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AMD Smart Access Memory : How To Enable It?

AMD Smart Access Memory (Resizable BAR) Guide

Find out what AMD Smart Access Memory is all about, and how to turn it on for a FREE BOOST in performance!

 

Smart Access Memory : PCIe Resizable BAR for AMD!

Smart Access Memory is AMD’s marketing term for their implementation of the PCI Express Resizable BAR (Base Address Registers) capability.

What does that mean exactly?

CPUs are traditionally limited to a 256 MB I/O memory address region for the GPU frame buffer. This of it as an “data dump” for stuff like textures, shaders and geometry.

Since this “data dump” is limited to 256 MB, the CPU can only send texture, shader and geometry data as and when the GPU requires them.

This introduces some latency – delay from when the GPU requires the data, and the CPU send them.

Turning on Resizable BAR or Smart Access Memory greatly expands the size of that data dump, letting the CPU directly access the GPU’s entire frame buffer memory.

Instead of transferring data when requested by the GPU, the CPU processes and stores the data directly in the graphics memory.

Graphics assets can be transferred to graphics memory in full, instead of in pieces. In addition, multiple transfers can occur simultaneously, instead of being queued up.

While this AMD graphic above suggests that Smart Access Memory will widen the memory path (and thus memory bandwidth) between the CPU and GPU, that is not true.

Smart Access Memory / Resizable BAR will not increase memory bandwidth.

What it does is let the CPU directly access the entire GPU frame buffer memory, instead of using the usual 256 MB “dump”. That reduces latency because the graphics assets are now accessible by the GPU at all times.

 

AMD Smart Access Memory : Performance Gains

According to AMD, enabling Smart Access Memory will give you a small but free boost of 5% to 11% in gaming performance.

Here is a summary of the test results from our article, RX 6800 XT Smart Access Memory Performance Comparison!

You can expect up to 16% better performance in some games, but no effect in certain games. But overall, you get a free boost in performance. There is simply no reason not to enable Smart Access Memory.

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AMD Smart Access Memory : Requirements

Since Smart Access Memory is just an AMD implementation of PCI Express Resizable BAR. Therefore, it can be be implemented for all PCI Express 3.0 and PCI Express 4.0 graphics cards and motherboards.

However, AMD is currently limiting it to a small subset of components, having validated it only for their new Ryzen 5000 series CPUs, select Ryzen 3000 Series Processors and Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards.

So this is what you currently require to enable AMD Smart Access Memory :

Hardware

Software

  • AMD Radeon Software Driver 20.11.2 or newer
  • Latest Motherboard BIOS (AMD AGESA 1.1.0.0 or newer)

AMD currently recommends these X570 motherboards, because they have updated BIOS available :

 

AMD Smart Access Memory : How To Enable It?

If you have all of those supported components above, and updated your motherboard BIOS, you need to manually enable Smart Access Memory.

Now, the method will vary from motherboard to motherboard, and it probably won’t even be called Smart Access Memory.

Instead, look for variations of Above 4G Decoding, or Resizing BAR, or Resizable BAR, or Re-Size BAR Support.

AMD Generic Method

AMD has provided these generic steps to enable Smart Access Memory :

  1. Enter the System BIOS by press <DEL> or <F12> during the system startup.
  2. Navigate to the Advanced Settings or Advanced menu.
  3. Enable “Above 4G Decoding” and “Re-Size BAR Support“.
  4. Save the changes and restart the computer.

Step-by-Step Method For ASUS Crosshair VIII Hero

In our guide, we are using the ASUS CROSSHAIR VIII Hero (AMD X570) motherboard, as an example :

  1. First you will need to turn off CSM (Compatibility Support Module), or make sure it’s disabled.Go to the Boot menu and look for a CSM / Compatibility Support Module option.

  1. Set CSM (Compatibility Support Module) to Disabled.

  1. Go to the Advanced menu and look for the PCI Subsystem. In other motherboards, look for PCIe / PCI Express configuration options.

  1. Enable Above 4G Decoding.

  1. This will give you access to the Re-Size BAR Support option. Set it to Auto.

  1. Now go to the Exit menu, and select Save Changes & Reset.

  1. It will ask you to confirm the changes. Just verify both, and click OK.

After the motherboard reboots, AMD Smart Access Memory (PCIe Resizable BAR) will be enabled for your Ryzen 5000 series CPU and Radeon RX 6000 series graphics card!

 

CSM Warning For GIGABYTE AORUS X570 Master

AMD currently recommends these X570 motherboards, because they have updated BIOS available :

CSM is disabled by default for the ASUS, ASRock and MSI motherboards. However, it is enabled by default in the GIGABYTE AORUS X570 Master.

If you installed Windows without first turning CSM off, it will be configured as non-UEFI. It will NOT boot if you enable Resizable BAR Support (Smart Access Memory).

You will need to reinstall Windows with CSM support disabled.

 

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GIGABYTE TRX40 Threadripper Motherboards Revealed!

GIGABYTE is often the first to announce new motherboards, and they are right on the dot with the new AMD TRX40 chipset!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the four new GIGABYTE TRX40 motherboards for the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors!

 

GIGABYTE TRX40 Threadripper Motherboards

At launch, GIGABYTE is introducing four AMD TRX40 motherboards – three under the AORUS sub-brand, and the fourth is a Designare model. Let’s check them out :

GIGABYTE TRX40 AORUS MASTER

  • 16+3 Phases Infineon Digital VRM Solution with 70A Power Stage
  • Advanced Thermal Design with Fins-Array Heatsink, Heatpipe with Extended Heatsink and NanoCarbon Baseplate
  • AQUANTIA 5GbE LAN and Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed
  • 3 Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guards
  • Onboard Intel WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT 5
  • 130dB SNR AMP-UP Audio with High-End ESS SABRE 9218 DAC, ALC1220-VB and WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • USB TurboCharger for Mobile Device Fast Charge Support
  • RGB FUSION 2.0 with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show Design, Support Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Smart Fan 5 Features Multiple Temperature Sensors, Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP and Noise Detection
  • Front & Rear USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C Header

GIGABYTE TRX40 AORUS XTREME

  • 16+3 Phases Infineon Digital VRM Solution with 70A Power Stage
  • Thermal Reactive Armor Design with Fins-Array Heatsink, 8mm Mega-Heatpipe and NanoCarbon Baseplate
  • Intel X550-AT2 Dual 10GbE BASE-T LAN with cFosSpeed
  • 4 Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guards
  • Onboard Intel WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT 5 with 2X AORUS Antenna
  • 130dB SNR AMP-UP Audio with High-End ESS SABRE 9218 DAC, ALC1220-VB and WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • Exclusive AORUS Gen4 AIC Adaptor for Extra 4 NVMe PCIe 4.0/3.0 x4 M.2
  • USB TurboCharger for Mobile Device Fast Charge Support
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show Design, Support Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors, Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP and Noise Detection
  • Front & Rear USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C Header

GIGABYTE TRX40 AORUS PRO WIFI

  • 12+2 Phases Infineon Digital VRM Solution with 70A Power Stage
  • Advanced Thermal Design with Fins-Array Heatsink
  • Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator
  • 3 Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guards
  • Onboard Intel WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT 5
  • 120dB SNR AMP-UP Audio with ALC1220-VB and WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • RGB FUSION 2.0 with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show Design, Support Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors, Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP and Noise Detection
  • Front & Rear USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C Header

GIGABYTE TRX40 DESIGNARE

  • 4 Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guards
  • Onboard Intel WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT 5 with 2X AORUS Antenna
  • Realtek ALC4050H + Realtek ALC1220 codecs
  • Exclusive AORUS Gen4 AIC Adaptor for Extra 4 NVMe PCIe 4.0/3.0 x4 M.2
  • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors, Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP and Noise Detection
  • Front & Rear USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C Header

 

GIGABYTE TRX40 Motherboards : Specifications

To make it easier for you to compare the four GIGABYTE TRX40 motherboard models, we created this comparison table :

Specifications TRX40
AORUS Master
TRX40 AORUS Xtreme TRX40 AORUS PRO WiFi TRX40 Designare
Form Factor E-ATX XL-ATX ATX XL-ATX
Chipset AMD TRX40
CPU Support 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors
Memory Support 8 x DDR4-3200 slots
Max. 256 GB, OC up to DDR4-4400
BIOS 2 x 128 Mbit AMI EUFI BIOS
PCIe 4.0 x16 Slots 2 @ x16 speed
2 @ x8 speed
2 @ x16 speed
2 @ x8 speed
2 @ x16 speed
2 @ x8 speed
2 @ x16 speed
2 @ x8 speed
PCIe 4.0 x1 Slots 1 NA 1 1
M.2 Sockets 3 4 3 4
SATA 6Gb/s Ports 8 10 8 8
USB 3.2 Gen 2 Ports 5 x Type A
1 x Type C
7 x Type A
1 x Type C
5 x Type A
1 x Type C
5 x Type A
1 x Type C
USB 3.2 Headers 1 x Gen 2
4 x Gen 1
1 x Gen 2
4 x Gen 1
1 x Gen 2
4 x Gen 1
1 x Gen 2
4 x Gen 1
USB 2.0 Ports 2 x Type A NA 4 x Type A 2 x Type A
USB 2.0 Headers 4 4 4 4
LAN Aquantia 5GbE
Intel GbE
2 x Intel 10GbE Intel GbE 2 x Intel GbE
WiFi Intel WiFi 6 AX200 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0

 

GIGABYTE TRX40 Motherboards : Availability

As the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors and their AMD TRX40 chipset will only be launched on 25 November 2019, GIGABYTE cannot officially announce price and availability.

We will update this article when we have more information, so check back on or after 25 November for their price and availability!

 

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PCI Clock Synchronization Mode – The Tech ARP BIOS Guide

PCI Clock Synchronization Mode

Common Options : To CPU, 33.33 MHz, Auto

 

Quick Review of PCI Clock Synchronization Mode

The PCI Clock Synchronization Mode BIOS feature allows you to force the PCI bus to either synchronize itself with the processor FSB (Front Side Bus) speed, or run at the standard clock speed of 33.33 MHz.

When set to To CPU, the PCI bus speed is slaved to the processor’s FSB speed. Any change in FSB speed will result in a similar change in the PCI bus speed. For example, if you increase the processor’s FSB speed by 10%, the PCI bus speed will increase by 10% as well.

When set to 33.33 MHz, the PCI bus speed will be locked into its standard clock speed of 33.33 MHz. No matter what the processor’s FSB speed is, the PCI bus will always run at 33.33 MHz.

The Auto option is ambiguous. Without testing, its effect cannot be ascertained since it’s up to the manufacturer what it wishes to implement by default for the motherboard. But logically, the Auto setting should force the PCI bus to run at its standard speed of 33.33 MHz for maximum compatibility.

It is recommended that you set the PCI Clock Synchronization Mode BIOS feature to To CPU if you are overclocking the processor FSB up to 12.5%. If you wish to overclock the processor FSB beyond 12.5%, then you should set this BIOS feature to 33.33 MHz.

However, if you do not intend to overclock, this BIOS feature will not have any effect. The PCI bus will remain at 33.33 MHz, no matter what you select.

 

Details of PCI Clock Synchronization Mode

The PCI Clock Synchronization Mode BIOS feature allows you to force the PCI bus to either synchronize itself with the processor FSB (Front Side Bus) speed, or run at the standard clock speed of 33.33 MHz.

When set to To CPU, the PCI bus speed is slaved to the processor’s FSB speed. Any change in FSB speed will result in a similar change in the PCI bus speed. For example, if you increase the processor’s FSB speed by 10%, the PCI bus speed will increase by 10% as well.

When set to 33.33MHz, the PCI bus speed will be locked into its standard clock speed of 33.33 MHz. No matter what the processor’s FSB speed is, the PCI bus will always run at 33.33 MHz.

The Auto option is ambiguous. Without testing, its effect cannot be ascertained since it’s up to the manufacturer what it wishes to implement by default for the motherboard. But logically, the Auto setting should force the PCI bus to run at its standard speed of 33.33 MHz for maximum compatibility.

Synchronizing the PCI bus with the processor FSB allows for greater performance when you are overclocking. Because the PCI bus will be overclocked as you overclock the processor FSB, you will experience better performance from your PCI devices. However, if your PCI device cannot tolerate the overclocked PCI bus, you may experience issues like system crashes or data corruption.

The recommended safe limit for an overclocked PCI bus is 37.5 MHz. This is the speed at which practically all new PCI cards can run at without breaking a sweat. Still, you should test the system thoroughly for stability issues before committing to an overclocked PCI bus speed.

Please note that if you wish to synchronize the PCI bus with the processor FSB and remain within this relatively safe limit, you can only overclock the processor FSB by up to 12.5%. Any higher, your PCI bus will be overclocked beyond 37.5 MHz.

If you wish to overclock the processor FSB further without worrying about your PCI devices, then you should set this BIOS feature to 33.33 MHz. This forces the PCI bus to run at the standard speed of 33.33MHz, irrespective of the processor’s FSB speed.

It is recommended that you set the PCI Clock Synchronization Mode BIOS feature to To CPU if you are overclocking the processor FSB up to 12.5%. If you wish to overclock the processor FSB beyond 12.5%, then you should set this BIOS feature to 33.33 MHz.

However, if you do not intend to overclock, this BIOS feature will not have any effect. The PCI bus will remain at 33.33 MHz, no matter what you select.

 

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GIGABYTE B450 Motherboard Models, Features + Prices Revealed!

AMD officially launched their B450 chipset on 31 July 2018, driving further demand for the 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen processors. In this article, we will look at the first GIGABYTE B450 motherboards to hit the market!

 

The Official AMD B450 Tech Briefing

For a primer on the AMD B450 chipset, here is the official AMD B450 tech briefing, conducted by Don Woligroski, AMD Business Development and Desktop Processor Marketing.

And here is a diagram showing what features are provided by the AMD B450 chipset, and what are provided by the AMD Ryzen processor itself.

For more details on the AMD B450 chipset, check out our article – The AMD B450 Chipset Explained!

 

The First GIGABYTE B450 Motherboards Revealed!

Now, let’s take a look at the first GIGABYTE B450 motherboards to hit the market!

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AMD B450 Motherboard Price + Availability

Although GIGABYTE announced six B450 motherboards, not all are available for purchase globally. Here are some GIGABYTE B450 models that are currently for sale, with their prices :

GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI : US$ 119
GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO
 : RM 489
GIGABYTE B450 AORUS M : US$ 84.99 / RM 415
GIGABYTE B450M DS3H : US$ 69.99

 

GIGABYTE B450 AORUS Elite

The GIGABYTE B450 AORUS Elite is an ATX gaming motherboard with DDR4-3200 support, two M.2 sockets, two PCIe x16 slots and six SATA ports.

Here are the B450 AORUS Elite‘s key features :

  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • HDMI, DVI-D Ports for Multiple Display
  • Integrated I/O Shield of Ultra Durable Design
  • Dual Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe Gen3 M.2 (x4, x2) with One Thermal Guard
  • High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard with LED Trace Path Lighting
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show Design, Supports Digital LED & RGB LED Strips
  • GIGABYTE Exclusive 8118 Gaming LAN with Bandwidth Management
  • Smart Fan 5 Features 6 Temperature Sensors and 4 Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • APP Center Including EasyTune and Cloud Station Utilities
  • CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power with a Single Click

 

GIGABYTE B450 I AORUS PRO WIFI

The GIGABYTE B450 I AORUS PRO WIFI is a mini-ITX motherboard with two DDR4-3200 slots, one PCIe x16 slot, two M.2 sockets, and four SATA ports.

Here are the B450 I AORUS PRO WIFI‘s key features :

  • Dual Channel ECC/ Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 2 DIMMs
  • Intel Dual Band 802.11ac Wave2 WIFI & BT 5
  • DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0 Ports for Multiple Display
  • Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guard
  • ALC1220-VB Enhance 114dB(Rear)/ 110dB(Front) SNR in Microphone with High-end Audio Capacitors
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show Design, Supports Digital LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
  • Smart Fan 5 Features 5 Temperature Sensors and 2 Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • APP Center Including EasyTune and Cloud Station Utilities
  • CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power with a Single Click

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GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI

We showcased the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI at Computex 2018. It boasts a hybrid digital PWM, with built-in dual-band Intel 802.11ac WiFi and Gigabit LAN capability, as well as dual M.2 sockets.

