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First AMD FM2 motherboard approved by Microsoft Windows 8
     Fri, Jul 20 2012 | 5:10P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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BIOSTAR, major manufacturer of motherboards, VGA cards, industrial computer systems and other peripherals, today announces that its' AMD FM2 motherboard “Hi-Fi A85X” has received the Windows 8 hardware certification from Microsoft.

With the Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) certification, BIOSTAR guarantees to deliver the most reliable, performance-driven solutions to power Microsoft Windows 8 and setting a standard for future Windows 8 certified motherboards.

You can enjoy the benefits and features of Microsoft new generation operating system, while having access to easy upgradability without any compatibility from BIOSTAR products. Please visit www.biostar.com.tw to learn more about us.

  FULL STORY @ BIOSTAR

ASRock Z77 Extreme9 Hits the Best 3DMark11 Score on Ivy Bridge Platform!
     Fri, Jul 20 2012 | 5:07P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF


The leading motherboard brand ASRock today announced the winner list of Z77 Global Overclocking Competition with Futuremark®, sponsored by ADATA, Cooler Master, Galaxy, and Intel. The final champions of 3DMark 11 events went to Chaos and X-power while John Lam and rybamcz won the title of 3DMark Vantage event final champion.   

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The contest generated two top scores entering the 3DMark 11 Performance-Preset Hall of Fame and the scores of P28421 created by Chaos (Poland) has been listed as the highest 3Dmark 11 score on the latest Intel Ivy Bridge platform.    

 
The two final champions of 3DMark 11 events, Chaos (Poland) and X-power (China), created top scores of P28421 and P28302 respectively with ASRock Z77 Extreme9 motherboard and Intel Core i7-3770K CPU. Featuring ASRock unique XFast 555 Technology (XFast RAM, XFast LAN and XFast USB), ASRock Z77 Extreme9 supports for 4-Way SLI/CrossFireX by PLX PEX 8747 Bridge and provides desirable configurations essential to build up an unbeatable rig!


On the other hand, John Lam (HK) and rybamcz (Poland) topped 3DMark Vantage event with the scores of P52103 and P51282 respectively. Both John Lam and rybamcz hit the top score with ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional.


3DMark 11 Category
? Name Country Score Motherboard
Overall winner: Chaos Poland P28421 ASRock Z77 Extreme9
Overall winner: X-Power China P28302 ASRock Z77 Extreme9
Week 1: SASmedic Japan P21576 ASRock Z77 Extreme9
Week 2: tt028 Japan P22512 ASRock Z77 Extreme9
Week 3: orangenvidia China P27148 ASRock Z77 Extreme9
Week 4: ExtremePlayer China P25219 ASRock Z77 Extreme9
3DMark Vantage Category
? Name Country Score Motherboard
Overall winner: John Lam Hong Kong P52103 ASRock Z77 Professional
Overall winner: rybamcz Poland P51282 ASRock Z77 Professional
Week 1: Billy-The-Kid Portugal P47768 ASRock Z77 Extreme6
Week 2: rsannino Italy P49884 ASRock Z77 Extreme6
Week 3: cische Italy P48114 ASRock Z77 Extreme9
Week 4: coccus80 Italy P48721 ASRock Z77 Extreme6
Besides the winner result, specific participant used ASRock Z77E-ITX and created a stunning 3DMark Vantage score of P42228, which is the highest record created with ITX motherboard up to date. It is evident that ASRock motherboards have great overclocking capability regardless of the form factors.
For the complete result of ASRock Z77 OC Competition, please visit
http://community.futuremark.com/forum/showthread.php?166356-ASRock-Z77-Overclocking-Competition/page2
Futuremark 3DMark 11 Performance-Preset Hall of Fame:
http://www.3dmark.com/hall-of-fame/3dmark-11-top-performance-preset/
Best 3Dmark Vantage Score by ITX Motherboard (ASRock Z77E-ITX):
http://3dmark.com/3dmv/4175212

  FULL STORY @ FUTUREMARK

ASRock Z77E-ITX Mini-ITX (Intel Z77) Motherboard Review
     Wed, Jul 18 2012 | 3:55P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We find out if good things can come in small packages with the new ITX based Z77 motherboard from ASRock."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

A Futurelooks News Flash - ASUS F1 A75-V EVO FM1 ATX Motherboard Review
     Wed, Jul 18 2012 | 3:40P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD was very clear about their intentions for the APU design when they first announced a new socket for these chips. The price, design, platform, and highlight features were all clearly targeted at the entry-level and mid-range markets. The only question I had was what did AMD consider to be mid-range? The difference in performance for a mid-range AMD graphics card and an entry level one is huge. Lets find out if the same can be said of the Lynx platform when paired with the top of its class F1A75-V EVO from ASUS. *"
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS.COM

Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 mini-ITX Motherboard Review
     Tue, Jul 17 2012 | 8:12P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

QUOTE: "The focus of today's review is the miniITX, 17cm square, Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 AMD Fusion motherboard. This platform is based on a dual-core netbook processor from AMD called the AMD Fusion E-350 'Zacate' APU. The processor includes an entry level Radeon HD6310 integrated graphics core with 80 shader processors that is clocked at 492MHz."

