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MSI, ASUS, ASRock and Gigabyte Tease Their X299 Motherboards for Computex

Disclaimer: It's currently unclear whether or not the majority of these are actual X299 motherboards. Remember MSI's GODLIKE tease, which was expected to be a X299 motherboard due to the number of PCIe slots on offer, but ended up being a Z270-based one? Well, we remember, hence why we start with this disclaimer to pour some cold water on expectations. However, there is one model that can be said to be a X299 offering pretty confidently: MSI's tease of a new Gaming Pro motherboard, which shows the four RAM slots as close to the I/O bracket: a design usually reserved for quad-channel supporting platforms. Port design in the PCIe and M.2 fronts seems similar to the GODLIKE Z270, but it would seem that MSI has designed another kind of an M.2 Shield interface, which now encircles a PCIe port while cooling two simultaneous M.2 SSDs.

The next motherboard, which we can't confirm is really a X299 based-one, is teased by ASUS, under its Republic of gamers branding, which shows the integration a an LCD screen in the motherboard footprint. The LCD seems basic enough, and could be useful so as to visually check operating frequencies and temperatures, though ASUS naturally had to add their ROG bling to it. Seems like simple LED support was too 2016 for them.

EK Water Blocks Introduces Aorus GTX 1080 Ti Series FC Blocks

EK Water Blocks, the Slovenia-based premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is releasing two EK-FC1080 GTX Ti Aorus water blocks that are compatible with GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti based graphics cards. This kind of efficient cooling will allow your high-end graphics card to reach higher boost clocks, thus providing more performance during gaming or other GPU intense tasks.

This water block directly cools the GPU, RAM as well as VRM (voltage regulation module) as water flows directly over these critical areas, thus allowing the graphics card and it's VRM to remain stable under full load and high overclocks. EK-FC1080 GTX Ti Aorus water block features a central inlet split-flow cooling engine design for best possible cooling performance, which also works flawlessly with reversed water flow without adversely affecting the cooling performance. Moreover, such design offers great hydraulic performance allowing this product to be used in liquid cooling systems using weaker water pumps.

Gigabyte Offers up to 60€ in Steam Wallet With Select Aorus Motherboard Purchase

In a bid to increase attractiveness of its offerings even further, Gigabyte has recently announced via a forum post that it's offering up to 60€ in Steam vouchers to consumers who purchase a select Aorus motherboard. This promotion is available for both Intel and AMD Aorus-branded motherboards, and will be open until June 30th 2017 or while stock lasts. Intel customers seem to be getting the bulk of the promotion though, with AMD users only getting 20€ in Steam Wallet vouchers.

Something that we don't see everyday is that this promotion is particularly focused on the EU. Gigabyte states it's only open to residents of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Portugal (yay!), Serbia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuanian, Estonia, Iceland, Ireland, Croatia and Slovenia. Check the list of featured motherboards and respective voucher value eligibility after the break.

TPU's Ryzen BIOS Digest Issue #4

In this issue of the Ryzen BIOS update digest, we have last week's latest updates. Our BIOS update digest lets you keep track of crucial BIOS updates that improve stability of your AMD Ryzen machine. There have been a lot of updates this week corresponding with manufacturers still catching up with the AGESA 1.0.0.6 update. As per usual, only updated BIOSes from the last digest are listed. Changes are listed after each BIOS, sans beta BIOSes which do not always include change logs. You can find it all below.

Various GeForce GT 1030 Graphics Cards Leaked to the Web

We got whiff of NVIDIA working on the GeForce GT 1030 close to a month ago. The smallest implementation of the "Pascal" GPU architecture is NVIDIA's answer to the AMD Radeon RX 550, and targets the entry-level graphics segment. It looks like product launches of the GeForce GT 1030 are just around the corner as pictures and specifications of various GT 1030 cards were leaked to the web. Below you'll see pictures of a selection of GIGABYTE and MSI GT 1030 graphics cards.

According to VideoCardz, the GT 1030 are based on the GP108-300 ASIC, featuring 384 CUDA cores, 24 TMUs, 8 ROPs, and 2 GB of GDDR5 memory across a 64-bit wide memory bus. With a TDP of just 35W, the GPU can power low-profile and completely fanless graphics cards, although for those who prefer their cards with elaborate fan-heatsink cooling solutions, there will be full-height cards as well.