Here are the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI‘s key features

  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel Dual Band 802.11ac WIFI & BT 4.2
  • HDMI, DVI-D Ports for Multiple Display
  • Integrated I/O Shield of Ultra Durable Design
  • Dual Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe Gen3 M.2 (x4, x2) with Dual Thermal Guards
  • ALC1220-VB Enhanced 114dB (Rear) / 110dB (Front) SNR in Microphone with WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show Design, Supports Digital LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
  • Smart Fan 5 Features 6 Temperature Sensors and 5 Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • APP Center Including EasyTune and Cloud Station Utilities
  • CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power with a Single Click

Here are some purchase links and prices for the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI :

 

GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO

The GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO is basically the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI with the Intel WiFi-ac capability removed.

Here are the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO‘s key features :

  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • HDMI, DVI-D Ports for Multiple Display
  • Integrated I/O Shield of Ultra Durable Design
  • Dual Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe Gen3 M.2 (x4, x2) with Dual Thermal Guards
  • ALC1220-VB Enhanced 114dB (Rear) / 110dB (Front) SNR in Microphone with WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show Design, Supports Digital LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
  • Smart Fan 5 Features 6 Temperature Sensors and 5 Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • APP Center Including EasyTune and Cloud Station Utilities
  • CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power with a Single Click

Here are some purchase links and prices for the B450 AORUS PRO :

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GIGABYTE B450 AORUS M

The GIGABYTE B450 AORUS M is a micro-ATX motherboard that has four DDR4-3200 sockets, and comes with two PCIe x16 slots, one M.2 socket and six SATA ports.

Here are the key features of the B450 AORUS M motherboard :

  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • HDMI, DVI-D Ports for Multiple Display
  • Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guard
  • High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard with LED Trace Path Lighting
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show Design, Supports Digital LED & RGB LED Strips
  • GIGABYTE Exclusive 8118 Gaming LAN with Bandwidth Management
  • Smart Fan 5 Features 5 Temperature Sensors and 3 Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • APP Center Including EasyTune and Cloud Station Utilities
  • Anti-Sulfur Resistors Design
  • Ultra Durable 25KV ESD and 15KV Surge LAN Protection
  • CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power with a Single Click

Here are some purchase links and prices for the B450 AORUS M :

 

GIGABYTE B450M DS3H

The GIGABYTE B450M DS3H is a micro-ATX motherboard that supports DDR4-3200, and comes with two PCIe x16 slots, one M.2 socket and four SATA ports.

Here are the GIGABYTE B450M DS3H‘s key features :

  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • HDMI, DVI-D Ports for Multiple Display
  • Ultra-Fast PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 with PCIe NVMe & SATA mode support
  • High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard with LED Trace Path Lighting
  • RGB Fusion supports RGB LED Strips in 7-Colors
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
  • Smart Fan 5 Features 5 Temperature Sensors and 2 Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • APP Center Including EasyTune and Cloud Station Utilities
  • CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power with a Single Click

Here are some purchase links and prices for the GIGABYTE B450M DS3H :

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The 11 New ASUS Z370 Motherboards Revealed!

Intel have officially launched the 8th Generation Intel Core processors (codenamed Coffee Lake)! In this article, we will share with you details, videos, pictures and specifications of the 11 new ASUS Z370 motherboards you can pair with your Intel Coffee Lake processor of choice! Which of these ASUS Z370 motherboards will fit your requirements? Read on and find out!

Everything You Need To Know About The ASUS Z370 Motherboards

We will go into the details of the individual ASUS Z370 motherboards, including their specifications. Here are their direct links :

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Don’t forget to also check out our video overviews of the 11 ASUS Z370 motherboards :

Finally, we will share with you the ASUS Z370 motherboard prices and availability, as well as purchase links :

But first, let’s take a look at the presentations on the ASUS Z370 motherboards and a special overclocking demonstration by Coolice!

Updated @ 2017-10-06 : Added the ASUS Z370 motherboard prices and availability. Various minor changes.

Originally posted @ 2017-09-29

 

The New ASUS Z370 Coffee Lake Motherboards Revealed!

At an exclusive regional shindig, ASUS gave us the lowdown on their upcoming Z370 motherboards. Let’s start with the ROG Z370 Gaming series of motherboards.

Then ASUS revealed the new TUF Gaming series for casual gamers, and the ASUS Prime Z370-A motherboard.

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Watch Coolice Overclock The Core i7-8700K To 6.6 GHz!

ASUS also brought overclocker Coolice to showcase the overclockability of the 8th Generation Intel Core processor. He paired the Intel Core i7-8700K with the new ASUS Maximus X Apex Z370 motherboard and used liquid nitrogen cooling, to achieve a clock speed of 6.6 GHz!

Now, let’s take a look at the details and specifications of the new ASUS Z370 motherboards!

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The ASUS ROG Z370 Motherboards

The ASUS ROG family of Z370 motherboards is divided into the ROG Maximus series, and the ROG Strix series. The ROG Maximus motherboards offer the best features and performance for gamers and enthusiasts, while the ROG Strix motherboards offer key ROG features at more affordable price points.

Here are the specifications of the ASUS ROG Z370 motherboards :

SpecificationsMaximus X ApexMaximus X HeroStrix Z370-E GamingStrix Z370-F GamingStrix Z370-H GamingStrix Z370-G GamingStrix Z370-I Gaming
Form FactorEATXATXATXATXATXmicroATXMini ATX
Memory Slots2 X DDR4
(4266+ OC)
4 x DDR4
(4133+ OC)
4 x DDR4
(4000 OC)
4 x DDR4
(4000 OC)
4 x DDR4
(3866 OC)
4 x DDR4
(4000 OC)
4 x DDR4
(4333+ OC)
Multi GPU Support2-way SLI
4-way CrossFire
2-way SLI
3-way CrossFire
2-way SLI
3-way CrossFire
2-way SLI
3-way CrossFire
2-way SLI
2-way CrossFire
2-way SLI
2-way CrossFire
NA
PCIe Slots4 x PCIe x16
2 x PCIe x1
3 x PCIe x16
3 x PCIe x1
3 x PCIe x16
4 x PCIe x1
3 x PCIe x16
4 x PCIe x1
3 x PCIe x16
3 x PCIe x1
2 x PCIe x16
2 x PCIe x1
1 x PCIe x16
M.2 Slots2 x NVMe x42 x NVMe x42 x NVMe x42 x NVMe x42 x NVMe x42 x PCIe x42 x NVMe x4
SATA Ports4666664
LAN PortsAquantia 5 Gigabit
Intel 1 Gigabit
Intel 1 GigabitIntel 1 GigabitIntel 1 GigabitIntel 1 GigabitIntel 1 GigabitIntel 1 Gigabit
WiFiNA802.11ac802.11acNANA802.11ac802.11ac
AudioSupremeFX S1220ASupremeFX S1220
ESS Sabre ES9203P
SupremeFX S1220ASupremeFX S1220ASupremeFX S1220ASupremeFX S1220ASupremeFX S1220A
USB 3.1 Gen21 x Type C
1 x Type A
1 x front header
1 x Type C
1 x Type A
1 x Front
1 x Type C
1 x Type A
1 x Type C
1 x Type A
2 x Type A2 x Type A1 x front header
Aura Sync Headers4 Strip2 Strip
1 Address
2 Strip
1 Address
2 Strip
1 Address
NANA1 Address

 

The ASUS ROG Maximus X Apex Motherboard

This is the motherboard Coolice used to overclock the Intel Core i7-8700K to 6.6 GHz. That’s because the ROG Maximus is designed for extreme overclocking. It boasts special operating modes for liquid nitrogen cooling, and even a special fan bracket for the IO heatsink to let overclockers blow away LN2 vapour!

To ensure greater overclockability of the memory modules, the Maximus X Apex uses only two DDR4 memory slots. With the traces slightly more direct with only one slot per memory channel, the memory modules can be overclocked to 4200 MHz and beyond.

SpecificationsASUS ROG Maximus X Apex
Form FactorExtended ATX
Memory Slots2 X DDR4
(4266+ OC)
Multi GPU Support2-way SLI
4-way CrossFire
PCIe Slots4 x PCIe x16
2 x PCIe x1
M.2 Slots2 x NVMe x4
SATA Ports4 x SATA 6 Gbps
LAN PortsAquantia 5 Gigabit
Intel 1 Gigabit
WiFiNA
AudioSupremeFX S1220A codec
USB 3.1 Gen21 x Type C
1 x Type A
Aura SyncVRM heatsink, chipset heatsink, nameplate, PCB backlight, 4 x strip headers
Cooling2 x pump headers
5 x fan headers
3 x full-speed fan headers
4 x thermal sensor headers
1 x flow header
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The ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero Motherboard

The ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero is designed to support both liquid and air coolers, as well as AIO coolers and standalone pumps, with headers for monitoring liquid temperatures and flow. It is also compatible with the ASUS Fan Extension Card, which adds headers for more fans and temperature probes.

Catering to audiophiles, the Maximus X Hero pairs the SupremeFX codec with an ESS Sabre DAC for greater range and an exceptional 120 dB SNR. It also boasts an integrated I/O shield for easier installation and a cleaner look.

Suggested Retail Price At Launch : US$ 289.99

SpecificationsASUS ROG Maximus X Hero
Form FactorATX
Memory Slots4 x DDR4
(4133+ OC)
Multi GPU Support2-way SLI
3-way CrossFire
PCIe Slots3 x PCIe x16
3 x PCIe x1
M.2 Slots2 x NVMe x4
SATA Ports6
LAN PortsIntel 1 Gigabit
WiFi802.11ac
AudioSupremeFX S1220 codec
ESS Sabre ES9203P DAC
USB 3.1 Gen21 x front header
1 x Type C
1 x Type A
Aura SyncIO shield, M.2 heatsink, chipset heatsink, 2 x strip headers, 1 x addressable header
Cooling2 x pump headers
5 x fan headers
1 x high-speed fan header
3 x thermal sensor headers
1 x flow header

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The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E Gaming & Z370-F Gaming

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E Gaming and Z370-F Gaming are almost identical. They both have two PCIe x16 slots with SafeSlot reinforcement, and four DDR4-4000 memory slots. They also have dual M.2 slots – both cooled by a large M.2 heatsink that reduces operating temperatures by up to 15°C.

The only real difference is their colour schemes. The Z370-E has integrated WiFi and a gleaming silver finish on its heatsinks and I/O shroud, while the Z370-F has no WiFi capabilities and subtle charcoal shades.

Suggested Retail Price At Launch : US$ 194.99

SpecificationsASUS ROG Strix Z370-E GamingASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming
Form FactorATXATX
Memory Slots4 x DDR4
(4000 OC)
4 x DDR4
(4000 OC)
Multi GPU Support2-way SLI
3-way CrossFire
2-way SLI
3-way CrossFire
PCIe Slots3 x PCIe x16
4 x PCIe x1
3 x PCIe x16
4 x PCIe x1
M.2 Slots2 x NVMe x42 x NVMe x4
SATA Ports66
LAN PortsIntel 1 GigabitIntel 1 Gigabit
WiFi802.11ac (2x2)NA
AudioSupremeFX S1220ASupremeFX S1220A
USB 3.1 Gen21 x Front
1 x Type C
1 x Type A
1 x Type C
1 x Type A
Aura SyncIO shield, 2 x strip headers, 1 x addressable headerIO shield, 2 x strip headers, 1 x addressable header
Cooling1 x AIO header
5 x fan headers
1 x thermal sensor header
1 x AIO header
5 x fan headers
1 x thermal sensor header

 

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-H Gaming

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-H Gaming is an entry-level ROG motherboard with all the essential features. It has dual PCIe x16 slots with SafeSlot protection, and support for 2-way SLI and CrossFire, as well as dual NVMe slots. The Strix Z370-H Gaming has four fan headers, with one AIO cooler header. It only lacks sensor grouping and GPU temperature detection.

Recommended Retail Price At Launch : US$ 169.99

SpecificationsASUS ROG Strix Z370-H Gaming
Form FactorATX
Memory Slots4 x DDR4
(3866 OC)
Multi GPU Support2-way SLI
2-way CrossFire
PCIe Slots3 x PCIe x16
3 x PCIe x1
M.2 Slots2 x NVMe x4
SATA Ports6
LAN PortsIntel 1 Gigabit
WiFiNA
AudioSupremeFX S1220A
USB 3.1 Gen22 x Type A
Aura Sync HeadersNA
Cooling1 x AIO header
4 x fan headers
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The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming is a microATX motherboard with two PCIe x16 slots with SafeSlot protection. It even supports 2-way SLI and CrossFire, but cannot fit larger 2.5 slots cards like the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. There are two M.2 slots, but one of them is located under the second PCIe slot.

Suggested Retail Price At Launch : US$ 184.99

SpecificationsASUS ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming
Form FactormicroATX
Memory Slots4 x DDR4
(4000 OC)
Multi GPU Support2-way SLI
2-way CrossFire
PCIe Slots2 x PCIe x16
2 x PCIe x1
M.2 Slots2 x PCIe x4
SATA Ports6
LAN PortsIntel 1 Gigabit
WiFi802.11ac
AudioSupremeFX S1220A
USB 3.1 Gen22 x Type A
Aura Sync HeadersNA
Cooling1 x pump header
4 x fan headers
1 x thermal sensor header

 

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming is a mini ITX motherboard that is capable of overclocking the memory to DDR4-4333 or better. It also has two M.2 SSD slots, but only one has a heatsink to keep it cool. The usual trimmings are there – SafeSlot protection, 802.11ac WiFi, SupremeFX audio and Fan Xpert 4 capability.

Suggested Retail Price At Launch : US$ 189.99

SpecificationsASUS ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming
Form FactorMini ATX
Memory Slots4 x DDR4
(4333+ OC)
Multi GPU SupportNA
PCIe Slots1 x PCIe x16
M.2 Slots2 x NVMe x4
SATA Ports4
LAN PortsIntel 1 Gigabit
WiFi802.11ac
AudioSupremeFX S1220A
USB 3.1 Gen21 x front header
Aura Sync HeadersRight edge, 1 x addressable header
Cooling1 x AIO header
2 x fan headers
1 x thermal sensor header

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The ASUS Prime & TUF Gaming Z370 Motherboards

The ASUS Prime motherboards are targeted at enthusiasts who don’t need gamer-oriented design or features. The new ASUS TUF Gaming series offers entry-level gaming motherboards.

 

The ASUS Prime Z370-A Motherboard

The ASUS Prime Z370-A motherboard has all of the key features like dual PCI Express slots with SafeSlot protection, two M.2 slots with integrated heatsink. There is even a dedicated mount for a fan bracket with a fan header if you are inclined to cool the M.2 SSDs with a fan.

Recommended Retail Price At Launch : US$ 174.99

SpecificationsASUS Prime Z370-A
Form FactorATX
Memory Slots2 X DDR4
(4000 OC)
Multi GPU Support2-way SLI
3-way CrossFire
PCIe Slots3 x PCIe x16
4 x PCIe x1
M.2 Slots2 x NVMe x4
SATA Ports6
LAN PortsIntel 1 Gigabit
WiFiNA
AudioCrystal Sound 3 S1220A
USB 3.1 Gen21 x Type C
1 x Type A
Aura Sync Headers1 Strip
Cooling1 x AIO header
5 x fan headers
1 x thermal sensor header
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The ASUS Prime Z370-P Motherboard

The ASUS Prime Z370-P motherboard is targeted at budget-minded system builders. It has two PCIe x16 slots, but does not support SLI or CrossFire. It has two M.2 slots, which are without any cooling, but placed away from the hot spots. This is the most affordable ASUS Z370 motherboard in the current line-up.

