motherboard http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/430/ en Asus ROG Introduces Aggressive Looking Maximus VII Formula Motherboard http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_introduces_aggressive_looking_maximus_vii_formula_motherboard_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_maximus_formula_vii.jpg" alt="Asus Maximus VII Formula" title="Asus Maximus VII Formula" width="228" height="165" style="float: right;" />Only power users need apply</h3> <p><strong>Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) today topped off its crop of Intel Z97 chipset motherboards by introducing the Maximus VII Formula</strong>, a mean slab of tasty features for enthusiasts covered in an awesomesauce cooling solution to help with overclocking and stability. This particular flavor of awesomesauce is called CrossChill Copper, which is a hybrid-cooling solution engineered around a highly-conductive, corrosion-resistant copper cooling channel.</p> <p>You can't help but spy the hybrid cooler, though what you won't spot at a glance are the internal fins that add to the surface area to keep temperatures from getting out of control. If you take advantage of the built-in 1/4-inch thread fittings and go the liquid cooling route, Asus says you can expect MOSFET temperatures to be lowered by up to 23C.</p> <p>Getting down to the nitty gritty, there are four DIMM slots supporting up to 32GB of DDR3-3300+ memory, two PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots, a single PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot, three PCI-E 2.0 x1 slots, a mini-PCI-E 2.0 x1 slot, 10 SATA 6Gbps ports (4 shared with SATA Express), two SATA Express ports, a single M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, GbE LAN, eight USB 3.0 ports, 6 USB 2.0 ports, ROG SupremeFX Formula 8-channel audio with a 120dB SNR, and a few other odds and ends.</p> <p><a href="http://rog.asus.com/339442014/maximus-motherboards/republic-of-gamers-announces-maximus-vii-formula-z97-motherboard/" target="_blank">Asus says</a> the Maximus VII Formula with Watch Dogs tossed in will be available next week for $369. There will also be a standard edition (no Watch Dogs bundle) that will be available shortly afterward for $319.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_introduces_aggressive_looking_maximus_vii_formula_motherboard_2014#comments asus Build a PC Hardware intel z97 maximus vii forumula motherboard Republic of Gamers ROG News Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:13:05 +0000 Paul Lilly 28194 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus, Gigabyte Headed for a Photo Finish in Motherboard Shipments http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_gigabyte_headed_photo_finish_motherboard_shipments_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gigabyte_motherboard_3.jpg" alt="Gigabyte Motherboard" title="Gigabyte Motherboard" width="228" height="162" style="float: right;" />Top two motherboard makers fight for pole position</h3> <p>In the grand scheme of things, <strong>it really doesn't matter if <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_edges_out_gigabyte_first_quarter_motherboard_shipments_2014">Asus edges out Gigabyte</a> in motherboard shipments, or if Gigabyte manages to swipe the shipment crown by a hair</strong>. However, it's fun to watch these two race to the finish line, which is partly why we keep covering it. The other reason is because both companies want the crown, and that could mean price cuts at some point. So, which company is going to win?</p> <p>Go ahead and flip a coin. The latest chatter <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140627PD202.html" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em> is hearing</a> from its sources within the supply chain is that both companies are expected to ship 5.1 million to 5.2 million branded motherboards in the second quarter of 2014. Looking ahead, those same sources say Asus and Gigabyte are likely to ship 6 million more in the third.</p> <p>At last count, Asus was ahead of Gigabyte by a mere 100,000 units back in the first quarter. Depending on how things shake out, Gigabyte could close the gap by the end of the second or third quarter, and then it would be a fierce race in the fourth.</p> <p>That could be where the price cuts come in. There's been speculation of an <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/motherboard_price_war_beginning_break_out_2014" target="_blank">aggressive price war breaking out</a> in the motherboard industry. This would include Asus and Gigabyte, but also smaller players like ASRock and MSI.