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Shuttle Supplies Mini-PC in a Cube Format for 9th Gen Intel Processors

The product family of XPC cubes has a new member: With the SH370R8, Shuttle presents a powerful model for the latest Intel Core processors of the 9th generation and graphics cards from the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 series. The SH370R8 targets power users, network users and gamers alike. Based on Intel's H370 chipset, the XPC Barebone SH370R8 supports all the latest Intel Core processors of the "Coffee Lake" series for socket LGA1151v2 with up to 95 W TDP, including the top model Core i9-9900K with eight cores and 16 threads. Four slots are also provided for a total of up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory.

Based on Intel's H370 chipset, the XPC Barebone SH370R8 supports all the latest Intel Core processors of the "Coffee Lake" series for socket LGA1151v2 with up to 95 W TDP, including the top model Core i9-9900K with eight cores and 16 threads. Four slots are also provided for a total of up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory. "The R8 format offers maximum performance and features in a compact size," explains Tom Seiffert, Head of Marketing & PR at Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH. "It is ideal for use in ambitious gaming or professional applications. Storage scenarios with up to four 3.5-inch drives are also possible."

GIGABYTE Upgrades 300 Series BIOS for Upcoming Intel 9th Gen New Stepping

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today released the newest 300 series motherboards BIOS to fully support the newest Intel 9th Gen. Core processors with new stepping. The updates prevent the inability to boot the system during installation of the CPUs, providing full support for the next generation CPUs and ensuring that users can upgrade their processors without compatibility issues.

In Q2, Intel is set to launch new 9th Gen. Core processors with new stepping and motherboard manufacturers will upgrade their BIOS to improve the compatibility of their motherboards with these new processors. GIGABYTE has already upgraded all BIOS at first notice and uploaded the newest updates and all related information to its official website so that users can conveniently and successfully upgrade the BIOS for their GIGABYTE 300 series motherboards. With professional validation and testing carried forth by GIGABYTE engineers, the newest BIOS updates enhance compatibility with these new processors so that users can maximize performance with excellent system stability.
DOWNLOAD: GIGABYTE Intel 300-series Motherboard BIOS Updates.

ASRock Rolls Out Intel 300-series Motherboard BIOS Updates to Support New CPU Stepping

ASRock has released BIOS updates for all Z390/H370/Q370/B365/B360/H310 series motherboards to support the soon to be released new stepping 9th Generation Intel Core processors. The latest BIOS updates are available for download now from our website or simply update through ASRock APP Shop. New processors are scheduled to launch in Q2, 2019, the latest BIOS for each motherboard are listed as below. BIOS updates for more models will be added soon.

Intel Launches B365 Express Chipset on 22nm Process, Possibly a Re-branded Z170

Intel today introduced the B365 Express desktop motherboard chipset as an in-between to its B360 Express and H370 Express chipsets. This model is part of Intel's optical enlargement of its motherboard chipsets to the 22 nm HKMG+ silicon fabrication node, to free up 14 nm++ for processors. Despite this, the TDP of the chipset remains unchanged at 6 Watts. The B365 has a couple of feature additions and subtractions over B360. To begin with it has a wider PCI-Express downstream root-complex, with 20 gen 3.0 lanes, on par with H370 Express. The B360, if you'll recall, only has 12 downstream PCIe lanes. This means B365 motherboards will have additional M.2 and U.2 connectivity.

According to the ARK specifications page for the B365 Express, this chip completely lacks integrated 10 Gbps USB 3.1 gen 2 connectivity. Perhaps the expanded downstream PCIe is really meant for motherboard vendors to use third-party USB 3.1 gen 2 controller chips. You still get eight 5 Gbps USB 3.0 ports (notice we didn't say USB 3.1 gen 1, because don't expect fast-charging features). The chipset also loses the latest generation Wireless AC integrated MAC. All of these point to the possibility of the B365 Express being a re-branded Z170 with locked CPU overclocking. Adding credence to this theory is the fact that while the B360 uses ME version 12, the B365 uses the older ME version 11. Much like the H310C, the B365 could include platform support for Windows 7.

