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MSI Unveils New ECO Series Motherboards

MSI, world leader in motherboard technology, is proud to announce its groundbreaking new Intel based ECO Series motherboards. MSI ECO Series motherboards are the pinnacle of technical ingenuity through revolutionary PCB and software design, resulting in less use of power than a light bulb! Introducing 3 new models with the MSI H97M ECO, B85M ECO and H81M ECO motherboard.

The new MSI ECO Series motherboards offer an unmatched efficiency with power saving up top 40% while delivering 100% performance and 100% compatibility with all 4th generation Intel CPUs and high speed DDR3 memory. With reliable and fast Gigabit LAN from Intel, SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 providing fast storage options and much more, the MSI ECO Series motherboards offer a wide selection of features.

BIOSTAR's TB85 Ready for Work, Play or Bitcoin Mining

The newest motherboard based on the Intel B85 chipset by BIOSTAR is ready for work, play or to even literally make you money. The TB85 supports the Intel's 4th generation Core i7 and Core i5 processors in the 1150 package using the Intel B85 single chip architecture. The TB85 includes many features that are useful for IT departments in larger companies as well as small firms. BIOSTAR's TB85 boards deliver a business-rich option at a value price compared to the other companies.

The TB85 also offers a perfect choice for "Bitcoin Mining" with six PCI-E slots for users who wish to create a dedicated mining machine. With the TB85's PCI-E slots you get a value oriented motherboard that can be loaded up with graphic cards for mining. The BIOSTAR motherboards boasts 100% solid capacitors and with the Intel chipset and 4th generation Intel Core processor platform you get out-of-the-box solutions. These boards deliver better PC performance, manageability, and security protections with features like Intel Rapid Storage Technology (Intel RST), for fast system boot and application load time, and Intel Small Business Advantage (Intel SBA), which delivers business-centric security protection, such as after-hours virus scans and data backup, and blocks recognition of unwanted USB drives.

In Win Designs Chassis for Komplett Steam Machine

In Win showed off its big OEM catch at Computex. The company supplies the case for Norwegian online retailer's own 2014 Steam Machine. The case, built mostly with brushed metal, is roughly the size of next-generation game console. Under its hood are an Intel Core i7-4790 quad-core prorcessor, MSI B85I motherboard, NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Black graphics, 16 GB Kingston-made DDR3 memory, 480 GB Kingston-made SSD storage, 802.11 ac WLAN, gigabit Ethernet, four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, 8-channel HD audio with optical SPDIF output, dual-link DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI from the graphics card, and pre-installed SteamOS operating system.

MSI Goes Black and Green with its ECO Line of Motherboards

It what may look like MSI paying GIGABYTE back in its own coin (of copying color scheme and nomenclature), but is actually a completely different target market the company is going after; the new ECO line of motherboards by MSI offer essential feature-set to mainstream desktop builders, while cutting down greatly on redundant components, costly dyes, and over-the-top packaging materials. The boards also feature energy-efficient VRM designs, to cut power consumption down as much as the platform can allow. MSI unveiled three ECO products, the H81M ECO, the B85M ECO, and the H97M ECO.

ECS 8 Series Motherboards Now Support Intel Haswell Refresh Processors

ECS, Elitegroup Computer System, the global leading motherboard manufacturer today announces that all of its 8 series motherboards offer support for the New 4th Generation Intel Core Haswell Refresh Processors. With only a simple BIOS update, users can easily take full advantage of the newly launched CPUs.

With the anticipation and excitement coming along with the new 4th Generation Intel Core Haswell Refresh Processors, ECS takes it one step further when it comes to fulfilling users' satisfaction by getting new drivers and BIOS ready. ECS has provided support across the entire 8 series product line, including Z87, H87, Q87, B85 and H81 chipset based motherboards.

BIOSTAR Released Dual Gigabit LAN Motherboards With The 6+ Experience

BIOSTAR is releasing three boards with dual Gigabit LAN on-board that are going to make networking and gaming even better with the 6+ Experience. To achieve this, the "Hi-Fi B85S2G", "Hi-Fi A88S2G", and "Hi-Fi B85N 3D" have Gigabit LAN connections on the board that allow simultaneous LAN connections.

