Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has announced its new H81 series motherboards, featuring new Intel 8-series chipset specifically for the new 4th Generation Intel Core processor family. ECS H81 series motherboards are designed for different applications, such as Internet café, multi-media, and general office productivity. Also, ECS H81 series motherboards are available in a full product line of ATX, microATX and Mini-ITX form factors.
All H81 series motherboards are certified with ECS’s new Durathon durability technology which includes Triple Density PCB, Extreme Temperature Resistance, 1.5K Point Marathon Testing, and Superior Solid Capacitors designed to greatly improve motherboard quality, stability and longevity. In addition, electrostatic discharge protection provides additional protection.
Features of the new ECS H81 series motherboards include support for full SATA-600 internal ports, PCI-Express 3.0 x16 bus, integrated USB 3.0, 4K resolution display support on the HDMI port, and two DDR3 1600(MHz) DIMM slots for up to 16 GB RAM.
ASUS has announced the world’s first motherboard certified by Intel with Thunderbolt 2 technology, the Z87-Deluxe/Quad. Based on the new Intel Z87 chipset and ready for the latest 4th generation Intel Core™ processors, the ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad ATX motherboard has two Thunderbolt 2 ports which allow for up to twelve simultaneously connected devices.
Each port is capable of up to a 20 Gbps transfer rate and is backward compatible with first generation Thunderbolt.
The first generation Thunderbolt standard has four separate transfer channels — two upstream and two downstream — with a maximum transfer rate of 10 Gbps per channel. Thunderbolt 2 combines these four channels into two 20 Gbps bi-directional channels, providing 4X the bandwidth of USB 3.0. Together with DisplayPort 1.2 support, Thunderbolt 2 enables simultaneous delivery of extremely high-resolution video to the latest 4K/2K (4096 x 2160 and 3840x2160) displays while still offering communication with other bandwidth-hungry devices such as hard drives. Additionally, the ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad’s onboard HDMI port means that it can drive a total of three 4K UHD displays at once.
Thunderbolt 2 also supports daisy-chained connections with up to six devices on each port. With two Thunderbolt 2 ports, the ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad can connect to up to 12 devices at once, reducing the need for separate hubs and helping to maintain a clutter-free workspace.
The ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad includes a number of exclusive ASUS technologies. Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with 4-Way Optimization is an easy-to-use tuning tool that dynamically adjusts performance and cooling for reduced noise and increased efficiency with a single click. The UEFI BIOS presents a friendly graphical interface, making it easier than ever to set up shortcuts and favorites for quick access to the options that are used most often.
The ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad also includes the NFC Express accessory, which can automate common PC tasks simply by tapping the supplied NFC tag or NFC-compatible smart devices to the box. NFC Express can be used to securely login to your Windows user account without the need to type in a password, and also provides the ability to launch multiple applications to create a particular workflow. Using the free Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote companion apps for NFC-compatible smart devices, users can also wirelessly synchronize photos and videos with their PC and remotely control their system by tapping the NFC Express box.
Gigabyte has announced its new FM2+ motherboard lineup supporting the forthcoming “Keveri” AMD APUs with support for existing socket FM2 Trinity and Richland APUs.
Gigabyte A88X motherboards feature a number of features and technologies, and also include the first AMD G1-Killer gaming motherboard, the G1.Sniper A88X, which includes Gigabyte AMP-Up Audio, a range of advanced audio technologies that are designed to give audio enthusiasts and PC gamers more control over their motherboard audio than ever before.
Gigabyte A88X series motherboards also offer unique Gigabyte features, including UEFI DualBIOS, Digital Power delivery, as well triple display support.
Gigabyte A88X series motherboards feature the new FM2+ APU socket, and are designed to get the most from forthcoming Kaveri AMD APUs while preserving compatibility for current AMD FM2 APUs. FM2+ AMD APUs offer native support for 8 GT/s PCI Express gen 3.0 as well as DX11.1 support integrating the high performance “Steamroller” core. AMD socket FM2+ APUs also offer native support for 4K resolution displays on HDMI and DisplayPort.
