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BIOSTAR Introduces A320MH M-ATX Motherboard

BIOSTAR presents an essential computing and home entertainment micro-ATX motherboard - the BIOSTAR A320MH. Based on the AMD A320 chipset, the BIOSTAR A320MH runs the latest 2nd generation AMD Ryzen CPUs and is easy to setup on Windows 7 and Windows 10. The BIOSTAR A320MH features exclusive 6+ experience with Speed+: USB 3.1 Gen 1, Smart Speed LAN, Audio+: HD Audio with 7.1-channel, Video+: HDMI4K2K, DirectX 12, Durable+: Moistureproof PCB, Low RdsOn P-Pak MOS, Protection+: ESD Protection, USB Polyswitch, OC, OV, OT Protection, DIY+: HeaderZone. The micro-ATX form factor design allows users to have enough space and flexibility for office, home entertainment and graphic design needs. It also includes free download of Smart Speed LAN software (Windows 7 only).

AMD A320 Chipset: Essential Computing for Office/Home with Media Playback
The BIOSTAR A320MH features the AMD A320 chipset for use with AM4 processors in a micro-ATX form factor. It offers essential features and performance to meet needs for daily computing with its dual DIMM slots supporting up to 32GB of 2667MHz DDR4 memory, one PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot and two PCI-E 1.0 x16 slots. As for connectivity, the BIOSTAR A320MH packs a Realtek RTL8111G controller for up to 100MB/s Ethernet connectivity along with two USB 3.1 Gen1 ports, one USB 3.1 Gen1 header, four USB 2.0 Ports and two USB 2.0 headers for lots of expansion possibilities.

EK Releases ASUS ROG Strix X470-F Monoblock

EK Water Blocks, the premium liquid cooling manufacturer, is proving its market leadership once again by releasing its first X470 series monoblock that is tailor-made for the ASUS ROG STRIX X470-F GAMING motherboard. The EK-FB ASUS Strix X470 RGB Monoblock has an integrated 4-pin RGB LED strip which makes it compatible with ASUS Aura Sync, thus offering a full lighting customization experience. This is a complete all-in-one (CPU and motherboard) liquid cooling solution for the new AMD X470 Chipset AM4 socket based ASUS ROG STRIX X470-F GAMING motherboard that supports the second generation of AMD Ryzen and 7th Generation A-series/Athlon processors.

Designed and engineered in cooperation with ASUS , this monoblock uses award-winning EK-Supremacy EVO cooling engine to ensure best possible CPU cooling. This water block directly cools AMD AM4 socket type CPU, as well as the power regulation (MOSFET) module. Liquid flows directly over all critical areas, providing the enthusiasts with a great solution for high and stable overclocks. Like with most EK monoblocks, the EK-FB ASUS Strix X470 features high flow design and it can be easily used with the system using a weaker water pump or lower pump speed settings as well.

ID-Cooling Intros IS-60 Low Profile Top Flow CPU Cooler

ID-Cooling introduced the IS-60, a low-profile, top-flow CPU cooler, with a cooling capacity of up to 130W (TDP). The cooler features a dense "C-type" design, in which an aluminium fin-stack projects along the plane of the motherboard, in very close proximity to an aluminium heatsink base, the two are connected by six 6 mm-thick nickel-plated copper heat pipes, which make indirect contact with the CPU, through a copper base.

