Subject: Motherboards, Shows and Expos | January 7, 2016 - 06:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: X170-Extreme ECC, gigabyte, GA-X150M-PLUS WS, GA-X150-PLUS WS, CES, brix
Gigabyte revealed two high end LGA1151 motherboards which will support Intel Xeon E3-1200 v5 processors in addition to the more common Core models purchased by enthusiasts. The GA-X150-PLUS WS is a full sized ATX board with a PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 connector with transfer rates of up to 32Gb/s as well as SEx ports and a network traffic management application called cFosSpeed on the gigabit NIC to reduce latency.
The GA-X150M-PLUS WS is a Micro-ATX version of the previous board, keeping all of the features of the larger model but sacrificing dual GPU support due to size constraints. They also released a X170-Extreme ECC, one of the few consumer boards to support ECC memory for those who regularly use programs which can benefit from error correcting DRAM.
For those who like their systems small and ready to go out of the box, the new Brix line up is a mere 0.46L (34.4 x 112.6 x 119.4mm) and uses the new Skylake processors, the model number indicating the processor you will find within the Brix. They all sport an M.2 SSD slot, a pair of slots for SO-DIMM DDR3L, HDMI and Mini DisplayPort 1.2 outputs along with four USB connectors and both wired and wireless network connectivity. These new Brix will also support Thunderbolt 3 over their USB Type-C port
Full PR after the break.
Subject: Motherboards, Shows and Expos | January 6, 2016 - 02:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Z170A, X99A GODLIKE GAMING CARBON, msi, GAMING PRO CARBON, CES, B150M GAMING 3X
We will let MSI tell you about the two new Carbon editions of their popular Gaming Pro and Godlike Gaming motherboards as well as the B150M GAMING 3X in their own words for now. Expect more once we lay Mk.1 eyeballs on the products.
Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON Edition - Sporting the latest Intel® Z170 chipset and the latest version of Mystic Light, the Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON Edition motherboard is sure to offer outstanding performance and customization of your system. Enjoy crystal-clear immersive in game sounds from the premium quality components of Audio Boost 3. Steel Armor ensures the most heavyweight graphics card setups are solid and stable. Engineered to provide both a stunning gaming and visual experience, the Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON Edition gives you plenty of reasons to show off.
X99A GODLIKE GAMING CARBON Edition - The world’s most powerful gaming motherboard solution just got better. The X99A GODLIKE GAMING CARBON Edition motherboard features the improved Mystic Light RGB LED feature, supporting up to 16.8Million colors and 16 LED effects to style your rig in any way possible. Featuring the patented Turbo Socket, the X99A GODLIKE GAMING CARBON Edition removes all limits by providing extra pins (2036 in total) for better overlocking of the Intel® extreme processors. Dominate the world of gaming and overclocking while looking awesome with the new X99A GODLIKE GAMING CARBON Edition motherboard.
B150M GAMING 3X - MSI celebrates its 30th Anniversary with the B150M GAMING 3X, with a golden PCB and red color scheme – which represents fortune and bliss in traditional Chinese culture. The B150M GAMING 3X inherits MSI’s GAMING DNA, with a powerful GAMING LAN to experience ultrafast online gaming, and Audio Boost 3 for a crystal clear immersive gaming experience. This special 30th Anniversary model will include a MSI GAMING mouse as a bundle deal!
Follow all of our coverage of the show at http://pcper.com/ces!
Subject: Motherboards | December 30, 2015 - 09:06 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: Z170, water cooling, water block, Maximus VIII Formula, EKWB, ek, crosschill, ATX motherboard, ASUS ROG, asus
ASUS ROG has announced the Maximus VIII Formula, a premium ATX motherboard with integrated EK hybrid liquid cooling which allows users to choose liquid or air cooling for the board's hottest components.
"The latest ROG Z170 motherboard now comes with the exclusive CrossChill EK hybrid cooling block! ROG teamed up with the guys at EK to create a high-conductivity channel, so you will be ready for liquid-cooling goodness right out-of-the-box. Don’t worry if you don’t intend to upgrade to liquid-cooling straight away, because this also runs on air cooling. Why spend more money on a third-party waterblock when it’s already built-in and looks this good?"
In addition to the integrated water cooling support the Maximus VIII Formula includes the usual bells and whistles we've come to expect from these ROG motherboards, including advanced overclocking support and premium audio, and the Formula also offers RGB headers and lighting controls and "ROG Armor". There is also advanced storage support from both M.2 and U.2 connectors, and provides advanced wireless via built-in 2x2 802.11ac with an external antenna included.
