Subject: Motherboards | September 11, 2013 - 07:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, rampage iv black edition, ASUS ROG, overclocking
Fremont, CA (September 11, 2013) - ASUS today announced that the Republic of Gamers Rampage IV Black Edition motherboard has achieved five world records in 3DMark 11, 3DMark Fire Strike, Cinebench, and CPU-Z Memory benchmarks the OC Main Event San Francisco, co-hosted by ASUS and Corsair, sponsored by Intel. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Intel Extreme Edition, pro-overclockers from around the world gathered with ROG team members Shamino, Raja, and coolice. The team was able to establish five world records using the newly-announced Rampage IV Black Edition Motherboard, Intel 4th Generation Core i7 Extreme Edition Processors and Corsair Dominator Platinum Memory in both 2D and 3D configurations.
ROG Overclocking: Five Major World Records!
Furthering its commitment to the pro-overclocking community, ASUS invited world-class overclockers 8 Pack, Gunslinger, Rbuass, Dumo and Fugger to join forces with ROG team members and engineers Shamino, Raja and coolice. Each brought their unique professional experience, working together to push the Intel Core i7-4960X processors and NVIDIA GeForce TITAN graphics cards to their limits.
Shamino, Rbuass, 8 Pack and Gunslinger focused on the demanding 4-way SLI 3DMark 11 and Fire Strike benchmarks. On 3DMark 11, the team posted scores of 38,231 marks and 38,227 marks in 4-Way SLI on Entry and Performance presets respectively. On 3DMark Fire Strike, a score of 31,998 marks was achieved.
Using the 2D hardware configuration, the team was able to post a score of 17.55 points on 6-core Cinebench, a category record for the Intel Core i7-4960X. Lastly, the team achieved a memory overclock of 3900 MHz using Corsair Dominator Platinum memory, an unprecedented speed for quad-channel memory configurations.
"We are proud that previous ASUS X79 motherboards have dominated overclocking rankings by breaking 26 world records since the chipset launch," said Jackie Hsu, ASUS Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Worldwide Sales, Open Platform Business Group. "The accomplishments we demonstrated here at the OC Main Event San Francisco are a testament to what is achievable by combining world-class R&D with incredible talents from the enthusiast community.”
Xavier Laurent, Director of Product Marketing for Corsair adds "As a company that creates products by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, collaborating with like-minded partners ASUS and Intel to break world benchmarking records using Corsair Dominator Platinum and Vengeance Pro memory was a natural fit. The success of the OC Main Event San Francisco demonstrates the continued strength of the enthusiast community and validates our commitment to this portion of the ecosystem."
I for one welcome our new overclocking overlord
Subject: Motherboards | September 10, 2013 - 09:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: x79, rampage iv black edition, asus
Tonight at the OC Main Event sponsored by ASUS, Intel and Corsair, a new X79 motherboard was announced. The ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition is being called "bullet proof" by some ASUS personnel I spoke with and should be one of the (if not THE) best X79 platform for Ivy Bridge-E processors available.
ASUS takes a lot of pride in its motherboard development and they claim to have put 5x as many hours into developing the intricacies of things like memory traces compared to previous X79 offerings. Over 500 engineering samples of the Black Edition were made prior to finalization and more than 10,000 man hours were put into the design.
The Rampage IV Black Edition combines features of the Formula series with those of the Extreme boards to really make the ultimate flagship offering. Things the advanced audio layout for gamers as well as the perfected overclocking capability will make this motherboard impressive, but also pretty damned expensive.
I was told that unlike the previous Black Edition this motherboard is not a limited edition and will run until the market demands otherwise.
Keep an eye out for news from the OC Main Event as ASUS has some plans for these overclocking records...
Subject: Motherboards, Processors | September 3, 2013 - 06:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: x79, P9X79 PRO, Ivy Bridge-E, Intel, i7-4960X, asus
If you read our Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E review posted earlier today, you likely saw our overclocking results. After publication I got contacted by ASUS asking why we didn't attempt to overclock our CPU sample with one of their updated motherboards. In truth we were unable to get any of the pre-release UEFI firmware updates to apply to our P9X79 Pro or Rampage IV Extreme motherboards.