A 15 mm-thick 120 mm fan blows air through the fin-stack. This hydraulic bearing fan takes in 4-pin (PWM) input, spins between 600 to 1,600 RPM, pushing up to 53.6 CFM of air, with a noise output ranging between 13.8-30.2 dB(A). The cooler supports mainstream desktop sockets, including AM4, AM3(+), FM2(+), and LGA115x. Measuring 120 mm x 125 mm x 55 mm, including the fan, the cooler weighs about 470 g. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Raijintek Intros CWB-RGB CPU Water Block with Addressable RGB LED Lighting

Raijintek today rolled out the CWB-RGB, a nickel-plated copper CPU water block with a frosted acrylic top, which acts as a diffuser concealing 12 addressable RGB LEDs. The block includes an RGB LED controller module that draws power from a SATA-power connector, and lets you toggle between 184 lighting presets. The block has a mirror finish in its business end. It supports standard G1/4" fittings. Measuring 94 mm x 77 mm x 26.1 mm (WxDxH), it weighs around 180 g. The addressable RGB LEDs can also be plugged into a 4-pin RGB header. Most modern CPU socket types are supported, including AM4, AM3(+), FM2(+), LGA2066, LGA2011(v3), and LGA115x. The company didn't reveal pricing.

AMD Announces Availability of 2nd Generation Ryzen "Pinnacle Ridge" Processors

AMD today announced the global availability of its 2nd Generation Ryzen Desktop processors, starting with four models optimized for gamers, creators, and hardware enthusiasts: Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X, and Ryzen 5 2600 processors. Using the world's first 12 nm process technology, these 2nd Gen Ryzen processors can offer up to 15% higher gaming performance than 1st Gen Ryzen processors, while delivering the highest multiprocessing performance you can get on a mainstream desktop PC, and enhanced capabilities including Precision Boost 2 and Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR 2), an included Wraith Cooler, unlocked performance accessed with the new Ryzen Master Utility, and more.

"Last year we started changing the PC industry with the introduction of our first wave of Ryzen processors - delivering more performance, features, and choice to our customers than before. Our 2nd Gen Ryzen CPUs continue this pursuit by raising the standards for enthusiast gamers and creators," said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Business Group, AMD. "With this launch we're also demonstrating that we are just getting started, that we are committed to delivering a multi-generational roadmap of leadership high-performance processors that will drive innovation and competition into the industry for years to come."

BIOSTAR Launches RACING X470GTN Mini-ITX Motherboard for AMD Ryzen 2000 Series

BIOSTAR adds a mini-ITX motherboard with the RACING X470GTN for the second generation AMD Ryzen processors, Pinnacle Ridge and Raven Ridge. The BIOSTAR RACING X470GTN packs powerful features in a small form factor for gamers on the move. It has a premium black RACING themed PCB design, Digital Power+, Hi-Fi zone design, integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type A + C), Iron Slot Protection, and Advanced VIVID LED DJ for more RGB lighting control.

BIOSTAR RACING X470GTN
The BIOSTAR RACING X470GTN is a mini-ITX form factor motherboard with one PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot and supports two dual-channel memory of up to DDR4-3200MHz (OC). The RACING X470GTN has a 7-digital power phase design to harness the power of the new Ryzen 7 2700X 8-core, 16-thread processor. The motherboard also packs 4x SATA III ports, 1x M.2 32Gb/s port and integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type A and C).

ADATA XPG Unveils SPECTRIX D41 DDR4 RGB Memory Module

ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performanceDRAM modules and NAND Flash products, announces its next generation XPG SPECTRIX D41 DDR4 RGB memory module. The memory module brings together a new refreshing aesthetic design, striking speeds and stunning programmable RGB lighting to offer avid gamers a worthy upgrade for their setups. What's more, the XPG SPECTRIX D41 supports Intel X299 2666 MHz and AMD AM4/Ryzen platforms and comes in two color options - Crimson Red and Titanium Gray.

Inspired by armor, the SPECTRIX D41's medal heatsink features a bold silhouette to symbolize its impressive performance. On top is a fully exposed RGB LED light strip that glows unhindered, letting the colors and lighting effects of the user's choosing shine through. Users can enhance their gaming experiences with programmable lighting effects to set up patterns, pulse speed, lighting intensity and more. This can all be controlled with the ADATA RGB Sync app or an existing RGB light control software from a major motherboard maker.