Specifications from ASUS:
- Processor: LGA1151 socket for 6th-generation Intel Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron processors
- Chipset: Intel Z170 Express
- Memory: 4x DIMMs, up to a maximum of 64GB, DDR4 3733 (OC), Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
- Expansion slots:
- 2x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (single at x16, dual at x8/x8 mode)
- 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (maximum at x4 mode)
- 3x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
- Graphics (Integrated Intel HD Graphics processor):
- DisplayPort 1.2 with maximum resolution of 4096 x 2034 at 60Hz
- HDMI with maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 at 24Hz
- Intel InTru 3D / Quick Sync Video / Clear Video HD Technology / Insider
- Multi-GPU: Two-way/quad-GPU NVIDIA® SLI and AMD three-way/quad-GPU CrossFireX technology
- 1x U.2 (supports PCIe 3.0 x4 NVM Express storage)
- 1x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, supports 2242/2260/2280/22110 devices
- 2x SATA Express
- 8x SATA 6.0 Gbps (4 shared with SATA Express)
- Intel I219-V Gigabit LAN and ASUS LANGuard
- Integrated 2×2 dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi with external antenna included
- 2x USB 3.1 (1x Type-A; 1x Type-C)
- 10x USB 3.0 ports (6 on back panel, 4 mid-board)
- 4x USB 2.0 ports (mid-board)
- Audio: ROG SupremeFX 2015 8-channel high-definition audio
- ESS ES9023P high-definition DAC
- 2V RMS Headphone Amp into (32-600 ohms)
- SupremeFX shielding technology
- Sonic SenseAmp
- Jack-detection, multi-streaming, front-panel mic jack-retasking
- Optical S/PDIF-out port on back panel
- Dimensions / form factor: ATX, 12.0 x 9.6in (30.5 x 24.4cm)
Pricing and availabilty were not announced. Full press release after the break.
Subject: Motherboards | December 22, 2015 - 04:06 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: Xeon E3-1200 V5, workstation, msi, motherboard, Intel C236, C236M Workstation, C236A Workstation
MSI has launched a pair of workstation motherboards based on Intel's C236 chipset, with support for the new 6th-gen "Skylake" Intel Xeon E3-1200 v5 processors.
With the C236A Workstation (ATX) and C236M Workstation (Micro-ATX) boards potential system builders will have a lot of flexibility with enclosure size, and both motherboards support ECC DDR4.
"MSI C236 WORKSTATION motherboards are optimized for professional and industrial use. Advanced PCB design, engineered using industry leading standards and the use of the highest quality components passing the most extreme quality validation, the C236A WORKSTATION and C236M WORKSTATION motherboards guarantee the best in performance and reliability. Designed and optimized for NVIDIA® Quadro® and AMD® FirePro graphics cards multi-GPU setups, equipped with unique Steel Armor and optimal PCI Express slot placement ensure great efficiency and perfect stability for heavy duty computing."
The MSI C236A Workstation Motherboard
The specifications of the two motherboards differ in more ways than form-factor, with the biggest feature set coming from the ATX model (C236A):
- Supports Intel Xeon E3 v5 series / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket
- Supports ECC DDR4 Memory
- Supports Nvidia Quadro and AMD FirePro professional graphics cards
- DDR4 Boost
- USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type-C port, ASMedia ASM1142 Chipset)
- Turbo M.2 32Gb/s
- Multi-GPU with Steel Armor PCI-E slots (Supports NVIDIA SLI and AMD Crossfire)
- Intel I219-V Gigabit LAN
- Click BIOS 5
- Military Class 4
- Overvoltage Protection
- Windows 10 Ready
The C236M Workstation Motherboard
The Micro-ATX model (C236M) looks to be more of a budget option, with differences including lack of M.2 support, no USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port, and Realtek RTL8111H Gigabit LAN instead of the larger board's Intel NIC. As this is mATX there are only two PCIe slots, which are configured x16/x4.
Pricing and availability were not immediately available.
Subject: Motherboards | December 20, 2015 - 04:09 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: motherboard, Intel Xeon E3-1200, Intel C232, E3 Pro Gaming V5, ATX motherboard, asus
ASUS has introduced a new ATX gaming motherboard for Intel's 6th-generation Xeon E3-1200 server processors, offering premium desktop gaming features on a board built with Intel's C232 chipset.