Move on to this afternoon and we were finally able to patch up the v1.02 of the P9X79 Pro and tossed in the same Core i7-4960X sample we used in our initial story. What were the results?
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As you can see above we were able to overclock the processor to 4.413 GHz at UEFI set voltage of only 1.40v. Previously we were only reaching a 4.3 GHz overclock and even had to up the voltage a bit higher.
I was hoping that I would be able to reach the 45x multiplier but alas it wasn't meant to be. I will keep messing with our 4960X to see how much further can push it.
Subject: Motherboards | August 26, 2013 - 06:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, z87, ASUS ROG, Maximus VI Hero
If there is one thing that has slowed the adoption of ASUS' impressive ROG line of motherboards it is the price to pick one up, high quality and extensive features do cost after all. The new Maximus VI Hero, if you can find it, retails for a bit over $200 and comes with a long list of reasons to make it the Z87 of choice. A pair of 16x, a 4x and three 1x PCIe slots offer a lot of choice for addin cards, ROG SupremeFX 8 channel sound will challenge many discrete audio cards and eight SATA 6Gbps ports will handle your storage needs. It isn't just about the peripherals though, Hardware Canucks proved that this board can overclock just like one of it's $400+ siblings which is what most enthusiasts are truely looking for. Check out the full review for the full list of reasons to consider this board.
"Combining price and performance isn't something ASUS' ROG motherboards are known for but the Maximus VI Hero bucks that trend by delivering an incredible array of features at a lower than expected cost."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H (Intel LGA 1150) @ techPowerUp
- MSI Z87 - G45 GAMING Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
- MSI Z87 Mpower Motherboard @ Bjorn3D
- MSI Z87-G45 Gaming Motherboard @ Bjorn3D
- ASUS Maximus VI Hero @ [H]ard|OCP
- MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX (Intel LGA 1150) @ techPowerUp
- ASRock Z87 OC Formula Overclocking Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane
- ASUS ROG Maximus VI Extreme Review @ OCC
- ECS Z87H3-A2X Extreme @ Phoronix
- BIOS Option Of The Week - PCI-E Reference Clock @ TechARP
- GIGABYTE F2A85XN-WiFi Review: FM2 and Richland in mini-ITX @ AnandTech
GIGABYTE Launch Intel H81 Series Motherboards - Bringing Ultimate Durability to Entry-Level Platform Motherboards
Subject: Motherboards | August 23, 2013 - 05:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gigabyte, H81, GA-H81-D3, GA-H81M-S2PV, GA-H81M-S2PH, ga-h81m-ds2, GA-H81M-HD3, H81M-H, H81.AMP-UP
City of Industry, California, August 23rd, 2013 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced its latest range of 8 series motherboards based on the new Intel H81 Chipset (PCH) supporting the latest 4th generation Intel Core processors. GIGABYTE Intel H81 series motherboards include ATX and Micro-ATX models, bringing together a unique blend of features and technologies that offer the absolute best in terms of quality, durability and overall lifespan.
GIGABYTE H81 series motherboards stand out from the competition with signature features that guarantee the utmost in both performance and reliability. High quality components for key areas of the motherboard are joined by an updated and improved UEFI DualBIOS which offers a customizable, full HD BIOS environment, plus the new GIGABYTE App Center, which combines key GIGABYTE applications in a simple, unified interface. GIGABYTE H81 series motherboards also provide additional USB 3.0 ports and support the latest 4K resolution displays on both HDMI and DisplayPort.
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 4 Plus
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 4 Plus focuses on “Ultra Performance” and “Ultra Safe”, with a range of features and component choices that provide optimal performance, cool and efficient operation and extended motherboard lifespan.
