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[Jun 13, 2012] Computex 2012: ASUS Concept Motherboard with Two GPUs
[Jun 11, 2012] Computex 2012: Upcoming Motherboards from ASRock
[Jun 01, 2012] ECS Announces A85F2-A Deluxe Motherboard with FM2 Socket
[May 21, 2012] ASUS Launches First Intel Thunderbolt Certified Motherboard
[Apr 20, 2012] MSI Launches New Radeon Power Edition Series Video Cards
[Apr 18, 2012] Biostar Unveils the TZ75B Motherboard
[Apr 09, 2012] Intel Launches 7-Series Chipsets
[Apr 06, 2012] Manufacturers Unveil Intel’s 7-Series Motherboards
[Mar 23, 2012] Biostar Unveils the TA970XE AM3+ Motherboard
[Feb 23, 2012] ASRock Launches the Fatal1ty X79 Professional Motherboard
[Jan 17, 2012] CES 2012: Biostar Also Displays Intel Z77 Motherboards
[Jan 16, 2012] CES 2012: ECS Displays Intel Z77 and H77 Motherboards
[Jan 16, 2012] CES 2012: ASUS Demos Motherboard for Xeon ”Sandy Bridge-EP“ CPUs
[Jan 16, 2012] CES 2012: MSI Showcases Intel Z77 Motherboard with Thunderbolt
[Jan 15, 2012] CES 2012: Gigabyte Displays Intel Z77 Motherboards

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Computex 2012: ASUS Concept Motherboard with Two GPUs
Author: Gabriel Torres Date: June 13, 2012 - 8:18 AM PST
Category: Motherboard
More Info: http://www.asus.com
Motherboard

During this Computex, ASUS showcased a concept motherboard called “X79 Zeus,” featuring two on-board GPUs. This motherboard is not intended for production (at least not yet), but rather to show off what ASUS’s engineers can do.

Other features include two Thunderbold ports, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, 10 SATA-600 ports with hardware-based RAID, 12 USB 3.0 ports, WiFi IEEE 802.11b/g/n, and eight memory sockets supporting up to 128 GB.

The motherboard doesn’t have expansion slots, as the area normally occupied by them was used to install the two GPUs and the necessary memory chips. ASUS didn’t say which GPUs were used.

ASUS X79 Zeus
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ASUS X79 Zeus
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Computex 2012: Upcoming Motherboards from ASRock
Author: Gabriel Torres Date: June 11, 2012 - 9:49 AM PST
Category: Motherboard
More Info: http://www.asrock.com
Motherboard

ASRock displayed two of its upcoming motherboards, one for the LGA1155 platform and one for the LGA2011 platform.

The Z77 OC Formula will come with a cold plate for liquid cooling solutions pre-installed on the motherboard. It will have two PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, one PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot, 10 USB 3.0 ports, 12 USB 2.0 ports, six SATA-600 ports, four SATA-300 ports, on-board audio based on the high-end Realtek ALC898 codec, one Gigabit Ethernet port, voltage monitoring points, and two LED displays. It will support memories up to DDR3-3000. Another highlight of this motherboard is the use of an eight-layer printed circuit board. (Motherboards usually use a six- or four-layer PCB.) As you can assume by its name, this is an LGA1155 motherboard based on the Intel Z77 chipset. This motherboard is still under development, and its physical aspect may still change.

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The X79 Extreme11 will be an exceedingly high-end motherboard for the LGA2011 platform, based on the Intel X79 chipset, with seven PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots. All slots are PCI Express 3.0 and operate at high bandwidth configurations because of the presence of two PLX PEX8747 chips. This motherboard will have a Creative Core3D[l1]  audio controller, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, eight USB 3.0 ports, 14 USB 2.0 ports, two SATA-600 ports controlled by the chipset, eight SAS/SATA-600 ports controlled by an LSI SAS2308 chip, two eSATA-600 ports, four SATA-300 ports, two FireWire ports, eight memory sockets, and a POST diagnostics display.

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ASRock X79 Extreme11
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ECS Announces A85F2-A Deluxe Motherboard with FM2 Socket
Author: Cássio Lima Date: June 1, 2012 - 8:34 AM PST
Category: Motherboard
More Info: http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Media/NewsRoom_Detail.aspx?NewsID=149...
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ECS has announced the A85F2-A Deluxe, a new motherboard based on AMD’s A85X chipset with support for the latest AMD’s APUs, codename “Trinity.” The A85F2-A Deluxe is an ATX motherboard equipped with an FM2 socket, two PCI Express x16 slots, three PCI Express x1 slots, and two PCI slots. It has four DDR3 slots with support for up to 64 GB of DDR3-1866 memory (DDR3-2,300 O.C.), seven SATA-600 ports, six USB 3.0 ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA-600 port, one Gigabit Ethernet port, and HDMI, DVI and VGA video outputs.