Source: VideoCardz

Gigabyte is Recalling Its Aero 15 Gaming Laptops (Update: False Alarm)

Update: Apparently, there was a miscommunication between Gigabyte and user Treebsquire's Aero 15 seller, Scan. The nature of this miscommunication - and how this would lead to a report on battery issues - is still up in the air, but it would seem that Gigabyte isn't recalling their Aero 15 laptops after all, so rest easy if you have one of these.

Gigabyte has recently launched the Aero 15, a gaming laptop which really does bring some value to the wording "Aero" through some interesting aesthetics and an amazing thickness (1.9 cm) for the hardware under the hood: packed inside the AERO 15 is the latest 7th gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060 GDDR5 6GB graphics, DDR4 ram, as well as a PCIe M.2 SSD (through different configurations.)

It's apparently a good product, having received some respectable reviews, and its 94Wh battery was being touted as a distinguishing feature, as being up to 2x larger than average battery sizes for laptops, which was able to power the laptop through 10 hours of Mobilemark's 2014 Productivity Mode. However, it would seem that this battery is capable of bringing problems to the user, and potentially put their safety at risk. Just one week after release, Gigabyte is recalling their Aero 15 laptops. A user on Reddit brought the issue to the community, saying that a Gigabyte rep he contacted informed him the Aero 15's have a battery fault.

Gigabyte Announces Its RX 550 Line of Graphics Cards

Gigabyte has thrown its hat on the RX 550 line of graphics cards, offering two 2 GB versions of the cards. These sport slight overclocks on their core clock speed, at 1,219MHz (for the OC 2G version) and 1,195MHz (for the D5 2G version.) Like all other RX 550, these carry a 128-bit bus and lack any auxiliary power connectors.

Being entry-level, IGP-substitute cards does not mean AIBs can skimp on cooling - especially not considering these graphics cards now carry more performance (and higher TDP) than some aeons-old enthusiast-level GPUs. As such, these include Gigabyte's Windforce cooler with a patented Blade Fan design and 3D active fan functionality. The company claims an air flow improvement of 23% over traditional fans due to the 3D stripe curve on the fan surface. The semi-passive feature, which is something most AIBs now include in their designs (even if these do somewhat impact the longevity of the fans, due to higher pressure on their mechanisms whenever they start spinning again) allows the fans to remain off at lower temperatures and spin when the GPU is under heavy load. Both cards feature Gigabyte's Ultra Durable construction, which includes solid capacitors and metals chokes. As for software and user control, Gigabyte is bundling the Aorus Graphics Engine software utility with both cards, allowing for one-click overclocking as well as the ability to control clock speeds, voltage, power target, and fan profiles. The Radeon RX 550 D5 2G and the Radeon RX 550 Gaming OC 2G are available now for $80 and $90, respectively.
Source: Tom's Hardware

Aorus Intros the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Xtreme Edition with 9 Gbps Memory

GIGABYTE today launched its second custom-design GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB graphics card that features faster 9 Gbps GDDR5 memory, the Aorus GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB Xtreme Edition 9 Gbps (model: GV-N1060AORUS X-6GD). The company had last week announced the triple-fan WindForce OC variant of this SKU. The Xtreme Edition card features a triple-slot, dual-fan cooler that features the signature X-shaped lighting ornament on the cooler shroud, sitting between the two 100 mm fans. Under this shroud is an aluminium fin dual-stack heatsink that draws heat from a copper base-plate that covers not just the GPU, but also the memory and VRM. A back-plate is included. The cooler shroud features RGB LED illumination.

The Xtreme Edition is positioned a notch above the card GIGABYTE launched last week, in featuring higher factory-overclocked speeds of 1620 MHz core, 1847 MHz GPU Boost, and an untouched 9026 MHz (GDDR5-effective) memory clock, against 1607/1835 MHz (core/boost) of the WindForce 3X, and 1506/1709/8008 MHz (core/boost/memory) NVIDIA-reference clocks. The card draws power from a single 8-pin PCIe connector, display outputs include three DisplayPort 1.4, and one each of HDMI 2.0b and dual-link DVI. The company didn't reveal pricing.

GIGABYTE Intros Core i3 "Kaby Lake" Based BRIX IoT

GIGABYTE today introduced a powerful variant of its BRIX IoT fanless node. In contrast to its Pentium "Apollo Lake" SoC based siblings, the new GB-EKi3A-7100 ships with a Core i3-7100U "Kaby Lake" processor. The unit is also slightly larger, measuring 180 mm x 117 mm x 36 mm (LxWxH). You get two DDR4 SODIMM slots, besides a 32 Gbps M.2-2280 slot with NVMe support, so you can add your own memory and SSD. Connectivity includes 802.11ac WLAN with Bluetooth 4.0, gigabit Ethernet, RS232 serial COM, two 5 Gbps USB 3.0 type-A ports, and two 10 Gbps USB 3.1 ports, of which one is type-C. Display outputs include HDMI 2.0 and mini-DisplayPort 1.2 (driven by the integrated Intel HD 620 graphics core).