The board is built with Intel's C232 chipset, needed to support the Xeon E3-1200 processors (not compatible with desktop chipsets). Intel's C232 product page lists a maximum of only 8 PCI Express lanes, so (as pointed out in the comments) the E3-1200 and desktop Skylake processors will provide 16 lanes to the first PCIe slot, with the C232 providing up to 8 more for the other slots. (Intel's C236 chipset, the other chipset supporting these new Skylake Xeon CPUs, supports 20 PCIe lanes.)
The E3 Pro Gaming V5 supports not only E3-1200 series Xeon processors, but 6th-generation Intel Core and Pentium/Celeron CPUs as well with its LGA1151 socket. Why exactly would a server CPU be an attractive option for a gaming rig anyway? For one thing the 4 core/8 thread Skylake desktop CPU (the i7-6700K) is difficult to find and currently $419.99 on Newegg (and out of stock). A Skylake Xeon E3-1230 v5 on the other hand (all models above E3-1220/1225 are 4 core/8 thread) starts at $274.99 (Newegg).
Here are some of the specifications from ASUS:
- CPU: Intel Socket 1151 for Xeon E3-1200 v5 and 6th genereation Core, Pentium and Celeron Processors
- Chipset: Intel C232
- Memory: 4x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory, Dual-Channel Memory Architecture
- Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
- Expansion Slots:
- 1x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 mode)
- 1x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (max at x4 mode)
- 2x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1
- 2x PCI
- Multi-GPU Support: Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX Technology, AMD 2-Way CrossFireX Technology
- Storage: (Intel C232 chipset) 1x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key design, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (Supports both SATA & PCIE SSD), 6x SATA 6Gb/s ports, support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
- Intel Rapid Storage Technology Enterprise support
- LAN: Intel I219LM, 1x Gigabit LAN Controller, GameFirst technology, Anti-surge LANGuard
- Audio: SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio
- USB Ports:
- (ASMedia USB 3.1 controller) 1x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C
- (Intel C232 chipset) 6x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
- Form Factor: ATX (12 inch x 9.6 inch)
Availability for the U.S.A. was not specified, but according to the press release (accessed via Vortez here) it will be offered in the UK with an MSRP of £118.10, or approximately $175 US.
Introduction and Technical Specifications
Courtesy of ASUS
The X99-E WS/USB 3.1 is leading board in ASUS' Workstation line for the Intel X99 chipset with enhanced support for USB 3.1-based devices. The board features full support for all Intel LGA2011-3 based processors paired with DDR4 memory operating in up to a quad channel configuration. Priced at a hefty $539.99, the X99-E WS/USB 3.1 board comes with an immense feature set to more than justify its massive price tag.
Courtesy of ASUS
Courtesy of ASUS
Powering the X99-E WS/USB 3.1 board is an 8-phase digital power system featuring high efficiency Beat Thermal chokes, Dr. MOS MOSFETs, and 12k rated solid capacitors. Additionally, ASUS integrated their CPU OC Socket into the board's design, ensuring board's overclocking potential. The integrated PLX chip enhances the board's graphics bandwidth, offering full x16 bandwidth with four card populated and x8 bandwidth with all seven PCIe x16 slots populated.
ASUS chose to integrate the following features into the X99-E WS/USB 3.1 board: eight SATA 3 ports; two SATA-Express ports; one M.2 PCIe x4 capable port; two eSATA ports; Intel I218LM and I210-AT Gigabit NICs; seven PCI-Express x16 slots; 2-digit diagnostic LED display; on-board power, reset, CMOS clear, MemOK!, Q-Code Logger, and BIOS Flashback buttons; TPU, EPU, Dr. Power, and EZ_XMP switches; Crystal Audio 2 audio subsystem; and USB 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1 Type-A port support.
Subject: Motherboards | December 14, 2015 - 06:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: evga, Z170 FTW, Intel Z170
EVGA has released several new motherboards based on Intel's Z170 chipset, with the Z170 FTW being the model which Bjorn3D received for review. The colour scheme is a little more subdued that some of the other manufactures which may appeal to those of us not looking for excessive amounts of bling on our motherboards. Bjorn reports that the four PCIe 16x slots can only manage dual SLI or Crossfire, however the remaining slots allow you to put in a card to use to power PhysX or an NVMe PCIe SSD if that is within your budget. Outputs on the back include DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4 but unfortunately no USB 3.1 ports. The UEFI is interesting, each vendor is trying to outdo the competition when it comes to aesthetics and EVGA is no exception. Read through the full review to see if the included features on the outweigh the several which are missing if you are considering picking up this board.
