electrical surges, plug it into a UPS backup power supply with built-in surge protection. For added caution, shut down and unplug your PC during lightning storms. And <strong>if you're super paranoid about your LAN port giving up the ghost, well, you'll be happy to know that Biostar has your back and will begin integrating a chip into its motherboards to strengthen electrical stability</strong>.</p> <p>Biostar is calling the feature "SUPER LAN Surge Protection," and you know it's good stuff because they emphasized "super" with all-caps. Going forward, all Biostar products will incorporate the technology, offering four times greater protection against lightning strikes and electrical surges than the competition.</p> <p>It's not clear if USB ports are also protected, as the company's infographic would make it appear. Either way, this isn't really the sort of thing that's going to make Biostar more appealing to power users. For the most part, anyway -- we suppose if you've had a bad string of luck with LAN ports getting fried, this is right up your alley. And before you scoff at the idea, we can think of at least one persion who would be all over this kind of thing:</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="465" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Biostar Build a PC Hardware lan motherboard surge protection News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:21:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 29132 at First Images of Broadwell-based Intel NUC Kits Emerge <!--paging_filter--><h3>Official announcement likely at CES 2015</h3> <p>The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is just around the corner and, if some recent reports are to be believed, so is the <strong>announcement of a new generation of Intel’s Next Unit of Computing (NUC) range of pint-sized PC kits and boards</strong>. A <a href="" target="_blank">bunch of images</a> said to show next-generation NUC units quietly appeared on Intel’s own website <a href="*/" target="_blank">late last month</a>, where they sat unnoticed until the folks over at stumbled on them a few days back.</p> <p><img src="/files/u46168/intel-nuc-broadwell.jpg" alt="NUC Maple Canyon Kit Flanked by Rock Canyon Systems" title="NUC Rock Canyon and Maple Canyon Systems" width="620" height="272" /></p> <p>These new NUC systems are said to be built around the chipmaker’s 14nm Broadwell chips. According to reporting by <a href="" target="_blank"></a> and <a href="" target="_blank">LegitReviews</a>,&nbsp; the two models seen occupying the flanks in the above pic are both “Rock Canyon” (codename) systems aimed at the consumer market, whereas the one in the middle is a “Maple Canyon” (codename) thin client meant for business users. Further, a second image is said to show a Rock Canyon board.</p> <h3><img src="" alt="NUC ROCK CANYON" title="NUC ROCK CANYON" width="620" height="349" /></h3> <p>The two Rock Canyon models seen in the first picture are said to measure 115mm x 111mm, with the one on the left reportedly having a height of 29.8mm and the taller one on the left about 48.55mm. Based on the images, we are looking at mini PCs with enough room for four USB 3.0 ports (including one with charging support), M.2 SSD slot, SATA III 6Gbps slot, mini HDMI, mini DisplayPort,&nbsp; Ethernet (Maple Canyon only), 802.11ac WiFi support (Rock Canyon) and dual-channel memory slots.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> Barebone broadwell CES ces 2015 Hardware htpc intel maple canyon mini pc motherboard nuc rock canyon News Mon, 15 Dec 2014 04:11:47 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29086 at ASRock X99 WS-E/10G Motherboard Features Four LAN Ports with Teaming Support <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asrock_x99_ws-e_10g.jpg" alt="ASRock X99 wS-E/10G Motherboard" title="ASRock X99 wS-E/10G Motherboard" width="228" height="166" style="float: right;" />A board that lets you stick it to the LAN</h3> <p>If you've always wanted a hybrid workstation motherboard with four LAN ports, ASRock today has answered the call. A former subsidiary of Asus, <strong>ASRock today announced its X99 WS-E/10GB motherboard with dual Intel 10G BASE-T LAN ports</strong> powered by an Intel X540 Ethernet controller chip, <strong>plus dual Intel gigabit LAN ports</strong> powered by a pair of Intel I210AT Ethernet controller chips.</p> <p>You typically only find 10G BASE-T LAN ports on server boards, though ASRock is billing the X99 WS-E/10G as a hybrid motherboard that's equally suited for home enthusiasts.&nbsp; It's a bit of a future proofing play on the network side, if you're into that sort of thing, though ASRock says you can use Teaming to combine all four LAN ports for a super 22Gbps connection.</p> <p>"By running IxChariot to test our quad LAN setup's Internet bandwidth, we've reached a mind blowing 20,360MB/s!," <a href="" target="_blank">ASRock said</a>.