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A Tech Report Review may Inadvertently Point to something Huge for Overclocking

I’d have to hang up my writer’s badge if I failed to mention what I just saw. Sometimes it’s helpful to have nothing to do but slowly watch the Twitter feed tick down to the next, newest thing. In this case, ASUS pointed out a review in which their ROG Maximus VIII Impact had achieved nearly as high of an overclock as other full ATX boards that The Tech Report had previously reviewed. While that’s impressive for a mini-ITX system to achieve such potential, the way it happened could signify a design change for all high end overclocking boards in the future. Apparently, 3D concepts aren’t meant to only be used by memory and storage chips. Even motherboards themselves can decide to go up rather that out. This is how the Impact manages to squeeze in an eight-plus-two phase VRM on that tiny mini-ITX form factor. By using a daughterboard that juts up from the top of the mainboard, ASUS can squeeze those extra VRMs on there while still keeping the small size. I think this could have another inadvertent effect. We all know those VRMs are right next to the CPU socket and we know that both parts are the largest heat sources on the actual mainboard. By sticking the VRMs on a separate board, it could possibly create a little heat island that doesn’t affect the CPU socket nearly as much and allows the cooling to more thoroughly handle the chip, allowing it to be pushed farther! I could be reading way too much into this. Of course, the biggest reason ...



AMD Releases a Desktop Processor Update

At this point, refreshes on old architecture is becoming even older news. Zen is getting closer and closer with each passing day, but in the mean time AMD is trying to keep some refreshes coming our way so that sales won’t completely stagnate until their whole line-up gets a much needed refresh. In looking at these releases, it’s not the products themselves that piqued my interest, but certain changes that indicate good things about Zen. Let’s look at two in particular. The first thing I liked was the 8370 being offered slightly cheaper without the Wraith cooler. For serious overclockers, even a stock cooler as nice as the Wraith is something we’ll never use. If AMD starts offering chip-only packages that save the buyer a few dollars that can go towards the high end cooler of choice, that’s a great deal for enthusiasts. I understand that this could also lead to some headaches when certain buyers don’t pay attention to what they’re getting, but I hope it’s something that becomes a trend with upcoming releases. The second thing I liked was an impressive amount of power savings on a new APU coming up. The A10-7860K is replacing the 7850K, but even with the same CPU boost frequency and a higher GPU frequency, the chip is only rated at a low 65W TDP. Saving 30 watts in power consumption is impressive considering the stats and it makes me think think that between this and the demo at CES, AMD’s next GPU lineup is going to m...



BIOSTAR RACING H170GT3 Available Now

BIOSTAR RACING H170GT3 Available Now  Drive your game with the new BIOSTAR H170GT3   January 28th, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR proudly introduces the latest addition to its new flagship gaming series with the BIOSTAR RACING H170GT3. Meeting the needs of gamers’ by providing features perfect for an all-around gaming system. Like all BIOSTAR RACING series motherboards, the H170GT3 features improved features dedicated for gaming and entertainment with the RACING H170GT3 focusing on a balance of features and accessibility for light-purpose machines to heavyweight muscle rigs. Balanced and Tuned  The BIOSTAR RACING H170GT3 simplifies decision-making for gamers by providing a platform which can scale with the gamer. Supporting the latest 6th-generation Intel Core processors, the RACING H170GT3 enables gamers to have the latest technology powering their systems for the best experience when they play. Support for high-speed storage via M.2 and SATA Express enables high-speed access to data so games load faster so you can get to the action quicker. Gamers will also be able to show-off their personal style via VIVID LED DJ and 5050 LED FUN features allowing customizable lighting for gamers who want a color-themed rig.  The BIOSTAR RACING H170GT3 supports dual-GPU configuration via AMD Crossfire for upgraders looking to get more FPS in their systems with another AMD Radeon GPU which supports AMD Crossfire technology. The motherboard has optimal spacing in-between the P...



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Everything else we saw at CES 2016

Intro CES was a ton of fun and we already saw a ton of great releases coming up. Now it’s time to sum up the rest of what we could get to. Some parts of the show may not have been as relevant to high end computer components as others, but it didn’t stop the exhibitors from showing us some impressive feats. If you want to jump to a specific page, just click on the exhibitor below to take you straight there, or you can see each one by going through each page. So without further ado, here’s the rest of what we were able to see at CES 2016!   ADATA MSI INTEL NZXT CREATIVE D-LINK MYCHARGE



Presenting the BIOSTAR PRO Series AMD Motherboards: AMD A70MD PRO, A70MG PRO and A68MD PRO

Presenting the BIOSTAR PRO Series AMD Motherboards: AMD A70MD PRO, A70MG PRO and A68MD PRO Redefining affordable AMD motherboards 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    BIOSTAR 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+. BIOSTAR PRO Series Models AMD APU Series Available soon in BIOSTAR’s eBay store: http://www.ebay.com/usr/biostar_microtech?_trksid=p2047675.l2559 Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BiostarHQ  ABOUT BIOSTAR BI...