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_gigabyte_headed_photo_finish_motherboard_shipments_2014#comments asus Build a PC gigabyte Hardware motherboard News Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:10:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28083 at http://www.maximumpc.com Biostar Pushes TB85 Motherboard at Gamers and Bitcoin Miners http://www.maximumpc.com/biostar_pushes_tb85_motherboard_gamers_and_bitcoin_miners_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/biostar_tb85.jpg" alt="Biostar TB85" title="Biostar TB85" width="228" height="160" style="float: right;" />A motherboard with half a dozen PCI-E slots</h3> <p><strong>Biostar wants gamers and Bitcoin miners to take notice of its new TB85 motherboard</strong>. This slice of silicon supports up to Intel's 4th Generation Core i7 processor line in the 1150 package and has six PCI-E slots, though all but one are of the PCI-E x1 variety. Nevertheless, if you want to load up this board with six graphics cards for a dedicated (and value oriented) mining machine, the option is there.</p> <p>This is a board in search of an audience, and from reading over the <a href="http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/news/news.php?S_ID=203" target="_blank">press release</a>, it seems Biostar isn't entirely sure which one is the most appropriate. In nearly the same breath it mentions gamers and Bitcoin miners, Biostar points out "features that are useful for IT departments in larger companies as well as small firms." We suspect Biostar is referring to things like Intel Rapid Storage Technology and Intel Small Business Advantage, the latter of which offers after-hours virus scans and data backups, and blocks recognition of unwanted USB drives.</p> <p>The TB85 offers up two DDR3-1600 DIMM slots with support for up to 16GB of RAM, four SATA 3 ports, two SATA 2 connectors, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 header, two USB 2.0 headers, audio ports, 100 percent solid capacitors, and a few other amenities.</p> <p>No word on how much the <a href="http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=734#ov" target="_blank">TB85</a> costs or when it will be available to purchase.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/biostar_pushes_tb85_motherboard_gamers_and_bitcoin_miners_2014#comments Biostar bitcoin Build a PC Hardware motherboard tb85 News Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:50:05 +0000 Paul Lilly 28054 at http://www.maximumpc.com Gigabyte Z97X-SOC Force LN2 Motherboard Breaks Multiple Overclocking Records at Computex http://www.maximumpc.com/gigabyte_z97x-soc_force_ln2_motherboard_breaks_multiple_overclocking_records_computex <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gigabyte_record.jpg" alt="Gigabyte Record" title="Gigabyte Record" width="228" height="149" style="float: right;" />Motherboard built specifically for overclocking doesn't disappoint at Computex 2014</h3> <p>There's no mistaking Gigabyte's Z97X-SOC Force LN2 motherboard for a standard mobo. That slice of silicon is built for the extreme overclocking circuit, which is why there aren't any CPU fan mounting holes -- it's all about liquid nitrogen. Case in point, <strong>Gigabyte's Z97X-SOC Force LN2 broke multiple world records at Computex 2014</strong>, which includes the highest DDR3 memory frequency every achieved -- 4.56GHz, up from the previous record of 4.4GHz.</p> <p>"One of the greatest parts of working for Gigabyte as an overclocker is the ability to come out with what at first seems like a crazy idea, have our skilled engineers be able to build it, and have the backing of our management to allow the concept to go into production for sale," <a href="http://www.gigabyte.us/press-center/news-page.aspx?nid=1301" target="_blank">commented Hi Cookie</a>, Chief Overclocking Evangelist, Gigabyte Motherboard Business Unit. "The Z97X-SOC Force LN2 is a true testament to this forward-thing philosophy, and I can’t wait for other overclockers around the world be able to use this motherboard to break even more world records."</p> <p>Gigabyte's board set new records for Aquamark3 (both single GPU and dual-GPU), 3DMark05 (dual GPUs), 3DMark2001 SE, Unigine Heaven (single GPU), and more.</p> <p>It's a gnarly board, though obviously the lack of CPU fan mounting holes limits its appeal to extreme overclockers. In that sense, the bevy of features are somewhat wasted, as this board will never serve as anyone's daily driver. That said, there is a version of this board that includes traditional CPU fan mounting holes -- the <a href="http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4949#ov" target="_blank">GA-Z97X-SOC Force</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/gigabyte_z97x-soc_force_ln2_motherboard_breaks_multiple_overclocking_records_computex#comments Build a PC computex gigabyte Hardware motherboard overclocking z97x-soc force ln2 News Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:53:28 +0000 Paul Lilly 28021 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus Edges Out Gigabyte in First Quarter Motherboard