The primary advantage is the doubling bandwidth which allows the network bandwidth, it also allows for Full-duplex transmission. Two networks can be simultaneously transmitted to upload and download at the same time. In addition, there is zero packet delay with two high-speed gigabit networks, giving super high data transmission efficiency.

MSI Fires Up B85I GAMING and B85M GAMING Motherboards

MSI, world leading in motherboards, debuts its new GAMING motherboards based on the Intel B85 chipset, the B85M GAMING and B85I GAMING. Inheriting the outstanding DNA of MSI's GAMING product family, the new B85 microATX and Mini-ITX GAMING motherboards feature USB Audio Power, Killer LAN, Audio Boost, and a whole new software and hardware design for enhanced performance. Offering the full GAMING experience in a small size without compromising on features.

The best possible sound quality with USB Audio Power
High quality USB audio devices, such as external DACs, suffer from weak USB power delivery when multiple USB devices are connected, highly impacting sound quality. MSI USB Audio Power continues to deliver 5V to the USB ports on motherboards, greatly improving sound quality. The USB Audio Power design, which powers the USB ports independently, offers more stable power and better audio signals than traditional solutions. This results in much clearer sound with reduced noise, along with improved power stability for the users' extra devices, enjoying an enriched sound presentation.

ASUS Unveils B85-Pro Gamer Motherboard

ASUS' choice of decking its mainline motherboards in black and gold is coming to bite it, as the company unveiled one of the first of its "Gamer" line of motherboards. Simply put, these are boards from its mainline Z87 and B85 series products, but with black and red color scheme, and not many of the goodies that its expensive ROG (Republic of Gamers) series comes with. It's the idea of making entry-level and mid-range products more appealing to gamers that ASUS appears to have aped MSI on, even if MSI isn't the original "black + red" motherboard maker. That said, the B85-Pro Gamer isn't just a B85-Pro with fancy heatsinks. Its PCB resembles rather closely with that of the Z87-A.

To begin with, this slim ATX motherboard uses an 8-phase VRM to condition power to the LGA1150 socket. It's wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, and a single PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot. The other long x16 slot on this board is physically PCI-Express 2.0 x4, and wired to the B85 PCH. Three legacy PCI, and two PCI-Express 2.0 x1 make up the rest of the expansion area. Storage connectivity includes four SATA 6 Gb/s, and two SATA 3 Gb/s. Display outputs (which we doubt gamers would use), include DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI. ASUS worked on the networking and audio of this board. It features a rather premium Intel I217V GbE controller, and SupremeFX audio, with a 115 dBA SNR CODEC, electrolytic capacitors, a TI-made 300Ω headphones amp, and ground-layer isolation.

ASRock 8 Series Motherboards Support New 4th Generation Intel Processors

The global leading motherboard manufacturer, ASRock, announces that all of its 8 series motherboards will support Next Generation Intel Core Processors. With only a few clicks, users are able to update the BIOS and enjoy the outstanding performance of their new processors.

ASRock provides the latest BIOS not only to those high-end and mainstream motherboards, but also to those entry level ones. From the Z87, H87, B85 series to the H81 series, there is no 8 series motherboard left behind this full-scale support.

Gigabyte Announces B85N-Phoenix Mini-ITX Motherboard

Gigabyte announced the B85N-Phoenix, a socket LGA1150 motherboard based on the Intel B85 chipset, and in the mini-ITX form-factor. The board is unusually rich in connectivity, despite its precious little PCB real-estate. It features an equally unusual black+orange color scheme that's more commonly found with the company's OC-series motherboards. It draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 4-pin CPU power connectors, and conditions it using a 4+2 phase VRM. The CPU socket is wired to a pair of DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting up to 32 GB of dual-channel memory; and a PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot. It's neighbored to the north by an mPCIe 2.0 slot, wired to the B85 PCH.