Suggested Retail Price At Launch : US$ 159.99

SpecificationsPrime Z370-P
Form FactorATX
Memory Slots4 x DDR4
(3866 OC)
Multi GPU SupportNA
PCIe Slots2 x PCIe x16
4 x PCIe x1
M.2 Slots2 x NVMe x4
SATA Ports4
LAN PortsRealtek 1 Gigabit
WiFiNA
AudioRealtek ALC887
USB 3.1 Gen22 x Type A
Aura Sync HeadersNA
Cooling1 x AIO header
3 x fan headers

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The ASUS TUF Z370-Pro Gaming Motherboard

The ASUS TUF Z370-Pro Gaming has three PCIe x16 slots, which supports 2-way SLI or 3-way CrossFire. However, the third slot is limited to two PCIe lanes, so a 3-way CrossFire is not a good idea. It has two M.2 slots, that supports the longer 110 mm drives.

Suggested Retail Price At Launch : US$ 159.99

SpecificationsTUF Z370-Pro Gaming
Form FactorATX
Memory Slots4 x DDR4
(3866 OC)
Multi GPU Support2-way SLI
2-way CrossFire
PCIe Slots3 x PCIe x16
3 x PCIe x1
M.2 Slots2 x NVMe x4
SATA Ports6
LAN PortsIntel 1 Gigabit
WiFiNA
AudioRealtek ALC887
USB 3.1 Gen22 x Type A
Aura Sync HeadersNA
Cooling1 x AIO header
4 x fan headers

 

The ASUS TUF Z370-Plus Gaming Motherboard

The ASUS TUF Z370-Plus Gaming is a more affordable version of the TUF Z370-Pro. It lacks SLI support, but it supports 2-way CrossFire. That said, the second PCIe x16 slot only has four lanes of bandwidth to the Z370 chipset. It also supports two M.2 SSDs, with the lower one cooled by a heatsink.

Suggested Retail Price At Launch : US$ 149.99

SpecificationsTUF Z370-Plus Gaming
Form FactorATX
Memory Slots4 x DDR4
(3866 OC)
Multi GPU Support2-way SLI
2-way CrossFire
PCIe Slots2 x PCIe x16
4 x PCIe x1
M.2 Slots2 x NVMe x4
SATA Ports6
LAN PortsIntel 1 Gigabit
WiFiNA
AudioRealtek ALC887
USB 3.1 Gen22 x Type A
Aura Sync Headers1 Strip
Cooling2 x pump headers
3 x fan headers

 

The ASUS Z370 Motherboard Prices & Availability

The ASUS Z370 motherboards are available for purchase beginning 6 October 2017 onwards, at the following prices :

  • ROG Maximus X Hero : RM 1,386 (including 6% GST) / ~US$ 330
  • ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming : RM 999 (including 6% GST) / ~US$ 238
  • TUF Z370-Plus Gaming : RM 899 (including 6% GST) / ~US$ 214
  • PRIME Z370-P : RM 770 (including 6% GST) / ~US$ 183
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The 2017 AORUS Gaming Motherboards For Intel & AMD

The GIGABYTE team just flew in all the way from Taipei to brief us on the 2017 AORUS gaming motherboards for the new Intel Z270 and AMD X370 platforms, as well as the newly-launched Intel X299 platform.

Join us for their in-depth presentations of both the latest Intel roadmap update, as well as the new 2017 AORUS motherboards for both Intel and AMD processors. Check them out!

 

The Q2 2017 Intel Roadmap Update

GIGABYTE Specialist Robin Chang kicked off with a briefing on the latest Q2 2017 Intel Roadmap Update. He then reveals GIGABYTE’s own product roadmap for 2017.

 

The 2017 AORUS Gaming Motherboards For Intel & AMD

In this video, Robin gives a short explanation of the AORUS brand and how it is positioned above the “regular” GIGABYTE motherboards. He then gives us an in-depth briefing on the key features of the 2017 AORUS gaming motherboards for the Intel Z270 platform, as well as the X370 platform for AMD Ryzen.

Here is the list of current AORUS Z270 gaming motherboard models :

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The AORUS X299 Gaming Motherboards

Designed for the newly-announced Intel Core X-Series processor, and the new AORUS X299 motherboards boast quad DDR4 memory channels, amongst other AORUS features like Digital LEDs, PCH Accent Overlay, AORUS Base Plate and M.2 Thermal Guard.

GIGABYTE have announced the following AORUS X299 gaming motherboard models – the X299 AORUS Gaming 9, the X299 AORUS Gaming 7, and the X299 AORUS Gaming 3. There will also be the X299 AORUS Ultra Gaming motherboard (not in the presentation).

 

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The New ASUS X299 Motherboards Announced!

May 30, 2017 — Intel just took the wraps off its long-awaited Core X-Series processors and accompanying X299 chipset, which bring enough horsepower and bandwidth for everything from professional content creation to hardcore gaming. The new LGA2066 processors require new motherboards, and ASUS has a diverse lineup split between the Prime, TUF, and ROG families.

 

The New ASUS X299 Motherboards

ROG has three models expertly tailored for different priorities: the Rampage VI Extreme lives up to its name for drool-worthy dream machines with custom liquid cooling and ultra-fast networking, the Rampage VI Apex unabashedly targets peak game performance and record-breaking overclocking, and the Strix X299-E provides gamers the powerful tuning, cooling, and personalization options they need to get the most from their rigs.

The Prime and TUF models are designed for differing audiences. The new Prime X299-Deluxe is for high-end builders who want it all. The Prime X299-A eschews certain extras in favor of a straightforward approach that gets back to basics.

Meanwhile, the TUF X299 Mark 1 stands out from its competitors with protective armor and advanced cooling options, while the TUF X299 Mark 2 strips down to the essentials for X299 builders who want to deviate from the conventional formula.

 

Shared innovations define the ROG X299 family

All three boards share the same DNA—essential features that enthusiasts in the Republic of Gamers demand. That starts with critically acclaimed overclocking and cooling controls for liquid and air. There are dedicated pump headers for powering custom loops and all-in-one coolers, plus intelligent fan controls for optimal efficiency and quiet acoustics.

Sensor grouping lets your cooling react to a mix of workloads, including GPU-heavy gaming via direct temperature monitoring for select graphics cards. Tuning your gaming PC is easy whether you want to perfect your setup with manual tweaking or automatically configure and overclock the whole thing with a single click using the ASUS 5-Way Optimization utility.

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Gaming PCs provide unprecedented options to express your style, including through personalized lighting. The RGB LEDs embedded on the ASUS boards are augmented by headers for multiple RGB LED strips to illuminate your entire chassis. All of the lighting is part of the Aura Sync ecosystem, which synchronizes harmoniously across compatible ROG graphics cards, peripherals, and monitors, along with other components from ASUS partners.

Equipped with the latest generation of SupremeFX integrated audio, ROG’s new X299 motherboards boast enhanced recording quality for streamers who want their voice to come through clearly. Graphics cards plug into reinforced SafeSlots that protect against damage from heavy GPU coolers and rough handling.

Intel’s VROC technology combines with the optional add-in card to enable M.2 RAID arrays made up of a stack of parallel drives with a direct line to the CPU. You can hit ludicrous speeds with enough capacity for overflowing game libraries. You get all the latest I/O, including USB 3.1 Gen2 with Type-C ports and internal headers pushing speeds up to 10Gbps. Onboard Wi-Fi and Intel Gigabit networking are standard equipment, and you can add Intel’s new Optane Memory as a high-speed cache.

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Prime time for X299

Built for power users and prosumers, the Prime series represents the culmination of decades of experience refining all aspects of motherboard technology. These boards mate state-of-the-art connectivity with accessible tuning options to provide a premium experience everyone can enjoy.

All of the ASUS X299 motherboards have extensive overclocking and cooling options available in both the UEFI and software. The Primes go one step further with 5-Way Optimization, which intelligently overclocks your system and tunes the cooling based on the individual characteristics of your components. Beginners can effortlessly optimize their entire PC with a single click, while experienced users can adjust tuning parameters to meet their needs.

Refinement extends to the styling, whose predominantly black-and-white theme lays the perfect foundation for understated builds—or much flashier ones with RGB lighting. The ASUS Prime X299 boards feature multiple headers for LED strips that can light up your entire chassis. They’re part of a rich ecosystem of Aura Sync products that can synchronize colors and effects across a complete system, from the motherboard and graphics card to peripherals and other components.

Intel’s new Core X-Series processors demand serious cooling, which is why all of the new ASUS X299 motherboards have dedicated headers for all-in-one liquid coolers and stand-alone pumps.  The ASUS Prime X299 series also support up to three-way graphics configurations, and their x16 slots incorporate structural reinforcements with the SafeSlot technology to prevent damage and protect your investment.

PCIe lanes left unused by graphics can be devoted to storage with VROC, which combines multiple M.2 SSDs in a bootable RAID array connected directly to the CPU. An insane number of drives can run in parallel across multiple VROC cards to deliver staggering throughput and warp fast access for system drives. Intel’s Optane Memory technology is supported, which provides a solid-state cache to accelerate other storage devices.

This new Prime series receives the latest on-board audio enhancements, including a Realtek S1220A codec paired with an amplifier and premium components that produce immersive and crystal clear sound which rivals some dedicated sound cards.

 

TUF enough to endure

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The ASUS Prime X299 motherboards are balanced by entries from the TUF family. These models march to a different beat that prioritizes reliability and durability for PCs built to go the distance. They use tougher components than conventional counterparts, and they’re subjected to more stringent testing.

Shifting focus requires a new outlook, and TUF answers with distinctive designs that meld industrial sensibilities with a touch of space marine. Stealthy by nature, the new boards minimize RGB lighting to concentrate on different priorities.

 

ASUS X299 Motherboard Availability

The Strix X229-E will be available first, followed by the Rampage VI Apex and Extreme.

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The New ASUS AM4 Series Motherboards Announced

Kuala Lumpur, 3rd March 2017 — ASUS and ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced a brand-new lineup of ASUS AM4 motherboards designed to maximize the potential of the latest AMD Ryzen processors.

The exciting new motherboards include ROG Crosshair VI Hero and ASUS Prime X370-Pro, Prime B350-Plus and Prime B350M-A, all loaded with exclusive technologies to enable users to achieve the perfect balance between overclocking and cooling to extract every ounce of gaming performance from AMD’s powerful new CPUs.


The all-new ASUS AM4 motherboards also offer multiple customization and personalization options, heralding a new era for PC DIY. These include ASUS Aura Sync, the world’s first motherboard-synced RGB illumination technology for synchronization with Aura Sync-enabled devices, and 3D-printing-friendly designs that make it easy for users to print and fit their own custom parts to improve both aesthetics and performance.

Commenting on the new ASUS AM4 motherboards Joe Hsieh, ASUS Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Motherboard Business Unit said: “For years ASUS has had a consistent and evolving relationship with AMD. This partnership is based on leveraging each other’s leading technological capabilities to enable an outstanding user experience on the AMD platform. For this generation we’ve innovated in the field of customization, adding personalization options like 3D printing and Aura Sync RGB lighting, so users will never again have to stare into a drab, unexciting computer case. It’s time for users to fully unleash their imaginations and the power of AMD Ryzen processors — and the blazing overclocking performance of a new ASUS ROG Crosshair Series or Prime Series motherboard is the perfect way to do just that!”

 

ROG Crosshair VI Hero: Return of the Hero

The Crosshair VI Hero is the latest high-performance gaming motherboard from the ROG stable, engineered with ASUS-exclusive T-Topology technology to minimize coupling noise and signal reflection. T-Topology’s innovative equidistant memory channels delivers the most balanced control for powerful overclocking potential — enabling Crosshair VI Hero to drive overclocked DDR4 performance up to or even beyond 3200MHz in a four-DIMM configuration. ROG also works with almost every DDR4 memory vendor to ensure the best compatibility.

By pushing the limits with extreme cooling, Crosshair VI Hero fitted with a Ryzen 7 1800X processor reached new heights on Cinebench R15, scoring 2454 cb. For CPU frequency validation, it reaches 5802.93MHz by enabling the eight cores and 16 threads of the processor.

Crosshair VI Hero is also loaded with the latest ROG SupremeFX exclusive S1220 codec, delivering an exceptional 113dB signal-to-noise ratio on the line-in connection and 120dB on line-out. Plus Sonic Studio III’s all-new routing feature ports streams to different outputs, while gamers are able to dominate the battlefield with the newly upgraded Sonic Radar III overlay. Also, ROG GameFirst IV optimizes network traffic for faster and lag-free online gaming, while enabling the bandwidth of up to four networks to be teamed.

ROG’s innovative Water Cooling Zone allows users to monitor system cooling like never before, with dual water-temperature headers and a flow-rate header feeding information directly into ROG’s intuitive Fan Xpert 4 utility

Crosshair VI Hero offers backward compatibility with existing AM3 coolers, enabling users to upgrade easily. The new motherboard also has an onboard USB 3.1 front-panel connector and PCI Express 3.0 32Gbps M.2 for ultra-fast connectivity and data transfers.

ASUS-exclusive 5-Way Optimization dynamically optimizes essential aspects of Crosshair VI Hero systems based on real-time use, including the all-new Stress Test Distribution feature that allows users to adjust the proportion of CPU and DRAM stress for the best overclocking performance. As well, the latest-generation Fan Xpert 4 allows users to monitor the GPU temperature to ensure cooler usage scenarios when the graphics card is under heavy loads, such as during 3D content creation or when gaming.

Crosshair VI Hero also embraces the growing trend for customization, with its 3D-printing-friendly design. ASUS has always strived to make it easier for users to customize the cosmetic appearance of their PC components, and now ROG has become the world’s first motherboard brand to support 3D-printed components — making it easy for users to print their own parts to customize the Crosshair VI Hero’s appearance, improve system performance or manage cables. Dedicated onboard 3D mounts that use the same screws as M.2 and standard motherboard mounting holes make fitting 3D-printed parts easy, so users can quickly add cable covers, or even an M.2 fan holder to lower M.2 temperature by up to 30°C — preventing throttling.

ROG has also designed a series of 3D-printable accessories, including a 2-way SLI bridge cover, fan grille, ROG-font letters and all sizes of cable combs, adding style to any build.

 

ASUS Prime X370-Pro, B350-Plus and B350M-A: Primed to outclass

ASUS Prime X370-ProPrime B350-Plus and Prime B350M-A represent the next evolution of the ASUS motherboard, born of a pedigree that stretches all the way back to 1989. Our team of world-class engineers are passionate about empowering everyone to enjoy the benefits of customization and tuning, and the driving force behind the development of Prime is to make advanced enthusiast controls easily accessible — maximizing performance, stability and compatibility for the very best DIY PC experiences.

Prime X370-Pro features ASUS-exclusive 5-Way Optimization for one-click full-system tuning, with upgraded auto-tuning easily overclock up to 4.07GHz and beyond, plus the newly upgraded Fan Xpert 4 with the ability to monitor GPU temperatures for cooler gaming. Third-gen T-Topology pushes DDR4 up to 3200MHz and beyond, with ultra-consistent quality and minimal crosstalk.

Prime X370-Pro also delivers refined audio experiences with the exclusive S1220A codec. Designed in close collaboration with Realtek, the codec improves performance to provide 120dB signal-to-noise ratio for the stereo line-out and 113dB SNR for the line-in, to capture pristine audio; and has an impedance-sensing circuit that automatically adjusts the gain to ensure the optimal volume range for headphones.

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Ultra-fast connectivity is also a key theme of the all-new Prime X370-Pr, with an M.2 slot to tap into 32Gbps of PCI Express bandwidth, and USB 3.1 Type-A and reversible Type-C front-panel connector. Prime X370-Pro also includes ASUS SLI HB Bridge (2-Way-M), a quick-to-fit expansion card that doubles the available transfer bandwidth to provide silky-smooth surround gaming, and which is compatible with NVIDIA Titan X, GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 graphics cards.

Prime X370-ProPrime B350-Plus and Prime B350M-A benefit from 5X Protection III’s multiple hardware safeguards, now enhanced with SafeSlot Core — the ASUS-exclusive PCI Express slot. With a fortified design that is anchored to the motherboard by a special hook, SafeSlot Core provides 1.6X-stronger retention and 1.3X-greater shearing resistance than standard expansion slots. 5X Protection III also includes LANGuard for safer Ethernet connections, Overvoltage Protection to prevent damage from voltage spikes, the Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) for smooth power delivery, DRAM Overcurrent Protection with resettable fuses, a stainless-steel rear I/O panel to prevent corrosion, and ESD Guards to fend off electrical spikes and surges.