The X79 Dark is the latest EVGA socket LGA2011 motherboard. It is based on the E-ATX form factor and measures 10.37 x 12 inches (263.5 x 304.8 mm). The X79 Dark comes with a 12 layer PCB, which improves overclock stability and PCB cooling. It features eight DDR3-2400 slots, five PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, one PCI Express x4 slot, 10 USB 2.0 ports (six on the rear panel and four onboard), six USB 3.0 ports (four on the rear panel and two onboard), six SATA-600 ports, four SATA-300 ports, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, eight channel high definition audio, and supports Bluetooth V2.1 and EVBot technologies. The board uses a 12+2 phase VRM to power the CPU and a 4-phase VRM for the memory.
One of the highlights of the X79 Dark is its BIOS, allowing users to monitor CPU and memory voltages, besides tuning up several options for overclocking.
EVGA X79 Dark motherboard has a suggested retail price of USD 399.99.
ASRock’s new Non-Z OC technology makes it possible to overclocking CPU frequency on H87 and B85 motherboards. The Fatal1ty H87 Performance is the first motherboard compatible with Non-Z OC. According to ASRock, the CPU frequency can be overclocked up to 26%.
Download the latest BIOS with Non-Z OC for Fatal1ty H87 Performance here.
ECS has just revealed its latest Mini-ITX motherboard family KBN-I featuring the world’s first Quad Core SoC (system-on-a-chip) processor with the newest “Jaguar” 28 nanometer architecture. The ECS KBN-I integrated AMD Quad Core A6-5200 APU with AMD Radeon HD 8400 Graphics, supporting the new generation of DirectX 11.1 graphics. The ECS KBN-I with official Windows 8 WHCK certification (Windows Hardware Certification Kit) allows users to take full advantage of the touch browser and function-oriented design of Windows 8. The KBN-I is optimized for home entertainment, general computing productivity, and multimedia applications.
Designed to save space and energy, the ECS KBN-I is the ideal solution for small-form factor systems, with the AMD Kabini Quad Core SoC processor and maximum of 25W low power consumption. It improves power efficiency by up to 25% through clock gating and unit redesign compared with current generation low power platforms. Thanks to the new generation design, increasing the amount of cores, instructions per clock (IPC), and boost clock speed, the ECS KBN-I reduces energy usage by operating at lower frequencies. The ECS KBN-I also has a 9W fanless Heat Sink design, full electrostatic discharge protection and 100% solid capacitors to maximize the reliability and longevity of your system.
Even with its Mini-ITX size, the ECS KBN-I meets the expansion needs of future-proof minded customers. ECS KBN-I supports video and storage upgrades with 1 x PCI-E x16, 2 x SATA 6GB/s connections, 2 x USB 3.0 ports and 4 x USB 2.0 ports. For industrial applications, the KBN-I is equipped with Serial port output (COM). The Mini-PCIe slot is designed for laptops and other small-footprint computer systems and supports two Mini-PCI cards (one full-card and one half-card) for mini-Wireless, mini-TV tuner and so on. Moreover, users can enjoy high definition media as the KBN-I supports HD 1080p output including HDMI and standard analog D-Sub VGA output. The KBN-I is bundled with additional software including Norton anti-virus, Muzee, Cyberlink Media Suite, and the ECS iEZ utility, which combines eBLU BIOS Live Update Utility, eDLU Drivers Live Update Utility, and the eSF Smart Fan Utility.
Manufacturers have introduced their first motherboards featuring the new Intel 8-series chipset family specifically for the new 4th generation Intel Core processor family of CPUs, which will be available and shipping worldwide in Q2 2013. The new chipset features support for full SATA-600 internal ports and PCI-Express Gen.3 x16 bus design. They also integrate USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, and enable responsiveness technologies like Intel Smart Response, Intel Smart Connect, and Intel Rapid Start.