BIOSTAR Presents Professional Crypto Mining Motherboards with TB360-BTC Expert and TB360-BTC PRO

BIOSTAR, a leader in crypto mining motherboards, introduces two new BTC series professional crypto mining motherboards - TB360-BTC Expert and TB360-BTC PRO. Fully optimized for professional crypto mining, the TB360-BTC Expert and TB360-BTC PRO support 17 x PCI-E 3.0 and 12 x PCI-E 3.0 expansion slots respectively. Packed with features for scaling up professional mining operations of any size, the TB360-BTC Expert and TB360-BTC PRO ensure a rock-solid mining system with improved mining performance. The BIOSTAR TB360-BTC series is also the first crypto mining motherboards based on the B360 and H370 chipset, which can support 8th generation Intel Core processors.

ASRock Adds 9th Gen Core Compatibility Across Intel 300-series Chipset Lineup

ASRock's 300 series motherboards now support the new support Intel Core 9000 series processor family. via new BIOS update. With the outstanding and no compromise CPU VRM design of every ASRock motherboards, current ASRock Z370, H370, B360 and H310 series motherboards users can now experience the extreme performance of the new processor with only a few clicks. For every ASRock motherboard we're currently selling that supports this new CPU will have a "8Core CPU Support" sticker on the product box, it may adopt the new CPU right out of box.
Visit this page for links to your motherboard's BIOS update.

ASUS Intros H370 Mining Master Motherboard - Those Aren't USB Ports

ASUS rolled out one of its first crypto-currency miner-friendly motherboards based on the Intel 300-series chipset platform, now that cheaper Pentium Gold and Celeron processors for this platform are available. The H370 Mining Master puts out all 20 PCI-Express gen 3.0 lanes of the H370 Express chipset as x1 slots. It does this in a space-saving way - wiring out each PCIe "port" as USB 3.0 physically (using its 9 pins), which you wire out using USB 3.1 type-A male-to-male cables into open-ended PCIe x1 risers. You can plug in 20 graphics cards over risers, besides a 21st card on the board's PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot.

The rest of the board is pretty spartan, which is what miners need. The LGA1151 socket is powered by a simple 4+2 phase VRM. Power is drawn from three 24-pin ATX, and one 8-pin EPS. The CPU socket is wired to two DDR4 DIMM slots, supporting up to 32 GB of dual-channel memory, the x16 slot, and the H370 Express chipset. Storage connectivity includes just two SATA 6 Gbps ports. You get six USB 3.0 ports (four on the rear panel, two via headers). Display outputs include DVI and HDMI. Legacy connectivity includes PS/2 combo, and one serial COM header. 6-channel HD audio, and one 1 GbE interface, driven by an Intel i219-V, makes for the rest of it. ASUS threw in onboard power/reset buttons, and POST debug display to sweeten things.

MSI Announces its H370, B360, and H310 Motherboards

MSI, the world-leading gaming motherboard brand, is ready to launch new motherboards together with Intel H370, B360, and H310 chipsets. To satisfy the need of more CPU cores in the mainstream and value market, MSI has prepared a great variety of motherboards in Performance GAMING, Arsenal GAMING and also PRO Series. This time, MSI motherboards are packed with brand-new unique features to both cater gamers and professional users, allowing them to do more with more cores by using MSI motherboards.

Furthermore, MSI is proud to announce MINING motherboards for those who are involved in mining activities. With MSI exclusive features specifically for mining, miners are able to maximize the mining efficiency.