"One of three motherboards available from EVGA for the new Z170 platform along with the flagship Classified board, and the M-ATX Stinger. Available now on Amazon featuring a new BIOS GUI interface, a highly efficient VRM, a CPU socket that has 1.5X the amount of gold content for improved signal quality, 4 DIMM slots supporting 64GB of DDR4 memory, and support for SLI + PhysX to name a few."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- ECS Z170-CLAYMORE (Intel LGA-1151) @ techPowerUp
- MSI Z170A GAMING M7 @ Benchmark Reviews
- ASUS Z170 Deluxe Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Gigabyte H170-HD3 @ eTeknix
Subject: Motherboards | December 3, 2015 - 06:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: skylake-s, ROG, Republic of Gamers, Maximus VIII Impact, lga1151, Intel Z170, asus
Before looking at this particular Maximus board, make sure you have checked out Morry's review of the Silver Award winning Maximus VIII Gene as it is well worth the read. If you find that a mATX board is simply too big for you then you could consider the ASUS Maximus VIII Impact, a mini-ITX board with a fair spread of features. You are limited to a single x16 PCIe slot but that leaves plenty of channels for 6 USB 3.0, two 3.1 ports of which one is a Type-C connector, four SATA 6GBps ports and U.2 as well. This board also features the SupremeFX audio found on the Gene, albeit in a slightly different form and adds dual channel WiFi support as well. [H]ard|OCP were very impressed with Impact, check out the many reasons why it picked up their top awards here.
"Let’s face it, most sequels are never as good as the original films. When it comes to motherboards the opposite usually rings true. ASUS’ Republic of Gamers brand has had several iterations of the mini-ITX Maximus Impact, today we have version VIII. Hopefully ASUS continues its track record of great sequels."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- Gigabyte's Z170X-Gaming G1 @ The Tech Report
- Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 TH @ eTeknix
- MSI B150M Mortar Review @ OCC
- GIGABYTE Z170-HD3 Review; DDR3 & Skylake @ Hardware Canucks
- Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 @ Modders-Inc
- FIRST LOOK Gigabyte H170N-WIFI Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- Gigabyte GA-H110M-A: A Sub-$60 Intel Skylake Motherboard @ Phoronix
Introduction and Technical Specifications
Courtesy of ASUS
The Maximus VIII Gene is one of the Intel Z170 chipset offerings in the ROG (Republic of Gamer) board line. The board features the standard black and red ROG aesthetics in an mATX form factor to accommodate space constrained system builds. ASUS chose to integrate black-chrome heat sinks into the board's build, giving it a sleek and modern appearance. The board's integrated Intel Z170 chipset integrates support for the latest Intel LGA1151 Skylake processor line as well as Dual Channel DDR4 memory. With an MSRP of $230, the Maximus VIII Gene offers a compelling price for a feature-packed product.
Courtesy of ASUS
Courtesy of ASUS
The Maximus VIII Gene features an 8+2 phase digital power system, providing more than enough power to the CPU and integrated GPU for whatever you choose to throw at it. ASUS integrated the following features into the Maximus VIII Gene board: two SATA 3 ports; two SATA-Express ports; one M.2 PCIe x4 capable port; an Intel I219-V Gigabit NIC; two PCI-Express x16 slots; one PCI-Express x4 slot; on-board power, reset, MemOK!, Safe Boot, ReTry, Clear CMOS, and USB BIOS Flashback buttons; ROG SupremeFX 2015 8-Channel audio subsystem; integrated DisplayPort and HDMI video ports; and USB 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1 Type-A and Type-C port support.
Subject: Motherboards | December 1, 2015 - 04:02 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: Z170, Rainbow Six Siege, msi, motherboard, KRAIT GAMING R6 SIEGE, krait gaming, krait
MSI has announced a partnership with Ubisoft and introduced a specially designed motherboard, the Z170A KRAIT GAMING R6 SIEGE, which includes a free copy of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Standard Edition).
"With this new model you will receive a free copy of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege [Standard Edition]. But that’s not all, during this exclusive promotion MSI is also giving away a free copy of the game with the Z170A GAMING M5 motherboard. The promotion starts on Tuesday 1st of December, 2015."
The motherboard is based on the current Z170A KRAIT EDITION, and this new R6 SIEGE design offers the same gaming-oriented featues such as DDR4 Boost, Intel LAN, and high-end audio components, and both feature USB 3.1 Gen 2 support with Type-C and Type-A ports.
No specifics on pricing/availability just yet.