 

Outshine the Competition: Aura Sync RGB illumination

ASUS Aura Sync is the world’s first motherboard-RGB-synchronization technology, and is a feature of both ROG Crosshair VI Hero and Prime X370-Pro. It delivers distinctive light shows across Aura Sync-capable motherboards, graphics cards and peripherals for up to nine effects — all controlled via the simple and intuitive Aura app.

The all-new Music mode is also able to pulse synchronized LEDs in time to the user’s favorite tunes. Users are able enhance their illumination still further, either via the integrated 4-pin/12V Aura RGB header or the included extension cable. Aura offers a brilliant spectrum of colors, and can even change shades to reflect the CPU temperature, providing valuable information at a glance.

 

ASUS AM4 Motherboard Availability and Pricing

Availability and pricing to be announced at a later date.

 

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The 34 New AMD Ryzen 7 Motherboards Revealed

The new AMD Ryzen 7 processors will hit the stores on March 2, 2017, with pre-orders open on the Ryzen 7 1800X, the Ryzen 7 1700X and the Ryzen 7 1700 right now. But what about the motherboards? Let’s find out what AMD’s motherboard partners have in store to pair with the AMD Ryzen 7 processors!

 

More Than 82 Motherboard Models

AMD promised that there will be at least 82 different AMD AM4 motherboards for the AMD Ryzen 7 processors by launch day. They listed their five motherboard partners – ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI, BIOSTAR and ASRock, but did not mention the actual motherboard models, or their chipsets.

Together with the AMD Ryzen 7 processors, AMD also launched the AMD X370 chipset. This is an enthusiast-class chipset designed for use with the Ryzen 7 processors. However, the Ryzen 7 will work with the AMD B350 and A320 chipsets that were introduced with the earlier AMD 7th Generation APUs (Bristol Ridge) processors. If you have an existing AMD B350 or A320 motherboard, they just require a BIOS update to support the AMD Ryzen 7 processors.

 

The 34 AMD Ryzen 7 Motherboard Models Currently Available

AMD did not reveal the whole slew of 82 AMD Ryzen 7 motherboards, but we have pictures and some details of the 34 motherboards that will support the AMD Ryzen 7 processors on launch day. Check them out :

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ASRock X370 Taichi

This is the ASRock X370 Taichi motherboard, with the following features :

  • ASRock Super Alloy
  • Supports DDR4 2667
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1, 1 M.2 (Key E)
  • NVIDIA Quad SLI, AMD Quad CrossFireX
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec), Supports Purity Sound 4 & DTS Connect
  • 10 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3), 1 M.2 (PCIe Gen2 x4)
  • 2 USB 3.1 (1 Type-A, 1 Type-C), 10 USB 3.0 (4 Front, 6 Rear)
  • Intel Gigabit LAN
  • Intel 802.11ac+ BT 4.2

 

ASRock X370 Killer SLI/ac

This is the ASRock X370 Killer SLI/ac motherboard, with the following features :

  • ASRock Super Alloy
  • Supports DDR4 2667
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 4 PCIe 2.0 x1, 1 M.2 (Key E)
  • NVIDIA Quad SLI, AMD Quad CrossFireX
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec), Nichicon Fine Gold Series Audio Caps
  • 6 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3), 1 M.2 (PCIe Gen2 x2 & SATA3)
  • 12 USB 3.0 (1 Type-C, 4 Front, 7 Rear)
  • Intel Gigabit LAN
  • Intel 802.11ac+ BT 4.2

 

Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4

This is the ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4 motherboard, with the following features :

  • ASRock Super Alloy
  • Supports DDR4 2667
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 4 PCIe 2.0 x1, 1 M.2 (Key E)
  • NVIDIA Quad SLI, AMD Quad CrossFireX
  • Graphics Output : HDMI
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec), Supports Creative SoundBlaster Cinema3
  • 6 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3), 1 M.2 (PCIe Gen2 x2 & SATA3)
  • 2 USB 3.1 (1 Type-A, 1 Type-C), 10 USB 3.0 (4 Front, 5 Rear, 1 Fatal1ty Mouse Port)
  • Intel Gigabit LAN

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ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming

This is the ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming motherboard, with the following features :

  • ASRock Super Alloy
  • Supports DDR4 2667
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1, 1 M.2 (Key E)
  • NVIDIA Quad SLI, AMD Quad CrossFireX
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec), Supports Creative SoundBlaster Cinema3
  • 10 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3), 1 M.2 (PCIe Gen2 x4)
  • 2 USB 3.1 (1 Type-A, 1 Type-C), 10 USB 3.0 (4 Front, 6 Rear)
  • AQUANTIA 5 Gigabit LAN, Intel Gigabit LAN
  • Intel 802.11ac+ BT 4.2

 

ASRock AB350M Pro4

This is the ASRock AB350M Pro4 motherboard, with the following features :

  • ASRock Super Alloy
  • Supports DDR4 2667
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output : HDMI, DVI-D, D-Sub
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), ELNA Audio Caps
  • 4 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4), 1 M.2 (SATA3)
  • 7 USB 3.0 (1 Type-C, 2 Front, 4 Rear)
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN

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ASRock AB350M-HDV

This is the ASRock AB350M-HDV motherboard, with the following features :

  • ASRock Super Alloy
  • Supports DDR4 2667
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output : HDMI, DVI-D, D-Sub
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC887 Audio Codec), ELNA Audio Caps
  • 4 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
  • 6 USB 3.0 (2 Front, 4 Rear)
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN

 

ASRock AB350M

This is the ASRock AB350M motherboard, with the following features :

  • ASRock Super Alloy
  • Supports DDR4 2667
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC887 Audio Codec), ELNA Audio Caps
  • 4 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
  • 8 USB 3.0 (2 Front, 6 Rear)
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN

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ASRock AB350 Pro4

This is the ASRock AB350 Pro4 motherboard, with the following features :

  • ASRock Super Alloy
  • Supports DDR4 2667
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 4 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output : HDMI, DVI-D, D-Sub
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), ELNA Audio Caps
  • 6 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4), 1 M.2 (SATA3)
  • 8 USB 3.0 (1 Type-C, 2 Front, 5 Rear)
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN

 

ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4

This is the ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4 motherboard, with the following features :

  • ASRock Super Alloy
  • Supports DDR4 2667
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 4 PCIe 2.0 x1, 1 M.2 (Key E)
  • Graphics Output : HDMI, DVI-D, D-Sub
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), Supports Creative SoundBlaster Cinema3
  • 6 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4), 1 M.2 (SATA3)
  • 8 USB 3.0 (1 Type-A, 2 Front, 5 Rear)
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN

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The ASUS Ryzen 7 Motherboards

ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero

This is the ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero motherboard, with the following features :

  • ROG Water Cooling Zone, Aura Sync RGB LED
  • Supports DDR4 2666 (4 DIMMs)
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 3 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Supports NVIDIA 2-Way SLI, AMD CrossFireX
  • 1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key
  • ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC S1220
  • 8 x SATA3 ports
  • 2 USB 3.1 ports (1 Type A, 1 Type C), 10 USB 3.0 (2 Front, 8 Rear), 6 USB 2.0 (2 Front, 4 Rear)
  • Intel i211-AT Gigabit LAN

 

ASUS PRIME B350M-A

This is the ASUS PRIME B350M-A motherboard, with the following features :

  • Supports DDR4 2666 (4 DIMMs)
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output : HDMI, DVI-D, VGA
  • 1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key
  • Realtek ALC887 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
  • 6 x SATA3 ports
  • 2 USB 3.1 ports, 6 USB 3.0 (2 Front, 4 Rear), 4 USB 2.0 (4 Front, 0 Rear)
  • Realtek RTL8111H Gigabit LAN

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ASUS PRIME X370-PRO

This is the ASUS PRIME X370-PRO motherboard, with the following features :

  • ASUS Aura Sync
  • Supports DDR4 2666 (4 DIMMs)
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x1, 3 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Supports NVIDIA 2-Way SLI, AMD CrossFireX
  • Graphics Output : HDMI 1.4b, DisplayPort
  • 1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key
  • Realtek ALCS1220A 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
  • 8 x SATA3 ports
  • 3 USB 3.1 ports, 8 USB 3.0 (2 Front, 6 Rear), 4 USB 2.0 (4 Front, 0 Rear)
  • Intel I211-AT Gigabit LAN

 

ASUS PRIME B350-PLUS

This is the ASUS PRIME B350-PLUS motherboard, with the following features :

  • Supports DDR4 2666 (4 DIMMs)
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x 1, 2 x PCI
  • Graphics Output : HDMI, DVI-D, VGA
  • 1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key
  • Realtek ALC887 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
  • 6 x SATA3 ports
  • 2 USB 3.1 ports, 6 USB 3.0 (2 Front, 4 Rear), 6 USB 2.0 (4 Front, 2 Rear)
  • Realtek RTL8111H Gigabit LAN

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The BIOSTAR Ryzen 7 Motherboards

BIOSTAR B350ET2 (Ver. 6.x)

This is the BIOSTAR B350ET2 motherboard, with the following features :

  • Supports DDR4 2667 (2 DIMMs)
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 2 PCIe 3.0 x1
  • Graphics Output : DVI-D
  • Realtek ALC887 8-Channel HD Audio
  • 8 x SATA3 ports
  • 4 USB 3.1 ports (Gen 1), 4 USB 2.0 (2 Front, 2 Rear), 2 USB 2.0 (power only)

 

BIOSTAR RACING B350GT5 (Ver. 5.x)

This is the BIOSTAR RACING B350GT5 motherboard, with the following features :

  • Supports DDR4 2667 (4 DIMMs)
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1, 2 x PCI
  • Graphics Output : HDMI, DVI-D
  • Realtek ALC887 8-Channel HD Audio
  • 4 x SATA3 ports, 1 x M.2 socket (M key)
  • 2 USB 3.1 Gen. 2 (1 x Type A, 1 x Type C), 5 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (1 Front, 4 Rear), 2 USB 2.0 (2 Front, 0 Rear)
  • Realtek RTL8118AS Gigabit LAN controller

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BIOSTAR RACING X370GT5 (Ver. 5.x)

This is the BIOSTAR RACING X370GT5 motherboard, with the following features :

  • Supports DDR4 2667 (4 DIMMs)
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1, 2 x PCI
  • Graphics Output : HDMI, DVI-D
  • Realtek ALC892 8-Channel Blu-ray Audio
  • 6 x SATA3 ports, 1 x M.2 socket (M key)
  • 2 USB 3.1 Gen. 2 (1 x Type A, 1 x Type C), 6 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (2 Front, 4 Rear), 2 USB 2.0 (2 Front, 0 Rear)
  • Realtek RTL8118AS Gigabit LAN controller

 

BIOSTAR RACING B350GT3 (Ver. 6.x)

This is the BIOSTAR RACING B350GT5 motherboard, with the following features :

  • Supports DDR4 2667 (4 DIMMs)
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1, 2 x PCI
  • Graphics Output : HDMI, DVI-D
  • Realtek ALC887 8-Channel HD Audio
  • 4 x SATA3 ports, 1 x M.2 socket (M key)
  • 2 USB 3.1 Gen. 2, 5 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (1 Front, 4 Rear), 2 USB 2.0 (2 Front, 0 Rear)
  • Realtek RTL8118AS Gigabit LAN controller

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GIGABYTE GA-AB350M-HD3

This is the GIGABYTE GA-AB350M-HD3 motherboard, with the following features :

  • Supports DDR4 2667 (2 DIMMs)
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output : HDMI, DVI-D, VGA
  • Realtek ALC887 8-Channel HD Audio
  • 6 x SATA3 ports, 1 x M.2 Socket 3 (M key)
  • 3 USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, 4 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 6 USB 2.0 (4 Front, 2 Rear)

 

GIGABYTE GA-AB350M-DS2

This is the GIGABYTE GA-AB350M-DS2 motherboard, with the following features :

  • Supports DDR4 2667 (2 DIMMs)
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output : HDMI, DVI-D, VGA
  • Realtek ALC887 8-Channel HD Audio
  • 4 x SATA3 ports
  • 2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, 4 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 6 USB 2.0 (4 Front, 2 Rear)

 

GIGABYTE GA-AX370-Gaming K7

This is the GIGABYTE GA-AX370-Gaming K7 motherboard, with the following features :

  • Supports DDR4 2667 (4 DIMMs)
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 3 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output : HDMI
  • 2 x Realtek ALC1220 codecs, support for Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5
  • 8 x SATA3 ports, 2 x SATA Express, 1 x M.2 Socket 3 (M key)
  • 3 USB 3.1 Gen 2 (1 x Type C, 2 x Type A), 6 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
  • 1 x Intel Gigabit LAN, 1 x Rivet Killer E2500 LAN controller

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GIGABYTE GA-AX370-Gaming 5

This is the GIGABYTE GA-AX370-Gaming 5 motherboard, with the following features :

  • Supports DDR4 2667 (4 DIMMs)
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 3 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output : HDMI
  • 2 x Realtek ALC1220 codecs, support for Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5
  • 8 x SATA3 ports, 2 x SATA Express, 1 x M.2 Socket 3 (M key)
  • 3 USB 3.1 Gen 2 (1 x Type C, 2 x Type A), 6 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
  • 1 x Intel Gigabit LAN, 1 x Rivet Killer E2500 LAN controller

 

GIGABYTE GA-AX370-Gaming K5

This is the GIGABYTE GA-AX370-Gaming K5 motherboard, with the following features :

  • Supports DDR4 2667 (4 DIMMs)
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 3 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output : HDMI
  • 2 x Realtek ALC1220 codecs, support for Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5
  • 8 x SATA3 ports, 2 x SATA Express, 1 x M.2 Socket 3 (M key)
  • 3 USB 3.1 Gen 2 (1 x Type C, 2 x Type A), 6 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
  • 1 x Intel Gigabit LAN, 1 x Rivet Killer E2500 LAN controller

 

GIGABYTE GA-AX370-Gaming K3

This is the GIGABYTE GA-AX370-Gaming K3 motherboard, with the following features :

  • Supports DDR4 2667 (4 DIMMs)
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 3 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output : HDMI
  • 2 x Realtek ALC1220 codecs, support for Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5
  • 8 x SATA3 ports, 2 x SATA Express, 1 x M.2 Socket 3 (M key)
  • 3 USB 3.1 Gen 2 (1 x Type C, 2 x Type A), 6 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
  • 1 x Intel Gigabit LAN, 1 x Rivet Killer E2500 LAN controller

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GIGABYTE GA-AB350M-D3H

This is the GIGABYTE GA-AB350M-D3H motherboard, with the following features :

  • Supports DDR4 2667 (4 DIMMs)
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 1 PCI
  • Graphics Output : HDMI, DVI-D
  • Realtek ALC887 8-Channel HD Audio
  • 6 x SATA3 ports
  • 2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 6 USB 2.0 (4 Front, 2 Rear)

 

GIGABYTE GA-AB350M-Gaming 3

This is the GIGABYTE GA-AB350M-Gaming 3 motherboard, with the following features :

  • Supports DDR4 2667 (4 DIMMs)
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output : HDMI, DVI-D, VGA
  • Realtek ALC887 8-Channel HD Audio
  • 6 x SATA3 ports, 1 x M.2 Socket 3 (M key)
  • 2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 6 USB 2.0 (4 Front, 2 Rear)
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN

 

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GIGABYTE GA-AB350-Gaming 3

This is the GIGABYTE GA-AB350-Gaming 3 motherboard, with the following features :

  • Supports DDR4 2667 (4 DIMMs)
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output : HDMI, DVI-D, VGA
  • Realtek ALC887 8-Channel HD Audio
  • 4 x SATA3 ports, 1 x M.2 Socket 3 (M key)
  • 2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 6 USB 2.0 (4 Front, 2 Rear)
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN

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GIGABYTE GA-AB350-Gaming

This is the GIGABYTE GA-AB350-Gaming motherboard, with the following features :

  • Supports DDR4 2667 (4 DIMMs)
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output : HDMI, DVI-D
  • Realtek ALC887 8-Channel HD Audio
  • 4 x SATA3 ports, 1 x M.2 Socket 3 (M key)
  • 2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 6 USB 2.0 (4 Front, 2 Rear)
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN

 

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The MSI Ryzen 7 Motherboards

MSI B350 Tomahawk

This is the MSI B350 Tomahawk motherboard, with the following features :

  • Supports DDR4 2667 (4 DIMMs)
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1, 2 PCI
  • Graphics Output : HDMI, DVI-D, VGA
  • Realtek ALC892 8-Channel HD Audio
  • 4 x SATA3 ports, 1 x M.2 Socket 3 (M key)
  • 8 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (4 Front, 4 Rear), 6 USB 2.0 (4 Front, 2 Rear)
  • Realtek 8111H Gigabit LAN controller

 

MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium

This is the MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium motherboard, with the following features :

  • Supports DDR4 2667 (4 DIMMs)
  • 3 PCIe 3.0 x16, 3 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output : HDMI, DisplayPort
  • Realtek ALC1220 8-Channel HD Audio
  • 6 x SATA3 ports, 2 x M.2 Socket 3 (M key)
  • 3 USB 3.1 Gen 2 port (1 x Type A, 2 x Type C), 8 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (4 Front, 4 Rear), 7 USB 2.0 (4 Front, 3 Rear)
  • Intel I211AT Gigabit LAN controller

 

MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon

This is the MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard, with the following features :

  • Supports DDR4 2667 (4 DIMMs)
  • 3 PCIe 3.0 x16, 3 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output : HDMI, DVI-D
  • Realtek ALC1220 8-Channel HD Audio
  • 6 x SATA3 ports, 2 x M.2 Socket 3 (M key)
  • 2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 port (1 x Type A, 1 x Type C), 8 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (4 Front, 4 Rear), 6 USB 2.0 (4 Front, 2 Rear)
  • Intel I211AT Gigabit LAN controller

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ASUS Reveals The Entire ASUS Z270 Motherboards Line-Up

Kuala Lumpur, 4 January 2017ASUS today announced its complete 2017 lineup of ASUS Z270 motherboards designed to maximize the potential of 7th Generation Intel Core processors. The new range includes the highly-anticipated next-generation Republic of Gamers (ROG) Maximus IX gaming motherboards — with Maximus IX Apex having already secured its place in history by claiming eight world records and 13 global first places in some of the world’s toughest benchmarks.

