BIOSTAR have unleashed their flagship Z370 motherboard, and it sounds like an exotic supercar, the RACING Z370GT7. Supporting the latest 8th generation Intel Core processors and DDR4-3866 memory, this motherboard is aimed at enthusiasts who like to go extreme with their overclocks, modifications and designs of their builds.
Finished in a luxurious black color theme with golden highlights spread across the design of the board, the RACING Z370GT7 is also able to satisfy RGB fanatics thanks to utilizing BIOSTAR's Advanced VIVID LED DJ that can provide up to 10 flashing modes. As with any flagship product, BIOSTAR have included some new toys with the RACING Z370GT7 including smart A.I FAN, reinforced PCI-E slots and dual Intel Optane-ready M.2 slots. A.I Fan allows for complete fan control via an individual fan controller for each connected fan, this means your fans will adjust their speeds to maintain cool temperatures of your hardware. RACING Z370GT7 boasts dual gold M.2 heat sinks that allow for ultra-high cooling efficiency, this protects and prolongs the like of your M.2 slot.
The amount of drama surrounding Intel's recent launch of their Coffee Lake/8th generation CPU architecture and the new Z370 chipset has been astounding, and it just got a lot more interesting.
ASUS ROG motherboard Product Manager, Andrew Wu, confirmed with Bit-Tech that Intel's previous-gen Z270 chipset is compatible with Coffee Lake CPUs, with Wu saying it would require a small change "depending on Intel's decision". Bit-Tech asked if it was a "physical limitation", but Wu replied saying "Not really. It [the power delivery] makes a little bit of difference, but not much".
Then the big question: "so if you wanted and Intel let you, you could make Z270 compatible", to which Wu replied: "Yes, but you also require an upgrade from the ME (Management Engine) and a BIOS update. Intel somehow has locked the compatibility". There you have it folks, Intel is locking users out of upgrading to Coffee Lake on their current Z270 boards, by forcing users to buy a Z370 motherboard.
MSI have announced their new motherboard for AMD Ryzen Threadripper builds, the MSI X399 SLI PLUS. MSI's latest motherboard is an optimized workstation and an excellent choice for professionals looking for performance and stability that we've came to expect from MSI.
Featuring a slick full-black color scheme and a first for MSI's PRO series, Mystic Light RGB, the X399 SLI PLUS can provide impressive performance and style that is customizable by the user. MSI have provided USB 3.1, M.2 SSD support and STEEL ARMOR PCI-E slots that have all been designed and thoroughly tested to achieve quality standards and are geared for longevity and performance. Capable of supporting quad-channel DDR4-3600 memory, 4 xPCI-E 3.0 x16 slots and backed with impressive performance features include DDR4 Boost, Turbo M.2 with RAID support, Audio Boost, X-Boost, Network Manager and many more, the X399 SLI PRO provides impressive compatibility and features.
While AMD's Threadripper/X399 launched a few months ago, until now, we hadn't seen much information about new X399 motherboards. GIGABYTE teased pictures of their X399 Designare EX, which is part of their "second wave" of X399 motherboards. The motherboard arrived a few days ago from Taiwan, and I can't wait to review it and see what it has to offer over the first wave of X399 motherboards.
The X399 Designare EX looks more professional than the X399 Aorus Gaming 7, which looks more like a gaming motherboard, but that isn't where the differences end. The motherboard features an integrated IO shield, and there is also a built-in fan under the IO cover that should help to cool down the VRM heat sink, which has also been redesigned.
We also see a header labeled THB_C, which we have seen on other GIGABYTE motherboards as a GPIO header for Thunderbolt 3 add-in cards. However, there is zero mention of the header on the internal connectors list, motherboard diagram, or in the header/port descriptions section of the manual. There are a few possibilities as to why it was omitted, as the header is visible on GIGABYTE's official images of the motherboard. The main one is probably that the certification process isn't over. We have seen the same thing happen on some of GIGABYTE's Z270/Z170 motherboards, where they had the hardware but no certification, so they left any mention of the feature out of the official documentation.
ASUS ROG have announced two new motherboard series based on Intel's Z370 chipset, the Maximus X and Strix Z370 series. These motherboards support up to 6C/12T 8th Generation Intel Core Coffee Lake processors to deliver exceptional performance, unmatched versatility and impressive overclocking potential. The Maximus X is designed for enthusiasts and gamers while the Strix family provides performance to a wide range of builds and budgets.