GIGABYTE uses All Solid Caps (Capacitors) and Low RDS(on) MOSFETs which are rated to work at higher temperatures to provide a longer lifespan. specially designed to produce lower switching for faster electric current charging and discharging, Low RDS(on) MOSFETs have lower power consumption during the switching process, resulting in a faster switching process and less heat generation.
GIGABYTE motherboards feature GIGABYTE DualBIOS, an exclusive technology from GIGABYTE that protects arguably one of your PC's most crucial components, the BIOS GIGABYTE DualBIOS means that your motherboard has both a 'Main BIOS' and a 'Backup BIOS', making users protected from BIOS failure due to virus attack, hardware malfunction, improper OC settings or power failure during the update process.
High ESD Protection for USB and LAN (USB 3.0 only)
3199GIGABYTE H81 Series motherboards raise the bar in terms of protecting your system, providing advanced electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection for both your Ethernet LAN and USB ports, both common sources of ESD-related failures. Each LAN and USB port is paired with a dedicated protection filter that can withstand high electrostatic discharges, protecting your system from common electrical surges and even direct lighting strikes.
Additional USB 3.0 Ports
GIGABYTE H81 series motherboards feature an onboard USB 3.0 host controller that provides an additional four USB 3.0 ports. Together with USB 3.0 ports provided by the Intel H81 chipset, users can enjoy SuperSpeed connectivity on a total of six USB 3.0 ports.
4K Ultra HD Support
GIGABYTE H81 series motherboards provide native 4K support with integrated Intel HD Graphics via HDMI or DisplayPort. 4K resolution is the next technological milestone in high-definition content delivery, utilizing approximately 4,000 pixels on the horizontal axis, more than four times today’s standard HD pixel density.
New GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS with Dashboard Mode
Take control of how your BIOS looks and feels with the new GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS, a fully customizable user interface that allows you to adjust overclocking and performance settings in real-time. With smooth mouse control and shortcuts for fast navigation, the new and exclusive Dashboard Mode gives users complete access to all data related to your motherboard, including CPU, graphics and memory clocks, temperatures and voltages.
New GIGABYTE App Center
GIGABYTE App Center gives you easy access to a wealth of GIGABYTE apps that help you get the most from your GIGABYTE motherboard. Using a simple, unified user interface, GIGABYTE App Center allows you to launch all GIGABYTE apps installed on your system. The GIGABYTE App Center is also customizable with three attractive color schemes.
The GIGABYTE App Center Includes:
- EZ Setup
- Live Updates
- USB Blocker
- Smart Recovery
- Smart Time Lock
Subject: General Tech, Motherboards | August 18, 2013 - 12:22 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: thunderboltex, thunderbolt
Thunderbolt has not exactly caught on for mainstream devices. Outside of media production, USB has a strong brand and carries less of a premium than Thunderbolt. Motherboard vendors and system builders can also more easily implement USB 3.0. Intel, according to VR-Zone, addresses this problem with a reference PCI Express x4 add-in card to be produced and marketed by select Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) partners.
The select partners are, according to current plans, ODMs with existing Thunderbolt motherboard designs.
ASUS TB_Header Add-in Card, about 19 months ago
Thunderbolt is, basically, the marriage between PCIe and DisplayPort as an external interface. Motherboards can either ship with Thunderbolt ports or a header for non-existent add-in cards. These TB_Headers, on ASUS motherboards, are General Purpose I/O (GPIO) connections used for a fairly unclear task. Officially, they help facilitate a DisplayPort connection to the integrated GPU although they are required even if using DisplayPort pass-through. The card has been stuck in certification woes.
In the Intel's reference design plans, both a GPIO header and internal DisplayPort connection are required on motherboards wishing to support this add-in card. This ends the hope of current system owners wishing to upgrade most existing rigs.
This initiative more seems like an attempt to defer most of the cost of Thunderbolt implementation to a down-the-line upgrade option. I do feel bad for ASUS. They appear to have the problem solved over a year ago with a solution very similar to the one Intel is working on now. If certification were not an issue, they could have very well been first to market. Now it appears they will be in the first wave.