Shipments http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_edges_out_gigabyte_first_quarter_motherboard_shipments_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_a88x_pro.jpg" alt="Asus A88X Pro" title="Asus A88X Pro" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" />Just 100,000 motherboard shipments stand between leader Asus versus Gigabyte in race for first place</h3> <p>It might be a photo finish at the end of the year to determine which top-tier motherboard vendor comes in first. As it stands, <strong>only 100,000 motherboard shipments separate Asus and Gigabyte</strong>, the big guns in the mobo shootout. For now, Asus can enjoy pole position with 10.4 million motherboard shipments -- just enough to keep Gigabyte at an arm's length with 10.3 million shipments.</p> <p>Those figures come from news and rumor site <em>Digitimes</em> and are based on the "sources from channel retailers" it spoke with. The race for first place is solely between Asus and Gigabyte, both of which already widened the gap with competing motherboard makers. In addition, <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140616PD211.html" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em> says</a> some of the smaller players may exit the market altogether in the near future.</p> <p>Since Asus and Gigabyte are in a league of their own, companies like MSI and ASRock are turning their attention towards nabbing market share from even smaller players. These include mobo makers you might not have heard of, such as Colorful, which is the largest China-based mobo maker.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_edges_out_gigabyte_first_quarter_motherboard_shipments_2014#comments asus Build a PC gigabyte Hardware motherboard News Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:00:17 +0000 Paul Lilly 28020 at http://www.maximumpc.com MSI Expect to Boost Branded Motherboard Shipments by 1 Million Units http://www.maximumpc.com/msi_expect_boost_branded_motherboard_shipments_1_million_units_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/msi_motherboard.jpg" alt="MSI Motherboard" title="MSI Motherboard" width="228" height="208" style="float: right;" />MSI is riding high on demand for its gaming motherboards</h3> <p>Competition is downright fierce in the motherboard market where only a handful of players remain. It's the reason why a <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/motherboard_price_war_beginning_break_out_2014" target="_blank">price war may break out</a>, which in turn could help motherboard makers sell more units. We're not talking about thousands of mobos -- <strong>MSI is hoping to ship 7 million branded motherboards in 2014</strong>, up from 6 million in 2013. In addition to engaging in a price war, MSI is benefiting from increased demand for its gaming boards.</p> <p>Charles Jiang, MSI's executive vice president of motherboards and graphics cards, <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140606PD206.html" target="_blank">told <em>Digitimes</em></a> that demand for its gaming boards jumped up after it expanded its gaming brand Dragon Army to cover mobos and video cards. In other words, a combination of added bling and clever marketing.</p> <p>The Dragon Army branding was originally used for MSI's line of gaming laptops and helped turn the company profitable, Jiang said. As for its motherboards, MSI shipped around 1.8 million in the first quarter of this year and expects to ship between 1.5 million to 1.7 million in the second quarter, noting that the drop is due to seasonality.</p> <p>These figures don't included MSI's OEM motherboard businesses, just its branded boards. It's OEM business shipped about 11 million units in 2013 and is on pace to do the same in 2014. MSI's biggest clients for OEM boards include Lenovo, HP, and Dell.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/msi_expect_boost_branded_motherboard_shipments_1_million_units_2014#comments Build a PC Hardware motherboard msi News Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:51:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 27957 at http://www.maximumpc.com Is a Motherboard Price War Beginning to Break Out? http://www.maximumpc.com/motherboard_price_war_beginning_break_out_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_maximus_vii_gene.jpg" alt="Asus Maximus VII Gene" title="Asus Maximus VII Gene" width="228" height="145" style="float: right;" />Your next motherboard purchase may be cheaper than you anticipated</h3> <p>The motherboard market has already whittled itself down to just a handful of key players (remember when DFI was an enthusaist brand?). That's made the landscape hyper-competitive, and with new chipsets and processors prompting upgrades and new builds, <strong>motheboard makers are reportedly reducing prices</strong>. There's speculation that this might be just the beginning of what ends up being a price war.