Source: FanlessTech

GIGABYTE Announces the Aorus Radeon RX 500 Series Graphics Cards

GIGABYTE, the world's leading gaming hardware manufacturer, expands its AORUS graphics card portfolio with the announcement of the AORUS Radeon RX 580 and RX 570 lineup. Powered by the third-generation Polaris architecture, the new AORUS graphics cards provide excellent power switching and thermal efficiency thanks to the GPU Gauntlet Sorting technology. Combining faster clock speeds with the highly-acclaimed WINDFORCE cooling solution and customizable RGB illumination, the AORUS RX 500 Series graphics cards together deliver outstanding performance on both gaming and style to gamers seeking a significant upgrade at a great value.

The AORUS RX 580 XTR is the top-of-the-line model that boasts the WINDFORCE 2X cooling system, featuring dual 100mm fans paired with 4 composite copper heat pipes which directly touch the GPU to keep the card cool under load. Excessive heat from GPU can also be dissipated through the back side with the advanced copper back plate. The airflow is enhanced by the unique blade fan with an alternate spinning mechanism for minimal turbulence. The fans are also semi-passive for keeping the operation silent along with a Fan Stop indicator. The card is backed by a 6+2 power phase design for greater overclocking capability and reliability, reinforcing higher, stable boost clocks at heavy load.

Aorus Intros GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics Cards with 11 Gbps GDDR5X Memory

GIGABYTE brand Aorus introduced a pair of custom-design GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards featuring faster 11 Gbps GDDR5X memory. At its given memory clock, the GPU is endowed with 352 GB/s of memory bandwidth. The two cards are demarcated from their older 10 Gbps memory-equipped siblings with clear "11 Gbps GDDR5X" markings below the prominent GTX 1080 label on the box.

The lineup consists of two identical-looking graphics cards, a base model (GV-N1080AORUS-8GD) with clock speeds of 1708 MHz core, 1847 MHz GPU Boost, and 11.00 GHz (GDDR5X-effective) memory; and a faster Xtreme Edition variant (GV-N1080AORUS X11-8GD), with 1759 MHz core, 1898 MHz GPU Boost, and an untouched 11.00 GHz memory. Both cards feature GIGABYTE's latest WindForce 3X triple-fan, 2.5-slot thick cooling solution, featuring a trio of 100 mm fans, ventilating a dual-stack heatsink with copper heat pipes. The middle fan hub has four RGB LED lighting elements mated to GIGABYTE's RGB Fusion software. Aorus is offering a 4-year warranty with these cards.

GIGABYTE Intros the Z270X-Designare Motherboard

GIGABYTE introduced the stunning-looking Z270-Designare motherboard. Featuring a white colored PCB with RGB LED elements and artistic diffusers, this socket LGA1151 board is packed with some premium features. Built in the ATX form-factor, the board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, and conditions it for the CPU with a 7-phase VRM. The CPU is wired to four DDR4 DIMM slots, and two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x8/x8 with both populated). Other expansion slots include a PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (electrical x4, wired to the PCH), and three PCIe 3.0 x1.

Storage connectivity on the Z270X-Designare includes six SATA 6 Gb/s (from which four convert to two 16 Gb/s SATA-Express ports), one 32 Gb/s U.2 port, and one 32 Gb/s M.2 slot. USB connectivity includes two 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 ports (from which one is type-C), and six 5 Gb/s USB 3.0 ports. Display connectivity includes DVI and HDMI. GIGABYTE deployed its Amp Up onboard audio solution featuring a 115 dBA SNR CODEC, headphones amp, audio-grade capacitors, and ground-layer isolation. One gigabit Ethernet interface driven by an Intel-made controller makes for the rest of it. We expect this board to be priced around the $170 mark.