The Maximus X range is designed for gamers who demand exceptional performance with the latest games and for overclocking enthusiasts. The Maximus X Apex is an overclocking beast and perfect for hardcore gamers. While the Maximus X Hero is a premium balanced choice of performance and premium extras. The Maximus X code is the perfect balance for gaming and enthusiasts and the Maximus X Formula is the centerpiece of a showcase PC.
ASUS hasn't yet announced the purported ROG STRIX B350-I-Gaming motherboard, but Swedish online retailer Inet has, with plenty of details and photos to look at.
The new ROG STRIX B350-I-Gaming motherboard uses the B350 chipset, with support for up to 32GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, and any Ryzen 3/5/7 processor. ASUS will be including a single PCIe 3.0 x16 port with 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, and 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports.
Storage wise, we have 2 x M.2 slots and 4 x SATA 6Gbps ports, and considering this is a mini-ATX there is an awesome amount of storage capabilities provided by ASUS. There's also GbE and built-in Wi-Fi as well as SupremeFX 8-channel High Definition Audio on-board.
ASUS has secured the #1 spot for motherboard market share, with DigiTimes reporting that the Taiwanese PC component giant has 45% of the motherboard market in their hands.
ASUS still has plenty of next-gen motherboards on the horizon with Intel launching their new Coffee Lake CPU architecture and Z370 chipset, with ASUS preparing a new arsenal of Z300-series motherboards. Not only that, but we also have AMD's current-gen Ryzen and Ryzen Threadripper-ready motherboards from ASUS in the form of X370 and X399 chipsets, and AMD's upcoming Ryzen 2 processors and next-gen chipset with new motherboards again in early 2018.
ASUS should only continue to at least keep that lead, or push it harder with next-gen boards, something I'm sure we'll see in 2018 and beyond.
ECS is hitting the Z370 motherboard game with their upcoming lets-throw-all-the-cool-words-in ECS Leet Gaming Z370-Lightsaber, a new motherboard ready for Intel's eighth-gen Coffee Lake CPU architecture.
The new Leet Gaming Z370-Lightsaber rocks a pretty plain look given its burst-in-your-face name, but inside still supports 4 x DIMMs capable of memory at up to 3200MT/s, 3 x PCIe x16 ports, and 2 x M.2 ports that are connected to a PCIe 3.0 x4. We also have 6 x SATA ports, and 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports that are backed up by Realtek's ALC1150 codec and Killer E2500 Ethernet.
ECS is aiming the Leet Gaming Z370-Lightsaver at overclockers, with some beefy VRM heat sinks, and on-board power and reset buttons. Next to the power and reset buttons, ECS has placed diagnostic LEDs that will help you know what's happening to your motherboard when your overclock fails. There are three other buttons that provide you with an update BIOS, reset CMOS settings, or a "quick OS" button.
AMD is currently ripping it up in megatasking uses with their new Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, with MSI teasing yet another X399 board ready for the 12C/24T and 16C/32T processors from Team Red.
MSI's new X399 SLI PLUS is the latest one on the roster for MSI, with a similar layout to their SLI PLUS and Carbon Pro motherboards. We have a couple less reinforced PCIe slots, no reinforced DDR4 slots, and no cover on the audio chipset. It looks like it's pretty much identical, with Mystic Light RGB technology joining the game, too.
ASRock have shown that when it comes to overclocking, their X299 OC Formula motherboard is an absolute BEAST! With the NDA lifted for the final few Intel Core X series processors, ASRock with the help of overclocker Splave, were able to display some incredible results for overclocking website HWBOT. Breaking not 1, not 2, but 3 benchmark World Records and an impressive 23 out of 27 global first place finishes, proving that this board is the ultimate choice for extreme overclockers.
Designed by professional-overclocker Nick Shih, the X299 OC Formula features 13 phase Dr.MOS CPU power and 2 phase memory power design, one DIMM per channel memory layout, Hyper BCLK Engine III and XXL aluminum alloy heat sinks. The results speak for themselves, this combination is UNREAL. Throw is support for quad-chanel DDR4-4600Mhz, 5 PCIe 3.0 x16 and 4-way SLI/CrossFireX, the ASRock X299 OC Formula is the perfect overclockers board, and now these results proves it!