Gigabyte Technology, brand leader nella produzione di MainBoard e schede video, annuncia il lancio del sue ultime MainBoard serie FM2 con supporto alla nuova generazione di APU AMD serie A. “Molte nuove caratteristiche e tecnologie debuttano su una piattaforma AMD, come l’ Ultra Durable 5, il “Dual UEFI 3D BIOS”, il “Digital Power delivery”, il supporto a tre display e alla tecnologia “Lucid Virtu MVP,” Queste le parole di Tim Handley, direttore marketing per il reparto MainBoard di GIGABYTE. “Questa nuova serie di MainBoard GIGABYTE offre il massimo a chi è in cerca di una soluzione potente e stabile in grado di sprigionare tutta la Potenza delle nuove APU AMD Trinity”.
Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X gives audiophiles 7.1-channel analog sound, overpriced cables thankfully optional
There haven’t been many choices in PC motherboards for audiophiles — the ‘real’ kind that might see even a good dedicated sound card as slumming it. Biostar wants to fill that untapped niche with the Hi-Fi Z77X. Along with run-of-the-mill expansion for an Ivy Bridge- or Sandy Bridge-based desktop, the board’s built-in 7.1-channel audio flaunts six 3.5mm analog jacks, an amp and the kind of exotic-sounding language that leads audio addicts to buy $2,000 cables they don’t need. We’re talking “metal-oxide film resistors” and “non-polarized electrolysis electric audio capacitors,” here. Whether or not the changes have an appreciable impact on sound quality, listeners are ironically left out of S/PDIF audio, which exists only as a header on the board unless buyers spend a little more on parts. That said, if we assume the as yet unknown price isn’t stereotypically high — and that audiophiles don’t mind a big, potentially noisy desktop as a home theater PC — the Hi-Fi Z77x could be a treat for those who want to wring every nuance out of music and movie soundtracks.
Gigabyte has announced that it has laid claim to a couple overclocking records in the computer geek community using its GA-Z77X-UD3H and GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H main boards. The UD3H board was used to set the CPU speed overclocking record.
An overclocker going by HiCookie pushed the UD3H mainboard and an Intel Core i7 3770k CPU to a fully validated 7.03 GHz clock speed. That clock speed that required the use of liquid nitrogen to keep the processor cool. The same overclocker also broke the highest memory speed for an Intel Ivy Bridge platform.
That record toppled using the UD5H mainboard. The RAM was used in all four RAM slots on the mainboard and was G.Skill Trident X DDR3-2800, and reached 3280 MHz. “These new world records highlight our belief that top notch quality and design deliver truly world-class, record breaking performance,” commented Tim Handley, Deputy Director of Motherboard Marketing at GIGABYTE. “These new performance achievements come at a very opportune time as we prepare to introduce our next generation high-performance CPU power zone at Computex 2012, and we’re expecting even better results from motherboard models with this new feature!”
You wait for one Thunderbolt-compatible motherboard and then two decide to arrive on the same day. Going alphabetically, ASUS’ P8Z77-V Premium is its first Intel-certified board to pack Thunderbolt and it’s followed immediately by the P8Z77-V Pro / Thunderbolt. The connection will hook up to multiple storage drives or any Thunderbolt-friendly display — it can be daisy-chained to up to six different devices. MSI’s Z77A-GD80 packs a similarly complicated naming convention (although it’s not yet certified by Intel) and like ASUS’ offerings, will arrive with Intel’s Z77 chipset ready to play nice with those new 22nm processors. Alongside storage and monitor support, MSI also throws in the extra nugget that it’ll connect to a graphics card, if you’re so inclined. The full technical breakdown on both motherboards is housed after the break.
Thunderbolt’s 10-gigabit interface is only just making its way to Windows after spending more than a year as a Mac-only feature, so it’s not surprising that a lot of questions surround how well the Apple- and Intel-developed connection works for those of a Microsoft persuasion. A thorough test at AnandTech of one of the first motherboards to support the spec on Windows PCs, an Ivy Bridge-ready board from MSI, has shown some positive signs along with a few flies in the high-speed ointment. The good news? Most general storage devices will work as expected with a minimum of fuss, and you can even get some features of Apple’s Thunderbolt Display working if you’re willing to accept a lack of pre-supplied software brightness controls and USB support. The bad news comes mostly in the absence of true hot-plugging like on the Mac: if a device isn’t plugged into the Thunderbolt port on boot, Windows won’t see it. Professionals who need everything to be just perfect will want to wait, then, but bandwidth lovers will still find something to like if they’re willing to build Thunderbolt-equipped PCs themselves.
