We've seen a whole lot of teaser shots of soon-to-be-released motherboards built around Intel's X79 (Sandy Bridge-E) platform this week, culminating earlier today in EVGA's dual-socket Super Record 3 (SR3) mainboard. How do you follow something like that? You don't, really -- it's kind of like that scene in Great Balls of Fire! where Jerry Lee Lewis (played by Dennis Quaid) finished his crowd pleasing set by lighting his piano on fire and quipping to Chuck Berry, "Follow that, killer!" But just as Chuck Berry is a legend in his own right, ECS wants to remind everyone that it too knows a thing or two about motherboards.
This will go down as the greatest week ever for anyone who can never get enough sneak peeks of upcoming motherboards. EVGA joins Gigabyte and MSI in uploading pictures of slabs of silicon built around Intel's X79 chipset for Sandy Bridge-E processors, and it's the only one out of the three to equip its board with not one, but TWO LGA 2011 sockets!
If the sight of Gigabyte's G1.Assassin 2 motherboard left you jonesing for more bare naked shots of upcoming LGA 2011 (Sandy Bridge-E) motherboards, you're in luck. MSI's X79A-GD65 8D appeared bareback in front the camera and it's glamor shots are now all over the Web where you can check out its 8D frame (8 DIMM slots).
Gigabyte wrapped up the design of its upcoming G1.Assassin 2 motherboard based in Intel's X79 chipset for Sandy Bridge-E and tossed a bunch of teaser pics on its blog and Facebook page. It's the first G1-Killer series board to support Intel's socket 2011 Core processors, and rather than bring a gun to a knife fight, the G1. Assassin 2 carries a pistol, just in case things get out of hand at your LAN party (don't worry moms and dads, it's just a heatsink).
Just how influential is Intel? If the fact that the company owns over 80 percent of the global microprocessor market doesn’t do anything for you, how about this: Intel’s upcoming Ivy Bridge line haven’t even been released yet – that’s why they’re “upcoming” – but manufacturers have already begun offering motherboards capable of utilizing the PCIe 3.0 slots supported by the chips. MSI kicked off the trend, and Asus’ German arm has pulled the veil off of three new Ivy Bridge mobos of its own.
VIA this week announced its next generation EPIA-M720 mini-ITX board with an embedded 1GHz C7 processor. The C7 is a x86 chip that runs in tandem with VIA's VX900 MSP. Along with improved connectivity options and modern features like DDR3 memory support and a SATA II interface, the new board serves as an upgrade from VIA's EPIA-LN.
Biostar has been trying to reinvent itself as an enthusiast brand, a hard sell considering most seasoned vets have a hard time shaking the notion that Biostar's focus is squarely on the budget buyer. The truth of the matter is Biostar holds several overclocking records under its belt, and it's because of high end boards like the new TA990FXE.
Maybe you're aware that DDR3 memory is nearly as cheap as tap water these days. That means you can totally justify stocking up on gobs of RAM, but at what point do you stop? Long before 288GB, which is more than your motherboard or any consumer board supports, but is exactly the amount you can stick in Gigabyte's GA-7TESM motherboard.
By itself, Intel's 20GB 311 Series "Larsen Creek" solid state drive commands around $115 street. But when bundled with select Gigabyte motherboards, that price drops below $100. It's part of an extended promotion that now applies to two Gigabyte motherboards instead of just one, in which 11 participating retailers offer a $20 discount when purchased together. But is it worth it?
Through a series of BIOS updates, Gigabyte last month announced it added native support for PCI Express Gen. 3 technology on over 40 of its existing motherboards, and along with support for Intel's 22nm Ivy Bridge processors, it was a solid announcement for system builders looking to future proof. At least it should have been, only MSI is taking Gigabyte to task over its PCI-E Gen. 3 claims.