Storage connectivity on the B85N-Phoenix includes three SATA 6 Gb/s, and a single SATA 3 Gb/s. The board features a total of four USB 3.0 ports, two on the rear panel, two by header. Display outputs include dual-link DVI and HDMI. The board comes prepped for wireless communications, but doesn't include a card. There are holes for two antennae, and an mPCIe slot. The board offers 8-channel HD audio with optical TOSLINK output. Gigabit Ethernet, PS/2, and a number of USB 2.0/1.1 ports make for the rest of it. Gigabyte didn't announce pricing.

BIOSTAR Motherboards Ready for Intel 4th Gen Refresh CPUs

BIOSTAR has prepared to take full advantage of the Intel 4th generation Haswell refresh CPUs. BIOSTAR models based on the Z87, H87, B85, H81 chipset series will feature Intel single chip architecture with HD 4600 Graphics, along with a new integrated memory controller that will run at speeds up to 1600 MHz.

The newest desktop-based quad-core processors CPUs promise big leaps in performance and, being Intel-based boards, they also feature Intel Rapid Start Technology and Intel Smart Connect Technology.

GIGABYTE 8 Series Motherboards Now Support Upcoming 4th Gen Intel Core CPUs

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced official support for soon to launch 4th Gen Intel Core Processors and select unlocked 4th Gen Intel Core Processors.

Wanting to ensure compatibility for upcoming 4th Gen Intel Core Processors, GIGABYTE has enabled support across the entire range of GIGABYTE 8 series motherboards, including Z87, H87, Q87, B85. and H81 chipset based motherboards. By installing the latest BIOS for their 8 series motherboard, users can be assured they are ready to take advantage of all the performance improvements that Intel's upcoming CPUs have to offer.

Four ASRock Killer Series Motherboards are Coming

While tossing and turning in bed, great minds often stumble upon the same philosophical questions of life. Are you there God? What is love? And what are the definitive attributes that differentiate a gaming motherboard from regular motherboards? Now ASRock elaborates the definition of real gaming motherboards with their new Killer Series - Z87 Killer, B85 Killer, 990FX Killer and FM2A88X+ Killer!

BIOSTAR Unveils the B85MG LGA1150 Motherboard

The newest motherboard based on the Intel B85 chipset by BIOSTAR is ready for business. The "B85MG" supports the Intel's 4th generation Core i7 and Core i5 processors in the 1150 package using the Intel B85 single chip architecture.

Built for businesses, the B85MG includes many features that are useful for IT departments in larger companies as well as small firms. BIOSTAR "B85MG" boards deliver a business-rich option at a value price compared to the other companies.

ASRock Announces the Fatal1ty B85 Killer Motherboard

Christmas is right around the corner, and ASRock is ready to celebrate the upcoming merry holidays with new designed Killer Series motherboards! Standing next in line to the former ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer is yet another serious gaming motherboard, which is equipped with Killer E2200 Series LAN, Gaming Armor, Key Master and XSplit, but this time it adopts an Intel B85 chipset - ASRock Fatal1ty B85 Killer!

BIOSTAR's Intel B85 Chipset Motherboards Are Ready For Business

The newest motherboards based on the Intel B85 chipset by BIOSTAR are ready for business. These BIOSTAR mainboards support the Intel's 4th generation Core i7 and Core i5 processors in the 1150 package using the Intel B85 single chip architecture.

Built for businesses, the B85 includes many features that are useful for IT departments in larger companies as well as small firms. BIOSTAR's B85 boards deliver a business-rich option at a value price compared to the other companies.

BIOSTAR Unveils the Hi-Fi B85S3+ Intel B85 Motherboard

Micro-ATX boards used to mean a compromise in power and expandability but newer boards, like those from BIOSTAR, have proven you can get all the power you need in a small package. The newest micro-ATX motherboard based on the Intel B85 chipset, the Hi-Fi B85S3+ has been announced by BIOSTAR. Perfect for space conscious computer setups, micro-ATX boards can often be used for just about anything a normal full-sized ATX board can, especially with the BIOSTAR quality and features (such as a powerful built-in headphone amplifier) in play.