The A85F2-A Deluxe is also part of the ECS “NonStop” motherboard lineup.

In addition to the A85F2-A Deluxe, four other models will released with the socket FM2: A75F2-A2, A75F2-M2, A55F2-A2, and A55F2-M3.

The price or the release dates have not been announced.

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ECS A85F2-A Deluxe

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ASUS Launches First Intel Thunderbolt Certified Motherboard
Author: Cássio Lima Date: May 21, 2012 - 8:43 AM PST
Category: Motherboard
More Info: http://www.asus.com
Motherboard

ASUS has announced the launch of the P8Z77-V PREMIUM, its first motherboard to offer Thunderbolt connection. 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 ASUS P8Z77-V PREMIUM is the first Thunderbolt motherboard to be certified by Intel. It comes with four PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, six USB 3.0 ports, six SATA-600 ports, three SATA-300 ports, two eSATA-600 ports, and a 32 GB SSD cache onboard.

Information on pricing or availability was not provided.

ASUS P8Z77-V PREMIUM
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MSI Launches New Radeon Power Edition Series Video Cards
Author: Cássio Lima Date: April 20, 2012 - 8:16 AM PST
Category: Motherboard
More Info: http://www.msi.com/news-media/news/1409.html
Motherboard

MSI has launched three video cards within their brand new Power Edition series of video cards: the R7850 Power Edition 2GD5/OC, the R7770 Power Edition 1GD5/OC and the R7750 Power Edition 1GD5/OC. All of them feature the latest Twin Frozr IV cooling solution (two 80 mm fans, nickel-plated copper base, and dust removal technology), military-class components, and triple overvoltage (adjust the voltage of GPU, memory and VDDCI).

In the table below we’ve listed the models launched and their main specs.

 

Model

R7850 Power Edition 2GD5/OC

R7770 Power Edition 1GD5/OC

R7750 Power Edition 1GD5/OC

GPU

Radeon HD 7850

Radeon HD 7770

Radeon HD 7750

Core Clock

860 MHz (OC: 950 MHz)

1,000 MHz (OC: 1100 MHz)

800 MHz (OC: 900 MHz)

Memory Clock

4,800 MHz (OC: 4800 MHz)

4,500 MHz (OC: 4800 MHz)

4,800 MHz (OC: 4800 MHz)

Memory Size

2 GB

1 GB

1 GB

Memory Interface

256-bit

128-bit

128-bit

Mini-DisplayPort

2

-

-

DisplayPort

-

1

1

HDMI

1

1

1

DV-I

1

1

1

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Biostar Unveils the TZ75B Motherboard
Author: Cássio Lima Date: April 18, 2012 - 8:13 AM PST
Category: Motherboard
More Info: http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/news/news.php?S_ID=137
Motherboard

Biostar has unveiled a motherboard based on the Intel Z75 chipset targeted toward third-generation Core i7, Core i5, and Core i3 processors (codename “Ivy Bridge”). The TZ75B motherboard comes with four DDR3 memory sockets, one PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot, one PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot, two PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots, two PCI slots, two SATA-600 ports, four SATA-300 slots, two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, 8-channel audio (Realtek ALC892), and Gigabit Ethernet. This motherboard is priced at USD 110.

Biostar Z75B
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Biostar Z75B
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Biostar Z75B
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Intel Launches 7-Series Chipsets
Author: Cássio Lima Date: April 9, 2012 - 3:26 PM PST
Category: Motherboard
More Info: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/chipsets/performance-chipsets/z...
Motherboard

Intel officially releases the 7-series chipsets for the “Ivy Bridge” processors (third-generation Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors), despite the processors not being available yet. The new Intel 7-series chipset family includes native support for USB 3.0 ports, and two new technologies: Smart Connect (allowing the computer to receive emails and refresh webpages while it is in sleep mode) and Rapid Start (faster boot times). They also support the Virtu Universal MVP, which allows you to combine the performance of the integrated graphics processor available in the CPU with the performance of any video card installed. This is similar to what occurs with the Hybrid SLI and ATI Hybrid Graphics technologies, with the notable difference of not being limited to GPUs from a specific manufacturer.

Intel’s 7-series chipsets do not support the PCI bus.

In the table below, we summarize the key differences of the 7-series chipsets targeted to desktops.

