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October 4, 2016

ASUS Releases BIOS Updates for Kaby Lake, 7th Gen Intel Core Processor Support

According to a recent announcement, ASUS is launching BIOS updates for their entire lineup of Socket 1151 based motherboards to support Intel’s upcoming 7th Generation Core processors, codename Kaby Lake. Owners of ASUS Z170, H170, B150, and H110 motherboards will be able to find BIOS updates for their respective motherboards directly through the ASUS Support website.

Intel’s upcoming 7th Generation Core Processors for desktop systems are expected to launch in January following Kaby Lake’s launch on notebooks by the end of this year. According to recent leaked performance figures, the Kaby Lake based Intel Core i7-7700K could offer [...]

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September 29, 2016

Upcoming Gigabyte AMD AM4 Motherboard Pictures Leaked

A slew of images from two upcoming Gigabyte AMD AM4 platform motherboards were recently leaked by Korean website BodNara. These upcoming motherboards will support AMD’s AM4 socket platform which will be the primary platform for AMD’s upcoming Summit Ridge (Zen), Bristol Ridge, Raven Ridge and many future AMD CPUs/APUs.

Like previous AMD platforms, the new AM4 platform will support several different chipsets which are geared towards different market segments. The AMD A320 chipset will be geared towards the entry level while the B350 chipset will be geared towards the mid-range and the X370 chipset will be aimed at the high end. The new chipsets [...]

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June 21, 2016

Rumored AMD Zen Chipset Issue May Increase Cost for Motherboard Manufacturers

According to a recent article published by Digitimes, motherboard makers may be facing increased costs due to an issue in AMD’s upcoming motherboard chipset. Citing industry sources, Digitimes claims that the issue stems from a design flaw in the ASMedia USB 3.1 chip included in the chipset, which causes “…USB 3.1 transmission speeds drop dramatically as circuit distance increases”. As such, board makers are forced to add additional retimer, redriver, or additional USB 3.1 chips in order to make USB 3.1 function properly on the upcoming motherboards. ASMedia has denied such allegations citing that their [...]

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June 17, 2016

Computex 2016: Gigabyte Motherboards Updated for X99, Z170 unveiled

During our stay at Computex we stopped by the Gigabyte suite and took a look at their motherboards.

GA-X99 Designare EX

The Designare series is a class of motherboards aimed at those looking for productivity, which is a very interesting step from Gigabyte. While very similar to their “Gaming” focused boards, this one has a focus on faster storage with dual SATA Express slots and support for U.2 and M.2 storage under the white shroud. It also supports the new Broadwell-E 10 core with a beefy 8+1 phase power design, which we would assume is from International Rectifier. Gigabyte boasts that with this board it won’t take a professional overclocker to get [...]

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June 5, 2016

Colorful Packs a Full GTX 1070 on to an Intel Skylake Compatible Motherboard

At this year’s Computex, Colorful a company known for making graphics cards, had a very interesting concept on display. This custom motherboard featuring Intel’s B150 chipset also features an integrated GTX 1070 desktop-class GPU on-board.

Colorful Displays B150-Gp104 Motherboard Concept

The motherboard itself does not seem to to comply with any ATX standards, as it features ports on both the front and rear edges of the board. This means that it is likely custom-designed for a console-like barebones PC of sorts. It features an Intel B150 chipset, which is compatible with mainstream desktop Skylake CPUs. As this is a B150 motherboard, it does feature a [...]

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January 5, 2016

CES 2016: MSI Announces X99A Godlike Carbon, Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon Gaming Motherboards

MSI revealed two new additions to its premium Carbon series motherboards at CES 2016: the MSI X99A Godlike Carbon and the MSI Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon. These new motherboards are very similar to the original X99A Godlike and Z170A Gaming Pro with the difference being a few aesthetic changes including RGB lighting which should make these boards more stylish.


MSI X99A Godlike Carbon Edition RGB

The MSI X99A Godlike Carbon Edition features a makover compared to the original X99A Godlike edition. MSI has strayed away from its Gaming Series signature red and black color scheme and instead applied a more suave carbon texture. To make up for the [...]

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January 1, 2016

BIOSTAR Unveils New Skylake Racing Series Motherboards

Is there any better way of kicking off a new year than releasing a brand new line of products? BIOSTAR doesn’t seem to think so as they’ve just announced their latest Racing Series of gaming oriented motherboards.

The new BIOSTAR Z170GT7, B150GT5, and H170GT3 all feature a slick checkered racing design on top of an I/O armor, a growingly popular design choice that provides protection from dust. Moreover, the motherboards are also rocking Biostar’s vivid LED DJ technology and 5050 headers, which allows users to not only personalize onboard lighting effects to match their own build theme but also control any additional LED strips. Other [...]

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November 5, 2015

Asrock Launches Fatal1ty Z170 Professional Gaming i7 Motherboard

Yesterday Asrock announced their new Fatal1ty Z170 Professional Gaming i7 motherboard, Yes the name is long, although it is definitely deserving of the branding. Designed for Gamers and overclockers the board boasts features like 4 PCIe x16 slots allowing triple and quad graphics setups as well as dual Intel gigabit LAN chips.

The Fatal1ty Z170 Professional Gaming i7 also features a 12 phase VRM for heavy overclocking. On the storage side Asrock goes for broke with 10 Sata 3 connectors with 3 Sata express connectors also bringing an unprecedented 3 Ultra M.2 slots. Finally for connectivity this board has 8 USB 2.0 Ports with the Fatal1ty mouse port that has made these [...]

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January 12, 2015

CES 2015: MSI Reveals World’s First USB 3.1 Certified Motherboards

MSI recently unveiled the world’s first USB 3.1 certified motherboards at CES 2015 with the MSI X99A Gaming 9 ACK and the Z97A Gaming 6. The USB 3.1 standard doubles USB transfer bandwidth to 10Gbps from current generation USB 3.0’s 5Gbps.

The first board on display is MSI’s X99A Gaming 9 ACK, which will be a flagship motherboard in MSI’s X99 gaming motherboards lineup. The upcoming motherboard includes several USB 3.1 ports although it’ll be outfitted with the more common Type-A connector rather than the new Type-C reversible connector. MSI demonstrated the USB 3.1 ports to be capable of over 650MB/s [...]

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December 18, 2014

Intel X99 Chipset Facing Driver Issues, RSTe v4.1.0.1046 Pulled


According to a recent article by, Intel along with their motherboard partners recently pulled RSTe (Rapid Storage Technology Enterprise) version due to some minor bugs which degrades the functionality of the Intel X99’s C610 chipset.

According to a response to the German publication by motherboard giant ASUS, the driver was pulled because it doesn’t support ATA TRIM commands for SSDs in RAID 0 configuration. When tried to figure out a work around, ASROCK suggested installing RST 13.1 as a temporary fix. The problem is that RST 13.1 is designed for chipsets on series 8 and 9 platforms, [...]

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