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[Sep 19, 2012] Biostar Launches the Hi-Fi A85X Motherboard
[Sep 11, 2012] EVGA Launches its Z77 and Z75 Motherboards
[Aug 29, 2012] MSI Z77 MPower Motherboard Available
[Aug 28, 2012] Gigabyte Launches the Z77X-UP7 Motherboard
[Aug 07, 2012] MSI Introduces OC Certified Motherboard
[Jul 23, 2012] Biostar Officially Launches the Hi-Fi Z77X Motherboard
[Jul 23, 2012] ECS Announces a New Series of Motherboards
[Jul 06, 2012] Gigabyte Launches Dual Port Thunderbolt Motherboards
[Jun 22, 2012] Gigabyte Hidden Gems Competition
[Jun 14, 2012] ECS Extends Its Replacement Service to all Motherboards and VGA Cards

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Biostar Launches the Hi-Fi A85X Motherboard
Author: Cássio Lima Date: September 19, 2012 - 8:19 AM PST
Category: Motherboard
More Info: http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/news/news.php?S_ID=154
Motherboard

Biostar has officially launched the Hi-Fi A85X, a socket FM2 motherboard that comes with a sophisticated audio configuration. The socket FM2 will be used by the upcoming AMD’s APUs codename, Trinity.

The Biostar Hi-Fi A85X features four DDR3-2400 memory sockets, three PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (x16 + x8 + x4), three PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots, one standard PCI slot, seven SATA-600 connectors, one eSATA connector, two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, one Gigabit Ethernet port (Realtek RTL8111F), one HDMI and one VGA video output.

Targeting audiophiles, the Hi-Fi A85X supports 7.1+2 audio format, i.e., eight channels plus two independent channels for audio streaming. On this motherboard, the audio is generated by the chipset using a Realtek ALC898 codec, which is an outstanding solution, providing an impressive 110 dB signal-to-noise ratio for the analog outputs, 104 dB signal-to-noise ratio for the analog inputs, and up to 192 kHz sampling rate for both inputs and outputs, with 24-bit resolution. This means you are able to capture and edit analog audio (e.g., converting LPs to CDs or MP3, converting VHS to DVDs or any other digital format, etc.) with this motherboard without adding any background noise.

Biostar added an electromagnetic shield around the codec and added an on-board audio amplifier. In addition, the audio section of this motherboard was physically separated from the other components. This was done to minimize interference, improving audio quality.

Information on pricing or availability was not provided.

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EVGA Launches its Z77 and Z75 Motherboards
Author: Cássio Lima Date: September 11, 2012 - 6:37 AM PST
Category: Motherboard
More Info: http://www.evga.com/articles/00690/
Motherboard

EVGA has expanded its motherboard line-up with the launch of two products based on the Intel Z77 and Z75 chipsets.

  • EVGA Z77 FTW: This motherboard supports 4-Way SLI, has two 8-pin CPU power connectors, 300% more gold content in the CPU socket, and a right angled 24-pin power connector. Designed from the ground up for overclocking, the EVGA Z77 FTW offers the flexibility and support that enthusiasts demand.
  • EVGA Z77 Stinger: A mini-ITX motherboard designed to accommodate large cards, comes with overclocking features and native SATA-600 and USB 3.0 ports. Coming soon.
  • EVGA Z75 SLI: Features native USB 3.0, SATA-600 and 2-Way SLI + PhysX, besides a great deal of overclocking options.

In the table below we’ve listed the main specs for the already launched models.

Model

EVGA Z75 SLI

EVGA Z77 FTW

Form Factor

ATX

E-ATX

Chipset

Intel Z75

Intel Z77

CPU Socket

1155

1155

PCI Express Slots

1 x PCIe x16 or 2 x PCIe x8 + x4

5 x PCIe x16/x8, 1 x PCIe x1

Memory Sockets

4

4

SATA-600 Ports

4

4

SATA-300 Ports

6

4

eSATA Ports

2

2

USB 3.0 Ports

4

6

USB 2.0 Ports

4

4

LAN Ports

1

2

Audio

8 channel

8 channel + Optical

Voltage Regulator Circuitry

7+1

7+1

Video Outputs

1 x mini-DisplayPort

1 x mini-DisplayPort

Suggested Price

USD 179.99

USD 309.99

 

 

 

 

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MSI Z77 MPower Motherboard Available
Author: Cássio Lima Date: August 29, 2012 - 7:39 AM PST
Category: Motherboard
More Info: http://www.msi.com/news-media/news/1470.html
Motherboard

MSI has announced the availability of the MSI Z77 MPOWER, its first OC Certified motherboard.