AMD Readies Z490 Chipset with More (and Faster) PCIe Lanes

AMD is reportedly readying a new high-end motherboard chipset positioned higher than even its upcoming X470 chipset, which makes its market debut on April 19. The new Z490 chipset, as it's called, is emerging to be significantly different from X470, and could finally overcome its biggest limitation - downstream PCIe connectivity. While the X470, like its predecessor, puts out just 8 downstream PCIe lanes, which are PCI-Express gen 2.0 at that, the new Z490 will put out a total of 12 PCI-Express gen 3.0 downstream lanes, which will power additional bandwidth-hungry devices, such as additional M.2 slots, external USB 3.1 controllers, 10 GbE controllers, etc. The Z490 was first leaked through a GIGABYTE Aorus internal presentation.

In its current implementation, socket AM4 motherboards have a total of 24 PCI-Express gen 3.0 lanes from the AM4 SoC, besides 6-8 gen 2.0 lanes from the chipset. From this SoC budget, 16 lanes are allocated for PEG (PCI-Express Graphics), 4 lanes as chipset-bus (connecting the SoC with the chipset), and the remaining 4 lanes powering one 32 Gbps M.2 slot. Additional M.2 slots are either gen 2.0, from the chipset's downstream lane budget, or split from the PEG budget. The Z490 overcomes this with a downstream PCIe root complex that's not just 50% broader, but also twice as fast, with PCI-Express gen 3.0. The rest of its feature-set appears to be identical to the X470. There's no timeline on when we can expect Z490 to launch.

Thermalright Intros ARO-M14 Series CPU Coolers for AMD Ryzen

Thermalright today introduced a pair of high-end CPU air coolers specially designed for AMD socket AM4 processors, the ARO-M14. Available in two variants, the ARO-M14G with a grey top-plate, and the ARO-M14O, with a "Ryzen Orange" top-plate, the two coolers are heavily based on the company's HR-02 Macho Rev B cooler, but feature socket AM4 retention modules (support no other socket), an embossed Ryzen logo on the top-plate, and come with pre-applied thermal paste. A 2 g Chill Factor syringe is included for future top-ups.

The ARO-M14 features a large aluminium fin-stack that propagates at an offset from the base, for additional memory area clearance. Unlike the Macho Direct, it features a nickel-plated copper base through which six 6 mm-thick heat-pipes pass, indirectly drawing heat. The aluminium fin-stack is capped off by a die-cast metal plate. An included TY-147 A 140 mm fan, spinning between 300 - 1,300 RPM, pushes air through the heatsink at 28.7 - 125 m³/h, with a noise output of 15 - 21 dB(A). Thermalright claims the cooler can handle TDP of up to 240W. The company didn't reveal pricing.

GIGABYTE Announces Aorus X470 Gaming Motherboard Series

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is releasing the new AORUS X470 Gaming motherboards based on the AMD X470 Chipset. This launch follows the announcement of 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Processors and the motherboards themselves represent the pinnacle of performance on this new AMD platform by means of an updated power design with up to 10+2 power phases, future-proof connectivity with USB Type-C as well as improved Audio and Wi-Fi capabilities. All this is concealed by a new overall motherboard design that better showcases the dominant ascension of the AORUS eagle.

The first AORUS X470 motherboards on the market are the X470 AORUS GAMING 7 WIFI, the AORUS GAMING 5 WIFI and the AORUS ULTRA GAMING. This selection of boards covers a wide spectrum of price points and features while providing all the performance and novelties of the new chipset, including the Gen3 PCIe lanes enabling support for 2-Way CrossFire/SLI configurations.

MSI Announces its AMD X470 Motherboard Lineup

MSI, the world-leading gaming motherboard brand, is pleased to announce the AMD X470 GAMING motherboards with the launch of AMD Ryzen 2nd generation desktop processors. Based on the new AM4 platform, MSI is going to provide our most iconic motherboards for enthusiastic gamers. X470 GAMING M7 AC will be on the top, together with our stylish X470 GAMING PRO CARBON AC and two mainstream gaming motherboards, X470 GAMING PLUS and X470 GAMING PRO. There's definitely a motherboard for every type of gamer.