The Hi-Fi B85S3+ supports the Intel 4th generation Core i7 and Core i5 processors in the 1150 package using the Intel B85 single chip architecture. It has 4-DIMM DDR3-1600/1333 slots for up to 32 GB maximum RAM capacity. The board supports DVI+VGA+HDMI for a high-definition image display and the Hi-Fi B85S3+, like all BIOSTAR motherboards, boasts 100% solid capacitors.

ASUS Announces TUF Vanguard B85 Motherboard

ASUS launched its first The Ultimate Force (TUF) series motherboard based on a mid-range chipset by Intel, the TUF Vanguard B85. Designed for gamers who don't overclock their CPUs, and for businesses that change their IT infrastructure every decade, this motherboard is a tight ship. To begin with, it uses a simple 4-phase VRM to condition power for the CPU, but that VRM consists of high-grade components, and is cooled by heatsinks. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors. The LGA1150 socket is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting up to 32 GB of dual-channel memory; and one PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot. A second PCI-Express x16 slot is electrical gen 2.0 x4, wired to the PCH. One each of PCI-Express 2.0 x1, and legacy PCI, make up the rest of the expansion area.

Storage connectivity on the TUF Vanguard B85 includes four SATA 6 Gb/s, and two SATA 3 Gb/s, all of which are assigned as internal ports. Display connectivity includes one each of dual-link DVI, HDMI, D-Sub, and DisplayPort. The board offers a total of six USB 3.0 ports, four on the rear panel, and two via internal headers. 8-channel HD audio, gigabit Ethernet, PS/2 mouse/keyboard combi-plug, and a number of USB 2.0/1.1 ports, complete the connectivity package. The board feature all the TUF military-grade durability paraphernalia, including the Thermal Radar feature from the TUF Sabertooth series. Expect this one to go for about $110.

GIGABYTE Announces G1.Sniper B5 Gaming Motherboard

For gamers who don't plan on overclocking their CPUs, GIGABYTE announced a new gaming desktop motherboard, branded within its G1.Killer series no less. The G1.Sniper B5 combines the key ingredients of a G1.Killer motherboard, with the mid-range Intel B85 Express platform, supporting Core "Haswell" processors in the LGA1150 package. It's built in the standard ATX form-factor. Since the chipset doesn't support CPU overclocking, GIGABYTE went easy on the CPU VRM, with a 4+1 phase design, which is guaranteed to run any socket LGA1150 CPU at its stock speeds. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors.

Expansion slots include two long PCI-Express slots, but only one of them is wired to the CPU, and supports PCI-Express 3.0 x16 speeds. The other slot is electrical gen 2.0 x4, and wired to the B85 PCH. Two each of PCI-Express 2.0 x1 and legacy PCI, make up the remaining expansion slots. Storage connectivity includes four SATA 6 Gb/s, and two SATA 3 Gb/s ports. The audio solution is based on a Realtek ALC898 CODEC (110 dBA SNR), ground-layer isolation, Nichicon audiophile-grade electrolytic capacitors on the AMP stage, and a removable OPAMP chip. There's no Bigfoot Killer NIC, but a decent Intel-made GbE LAN chip. The board features AMI UEFI BIOS with GIGABYTE's latest G1.Killer series setup program (minus the CPU overclocking options, of course), backed by dual-BIOS.

BIOSTAR Announces the Hi-Fi B85N 3D Mini ITX Motherboard

To cover the full range of motherboard form factors with the latest in chipset and motherboard technology, BIOSTAR has released their newest mini-ITX motherboard based on the Intel B85 chipset, the "Hi-Fi B85N 3D". Perfect for small form factor (SFF) computer systems, mini-ITX boards can often be passively cooled due to their low power consumption architecture, which makes them useful for home theater PC systems, for example.

The "Hi-Fi B85N 3D" supports the Intel 4th generation Core i7 and Core i5 processors in the 1150 package using the Intel B85 single chip architecture. It has 2-DIMM DDR3-1600/1333 slots for up to 16 GB maximum RAM capacities. The on board DVI+VGA+HDMI supports 4K/2K resolution for a high-definition image display.