GIGABYTE-Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Pricing Surfaces

A GIGABYTE product manager revealed the MSRP pricing of the company's upcoming custom-design GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card lineup, including those of its Aorus branded cards. The lineup starts with the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming OC, a custom-design card with a WindForce 3X cooling solution and a custom-design PCB, besides a minor factory-overclock, priced at USD $699, the same price as reference-design GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition. Next up, is the Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (non-Xtreme Edition), which has been detailed in our older article. This card is priced at $719, a mere $20 premium over NVIDIA's baseline pricing. You get significantly better cooling and OC headroom. Lastly, you have the range-topping Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition, priced at $749, a $50 premium over baseline. This card comes with GIGABYTE's highest factory-overclock for this GPU. All prices exclude taxes. The cards will start selling from the 31st of March.

Source: Reddit user USMC1237

Gigabyte's AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11G Detailed

Gigabyte has just revealed the specs for their custom, AORUS-branded GTX 1080 Ti graphics card. This keeps the tradition of the AORUS line of products, where the AORUS GTX 1080 Ti features Gigabyte's Windforce (triple-slot, 3x 100 mm fans) cooler with RGB lighting (16.8 million colors). Aiding its triple-fan cooling prowess is a direct copper contact through a 6-heatpipe design, as well as a built-in backplate. Gigabyte is marketing this card as "Built for Extreme Overclocking", through its usage of 12+2 Power Phases. These help deliver substantial clock speed, in the form of two modes: an OC Mode, with boost clocks of 1708 MHz and base clocks at 1594 MHz; and a Gaming Mode, with 1683 MHz boost and 1569 MHz base.

The 1080 Ti AORUS only has a single VR-link HDMI port on its front corner (while the GTX 1080 had two). On the rear IO however, you'll find 2x HDMI ports (ideal for VR-link), 3x DisplayPort, and 1x DVI. The card is expected to hit shelves mid-April. And on another note and slight update, its more powerful sibling, the AORUS GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition, has had its clock revealed as well: its OC Mode shows boost speeds of 1746 MHz and 1632 MHz base; and its Gaming Mode lowers those to 1721 MHz boost, and 1607 MHz base clocks.

Source: Gigabyte

GIGABYTE Intros A320-DS3 and A320M-HD2 Socket AM4 Motherboards

GIGABYTE introduced one of the first ATX form-factor motherboard based on AMD's new entry-level chipset for socket AM4 processors, the A320-DS3. The company also launched the micro-ATX A320M-HD2. Besides a slim feature-set, the A320 chipset lacks support CPU overclocking, making these boards better suited for the 7th generation A-series "Bristol Ridge" APUs than the unlocked Ryzen "Summit Ridge" processors, although they do come with Ryzen support out of the box.

Besides one PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot, the A320-DS3 features a PCI-Express 2.0 x4 (x16) slot, and two each of gen 2.0 x1 and legacy PCI slots. You also get two DDR4 DIMM slots, two 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 type-A ports, 6-channel HD audio, gigabit Ethernet, and display outputs that include DVI and D-Sub. The A320M-HD2, on the other hand, features two PCIe gen 2.0 x1 slots, besides a legacy PCI slot, and the gen 3.0 x16 slot. Most of its feature-set is similar to its ATX sibling, except it also offers an HDMI display output. Expect sub-$80 pricing for the two.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AORUS Xtreme Edition Graphics Card Detailed

It was only a matter of time before Gigabyte applied its custom works to the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. The company has released some pictures of its upcoming AORUS Xtreme Edition - the company's take on what is the world's most powerful gaming graphics card ever released. As an AORUS branded card, the AORUS Xtreme will feature Gigabyte's Windforce (triple-slot, 3x 100mm fans) cooler with RGB lighting (16.8 million colors). Aiding its triple-fan cooling prowess is a direct copper contact with a 6-heatpipe design, as well as a built-in backplate.

The 1080 Ti AORUS Xtreme Edition only has a single VR-link HDMI port on its front corner (while the GTX 1080 had two). On the rear IO however, you'll find 2x HDMI ports (ideal for VR-link), 3x DisplayPort, and 1x DVI. No information on pricing or clock speed is available at the moment, though the card is expected to hit shelves mid-April.

Update: Clock speeds have been revealed by Gygabyte itself, and the card's OC Mode shows boost speeds of 1746 MHz and 1632 MHz base; while its Gaming Mode lowers those to 1721 MHz boost, and 1607 MHz base clocks.

AMD Announces the Ryzen 5 Series 6-core and 4-core Desktop Processors

Following the successful introduction of AMD Ryzen 7 desktop processors including record pre-orders and award-winning performance, AMD today announced Ryzen 5 desktop processors will launch worldwide on April 11, 2017, offering disruptive price-to-performance for gamers and creators. With end users at the heart of everything AMD does, the new Ryzen 5 processors feature the powerful and efficient "Zen" architecture in 6-core,12-thread as well as 4-core, 8-thread options, to deliver enhanced performance, immersive experiences and high performance innovation to gamers and consumers worldwide with a price range of $169 to $249 USD SEP.

