Category: motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-970-GAMING

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The Gigabyte GA-970-Gaming SLI is a socket AM3+ motherboard for those who have existing hardware that like some new features like NVMe and M.2 etc. This motherboard is only US $64 on Amazon at launch. Socket AM3 DDR3 up to 64GB maximum AMD 970 SB950 Realtek ALC1150 Intel Ethernet PCIe x16 2x PCIe x1 2 …

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EVGA Z370 CLASSIFIED K MOTHERBOARD

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The EVGA Z30 Classified K motherboard (134-KS-E379-KR) is their flagship model for enthusiast gaming. One of the changes with the Z370 is the new power requirements which used a 13 phase design for the regulator. Chipset: Intel Z370 Socket: LGA1151 Form Factor: ATX SLI: 2-Way SLI + PhysX Memory: 4 DIMM Dual-Channel DDR4 4133MHz+ (up …

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INTEL Z370 MOTHERBOARDS

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Intel has the Coffee Lake Z370 chipset which is their most expensive one. This affords to most features that gamers want. Combined with an i5 or i7 processor, the Z370 provides excellent gaming with an elite graphics card. It does not make a lot of sense to use an i3 CPU on the Z170 as …

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MOTHERBOARDS FEATURING 10GBASE-T

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We use several computers here at Hardcore Games. The desire for faster networking is a universal one. 10GBASE-T has been pervasive in the corporate world for a long time, consumers have been stuck with 1000BASE-T for many years. The problem with 1000BASE-T is that copying backups over the LAN is slow at 100 MB/s. The …

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GIGABYTE X399 DESIGNARE EX

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The new Gigabyte X399 Designare Ex replaces the previous Aorus X399 Gaming 7 model released a few months ago. Supports AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ Processors Quad Channel ECC/ Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 8 DIMMs, 3600MHz+(OC) Fast Front and Rear USB 3.1 Type-C™ Interface 4-Way Graphics Support with Dual Armor and Ultra Durable™ Design Server-Class Digital Power Design …

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AMD B350 & X370 MEMORY SPEEDS

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Some overclockers are running into problems with the AMD Ryzen AM4 platform. Part of the problem is that memory speeds are faster than JEDEC can update the standard. Intel has developed the XMP profile to support faster speeds and now with DDR4 they have XMP2. AMD supports XMP2 however the UEFI-BIOS may have to be …

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INTEL X299 VRM HEADACHES

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We have seen many reports lately with Intel X299 boards. Some boards like the Asus AORUS X299 cannot get past 4.6 GHz while another vendor’s board reaches 5.0 GHz. It seems that Intel has underdesigned the regulators for the X299 which has left some OEM manufacturers to scramble to fix it. Some simply copied the …

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MSI A320M GRENADE MOTHERBOARD

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The MSI A320M grenade motherboard is a basic µATX for AMD Ryzen processors. Supports AMD® RYZEN Series processors and 7th Gen A-series / AthlonTM Processors for socket AM4 Support DDR4 1866/2133/2400/2667/2933(OC)/3200(OC) Mhz 2x DDR4 slots, 32GB maximum memory DDR4 Boost: Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost EZ debug LED to quickly identify problems Click BIOS …

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MSI B350M BAZOOKA MOTHERBOARD

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The MSI B350M Bazooka motherboard is a basic µATX for AMD Ryzen processors. Supports AMD® RYZEN Series processors and 7th Gen A-series / AthlonTM Processors for socket AM4 Support DDR4 1866/2133/2400/2667/2933(OC)/3200(OC) Mhz 4x DDR4 slots, 64GB maximum memory DDR4 Boost: Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost EZ debug LED to quickly identify problems Click BIOS …

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GIGABYTE GA-AB350 GAMING MOTHERBOARD

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The Gigabyte GA-AB350 Gaming is a mainstream ATX motherboard for AMD AM4 systems, AM4 motherboards using the A320 and B350 chipsets are aimed at budget gaming enthusiasts. The GA-AB350 Gaming  motherboard is for Bristol Ridge and Ryzen processors. DIY gamers will like this board with the B350 chipset which provides a good platform for gaming. AMD AM4 …

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GIGABYTE GA-AB350M GAMING 3 MOTHERBOARD

The Gigabyte GA-AB350M Gaming 3 is a mainstream µATX motherboard for AMD AM4 systems, AM4 motherboards using the A320 and B350 chipsets are aimed at budget gaming enthusiasts. The GA-AB350M Gaming 3 motherboard is for Bristol Ridge and Ryzen processors. DIY gamers will like this board with the B350 chipset which provides a good platform for gaming. …

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MSI B350 TOMAHAWK MOTHERBOARD

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The MSI B350 Tomahawk motherboard is an entry level ATX motherboard suitable for a single video card machine. This motherboard is very budget friendly with a lot of powerful features. The motherboard launched at around $95. Supports AMD RYZEN Series Processors and 7th Gen A-series/Athlon processors for Socket AM4 AMD B350 PCH Full ATX  form …

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MSI 970A-G43 BIOS FAULT

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We have a MSI 970A-G43 motherboard which generally works fine. We have 4 hard disks attached and a BD drive. We have not had problems with the machine. We own a front panel card reader box with USB 3.0 ports. It also has fan control which was intended to augment the motherboard. When we connected …

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MSI SOFTWARE UPDATES

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Today MSI delivered several new programs that actually do seem to make the machine run much better. The MSI X Boost seems to be a good disk caching program that seems to be able to speed up the system rather nicely. Modern systems have much more memory but Windows does not use it to deliver …

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BIOSTAR Z270 FEATURES

Biostar has released some new details over their new Z270 motherboards. The Z270 is already known to have a few more PCI Express lanes and some improvements for HDR etc. Biostar has also mentioned a new heatsink for the M.2 slot given the heat coming from recent Samsung SSD devices in the market. Other vendors …

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