</p> <p>ASRock's latest board boasts a 12-phase power design and supports 4-way SLI or CrossFireX. It's an LGA 2011-3 socket motherboard (Haswell-E), has eight DDR4 memory slots with quad-channel ECC technology, a dozen SATA 6Gbps ports, a single SATA Express 10Gb/s connector, and a PCIe Gen2 x4 M.2 slot.</p> <p>No word yet on price or availability.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> asrock Build a PC Hardware Intel 10G BASE-T lan motherboard X99 WS-E/10G News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:38:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 28982 at ECS Adds Z97I-Drone Motherboard to L337 Gaming Series <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ecs_z97i_drone.jpg" alt="ECS Z97I-Drone" title="ECS Z97I-Drone" width="228" height="168" style="float: right;" />ECS wanders into high-end territory</h3> <p>You'd be surprised at how many OEM motherboards in pre-built systems come from ECS, but be that as it may, it still isn't a company most would associate with high-end computing. ECS appears to want to change that perception, hence the creation of its "L337 Gaming" high-end gaming motherboard series. <strong>The latest addition to the L337 Gaming line is the ECS Z97I-Drone, which is essentially a mini-ITX version of the company's Z97-Machine</strong>.</p> <p>The Z97I-Drone is a socket LGA 1150 board based on Intel's Z97 chipset. It has two DDR3-3000+ (OC) DIMM slots with support for up to 16GB of RAM, a single PCI-Express x16 3.0 slot, a M.2 slot, onboard audio, and a few other goodies.</p> <p>ECS built the board using a 5-phase power design with high-end components designed to make the board more reliable and perhaps overclocking friendly. Some of the features include a dual advanced MOSFET, hybrid digital PWM, ICY chokes, solid capacitors, and so forth.</p> <p>No word yet on when the Z97I-Drone will be available or for how much. In the meantime, you can find more details on the board's <a href=";CategoryID=1&amp;DetailName=Feature&amp;MenuID=181&amp;LanID=0" target="_blank">product page</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC ecs Hardware l337 gaming motherboard z97i-drone News Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:12:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 28697 at MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition Motherboard is for "Sophisticated" Builds <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/msi_z97s_sli_krait_edition.jpg" alt="MSI Z97S Krait Edition SLI Motherboard" title="MSI Z97S Krait Edition SLI Motherboard" width="228" height="160" style="float: right;" />Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon?</h3> <p>We've seen our share of colorful motherboards with loud designs that scream, "Hey, look at me!" They're typically aimed at gamers, overclockers, and enthusiasts in general, and so is <strong>MSI's Z97S SLI Krait Edition motherboard</strong>, though it's an attention-getter for a different reason. Rather than draw eyeballs with flashing LEDs and a range of colors, MSI opted for a classy black and white scheme.</p> <p>"Looking for that creative, one-off build? The new black and white design instantly adds a touch of class to a sophisticated build," <a href=";N=3292" target="_blank">MSI says</a>. "The new MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition has been purposely designed together with the most elite case modders to meet the demands of community who craved a pure black and white motherboard."</p> <p>From the pictures we've seen, we have to admit that in a proper build, the Z97S SLI Krait Edition looks fantastic, assuming you're into the classic black and white theme. Regardless, there's more to this motherboard than a fancy design.</p> <p>Based on Intel's Z97 Express chipset, this socket 1150 board features four DIMM slots with support for up to 32GB of DDR3-3300 (OC) memory, two PCI-E x16 slots, three PCI-E x1 slots, two standard PCI slots, a SATA Express port, six SATA 6Gbps ports, a single M.2 port, GbE LAN, two front and four rear USB 3.0 ports, four front and two rear USB 2.0 ports, and a few other goodies.</p> <p>MSI's board also sports the company's Military Class 4 components such as Super Ferrite chokes (they run 35C cooler and have a 30 percent higher current capacity for more stable overclocking) and Dark capacitors.</p> <p>No word yet on when the <a href="" target="_blank">Z97S SLI Krait Edition</a> will be available or for how much.