"Ryzen will ultimately bring innovation and competition to virtually every segment of the PC market, and Ryzen 5 is the next big step on that journey, designed to achieve new levels of compute performance for millions of PC users," said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Group, AMD. "AMD reinvigorated the high-performance desktop market with Ryzen 7 earlier this month, and AMD Ryzen 5 now brings the power and efficiency of the 'Zen' core to users in the highly popular sub-$300 segment of the market."

EK Waterblocks Releases RGB Monoblock for GIGABYTE Z270X Motherboards

EK Water Blocks, the world renowned premium liquid cooling manufacturer, is proud to release the monoblock liquid cooling solution for GIGABYTE Z270X motherboards. EK-FB GA Z270X RGB Monoblock is compatible with GIGABYTE RGB Fusion, thus offering a full lighting customization experience!

EK-FB GA Z270X RGB Monoblock is a complete all-in-one (CPU and motherboard) liquid cooling solution for Intel LGA-1151 socket Kaby Lake and Sky Lake CPU's. This monoblock is compatible with the following GIGABYTE motherboards: GA-Z270X-Gaming 7; GA-Z270X-Gaming K7; GA-Z270X-Gaming 5; GA-Z270X-Gaming K5; GA-Z270X-Ultra Gaming; GA-Z270-Phoenix Gaming; GA-Z270-Gaming 3; GA-Z270-Gaming K3; GA-Z270X-UD5.

GIGABYTE Intros the B250M-Gaming 5 Motherboard

GIGABYTE today introduced the B250M-Gaming 5 motherboard. This micro-ATX socket LGA1151 board is targeted at performance-segment gaming PC builds, and features full RGB lighting over two multi-color LED elements near the CPU socket, and a multi-color LED lighting strip near the ATX power connector. There are also LEDs under the PCH heatsink and the audio ground layer isolation strip. The board is based on the Intel B250 Express chipset, and lacks support for CPU overclocking, or NVIDIA SLI. The CPU socket is wired to four DDR4 DIMM slots (reinforced), and one PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot. The second x16 slot is gen 3.0 x4 and wired to the PCH. Two other gen 3.0 x1 slots make for the rest of the expansion area.

Storage connectivity on the B250M-Gaming 5 includes six SATA 6 Gb/s ports, and a 32 Gb/s M.2 slot. Display outputs include DVI and HDMI. Networking is care of a single gigabit Ethernet interface, driven by an Intel-made controller. GIGABYTE deployed its AMP-UP onboard audio solution, with an 8-channel HD audio CODEC that boasts of 120 dBA SNR, a headphones amp, audio-grade electrolytic capacitors, and ground-layer isolation. USB ports include four USB 3.1 ports (two on the rear panel, including a type-C port, and two ports through headers); and six USB 3.0 ports. Other features include GIGABYTE's dual-UEFI BIOS. The company didn't reveal pricing, although one could expect this one to be priced around the $100 mark.

GIGABYTE Announces the First Aorus Branded Graphics Card

GIGABYTE, the world's leading premium gaming hardware manufacturer, is proud to announce its brand new premium AORUS line of gaming graphics card with GeForce GTX 1080 AORUS Xtreme Edition. Right after the launch of AORUS motherboards, GIGABYTE quickly extends its gaming frontier with this new graphics card that combines the prowess of Pascal architecture with AORUS total solution in heat dissipation. Also packed with gamer-favorite RGB customization and other premium winning features, the VR-ready GTX 1080 AORUS Xtreme Edition is a powerful graphics card that pushes gaming experience yet to another new height for gaming enthusiasts.

The new AORUS graphics card is equipped with the legendary WINDFORCE Stack Cooling module and takes a leap further. In addition to the GPU, the VRAM and MOSFET are properly cooled to boost performance sky-high under stable operation. Up front, the large copper base plate efficiently transfers heat from the GPU and VRAM to the heat sink. Excessive heat can be dissipated through the back side as well with an extra copper plate, providing a well-rounded thermal solution for the GPU.

