Category Archive: motherboard

AMD B350 & X370 MEMORY SPEEDS

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

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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GIGABYTE GA-AB350 GAMING MOTHERBOARD

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 970A-G43 BIOS FAULT

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

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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ASUS LGA 1151 SUPPORT FOR KABY LAKE

Asus has announced a new UEFI BIOS upgrade for all of their LGA1151 motherboards. The new BIOS adds Kaby Lake support so those who want to install one of the new processors will be able to do so. Generally the Asus Update can handle the upgrades for existing users automatically. It’s also possible to upgrade …

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HP WILLOW MOTHERBOARD

The HP Willow is a socket AM4 µATX motherboard for AMD processors. This board is seen in the HP Pavilion 510-P101NP Desktop PC. SSID: 822A AMD Socket AM4 AMD Promontory FCH 2x DDR4 memory slots supports 4GB and 8GB DIMMs 2x SATA III 6 Gbps PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot M.2 slot key A The HP …

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GIGABYTE GA-990X-GAMING SLI

The GA-990X-Gaming SLI (12ME-990XGMS-1002R) is an enthusiast ATX motherboard for AMD AM3 and AM3+ processors. The board combines the 990X/SB950 chipset with additional logic. The UPC is 889523004784. Supports AMD AM3+/ AM3 Processor Dual Channel DDR3, 4 DIMMs Fast USB 3.1 -The World’s Next Universal Connector PCIe Gen2 x4 22110 M.2 Connector with up to 20Gb/s Data Transfer (PCIe …

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MSI B150M PRO VD MOTHERBOARD

The MSI B150M PRO VD motherboard is a basic µATX platform for Intel Skylake. LGA1151 Supports 6th Generation Intel Core i7/ i5/ i3/ Pentium/ Celeron Processors Chipset: Intel B150 Memory: 2x DDR4-2133 MHz Slots, Dual Channel, ECC, Unbuffered, Max Capacity of 32GB Slots: 1x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slot, 2x PCI-Express 3.0 x1 Slots SATA: 6x SATA3 …

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GIGABYTE GA-H110M-A MOTHERBOARD

The Gigabyte GA-H110M-A is a µATX motherboard for the Intel 6th generation Skylake processor. HDMI 1.4 Intel H110 Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1151) DDR4-2133 PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot 2x PCI Express 3.0 x1 slot Realtek ALC887 Gigabyte GA-H110M-A is a basic low cost platform for Skylake. The H110 supports …

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ASUS B150M-PLUS D3 MOTHERBOARD

HDMI 1.4 Intel B150 Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1151) PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot PCI Express 3.0 x4 slot PCI Express 3.0 x1 slot PCI slot Realtek ALC887 5X Protection II – Advanced hardware safeguards for all-round protection DDR3/DDR3L memory compatibility USB Type-C for convenient connectivity Epic gaming audio …

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GIGABYTE GA-H170-GAMING 3

The Gigabyte GA-H170-Gaming 3 is an ATX gaming motherboard form Gigabyte’s G1 gaming series. This board sells for about $105 when released.. Supports 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Dual Channel DDR4, 4 DIMMs HDMI 1.4, DVI-D, VGA 2-Way Graphics Support with Exclusive Ultra Durable Metal Shielding over the PCIe Slots Dual PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 …

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ASUS H170 PRO GAMING MOTHERBOARD

The Asus H170 Pro Gaming is a full ATX motherboard for the gaming market. This boards sells for about $125. LGA1151 socket for 6th-gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Core i5 / Core i3, Pentium® and Celeron Processors Dual DDR4 2133 support SupremeFX: Flawless audio that makes you part of the game Sonic Radar ll: Scan …

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GIGABYTE GA-Z170X GAMING 7 MOTHERBOARD

The Gigabyte GA-Z179X Gaming 7 motherboard is an enthusiast gaming platform. This board is expensive at $220. Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 Certified Motherboard Supports 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Dual Channel DDR4, 4 DIMMs Intel® USB 3.1 with USB Type-C™ – The World’s Next Universal Connector 3-Way Graphics Support with Exclusive Ultra Durable Metal Shielding over …

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ASUS B150M-A D3 MOTHERBOARD

The Asus M150M-A D3 is a µATX motherboard for Intel’s sixth generation Skylake processors. This low cost board is under $75. Intel Skylake i3, i5 and i7 (LGA1151) Intel B150 chipset HDMI 1.4, DVI and VGA 6x SATA 6x USB 3.0 6x USB 2.0 5X Protection II – Advanced hardware safeguards for all-round protection DDR3/DDR3L memory …

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INTEL Z170 MOTHERBOARDS

The Intel Z170 motherboard and processors make up the Skylake series. While Skylake is designed for DDR4, Intel mentioned that DDR3 is an available option. Gigabyte has the widest range of models for the Z170 chipset and socket LGA 1151. THE SKYLAKE CPU Intel initially offered 2 CPU choices with the i5-6600K and the i7-6700K. …

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INTEL 1155 vs 1150 vs 1151

Intel changes their socket over time as they bump up various features incrementally. Driven mostly by new technology such as faster USB and SATA, recent SSD improvements have introduced new interfaces. The M.2 slot first surfaced with the Z97 and it provides SSD use with the new NVMe interface that is much faster than SATA. …

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GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SLI MOTHERBOARD

The GA-Z97X-SLI  is an enthusiast ATX motherboard for Intel Haswell and Broadwell processors with the LGA 1150 pinout. Supports Haswell and Broadwell Processors Socket LGA 1150 Dual Channel DDR3, 4 DIMMs Fast USB 3.0 2x PCIe Gen3 x8 4x PCIe x1 2x PCI Supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel® Core™ processors Extreme multi graphics support SATA Express …

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