Motherboards sporting Intel’s X79 chipset are finally starting to make a decent dent in the marketplace and, after showing off a pair of optionsat IDF, MSI is back with a model for the serious builders out there. The Big Bang-XPower II comes packing the features you’d expect of any gamer-friendly MoBo, including four-way SLI and CrossFire support, PCIe 3.0, eight DDR3 slots and plenty of extra power connectors for hooking up your high-powered parts. And the company is taking care of overclockers too with military grade components and features like Direct OC, which lets you tweak your CPU’s frequency with the push of a button. Check out the PR after the break and hit up the source for a few more pics.
Not enticed by all that Sandy Bridge E havoc that hit the PC market today? Good for you, because there’s still plenty of life left in the first-gen LGA1155 Sandy Bridge processors and Gigabyte has put out another high-end Z68-based motherboard to prove it. The G1.Sniper2 just won itself a HotHardwarerecommendation, and if you look past the violent branding and color scheme you’ll see why: the $360 premium card has the full gamut of ports and connections and delivers rock solid stability even when overclocked right up the limits of an i7-2600K CPU. Rack up that Wiz Khalifa tune and then click the source link for more.
While MSI wasn’t quite ready to publicly divulge all the details of its forthcoming X79-based motherboards, it was more than happy to give us a teaser. We were shown three upcoming models from the company at IDF, all toting PCI Express 3.0 slots, overclocking buttons and that snazzy UEFI BIOS. The latter makes changing settings a snap, and is carried over from the company’s existing Sandy Bridge boards — it even comes with a button that launches a browser, but unfortunately the machines in the booth weren’t configured to support it. We’ll know more in Q4, but in the meantime a gallery awaits you below, along with a video after the break.
HotHardware just herded up a trio of new mainboards equipped with AMD’s 990FX chipset, which will support those famed 8-core Bulldozer-based processorswhen they finally arrive, as well as being compatible with existing Phenom II and Athlon II chips. All the boards had similarly high performance, good connectivity and plenty of overclocking and tweaking potential. However, the $229 Asus CrossHair V Formula inched its way to overall victory thanks to its reliability, attractive build and smart layout. The ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Professional placed second despite being cheaper at $200 and having richer connectivity, including FireWire and a front-mountable USB 3.0 panel. Finally, the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7 lagged behind due to its excessive $250 price tag, a lack of color coding to help guide less experienced builders, plus an ugly and outdated BIOS utility. So, there you have it: if you want to gear up for your next Bulldozer-ready AMD build, the Asus and ASRock 990FX boards are ripe for picking. Check out the source link for the full comparisons and benchmarks.
For a motherboard, the G1 Assassin from Gigabyte sure is gaudy and actually rather interesting. First off, that Killer E2100 networking solution from Bigfoot has been integrated into the board, as has Creative’s X-Fi audio. The three-year-old X58 chipset at its heart is starting to look a little long in the tooth but, with support for three-way SLI or four-way CrossFireX, 24GB of RAM, and Intel’s Extreme Edition processors, you probably won’t miss Sandy Bridge too much. Starting at around $450 the Assassin isn’t for everyone, but hardcore gamers determined to squeeze every ounce of performance from of their setup will not be disappointed. The one unfortunate fault of the G1 is timing — the next-gen of high-end performance parts from Chipzilla are right around the corner. Though, that banana clip-shaped heat sink has to count for something. We know you like benchmarks, so check out the reviews below.
MSI have unveiled a new motherboard which they have added to their range in the form of the Z68A-GD80 (G3) which is the world’s first motherboard to be equipped with PCI-E Gen 3.
The PCI-E Gen 3 provides the motherboard with ultra-high 32GB/s transfer bandwidth, with the new PCI Express Gen 3 being 200 percent faster than the older PCI Express Gen 2 motherboards. The Z68A-GD80 (G3) is also backward compatible with older PCI Express 2.0 devices and will even enhance their performance considerably.
As well as PCI-E Gen 3 the new MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3) motherboard is also fitted with military class II components with Hi-c CAPs constructed from Tantalum and the Solid CAPs with a lifespan longer than 10 years.
The Z86A-GD80 (G3) is based on Intel’s socket-1155 Z86 chipset, and features two PCI Express gen 3 slots and provides exclusive next generation PCI Express Gen 3 with support for NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX and Virtu smart switchable graphics visual technology.
For more information about the new Worlds First PCI-E Gen 3 Motherboard Z68A-GD80 (G3) jump over to the MSI website.
Source : Hexus