OC Certified is MSI’s overclocking testing procedure where motherboards are tested for stability with a 24-hour stress test. All OC Certified tests are run at 4.6 GHz CPU speed, in a high-temperature room (30°C) without airflow from a CPU cooler. Better power stability is tested by running Prime95 for 24 hours in these conditions.

The MSI Z77 MPOWER supports socket LGA1155 processors, features four DDR3 sockets, three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, four PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots, two SATA-600 ports (with RAID support), four SATA-300 ports (with RAID support), six USB 3.0 ports on the rear panel, two USB 2.0 ports on the rear panel, one Gigabit Ethernet port (Realtek 8111E), eight-channel audio (Realtek ALC898), Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, one DisplayPort, and one HDMI video output.

The board has military-class components, and several of MSI’s proprietary technologies, including Click BIOS II and OC Genie II.

MSI did not say the motherboard’s price.

MSI Z77 MPOWER
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Gigabyte Launches the Z77X-UP7 Motherboard
Author: Cássio Lima Date: August 28, 2012 - 7:18 AM PST
Category: Motherboard
More Info: http://www.gigabyte.com/press-center/news-page.aspx?nid=1152
Motherboard

The Z77X-UP7 is the latest socket LGA1155 motherboard from Gigabyte targeted to extreme overclockers. It features a 32+3+2 voltage regulator circuitry, high end components, two PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (or four PCI Express 3.0 x8 slots), one PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot, two PCI Express x1 slots, four DDR3 sockets, six SATA-600 ports, four SATA-300 ports, 10 USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, eight-channel audio, and two Gigabit Ethernet ports.

With the onboard BIOS Switcher, users can manually select which BIOS chip to use (main BIOS or backup BIOS), allowing them to select one BIOS for normal use and the other specifically for overclocking. Users can also easily compare two different BIOS versions, a very useful feature when users want to update to a new BIOS but don’t want to lose their original settings.

Onboard OC-Touch buttons allow overclockers to manually adjust the CPU ratio, BCLK settings as well as adjustments to the BCLK stepping ratio, to either 1 MHz or 0.3 MHz increments. These changes can be made in real-time, whether in BIOS, DOS, or Windows, without the need for rebooting so that users can quickly fine-tune their system and find their CPU’s maximum frequency. Onboard voltage measurement modules are also included to help users conveniently monitor individual component voltages. An onboard LN2 Mode switch allows users to quickly drop CPU frequency to x16 multiplier during extreme overclocking so that opening benching applications such as CPU-Z will not cause the overclock to fail.

Information on pricing was not provided.

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MSI Introduces OC Certified Motherboard
Author: Cássio Lima Date: August 7, 2012 - 7:47 AM PST
Category: Motherboard
More Info: http://www.msi.com/news-media/news/1464.html
Motherboard

OC Certified is MSI’s overclocking testing procedure where motherboards are tested for stability with a 24-hour stress test. All OC Certified tests are run at 4.6 GHz CPU speed, in a high-temperature room (30°C) without airflow from a CPU cooler. Better power stability is tested by running Prime95 for 24 hours in these conditions.

MSI’s first OC Certified motherboard is the Z77 MPOWER.

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Biostar Officially Launches the Hi-Fi Z77X Motherboard
Author: Cássio Lima Date: July 23, 2012 - 8:37 AM PST
Category: Motherboard
More Info: http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/news/news.php?S_ID=150
Motherboard

Biostar’s newest Hi-Fi Z77X motherboard is a product based on Intel’s Z77 chipset, supporting all of Intel’s socket LGA1155 processors. This motherboard features an integrated technology called “Puro Hi-Fi Technology,” targeting audiophiles, HTPC enthusiasts, and high-end gamers.

The Puro Hi-Fi technology utilizes audio components with an independent power design for a significant reduction in electronic noise and superb sound quality. The unique noise-blocking multi-layer PCB layout is ideal for exceptional clarity and high fidelity sound. It has a sampling rate of 192 kHz/24-bit which delivers high quality audio through an analog connection to your home theater system, multi-channel speakers, and high-end headphone. You can enjoy real Blu-ray grade high-definition sound in 7.1-channel surround sound.

The Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X motherboard comes with four DDR3 memory sockets, two PCI Express x16 3.0 slots, one PCI Express x16 2.0 slot, three PCI Express x1 2.0 slots, two SATA-600 ports, four SATA-300 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, one Gigabit Ethernet port (Realtek RTL8111F), and 8-channel audio (Realtek ALC898 codec; 7.1+2 channels, 24-bit resolution, 192 kHz sampling rate, 110 dB SNR for the outputs, and 104 dB SNR for the inputs).

Information on pricing was not provided.

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ECS Announces a New Series of Motherboards
Author: Cássio Lima Date: July 23, 2012 - 8:34 AM PST
Category: Motherboard
More Info: http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Media/NewsRoom_Detail.aspx?NewsID=151...
Motherboard

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has announced a new series of motherboards based on Intel’s B75 Express chipset. There are three motherboards in the new ECS B75 series: the B75H2-D, the B75H2-M2, and the B75H2-M3. The B75H2-M2 and the B75H2-M3 are microATX boards, while the B75H2-D is a DTX board. These brand new motherboards are compatible with Intel’s Small Business Advantage (SBA) platform, which consists of hardware, software, and firmware for small businesses without a managed network. Intel’s SBA also includes applications to help manage security and productivity issues.

In the table below we summarize the main specs for these new motherboards.

Model

B75H2-D

B75H2-M2

B75H2-M3

Socket

LGA1155

LGA1155

LGA1155

Form Factor

DTX

microATX

microATX

Memory Sockets

2

2

2

PCI Express x16

1

1

1

PCI Express x1

1

3

1

Standard PCI

-

-

2

SATA-300

4

4

2

SATA-600

1

1

1

USB 2.0

4

4

4

USB 3.0

2

2

2

Gigabit Ethernet

1

1

1

VGA

Yes

Yes

Yes

DVI

Yes

Yes

No

HDMI

No

No

Yes

Audio

Realtek ALC666

Realtek ALC666

Realtek ALC666


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Gigabyte Launches Dual Port Thunderbolt Motherboards
Author: Cássio Lima Date: July 6, 2012 - 7:14 AM PST
Category: Motherboard
More Info: http://www.gigabyte.us/press-center/news-page.aspx?nid=1140
Motherboard

Gigabyte has just launched three motherboards equipped with two Thunderbolt ports each, allowing the connection of up to 12 devices plus three digital displays simultaneously.

Thunderbolt is a high-speed data connection technology that provides a maximum transfer rate of 10 Gbps. For more information about this technology, please read our “Everything You Need to Know About the Thunderbolt Connection” tutorial.

The following Gigabyte’s motherboard models feature two Thunderbolt ports:

  • GIGABYTE Z77X-UP5 TH
  • GIGABYTE Z77X-UP4 TH
  • GIGABYTE Z77MX-D3H TH


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Gigabyte Hidden Gems Competition
Author: Cássio Lima Date: June 22, 2012 - 8:35 AM PST
Category: Motherboard
More Info: http://event.gigabyte.com/hidden_gems/
Motherboard

Gigabyte is celebrating its 25th birthday by inviting its Facebook fans to share videos and photos of their old Gigabyte motherboards (preferably still running). The older the better! You could win one of the following motherboards:

To participate, follow the instructions described here.

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ECS Extends Its Replacement Service to all Motherboards and VGA Cards
Author: Cássio Lima Date: June 14, 2012 - 8:34 AM PST
Category: Motherboard
More Info: http://www.ecsusa.com/ECSWebSite/Member/LoginPage.aspx
Motherboard

Today, ECS extended its 99-hour replacement service to all ECS motherboards and video cards bought after Dec. 31, 2011.  Whereas previously only applicable to ECS’ high-performance Black Series products, now all ECS motherboard and video card customers can receive their replacement parts within 99 hours of processing.

The 99-hour replacement service gives ECS customers in the USA (48 contiguous states) a fast and trouble-free service to replace ECS products if any issues should arise.  Simply register the ECS motherboard or video card bought after Dec. 31, 2011 on ECS’ website. If a replacement is needed, ECS will process your return and ship out a replacement within 24 hours after receiving it via 3-day shipping – guaranteeing ECS customers will receive their replacement within 99 hours.

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