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/msi_z97s_sli_krait_edition_setup.jpg" alt="MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition Setup" title="MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition Setup" width="620" height="454" /></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC Hardware motherboard msi z97s sli krait edition News Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:02:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 28603 at Asus and Gigabyte May Lower Motherboard Prices to Reach Shipment Goals <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gigabyte_g1_gaming_motherboard.jpg" alt="Gigabyte G1 Gaming Motherboard" title="Gigabyte G1 Gaming Motherboard" width="228" height="202" style="float: right;" />Watch for lower priced motherboards in Q4</h3> <p>We've already mentioned that Asus and Gigabyte may engage each other in a price of war of sorts as each one attempts to ship more motherboards than the other. However, weaker than expected demand in China combined with soft retail channel orders ahead of the country's National Day holidays are likely to cause both companies to fall short of their shipment goals. As a result, <strong>Asus and Gigabyte might be even more aggressive with motherboard price cuts than previously anticipated</strong>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>Digitimes</em></a>, Asus and Gigabyte are both expected to ship around 5.6 million motherboards in the third quarter. That figure is below what each company was expecting, as the two firms hoped that Intel's new Haswell-E processor launch and 9 Series chipsets would spark a replacement trend among consumers.</p> <p>Even with Haswell-E on the table, motherboard sales are falling a bit short. In order for Asus and Gigabyte to reach their stated 20-22 million motherboard shipment goal by the end of the year, the companies will need a strong fourth quarter. Sources tell<em> Digitimes</em> that price competition among the two is expected to "grow even fiercer."</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> asus Build a PC gigabyte Hardware motherboard News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:09:23 +0000 Paul Lilly 28582 at Biostar Tries Going High-End with Hi-Fi Z97Z7 Motherboard <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/biostar_hi-fi_z97z7.jpg" alt="Biostar Hi-Fi Z97Z7" title="Biostar Hi-Fi Z97Z7" width="228" height="186" style="float: right;" />How do you like the view up here, Biostar?</h3> <p>Quick, blurt our the first brand that comes to mind when you think about high-end motherboards. Did you say Biostar? Lies! We would have accepted several brand names, though Biostar isn't one that's typically associated with premium boards (to be fair, the company has released a few top dwellers). We don't know if that's going to change, and apparently neither does Biostar, which "launched the first development of what might become a possible series of high-end gaming boards." That's how <strong>Biostar describes its new Hi-Fi Z97Z7 motherboard</strong>. Might? Possible? C'mon Biostar, if you're going to play with the big boys, you need to bring a barrel of confidence with you!</p> <p>Biostar's hesitation aside, the company's newest board is based on Intel's Z97 chipset with support for Intel socket 1150 CPUs (hello Haswell, but not Haswell-E). It's a full size ATX mobo with four DIMM slots supporting up to 32GB of DDR3-2800 (OC) RAM, a single PCI-E x16 3.0 slot, a single PCI-E x16 2.0 slot, two PCI-E x1 2.0 slots, two standard PCI slots, four SATA 6Gbps connectors, a SATA Express connector, four USB 3.0 ports plus a header, two USB 2.0 ports plus a header, GbE LAN, HDMI and DVI connectors, and various other odds and ends.</p> <p>It's not the most feature-rich board on the planet, though it does have some higher end goodies, such as "super durable solid caps," a "super durable Ferrite choke," a "super durable box header," 8-phase power design, moisture proof PCB, ESD protection, Hi-Fi audio with a built-in amp and 110dB+ rating, "Super Rapid Debug 3" for providing POST code information, and more, all of which you can read about on the board's <a href="" target="_blank">product page</a>.</p> <p>And then there's the price -- Biostar says its Hi-Fi Z97H7 has an MSRP of $120, which seems reasonable to us. No word yet on when it will be available.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Biostar Build a PC Hardware hi-fi z97z7 motherboard z97 News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:44:53 +0000 Paul Lilly 28580 at Asus May Sue X99 Motherboard Competitors Over OC Socket Design <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_rampage_v_extreme_socket.jpg" alt="Asus Rampage V Extreme Socket" title="Asus Rampage V Extreme Socket" width="228" height="210" style="float: right;" />A suppy chain leak may have led to patent infringement</h3> <p>It's said that all is fair in love and war, but in the motherboard war that's currently taking place, some companies may have went too far. That's the reported opinion of Asus, anyway, <strong>Apparently Asus thinks competing motherboard makers infringed on pending patents related to its OC Socket technology</strong> found in boards based on Intel's X99 chipset for Haswell-E. Asus developed its OC Socket technology in-house.