 

Intel Z77

Intel Z75

Intel H77

Supported CPUs

LGA1155

LGA1155

LGA1155

Integrated Video

Yes

Yes

Yes

PCI Express 2.0 Lanes

8

8

8

USB 3.0 Ports

4

4

4

USB 2.0 Ports

10

10

10

SATA-600 Ports

2

2

2

SATA-300 Ports

4

4

4

RAID Support

0, 1, 5, 10

0, 1, 5, 10

0, 1, 5, 10

Video PCIe Configuration

1 x 16 or 2 x 8 or 1 x 8 + 1 x 4 [l1] 

1 x16 or 2 x 8

1 x 16

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Manufacturers Unveil Intel’s 7-Series Motherboards
Author: Cássio Lima Date: April 6, 2012 - 9:12 AM PST
Category: Motherboard
Motherboard

Today, several manufacturers announced socket LGA1155 motherboards based on Intel’s 7-series chipset, targeted to upcoming “Ivy Bridge” processors. See the list below.

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Biostar Unveils the TA970XE AM3+ Motherboard
Author: Cássio Lima Date: March 23, 2012 - 8:13 AM PST
Category: Motherboard
More Info: http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/news/news.php?S_ID=133
Motherboard

Biostar has just introduced the TA970XE, a socket AM3+ motherboard targeted to overclockers and gamers. This board is based on the AMD 970 chipset, features four DDR3-2000 memory sockets, two PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (x16, x4), two PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots, two standard PCI slots, five SATA-600 ports, one eSATA port, two USB 3.0 ports, six USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire port, one Gigabit Ethernet port (Realtek RTL8111E), and 8-channel audio (VIA VT1828S). The TA970XE uses a 5-phase voltage regulator circuitry and high-quality solid capacitors.

Biostar TA970XE AM3+ motherboard has a suggested retail price of USD 80.

Biostar TA970XE
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Biostar TA970XE
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ASRock Launches the Fatal1ty X79 Professional Motherboard
Author: Cássio Lima Date: February 23, 2012 - 10:17 AM PST
Category: Motherboard
More Info: http://www.asrock.com/news/index.asp?cat=News&ID=346
Motherboard

Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel worked closely with ASRock engineers to develop a motherboard based on the Intel X79 chipset. Equipped with top-class components, the new ASRock Fatal1ty X79 Professional was designed for gamers and enthusiasts. It features four DDR3 memory sockets, four PCI Express x16 slots, one PCI Express x1 slot, two PCI slots, four SATA-300 ports, six SATA-600 ports, two eSATA-600 ports, 10 USB 2.0 ports, eight USB 3.0 ports, two FireWire ports, one Gigabit Ethernet port, and 7.1 audio (Realtek ALC898 codec).

The board comes with a 16+2 voltage regulator circuit, golden Japan-made solid capacitors and a special mouse port that allows users to adjust mouse polling rates from 125 Hz to 1,000 Hz.

The ASRock Fatal1ty X79 Professional is priced at USD 279.90.

ASRock Fatal1ty X79
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ASRock Fatal1ty X79
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CES 2012: Biostar Also Displays Intel Z77 Motherboards
Author: Gabriel Torres Date: January 17, 2012 - 11:50 AM PST
Category: Motherboard
More Info: http://www.biostar.com.tw
Motherboard

Biostar was another motherboard manufacturer to display motherboards based on the coming Intel Z77 chipset. The manufacturer talked about three models.

The TZ77XE4 will have four USB 3.0 ports, four SATA-600 ports, one eSATA port, three PCI Express x16 slots, one PCI Express x1 slot, and two standard PCI slots.

Biostar TZ77XE4
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Biostar TZ77XE4
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The TZ77XE3 will have four USB 3.0 ports, two SATA-600 ports, three PCI Express x16 slots, two PCI Express x1 slots, and two standard PCI slots.

Biostar TZ77XE3
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Biostar TZ77XE3
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The TZ77MXE will be offered in the microATX form factor and will have four USB 3.0 ports, two SATA-600 ports, two PCI Express x16 slots, and two PCI Express x1 slots.

Biostar TZ77MXE
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CES 2012: ECS Displays Intel Z77 and H77 Motherboards
Author: Gabriel Torres Date: January 16, 2012 - 11:38 AM PST
Category: Motherboard
More Info: http://www.ecs.com.tw
Motherboard

ECS was another motherboard manufacturer to display motherboards based on the forthcoming Intel Z77 and H77 chipsets. Two models were shown, one ATX based on the Intel Z77 chipset and one microATX based on the Intel H77 chipset.