GIGABYTE Unveils Low-Profile GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050 Graphics Cards

GIGABYTE today unveiled low-profile GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050 graphics cards. The two cards are based on a common board design, featuring a half-height PCB that's 16.7 cm long, and a dual-slot cooling solution, with a monolithic copper-core aluminium heatsink, ventilated by a single fan, and yet come with minor factory-overclocked speeds. The GTX 1050 Ti low-profile card ships with out-of-the-box clock speeds of 1303 MHz core, and 1417 MHz GPU Boost (vs. 1290/1393 MHz reference); while the GTX 1050 Low-profile ships with 1366/1468 MHz (vs. 1354/1455 MHz reference). Both cards rely on the PCI-Express slot for power, and feature two HDMI 2.0b and one DisplayPort 1.4 connector, in addition to dual-link DVI. The company didn't reveal pricing.

AMD Announces X370 Motherboards: Ryzen Approaches

At CES 2017, AMD made a statement on their new AM4's platform readiness to market, revealing some of the upcoming AM4 motherboard designs coming to end users for their Ryzen CPUs and Bristol Ridge. All in all, there were sixteen boards being displayed from the major manufacturers, including overclocking and gaming-oriented models. These boards will be the base for system integrator PC designs to come, with at least seventeen SIs coming on board for today's announcement.

Gigabyte Announces Its Aorus Z270-based Motherboard Lineup

Gigabyte announced six new Z270 motherboards as part of its Aorus product line - and all of them feature RGB LED lighting and swappable LED overlays. Apparently, Gigabyte opted for the standardization of their RGB Fusion LED lighting up and down their Aorus product line - all of the boards have at least two areas that are RGB LED backlit, including a space on the right edge beside the RAM slots. This RAM RGB lighting can be removed and replaced with different overlays according to the users' taste, and each motherboard is also equipped with a LED strip header. Dubbed the Z270X-Gaming 9, Z270X-Gaming 8, Z270X-Gaming 7 , Z270X-Gaming K7, Z270X-Gaming 5, and the Z270X-Gaming K5, these Gigabyte Aorus motherboards are quite well-rounded, as you can see after the break.

GIGABYTE AX370-Gaming K3 Socket AM4 Motherboard PCB Pictured

The picture of a bare PCB of an upcoming GIGABYTE AX370-Gaming series socket AM4 motherboard is doing rounds on the web. The picture reveals the bare PCB of the motherboard with all its traces and printed markings, but at a stage before surface-mount components can be soldered onto it. One can still make out quite a bit about the board. AMD X370 is the company's upcoming high-end desktop chipset, which will be launched alongside the company's Ryzen 8-core processor, some time in February, 2017.

To begin with, the AX370-Gaming K3 is built in the ATX form-factor. Its AM4 socket supports both Ryzen "Summit Ridge" CPUs and 7th generation A-series "Bristol Ridge" APUs. The board draws power from 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, and conditions it for the CPU with a 7-phase VRM. The AM4 socket is wired to four DDR4 DIMM slots. Expansion slots include one PCI-Express 3.0 x16, a second gen 3.0 x16 slot that's electrical x4, and three other gen 3.0 x1 slots. Storage connectivity appears to include at least eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports, and one 32 Gb/s M.2 slot. 8-channel HD audio, gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.1 (including type-C) ports, appear to make for the rest of the connectivity. GIGABYTE's signature Dual-UEFI is featured.
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GIGABYTE Intros BRIX Gaming GT Desktop

GIGABYTE introduced a new line of compact desktops designed for serious gaming, the BRIX Gaming GT series. Measuring 276 mm x 384 mm x 128 mm (DxHxW), this desktop has the chops for gaming at 1440p or even 4K Ultra HD, although GIGABYTE is marketing this as the ideal desktop for VR gaming in the living room. Its case features a chimney-type common air channel that pushes hot air from top-vents. A 400W custom-design PSU powers the machine.

Under the hood is an Intel Core i7-6700K quad-core processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics, 32 GB of dual-channel DDR4-2133 SO-DIMM memory, a 240 GB M.2 SSD, an additional 1 TB 2.5-inch HDD, and a vacant 2.5-inch drive bay. Audio is care of a Realtek ALC1150 HDA codec, backed by TI Burr Brown OPA2134 AMP circuit over the headphones jack. Networking includes an Intel 3165NGW dual-band 802.11ac WLAN with dual Bluetooth 4.0 interfaces, and Killer E2400 gigabit Ethernet. Other connectivity includes two USB 3.1 ports (of which one is type-C), four USB 3.0 ports (of which one is type-C, total two type-C ports), and 6-channel audio. Windows 10 comes pre-installed. GIGABYTE didn't reveal pricing.
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