Also included in the lineup are the latest ROG Strix gaming motherboards for style-conscious enthusiast, the all-new ASUS Prime series for everyday customization and tuning, and the latest ASUS TUF boards with 24/7 stability and newly-added overclocking abilities. The ASUS workstation motherboard series has also been updated for the Z270 revolution — and all boards are loaded with exclusive technologies to enable users to extract every ounce of performance from Intel’s latest CPUs.

 

Built for performance: Multiple overclocking-friendly technologies

ASUS is the world’s foremost motherboard manufacturer. Our world-class research-and-development teams are devoted to providing the best performance to users, with exhaustive testing that exceeds industry standards, giving users the ability and confidence to overclock to 5.0GHz or even beyond — and all with a single click from the ready-made UEFI profile. ASUS Z270 motherboards have multiple features to aid overclockers in their endeavors.

ASUS-exclusive 5-Way Optimization dynamically optimizes essential aspects of the system based on real-time use, including the all-new Stress Test Distribution feature that allows users to adjust the proportion of CPU and DRAM stress for the best overclocking performance. As well, the latest-generation Fan Xpert 4 allows users to monitor the GPU temperature to ensure cooler usage scenarios when the graphics card is under heavy loads, such as during 3D content creation or when gaming.

ASUS Pro Clock technology has a dedicated base-clock (BCLK) generator designed for 7th Generation Intel processors, enabling overclocked base-clock frequencies of up to 425MHz and beyond. It works in tandem with the ASUS TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) to enhance voltage and base-clock overclocking control, and boosts performance up to 5.4GHz and beyond.

Third-generation ASUS T-Topology takes DDR4 memory overclocking to new heights — up to 4133MHz or even beyond. Refined manufacturing ensures ultra-consistent quality and minimal crosstalk between custom trace paths, so users can enjoy the thrill of overclocking DDR4 with time-aligned signaling for superior stability. And ASUS motherboards are tested for compatibility with industry-leading 790+ DDR4 memory modules — for great flexibility and reassurance.

 

Built for customization: Aura Sync and 3D-printable components

ASUS Aura Sync is the world’s first motherboard-RGB-synchronization technology, delivering distinctive light shows across Aura Sync-capable motherboards, graphics cards and peripherals for up to nine effects — all controlled via the simple and intuitive Aura app. The all-new Music mode is also able to pulse synchronized LEDs in time to the user’s favorite tunes. Users are able enhance their illumination still further, either via the integrated 4-pin/12V Aura RGB header or the included extension cable. Aura offers a brilliant spectrum of colors, and can even change shades to reflect the CPU temperature, providing valuable information at a glance.

ASUS has always strived to make it easier for users to customize the cosmetic appearance of their PC components, and now it has become the world’s first motherboard brand to support 3D-printed components — making it easy for users to print their own parts to customize the motherboard’s appearance, improve system performance or manage cables.

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Dedicated onboard 3D mounts that use the same screws as M.2 and standard motherboard mounting holes make fitting 3D-printed parts easy, so users can quickly add custom nameplates, cable covers, or even an M.2 fan holder to lower M.2 temperature by up to 30’C — preventing throttling. ASUS has also designed a series of 3D-printable accessories, including 2-way SLI bridge cover, fan grille, ROG-font letters and all sizes of cable combs, adding style to any build.

ASUS has also cooperated with Shapeways, the world’s largest 3D-printing service company, to launch the ASUS 3D Printing Store. This hosts the full selection of ASUS 3D-printable parts, enabling users to select the parts they want to print — replete with preferred materials and color — and order directly via Shapeways. For advanced customization, the original CAD files are available for download, allowing users to personalize them as much as they want before ordering parts via the Shapeways printing service or using their own 3D printers.

 

Record-breaking performance : Redefining limits for the 7th Gen era

The all-new ROG Maximus IX Apex motherboard is the latest ground breaking model in the ROG product family which brings players back to ROG’s roots, a one-of-kind community for world-class cutting-edge enthusiasts looking to reach the apex of gaming performance. With a performance-oriented layout, the Apex enables overclocking enthusiasts to go beyond the limits by using extreme cooling methods, including liquid nitrogen (LN2) or liquid helium (LHe)— and it’s already scored multiple world records (WRs) and global first places (GFPs), several being long-standing records.

These include the best Intel Core processors CPU frequency processors, with a record of 7.383GHz on a single core and one thread and 7.328GHz on four cores and eight threads using the Intel Core i7-7700K. It also set a reference clock (BCLK) at 584MHz and a memory frequency surpassing 5GHz, with 5041MHz. In total, the Maximus IX Apex has secured eight world records and 13 global first places, as detailed in the following table:

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ROG and ROG Strix : Defeat all challengers together with a new creed

The ROG motherboard lineup includes Maximus IX Extreme, Maximus IX Formula, Maximus IX Hero and two new models, the Maximus IX Code and Maximus IX Apex, plus a new series from ROG Strix — the latest recruit to the ROG fold. The new boards are all based on the latest Intel Z270 Chipset and engineered with leading innovations and ROG-exclusive technologies to deliver epic performance in every perspective.

The new ROG family provides the best gaming audio with the exclusive SupremeFX audio codec, best air- and water-cooling innovations, best auto-overclocking performance, plus many refined design choices and class-leading features. Also, Aura Sync and 3D-printing-friendly designs provide stylish customization for awesome gaming rigs.

Maximus IX Apex is engineered to provide the best overclocking experiences, and features a revolutionary DIMM.2 design that allows two M.2 drives to be vertically-mounted on a DDR4 interface. DIMM or case fans can then be mounted to prevent throttling, and to ensure the system never breaks a sweat. Built to surpass from the inside out, the Apex not only features a radical asymmetrical X-shaped circuit board, but more importantly, relies on the cutouts to allow the Aura Sync illumination to shine through, adding more appeal to style-conscious gaming enthusiasts. An aircraft-inspired heatsink design and illuminated custom nameplate completes Apex’s winning aesthetic.

ROG also offers two complete Z270-based water-cooling solutions — Maximus IX Extreme and Maximus IX Formula.

Maximus IX Extreme is the world’s first motherboard with integrated monoblock — expertly manufactured by Bitspower. Maximus IX Extreme is packed with ROG innovations that refine traditional solutions: The monoblock detects the flow rate of the water coolant, and has dedicated circuitry to detect both the inlet and outlet temperatures and leakage. The monoblock also integrates the neighboring M.2 heatsink for unmatched heat-dissipation to eliminate throttling — therefore improving reliability and enabling greater performance.

Maximus IX Formula’s renowned hybrid heatsink is redesigned by the cooling masters at EKWB. The new thinner fins offer a 4°C cooling improvement over the previous design ¦” delivering efficient, quiet cooling.

All ROG motherboards offer a better water-cooling experience, with onboard headers that allow water flow and water temperature sensors to be easily monitored.

ROG Strix is the all-new gaming creed, with models crafted to appeal to every type of gamer: ROG Strix Z270E Gaming, ROG Strix Z270F Gaming, ROG Strix Z270H Gaming ATX, mATX ROG Strix Z270G Gaming and mini-ITX ROG Strix Z270I Gaming. ROG Strix Z270 gaming motherboards combine bold aesthetics with premier performance and incredible SupremeFX audio to deliver unrivaled gaming experiences and style.

Unique, angular patterns inspired by the slashes of a sword lend to ROG Strix series’ striking visual accents, and a reflective polychrome ROG logo emblazoned on a diamond-cut metal nameplate shines as a mark of gaming pride. Additionally, Aura Sync technology adds a burst of vibrancy as it syncs with Aura-enabled components for a system that glows in a nearly infinite spectrum of colors.

 

ASUS Prime : Primed to outclass

ASUS Prime is the next evolution of the ASUS motherboard, born of a pedigree that stretches all the way back to 1989. Our team of world-class engineers are passionate about empowering everyone to enjoy the benefits of customization and tuning, and the driving force behind the development of Prime is to make advanced enthusiast controls easily accessible — maximizing performance, stability and compatibility for the very best DIY PC experiences.

Prime features ASUS-exclusive 5-Way Optimization for one-click full-system tuning, with upgraded auto-tuning easily overclock up to 4.8GHz or beyond and an upgraded Fan Xpert 4 with the ability to monitor GPU temperatures for cooler gaming. Third-gen T-Topology pushes DDR4 to 3866MHz and beyond, with ultra-consistent quality and minimal crosstalk, while 5X Protection III offers multiple hardware safeguards include all-new SafeSlot core, featuring a fortified design that is anchored to the motherboard by a special hook, which provides 1.6x stronger retention and 1.3x greater shearing resistance than standard expansion slots.

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Prime series motherboards also include ASUS-exclusive Aura Sync with an integrated 4-pin RGB header to offer synchronized illumination with Aura Sync-capable hardware, plus a dedicated 3D mount for 3D-printing-friendly design. Prime series also refines audio experiences with the S1220A codec. Designed in close collaboration with Realtek, the codec improves performance to provide 120dB signal-to-noise ratio for the stereo line-out and 113dB SNR for the line-in, to capture pristine audio; and has an impedance-sensing circuit that automatically adjusts the gain to ensure the optimal volume range for headphones. Integrated DTS Headphone:X technology delivers immersive 3D surround sound for rich audio experiences.

Ultra-fast connectivity is also a key theme of the all-new Prime Z270 series, with up to dual M.2 slots to tap into 32Gbps of PCI Express (PCIe) bandwidth, and USB 3.1 Type-A and reversible Type-C. Most Prime series motherboards also supports Intel Optane memory. Prime Z270-A and Z270-AR also includes ASUS SLI HB Bridge (2-Way-M), a quick-to-fit expansion card that doubles the available transfer bandwidth to provide silky-smooth surround gaming, which compatible with NVIDIA Titan X, GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 graphics cards

 

ASUS TUF : Unconditionally tough with 24/7 reliability

TUF is where ambition for reliably brilliant performance meets reality. Some of the world’s most respected independent testing laboratories have certified TUF components as fit for military use. We are so confident of the reliability and durability of our products that each and every TUF motherboard is backed by a five-year warranty.

For the first time, TUF motherboards are made for overclocking. Implementing a new engineering-intensive DRAM layout, the third-generation ASUS T-Topology delivers new DDR4-overclocking dynamics to let users push memory frequencies further than ever — all the way up to 3866MHz if all memory slots are being utilized.

Pro Clock is the ASUS-exclusive base-clock generator that pushes base-clock frequencies up to 425MHz with 7th Generation Intel CPUs, taking TUF system performance to extreme heights. The boards also include Thermal Radar 2+ with TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) for efficient operation from precise voltage control and monitoring — all managed with a single click.

ASUS TUF engineers have forged TUF ICe, a dedicated processor that monitors onboard temperature sensors and fan speeds for ultra-accurate cooling, whether adjusting settings manually or using the automatic one-click optimization via Thermal Radar 2+ and TUF Detective 2. Thermal Radar 2+ lets users control fans on ASUS graphics cards as well as case fans. Multiple onboard sensors enable the monitoring of onboard temperatures as well as GPU temperatures while gaming and content-creating, for instant real-time cooling – with users able to make adjustments manually or optimize automatically, with a single click.

TUF Thermal Armor is a strong, futuristic shield with built-in Aura RGB illumination that adds eye-catching aesthetics to every TUF Z270 system. It looks great and offers another way to keep things cool. Users just need to connect an additional fan to boost airflow to the heat-sensitive voltage-regulator module — this reduces area temperatures by up to 18.9’C.

Similar to the Prime Series, TUF Z270 provides immersive 3D surround sound with Realtek S1220A and Crystal Sound 3, and DTS Headphone:X Technology.

TUF Z270 series is carefully engineered to work seamlessly with a wide range of high-performance workstation graphics cards. The ASUS promise of great compatibility is backed by our comprehensive Qualified Vendor List (QVL) that includes leading brands and products — so users can be certain of compatibility before buying that perfect graphics card.

 

ASUS Workstations : Engineered for professional performance

ASUS workstation motherboards have also been upgraded for the Z270 era. Z270-WS features ASUS 5-Way Optimization to dynamically optimize performance with a click — ensuring the whole system is tuned to its optimal potential based on real-time use.

Z270-WS has four PCI Express x16 slots, protected by reinforced ASUS SafeSlot technology, and able to carry up to four dual-slot graphic cards. Supporting NVIDIA GeForce SLI, NVIDIA Quadro SLI, and AMD CrossFireX, Z270-WS is an excellent choice for designers and other professionals that depend on powerful graphic — so it’s perfect for design and modeling, processing-intensive simulation, and 3D-rendering applications.

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Similar to the Prime Series, Z270-WS is fitted with Realtek S1220A and Crystal Sound 3. And with newly-added DTS Headphone:X Technology, the Z270-WS delivers flawless audio with immersive 3D surrounding sound.

Z270-WS also offers scalable high-speed storage and expandable connectivity, with dual M.2 and dual U.2 on demand — for up to 32Gbps of PCIe bandwidth. Z270-WS provides great backward compatibility with integrated USB 3.1 Type-A, plus future-proof connectivity in the shape of reversible USB 3.1 Type-C — all protected by the stainless-steel back I/O shield. In addition to up to 10Gbps transfer speeds, Z270-WS also supports ASUS Thunderbolt 3, a quick-to-fit expansion card for blistering transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps. It also has built-in dual Intel Gigabit LAN, making connections to multiple networks both easy and convenient.

 

ASUS Z270 motherboards models available in Malaysia

 

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The BIOSTAR RACING Z270GT9 Is Officially Launched!

Taipei, 3 January 2017 – BIOSTAR is proud to announce its latest motherboard supporting the 7th-generation of Intel Core series processors with the announcement of the BIOSTAR RACING Z270GT9. Featuring the latest Intel Z270 chipset, this motherboard supports LGA1151 processors for the latest in performance and power as well as the best features including support for DDR4-3600+ high-speed memory, six PCI-E x16 3.0 slots, and two USB 3.1 (TYPE A+C) ports amongst others.

