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GIGABYTE AX370-Gaming 5 motherboard.
     Wed, May 24 2017 | 9:01A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our search to find the best Ryzen motherboard has landed on Gigabyte's AX370-Gaming 5. Not only does this board offer a ton of features but its price of under $199 is pretty appealing too.

Supermicro C7Z270-PG Pro Gaming Motherboard Review
     Tue, May 23 2017 | 4:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Supermicro's new SUPERO C7Z270-PG Pro Gaming motherboard comes packed to the brim with great features."

ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7
     Tue, May 23 2017 | 9:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
HardwareOverclock.com has just posted another review. Last week we have tested the ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7 mainboard. The X99 standard is more than 2 years old, but the 2016 revival fort he released Broadwell-E prozessors brings a lot of new boards. One oft hem was the ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7 mainboard, eqiuped with a lot of features and extras.

MSI X370 GAMING PRO CARBON Motherboard Review
     Sun, May 21 2017 | 4:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI's X370 GAMING PRO CARBON is one of the most featured packed AM4 Ryzen motherboards that we've reviewed so far."

ASRock Z270 Taichi Review and Contest
     Sun, May 21 2017 | 9:01A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the ASRock Z270 Taichi we test an another Intel Z270 motherboard for Intel Kaby Lake processors today on OCinside.de. After the unboxing video of the ASRock Z270 Taichi there is now the detailed test report. New for the review are also infrared thermal images of the Z270 motherboard with Intel Core-i5 7600 K Kaby Lake CPU. And after this review you can win a 3DMark key and a VRMark key with a little luck!

ASRock's 5Gbit Journey and the Z270 SuperCarrier
     Sat, May 20 2017 | 9:01A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"ASRock delivers 5Gbit LAN to its Z270 SuperCarrier and other motherboards. We explore the benefits of the faster network speeds on offer."

ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches Maximus IX Extreme
     Fri, May 19 2017 | 2:09P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

For more than a decade, Republic of Gamers (ROG) has delivered exemplary design and performance to the world’s best gamers and enthusiasts. The culmination of those efforts are featured in the Maximus IX Extreme. Expertly designed by ROG’s passionate engineers and with feedback from the user community, the Maximus IX Extreme is the perfect solution for gamers and water-cooling enthusiasts who will settle for nothing less than perfection.

Featuring an integrated monoblock water-cooling solution, ROG teamed up with Bitspower for an all new ground-up design that has flow-rate, water-leak and temperature sensors all seamlessly integrated to keep wiring and tubing complexity to a minimum. When installed, the block cools the CPU, the main power delivery circuitry, and there’s an attachable heatsink for M.2 drives, completely negating the need for supplementary airflow to keep things cool. The monoblock’s integrated lighting is also Aura controllable, along with the IO cover area, PCH logo, and a 5050 RGB header, which ensures an almost limitless number of customization options.

The embedded flow meter sensor monitors the monoblock’s water-pump status in real time, while the temperature sensor monitors the temperature of both the water input and output ports. The leak detection sensor is capable of turning the system off in the event of a leak or spill. With dedicated sensors feeding information straight into ROG’s intuitive Fan Xpert 4 utility, it’s easy for users to configure the optimum RPM fan curve for each radiator or fan plus shutdown timing and alerts.

Onboard fan connectors are also intelligently located for water-cooling radiators, with eight headers divided between the top and lower edges of the board. At the mid-board location, there are two fan headers, conveniently placed for chassis fans. Two additional headers are placed at the lower edge of the board for water pumps although they can also be configured to control fans. That brings the total number of fan headers to an unparalleled, twelve. There are also options to attach additional flow rate and temperature sensors for a secondary loop. Should that not be enough, you can also use the bundled ASUS Fan Extension card, which adds three more fan headers and a complimentary array of thermal probe connectors to the mix.

Based on the latest Intel® Z270 chipset and ready for 7th Generation Intel Core™ processors, ROG’s latest gaming powerhouse also includes ASUS Aura Sync illumination, support for ultra-fast DDR4 4133MHz memory, and SupremeFX audio technology. Featuring the SupremeFX S1220 codec, an ESS® Sabre Hi-Fi ES9023P digital-to-analog (DAC) converter for superior front-panel output, and a Texas Instruments® RC 4580 op-amp for high gain with low distortion — it all adds up to audio that envelops the listener as never before. For easier identification in any lighting condition, Maximus IX Extreme even features color-coded and LED-illuminated 3.5mm audio connectors.

