ASUS has just announced a new motherboard in the Z87 Deluxe Quad. This is the world’s first motherboard certified by Intel with Thunderbolt 2 technology. This board has two Thunderbolt 2 ports which allow for 12 simultaneously connected devices. Each port is capable of up to a 20 Gbit/s transfer rate and is backwards compatible with the first generation of Thunderbolt.
ASUS has just announced their entire series of H81 chipset Haswell motherboards. The lineup includes six boards: H81M-Plus, H81M-A, H81M-C and H81M-E Micro-ATX motherboards, and the H81I-Plus Mini-ITX (from left to right in the photo below). All of these models feature a single PCI-Express x16 slot, two DDR3 DIMM slots, and two SATA III slots along with ASUS’s latest UEFI BIOS, Realtek 7.1 audio and USB 3.0.
ASUS’s Sabertooth motherboards have been a big hit since they were introduced, so there was no doubt there would be a Z87 Sabertooth with ASUS’s new line of Z87 motherboards. This board is of course built on the LGA1150 socket and supports Intel’s Fourth Generation Core Haswell processors. The Z87 Sabertooth still keeps the cool Thermal Armor that everyone loves, but adds on to it with the TUF Fortifier backplate. In addition to that you have things like the Thermal Radar 2, Flow Valve and Dust Defender. For those wondering about specifics this board features two PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16 and x8 electrical), a single PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (x4 electrical) and three PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots. There are 4 DIMM slots with memory support of up to 32 GB of DDR3 memory, eight SATA 6GB/s ports, 4 USB 3.0 ports and a plethora of other connections. Read on as we take a look.
CyberPower has unveiled its Zeus Hercules Gaming Notebook. The Zeus Hercules gaming notebook features a 4th gen Intel Core i7-4750Q processor that can be automatically overclocked to 3.2GHz with the help of Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology. It has the Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics.
Just today ASUS unveiled the ET2301, an all-in-one desktop PC that’s the ideal for the day to day needs of today’s home users. This 23-inch Full HD display can be located at approximately any angle for comfortable 10-point multi-touch control. It constitutes the 4th generation Intel Core desktop processor, besides this the ET2301 AiO PC offers IPS display technology for excellent color resolution and wide viewing angles also equipped with ASUS SonicMaster Premium technology with an influential array speaker and desktop Intel Thunderbolt for connectivity.
Intel is mapping on launching its Core i7-4771 in this fall to take its premium line to 2014 when it plans to launch a refresh of Haswell. VR-Zone managed to get their hands on a copy of the chip early to run some benchmarks.
ASUS Republic of Gamers has finally made it official with the introduction of the Maximus VI Formula Z87 gaming motherboard. We first detailed this motherboard back in June when it was debuted at Computex. This ATX motherboard is ready for the latest 4th generation Intel Core Haswell processors and is based on Intel’s new Z87 chipset.
Apple’s Macbook Air was the first of Apple’s notebook computers to get upgraded with Intel’s newest fourth generation core Haswell processors back in June. Apple has held off on upgrading its Macbook Pro models but we have just been given word that Apple will hold a press event in September to unveil the next Macbook Pro lineup.
We haven’t seen much from Apple this entire year. It’s been almost a year that it last released its iPhones ad iPods, similarly it has been a year since it last launched its iMac and MacBook Pro models. Breaking the habits, it has finally released the Haswell powered MacBook Air laptops, which will definitely refresh the iMac and MacBook Pro line up with its new processor. According to one analyst, the new iMac model from Apple will be released somewhere in August. As far as Apple MacBook pro models are concerned, they are most likely to be renewed in September.
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.