Built upon reliability, the new BIOSTAR RACING Z270GT9 features enhanced endurance and stability under intense conditions which is a great advantage for gamers thanks to its improved power design named Digital Power+ which features IR digital PWM controller and PowIRstage IC which offer excellent stability and voltage delivery whilst operating cooler and more reliable under load than competing designs. The BIOSTAR RACING Z270GT9 features 14-phase power design complimented with all solid capacitors for a stable overclocking experience.

 

BIOSTAR RACING Z270GT9

New Features to Enhance Gaming Performance

Break limits and enjoy uninhibited speed with BIOSTAR performance features that offer speed that gamers need to dominate their games. These new features will bring a new level of experience for gamers and enthusiasts.

M.2 Cooling Protection

BIOSTAR RACING 2nd-generation motherboards will be the first to have an M.2 heatsink that features ultra-high cooling efficiency to protect M.2 devices connected to the onboard M.2 slot and chipset from thermal issues thus expanding M.2 device lifespan for long-term usage and overall stable operation even under high system load.

Intel 10GbE LAN

Intel’s X550 chipset supports 10GbE LAN, delivering 10 times faster data transfer speed and bandwidth than traditional GbE LAN as well as bringing with it lower power consumption. Together with the latest Intel 7th-generation processors, this will be the fastest motherboards for online game.

Digital Power+

Perfect for overclockers, Digital Power+ uses IR’s digital power controller to bring your PC and processor exceptionally high-performance and ultra-stable operation. BIOSTAR RACING motherboards offer excellent stability and voltage delivery with exceptionally cool operating temperatures maintaining great reliability under load than competing designs.

Lightning Charger

The new 2nd-generation BIOSTAR RACING motherboards will be the first to have the new Lightning Charger which helps the battery of enabled devices, including smartphones or tablets, to achieve up to 75% charge in just 30 minutes. It supports QC2.0 (12V/1.5A output), Apple Mode (5V /2.4A) and BC1.2.

Dual High-Speed U.2 32Gb/s Connector

Two high-speed U.2 connectors that support the latest high-speed storage solutions allow this motherboard to utilize more storage giving you the option flexibility and scalability together with the speed that U.2 offers. This unique technology uses PCI Express 3.0 x4 for a maximum of 32Gb/s of bandwidth resulting in transfer rates as fast as 6.5x more than traditional SATA solid-state drives. Combine two for high-performance or high-integrity with RAID support. The motherboard supports RAID0/1/5 configurations for security or speed.

To compliment the performance of this motherboard, BIOSTAR is also proud to be the first its special bundle for upgraders, enthusiasts and system builders upgrading to the new Intel 200-series platform which brings support for Intel’s new Optane technology.

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Buy BIOSTAR Z270GT8 or Z270GT9 get Intel 600p series SSD, the latest storage technology from Intel running on PCI-Express Gen3 x4 speeds for unrivaled speeds versus traditional mechanical hard drives. BIOSTAR is offering this introductory promotion for everyone to experience the power of the new Intel platform offering incredibly amazing performance and great value together with BIOSTAR motherboards. BIOSTAR is the first brand to bring together this bundle and offer it to gamers for the best experience on their new systems.

The BIOSTAR RACING Z270GT9 & Intel 600P 256GB M.2 SSD Bundle will have an MSRP of $399 while the BIOSTAR RACING Z270GT8 & Intel 600p 256GB M.2 SSD will have an MSRP of $329. BIOSTAR will also be releasing the following models under the RACING series: Z270GT8, Z270GT6, Z270GT4, B250GT5, B250GT3.

BIOSTAR introduces new features to further enhance the degree of performance and style that the BIOSTAR RACING series is known for. Some of these features include the new and improved VIVID LED Armor, 5050 LED Fun Zone as well new ones like Lightning Charger and Intel 10GbE LAN. From excellent power delivery for a more stable operating all the way to new ways of improve the visual appeal and style of your system to make it stand out and pop for your next theme. Combined, these new features will bring a new level of experience for gamers and enthusiasts.

Intel 600p Series SSD: Optimized for a Better PC Experience

Experience new heights of performance on your PC with new Intel 600p series SSDs designed to accelerate both work and play. Experience and create 4K video content and watch it seamlessly while you work with your productivity software and enjoy gaming everyday with Intel 600p series SSD that provides improved power efficiency and performance than traditional hard drives. Utilizing fast PCIe Gen 3 x4 interface, the Intel 600p joins the Intel 3D NAND SSD product family.

BIOSTAR is also giving out to users free invite code content bonus packs which includes premium gifts for World of Tanks gamers in Asia server with all BIOSTAR RACING series motherboards with Intel 200-series chipset.

 

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BIOSTAR Racing Z170GTN Mini-ITX Motherboard Announced

Taipeh, 12 September 2016 –  BIOSTAR is pleased to announce its latest and greatest motherboard to join the prestigious RACING series motherboard family with the unveiling of the BIOSTAR Z170GTN mini-ITX motherboard.

Everything that makes the RACING series motherboards from BIOSTAR now comes in a tiny form factor giving you all the power you need without compromising size and space. Gamers who want unrestricted performance but want a compact machine for their entertainment and gaming needs, the BIOSTAR RACING Z170GTN delivers everything you need.

 

BIOSTAR RACING Z170GTN

The BIOSTAR RACING Z170GTN allows full control of your system with support for unlocked 6th-generation Intel Core processors allowing you to fully maximize the capability of your system and increase performance. Support for memory speeds up to DDR4-3200 allows high-speed memory to compliment the overclocked system for improved responsiveness.

The Intel Z170 chipset allows a full array of connectivity including rich USB3.0 connection and high-speed storage via built-in U.2 connector with up to 32Gbps bandwidth for next-generation storage allowing users to utilize the fastest storage platforms of today for super-fast access to data so games load faster so you can get to the action quicker.

BIOSTAR RACING Z170GTN supports full-speed x16 PCIe 3.0 x16 graphics cards for maximum support for the latest graphics card from both AMD or NVIDIA allowing gamers to enjoy unhindered performance with their latest graphics card.

BIOSTAR RACING signature stylish feature that allows gamers to be able to show-off their personal style is back with the RACING Z170GTN with BIOSTAR’s exclusive VIVID LED DJ and 5050 LED FUN joining the B150GTN as the world’s first mini-ITX motherboard with full RGB LED control for both onboard lighting and external lights. Both of these features allows customizable lighting for gamers who want a color-themed rig making your system the flash with brilliance.

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To compliment the colorful offering of the VIVID LED DJ function, BIOSTAR is giving everyone purchases a BIOSTAR RACING Z170GTN an exclusive free gift: get a free BIOSTAR VIVID LED FAN to stylize your chassis absolutely free with ALL BIOSTAR RACING SERIES motherboards including the BIOSTAR RACING Z170GTN.

The VIVID LED Fan features full customizable color and lighting effects to compliment your RACING series motherboard. Install your own custom 5050 LED strip and customize your system, fully supported by the BIOSTAR RACING series motherboards and controlled by the VIVID LED DJ software.

BIOSTAR equips the RACING Z170GTN with its high-quality BIOSTAR HI-FI audio solution for full aural immersion in your entertainment experience. High-powered and high-clarity brings excellent sound quality to your system and supports high-impedance headphones. Featuring BIOSTAR’s unique Hi-Fi Ground isolation technology, analog signals are isolated from the rest of the board for the purest audio digital reproduction.

With upgraders in mind, BIOSTAR has placed a legacy PS/2 port in the RACING Z170GTN to allow players who prefer legacy peripherals to still use their devices on this motherboard. Video display output via DVI and HDMI are present with four (4) USB3.0 ports for high-speed connection to modern devices. A vertical M.2 slot allows a Wi-Fi card to be installed for added flexibility of wireless network connection or added high-speed solid-state storage.

 

BIOSTAR Racing Series Features

 

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Elitegroup Launches ECS H110S-2P & LIVA Pro Mini PC

Taipeh, Taiwan – Professional motherboard manufacturer, Elitegroup, worked together with Intel to research and develop the new product, ECS H110S-2P. Its Mini-STX form factor extends high performance and flexibility to something as small as a hand. The New LIVA Pro mini PC is based on the H110S-2P providing our users best performance and trim choice.

Mini-STX (147mm × 140mm) was defined by Intel and ECS as the next generation form factor. It’s smaller than mini-ITX (147mm × 140mm) and reduce the layout space of the PCB by 29%. However, ECS H110S-2P and LIVA Pro still keep various design features and components on such a narrow and small space.

You can choose any standard LGA115x CPU cooler to make the platform as cool as possible. It supports 6th LGA1151 Processors without special regulations products, as well. Just choose a suitable chassis to be a builder of a One-Liter computer with our mini-STX motherboard design.

ECS H110S-2P and LIVA Pro holds the philosophy of “Less is more” to make things easier. Both new products support Intel LGA1151 TDP 65W CPU, flexibly and match with Intel H110 chipset. Most important of all, the I/O is composed of SATA 6Gbps , USB 3.0 Type-C , GbE LAN , 802.11AC / BT 4.0 , Intel Dual-channel technology and RS232 Port. Dual display outputs are offered, in order to level up efficiency and productivity.

Health Winston, Director, Intel Desktop chipset & Customer marketing even said that “The Mini Socket Technology Extended (Mini-STX) platform brings the performance and the configuration flexibility of traditional tower desktops to mini PCs. The LIVA Pro from ECS is a great example of cooperation between Intel and ECS to drive innovative solutions on Desktop.”

ECS H110S-2P and LIVA Pro are better than ATX/M-ATX PC with lower power consumption and light volume case. Also, ECS H110S-2P and LIVA Pro are better than Intel NUC SoC PC with various I/O, flexible CPU choice and strong performance. So, perfect satisfaction is guaranteed for your business/education/IPC solution needs when using the ECS H110S-2P and LIVA Pro.

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ECS H110S-2P & LIVA Pro Mini PC Specification

 

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New ASUS Lifestyle & Gaming Products At Computex 2016

Taipei, 31st May, 2016 — ASUS today announced its outstanding Computex 2016 showcase, including the latest X99 Series and ASUS TUF Sabertooth motherboards, the impressive ASUS Swift PG258 gaming monitor and the ASUS Designo Curve MX34VQ curved display.

Other ASUS innovations on show at Booth 0410 in the Nangang Exhibition Hall include the stylish ASUS Designo, ASUS ProArt and ZenView Series monitors, ASUS mini and stick PCs, wireless solutions, and other accessories. ASUS also announced the Powered by ASUS program — a partnership program that features desktop PCs with award-winning ASUS hardware built by the company’s established PC partners. This program offers systems that cater to the varying needs of different users, while still giving them the very best performance and reliability.

 

All-new X99 Series and TUF motherboards, and ASUS Beyond VR Ready program

The latest ASUS X99 Series motherboards are ASUS Aura-ready, and feature onboard controllable RGB lighting and a 4-pin RGB header. 5-Way Optimization features the newly-upgraded Fan Xpert 4 that gives users even more customized cooling options. Users can control PWM/DC fans on all headers, utilize high-amperage fans and control water-cooling pumps via the UEFI BIOS or an intuitive software interface. 5-Way Optimization also features the ASUS Turbo Core app that lets users take advantage of the latest Intel Turbo Boost Technology and assign application priority according to processor-core performance ranking for optimum performance.

X99 Series motherboards feature ASUS SafeSlot — a manufacturing process that fuses a metal plate to the PCIe slot housing to strengthen and prevent damage to the slots, and helps keeps graphics cards firmly in place. Internal tests show that ASUS SafeSlot provides 1.6X the retention and 1.8X the shearing resistance over reference boards.

TUF Sabertooth 990FX R3.0 features a printed circuit board with a gun-metal gray digital camouflage pattern and a quantum-dot LED (QLED) indicator. TUF Sabertooth 990FX R3.0 delivers the very best component protection thanks to SafeSlot, while three-way RGB illumination and controls ensure the best lighting for customized builds.

In addition, ASUS is working closely with leading industry partners to ensure that a wide range of ASUS motherboards, including the latest X99 Series motherboards, work seamlessly with the new generation of fully-immersive VR headsets and accessories. The ASUS Beyond VR Ready program is a distinctive assurance of compatibility that gives confidence to consumers keen to gear up for the virtual-reality (VR) gaming revolution.

 

Make it your own: The ASUS 3D Printing Project

ASUS welcomes a new era of PC customization by being the first motherboard brand to support 3D-printable parts, an initiative that allows hobbyists, enthusiasts and modders to add unique modifications to their ROG Strix X99 Gaming and ROG Rampage V Edition 10 motherboards. These boards feature easily swappable parts, enabling passionate DIYers to design and 3D-print their own replacement name plates and logos in a variety of colors and materials to match their themed builds. This exciting development brings a whole new world of personalization to the DIY PC experience.

Visitors to the ROG motherboard zone at Computex will be able to view stunningly modded ROG Strix X99 Gaming, ROG Rampage V Edition 10, X99-DELUXE II and TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 motherboards, created by the ASUS Design Center. Designed to showcase the amazing possibilities presented by this innovative 3D printing project, these motherboards have been customized with parts printed on professional-grade 3D printers. To achieve an unbelievable quality of finish, these parts have then been carefully sandblasted and polished to perfection.

The four boards on display each have their own unique theme, and use a wide range of high-quality 3D-printed parts — personalized nameplates, sturdy GPU holders, chassis fan holders, DRAM fan covers, cable management kits and much more. For users who simply want an easy way to add their own unique touches to their build, there is a range of creative, colorful nameplates and logos that give them the freedom to express their unique personal style with a minimum of fuss.

ASUS will release the 3D design source files for the customized parts showcased at Computex. Users can download these files from the ROG website forum and have these parts 3D-printed for their very own builds.

 

Unique case mods created by enthusiasts

While most case modders go for strong, impactful looks, ASUS enthusiast Hsia takes a more subtle approach with her Girl’s Dream mod by adding a feminine touch to the X99-Deluxe II. Her elegant white and pink case mod features several 3D-printed accessories, floral motifs on the outside, additional floral and rocking horse elements on the inside, and pink LED inserts.

Modder Alexander Hede features Duplex TUF — two case mods that are based on the TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark I and the Sabertooth Z170 S motherboards. His black and white digital camouflage-liveried builds showcase the robustness of TUF boards, with each featuring half of the TUF shield logo. The white mod features white LEDs, while the black mod glows orange when lit. When placed side by side, both mods complete the shield to create an illuminated TUF logo.

 

Aura RGB lighting synchronization

The Aura RGB LED synchronization concept showcases synchronized LED effects across multiple devices including the latest ROG Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard, ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080, the 27-inch Aura-ready gaming monitor, ROG Claymore keyboard and Aura-ready RGB strips via the motherboard’s onboard 4-pin RGB header.
ASUS is at the forefront of the RGB revolution and is dedicated to taking it to the next level. As more and more products become Aura-ready, ASUS is looking into ways to consolidate Aura lighting control and synchronize its effects across multiple components and products to further elevate the PC experience as a cohesive whole, and not just individual parts.

 

ROG Swift PG258Q gaming monitor

ROG Swift PG258Q is a 24.5-inch gaming monitor that features a Full HD (1920 x 1080) panel with a native 240Hz refresh rate. Swift PG258Q has a 1ms gray-to-gray (GTG) response time and built-in NVIDIA® G-SYNC technology to elim/inate lag and frame rate stutter for the smoothest, fastest, and most breathtaking gaming visuals imaginable. Its narrow bezel design makes it perfect for expansive multi-display setups.

Swift PG258Q has a revolutionary design finished in ROG’s new Armor Titanium and Plasma Copper color scheme, and has built-in ROG light effects on its stand to add ambience to gaming set-ups. In addition, Swift PG258Q features ASUS GamePlus in-game enhancements and ASUS GameVisual technology for optimized gaming visuals.

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Technologies with Style and Substance

Monitors

ASUS Designo Curve MX34VQ is a 34-inch curved monitor with a frameless 1800R curvature 3440 x 1440 ultra-wide QHD panel. Every point on the 21:9 aspect ratio curved display is equidistant to the viewers’ eyes, making for an even more immersive viewing experience. In addition, MX34VQ features 8-Watt stereo speakers incorporating Harman Kardon and ASUS SonicMaster audio technology, as well as a Qi wireless charging pad on its stand for Qi-enabled devices.