In order to support the newest CPUs and conquer the temperatures that come with high performance, MSI X470 motherboards are built with even more premium power phases for enhanced cooling. With up to 15 premium power phases and digital power design, MSI GAMING motherboards provide ultimate performance for gamers.

ASRock Announces Full-Featured AMD X470 Motherboard Series

The leading global motherboard manufacturer, ASRock, is pleased to announce the launch of the its new AMD X470 motherboard series with ASRock's new high end product line, the Taichi Ultimate. These motherboards, the latest in the company's growing series of products for AMD processors, feature the powerful X470 chipset. The ASRock X470 motherboards keep pace with AMD's newest next generation Ryzen CPUs, with a special focus on giving users the best possible performance from the latest Pinnacle Ridge CPUs.

ASRock Fatal1ty X470 Gaming K4 and X470 Master SLI Pictured

ASRock is leading its AMD X470 chipset based motherboard lineup with the X470 Taichi Ultimate and the X470 Taichi. Here are pictures of its mid-range lineup based on the chipset, the Fatal1ty X470 Gaming K4 and the X470 Master SLI. Both models are based on the same exact PCB, with variations on product design and certain features that place the Fatal1ty X470 Gaming K4 a notch above the X470 Master SLI. Built in the ATX form-factor, the board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX, an 8-pin EPS, and interestingly, an additional 4-pin ATX power connector, which is usually found in high-end AM4 motherboards. A 12-phase VRM is used to condition power for the AM4 SoC.

The AM4 socket is wired to four DDR4 DIMM slots, supporting up to 64 GB of memory; two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16/NC or x8/x8), and one of the two M.2 PCIe slots. Storage connectivity includes two M.2 PCIe slots, the topmost slot is 32 Gbps, and M.2-22110, while the bottom slot is 16 Gbps; and six SATA 6 Gbps ports. USB connectivity includes ten USB 3.0 ports (six on the rear panel, four by headers), and two USB 3.1 gen 2 ports (including one type-C port), on the rear panel. 8-channel onboard audio with a mid-range CODEC, and gigabit Ethernet with an Intel i219-V controller, make for the rest of the two. The Fatal1ty X470 Gaming K4 is slightly better endowed than the X470 Master SLI, in featuring a slightly more upscale onboard audio solution (probably ALC1220 vs. ALC892), Creative SoundBlaster Cinema DSP, RGB LEDs in even the rear I/O shroud, and Fatal1ty Mouse Port (specialized USB port with supposedly lower latency). The two could be priced under $150.

GIGABYTE X470 Aorus Gaming 5 and X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming Pictured

GIGABYTE's upcoming flagship socket AM4 motherboard, the X470 Aorus Gaming 7, eclipsed two other models by the company based on the AMD X470 chipset, the X470 Aorus Gaming 5 /WiFi, and the X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming, pictured below. The X470 Aorus Gaming 5 has two variants based on the inclusion of a WLAN module. Both boards are based on the same PCB design, but the Gaming 5 is slightly better endowed than the Ultra Gaming. First, the common features. Drawing power from a 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connector, the board features a 11-phase VRM to condition power for the AM4 SoC. A single-phase VRM powers the memory.

Expansion slots include three PCI-Express x16, from which the top two are gen 3.0 and wired to the SoC (x16/NC or x8/x8), while the third slot is gen 2.0 and wired to the X470 chipset. Two gen 2.0 x1 slots make for the rest of the expansion. Storage connectivity includes two M.2 slots, from which the top slot is 32 Gbps, and the bottom one 16 Gbps; and six SATA 6 Gbps ports, from which two come directly from the AM4 SoC. USB connectivity includes eight USB 3.0 ports, and two USB 3.1 ports, from which one is type-C. Gigabit Ethernet powered by Intel i219-V controller, and high-grade onboard audio with Realtek ALC1220 (120 dBA SNR) CODEC, WIMA capacitors, ground-layer isolation, and dual headphones amps, make for the rest of them.