</p> <p>What is OC Socket? It has more pins than a standard LGA 2011 socket. The six additional pins are strategically spread out around the socket and allow you to tap into additional Haswell-E voltage lanes to enable higher and more stable overclocks.</p> <p>"Designed to break performance barriers, Asus OC Socket utilizes extra pins to connect a proprietary circuit to contacts found on Haswell-E's land grid array (LGA). Combined with our customized UEFI, this exclusive feature enables higher DDR4 memory frequencies, lower latencies, and enhanced stability while overclocking, extending all the way to extreme overclocking conditions, such as Liquid Nitrogen (LN2). OC Socket is 100 percent compatible with new Haswell-E LGA 2011-v3 CPUs, ensuring the ideal combination of overclocking performance and compatibility," Asus explains.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>Digitimes</em></a>, an investigation by Asus has lead the company to believe that supply chain makers leaked confidential OC Socket designs to competitors. As a result, Asus is considering legal action against competing motherboard makers, including ASRock, MSI, and Gigabyte.</p> <p>Stay tuned, as we'll be watching to see how this develops.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> asus Build a PC Hardware legal motherboard oc socket Patent Infringement x99 News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:09:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 28554 at Twice as Nice: Asus Unveils Z10PE-D8 WS Workstation Board with Dual CPU Sockets <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/asus_z10pe-d8_ws.jpg" alt="Asus Z10PE-D8 WS" title="Asus Z10PE-D8 WS" width="228" height="153" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>Two is better than one</h3> <p>We're not at the point where we need to worry about running multiple processors for gaming and daily computing chores, though if you're piecing together a workstation for some heavy lifting, that second socket might be more of a necessity than a luxury. If that's what you're after, be advised that <strong>Asus just announced its Z10PE-D8 WS motherboard</strong>, a dual-CPU socket mobo based on Intel's C612 chipset.</p> <p>The dual sockets support Intel's recently announced Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor family based on the company's Haswell architecture. Intel's product family tops out at 18 cores per socket and 45MB of last-level cache, so with two flagship chips plopped into the Z10PE-D8 WS, you could be rocking 36 physical cores - yeah, we just wet ourselves a little bit, too.</p> <p>You can also run up to four dual-slot graphics cards with support for 4-way SLI or CrossFireX, along with RAID cards, PCIe-based SSDs, video capture cards, and other high-speed components (the board is equipped with seven PCIe 3.0 slots).</p> <p>Since reliability is key in a workstation, Asus gave the board its high quality component treatment. It has integrated Driver-MOSFETs (Dr. MOS), Asus-exclusive Beat Thermal Chokes II (supposed to deliver up to 94 percent poer efficiency and lower temps), and 12K solid capacitors, which Asus says is a first on a server board.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Z10PE-D8 WS</a> will be available soon for $599 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> asus Build a PC Hardware motherboard workstation z10pe-d8 ws News Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:31:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28515 at Asus Reportedly Slashing Motherboard Prices to Maintain Market Share <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_x99_deluxe.jpg" alt="Asus X99 Deluxe" title="Asus X99 Deluxe" width="228" height="160" style="float: right;" />It's your move, Gigabyte</h3> <p>We've heard time and again that things are getting super competitive in the motherboard business. In terms of the top spot, there are really just two top-tier players, those being Asus and Gigabyte, and last we heard, <a href="">Asus held a slight lead</a> in shipments as the two companies head towards a <a href="">photo finish</a>. Not looking to leave anything to chance, it's being reported that <strong>Asus cut its motherboard pricing by up to 10 percent</strong> in order to keep its global market share.</p> <p>That info traces back through <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em></a>, which itself is citing a Chinese-language <em>Economic Daily News</em> (EDN) report. According to the report, these are retail prices of Asus' own-brand boards that have been cut anywhere from 5-10 percent, so you should be seeing lower prices on store shelves.</p> <p>It's estimated that Asus has shipped 10.4 million of its own-brand boards in the first half of 2014; the company's goal is to ship 22.1 million motherboards by the end of the year.