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Gigabyte Aorus H370 Gaming 3 WIFI
     Sun, Apr 22 2018 | 9:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gigabyte releases its budget-friendly Aorus H370 Gaming 3 motherboard, we'll pair it with a six-core Core i7 8700K processor. Yes, this is the Coffee Lake platform being more affordable.

Intel B360 vs. Z370 Chipset: Finally an 8th-Gen Budget Platform
     Sat, Apr 21 2018 | 9:01A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When Intel raced out 8th-gen Coffee Lake CPUs last year, they did so with a single chipset, the high-end Z370. Now 6 months later Intel is finally unleashing their more budget friendly chipsets which includes the B360, which we're taking a look at today. So what's there to know?

MSI B360M Mortar Titanium Review
     Sat, Apr 21 2018 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
n our next review we have the MSI B360M Mortar Titanium in the spotlight. This motherboard dips into two of MSI’s renowned series – Mortar (Micro-ATX) and Titanium (Grey, contrast design). A brief glimpse of the styling quickly reveals a rather unique looking solution which is sure to turn heads and allow those wanting to create a light coloured theme with a good foundation.

GIGABYTE B360 AORUS Gaming 3 WiFi Review
     Fri, Apr 20 2018 | 9:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we’ll be turning to GIGABYTE for a look at their B360 AORUS Gaming 3 WiFi. This motherboard is designed to support Intel’s 8th Generation Processors and will offer coverage of the basic Coffee Lake features with the bonus of elements such as 802.11ac.

ASUS ROG Gladius II Origin
     Thu, Apr 19 2018 | 4:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ASUS ROG Gladius II Origin comes with a number of amazing features. Aura Sync RGB lighting, top-of-the-line optical sensor, socket-switch design, detachable cable - and I did not mention it all. ASUS really did set the standards high this time, but the price tag turned out to be quite spicy.

Review: MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC
     Thu, Apr 19 2018 | 3:41P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We review the MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC. With the release of Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 7 2700X AMD decided to add a new chipset as well, X470 offers a more fine-tuned experience for your Ryzen processor. And this MSI board, well it is just loaded with features.

     Thu, Apr 19 2018 | 3:40P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Republic of Gamers present the STRIX X470-F GAMING, the budget-enthusiast option for a feature-rich entry into the land of the 2nd Gen. Ryzen processors.

ASRock X399M Taichi Motherboard UEFI Video
     Thu, Apr 19 2018 | 3:40P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today, we published a video in German with English subs for the new ASRock X399M Taichi Micro-ATX motherboard, which is designed for AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors. This time it's all about the UEFI settings. The written review of the small mATX AMD Ryzen Threadripper motherboard from ASRock will be available soon on OCinside.de!

Intel's NUC8i7HVK, code-named Hades Canyon
     Wed, Apr 18 2018 | 4:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel's NUC8i7HVK, code-named Hades Canyon, is the first desktop system to ship with the blue team's blend of Kaby Lake CPU cores and Radeon graphics on one package. We put this tiny PC to the test to see whether it can live up to the super-size gaming performance that union promises.

desktop NUC, the NUC7i7DNHE
     Tue, Apr 17 2018 | 3:07P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"As a device that could be easily used for wide-scale office deployments, VESA mounted behind a display and our of mind, the NUC7i7DNHE makes a lot of sense. The additional expansion slot and lid add-on ecosystem provide flexibility for enterprises that have special requirements, such as VGA and RS-232 that may not be widely available on small form factor systems." Ryan Shrout

Supermicro X11DAi-N Server Motherboard Review
     Tue, Apr 17 2018 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Looking for a workstation motherboard with support for two Intel Xeon Scalable Processors? Check out the X11DAi-N from Supermicro."

ASUS Launches AMD X470 Series Motherboards
     Mon, Apr 16 2018 | 3:20P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

Since its release last year, AMD’s Ryzen™ platform reinvigorated the desktop with multithreaded horsepower plus accessible overclocking and gaming prowess. That first wave was a market revelation that touched everything from value-packed PCs to high-end gaming and content creation rigs. And now ASUS is ready for the second wave with a fresh family of motherboards based on the new AMD X470 chipset. The X470 chipset is designed to enhance the performance of the next generation AMD Ryzen 2000 series of processors code named Pinnacle Ridge and yet retains backward compatibility with current Ryzen processors. Our X470 series spans six boards, each with a unique spirit. The ROG Crosshair VII Hero and its WiFi twin lead the lineup with a stealthy design for serious overclockers, savvy enthusiasts and gamers. Its Strix X470-F Gaming sibling makes ROG enhancements like easy tuning and next-level customization more affordable, while the Strix X470-I Gaming shrinks everything down to mini-ITX proportions for powerhouse small-form-factor systems.

The TUF X470-PLUS Gaming chooses a different direction with military-grade components and an alliance of industry partners with a focus on functional integration that goes beyond cosmetic matching. Outside the increasingly dominant gaming sphere, the Prime X470-PRO provides a mature alternative for the content creation and everyday productivity audience with a new level of user refinement and a design inspired by futuristic architecture.

Despite differences within the series, our X470 family is bound together by common features and capabilities honed over nearly 30 years of ASUS motherboards. From tuning to cooling to personalization, it’s designed to help you maximize your PC’s potential.