The Z77H2-AX will have Bluetooth, Wi-Fi IEEE802.11b/g/n, six USB 3.0 ports, two SATA-600 ports, two eSATA ports, three PCI Express x16 slots, two PCI Express x1 slots, and two standard PCI slots.


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The H77H2-M will be a microATX motherboard based on the Intel H77 chipset, and will have four USB 3.0 ports, four SATA-600 ports, one PCI Express x16 slot, one PCI Express x1 slot, and two standard PCI slots.


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CES 2012: ASUS Demos Motherboard for Xeon ”Sandy Bridge-EP“ CPUs
Author: Gabriel Torres Date: January 16, 2012 - 10:54 AM PST
Category: Motherboard
More Info: http://usa.asus.com/
Motherboard

ASUS was the only major motherboard manufacturer to not display motherboards based on the forthcoming Z77 and H77 chipsets from Intel. According to the company, the reason was that they don’t want other manufacturers copying them. Instead, they demonstrated a dual-socket motherboard for the future Xeon “Sandy Bridge-EP” processors, which will be based on the LGA2011 socket. They were demonstrating the eight-core/16-thread model, which we assume to be the unreleased Xeon E5-2600.

You can see the pictures of this motherboard below. It will be called Z9PE-DBWS and will have two Gigabit Ethernet ports, four USB 3.0 ports, 14 SATA ports (the manufacturer didn’t say how many of them are SATA-600), seven PCI Express x16 slots, and eight memory sockets (four for each CPU). It will reach the market as soon as these new CPUs arrive on the market, and will be priced at around USD 500.


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CES 2012: MSI Showcases Intel Z77 Motherboard with Thunderbolt
Author: Gabriel Torres Date: January 16, 2012 - 10:47 AM PST
Category: Motherboard
More Info: http://us.msi.com/
Motherboard

MSI showcased two motherboards based on the forthcoming Intel Z77 chipset, which will be released together with the new “Ivy Bridge” processors from Intel. The main new feature for this chipset is the native support for USB 3.0 ports. PCI Express 3.0 is also supported if an “Ivy Bridge” CPU is installed. This new CPU still uses the socket LGA1155, so “older” CPUs can also be installed.

The MSI Z77A-GD65 will feature four USB 3.0 ports, four SATA-600 ports, three PCI Express x16 slots, and four PCI Express x1 slots.


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The Z77A-GD80 will feature a Thunderbolt port, which is an optical I/O connection developed by Intel. The prototype displayed didn’t have this port soldered on it yet, though. (It will be available below the VGA connector.) This motherboard will also feature four USB 3.0 ports, four SATA-600 ports, three PCI Express x16 slots, and four PCI Express x1 slots.


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CES 2012: Gigabyte Displays Intel Z77 Motherboards
Author: Gabriel Torres Date: January 15, 2012 - 11:53 AM PST
Category: Motherboard
More Info: http://www.gigabyte.com/
Motherboard

The Intel Z77 chipset will be released together with the new “Ivy Bridge” processors from Intel, and Gigabyte showed us four of the motherboards based on this new chipset that they will release as soon as Intel officially releases this new generation of CPUs. The main new feature for this chipset is the native support for USB 3.0 ports. PCI Express 3.0 is also supported if an “Ivy Bridge” CPU is installed. This new CPU still uses the socket LGA1155, so “older” CPUs can also be installed.

For the enthusiast market, Gigabyte will offer the G1.Sniper 3. A few of the features include a Creative audio chip, a Killer networking chip, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, six SATA-600 ports, six USB 3.0 ports, two FireWire ports, four PCI Express x16 slots (x16/x8/x16/x8), two PCI Express x1 slots, and two BIOS chips.


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The G1.Sniper M3 is going to be targeted to enthusiasts who want a high-end motherboard on the microATX form factor. This small motherboard will feature a Creative audio chip, four USB 3.0 ports, three SATA-600 ports, one eSATA-600 port, three PCI Express x16 slots (x16/x4/x8), and two BIOS chips.


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The GA-Z77X-UD5H will feature a high-end audio codec, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, six USB 3.0 ports, two FireWire ports, one eSATA-600 port, five SATA-600 ports, an mSATA bay for SSDs using this form factor, three PCI Express x16 slots (x16/x8/x4), and two BIOS chips.


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The GA-Z77X-UD3H will feature one Gigabit Ethernet port, four USB 3.0 ports, one eSATA-600 port, three SATA-600 ports, an mSATA bay for SSDs using this form factor, three PCI Express x16 slots (x16/x8/x4), and two BIOS chips.


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Although not showcased at CES, we can easily assume that Gigabyte will also offer a “UD7” model using this new chipset.

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