GIGABYTE Launches the Z170 Winter OC Challenge

GIGABYTE Launches the Z170 Winter OC Challenge Overclock Like a King on GIGABYTE 100 Series Motherboards   City of Industry, California, January 19th, 2016 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced its next competition for the overclocking community with the GIGABYTE Z170 Winter OC Challenge, to be hosted this February on HWBOT.org. All overclockers are invited to overclock their 6th Gen. Intel® processors on GIGABYTE 100 series motherboards. A total of 5 GIGABYTE motherboards are up for grabs, so warm up your test benches, Winter OC is coming! Starting January 31st 2016, overclockers can join 4 different rounds for a chance to win the big prize. The participant with the most points amongst all stages of a category wins — it’s as simple as that! But don’t fret if you don’t think you can win it all, you also have a chance to win the lucky draw which is a Z170X-Gaming G1 motherboard! Simply submit a score in all stages of a round to be eligible. Here are the rounds and stages details. Round 1: Enthusiast, Rookie and Novice Overclockers – 2 Cores Stage 1: 3DMark11 Physics - CPU frequency limited to 4503.00 MHz Stage 2: HWBOT Prime - CPU frequency limited to 4503.00 MHz Stage 3: Geekbench Multi Core - CPU frequency limited to 4503.00 MHZ   Round 2: Enthusiast, Rookie and Novice Overclockers– 4 Cores Stage 1: XTU - CPU frequency limited to 4500.00 MHz Stage 2: HWBOT Prime - CPU frequency limit...



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AMD Displays the Brightest Display Future I’ve Seen at CES 2016

4k is all the rage these days. Everyone is trying to get a single GPU to be able to play 60 FPS on a 4k display with modern titles. But what if I told you that you really don’t need 4k? You’d probably be asking me to show you the red and blue pills as well. The reality though is that in spite of all the 4k resolution displays and high definition VR experiences I saw, the thing that impressed me the most was a simple 1440p display that was absolutely gorgeous to look at. Oh, and I got to find out about some new CPUs and stock coolers as well. Let’s start out with this notion of unnecessary 4k resolution. There are two main details in display technology that are integral to a better viewing experience and I’m going to try to sum them up as basically as possible, with the understanding that I was able to muster. First, the display has to be manufactured as HDR. Simply put, it means that the display gives the widest range possible from lights and darks. OLED screens are great at this because they can dim individual pixels, hence the “High Dynamic Range” (HDR), so darks and lights contrast well. Also, the TV has to be programmed to support HDR so that it can properly display it. If this sounds difficult, this technology is actually already part of numerous displays in production from companies like LG. However, there is one other key component. Most pixels are designed to create colors using the RGB spectrum, but this standard has been around...



BIOSTAR Debuts RACING B150GT5 Motherboard

BIOSTAR Debuts RACING B150GT5 Motherboard Let’s Party with Vivid LED DJ January 14th, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is proud to introduce its exciting new motherboard from the new RACING family: the BIOSTAR B150GT5. The BIOSTAR RACING series of motherboard introduces the Vivid LED DJ feature which allows control over the lighting of the motherboard.   The BIOSTAR RACING B150GT5 motherboard features customizablie lighting on its heatsinks and PCB and are fully customizable via the included Vivid LED DJ software, exclusively availble for Biostar RACING series motherboards. The Vivid LED DJ software works with both onboard LEDs and external LED strips connected directly on the board via the 5050 LED Fun feature of the BIOSTAR RACING series. LED strips using compatible 5050 headers can connect directly with BIOSTAR RACING series motherboards for tons of DIY lighting possibilities. BIOSTAR Vivid LED DJ features customizable lighting profiles for Normal, Eco, and Sports mode accessible via ECO Touch and Sport Touch onboard buttons. Impress your friends and foes in LAN parties or show-it off online with BIOSTAR’s unique Vivid LED DJ inside your rig, exclusive to BIOSTAR RACING series motherboards. Enjoy gaming with a stylish and flashy rig like only BIOSTAR RACING motherboards can offer.   The BIOSTAR RACING series motherboards feature more interactive lighting controls than most motherboads like constant lighting, breathing and sparking effects complimented via the ...