</p> <p>Citing "sources from the motherboard industry," news and rumor site <a href="&lt;em&gt;Follow Paul on &lt;a href=&quot;https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;Google+&lt;/a&gt;, &lt;a href=&quot;https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;Twitter&lt;/a&gt;, and &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;Facebook&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/em&gt;&lt;/p&gt;" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em> says</a> players such as Asus, Gigabyte, ASRock, and MSI have all started reducing prices of their 9 Series motherboards and even their 8 Series mobos as each one looks to retain or gain an competitive advantage over the others.</p> <p>This is in contrast to what motherboard makers had hoped and expected with the 9 Series release, which is that it would bump up the average selling price of their product lineup. However, "aggressive price cutting," especially in China, has thrown a wrench into those plans.</p> <p>As it stands, <em>Digitimes</em> says Asus is on top of the pricing ladder with prices that are about 3-10 percent higher than Gigabyte's boards for the same specifications. ASRock and MSI are both about 10-15 percent lower than Asus, and the gap gets wider as you move down to ECS and Biostar.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/motherboard_price_war_beginning_break_out_2014#comments asrock asus Build a PC gigabyte Hardware motherboard msi price war News Wed, 04 Jun 2014 17:36:53 +0000 Paul Lilly 27942 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus Expands ROG Collection at Computex http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_expands_rog_collection_computex_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_products.jpg" alt="Asus ROG Products" title="Asus ROG Products" width="228" height="145" style="float: right;" />Everything but the kitchen sink</h3> <p>Asus didn't make the trip to Computex unprepared, that's for sure. Instead,<strong> Asus unloaded a rather large collection of Republic of Gamer (ROG) products</strong>, including a new mouse, keyboard, a couple of new motherboards, monitor, gaming laptop, and several other items. There's even a console-like gaming PC in the mix -- it's not a Steam Machine, though it's ready to take residence in your living room or dorm.</p> <p>Dubbed the ROG GR8, the console gaming PC is a full-on system with an Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics, SupremeFX audio, GbE LAN, 4K UHD output, Miracast support, upgradeable storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and more packed into an aggressively designed chassis.</p> <p>If you need a bit more power, the Asus ROG G20 gaming desktop kicks things up a notch with a GeForce GTX 780 graphics card, though it still sports a compact case design and near silent operation.</p> <p>Asus also rolled out its ROG GX500 gaming laptop. It features a 15.6-inch 4K Ultra HD display powered by an Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics. The laptop weighs less than 5 pounds (4.85 pounds) and measures a scan 0.75 inches thick.</p> <p>You can check out everything else Asus unveiled <a href="http://rog.asus.com/326852014/news/asus-republic-of-gamers-launches-epic-gaming-hardware-at-computex-2014/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_expands_rog_collection_computex_2014#comments asus Hardware keyboard monitor motherboard mouse Republic of Gamers ROG News Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:54:15 +0000 Paul Lilly 27929 at http://www.maximumpc.com Gigabyte Unveils a Bunch of 9 Series Motherboards in Anticipation of Refreshed Haswell Launch http://www.maximumpc.com/gigabyte_unveils_bunch_9_series_motherboards_anticipation_refreshed_haswell_launch_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gigabyte_g1_sniper_z97.jpg" alt="Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z97" title="Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z97" width="228" height="181" style="float: right;" />More next-generation motherboards show up to the 5th Generation Core party</h3> <p>While we may never know which came first, the chicken or the egg, we do know that next-generation 9 Series motherboards are arriving ahead of Intel's refreshed Haswell launch. <strong>Gigabyte is the latest to debut Z97 and H97 motherboards</strong> -- about a million of them (slight exaggeration) broken up into four different categories that include the G1 Gaming Series, Ultra Durable Series, Overclocking Series, and Black Edition.