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.
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.