Intel Cracks Down on Motherboard Vendors Offering Overclocking on non-Z Chipset

Over the past couple of months, motherboard vendors from across the industry offered BIOS updates for their motherboards based on Intel B85 Express and H87 Express chipsets, which enable CPU overclocking for Intel's unlocked Core processors denoted by "K" brand extension (Core i7-4770K, i5-4670K). This reportedly hasn't gone down well with Intel. Intel's Bxx and Hxx chipsets are significantly cheaper than its Zxx series chipset. Sensing a clear threat to its revenue, from the prospect of motherboard vendors coming up with high-end or overclocking-ready (strong CPU VRM) motherboards based on cheaper chipsets in the near future, Intel cracked down on them.

Intel is giving final touches to a CPU microcode update that restricts Core "K" Haswell processors from overclocking on chipsets other than Z87 Express. A microcode update can be deployed both through BIOS updates, and surreptitiously through Windows Update. Intel's used the tried and tested "stability" bogey to justify the update. While it's true that motherboards based on B85 and H87 tend to feature weaker CPU VRM, there's nothing to say that ASUS wouldn't have gone on to design its next ROG Maximus on H87 Express, and save on manufacturing costs. While it's purely hypothetical, something like that wouldn't be in Intel's commercial interests. What next? Intel will push this new microcode update on to motherboard vendors, instructing them to issue BIOS updates with it; and future batches of Intel "K" CPUs may not support overclocking. If that isn't enough to contain the problem, Intel may give Microsoft a ring, and ask it to push the update through Windows Update. It tried that once in the past.Source: Heise.de

ASUS Brings Haswell Processor Overclocking to H87 and B85 Motherboards

ASUS today announced that the latest UEFI BIOS for its motherboards based on Intel H87 and B85 chipsets unlocks previously inaccessible overclocking features for 4th generation Intel Core processors. Before this update, the overclocking features of new Haswell 'K Series' processors could be enjoyed only with motherboards based on the Intel Z87 chipset. Now, however, performance enthusiasts can exploit the power of Haswell K Series processors using ASUS 8 Series motherboards like the ASUS H87M-PRO and B85-PRO. The BIOS update is a free download for 10 ASUS motherboards - the H87-PRO, H87-PLUS, H87M-PRO, H87M-PLUS, H87M-E, H87I-PLUS, B85-PRO, B85-PLUS, B85M-E and B85M-G.

Once installed, the update enables frequency multiplier-based overclocking in one simple step for unlocked Intel K Series processors such as the Intel Core i7-4770K and Core i5 4670K. The BIOS also includes several features to make life simpler for PC users. A 'Last Modified' log makes it easy to determine when and how a particular setting was changed, and custom settings can be saved to a 'favorites' list for rapid switching to suit different applications.

Biostar Announces BIOS Updates Enabling Overclocking on H87 and B85 Motherboards

BIOSTAR, maker of Embedded/IPC solutions, Graphics Cards, and Motherboards, has officially announced their complete range of Intel 8 series chipset motherboards, including H87, B85 and H81 have the CPU overclocking ability.

BIOSTAR has achieved the K series CPU overclocking by not only Z87, but as well as H87, B85, and H81 motherboards that giving all users an additional value and experiencing optimum overclcoking. Without any complicate setting, users just need to simply adjust the CPU ratio from BIOS setting. More importantly, BIOSTAR has once again offering an affordable solution to every overclockers.

Gigabyte Releases Beta BIOS Unlocking Overclocking on H87 and B85 Motherboards

Closely trailing ASRock and ECS, Gigabyte began releasing beta BIOS updates for its socket LGA1150 motherboards based on chipsets other than Z87 Express, which let you overclock Core "Haswell" K-series processors. Intel intended Z87 Express to be the only LGA1150 platform that lets you overclock processors, but motherboard vendors found their ways around the limitation, enabling a few overclocking features for motherboards based on other chipsets such as H87 Express, and B85 Express. These BIOS updates are marked beta, and typically feature the version number "FXc," with a change-log entry reading "enables K SKU CPU multiplier." With this BIOS installed, you can overclock K-series processors such as Core i7-4770K and Core i5-4670K, by tinkering with their base-clock multipliers.

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