AMD’s Ryzen revival promises faster performance than the previous generation, and the abundance of models with unlocked multipliers gives you the freedom to push beyond stock speeds. Even with the luxury of unlocked multipliers, CPU overclocking is limited by cooling and the individual characteristics of each chip. With a single click, our 5-Way Optimization utility accounts for both by automatically tuning your fans and testing the limits of your CPU. Its integrated intelligence finds the maximum speed your system can sustain without sacrificing stability, and configurable options allow experts to fine-tune the process to suit their needs.

Auto-tuning is backed by extensive manual tweaking options that, in experienced hands, can wring every last drop of performance from a build. We’ve added a new search shortcut to the UEFI that lets you quickly find and modify specific settings without flipping through pages of menus. Once your setup is dialed in, you can export the profile to share with others, and keep a copy to reload after firmware updates wipe the slate clean. The integrated EZ Flash 3 tool simplifies firmware flashing by automatically downloading and applying the latest update entirely within the UEFI.

Capable cooling is critical to both reaching and preserving peak performance, especially with Ryzen’s increasingly aggressive XFR clock-scaling algorithm opening the taps when thermal headroom allows, but you can’t just crank all the fans and call it a day. To minimize the accompanying acoustic footprint, airflow should be applied judiciously, only where and when it’s needed.

Our X470 lineup lays the foundation with a collection of cooling headers for liquid and air. At least one header on each board is configured for AIO water coolers, so you can plug in and go without additional steps, and some models have additional headers for high-amperage pumps and liquid sensors. Connecting fans is just as easy; all the onboard headers automatically adjust for three-pin DC and four-pin PWM hardware, and the built-in calibration routine runs through each fan’s full RPM range to precisely map its behavior before you adjust the response curve.

The extensive array of tweaking options on our motherboards is born from a desire to give you as much freedom as possible when tuning your PC, and that ethos extends to cosmetic customization. Our X470 family sets a neutral tone with mostly monochromatic motifs that give you control over colors and effects via varying degrees of Aura Sync RGB lighting. More than just motherboard lighting, Aura Sync coordinates illumination across a growing ecosystem of compatible components covering every aspect of your setup, from internal parts to external peripherals.

The onboard lighting on our new ROG and Prime models diffuses the harsh glare of naked LEDs to generate a softer, more even glow. All of our X470 boards can power at least two meters of standard RGB LED strips, which is sufficient to light up an entire rig. ROG takes things to the next level with support for addressable lighting devices that expose control over individual LEDs to enable advanced effects and interactions.

We also realize that some people prefer to keep a lower profile, so we’ve added a UEFI switch that instantly disables all the RGBs and connected strips. The ROG motherboards go even further with a separate stealth mode that turns off smaller diagnostic LEDs, with the Crosshair VII Hero enforcing a complete blackout across its entire PCB.

Heavy graphics cards are a hallmark of gaming rigs, so the PCIe x16 slots connected to the CPU have reinforced metal walls and more secure anchoring to the board. This ASUS SafeSlot treatment strengthens the slot in all directions, helping to protect your investment against physical damage from rough handling and inadvertent bumps traveling to LAN parties.

Ryzen CPUs reserve four PCI Express 3.0 lanes for an NVMe SSD, and the X470 chipset adds two more for an additional drive. Although the double-barreled link has lower peak throughput than its quad-lane counterpart, maximum bandwidth is still over 3X higher than a 6Gbps SATA interface. Our X470 motherboards all have dual M.2 slots, so you can equip a primary drive for your OS and frequently used games and applications, plus a secondary one to serve as a scratch disk or house the inevitable spill-over from your Steam library. When it’s time to start over, the integrated secure erase tool can wipe both SATA and NVMe drives from right in the UEFI.

USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectivity built into the chipset pushes peak theoretical throughput to 10Gbps for external storage and next-gen devices. Our X470 boards tap into that controller for least two ports at the rear, and most of the ATX models also include an internal header for chassis with turbocharged USB ports up front.

Intel Gigabit Ethernet in the ROG and Prime families supplies reliable wired networking for serious gaming and fast file transfers. Onboard wireless is available on the Crosshair VII Hero (Wi-Fi) and Strix X470-I Gaming, adding convenience without giving up too much speed.

Audio enhancements like shielded codecs and premium capacitors are present across the lineup, and ROG adds dedicated amps to boost headphone output for a range of cans. Since input quality is increasingly important for streaming commentary to followers, coordinating strategy with squad mates, and calling into remote meetings from your home workstation, we upgraded the microphone input on the ROG and Prime boards.


EVGA X299 Dark Motherboard Review
     Mon, Apr 16 2018 | 9:02A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this review we looked at the EVGA X299 Dark motherboard and after having used the board for several weeks I have come to the conclusion that it is really good and designed for the overclocking enthusiast.

     Sat, Apr 14 2018 | 4:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We tested the H370, now we look at the nearly identical B360 model of the ASUS ROG STRIX B360-F Gaming. We'll again pair it with a six-core Core i7 8700K processor. Yes, this is the Coffee Lake platform being more affordable.

ASUS ROG Maximus X Formula Motherboard Review
     Sat, Apr 14 2018 | 9:02A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For every Intel Z-Series chipset in recent memory ROG Maximus Formula motherboards have been among the best that money could buy. Nothing appears to have changed with Intel Z370 as the latest iteration of the Formula is just as feature-packed, stylish and desirable as ever.

GIGABYTE AB350N-Gaming WIFI (AMD B350) Motherboard Review
     Thu, Apr 12 2018 | 12:48P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The GIGABYTE AB350N-Gaming WIFI is a very value-friendly B350 motherboard, for only $110 it comes with a load of features."

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