ASRock’s upcoming 8 Series motherboards will feature a special layer that makes its motherboards invulnerable to conductive liquids, so overclockers won’t have to worry about accidently spilling liquid nitrogen, liquid helium, or even clam chowder over their motherboards while they are overclocking. Along with conductive liquids, the special layer also protects the motherboard against dust, corrosion, and extreme temperatures.
ASRock is bringing better Internet connections to its upcoming Intel 8 Series motherboards with A-Style: 2T2R Dual Band 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth v4.0.
802.11ac WiFi is a new wireless computer networking standard that provides high-throughput wireless local area networks on the 5 GHz band with data transferring speeds up to 867 Mbps, a whopping 289% speed boost compared to the former models with 2T2R 802.11n WiFi. Besides the new WiFi, some models will also come with a new ASRock Wi-SD front tray which includes four USB 3.0 ports and an SD 3.0 card slot.
The new ECS family of motherboards featuring the new Intel 8-series chipset family designed specifically for the new 4th generation Intel Core processor family of CPUs, which will be available and shipping worldwide in Q2 2013. The new chipset features support for full SATA-600 internal ports and PCI Express 3.0 bus design. They also integrate USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, and enable responsiveness technologies like Intel Smart Response, Intel Smart Connect, and Intel Rapid Start.
ECS is also introducing a new family of motherboard tiers including: Pro series optimized for power computing, Deluxe series optimized for small office and home, and Essentials series optimized for home and multi-media. The new ECS family of motherboards will feature ECS’s new Durathon durability technology which includes a triple density PCB, extreme temperature resistance, 1.5K point marathon testing, and superior solid capacitors designed to greatly improve motherboard quality, stability, and longevity.
Additional features includes ECS’s exclusive Hyper Alloy Choke technology, Sound Blaster Cinema Technology, 4-way video output (DVI, HDMI, Display Port and VGA), EZ quick charger, Motherboard Intelligent Bios III, 4K video output, ECS EZ Bios, and ECS ADS (Anti-Dust Shield).
ECS will also be introducing a new brand and family of motherboards specially designed for gaming and high performance processing to be announced in Q2 of 2013. These motherboards will be designed for extreme gaming performance with the highest quality components, and numerous exclusive technologies designed to enhance the gaming experience.
ECS has introduced its new technology that improves reliability and stability of motherboards in overclocked conditions. Dubbed Durathon, this technology is a combination of top-notch components as well as tests of motherboards in stressful conditions.
ECS Durathon motherboards must have the highest level bi-directional splitting glass fabric, which is three times more effective humidity protection than general glass fabric. ECS bi-directional splitting glass fabric narrows the vacant space between the glass fabric of the PCB which can lower air permeability for dampness proofing and reduces short circuit or burn out malfunction. It improves the thermal stress of the PCB and makes the motherboard more reliable against heat. ECS bi-directional splitting glass fabric is the highest level splitting glass fabric with highest quality copper foil and resin.
ECS Durathon motherboards use only the highest grade ECS solid capacitors as opposed others motherboards to ensure that the performance will last longer than other motherboards and are designed to perform great in the most extreme environmental conditions. Typical electrolytic capacitors last only 32,000 Hours (3.6 Years) but ECS solid capacitors are designed to last up to 200,000 Hours (22 Years) with a lifespan six times longer at above normal operating temperatures of 65˚C. ECS solid capacitors are designed to operate consistently at temperatures of up to 100˚C meaning you get stable performance over time, even at high temperatures.
ECS Durathon motherboards have been tested for extreme operating conditions in the wide range temperature standard, which improves the lifespan of the entire motherboard including components and PCB, and also reduces stress on the motherboard due to drastic temperature fluctuations in cold environments. The Extreme Temp Resistance checks every board’s ability to keep working flawlessly – even when handling supremely demanding computing tasks under the most extreme environmental conditions, which is far above the industry standards for motherboards and gives you unmatched durability and stability.
In addition, every ECS Durathon motherboard must undergo the 1.5K marathon test: a comprehensive product testing. ECS Durathon motherboards are put through a thorough and comprehensive 1507 test points that checks every aspect of the motherboard in order to ensure high quality and stability. The test items go through a rigorous reliability test that includes not only different functional tests but also the minute details of the motherboards components. ECS Durathon motherboards completed the strictest reliability test that ensures the motherboards are ready to take whatever you throw at it.