Loaded with comprehensive safeguards, including pre-mounted I/O shield, strengthened SafeSlot PCI Express® slots, SafeDIMM memory slots and a copper-plated PCB edge, Maximus IX Extreme is built with long term reliability in mind and to perform in the most frenetic of gaming sessions. It’s also engineered with the latest and fastest connectivity, including dual M.2 PCIe® 3.0 x4 slots, a USB 3.1 front-panel connector, 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO, Intel Gigabit Ethernet and 40Gbps Thunderbolt™ 3 support.

ASUS Maximus IX Extreme¹ is available now with a suggested MSRP of $629 at leading resellers in North America. Please visit us at ASUS USA for additional product information and details on the ROG Maximus IX Extreme. For additional information on the ASUS Z270 product lineup, please visit us at Edge Up ASUS.


ASUS Strix H270I and B250I Motherboards
     Fri, May 19 2017 | 1:53P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) launches Strix H270I Gaming and B250I Gaming motherboards in an mini-ITX format that combine contemporary aesthetics, fast stable performance, and superb features to deliver an exemplary gaming experience at a budget friendly price.

The ROG Strix H270I Gaming is based on the Intel® H270 chipset while the ROG Strix B250I Gaming is based on the Intel B250 chipset. Both motherboards support the latest 7th Generation Intel Core™ processors and technologies. With their innovative dual-stack heatsink design, ASUS Aura Sync RGB lighting, SupremeFX audio technology, ultra-reliable Intel Gigabit LAN, dual onboard M.2 slots, 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi and exclusive ROG innovations, the ROG Strix H270I Gaming and B250I Gaming offer powerful performance in a compact size to give gamers the edge against opponents.

ROG Strix H270I Gaming and B250I Gaming feature a unique dual-stack heatsink design that allows the M.2 SSD to be stacked atop of the PCH heatsink, maximizing board space and improving heat dissipation for better stability and storage performance. ASUS Aura Sync RGB LED lighting technology offers a host of personalization options. Featuring a 5050 RGB header and onboard RGB lighting zones that let gamers create incredible lighting effects and synchronize them with other Aura Sync hardware for a coordinated visual theme.

ROG Strix H270I Gaming and ROG Strix B250I Gaming feature the SupremeFX S1220A codec with Sonic Studio III software that delivers immersive gaming audio with headsets or speaker setups. Sonic Studio software provides offers several options that include routing applications to individual audio devices, emulating surround sound via stereo headsets and microphone noise reduction to ensure crystal-clear communications with teammates. Fan Expert 4 Core is included and offers advanced fan and water pump control options in both firmware and software to ensure quiet and efficiently cooled builds when gaming, number crunching or viewing your favorite digital content. All onboard headers offer hardware level auto-detecting if a fan is DC (3-pin) or PWM (4-pin) with auto-tuning option that saves users time in getting their systems setup and running.

ROG Strix H270I Gaming and ROG Strix B250I Gaming feature the latest Intel Gigabit Ethernet LAN port that reduces CPU overhead and delivers exceptionally-high TCP and UDP throughput, ensuring smooth gameplay. Additionally, the ROG Strix H270I Gaming features a dual-gigabit-LAN design that adds a Realtek® Gigabit Ethernet port. Both boards also feature integrated 802.11ac 2x2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi for reliable, wide-reach wireless connectivity for gamers without access to wired connections. Dual PCIe® 3.0 x4 M.2 slots let users enjoy fast data-transfer speeds of up to 32Gbps, and provide maximum flexibility when choosing an SSD for their system. Support for Intel Optane™ memory — a revolutionary new non-volatile memory that enables SSD-like performance from a hard disk drive (HDD) — lets gamers enjoy dramatically accelerated data transfer speeds for faster launching of their favorite games and applications.

ROG Strix H270I Gaming and ROG Strix B250I Gaming have a suite of protective features called Gamer’s Guardian, which includes SafeSlot, Q-LEDs, Digi+ voltage-regulator modules (VRMs), DRAM Overcurrent Protection and other Smart DIY features. SafeSlot is the PCIe® slot reinvented by ASUS and engineered to provide superior retention and shearing resistance. Q-LEDs provide quick and easy problem diagnosis by indicating where on the motherboard a problem is occurring. Digi+ VRMs improve power delivery to the CPU, and DRAM Overcurrent Protection helps extend motherboard life.

ROG Strix H270I Gaming and ROG Strix B250I Gaming motherboards are available now at leading resellers in North America with suggested MSRP pricing ranging from $109.99 for the Strix B250I Gaming model to $119.99 for the Strix H270I Gaming model. For additional information on the new ROG Strix H270I Gaming and ROG Strix B250I Gaming motherboards, please visit - ASUS USA.