GELID Announces the Tornado CPU Cooler

Thermal Solutions specialist GELID Solutions unveils its latest CPU cooler for Intel and AMD CPU. The Tornado is a product of GELID Solutions SILENT product line. The Tornado comes with a 3D optimized lightweight heatsink that matches best-in-class cooling performance. It features a special copper base with soldered joints and 4 Nickel Plated power heat pipes in a unique constellation to substantially improve heat transfer within the heatsink elements. Compact size and high-compatibility design both ensure the Tornado perfectly fits most Tower and Desktop chassis available in the market. Full support of TDP 160W guarantees the best CPU performance in games and business applications.

An improved 120 mm fan with the intelligent GELID PWM (Pulse Width Module) control compliments the heatsink. The new Double Layer Fan Blade technology is applied to distribute air flow efficiently at low speed, and the redesigned PWM IC eliminates any clicking noise. The intelligent GELID PWM curve constantly keeps the fan silent but accelerates speed whenever additional cooling is needed. Additionally, the award winning high-performance GC-Pro thermal compound is already included in the package. Enhanced mounting clips for multiple AMD CPU sockets AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2 and for Intel CPU LGA 775, 1366, 1155, 1156, 1150, 1151 sockets, as well as the back plate for AMD and Intel mainboards are all included too. The Tornado is even compatible to AMD 's AM4 socket but the clip needs to be purchased separately.

Here's the Clearest Picture of GIGABYTE X470 Aorus Gaming 7 WiFi

GIGABYTE X470 Aorus Gaming 7 was the first X470 motherboard to be shown off to the world. With its chipset name redacted, the board was even shown off at the 2018 International CES, early January. Now closer to its mid-April launch alongside AMD Ryzen 2000-series "Pinnacle Ridge" processors, we have the first clear picture of the board.

The board features the same design scheme GIGABYTE introduced with its Aorus-branded motherboards based on Intel 300-series chipset. There are subtle changes in the retail board, compared to the prototype shown off at CES, such as more decals over the VRM heatsinks and the rear I/O shroud. As detailed in our CES coverage of this board, it has all the bells and whistles to be the company's next flagship socket AM4 product, and could be priced north of $200 or even $250. There could be a sub-variant that lacks the WLAN module.

ASRock X470 Fatal1ty Gaming ITX/ac Motherboard Pictured

Here are some of the first pictures of ASRock X470 Fatal1ty Gaming ITX/ac, one of the first few upcoming AMD X470 chipset motherboards built in the mini-ITX form-factor. The board draws power from a 24-pin ATX, and an 8-pin EPS connector, and uses an 8-phase VRM to power the SoC. The AM4 socket is wired to two DDR4 DIMM slots, supporting up to 32 GB of dual-channel memory; a reinforced PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot, and a 32 Gbps M.2-2280 slot (reverse side), besides two of the board's four SATA 6 Gbps ports, four of its USB 3.0 ports, and the onboard audio. The AMD X470 chipset puts out the remaining two SATA 6 Gbps ports and two USB 3.1 gen 2 ports, including a type-C port. High-grade 8-channel HD audio, gigabit Ethernet, and 802.11 ac WLAN with Bluetooth 4.1, make for the rest of it.

ASRock X470 Taichi and X470 Taichi Ultimate Pictured

Apparently, ASRock's Taichi line of motherboards featuring an industrial and less flashy aesthetic, is so well received by the market, that the company is readying two SKUs based on AMD's upcoming X470 chipset for socket AM4 processors, the X470 Taichi, and the X470 Taichi Ultimate. The two SKUs are nearly identical, except for the Taichi Ultimate featuring 10 GbE networking, some onboard buttons (power and reset), and a more premium looking 2-tone rear I/O shroud that runs the entire length of the board. The rest of the feature-set is identical between the two. Both boards feature ASRock's new Polychrome RGB lighting system.