MSI has announced the availability of its complete Gaming motherboard lineup. As part of the 2013 series of motherboards, the new Z77 Gaming models will be available far into 2014. Together with the recently introduced Gaming Graphics Cards from MSI, they allow awe-inspiring PC builds from PC gamers and enthusiasts.
The MSI Z77 Gaming motherboards are designed to have as little lag as possible, to have the best possible input relay connections from your devices (mouse, keyboard and headset) and have the best audio set up integrated in the motherboard, and have room for several video cards.
The MSI Z77A-GD65 GAMING is the top of the line Gaming motherboard. It is loaded up with all the MSI Gaming features such as Killer NIC the network lag killer, Sound Blaster Cinema for realistic surround sound even with stereo headphones, and Multi-GPU optimizations with Triple GPU support. It also comes with an array of overclocking tools like OC Genie 2, to extract even more Gaming performance out of their system.
ASRock has announced the debut of its most deluxe motherboard of the AM3+ Series, the 990FX Extreme9.
The ASRock 990FX Extreme9 is composed of the most luxurious hardware components. It uses AMD 990FX and SB950 chipsets and supports AM3+ processors with up to eight cores. The board comes with a 12+2 voltage regulator circuitry, gold caps that extend the motherboard’s life span, four PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots, one PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot, one standard PCI slot, four DDR3 memory sockets supporting up to 2,450 MHz when overclocked, eight SATA-600 ports, two eSATA-600 ports, eight USB 3.0 ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, an 8-channel audio (Realtek ALC898), and one Gigabit Ethernet port (Intel 82583V).
Furthermore, this motherboard features several of ASRock’s proprietary technologies, such as ASRock X-Boost, XFast 555, Fast Boot, and Restart to UEFI, Dehumidifier, OMG, Internet Flash, and Easy RAID Installer.
PC motherboards are most often equipped with analog display connectivity alone, with high definition digital outputs such as HDMI considered a feature commonly reserved for more expensive models.
Gigabyte has launched its latest HD series of value motherboards that bring both HDMI and DVI ports. It means that users can now enjoy true HD display capability using the most commonly integrated digital output technologies on today’s HD displays and TVs. The new Gigabyte HD motherboard series is comprised of models at attractive and affordable price points. See them below:
ECS has released its first motherboard with Thunderbolt support, the Black Series Z77H2-A5X Deluxe. Thunderbolt is a high-speed data connection technology that provides a maximum transfer rate of 10 Gbps. Just to give you an idea, USB 3.0 provides a maximum transfer rate of 5 Gbps.
The Black Series Z77H2-A5X Deluxe is based on the Intel Z77 chipset, comes with four DDR3 memory sockets, three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, two PCI Express x1 slots, one mini PCI Express x1 slot, two SATA-600 ports, three SATA-300 ports, an eight channel audio (Realtek ALC892), one Gigabit Ethernet port (Realtek 8111E), one HDMI port, one VGA port, one Thunderbolt port, two USB 3.0 ports, and four USB 2.0 ports.
For overclockers, the ECS Z77H2-A5X Deluxe provides a wealth of tweaking, control and adjustment features. ECS’s Hyper Alloy Chokes give overclockers more stability because of their high energy efficiency and heat reduction. Long-life capacitors in all critical areas guard against failure even in the most challenging conditions. Triple thickness gold plating on the CPU, memory, and add-on card sockets ensures the Z77H2-A5X Deluxe always provides a reliable connection, even with heavy use and in hostile environments. Improved heavy duty heatsinks and heatpipes help dissipate heat efficiently when overclocking. Thor Ultra Protection offers complete electrostatic discharge protection for VGA, USB, LAN, and HDMI ports against component damage from static electricity in dry climates. ECS’s latest UEFI II: EZ BIOS also provides a modern high resolution BIOS and Windows 8 ready to work with.