</p> <p>This price cut play by Asus could get the company there. If so, it will come at the expense of Gigabyte, which may now see its motherboard shipments fall below its goal of 5.5-6 million units. According to the report, Gigabyte is now likely to end the year with 20 million motherboard shipments rather than 21.5 million as originally predicted.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> asus Build a PC Hardware motherboard News Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:12:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28506 at Asus Rolls Out Trio of X99 Chipset Motherboards <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_x99_boards.jpg" alt="Asus X99" title="Asus X99" width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" />Hello, Haswell-E</h3> <p>Now that <a href="">Haswell-E has finally arrived</a>, have you started thinking about a new build? If so, you have plenty of options. In terms of motherboard choice, <strong>Asus today announced three X99 Series boards</strong>, including the X99-Deluxe, X99-A, and X-99 Pro. All three sport the latest LGA 2011-v3 socket for Haswell-E processors and feature DDR4 memory support, along with exclusive Asus technologies.</p> <p>Out of the three, the <a href="" target="_blank">X99-Deluxe</a> is the top-end model. It comes bundled with an Asus Hyper M.2 x4 expansion card for ultra-fast 32Gbit/s transfer speeds, onboard 3x3 antenna for 802.11ac connectivity, and an Asus Fan Extension Card for flexible cooling options.</p> <p>One feature that's on all three boards is Asus's patent-pending OC Socket. This is a unique socket with extra pins that connect proprietary circuitry to extra contacts found on Haswell-E's LGA and is fully compatible with Intel's new LGA 2011-v3 chips. According to Asus, its OC Socket allows for higher DDR4 memory frequencies, lower memory latencies, and enhanced stability when overclocking.</p> <p>The X99-Deluxe is available now for $399. Look for the X99-A to land in early September for $279, and the X99-Pro in October with a price that's yet to be determined.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> asus Build a PC Hardware haswell-e motherboard x99-a x99-deluxe x99-pro News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:56:05 +0000 Paul Lilly 28451 at EVGA Posts Teaser Shot of Classified X99 Micro ATX Motherboard on Instagram <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/evga_x99_micro.jpg" alt="EVGA X99 Micro" title="EVGA X99 Micro" width="228" height="144" style="float: right;" />Haswell-E can't come quick enough</h3> <p>Hoping to build a small form factor (SFF) system around Intel's upcoming Haswell-E and X99 chipset launches? That seems to be the trendy thing these days, and you can bet motherboard vendors will step to the plate with smaller size motherboard options. These won't be chintzy slabs, either. EVGA posted a picture to Instagram showing off a small board built around the X99 chipset.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">EVGA X99 Micro</a> is an mATX board ready for Haswell-E. <a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>Fudzilla</em></a>, it sports a 10-phase VRM design. You can also see four DDR4 memory slots (two on each side of the CPU socket), six SATA 6Gbps ports, three PCI-Express 3.0 slots, mSATA slot, USB 3.0 and 2.0 connectivity, on-board power and reset buttons, and LED POST.</p> <p>It's rumored the board will sell for about $250, which is a bit high for an mATX motherboard, though keep in mind it's part of EVGA's Classified family aimed at overclockers and enthusiasts.</p> <p>As for Haswell-E, there's no official launch date, though recent chatter now has it pegged for August 29th. All Haswell-E chips will require a new X99 motherboard with the revised Socket 2011-3 layout. These boards will also support DDR4 memory.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> classified evga instagram matx micro atx motherboard x99 News Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:02:44 +0000 Paul Lilly 28399 at Take a Sneak Peek of Three Upcoming Gigabyte Motherboards for Haswell-E <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gigabyte_x99_gaming_g1.jpg" alt="Gigabyte X99 Gaming G1 WiFi" title="Gigabyte X99 Gaming G1 WiFi" width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" />A colorful collection of motherboards</h3> <p>Intel's next generation Haswell-E processor launch is just around the corner, and the closer it gets, the more products we're seeing from its hardware partners. Haswell-E will usher in a new Intel X99 chipset with support for DDR4 memory. The upcoming CPUs will slip in socket 2011 motherboards, of which we've already seen several. You can add three more options to the list -- while details are light, <strong>we have pics of three upcoming Gigabyte motherboards for Haswell-E</strong>.