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MSI's Z170A SLI Plus motherboard is a man in black
— 7:45 AM on November 3, 2015

Lots of recent motherboards have decked-out color schemes with plenty of bling to catch the eye. MSI is taking the opposite approach with its

Type: News story Tags: Motherboards

Gigabyte's GA-Z170X-Gaming 6 motherboard is back in black
— 9:42 AM on November 2, 2015

The higher-end members of Gigabyte's Z170 motherboard lineup tend to be decked out with sporty white plastic shrouds and RGB LED accents, but bright white...

Type: News story Tags: Motherboards

— 10:19 AM on October 26, 2015

Some of you have asked about a tempting new monitor, the 165Hz IPS-and-G-Sync-infused Asus PG279Q. Yes, a review is happening: Hertz...

Type: News story Tags: Systems Displays The Tech Report

More Gigabyte Z170 mobos get Thunderbolt 3 with a BIOS update
— 8:40 AM on October 26, 2015

Gigabyte makes wide use of Intel's Alpine Ridge USB 3.1 controller chip on its H170 and Z170 motherboards, and that chip can double as a...

Type: News story Tags: Motherboards

Revisiting the Killer NIC, eight years on
— 10:36 AM on October 20, 2015

Killer-powered Gigabit Ethernet ports can be found on many gaming-focused motherboards and laptops these days. We talked to Killer Networking about the details of its...

Type: Feature article Tags: Motherboards Networking

Gigabyte's C230-series mobos put E3-1200 v5 Xeons to work
— 7:54 AM on October 20, 2015

Intel's Skylake-based Xeon E3-1200 v5 CPUs aren't meant for consumer-focused chipsets like the Z170 or H170. Instead, those workstation CPUs need motherboards based on the workstation-focused...

Type: News story Tags: Motherboards Workstations

Intel powers up entry-level workstations with Skylake Xeons
— 12:53 PM on October 19, 2015

The Intel CPUs that we recommend in our System Guides may be fine for the average builder, but workstations are a different beast. Those systems...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs

Biostar's Gaming H170T mobo and GTX 980 Ti keep it simple
— 7:47 AM on October 19, 2015

Biostar might not be the biggest dog in the motherboard world, but it still has a new trick or two to show off. The company's...

Type: News story Tags: Motherboards

— 9:07 AM on October 16, 2015

Hey, folks. I haven't posted an Etc. for a while, but things have been churning away behind the scenes here, so I figure I should...

Type: News story Tags: The Tech Report

Asus' Maximus VIII Extreme reaches for Skylake OC gold
— 8:09 AM on October 16, 2015

Asus has pulled out all the stops for what it calls its "flagship E-ATX motherboard" based on the Z170 chipset, the Republic of Gamers Maximus...

Type: News story Tags: Motherboards

Review roundup: Steam Controller, Steam Link, and SteamOS
— 7:37 PM on October 15, 2015

Valve announced a bundle of Steam Machine hardware today, all of which is set for a November 10 release. The "Steam Machine" comprises the...

Type: News story Tags: Systems Input devices Gaming Game consoles

AMD spins off assembly and test operations into joint venture
— 4:01 PM on October 15, 2015

As part of its financial results disclosure this afternoon, AMD has just announced that it is spinning off a portion of its operations...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Graphics

MSI's Nightblade gaming barebones are now Skylake-ready
— 5:39 PM on October 13, 2015

"I am the sword in the darkness." That may have been the quote MSI was thinking about when it christened the Nightblade barebones series,...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Systems

ROG Maximus VIII Impact is a mighty mouse of a motherboard
— 8:19 PM on October 10, 2015

Asus has a tradition of cramming as many goodies as it can into its top-end Mini-ITX motherboards, and the ROG Maximus Impact VIII carries that...

Type: News story Tags: Motherboards

Qualcomm demonstrates 24-core ARM server SoC
— 9:55 AM on October 9, 2015

Qualcomm is making a move on the server market. Yesterday, the company took the wraps off its Server Development Platform (or SDP), a system...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Servers

Soft Machines debuts CPUs and SoCs based on VISC architecture
— 1:05 PM on October 7, 2015

When we last checked in with Soft Machines about a year ago, the company had just announced its VISC CPU architecture, along with some...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs

Intel to begin shipping Skylake CPUs with SGX enabled
— 8:08 AM on October 5, 2015

Intel's Software Guard Extensions (SGX) is a CPU instruction set that allows applications to set aside private memory regions for code and data. SGX...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs

Shield Android TV firmware update turns on 4K gaming
— 1:21 PM on September 30, 2015

Nvidia is giving native Android TV gaming and local media playback some extra love to go alongside the revamped GeForce Now service. Shield Android...

Type: News story Tags: Gaming Game consoles