Subject: Motherboards | August 13, 2013 - 02:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: msi, Z87 XPower, PEX 8747 PLX
MSI's Z87 XPower is a brilliant board to base a multi-GPU system on as it's 5 PCIe slots are capable of running two cards at 16x if you are not using the other three, for triple GPU you can manage 16x/8x/8x or even four slots at 8x if you go to the utter extreme thanks to the PEX 8747 PLX chip found on board. If you are only using one GPU you can choose the slot which avoids the PLX chip altogether to avoid the latency penalty it adds. A Killer NIC, MSI's Super RAID SSD caching, Multi-BIOS II, Debub LED, Go2BIOS, V-Check Points and Direct OC all add to the benefits you get from choosing this board. If the $440 price tag doesn't immediately scare you off check out the full review at [H]ard|OCP.
"Higher end products are niche items which don’t make a lot of sense for the vast majority of users. Even gamers and enthusiasts sometimes shy away from these products unless the feature set aligns with their needs, desires, and budgets. The feature-packed MSI Z87 XPower is a fine example of this high end motherboard category. "
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- MSI Z87 XPower Review: Our First Z87 with PLX8747 @ AnandTech
- ASRock Z87 OC Formula @ Kitguru
- Asus Maximus VI Hero @ Kitguru
- ASUS Z87-PRO Motheboard @ Bjorn3D
- ASUS Maximus VI Hero Z87 @ Bjorn3D
- MSI Z87-G45 Gaming Review @ OCC
- GIGABYTE Z87X-UD5H Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
- ASRock Z87 Extreme6/ac (Intel LGA 1150) @ techPowerUp
- Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H @ [H]ard|OCP
- MSI Z87-G43 Motherboard Review @ HiTech Legion
- Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H @ X-bit Labs
- Asus Z87-K @ X-bit Labs
- MSI Z77A-GD65 GAMING @ X-bit Labs
- Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5 Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
- BIOS Option Of The Week - PCI-E Max Read Request Size @ TechARP
- Gigabyte F2A85XN-WiFi Motherboard Review @ HiTech Legion
Overview and Technical Specifications
What is the Second Look Review
The Second Look Review is used to take a more in-depth look at boards here at PC Perspective. In the initial review, we try to give you an overview of the board, forming an impression of how the board will perform in your system. The initial review details out the board features and layout, BIOS features, and stock performance. The Second Look review attempts to pull back the covers, exposing a more complete picture of the board's performance limits.
In this review, we cover subsystem testing including drive, networking, and audio functionality, as well as overclocking. Additionally, the board components and heat sinks are stripped down to uncover lower level board functionality and design. By the end of the Second Look review, a complete picture of board performance coalesces into an adequate picture for award determination. This award determination takes into account the board performance tested over the course of both the initial and second look reviews.
Be sure to take a look at our first review of this product for a better overall view of the layout and features as well.
Overview and Feature Recap
Courtesy of GIGABYTE
- Supports 4th Generation Intel® Core™ processors
- GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 Plus Technology
- All IR Digital Power design
- GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™
- Exclusive GIGABYTE OC Features
- Unique OC Touch Feature
- Unique OC Ignition Feature
- Unique OC Brace Feature
- Gold plated DDR/PCIe Slots and power connectors
- 4-way Graphics Support
- Durable black solid capacitors
- GIGABYTE On/Off Charge™ 2 for USB devices
- Dual Intel® LAN with high ESD Protection
- Extreme Heat sink design with 9 system fan connectors
- Realtek ALC898 with High Quality 110dB SNR HD audio
- GIGABYTE Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi Card
Courtesy of GIGABYTE
Subject: Motherboards | August 2, 2013 - 04:50 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: supermicro, overclocking, lga 1150, haswell, c7z87-oce
Supermicro is a company well-known for its server-class motherboards, but its latest motherboard is actually aimed at consumers. The Supermicro C7Z87-OCE is an overclocking friendly board that features the Intel Z87 chipset and a LGA 1150 socket that is ready to be paired with an Intel Haswell processor.