Built in the ATX form-factor, the Taichi draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX, one 8-pin EPS, and a 4-pin ATX power connectors. A 15-phase VRM conditions power for the AM4 SoC, while a 2-phase VRM powers the memory. Expansion slots include two reinforced PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots wired to the SoC (x8/x8 when both are populated), one PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x4) wired to the X470 chipset, and two other gen 2.0 x1 slots. Storage connectivity includes two M.2 slots (from which at least one is electrical gen 3.0 x4 and wired to the SoC), and ten SATA 6 Gbps ports. Networking connectivity includes 802.11ac + BT 4.2 WLAN on both models, the Taichi features one 1 GbE interface, while the Taichi Ultimate features a 10 GbE interface in addition to the 1 GbE. Audio is ASRock's highest grade solution, with a Realtek ALC1220 at the helm of things. The two boards could be priced in the $200-300 range.

Enermax Announces Availability of Liqfusion 240 CPU Cooler

ENERMAX, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance PC hardware products, announces the launch of a new all-in-one liquid cooler series, LIQFUSION. At CES 2018, ENERMAX debuted the prototype of LIQFUSION; this closed-loop water cooler quickly gained media and visitors' attention to its beautiful and brilliant lighting effects. The durable ceramic pump, eye-catching ENERMAX RGB fans and waterblock with the unique flow indicator design make LIQFUSION as a one-of-a-kind cooler that has both performance and aesthetics.

LIQFUSION is equipped with an exclusive RGB-sync waterblock with patented flow indicator, which enables the user to easily monitor the status of coolant flow. Together with visually appealing ENERMAX addressable RGB fans, LIQFUSION can create unique, vivid RGB lighting effects.

Koolance Intros CPU-400 series Water Blocks

Koolance rolled out the CPU-400 series CPU water blocks. The blocks are available in two main variants - the CPU-400I for Intel sockets LGA2066, LGA2011(v3), and LGA115x; and the CPU-400A for AMD sockets AM4, AM3(+), and FM2(+). The primary material is nickel-plated copper, with a mirror finish at the base. The top is made of POM acetal. According to its maker, the block's "standard G 1/4 BSPP threading will accept any Koolance fitting diameter up to 19 mm (3/4 in) OD compression style." The block weighs about 230 g. Available now, both the CPU-400I and the CPU-400A are priced at USD $89.99.

AMD Ryzen 7 "2800X" Not Part of First Wave

AMD is preparing to launch its first wave of 12 nm Ryzen 2000-series "Pinnacle Ridge" processors in April, with possible availability on the 19th. From all of the materials leaked to the web, it's becoming clear that the Ryzen 7 2700X will be the company's next flagship socket AM4 processor, with a "2800X" not being part of the first wave of "Pinnacle Ridge" chips. Adding further to the theory of the first wave of "Pinnacle Ridge" chips being led by the 2700X, is the leaked cover of the next issue of print magazine CanardPC, which screams "2700X," and includes a roundup of second-generation Ryzen parts from 2200G all the way through the 2700X. The 2700X, besides process and minor architectural refinements, also features higher clocks than the current company flagship in the segment, the Ryzen 7 1800X. It's clocked at 3.70 GHz base, with 4.35 GHz boost, and XFR 2.0 driving the clocks up even further, compared to the 3.60/4.00/4.20 GHz (base/boost/max-XFR) of the 1800X. For this reason alone, the 2700X will be a faster part.