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GIGABYTE has Great New Motherboards and Laptops at CES 2016

GIGABYTE had an extremely impressive show floor this year at CES. It seemed like they showed off everything they had and quite frankly, I was blown away at how top-of-the-line all of their products seemed. One of the most intriguing releases coming up that I got to see personally were some new AMD boards coming with the AM3+ socket, but there were also some amazing overclocking boards on the INTEL side as well. No matter what I looked at, I was thoroughly impressed so let’s start diving into more details about what GIGABYTE showed us at CES 2016. Let’s begin with two AM3+ boards that GIGABYTE is releasing. The GA-990FX-Gaming looks like the high-end AMD motherboard users have been waiting for for some time now. It actually has a full 8 phase power system to handle high end CPUs like the 9590. It has NVMe support as well as an M.2 socket. The heatsinks look nice and the heatpipe running across them will help dissipate the heat further. The PCIe slots are reinforced like their other gaming boards, and it also includes the Killer LAN with the AMP-UP audio. This board has everything a 9590 user will most likely want, with little that isn’t useful. The AM3+ is going by the wayside, but we probably have almost a whole year before we see Zen. Most AMD users are budget conscious anyways, so with an MSRP of $149.99, this board is at a perfect spot for users who still want quality and features. I feel like this board is going to own the AM3+ market from here on out...



BIOSTAR Announces RACING Z170GT7 Motherboard

BIOSTAR Announces RACING Z170GT7 Motherboard  The Future is here, the King of the gaming road   January 11th, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is proud to introduce the flagship of the new RACING series: RACING Z170GT7 motherboard. Flaunting the new Super 5 Design Concept, the RACING Z170GT7 flaunts the best of the BIOSTAR RACING series together with its latest motherboard design features including the all new RACING IO armor, carbon-fiber design treatment on the heatsink, checkered flag PCB print on a matte black surface treatment and Titanium-color RACING audio shielding. The BIOSTAR RACING Z170GT7 features support the latest Intel 6th-generation Core processors featuring the Intel Z170 chipset. The board supports up to four DDR4 memory modules of speeds up to DDR4-3200 (OC) with capacities of up to 64GB. Signature BIOSTAR Hi-Fi audio solution for a better listening experience than standard built-in audio. Other features include support for USB3.1 Type-C reversible connector for existing and future devices supporting the interface and also SATA Express and PCI-e M.2. Featuring more bandwidth than USB3.0, USB3.1 along with the new reversible Type-C connector allows greater bandwidth and more flexibility to use devices with your motherboard. Dual-BIOS protection allows greater security against BIOS corruption and damage from faulty BIOS update procedure. A manual switch allows toggling between BIOS chips for full control of which BIOS you want to use. Super 5 Design ...



BIOSTAR INTRODUCES RACING SERIES MOTHERBOARD: Z170GT7, H170GT3 AND B150GT5 DEBUTS

BIOSTAR INTRODUCES RACING SERIES MOTHERBOARD: Z170GT7, H170GT3 AND B150GT5 DEBUTS  The new legend of performance motherboards   December 31st, 2015 Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is proud to introduce the next-level of performance motherboards: the BIOSTAR RACING Series. Featuring an all-new design, the BIOSTAR RACING series ushers in the future of performance with all new cutting-edge features and a new racing design for a stylish and powerful build.   Featuring the latest in gaming hardware from BIOSTAR, the all-new RACING Series is built with powerful hardware design based around the Intel 100-series chipset. Super Durable Ferrite chokes for high-quality power delivery to vital components, Super Durable Solid Caps for longer-lasting performance, low-latency Intel LAN. Storage via super-fast SATA Express and PCI-e M.2 slot allow rapid access to the latest generation of storage devices. DUAL BIOS guarantees resilient motherboard operation whenever BIOS fails. Super 5 Design Biostar has built the Racing series motherboard from the ground up, taking into consideration the ever-changing needs of gamers and enthusiasts. The new BIOSTAR Racing Series is proud to introduce the Super 5 Design Concept: Super Face – all new racing design theme for visual appeal Super Power – powerful hardware design Super Sound – signature BIOSTAR HI-FI audio experience Super Easy – User-friendly design and accessible touch control Super Fun – unique DIY concept for enthusiasts an...