</p> <p>"Gigabyte is excited to launch four new series of motherboards for the Intel 9 series chipset, each offering a host of new and unique Gigabyte features matched with Gigabyte signature quality and durability," <a href="http://www.gigabyte.us/press-center/news-page.aspx?nid=1281" target="_blank">commented Henry Kao</a>, Vice President of Gigabyte Motherboard Business Unit. "Our 9 series motherboards also offer a future proof platform to our customers by supporting the latest 4th generation Intel Core processors including the soon to launch refresh and unlocked CPUs, as well as future 5th generation Intel Core processors, ensuring they will be able to take advantage of current and upcoming Intel technologies."</p> <p>If you're looking for reliability over all else, the Black Series is where you should focus. Gigabyte says its Black Series boards undergo an extra 168 hours (7 days) of server-grade full system testing conducted at its new state-of-the-art testing facility in Taiwan.</p> <p>We count 34 total motherboards spread out through all four categories, including a handful of Sniper boards like the <a href="http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4952#ov" target="_blank">G1.Sniper Z97</a>. It features gold plated display and audio ports, high end Nichicon capacitors, AMP-UP audio technology, Killer E2200 networking, and a bunch of other goodies.</p> <p>Intel's refreshed Haswell line is expected to launch next week. Broadwell, which is a die shrink of Haswell down to 14nm, is also expected to be compatible with 9 Series motherboards.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/gigabyte_unveils_bunch_9_series_motherboards_anticipation_refreshed_haswell_launch_2014#comments 9 series Build a PC gigabyte h97 Hardware motherboard z97 News Thu, 08 May 2014 15:51:16 +0000 Paul Lilly 27775 at http://www.maximumpc.com Origin PC Upgrades Desktops Systems with Intel 9 Series Z97 Motherboards http://www.maximumpc.com/origin_pc_upgrades_desktops_systems_intel_9_series_z97_motherboards <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/origin_pc_genesis_0.jpg" alt="Origin PC Genesis" title="Origin PC Genesis" width="228" height="182" style="float: right;" />Boutique builder jumps on Intel's Z97 platform</h3> <p>If you're anxious to make the leap to Intel's 9 Series platform, boutique system builder Origin PC is more than happy to oblige. In fact, <strong>Origin PC is the first custom PC builder to announce the availability of motherboards based on Intel's next-generation Z97 chipset</strong>. You'll find the Z97 motherboard option in Origin PC's Genesis, Millennium, and Chronos line of desktop PCs.</p> <p>"The new Intel 9-series chipset raises the bar by adding support for solid-state drives in PCIe M.2 form-factor, Intel device protection with boot guard technology and Intel Rapid Storage technology with support for PCI Express-based storage drives. The new 9-series also features support for a new set of Intel Core processors with a speed boost to bring power and efficiency to the next level," Origin PC points out.</p> <p>Gaming desktops build around an Intel X79 motherboard start at $1,159 for the Chronos line, $1,674 for the Millennium line, and $1,736 for the Genesis line. To give an example of a configuration, the Genesis at $1,736 comes with a Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI motherboard, Intel Core i5 4460 quad-core processor clocked at 3.2GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost), 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 memory, 500GB hard drive (7200 RPM), 650W Corsair RM650 power supply, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and a few other tidbits.</p> <p>You can shop Origin PC's <a href="http://www.originpc.com/gaming/desktops/" target="_blank">refreshed gaming desktops</a> now.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/origin_pc_upgrades_desktops_systems_intel_9_series_z97_motherboards#comments 9 series Hardware intel motherboard OEM origin pc rigs z97 News Wed, 07 May 2014 15:51:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 27766 at http://www.maximumpc.com EVGA Shows Off Rowdy Z97 Motherboard Family http://www.maximumpc.com/evga_shows_rowdy_z97_motherboard_family_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/z97_classified.jpg" alt="EVGA Z97 Classified" title="EVGA Z97 Classified" width="228" height="224" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Three decked out boards, two of which you can preorder today</h3> <p>One thing we can say with certainty is that Intel's refreshed Haswell processors will have no trouble finding suitable homes in Z97-based motherboards. We've already seen several pop up online, and now <strong>EVGA has revealed its initial Z97 motherboard lineup</strong>. It includes three boards to get things started -- the EVGA Z97 Classified, EVGA Z97 FTW, and EVGA Z97 Stinger Core3D.</p> <p>Starting with the Z97 Classified, this board is "engineered for the enthusiast and built from the ground up" for overclocking. It comes with a GUI BIOS focused on functionality, a new software interface for overclocking within the operating system, high quality components, Core3D audio, 8-layer PCB with memory trace layout, 4-way SLI support, eight SATA 6Gbps ports, six USB 3.0 ports, six USB 2.0 ports, two Intel GbE NICs, and four DIMM slots with support for up to 32GB of DDR3-2666MHz+. This is an EATX board.