Wednesday, April 15th 2020

Lenovo Rumored to Enter Motherboard Market under its Legion Gaming Brand

Lenovo may be planning to join the likes of ASUS, MSI, ASRock and many more in the gaming motherboard market under its Legion brand according to Guru3D. Images have leaked on Weibo of two Lenovo Legion branded motherboards in non-standard form factors with Intel's 300 and 400 series chipsets, for the current generation Coffee Lake and next generation Comet Lake-S chips respectively.

While these boards appear to bare the Legion branding it is likely they will only be used in OEMs due to their non-standard form factor and lack of features. The motherboards appear to sport 8+2 phase power delivery systems, VRM heatsinks, dual M.2 connectors, four DIMM modules, WiFi and dome audio capacitors. The motherboards feature only one 16x PCI-e slot and very minimal I/0, so it will be interesting to see if these motherboards get a consumer launch.
Source: Weibo via Guru3D
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14 Comments on Lenovo Rumored to Enter Motherboard Market under its Legion Gaming Brand

#3
s3thra
lynx29money.cnn.com/2015/02/19/technology/security/lenovo-superfish/index.html
Nasty. Another reason to do a fresh OS install on pre-built PCs.

That aside, and I realise these boards are for OEM machines, but I wish there were more enthusiast motherboard manufacturers to pick from. Maybe it's just a localised supply channel limitation for Australia, but we pretty much just get the choice of MSI, AsRock, ASUS and Gigabyte these days.
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TheinsanegamerN
s3thraNasty. Another reason to do a fresh OS install on pre-built PCs.

That aside, and I realise these boards are for OEM machines, but I wish there were more enthusiast motherboard manufacturers to pick from. Maybe it's just a localised supply channel limitation for Australia, but we pretty much just get the choice of MSI, AsRock, ASUS and Gigabyte these days.
I mean thats all thats left. Who else was there? XFX and DFI pulled out, EVGA only makes Intel boards, and only rarely, Biostar stopped making high end stuff, BFG, Soyo, Chaintech and ABit's gone.

The only other option is Colorful, a chinese brand that has limited inroads to the western market.
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#5
s3thra
TheinsanegamerNI mean thats all thats left. Who else was there? XFX and DFI pulled out, EVGA only makes Intel boards, and only rarely, Biostar stopped making high end stuff, BFG, Soyo, Chaintech and ABit's gone.

The only other option is Colorful, a chinese brand that has limited inroads to the western market.
Yeah, wow, crazy to think about it, but you're right. I just remember when I was first building PCs in 2005 and there just seemed like a sea of manufacturers to pick from. I have fond memories of Abit motherboards from back then.
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#6
Kaotik
It's more likely just branding on the boards they use on their pre-built machines rather than them planning to enter retail mobo-market
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#7
MadsMagnus
Interesting.. I told them aprox 1 year ago at an event that they should do this..
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#8
lynx29
s3thraNasty. Another reason to do a fresh OS install on pre-built PCs.

That aside, and I realise these boards are for OEM machines, but I wish there were more enthusiast motherboard manufacturers to pick from. Maybe it's just a localised supply channel limitation for Australia, but we pretty much just get the choice of MSI, AsRock, ASUS and Gigabyte these days.
sorry but that doesn't work.

www.techdirt.com/articles/20150812/11395231925/lenovo-busted-stealthily-installing-crapware-via-bios-fresh-windows-installs.shtml

it was built into the BIOS to even install during clean installs, as said in that article above.

nice thinking though. this is why I will never buy another Lenovo product ever again. it's shady as shady gets homie lol
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#9
TheLostSwede
TheinsanegamerNI mean thats all thats left. Who else was there? XFX and DFI pulled out, EVGA only makes Intel boards, and only rarely, Biostar stopped making high end stuff, BFG, Soyo, Chaintech and ABit's gone.

The only other option is Colorful, a chinese brand that has limited inroads to the western market.
You forgot about ECS, although they're on about level with Biostar so...

Supermicro has also gotten back into the consumer motherboard space, have a look under desktop/gaming boards www.supermicro.com/en/products/motherboards/

Soyo as we know it might be gone, but some Chinese company owns the brand now and sells motherboards under the Soyo brand.

Fujitsu has been making board up until last year, when Kontron took over, although they're apparently still designed by Fujitsu. Not what I'd call high-end though and they're super expensive www.kontron.com/products/boards-and-standard-form-factors/motherboards

Shuttle obviously still make their own boards, but that's for their barebones systems, so not sure that counts.
Same goes for Zotac.
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#10
Caring1
I miss Soltek, they had some nice boards.
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#11
lynx29
Taiwan brands are all I trust as far as computer parts go.
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#12
Mouth of Sauron
If you put Intel processor, it kinda breaks the same, except for Intel you KNOW you'll have backdoors and with Lenovo you just *think* you will...

A bunch of Lenovo products are high quality and generally a good deals, say monitors...
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#13
Logoffon
Non-standard form factor? I only see Micro ATX and standard DTX boards here.
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#14
s3thra
lynx29it was built into the BIOS to even install during clean installs, as said in that article above.
Oh that’s awful. I remember now dealing with CompuTrace software that used the Windows Platform Binary Table to install a few years ago when imaging new laptops at my work. I had no idea that Lenovo was installing its spyware using the same feature.

Looks like this all blew up around 2015:

grandstreamdreams.blogspot.com/2015/08/so-thats-how-it-works-windows-platform.html?m=1
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