BIOSTAR HyperOC Technology for Non-K Overclocking Revealed

BIOSTAR HyperOC Technology for Non-K Overclocking Revealed   Break the limitation of non-K CPU and experience the power of overclocking   December 23nd, 2015 Taipei, Taiwan – Overclocking has been reserved mostly for high-end unlocked CPUs including the latest Skylake K series processors and many overclockers and high-performance gamers want this processors because of their easy overclocking capabilities via their unlocked multiplier. The time has come to empower everyone, BIOSTAR makes overclocking a reality on non-K 6th-generation Intel Core CPUs and makes it even easier now with the announcement of BIOSTAR HyperOC Technology for overclockers and performance seekers that enables overclocking on non-K Intel 6th-Generation Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium Skylake processors on BIOSTAR Z170 motherboards.  Take your non-K Core i5 and i7 and give it that boost you need without an unlocked multiplier to overclock. With BIOSTAR HyperOC, you can take entry-level processors like the 3.3GHz Pentium G4400 and increase its clock speed up to 36%*, bringing it to a lofty 4.48Ghz clock speed. The same can be done with a Core i3-6100T from a 3.2GHz frequency, via HyperOC, you can now enjoy up to 4.32Ghz. That’s a 35%* overclock. A simple BIOS update on compatible BIOSTAR Z170 motherboards unleashes the full potential of your Skylake CPU taking your performance to the next level without an unlocked multiplier. Increase performance up to 35%* on capable non-K processors and experience the...



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GIGABYTE has a New 990FX Motherboard!?! GA-990FX-Gaming

UPDATE: As requested, here’s an update about the availability of the GA-990FX-Gaming since it just showed up for sale. Links below. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128886 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019C3S2CS/ref=s9_simh_gw_g147_i1_r?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-1&pf_rd_r=0K6H28YZ47R31PRV6DY5&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=2079475242&pf_rd_i=desktop I spend far too much time scouring the internet for anything hardware related. As it is, I see a lot of comments from people asking why nobody is coming out with better FX series motherboards, especially with the 9590 having been out for quite some time now. To be fair to manufacturers, nobody wants to invest too much in a chipset that is on the verge of being obsolete. This makes what GIGABYTE is doing all the more confusing but I think I can shed some light on what’s really going on. Between certain supply issues and what amounts to a surprisingly high demand, GIGABYTE may be positioning themselves as a sole contender with the release of the GA-990FX-Gaming. First, let’s talk about what could be bringing this on. Both ASUS and GIGABYTE are experiencing about a 10% drop in their motherboard sales. Most of the time when this happens, everyone is quick to point out that desktops are going to fail and be replaced by the all-powerful tablet (seriously?). But there are other factors attributing to a possible rise with AMD, namely, Skylake. INTEL really missed the...



BIOSTAR Completes Dream PC Refresh Build with Z170X

BIOSTAR Completes Dream PC Refresh Build with Z170X: A Father’s Gift to his Son BIOSTAR fulfils dream PC Refresh Build to son serving in the army   December 9 th, 2015, 2015 Taipei, Taiwan – A PC refresher is a worthwhile invesment and an excellent way to improve your computing experience in many ways as well as gaming. While an older PC can still run games, newer models equipped with the latest motherboards like the BIOSTAR GAMING Z170X and graphics cards are more power efficient, run cooler and have more features to experience the latest titles. BIOSTAR Intel 100-series motherboards feature support for the 6th-generation Intel Core processors which are designed to run very efficiently with the latest 14nm process. Improved performance enhancements guarantees a much smoother workflow even for more demanding applications to support the latest demanding applications like games and productivity software. Support for faster storage via M.2, SATA Express and SATAIII as well support for faster expansion devices via USB3.0 and USB3.1. Graphics performance can also be improved with compatible BIOSTAR motherboards supporting Crossfire setups that enables two graphics card to work in tandem for faster performance in games. This makes refreshing a PC to meet modern standards a worthwhile investment. Such is the case of Michael Gaughan, a father who wanted to give his son a new PC so that they can enjoy playing PC the latest games like they did before. Michael suffered from ...



CRYORIG Official Statement Regarding Skylake PCB Concerns

CRYORIG Official Statement Regarding Skylake PCB Concerns We at CRYORIG have the following information and statement to make, regarding the recent news and discussion regarding damaged PCB’s on Skylake CPU’s, which many in the industry believe is caused by abnormal heatsink mounting pressure during transportation of the PC system. First of all we want to assure users of CRYORIG products that currently no CRYORIG heatsinks have displayed this problem, either through media reports, third party sales channels or internal testing. CRYORIG heatsinks are fully compatible with socket 1151 processors, and follow specifications set forth by CPU manufacturers. But as a note of precaution we suggest users to lay their PC system flat (with the heatsink in a vertical position) whenever they are transporting their PC system. Based on the information and testing reports we currently have at hand, although CRYORIG’s own products did not show this problem, we have derived the following suggestions and insight into the Skylake PCB damage problem. From our observation the cause of the bent/damaged PCB is caused by the combination of two factors. A) High mounting pressure from the CPU heatsink mounting system, with no flexibility in the system. B) Increased directional force created by the weight of the heatsink and movement of the PC chassis. In the cases that have been reported by media, it holds true that these issues have only been observed in “Pre-Built” systems. These systems ...






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