Love him or hate him, Fatal1ty (or Johnathan Wendel, as his mother calls him) continues to have his gaming moniker plastered throughout the do-it-yourself (DIY) scene on a wide range of peripherals, and somebody's buying all these products up. Apparently still relevant, the famous Fatal1ty brand has found its way onto the new ASRock/Fatal1ty X79 Professional motherboard for gamers.
Motherboard makers are just as anxious for Intel's upcoming Ivy Bridge launch as the rest of us are, and some of them have already begun rolling out slabs of silicon built around the Z77 chipset. Such is the case with Biostar, which unveiled its TZ77XE4 motherboard at CeBIT 2012. The TZ77XE4 is a socket 1155 part with native SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support.
Taiwanese motherboard and chipset manufacturer, VIA Technologies, today announced the 'EPIA-M901 Mini-ITX' board, it's latest dual-core mini-ITX platform with tons of I/O options to accommodate a plethora of embedded applications, everything from ATMs and kiosks, to digital signage, healthcare, and digital media applications, the company said.
Rolling your own rig is just as much about timing as it is part selection. Consider that around this time a year ago, hard drive makers were practically giving platters of storage away and backing them with longer warranties. Mother Nature ruined all that, and she's partially to blame for rising motherboard prices, which some industry sources predict are getting ready to spike.
In need of a pick-me-up to cure those mid-week blues? Here's a three-for-one announcement from Asus, which unveiled a trio of gamer-friendly products at the Consumer Electronics Show, all rolled into a single press release. New items include a dual-band wireless gigabit router (EA-N66), ROG Rampage IV Formula/ThunderFX gaming motherboard, and Xonar Phoebus soundcard set.
The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas isn't just about media players and mobile products, there are also core PC products on display, and it doesn't get any more 'core' than motherboards. In a way, the convention is an ideal stomping ground for Gigabyte, which loves to throw around fancy terms and tout highfalutin-sounding technologies, like "3D Power."
Nearly three out of four people rocking an Intel X79 system are sitting pretty on top of an Asus brand motherboard. That's the conclusion you can draw from the company's claim that its X79 series motherboards have gone on to grab a global market share of 70 percent of all boards built around Intel's enthusiast chipset, and it isn't the only one Asus says it's dominating.
Vin Diesel and the Fast and the Furious movie franchise helped popularize tricked out Civics and other modded imports, and maybe it was only a matter of time before it became vogue to sell motherboards sporting over-the-top eye candy. MSI continues with the aggressive motherboard theme that's become all the rage lately, but a peek at the company's new Big Bang XPower II mobo is all it takes to understand there's a serious board underneath all the fluff.
Pushing your PC to its limits has obvious inherent dangers; overclocking your CPU can definitely bust your rig if you push it too far. That being said, reasonable overclocking doesn’t actually carry too much risk – normally. Right before Christmas, one overclocker’s Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 mobo crashed, then burned (literally) in the midst of a lightweight stress test. After he posted the video on YouTube, Gigabyte looked into the problem, and apparently, it wasn’t a case of crap luck. Yesterday, Gigabyte’s Chinese branch announced the faulty CPU VRM is a widespread issue and recalled all GA-X79-UD3, GA-X79-UD5, GA-X79-UD7 and G1.Assassin 2 mobos. US users, meanwhile, get a critical BIOS update.
Getting a jump on CES in Las Vegas, MSI today announced a couple of new products, one of which is a do-everything front panel and the other is Voice Genie, the world's first voice control technology with system startup support without the need for a keyboard or mouse, MSI claims. Using just your vocal cords, MSI's Voice Genie allows you to start and shutdown your system, enable and disable OC Genie, open a Web browser, put your system to sleep, and wake it back up.