  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Roger splmann Tanner with new Z77 Corsair memory overclocking world record @ Ocaholic
     Tue, Jul 17 2012 | 9:55A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
During the last week-end Roger (splmann) Tanner was overclocking an ASUS Maximus V Gene with Corsair Dominator GTX 6 modules and a Core i7-3770K CPU. The results: a new memory world record!"
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

EVGA Z77 FTW Intel Z77 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
     Tue, Jul 17 2012 | 6:48A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While the EVGA Z77 FTW may not have been our fastest motherboard, it was certainly consistent and rock solid. The EVGA Z77 FTW was one of the best overclocking boards that I have used to date, if you`re in the market for one hell of a board I would easily recommend the EVGA Z77 FTW..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

 
ASRock X79 Extreme6 GB Review @ Vortez
     Mon, Jul 16 2012 | 4:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So then today we take a look at the mid-high end Extreme6 motherboard. This product comes in two guises, GB and non-GB. Today we will be reviewing the GB `GameBlaster` version which as the title suggests comes complete with the GameBlaster Sound card. We have seen add-on sound cards bundled before, particularly with ultra-high end boards so for the ASRock to include this in what is there mid-high end offering is something of a coup. With three SLI/Crossfire PCIe slots and 8xDIMM ports it is clear the Extreme6 means business so without further delay let`s explore the specification of today`s review sample."
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ.NET

Thunderbolt on Windows: ASUS P8Z77-V Premium Pegasus R4 and an Apple Thunderbolt Display
     Sun, Jul 15 2012 | 9:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Thunderbolt offers twice the available bandwidth as USB 3.0 and will likely ramp up its speed as more controllers come down the pipeline from Intel. Thunderbolt`s ability to daisy chain devices and share a single port also allows it to find its way into Ultrabooks and tablets while still providing the same capability as several USB 3.0 ports would require, without the need for any kind of hub. Having DisplayPort connectivity built in allows users to utilize Thunderbolt as a dual-purpose connection without requiring some kind of display controller like current USB 3.0 display devices do."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

Z77 Motherboard Charts: 15 Models tested - update ASUS P8H77-M LE/SI @ Ocaholic
     Sun, Jul 15 2012 | 8:16A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In our comparison tables, meanwhile you find benchmark values regarding 16 recent Z77 motherboards. Furthermore we do not comment the benchmark values. The idea and also the goal is to present to you a market overview which helps you choose the right motherboard."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

EVGA Classified SR-X review: dual Socket 2011
     Sat, Jul 14 2012 | 12:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Classified SR-X is an overclocking motherboard that doesn't overclock. It's a shame for EVGA, but really the only honest conclusion here is that the Classified SR-X is a pointless motherboard. When we asked, EVGA informed us that it was unknown to them during the development of this board that the Xeons would be completely locked. The manufacturer still hopes that unlocked Xeons will be released at some point in the future, but from Intel's perspective we see no reason for that actually happening. EVGA will likely be waiting in vain. As we stated in our previous Xeon E5 review, combining two Socket 2011 processors for professional applications provides unparalleled performance. However, if that is what you need you are better off buying a true workstation motherboard (or rather a fully configured workstation) with the warranty, service and compatibility tests that follow. It makes no sense to buy an overclocking motherboard that you cannot effectively overclock.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 @ Techreaction.net
     Fri, Jul 13 2012 | 4:12P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We are going to take this one in another direction (perhaps a little in reverse with a bit of the end at the beginning). At first glance, this board does not seem to be worth the money and we want to clear the air a little about what most people may not (do not) need."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION.NET

Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Intel Z77 Express @ techPowerUp
     Fri, Jul 13 2012 | 10:28A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gigabyte`s first G1.Killer Intel Z77 Express product takes a completely new slant on enthusiast gaming products, shrinking down to a mATX form factor, as was widely requested by end users. The G1.Sniper M3 is a gaming soldier that`s ready for battle, equipped with some of the latest and greatest technology, including a Creative Recon3Di audio CODEC, and Intel LAN controller that supports CFOS traffic shaping technology."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

Preview: ASUS P8Z77-V Premium @ ocaholic
     Fri, Jul 13 2012 | 9:55A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the P8Z77-V Premium ASUS has a new flagship motherboard in their portfolio when it comes to their performance products. What they`ve done basically their engineers took a P8Z77-V Deluxe and added a Thunderbolt interface to it. Voil there is the P8Z77-V Premium."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Intel Z77 Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Fri, Jul 13 2012 | 5:05A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Extreme6 is ASRocks mid-high end performance board, coming in the top 5 of the 12 boards ASRock offers to the consumer market for this platform. With an ATX form factor, it is extremely attractive with gold and silver accents. Claiming to feature everything an overclocker, gamer, or enthusiast would require including SLI and CrossFire support, Digital Power Phases, and support for heavily overclocked RAM. Backing this up is ASRocks XFast 555 Software suite, which also claims to boost your USB transfer speed and reduce your gaming ping with a single click of your mouse. Is the ASRock Z77 Extreme6 one of the candidates for your latest upgrade? Read on to find out if itll be money well spent."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Biostar TPower TZ77XE4 @ Bjorn3D
     Thu, Jul 12 2012 | 4:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Biostar has recently been pushing its way into the enthusiasts offerings, and with the new TPower TZ77XE4, they have introduced a board designed for overclocking. Knowing the TPower lines capabilities and excellent value we should be in for one hell of a show."
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D.COM

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