ASUS’s TUF or The Ultimate Force series motherboards are typically reserved for higher-end chipsets, but ASUS has just announced a TUF B85 motherboard. The TUF Trooper B85 is built on the B85 express chipset and supports Intel’s 4th and 5th generation Intel Core processors. Of course being a TUF board you get the reliability of it being rigorously tested and all of the TUF components.
Gigabyte has just announced a new socket 1150 motherboard into their G1.Gaming series for people who do not plan on overclocking their processors, the G1.Sniper B6. The board is based on Intel’s B85 chipset and comes with support for “Haswell” and “Devil’s Canyon” CPUs.
ASUS today announced that its H97, H87, B85 and H81 Series motherboards are able to overclock the latest Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition processor (G3258), 4th-generation Intel Core K Series (‘Haswell’) and new 4th-generation Intel Core K Series (‘Haswell Refresh’) processors.
With that said ASUS has unveiled the B85-Pro Gamer motherboard. This ATX motherboard makes use of an 8-pase VRM, has four DDR3 DIMM slots, a single PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot, a PCI-Express 2.0 x4 slot, and two PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slots. Storage on the board come in the form of four SATA 6GB/s ports and two SATA 3GB/s ports.
Intel does not seem to happy about motherboard manufactures finding a way around their restriction and is said to be releasing a firmware update for their H87/B85 motherboard chipsets. This firmware update would actively block the Non-Z OC feature from various manufacturers.
Like most other motherboard manufactures Biostar has put out a BIOS that enables overclocking on K-Series Haswell processors using their H87, B85 and H81 motherboards. Normally if you would want to overclock your K-Series CPU you would have to buy a Z87 motherboard, but with Biostar motherboards you do not have to!
Following ASRock, ECS also has made it possible to overclock your Intel K-Series Haswell processor on H87, B85 and H81 motherboards. Normally if you would want to overclock your K-Series CPU you would have to buy a Z87 motherboard, but with ECS motherboards you do not have to!
There was a rumor in the air that only K-series CPUs and Z-family platform are capable of being over-clocked. The avant-garde company ASRock has broken the restraint with a thrilling new feature called the Non-Z OC. With the help of this feature, overclockers can install their K-series CPUs to ASRocks Fatal 1ty H87 performance or H87 and B85 chipsets motherboards and start off with the over-clocking immediately.
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