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MSI unveils ultimate Z170A Xpower Gaming Titanium mainboard

MicroStar International on Wednesday released the first details about its upcoming Z170A Xpower Gaming Titanium Edition mainboard for the upcoming Intel “Skylake” microprocessors. The new motherboard sports ultimate overclocking capabilities, unique silver coating and even all-new solid-state chokes that should improve durability and overclockability. One of the key features of the …

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Asus to install LGA1151 O.C. socket on new Intel Z170 mainboards

In a bid to enhance overclocking potential of Intel Corp.’s upcoming Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K “Skylake-S” central processing units, Asustek Computer plans to install modified LGA1151 sockets on its Intel Z170-based mainboards. Intel’s default LGA1151 socket features exactly 1151 pins, but Asustek will use a different socket with higher …

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Asus unveils ultimate micro-ATX Intel X99 mainboard for workstations

Asustek Computer has quietly unveiled what could be the world’s most advanced micro-ATX motherboard. The mainboard features Intel X99 core-logic and supports multi-GPU technologies, M.2 solid-state drives, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.1 and so on. The platform is designed for workstations. The Asus X99-M WS mainboard supports processors in LGA2011-3 form-factor, …

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MSI unveils Krait Z170: Intel’s ‘Skylake’ platform goes white

MicroStar International this week introduced its new premium mainboard based on the Intel Z170 core-logic. The platform represents the best that the new Intel 100-series “Skylake” platform offers, including input/output capabilities. To make it more appealing for PC modders, MSI equipped its product with white heat-spreaders. The MSI Z170 Krait …

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ECS: We will not quit branded motherboard market

Elitegroup Computer Systems has once again denied plans to stop making own-brand mainboards for the DIY [do-it-yourself] market. This is the second time this year when the company makes such denial. “We [ECS] feel regret to learn the untrue report from DigiTimes,” said Sunny Yang, the president of ECS, in …

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ECS is mulling to quit own-brand mainboards business – report

Elitegroup Computer Systems has reportedly announced that it will not actively promote its own-brand mainboards aimed at the DIY [do-it-yourself] market going forward. The company will continue to produce motherboards for its clients, but will eventually quit the market of platforms for enthusiasts. ECS used to be one of the …

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MSI X99A XPOWER AC Motherboard Review

When it comes to performance processors for the consumer market, Intel’s Haswell-E chips are the fastest around. With such great performance potential are enthusiasts who want to squeeze every last bit of juice out of their system in order to break world records. That’s where MSI’s X99A XPOWER AC motherboard …

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MSI Z97A Gaming 6 Motherboard Review

MSI’s mid-range Z97 motherboard is the first to market with on-board USB 3.1 in the connection’s Type-C form. With the port providing transfer rates of up to 10Gbps and support for new reversible USB Type-C devices, can MSI’s Z97A Gaming 6 prove itself as a good option for users wanting …

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ASRock USB 3.1: A Quick Hands-on Test

We had a chance to take a look at ASRock’s USB 3.1 implementation with the company’s excellent X99E-ITX/ac motherboard and a custom USB 3.1 RAID testing card. How does ASRock’s 10Gbps USB 3.1 solution fare? USB 3.1 has been a huge talking point for the past few months. We have …

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Gigabyte X99-Gaming 5P Motherboard Review

Retrofitted with Gigabytes new pin-enhanced socket, the X99-Gaming 5P is targeting enthusiast gamers with an eye for multi-GPU configurations and an ear for high-quality audio hardware. Can the red and black-themed design appeal to gamers shopping for a mid-priced X99 motherboard? Branded as part of the G1 Gaming series, Gigabyte’s …

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AMD to offer USB 3.1 controller under its own brand

At present, only MicroStar International offers platforms for AMD processors with USB 3.1 type-A connectors. By contrast, virtually all leading makers of motherboards now sell mainboards for current-generation Intel processors with the new bus. Apparently, Advanced Micro Devices wants to change that. In a bid to catch up with Intel …

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Gigabyte details premium Z170 platforms: DDR4, 32Gb/s M.2, 16Gb/s SATAe, Thunderbolt 3

Gigabyte Technology at Computex revealed details about its upcoming premium mainboards based on the Intel Z170 core-logic designed for the Intel’s “Skylake” microprocessors. As expected, the new motherboards will provide rather extreme capabilities when it comes to overclocking, multi-GPU and high-performance storage. Gigabyte’s premium Intel Z170-based motherboards for LGA1151 microprocessors …

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Biostar demonstrates Intel Z170 mainboard for ‘Skylake’ processors

Biostar has published the first image of its Intel Z170-based mainboard for Intel Corp.’s upcoming processors code-named “Skylake”. The motherboard will be hit the market later this year and will be demonstrated at Computex trade-show next month. Biostar’s Gaming Z170X4 mainboard for LGA1151 processors is equipped with 12-phase voltage regulation …

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Intel bids adieu to DDR3: Majority of ‘Skylake-S’ mainboards to use DDR4

Intel Corp.’s upcoming code-named “Skylake-S” microprocessor will promote the new DDR4 memory standard considerably more aggressively than it was initially believed. Although integrated memory controller of “Skylake” supports different types of DRAM, the processors will not officially support DDR3, but will only be compatible with a low-power version of the …

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Asustek readies 21 mainboards for Intel’s ‘Skylake-S’ processors

Being the world’s largest maker of mainboards, Asustek Computer traditionally offers the broadest lineup of motherboards for all new microprocessors. This fall Asus plans to introduce 21 new platforms designed for Intel Corp.’s upcoming code-named “Skylake-S”central processing units. Intel’s “Skylake-S” processors will be supported by the company’s new 100-series core-logic sets, …

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MSI offering X99 motherboard and DDR4 RAM combos

The switch to X99 can be painful on the wallet but MSI is looking to help alleviate some of the burden by offering up motherboard and DDR4 RAM combos at Dabs UK. DDR4 memory has a number of advantages over DDR3, including lower power usage and higher overclocking abilities. With X99 motherboards, …

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