ASUS Designo MX27UC is an elegant 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) monitor with USB Type-C connectivity. The USB 3.1 Type-C port can be used for data transmission and power delivery, and functions as an alternate DisplayPort input. It has an in-plane switching (IPS) technology panel and a wide 100% sRGB color gamut for crisp, stunning images. It has classic lines, an ultra-slim 1.25cm profile, a stylish sundial-inspired stand, and a metallic Icicle Gold finish. ASUS SonicMaster audio, incorporating ICEpower®, Bang & Olufsen technology, gives Designo MX27UC crystal-clear sound.

The 32-inch ASUS ProArt 5K UHD professional monitor provides stunning 5120 x 2880 resolution images through as single DisplayPort connection. Designed for graphics professionals, it has a wide color gamut with 100% Rec. 709, 99.5% Adobe RGB and 95% DCI-P3 color-space support. The ASUS ProArt PA27AQ monitor features a 2560 x 1440 WQHD panel with a 100% sRGB gamut. With a frameless design on all four sides, it is ideal for multi-display setups.

Both ProArt monitors feature the exclusive ASUS ProArt Calibration Technology, which includes color accuracy tuning and uniformity compensation for easy monitor calibration. It offers overall data mapping, correlation and calibration, and saves all color parameter profiles on the display’s internal scaler IC chip instead of the PC, so users do not have to recalibrate settings whenever the display is hooked up to different computers.

The new 15.6-inch ASUS ZenView portable monitor features its own foldable smart case. It can also be propped up by inserting a pen into the little hole in the corner of the monitor so that it becomes a stand. The case has a super-narrow frame design that does not intrude on the display, and is just 8mm thin.

 

Business networking with ASUS BRT-AC828/M2

ASUS BRT-AC828/M2 is an 802.11ac router designed for startups or small businesses, branch offices, or classrooms. It features a 4×4 MIMO antenna design and ASUS AiRadar beamforming to provide users with fast and stable Wi-Fi coverage. Dual wide-area network (WAN) ports provide ultimate speed and reliability with a combined data rate of up to 2Gbps and a backup connection. It features an M.2 SSD slot for fast data transfers and larger storage capacity for backing up files.
The BRT-AC828/M2’s Captive Portal function lets business owners customize their free Wi-Fi welcome page for customers; while the RADIUS server and Device Group features let administrators manage all devices on the network with ease.

 

ASUS Mini PCs and other devices

The ASUS VivoMini UN66 board is ASUS’s first 4 x 4in motherboard with the latest 6th-generation Intel Core ‘Skylake’ processor, and it can support two DDR4 RAM modules. This compact board can be specified with an optional multi-storage option that can accommodate up to three storage drives, and features two SATA ports and one M.2 socket for added storage flexibility. It has 4K UHD graphics support, and extensive connectivity thanks to VGA, HDMI and serial (COM) ports, as well as two custom connectors. This makes VivoMini UN66 ideal for a wide range of uses, including PCs, digital signage, intelligent vending machines, kiosks and POS systems.

The ASUS MiniPC 5 x 5in mini-STX board and kit utilizes the new Intel mini-STX motherboard and is powered by desktop-grade 6th-generation Intel Core ‘Skylake’ processors. It can accommodate two DDR4 2133MHz SO-DIMM RAM modules and features USB 3.0 Type-C, M.2, and SATA 6Gbps support.

The ASUS Travelair AC 2 is a palm-sized wireless flash drive with dual-band connectivity and power bank capabilities. It connects to a wide range of mobile devices to allow users to share large HD video files or images or backup their data easily. Travelair AC 2 has ultra-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi to give users 3X the data speeds of other wireless storage devices. A built-in battery provides up to 12 hours of continuous use, and can also be used as a 3300mAh power bank to charge mobile devices.
ASUS ZenDrive U8M is a stylish ultra-slim DVD writer that can be hooked up to a smartphone via a cable connection. This lets users play audio CDs or backup data stored in their smartphones onto a CD or DVD.

ASUS Impresario SBW-S2 is a DVD writer that features 4K UHD Blu-Ray support, 2D to 3D DVD conversion and DVD upscaling. It provides true 7.1-channel surround sound, as well as virtual surround sound capabilities. A 114dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) ensures high-definition audio, while an integrated 600-ohm headphone amplifier with two gain settings deliver optimized sound.

 

ASUS SmartHome

The award-winning ASUS SmartHome is a comprehensive range of smart home solutions that allows users to interact with the ASUS SmartHome Gateway and numerous home appliances via a user-friendly app on their mobile devices. Designed to create a safe and energy-efficient living space, users can access smart home features provided by ASUS SmartHome devices such as the Smart Appliance Dongle, Smart Door Lock, Open/Close Sensor, Motion Sensor and Siren, and the combined Meter Plug and Temperature/Humidity Sensor.

The Smart Appliance Dongle is compatible with appliances that comply with the Taiwan Smart Energy Industry Association (TaiSEIA) 101 standard. The dongle utilizes Zigbee wireless signals to let users control or interact with home appliances like air conditioners, humidifiers, refrigerators and washing machines via the ASUS SmartHome app. These compatible appliances can also be linked to other SmartHome sensors. The dongle additionally functions as a signal repeater to extend the range of the Zigbee signal.

Smart Door Lock features an exclusive and robust anti-tamper design, and works in tandem with the wide-angle Motion Sensor and Siren to let the resident know of any movement at the front door and alerts them when an intruder tries to tamper with the lock. The Main Switch function prevents all electronic access to Smart Door Lock and switches all connected sensors to their secure modes, and can only be unlocked by using a physical key. Smart Door Lock’s anti-tamper design and Main Switch functions are designed to keep homes secure and safe.

To save the environment and electricity bills, the Meter Plug and Temperature/Humidity Sensor lets users monitor household power consumption and set on/off schedules for various appliances, they can even turn the air conditioning on right before they come home.

ASUS SmartHome is also compatible with ASUS VivoBaby — a wearable sensor that monitors a baby’s body temperature and heart rate. Once connected to ASUS SmartHome, VivoBaby can trigger an alert and send a message to parents’ mobile phones if it senses a sudden rise in temperature or a drop in heart rate.

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The ASRock Z170 Extreme4 Motherboard Review Rev. 2.0

ASRock is a relatively new motherboard manufacturer, and it shows in their designs. They are more willing to come up with edgier designs, with a particular emphasis on marketing-friendly features. Today, we are going to take a look at one of their Intel Z170-based motherboards – the ASRock Z170 Extreme4.

Updated @ 2016-05-03 : Updated the review with additional information, particularly with regards to its PCI Express and SATA Express ports.

 

ASRock Z170 Extreme4 Specifications

SpecificationsASRock Z170 Extreme4
ChipsetIntel Z170
CPU Support6th Generation Intel Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron processors (Socket 1151)
- Supports Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology
- Supports Intel K-Series unlocked CPUs
- Supports ASRock BCLK & Hyper BCLK Engine Full-range Overclocking
CPU Power10-phase digital power design
Memory SupportUp to 64 GB of non-ECC, unbuffered DDR4 memory
- Four DDR4 DIMM slots with 15 μ gold-plated contacts (dual-channel)
- Supports up to DDR4-3866+ (OC) with a single memory module
- Supports DDR4-3600 (OC) / DDR4-3200 (OC) / DDR4-2933 (OC) / DDR4-2800 (OC) / DDR4-2400 (OC) / DDR4-2133
- Supports ECC UDIMM memory modules (operating in non-ECC mode)
- Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) 2.0
BIOSTwo 128 Mbits AMI UEFI BIOS with multilingual GUI support
- Supports Secure Backup UEFI Technology
- ACPI 5.0 & SMBIOS 2.7 Compliant
- Supports CPU, DRAM, PCH 1.0V, VCCIO, VCCSA voltage adjustments
Processor Graphics Support- Supports Intel HD Graphics with up to 1792 MB shared memory
- Built-in DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort 1.2 output supports triple monitors
- Maximum DVI-D resolution : 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
- Maximum HDMI resolution : 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 3840 x 2160 @ 30 Hz
- Maximum DisplayPort resolution : 4096 x 2304 @ 60 Hz
Audio SupportASRock Purity Sound 3
- Realtek ALC1150 7.1-channel HD audio codec
- Nichicon Fine Gold series capacitors, 115 dB SND DAC with two Ti NE5532 amplifiers
LAN SupportIntel I219V Gigabit LAN
- Supports Energy-Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
- Supports Lightning & ESD Protection
Expansion Slots3 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots
- x16 with single card / x8-x8 with two cards / x8-x8-x4 with three cards
- Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX, 3-Way CrossFireX and CrossFireX
- Supports NVIDIA Quad SLI and SLI

3 x PCI Express 3.0 x1 slots (Flexible PCIe design)
Storage Ports3 x SATA Express (10 Gb/s) ports with RAID 0/1/5/10 support
- each can be converted into two SATA 3 (6.0 Gb/s) ports

1 x Ultra M.2 socket
- Supports Type 2230 / 2242 / 2260 / 2280 / 22110 M.2 modules
- Supports M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen 3 x4
Connectors- 1 x COM Port Header
- 1 x TPM Header
- 1 x Power LED and Speaker Header
- 2 x CPU Fan Connectors (4-pin) (Smart Fan Speed Control)
- 3 x Chassis Fan Connectors (4-pin) (Smart Fan Speed Control)
- 1 x 24 pin ATX Power Connector
- 1 x 8 pin 12V Power Connector (Hi-Density Power Connector)
- 1 x Front Panel Audio Connector
- 1 x Thunderbolt™ AIC Connector
- 2 x USB 2.0 Headers (Support 4 USB 2.0 ports) (ASRock Full Spike Protection)
- 1 x USB 3.0 Header (ASRock Full Spike Protection)
- 1 x Dr. Debug with LED
- 1 x Power Switch with LED
- 1 x Reset Switch with LED
Rear Panel I/O- 1 x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard Port
- 1 x DVI-D Port
- 1 x HDMI Port
- 1 x DisplayPort 1.2
- 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
- 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A Port (10 Gb/s) (ASMedia ASM1142) (Supports ESD Protection)
- 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s) (ASMedia ASM1142) (Supports ESD Protection)
- 6 x USB 3.0 Ports (Intel Z170) (Supports ESD Protection)
- 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
- 1 x Clear CMOS Switch
- HD Audio Jacks: Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone
Hardware Sensors- CPU & chassis temperature sensors and fan tachometers
- Case Open detection
- Voltage monitoring for +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Vcore, DRAM, VPPM, PCH 1.0V, VCCIO, VCCSA
Form FactorFull ATX
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 10 / 8 / 8.1 / 7
Certifications- FCC, CE, WHQL
- ErP/EuP ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required)

 

Unboxing The ASRock Z170 Extreme4

The ASRock Z170 Extreme4 comes in a typical motherboard box – a large cardboard box with its key features printed on the underside. Let us show you what’s inside the box in this unboxing video…

Inside, the box is divided into two layers by a simple cardboard insert. Under it is the ASRock Z170 Extreme4 motherboard in an anti-static bag with a pink polyethylene anti-static sheet wrapped around it.

When you remove everything, you will find the following items :

Page 2 > The Motherboard, CPU Power & Performance, DDR4 Memory

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The ASRock Z170 Extreme4 Motherboard

The ASRock Z170 Extreme4 is a full ATX-sized motherboard that boasts the following key features :

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  1. ASRock Super Alloy
  2. Supports 6th Generation Intel Core Processors (Socket 1151)
  3. Digi Power, 10 Power Phase design
  4. Supports DDR4 3866+(OC) memory modules
  5. 3 PCIe 3.0 x16, 3 PCIe 3.0 x1
  6. NVIDIA Quad SLI, AMD 3-Way CrossFireX
  7. Graphics Output Options: DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2
  8. Supports Triple Monitor
  9. 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1150 Audio Codec), Supports Purity Sound 3 & DTS Connect
  10. 3 SATA Express, 6 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
  11. 2 USB 3.1 (1 Type-C & 1 Type-A), 8 USB 3.0 (2 Front, 6 Rear)
  12. Supports Full Spike Protection, ASRock Live Update & APP Shop

We also prepared a special video to show you the key design features of the ASRock Z170 Extreme4 motherboard. Enjoy!

 

CPU Power & Performance

The ASRock Z170 Extreme4 motherboard features a 10-phase power design. This is most likely an 8+2 design, with 8 phases dedicated to the CPU. That ensures a cooler and more efficient power conversion compared to voltage regulator modules (VRM) with fewer phases. Its MOSFETs and inductors are kept cool by large aluminium alloy heatsinks, which helps ensure reliability and longevity of the VRM.

The Z170 Extreme4 uses digital pulse-width modulation (PWM) to control its VRM. The PWM is critical in ensuring a stable power supply. Although high quality (and expensive) analog PWM exists, digital PWM allows for more accurate control of the power frequency and modulation.

ASRock also equipped the Z170 Extreme4 with Nichicon 12K Platinum capacitors, which not only boasts faster response times and lower voltage noise but also a much longer lifespan (12,000 hours @ 105 °C). In general – this motherboard is designed to last.

To support CPU coolers with two fans, or a DIMM cooler, the ASRock Z170 Extreme4 has two CPU fan headers placed at the top of the board, right next to the four DIMM slots. Finally, the Z170 Extreme4 features an external base clock generator, which gives you finer control of the BLCK frequency- in 0.0625 MHz steps. Of course, the utility of such fine control of the BCLK clock is questionable…

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DDR4 Memory Slots

The ASRock Z170 Extreme4 motherboard has four DDR4 DIMM slots, their contacts gold-plated to protect them against oxidation and corrosion. Even though the Intel Z170 chipset only supports non-ECC memory, these DIMM slots can accept ECC memory modules – with their ECC capability disabled.

The Intel Z170 chipset only supports DDR4 memory up to 2133 MHz in frequency, but the Z170 Extreme4 allows for overclocked memory clock speeds of up to 3600 MHz with selected modules. It even supports 3866 MHz, but only if a single memory module is installed.

Page 3 > PCI Express, Ultra M.2, SATA Ports

 

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PCI Express Slots

The ASRock Z170 Extreme4 motherboard has 6 PCI Express slots – 3 full-sized PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, and 3 much smaller PCI Express 3.0 x1 slots. The top-most PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot (PCIE2) operates at full x16 speed with a single card.

If you have two graphics cards, you will need to install them in PCIE2 and PCIE4 and they will both run at x8 speed. If you install a third graphics cards in the PCIE6 slot, it will only run at x4 speed.

The three PCI Express 3.0 x1 slots are of the flexible design. That basically means an open-ended slot. This allows you to use any PCI Express card in those x1 slots, even x16 cards. The only downside is that they will only run at x1 speed.

 

Ultra M.2 Socket

The Ultra M.2 socket is a unique ASRock feature. The M.2 socket is usually connected to the Z170 chipset using two PCI Express lanes. ASRock has instead connected the M.2 socket directly to the Intel Core processor using four PCI Express lanes. This not only doubles the maximum bandwidth to 32 Gbits/s (4 GB/s), it also reduces the M.2 socket’s latency.

Of course, you will need an M.2 SSD that supports PCIe x4. Even so, PCIe x2 SSDs may benefit slightly from the lower latencies associated with the Ultra M.2 socket being directly connected to the CPU, bypassing the Z170 chipset.

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SATA Ports

The ASRock Z170 Extreme4 specifications officially quotes 3 SATA Express ports as well as 6 standard SATA 3 ports. However, that is not really the case – it only comes with 3 SATA Express ports.

Of course, each SATA Express port can be “converted” into 2 standard SATA 3 ports. After all, the SATA Express port is really just two SATA 3 ports with a smaller PCI Express port that delivers two PCIe lanes. So you can attach up to 3 SATA Express devices, or 6 SATA devices, or any combinations in between.

Depending on how many drives you intend to use in your system, this may or may not be sufficient. The stacked side-facing SATA ports also may prove to be troublesome. In tight cases, you may not be able to access the lower SATA Express port, depriving you of the opportunity to attach a SATA Express device, or two SATA devices.