</p> <p>Next up is the Z97 FTW "engineered for performance users with excellent overclocking features." It's an ATX motherboard with a 6-layer PCB, eight SATA 6Gbps ports, half a dozen each of USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, 2-way SLI support, a single Intel GbE NIC, and the same RAM support as the Classified.</p> <p>For small form factor (SFF) builds, there's the Z97 Stinger Core 3D. It's a mini ITX board with a 10-layer PCB, four SATA 6Gbps ports, six USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, two DIMM slots, Core3D audio, and a few other goodies.</p> <p>You can<a href="http://www.evga.com/articles/00835/" target="_blank"> preorder</a> the EVGA Z97 Classified for $380 and the EVGA Z97 FTW for $200. The EVGA Z97 Stinger Core3D is also priced at $200, though it's not available to preorder. All three boards are scheduled to ship later this month.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/evga_shows_rowdy_z97_motherboard_family_2014#comments Build a PC evga Hardware motherboard z97 News Mon, 05 May 2014 15:05:01 +0000 Paul Lilly 27751 at http://www.maximumpc.com ASRock Mini-ITX Board Sports a Kabini Chip and Wi-Fi Connectivity http://www.maximumpc.com/asrock_mini-itx_board_sports_kabini_chip_and_wi-fi_connectivity_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asrock_qc5000.jpg" alt="ASRock QC5000" title="ASRock QC5000" width="228" height="136" style="float: right;" />Socketed Kabini meets integrated Wi-Fi</h3> <p>AMD is already looking ahead to a market filled with <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amds_low_power_beema_and_mullins_apus_make_appearance_2014">Beema and Mullins APUs</a>, but in the meantime, <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_rolls_out_socketed_sempron_and_athlon_chips_am1_platform_retail_2014">socketed Kabini boards</a> are starting to show up. <a href="http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=712" target="_blank">Biostar recently got in on the action</a>, and now so is <strong>ASRock with its QC5000-ITX/WiFi mini-ITX motherboard</strong>. This tiny motherboard features a soldered-on AMD Kabini A4-5000 quad-core APU and integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity.</p> <p>ASRock claims its board uses all solid capacitors. It also has two DDR3 DIMM slots with support for up to 32GB of DDR3-1600 memory, GbE LAN, 7.1-channel audio, PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slot, mini PCI-Express slot (for the Wi-Fi module), four SATA 6Gbps ports, and several output options (D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI, and DisplayPort 1.2).</p> <p>The integrated Radeon HD 8330 graphics support 4K video output (3840x2160), though obviously you're not going to do any high-end or even mid-range gaming at that resolution. That's not what this board is intended for. However, it could serve as a foundation for a home theater PC.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/asrock_qc5000_ports.jpg" alt="ASRock QC5000 Ports" title="ASRock QC5000 Ports" width="620" height="356" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/QC5000-ITXWiFi/index.us.asp" target="_blank">ASRock's QC5000-ITX/WiFi</a> has been spotted in the wild over in Europe. No word yet on when (or if) it will show up on U.S. shores or for how much.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asrock_mini-itx_board_sports_kabini_chip_and_wi-fi_connectivity_2014#comments a4-5000 amd asrock buld a pc Hardware kabini mini-itx motherboard QC5000-ITX/WiFi wi-fi wireless News Thu, 01 May 2014 16:21:50 +0000 Paul Lilly 27730 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus Gives Glimpse of Z97-A Motherboard http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_gives_glimpse_z97-_motherboard_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_z97-a.jpg" alt="Asus Z97-A Motherboard" title="Asus Z97-A Motherboard" width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" />An early look at an Intel 9-Series motherboard from Asus</h3> <p>The motherboard market's been whittled down to a handful of players, one of which includes Asus, a top tier mobo maker. Always on the front lines of what's new and emerging, <strong>Asus has begun sending out samples of its forthcoming Z97-A motherboard</strong> based on Intel's new 9 Series chipset (Z97 in this case, obviously), which will support Intel's refreshed Haswell processor line.</p> <p>Our sister site <em>PC Gamer</em> <a href="http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/04/30/first-look-at-asus-new-z97-a-motherboard/" target="_blank">posted a few pics</a> of the Z97-A. When the dust settles, the Z97-A will take its place as one of the mid-range offerings from Asus, hopefully with a favorable price to performance ratio.