</p> <p>The three boards include the Gigabyte GA-X99-UD7 WIFI, Gigabyte GA-X99-SOC Force, and Gigabyte GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI. As suggested by the model numbers, all three are X99 motherboards. Unfortunately, we don't have any fascinating details to share about any of the boards, though we do have a trio of pics you can click through in our gallery below <a href="" target="_blank">courtesy of <em>Fudzilla</em></a>, which got its hands on the product shots.</p> <p>Word <a href="" target="_blank">around the web</a> is that Intel will launch its next flagship Core i7 HEDT (high-end desktop) processors, otherwise known as Haswell-E, on August 29. It's rumored the chip maker will debut two 6-core CPUs and a single 8-core part, the Core i7 5960X with 20MB of shared L3 cache and a 3GHz clockspeed.</p> <p>The two 6-core parts include the Core i7 5930K (15MB of shared L3 cache, 3.5GHz) and Core i7 4820K (specs unknown).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI GA-x99-SOC Force ga-x99-ud7 WIFI gigabyte Hardware haswell-e intel motherboard News Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:51:11 +0000 Paul Lilly 28367 at Crossblade Ranger is Asus ROG's First AMD FM2+ Motherboard <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/crossblade_ranger.jpg" alt="Asus Crossblade Ranger" title="Asus Crossblade Ranger" width="228" height="153" style="float: right;" />Loaded with gamer friendly amenities</h3> <p>When you see the Republic of Gamers (ROG) tag on an Asus product, you know the company has it done it up right, and that's certainly true of the division's first ever AMD FM2+ motherboard. <strong>Asus ROG makes it debut into FM2+ territory with the Crossblade Ranger, a high end motherboard</strong> packed with features and technologies designed to give gamers an edge on the virtual battlefield.</p> <p>Even the LAN port is beefed up. Asus opted for a "state-of-the-art" Intel GbE LAN port with better throughput and lower power consumption than competing solutions, which is further aided by GameFirst III, an exclusive ROG technology that assigns top priority to game data packets. The cherry on top is LANGuard Ethernet socket technology, which is comprised of advanced filtering components with low impedance capacitors to reduce noise and improve throughput. It also includes ESD and surge protection.</p> <p>On the audio front, the board boasts SupremeFX 2014 with PCB isolation techniques to minimize electromagetic interference (EMI) and premium ELNA audio capacitors for precise 7.1-channel audio that's on par with the best soundcards, <a href="" target="_blank">Asus says</a>.</p> <p>There are four DIMM slots that support up to 64GB of DDR3-2666 memory, two PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots, a single PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot, two PCI-E 2.0 x1 slots, two standard PCI slots, 8 SATA 6Gbps ports, 6 USB 3.0 ports, 8 USB 2.0 ports, and lots more.</p> <p>The Crossblade Ranger will be available this month for $160.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> amd asus Build a PC crossblade ranger fm2+ Hardware motherboard Republic of Gamers ROG News Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:13:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28305 at Biostar's Hi-Fi B85S2G Motherboard Means Business <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/biostar_hi-fi_b85s2g.jpg" alt="Biostar Hi-Fi B85S2G" title="Biostar Hi-Fi B85S2G" width="228" height="192" style="float: right;" />A business-friendly board for big and small firms</h3> <p><strong>Biostar this week added to its motherboard lineup with the launch of its Hi-Fi B85S2G </strong>built around Intel's B85 chipset. The B85 is intended to be a budget option for businesses, though Biostar is reluctant to pigeonhole its board into a single demographic -- the company says it's a suitable option for big IT departments in larger companies, small firms, or even virtual currency miners.</p> <p>Some business friendly features include dual GbE LAN ports with Load Balancing support, Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA), and 100 percent solid capacitors for added reliability. As for the virtual currency mining crowd, it's the expansion slots that <a href="" target="_blank">Biostar uses to justify</a> its claim (1 x PCI-E x16 3.0, 1 x PCI-E x16 2.0, 1 x PCI-E x1 2.0, and 3 x PCI).</p> <p>Other features include two DDR3-1600 DIMM slots with support for up to 16GB of RAM, four SATA 6Gbps connectors, two SATA 3Gbps connectors, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 header, two USB 2.0 headers, Realtek ALC892 8-channel Blu-ray audio, onboard headphone amp, and various other bullet points.</p> <p>No word yet on when the Hi-Fi B85S2G will be available or for how much.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Biostar Build a PC Hardware hi-fi b85s2g motherboard News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:39:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 28237 at