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ASRock Purity Sound 3

The ASRock Z170 Extreme4 motherboard comes with their Purity Sound 3 audio solution. It is a combination of the Realtek ALC1150 audio codec with a 115 dB SNR DAC, two Ti NE5532 amplifiers as well as EMI and PCB shielding.

One of the Ti NE5532 amplifiers is used as a differential amplifier, which avoids the distortion caused by audio capacitors. The other Ti NE5532 amplifier is dedicated to driving the headphone port, allowing you to use high-impedance headphones without a separate amplifier or sound card.

 

Goodies For Techies

The ASRock Z170 Extreme4 was designed with techies in mind. It sports two 128 Mbit BIOS chips, with a physical switch. This allows you to quickly switch to the backup BIOS if you make an unrecoverable mistake in the BIOS setting, or the BIOS is corrupted after a flash failure.

They also include physical Power and Reset buttons on the motherboard, for enthusiasts who prefer to use the Z170 Extreme4 outside of a chassis. There is also a 2-digit Dr. Debug LED display that displays an error code during any failure. Very useful indeed.

 

I/O Ports & Armor

The ASRock Z170 Extreme4 has a ton of I/O ports at the rear, including a legacy PS/2 port, a physical Reset button, two USB 3.1 ports (one Type A, one Type C) as well as 6 standard USB 3.0 ports. In addition to the 5 audio and line-in port, it also sports a single Gigabit LAN port. For display purposes, it boasts a DVI-D port, a HDMI port and a DisplayPort.

The ASRock Z170 Extreme4 also features what ASRock calls their I/O Armor. It is ostensibly a protective cover that protects the rear I/O ports from static damage. Frankly speaking, this is only useful if you are using the motherboard outside of a chassis. When installed in a chassis, that job is fulfilled by the I/O shield (also included) that is installed into the chassis.

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Other Accessories

Here is a closer look at the other accessories included in the ASRock Z170 Extreme4 package – the manual and driver CD. A case sticker can be found inside the driver CD sleeve.

It also comes with four SATA 3 cables and an SLI bridge card. There is a small plastic bag with a single small screw – this is used to lock the Ultra M.2 SSD in place.

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Our Verdict

ASRock has been accused of focusing a bit too much on marketing, at the expense of quality. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case with the ASRock Z170 Extreme4 motherboard.

The ASRock Z170 Extreme4 boasts a 10-phase power design with a digital PWM and Nichicon 12K Platinum capacitors. The entire power supply is further cooled by large aluminium-alloy heatsinks. A lot of effort has gone into ensuring an efficient power conversion, stable power supply and longer lifespan.

We also like the fact that they added support for USB 3.1. Not just the more common Type C, they also added the larger Type A port. Their Ultra M.2 socket is also a nice touch although it has minimal effect on your M.2 SSD’s performance unless it supports PCIe x4.

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Audiophiles will appreciate the better audio quality courtesy of its Purity Sound 3 module. Enthusiasts who prefer using the motherboard “in the nude” will love their addition of physical Power and Reset buttons as well as a Dr. Debug LED.

There is plenty of expansion options with 3 full-sized PCI Express x16 slots and 3 small PCIe x1 slots. The PCIe x1 slots are even the “flexible” type that will accept any PCI Express card.

The only downside is the limited number of SATA ports. This will be a problem in tight cases because 4 of them are stacked and bent perpendicularly. Only two of the SATA ports are conveniently located at the lower right corner of the motherboard.

Overall, this is one sweet Intel Z170 motherboard, especially for a hardware enthusiast who prefers not to use a chassis. We think it deserves at least our Reviewers’ Choice Award. Congratulations, ASRock!

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BIOSTAR H110MD PRO D4 Motherboard Launched

Taipei, April 29 2016 – BIOSTAR proudly announces its latest PRO Series motherboard addition: the BIOSTAR H110MD PRO D4. This motherboard allows system builders to utilize DDR4 memory modules with their builds to accommodate the transition from DDR3 to DDR4 and gain the benefits of the newer standard including lower operating voltages and higher speeds at lower latencies.

The BIOSTAR H110MD PRO D4 supports the latest 6th-generation Intel Core processors and uses the Intel H110 chip to support DDR4-2133 and DDR4-1866 memory modules of up to 32 GB capacity. The board integrates the core features of the BIOSTAR PRO series notably the Tough Power Enhanced power design for improved stability and AudioArt capacitors that deliver an incredible listening experience versus similar motherboards.

The BIOSTAR H110MD PRO D4 strikes a perfect balance of price and features. Allowing support for modern technology, users now gain the benefit of modern standard to help them setup a robust and reliability system for their daily needs for both work and entertainment.

 

6+ Experience


The new BIOSTAR PRO Series will carry on the exclusive BIOSTAR 6+ Experience feature set which delivers the best BIOSTAR has to offer: Speed+, Audio+, Video+, Durable+, Protection+ and DIY+.

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BIOSTAR H110MD PRO D4 Specifications


 

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ASUS BIOS for Intel Core i7 X-Series CPUs Released

14th April, 2016 — ASUS today announced support for the upcoming Intel Core i7 X-Series processors and Intel Xeon processors, with UEFI BIOS updates available immediately for all ASUS X99 Series motherboards.

With a choice of easy-to-use ways to update the ASUS BIOS supported by comprehensive and detailed online tutorials, owners of ASUS X99 Series motherboards can benefit immediately from quick, safe and smooth upgrades without any worries — allowing them to unleash the great performance of the latest high-performance Intel Core i7 X-Series processors in just a few simple steps.

 

Easy BIOS updates with ASUS USB BIOS Flashback and EZ Flash 2

ASUS X99 Series motherboards include the renowned ASUS USB BIOS Flashback feature, which enables users to apply UEFI BIOS updates with incredible ease. This innovative tool downloads the latest ASUS BIOS to a USB flash drive, enabling users to update the award-winning ASUS UEFI BIOS quickly and easily.

The motherboard does not even need to have a CPU or DRAM modules in place: users can simply connect the power supply, plug in their USB drive, press the USB BIOS Flashback or ROG Connect button and then sit back and wait — there’s nothing else to do.

Alternatively, users can apply the necessary UEFI BIOS update with the easy-to-use EZ Flash 2 utility — which is built into the UEFI BIOS — using a flash disk.

Users keen to take advantage of the power of Intel Core i7 X-Series processors and Intel Xeon processors can visit the ASUS website and download the relevant UEFI BIOS version today.

 

Availability

ASUS BIOS updates are available immediately worldwide.

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MSI Back To School Promotion For Malaysian Fans

MSI Malaysia just announced an MSI Back to School promotion, where MSI fans in Malaysia get to go home with free gifts with purchase of selected MSI motherboards and graphics cards. Depending on the MSI motherboard or graphics card you purchase, you get to go home with either the MSI DS 300 gaming mouse (worth RM 299), an MSI ThunderStorm mouse pad (worth RM 158) or an MSI Gaming Mousepad (worth RM 69).

Bundle period: 2016/3/1 to 2016/4/30

HOW TO REDEEM: Please send message to MSI Malaysia Fanclub for redemption (text your name, contact number, address and attached with product SN photo and invoice photo)

 

MSI Back To School Promotion Qualifying Products

 

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BIOSTAR PRO Series AMD Motherboards Launched

January 22nd, 2015 Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is heavily committed in delivering the absolute best value products for consumers and today marks the introduction of the new BIOSTAR PRO series line of motherboards for AMD processors.

BIOSTAR has taken into consideration the demand of system builders for more cost-effective systems based around the AMD platforms and is introducing the AMD PRO series motherboard to offer a better value option for consumers who want to opt for an AMD system Redefining price-to-performance, the BIOSTAR PRO series is simply beyond better.

The new BIOSTAR PRO series motherboards feature enhanced power design for increased stability and durability coupled with a reinforced metal CPU retention backplate for secure, long-term usage. Additionally, BIOSTAR has integrated an improved audio solution featuring Nichicon high-end audio capacitors for better sound quality.

 

BIOSTAR PRO Series Features

[adrotate banner=”4″]Audio Art Capacitors – high-end Japanese Nichicon audio capacitors bring audio to life to offer a whole new artistic dimension and clarity to your listening experience.

Tough Power Enhanced – high-endurance power design allows the BIOSTAR PRO series motherboards to endure high-current with consistent full energy output without additional energy loss.

Iron Heart Protect – a reinforced CPU backplate protects PRO series motherboards from bending and stress caused by heavy CPU coolers. This protects the motherboard from potential circuit damage and serves to conduct some heat away from the CPU and VRM area as well.

 

BIOSTAR PRO Specifications

ModelBIOSTAR A70MD PROBIOSTAR A70MG PROBIOSTAR A68MD PRO
CPU SupportAMD FM2 / FM2+ processor
Power Phases5 phase
ChipsetA70MA70MA70M
Solid Capacitors100%CPU input and output only100%
Memory Support2 DIMMs of DDR3-2600 (OC)
Expansion Slots1 x PCI-E3.0 x16
1 x PCI-E2.0 x1
1 x PCI
LANGigabit LAN (RTL8111G)
Storage Ports4 x SATA 3
Graphics OutputVGA, DVIVGAVGA, DVI
USB Ports4 x USB 3.0 (2 + 2)
6 x USB 2.0 (4 + 2)
FeaturesWatch Dog, BIO-Relife, BIO-Flasher, BIOSTAR Flash, e-HotLine, BIO-Watch, Smart Speed LAN, BIOS Screen

 

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MSI Carbon Edition X99 & Z170 Motherboards Launched

MSI GAMING motherboards are dedicated to ultimate performance and the best gaming experience. With 2 new CARBON special edition models, the Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON and the pinnacle of GAMING, X99A GODLIKE GAMING CARBON, we managed to make MSI GAMING with Mystic Light better than ever.

The CARBON motherboards full black color scheme, with the new and improved Mystic Light, combines flashiness with sophistication that is sure to make your pc stand out. Besides its strength and futuristic looks, carbon-fiber is also very light to represent the ultimate performance these new CARBON motherboards deliver. Packed with unique gaming features, the new CARBON Edition motherboards are sure to satisfy even the most demanding gamer.

 

X99A Godlike Gaming Carbon Edition

The most powerful gaming solution in the world just got better. The X99A GODLIKE GAMING CARBON Edition motherboard features the improved Mystic Light RGB LED feature, supporting up to 16.8Million colors and 16 LED effects to style your rig in any way possible.

As a world’s first, Steel Armor technology is now also available for DDR4 Boost on the new GODLIKE motherboard, offering better EMI-shielding and even better signal strength, for optimal memory performance. Together with Audio Boost 3 Pro, Killer DoubleShot-X3 Pro, Turbo M.2 connectivity, 2X Faster USB 3.1 Type-A & Type-C, the X99A GODLIKE GAMING CARBON Edition is the most powerful motherboard to serve you in battle.

Besides gaming, the X99A GODLIKE GAMING motherboard already proved itself in the world’s top overclocking ranks and carries a rich history of breaking world records inherited from MSI’s legendary Overclocking motherboards.

Featuring the patented Turbo Socket, the X99A GODLIKE GAMING CARBON Edition removes all limits by providing extra pins (2036 in total) for better overlocking of the Intel® extreme processors. Dominate the world of gaming and overclocking while looking awesome with the new X99A GODLIKE GAMING CARBON Edition motherboard.

 

Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon Edition

[adrotate banner=”4″]Sporting the latest Intel® Z170 chipset and the latest version of Mystic Light, the Z170A GAMING PRO Carbon Edition motherboard is sure to offer outstanding performance and customization of your system. Experience superfast online gaming with MSI GAMING LAN powered Intel. Enjoy crystal-clear immersive in game sounds from the premium quality components of Audio Boost 3.

Load your games in the blink of an eye with blazing fast Turbo M.2 data transfer speeds up to 32Gb/s. Steel Armor ensures the most heavyweight graphics card setups are solid and stable. Engineered to provide both a stunning gaming and visual experience, the Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON Edition gives you plenty of reasons to show off.

 

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New GIGABYTE BRIX & Motherboards Launched

January 6th, 2015 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is proud to launch exciting new high-end desktop motherboards and a new lineup of the award-winning GIGABYTE BRIX powered by the 6th Gen. Intel® Core processors.

At CES 2016, GIGABYTE will be showing off these groundbreaking products, along with our latest developments in IPC and IoT solutions in the Pacific Ballroom of the Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. There will be product demonstrations designed by case modders such as Richard Surroz, Marc Molella, and Bob Stewart of BS Mods.

Aside from all the product demonstrations there will also be live overclocking on site from GIGABYTE’s world renowned overclocker, HiCookie, and demo systems from multiple system integrators such as; Cybertron PC, NCIX, ABS, CyberPowerPC, Network Allies and Digital Storm.

 

Maximum Power for Performance Demanding Users

Featuring support for the Intel® Xeon® E3-1200 v5 processors on the LGA1151 socket, the GA-X150-PLUS WS (ATX form factor), GA-X150M-PLUS WS (Micro-ATX form factor) and GA-X170-Extreme ECC are high-end desktop class motherboards designed for enthusiast desktop users that require the raw computing horsepower for content creation, video editing, gaming and design.

The X150-PLUS WS has all the connectivity any extreme computer enthusiasts may need to perform at their best. With an onboard PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 connector that provides fast transfer speeds of up to 32Gb/s, an Intel® GbE LAN port with the cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software to eliminate lag, and 2-Way graphics support with the x16 PCIe lane coming directly from the processor for a clean and unrestricted bandwidth, allowing the system to be ready for any demanding application or task.

The GA-X150-PLUS WS also features four DIMM slots to support the most recent DDR Standard, DDR4 memory, and many more industry leading features such as GIGABYTE Patented DualBIOS technology that protects your computer from hardware malfunction or power failure during the update process and a great utility package with the GIGABYTE APP Center.

[adrotate banner=”4″]For those looking to benefit from the power of the Intel®  Xeon® E3-1200 v5 processors without the extreme features, the budget friendly and compact X150M-PLUS WS is a perfect choice. With its x16 direct PCIe lane from the processor, fast dual channel DDR4 memory support and smaller Micro-ATX form factor, the X150M-PLUS WS is the ideal motherboard for a small PC that demands lots of Core power.

Aside from the X150 Series High-End Desktop Motherboards GIGABYTE is also introducing the X170-Extreme ECC, this board is just one of the few newly launched boards that can support ECC (Error-Correcting Code) Memory that is crucial for systems that are unable to accrue downtime. With even more USB3.0 ports and SATA3 Connectivity, the X170 Motherboards are perfect for enthusiasts looking for a solution that can provide stability as well as performance all at the same time.

Select X170 model Motherboards even support vPro, a feature that provides users a variety of functions such as encrypted Wireless Communication, security features, remote management and etc.., allowing users to have even more control over their high-end desktop needs.

 

New GIGABYTE BRIX with Intel 6th Gen.  Core Processors

The barebone mini-PC industry has been revolutionized since the GIGABYTE BRIX entered and GIGABYTE is pleased to raise the bar once again with a new generation of the BRIX at CES 2016, now available with the new Intel® 6th Gen. Core processors. Designed to fit in the palm of your hand, the new GIGABYTE BRIX compact DIY PC now offers more computing power than ever with the latest CPUs from Intel®  featuring Intel HD Graphics 520.

The new GIGABYTE BRIX are available in a variety of different configurations based on the 6th Gen. Intel®Core i3/i5/i7 processors, allowing users to buy the exact model that meets their needs, while some BRIX offers support for a 2.5” SSD or HDD for users that need the extra storage space. Also equipped with an M.2 for compact storage, the BRIX features great connectivity with plenty of USB3.0 ports, support for HDMI and DisplayPort that can power three displays simultaneously and Intel Gigabit LAN port for fast networking.

At CES 2016, GIGABYTE will be unveiling for the first time its new GIGABYTE BRIX models with support for Intel® Thunderbolt 3. Thunderbolt 3, which is available over a USB Type-C connector, brings an unprecedented single-wire bandwidth of up to 40 Gb/s — twice more than the previous generation – and a variety of other revolutionary features such as Power Delivery 2.0 for fast charging of external devices, daisy chaining of up to 12 devices and with support for DisplayPort 1.2 capable of handling 4K monitors. Thunderbolt 3 will be featured on the new GB-BSi7T-6500 and the GB-BSi5T-6200.

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