</p> <p><em>PC Gamer </em>notes that this isn't a board that's meant to be showed off through your enclosure's side windows. Instead, it's more about function. It features an EZ mode in the BIOS, but perhaps the biggest news is that of a pair of new storage interfaces -- M.2, which is similar to mSATA, and SATA Express (for external devices). Both are included on the Z97-A.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_gives_glimpse_z97-_motherboard_2014#comments asus Build a PC Hardware motherboard z97-a News Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:47:05 +0000 Paul Lilly 27725 at http://www.maximumpc.com MSI Z97 XPower AC Motherboard Comes with Delid Die Guard for Naked Haswell Chips http://www.maximumpc.com/msi_z97_xpower_ac_motherboard_comes_delid_die_guard_naked_haswell_chips_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/delid_die_guard.jpg" alt="Delid_Die_Guard" title="Delid_Die_Guard" width="228" height="225" style="float: right;" />This board is prepped and primed to break world records</h3> <p><strong>MSI is throwing extreme overclockers a mighty big bone in the form of a motherboard</strong>. The company's upcoming Z97 XPower AC mobo will feature a "Delid Die Guard" that's measured to specification and designed to protect the CPU core on processors that no longer have an integrated heat spreader (IHS). In case you're unfamiliar, the IHS is that giant metal slab that covers the top of your processor. It's there to pull heat off of the CPU core, which is then transferred to a heatsink with a bit of thermal goo in between to fill in the microscopic nooks and crannies.</p> <p>Removing the IHS is tricky business and certainly not for the faint of heart. Extreme overclockers are typically about the only ones who ever attempt the procedure, as it gives them direct access to the CPU core for exotic cooling solutions. This in turn allows them to chase world records.</p> <p>MSI <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MSI.Europe/photos/a.129731527066467.11729.111253142247639/749268488446098/?type=1&amp;stream_ref=10" target="_blank">teased the feature</a> on its Facebook page for MSI Europe. If you scroll through the mobo maker's Facebook feed, you'll run into several other related posts regarding its upcoming board. It and other boards like it will feature V-Check Point 2 with two additional ground connectors so that you can use up to three multimeters at the same time. Next generation boards from MSI will also have an OC engine to boost the baseclock of upcoming Haswell chips by 30 percent.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/msi_z97_xpower_ac_motherboard_comes_delid_die_guard_naked_haswell_chips_2014#comments Build a PC Hardware haswell motherboard msi overclocking z97 xpower ac News Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:40:17 +0000 Paul Lilly 27613 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel Haswell-E X99 Chipset Details Leak to the Web http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_haswell-e_x99_chipset_details_leak_web_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_x99.jpg" alt="Intel X99" title="Intel X99" width="228" height="180" style="float: right;" />The X99 chipset will support DDR4 memory</h3> <p>It's going to be an exciting summer for power users. Assuming all goes to plan and that leaked information turns out to be accurate, <strong>you can expect Intel to launch its Haswell-E hardware in June, along with its X99 "Wellsburg" chipset</strong>. Details of the forthcoming chipset have found their way online ahead of the chipset's release, which among other things will support DDR4 memory.</p> <p>According to what's supposed to be a leaked slide from Intel <a href="http://wccftech.com/intel-haswelle-x99-chipset-wellsburg-details-leaked-ddr4/" target="_blank">posted by <em>wccftech.com</em></a>, Intel's X99 chipset will support up to 14 USB ports, including half a dozen USB 3.0 ports and eight USB 2.0 ports. It will also feature support for 10 SATA 6Gbps ports, eight PCI-E Gen2 ports, Intel's integrated clock for HEDT, and Intel Rapid Storage and RST Smart Response technology.</p> <p>The chipset will offer a maximum memory speed of 2133MHz per DIMM slot, a spec that seems to suggest this will be the maximum frequency of DDR4 memory. Beyond that, you can expect things like Hyper-Threading, Turbo Boost 2.0, and Intel's Smart Cache technology.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_haswell-e_x99_chipset_details_leak_web_2014#comments Build a PC chipset ddr4 Hardware haswell-e intel motherboard wellsburg x99 News Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:09:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 27454 at http://www.maximumpc.com