CPU & Motherboards
With Raja starting to work with Intel, it may sound like the company is going to improve their graphics exponentially. On the other hand, iGPUs and dGPUs can add more work to game development, driver integration and component compatibility. Time will tell on what benefit this has on the industry.
Gigabyte gave us our first taste of the AMD X470 chipset with their Aorus Gaming 7 motherboard. The features look great overall, but the choice of audio codec is still a mystery. Realtek is the standard choice, but Creative Sound Core 3D has audio card levels of quality.
ASRock may be looked at as a budget company, but their quality is reaching impressive levels as of late. They also innovate and decided to bring AMD Threadripper to an M-ATX motherboad. The X399M Taichi looks like a fantastic home for a monster CPU, yet pricing will probably be great as well.
AMD just revealed their Ryzen APUs with Vega graphics and the specs look great. The cores and multi-theading will hand many tasks, while the Vega graphics will give a budget friendly gaming experience. The integrated GPU market just got interesting again.
If I didn't believe in an alternate reality before, I certainly do now...and we're living in it! The real world would never allow Intel and AMD Radeon to join forces and develop a CPU and dGPU solution. Yet here we are. The good news is that this is a great step for low power gaming.
Have you wondered why there are so many chipsets? Z170, Z270, Z370, 990FX, X370, X299, X399, etc. Intel and AMD have a lot of motherboards and we try to make sense of all the changes that make each one different. Also, we find out that Intel doesn't have a clear reason for changing their chipset with every CPU release.
Bring Your Artistic Talents to the Spotlight with these New Motherboards City of Industry, California, October 27th, 2017 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, announced the release of the new X399 DESIGNARE EX motherboard. With features such as Smart Fan 5, RGB Fusion, and support for the powerful AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ processor, the X399 DESIGNARE EX motherboard is crafted for content creators who take pride in their own work. The exterior design of the motherboard is a work of art in itself and provides plenty of aesthetic value. It comes with a jet black colored PCB, silver colored armor, and a customizable Accent PCH Overlay. The DESIGNARE logo and stylized lettering is imprinted on the overlay which can be illuminated with RGB Fusion APP, giving the motherboard a unique, vibrant style. Fully optimized to support the monstrous power of the AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™, the X399 DESIGNARE EX motherboard has outstanding performance capabilities. The 16-core, 32-thread AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ is one of the most power hungry processors on the market so the motherboard uses a design combining 8-pin and 4-pin gold plated solid power connectors to power such a CPU. The motherboard’s server-grade digital VRM design with 3rd Generation PowIRstage™ allows it to effectively regulate the power flow within the motherboard. Impressive graphical performance is one of the defining features of the X399 ...
Compact Motherboard with Powerful Performance and Extensive Connectivity City of Industry, California, October 27th, 2017 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, has released the new GIGABYTE Z370N WIFI motherboard based on the Intel® Z370 chipset. The new motherboard incorporates powerful performance capabilities within a compact design to provide users with a versatile motherboard for building their ideal PCs. The GIGABYTE Z370N WIFI motherboard is optimized to support 8th Gen. Intel® Core Processors. For a mini-ITX form factor, this motherboard can truly maximize the power of the Intel® Core i7-8700K processors by easily reaching overclocked frequencies of 5GHz and higher. The motherboard uses an Intersil Hybrid Digital VRM design to ensure that power is distributed effectively, enabling the GIGABYTE Z370N WIFI to perform at its highest standards. Additionally, over 1000 memory modules have been validated by GIGABYTE to ensure proper compatibility with support for XMP profiles up to a frequency of 4600MHz when overclocked. RGB Fusion Technology adds an incredible amount of style and customizability to the Z370N WIFI motherboards. With support for up to 300 Digital 5V or 12V LED strips, the motherboard allows the user to individually address the color and brightness of each of the strips, bringing exquisite lighting configurations to life. Versatility is a key aspect of the GIGABYTE Z370N WIFI motherboard. Its co...
BIOStar has really upped the quality of their products in recent years. Known for motherboards, they recently presented a new Intel Z370GT6 board to add to the Racing lineup. What's really new is the entry into the graphics card arena. The Vega 64 GPU will be first, but no fancy custom designs yet.
With Intel bringing new CPUs to market, BIOStar has a new Racing Z370GT7 motherboard to release. Biostar is coming a long way and these boards looks like decent budget options for a system. Compatibility and BIOS issues could hinder it, but only reviews will tell on that.
BIOSTAR Teases Upcoming 3rd-Gen RACING Series with Z370 Chipset Motherboards Maximize Your Full Gaming Potential of the 8th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processors September 29, 2017, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR RACING series continues to be at the forefront of gaming motherboards and is set to offer the 3rd generation of BIOSTAR RACING series motherboards with Z370 chipset. These motherboards will feature a new gold theme design, strong and powerful hardware design, elevated HiFi sound quality, easy-to-control software control and new advanced VIVID LED DJ for more RGB lighting customization fun. This will be available October 5th for enthusiasts such as gamers, content creators and overclockers who plan to upgrade to the recently announced 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors: Intel Core i7, 6-core Intel Core i5 and 4-core Intel Core i3. Performance and Flexibility Fans will be pleased with BIOSTAR’s 3rd generation motherboards performance and flexibility, thanks to Intel’s performance options with unlocked “K” processors. The brand new BIOS and driver UI design will make this more intuitive and fun. There is also BIOSTAR’s brand new A.I. FAN to fully customize fan modes or auto-detect along with an easy-to-use software interface to monitor the temperature situations. More RGB LED Lighting Control BIOSTAR has a new advanced VIVID LED DJ for more customization of multiple RGB LED lighting zones. This time around, they have included dual RGB LED headers for add...
Aorus makes some of the greatest motherboards, at least in the appearance department. Gigabyte made a smart move when they switched their gaming boards to that brand and the latest Z370 Intel boards look fantastic. It seems like the boards will have some solid performance as well.
PureOC will always recommend building your own computer, but we understand that isn't for everyone. iBuyPower does an excellent job selling pre-built custom PCs and we really enjoyed getting a chance to review the Element. Besides, we couldn't say no to the chance to try an Intel i7-7900X and Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti!
AMD Ryzen Pro CPUs are a business grade release nearly identical to the former. What caught my attention is the interview about Threadripper. It almost didn't happen, but engineers took extra time for themselves to bring it to market, working off of pure passion. That's what I love about AMD!
AMD's Threadripper CPU has done some crazy things. For the first time in a very long time, an AMD chip showed up at the top of the PassMark CPU chart. The other big first? Nvidia complimented AMD on their release! What is happening in the world!?!