ASUS today announced 970 Pro Gaming/Aura, the world’s first motherboard based on the highly-anticipated AMD 970+SB950 chipset, with official NVIDIA SLI certification for epic up to quad-GPU graphics, plus integrated Aura RGB – the all-new, awesome illumination technology invented by ASUS. As the latest member of the value-packed ASUS Pro Gaming series, 970 Pro Gaming/Aura has multiple exclusive features for superior gaming experiences.
MSI has just unveiled their very cost effective 970A-G43 Plus socket AM3+ motherboard, which will be priced under $100. The board will have a modern feature-set for mid-range gaming PCs that are based on AMD’s FX Series processors.
The mini-ITX form factor is becoming extremely popular with gamers who will be using a single graphics card because it allows them to build a system with premium components that is small and easy enough to take with them to LAN parties or other events. The problem with mini-ITX motherboards has been that they lack many features that their larger ATX counterparts offer. Well Gigabyte is changing that with their Z170N-Gaming 5 motherboard that has all of the features you would want in a full-size ATX motherboard, but in the tiny mini-ITX form factor. Gigabyte was able to pack in Killer E2200 gaming networking, Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 support, a PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 slot, two USB 3.1 ports (1x Type-C, 1x Type-A), and even 802.11ac dual band wireless. Gigabyte wants this to be the perfect board for gamers building in the mini-ITX form factor. Is it? Let’s take a look and find out!
The EVGA Z170 Classified K is engineered from the ground up for the hardcore gamer. Featuring a next generation Intel Z170 Express Chipset with DDR4 3600MHz+ memory support, this motherboard is built to dominate. Built in Killer Ethernet helps to prioritize and reduce network latency to keep you at the top of your game.
Traditionally Gigabyte is known as one of the go to gaming and overclocking board manufacturers. In fact their entire Z170 launch was focused entirely on the G1 Gaming line. Well as we know and expect there are always more boards to come in a second wave a few months or so after every new chipset launch. In this case we are getting a whole set of workstation motherboard from Gigabyte.
Gigabyte’s Z170 G1 Gaming series has been very successful thanks in part to the awesome feature set as well as the great color choices and aesthetics. The line is fairly well filled out with board options, but there has been a gap in boards between the G5 and the G7 gaming boards.
ASUS’s Republic of Gamers (ROG) lineup is getting a new entry and we have to say we really like what we see here. The board is the Maximus VIII Formula and just when we’ve thought we’ve seen everything ASUS still is able to impress us!
MSI’s Z170 motherboard product stack is pretty full, there are so many motherboards it is hard to narrow it down to a single board for your Z170 build. MSI has put a lot of focus on their Gaming Series that their Pro Series is often overlooked. Today we will be taking a look at a motherboard that has everything that you would want in a Z170 motherboard, without many of the extras that you won’t use. With that it comes in at a price that won’t break the bank. The motherboard I am talking about is the Z170A SLI Plus which features two shielded PCI-Express slots that support SLI and CrossFire, a 32 Gb/s M.2 slot, USB 3.1, and six SATA 6GB/s ports. As you can guess this board is designed for people who will be using two graphics cards and do not need all of the extra things on many of the motherboards we see on the market. Let’s see if the Z170A SLI Plus is the perfect board for your next Z170 build.
ASUS has just announced the Maximus VIII Hero Alpha motherboard. This LGA1151 motherboard is based on the Intel Z170 express chipset and ASUS claims that it is the first motherboard with native support for multi-color RGB LED headers.
ASRock has just revealed one of the first sub-$100 Z170 motherboard that has USB 3.1 ports. The narrow ATX board is the Z170A-X1/3.1 and it supports Intel’s 6th Generation Core “Skylake” processors and up to 64GB DDR4 memory at speeds of DDR4-3400 via overclocking.
Feb 01, 2016 0