The board has a simple but effective layout. There are no fancy heatsinks or armor plating here, just a small heatsink over the VRMs. Beyond the CPU socket, features include four DDR3 DIMM slots (32GB max), eight SATA III 6Gbps ports, three PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots, three PCI-E 2.0 x1 slots, and a AMI UEFI BIOS. Six of the SATA III ports are powered by the Intel Z87 chipset while the other two ports go through the ASMedia ASM1061 controller. Users can use RAID 0, 1, 5, or 10 with this board. The PCI-E 3.0 slots can run at x16, x8+x8, or x8+x4+x4 depending on the number of cards used. An interesting feature of the Supermicro C7Z87-OCE are four green buttons that are numbered 1 through 4. These can be used to overclock the processor by 15% (button 1), 23% (button 2), a user-adjustable amount (button 3), and to clear CMOS (button 4).
The rear IO options on the board include:
- 2 x USB 2.0
- 4 x USB 3.0
- 2 x Gigabit Ethernet (Intel i217V and i210AT NICs)
- 5 x analog audio
- 1 x S/PDIF
- 1 x Thunderbolt
- 1 x VGA
- 1 x DVI
- 1 x DisplayPort (via the Thunderbolt connector)
- 1 x HDMI
I'm glad to see another player enter the consumer motherboard arena, and I find it interesting that that player is Supermicro. According to TweakTown's review, the company's first consumer board is not perfect, with the BIOS in particular lacking, but it is an overall decent option for those users wanting a reliable motherboard to support their next system build.
Pricing and availability have not been announced.
Subject: Motherboards | July 30, 2013 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ASUS Sabertooth, ASUS Gryphon Z87, tuf
Along with the very obvious TUF Thermal Armour you can see in the picture below the board comes with ASUS' TUF warranty which lasts for 5 years. The TUF series is different from the ROG series as the focus is more on durability than extreme performance but that doesn't mean that this board is lacking in speed or features. It has three PCIe 16x slots with one running at 4x along with three PCIe 1x slots, a total of 10 SATA ports and a half dozen USB 3.0 ports. [H]ard|OCP found overclocking on this board took a little more effort but did pay off in the end but it was the reliability of the board that truly impressed them. If you are looking at picking up a pair of the biggest GPUs on the market this board would be a good choice as it is strong enough to support that weight without flexing.
"The motherboard we are examining today is part of the ASUS "TUF" series which is an acronym for "The Ultimate Force." The Sabertooth Z87 looks like a promising follow up to the Sabertooth Z77 and given the Sabertooth pedigree, our expectations are high for this entry into the series which sets itself apart in the ASUS product stack."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- GIGABYTE Z87X-OC Force Overclocking Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
- ASRock Z87 OC Formula/AC @ AnandTech
- ASRock Z87 Extreme6 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate Motherboard Review @ HiTech Legion
- Gigabyte Z87-D3HP @ Kitguru
- Trio of Z87 OC Motherboards Tested @ Madshrimps
- Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H Motherboard @ Bjorn3D
- Gigabyte Z87X-OC @ eTeknix
- Intel DZ87KLT-75K LGA1150 @ Benchmark Review
- ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac @ Kitguru
- Intel DZ87KLT-75K Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H Socket 1150 Motherboard Review @ Pro-Clockers
- ECS Z87H3-A2X Extreme Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- MSI Z87 Xpower Motherboard @ Bjorn3D
- ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Professional Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- Gigabyte Z87X OC Overclocking Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane
- ASRock Z87E-ITX @ Benchmark
- Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- ASUS SABERTOOTH Z87 @ Benchmark Reviews
- BIOS Option Of The Week - PCI Delay Transaction @ TechARP
- ASUS Maximus V Formula ThunderFX ROG Motherboard Review @ HiTech Legion
- ASRock 990FX Extreme9 @ Hardware.info
- ASRock FM2A85X-ITX @ Hardware.info