AMD has the advantage of having sized up Intel's Core i7-8700K before deciding to lead with the 2700X. The possible 2800X will depend on Intel's short-term response to the 2700X. There were rumors late last year of a possible speed-bumped "Core i7-8720K." AMD's first wave of Ryzen 2000-series "Pinnacle Ridge" will be as brisk as Intel's first "Coffee Lake" desktop processors, with just four SKUs - the Ryzen 7 2700X, the Ryzen 7 2700, the Ryzen 5 2600X, and the Ryzen 5 2600. Besides higher clocks, the chips could feature a minor IPC uplift (vs. first-generation "Summit Ridge") thanks to rumored faster (lower-latency) caches, support for higher memory clocks, updated Precision Boost algorithms, and XFR 2.0.

Initial AMD Technical Assessment of CTS Labs Research

On March 12, 2018, AMD received a communication from CTS Labs regarding research into security vulnerabilities involving some AMD products. Less than 24 hours later, the research firm went public with its findings. Security and protecting users' data is of the utmost importance to us at AMD and we have worked rapidly to assess this security research and develop mitigation plans where needed. This is our first public update on this research, and will cover both our technical assessment of the issues as well as planned mitigation actions.

The security issues identified by the third-party researchers are not related to the AMD "Zen" CPU architecture or the Google Project Zero exploits made public Jan. 3, 2018. Instead, these issues are associated with the firmware managing the embedded security control processor in some of our products (AMD Secure Processor) and the chipset used in some socket AM4 and socket TR4 desktop platforms supporting AMD processors.

ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero Motherboard Packaging Teased

Leaks surrounding motherboards based on AMD's upcoming X470 chipset, which will accompany its first-wave of Ryzen 2000-series "Pinnacle Ridge" processors, are on the rise. We now see a fairly clear picture of the retail packaging of ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) Crosshair VII Hero, specifically its "WiFi" sub-variant that includes a WLAN card. This board surfaced on benchmark database listings. There's no product image on the box, but the logos make things pretty cut and dry - AMD X470 chipset, socket AM4, support for NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFire; ASUS Aura Sync RGB LED management, and an unchanged Ryzen logo. We have confirmation of ASUS readying at least two ROG motherboards based on the X470 so far - the Crosshair VII Hero, and the Strix X470-F. It remains to be seen if the chipset also gets the company's coveted ROG "Extreme" treatment.

Spire Intros Frontier Plus CPU Cooler

Spire today introduced the Frontier Plus mainstream CPU cooler (model: SP994A2-B). This tower-type cooler is characterized by a side-flow channeling aluminium fin-stack design what pushes some of the fan's air-flow sideways through the fin-stack, to cool the CPU VRM, in addition to most of it going out through the rear side of your case. It otherwise features a conventional tower-type fin-stack design.

Two 8 mm-thick copper heat pipes make direct contact with the CPU at an aluminium base (which has some heatsink ridges of its own); conveying heat through the fin-stack, which is ventilated by a 92 mm fan. This fan spins up to 2,200 RPM. The cooler measures 124 mm x 61 mm x 13.9 mm, weighing in at 254 g. Spire claims that the cooler can handle thermal loads of up to 120W. It supports only mainstream-desktop sockets of this generation - LGA115x and AM4. Available now, it's priced at 39.95€.

EK Announces Two RGB Versions of the EK-Supremacy EVO CPU Water Block

From the time it was first introduced in 2014, nothing has changed about the design of the EK-Supremacy EVO CPU water block. The block became a timeless piece that is recognized both for its distinctive looks and performance. While its performance is still not endangered, it kind of needed a small facelift. By popular demand of the market, EK Water Blocks, the Slovenia-based premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer is releasing two new RGB versions of the EK-Supremacy EVO CPU water block.

EK-Supremacy EVO RGB: This is a high-end, highly adaptable CPU water block, just as all the other EK-Supremacy EVO models so far. By combining jet plates and jet inserts, the cooling engine enables the water block to be fine-tuned for all mainstream Intel and AMD sockets for maximum performance. A high-flow design with low hydraulic restriction also allows this product to be used in setups using weaker water pumps or lower pump speed for added silent operation.
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