MSI has posted photos of their upcoming Z170 Gaming M series motherboards on Facebook. This series is made up of the Z170A Gaming M5, the Z170A Gaming M7, and the Z170A Gaming M9 ACK. We have to point out that the “M” does not mean these boards are micro-ATX board, but rather to let you know these are MSI Gaming products. MSI’s competitors have imitated the naming scheme they used on their Z97 motherboards.
The EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti K|NGP|N graphics card is designed for overclocking perfection. With a 14+3 power phase design, this new digitally controlled VRM can deliver up to 600A of current, all delivered through 3 power inputs. A pre-binned GPU, ACX 2.0+, and the ability to go single slot with the included single slot bracket, makes this one of the most versatile graphics cards on the planet. You can get a card customized for you with the Ultimate OC Project.
ID-COOLING officially releases the world’s first integrated AIO water cooler for CPU & GPU with one radiator two pumps design, named HUNTER DUET. Along with this cooler, ID-COOLING is going to launch a full product line of water cooling under FROSTFLOW series.
Reviewing motherboards here at ThinkComputers one of the most vital things is being extremely careful when installing the CPU. Bending the pins on an Intel socket is easily achieved and is one of the top reasons many motherboards fail or have to be RMA’d. Because of this ASUS has come up with a new CPU Instllation Tool.
It looks like NVIDIA is working on another gaming deal to bundle with their GeForce cards. According to Newegg support Konami will be teaming with NVIDIA offering their latest Metal Gear Solid title, The Phantom Pain with GeForce graphics cards.
AMD has just announced availability of its latest budget socket FM2+ APU, the A8-7670K. THis APU is based on the company’s new 28nm “Godvari” silicon. It is the combination of a quad-core x86-64 CPU based on the “Excavator” micro-architecture and a Radeon R7 series graphics core that has six Graphics CoreNext 1.2 compute units, which gives you 384 stream processors, a dual channel DDR3 integrated memory controller, with native support for DDR3-2133 MHz memory, and a PCI-Express gen 3.0 root complex.
Sapphire is AMD’s larger board partner so as expected that have a pretty nice selection of AMD’s 300 series graphics cards. Sitting at the top of the 300 series is the Radeon R9 390X. This is of course a rebrand of AMD’s previous R9 290X, but with 8GB of GDDR5 memory. Also the rebrand has given AMD time to fine-tune the chip and add new features. This card is 100% DirectX 12 compliant and has AMD specific features like FreeSync, Super Virtual Resolution, and Eyefinity. Sapphire’s take on the card brings with it their Tri-X cooling solution that uses Intelligent Fan Control II technology that will turn the fans off when the GPU is not running hot and a massive 10mm heatpipe to keep things cool, 16K hours capacitors to lengthen the lifespan of the card, a dual BIOS, and the card is of course factory overclocked. Let’s jump in and see what this card can do!
This week on our Weekly Tech Podcast we talk about our review of the ASRock X99E-ITX/ac motherboard, AMD being valued at less than what they paid for ATI, Comcast’s new 2 Gb/s fiber service, CaseLab’s apology to Thermaltake and much more!
CaseLabs, a manufacturer of computer cases, has issued a letter of retraction and apology for its recent attacks upon competitor Thermaltake, Inc., another manufacturer of computer cases and other computer components.
About a decade ago AMD paid to acquire ATI Technology for around $5.60 billion. At AMD’s current stock price their market capitalization is set at $1.53 billion. This is just about a quarter of what AMD paid to acquire ATI.