Gigabyte Z270X AORUS Gaming 7 Motherboard Review
     Fri, May 19 2017 | 1:41P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The AORUS brand name is a premium gaming brand stemmed from inside the Gigabyte company; look at it in the same way ASUS had started off with the Republic of Gamers brand. Made by Gamers for Gamers would be the easiest way of explaining things. The AORUS brand covers a full spectrum of gaming products ranging from GeForce GTX series gaming VR ready laptops, gaming motherboards and graphics cards, mechanical gaming keyboards to gaming mice, all to offer you the gamer the best gaming experience ever. Today we have a look at one of their high end motherboards, the AORUS GA-Z270X-Gaming 7 motherboard."

ASUS ROG Strix X99 Gaming
     Fri, May 19 2017 | 1:41P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
”What sets the ROG Strix X99 Gaming apart from other motherboards is the broad swath of features that you get with the board. As a gaming-centric board, the whole of the feature set is geared toward the gaming experience. Starting with the hardware level build out on the board, you have ESD Guards to prevent inbound current spikes from damaging the board. Gamer's Guardian is a set of hardware level protections, including ASUS SafeSlot, ASUS' excellent Digi+ VRM, Q-Code diagnostic display, Supreme FX Sound, Q-Dimm slots with DRAM overvoltage protection, and the RGB LED lit PCIe Q-Slots. RGB lighting is all the rage now and ASUS is ready to support this feature set with AURA controlled RGB LED headers on board. Using AURA, you have the ability to manage attached RGB accessories.”

MSI GT62VR 7RE Dominator Pro
     Thu, May 18 2017 | 3:11P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we look at the MSI GT62VR 7RE Dominator Pro which features an Ultra HD 4k panel, Core i7 7820HK processor, 512GB SSD and 8GB Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics. We know the GTX 1070 will struggle to get playable frame rates at 4k resolution, but is the UHD panel worth having for media and design demands?

Biostar Racing B350GT3 AM4 Motherboard Review
     Tue, May 16 2017 | 4:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A few years ago, a “no frills” motherboard looked a lot different; having unfortunate-brown PCBs and showing an almost complete disregard for aesthetics with a dash of contempt for those who are trying to build on a budget. The new paradigm that motherboard manufacturers have embraced calls for a more dignified look and better set of extra features. Like it …

ASRock Fatal1ty B250M Performance Motherboard Review
     Mon, May 15 2017 | 2:34P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Looking for enthusiast features on a motherboard that won't punish your bank account? Check out ASRock's Fatal1ty B250M Performance."

Intel X99 Benchers Memory Battle
     Mon, May 15 2017 | 2:21P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Since the launch of the Intel Sky Lake platform, we were being flooded with a multitude of different DDR4 memory ICs. After you finally decided to buy that particular tweakable kit, there were again screenshots popping up of something new and at first glance even better performing memory. At launch date Hynix was king of the hill for the X99 quad channel setups. however the latest memory architecture release for Sky and Kaby Lake are the Samsung B-DIE ICs. When tweaked, they are able to run at high speeds in combination with ultra tight timings. These are a real treat to gain them extra precious points to climb in the HWBOT ranking. Besides the fact that the latter are 8GB modules and thus a bit more pricey than the other 4GB variants, one drawback is that these B-DIE based memories are still pretty inconsistent in quality. Wading through different OC forums we noted DOA's, degraded sticks and even many sticks just failing to do tight timings at what we consider to be standard OC speeds, hence why memory binners jumped on the wagon and are selling, logically for a little extra margin, sticks that can truly deliver the goods. Today we explore what memory is great and which one is the best for your high end Intel LGA 2011-3 platform."

Gigabyte Z270N-Gaming 5 Motherboard Review
     Sat, May 13 2017 | 4:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel’s Z270 platform reigns supreme for compact mini-ITX motherboard builds. This isn’t just because Intel is a clear leader in power efficiency terms, even after AMD’s significant leap forward with Ryzen, but also because there is considerably more choice for Intel’s mainstream platform.

ASRock X370 Killer SLI Review
     Fri, May 12 2017 | 2:57P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As Killer SLI is an X370 motherboard, it will enjoy a host of other features including RGB lighting, 8x VR-ready USB 3.1 ports, and a HDMI 1.4a port for when used with a (currently unreleased) APU. Finished off with stylish white on black design and RGB LED lighting (along with 2x additional RGB LED strip, there are plenty of customisation options available to those concerned with creating their dream system

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