ASRock Announces Motherboards Based on Intel H370, B360, and H310 Chipsets

The leading global motherboard manufacturer, ASRock, is pleased to announce the launch of the latest motherboards in the company's extensive series of products based on Intel 300 series chipsets. With these new releases, ASRock completes its Intel 300 series line up, and is now able to offer a complete range of Intel 300-based motherboards suitable for all users and market sectors.

To support the increase of core count on the 8th Generation Intel Core Processors, ASRock has upgraded its CPU VRM design to provide more power phases than ever for maximum stability. On the other hand, these motherboards also support Key-E Type M.2 WiFi expansion cards, ensuring a fast and stable connection.

ASUS Announces H370 and B360 Series Motherboards

The arrival last year of Intel's 8th Generation Core processors alongside a high-end Z370 platform meant increased horsepower for people who do more with their PCs, whether it's serious work like content creation and video editing, or recreational tasks like live-streaming gaming sessions. But extra cores aren't limited to flagship territory. They extend all the way down to the entry-level Core i3, and today they're joined by new H370 and B360 platforms that bring additional connectivity to affordable price points. We've deployed these chipsets across a complete family of ASUS 300-series motherboards that are loaded with exclusive technologies, feature unparalleled durability and a focus on ease-of-use that help everyone get the most out of their PCs.

ASUS DNA is the Foundation of Your Build: Every build and user is different, so we have developed a deep lineup across ROG Strix, TUF Gaming, and Prime lines. While each family has distinct aesthetics and personalities, all three draw from core ASUS DNA that has been carefully refined over nearly 30 years of making motherboards. Signature features can be found throughout, from DIGI+ VRM circuitry that delivers reliable power to the CPU, to OptiMem trace routing that improves signaling for your memory resulting in increased stability and performance.

GIGABYTE Announces Aorus Motherboards Based on Intel H370 and B360 Chipsets

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is pleased to announce the release of the newest H370 AORUS GAMING 3 WIFI and B360 AORUS GAMING 3 WIFI motherboards. The motherboards boast Intel CNViTM WIFI technology through the Intel Wireless-AC 9560 module for optimized wireless connectivity and a Realtek ALC1220-VB audio CODEC for crisper audio quality. Featuring critically-acclaimed Ultra Durable technology, H370 and B360 AORUS GAMING 3 WIFI motherboards are designed with a high-quality power design and are CEC 2019 compliant for the most stable, durable, as well as energy efficient motherboards.

H370 and B360 AORUS GAMING 3 WIFI motherboards implement an Intel Wireless-AC 9560 module with Intel CNViTM WIFI technology to support 802.11ac wireless features and BLUETOOTH 5. When paired with Intel 8th Gen. Core processors, the motherboards deliver next-gen wireless connectivity that is significantly faster and more stable at further range. Under the AORUS design, the 2x2 802.11ac WIFI Wave 2 is optimized for faster download speeds even under dense network traffic as well as delivery speeds up to 1.733 Gbps when using 160 MHz channels, doubling that of standard designs. Simultaneous support for multiple devices is enabled on these boards by their 2T2R Antenna design, resulting in a maximum transmission bandwidth 2x higher than that of previous generations. In addition, the boards offer lightning-quick Ethernet from its Intel GbE LAN with cFos accelerator and WTFast. The inclusion of a GIGABYTE exclusive gaming LAN RTL8118 Ethernet controller gives the gamer advanced control over net traffic priority, ensuring that gamers are never a step behind their opponents.

EVGA Announces the H370 Stinger Motherboard

Introducing the EVGA H370 Stinger - A budget-friendly workhorse for your HTPC or gaming PC. Featuring a next-gen Intel H370 Express Chipset, with DDR4 2667MHz+ memory support and a 10-layer PCB, this motherboard is built to withstand the daily grind. Using a 9-phase PWM, external clock generator, HDMI 2.0 and 7.1 Channel HD Audio, this motherboard will thrive as the heart of your next system, while supporting today's widely-used components.

With four SATA 6G ports, M.2, Intel Optane Memory Ready, the EVGA H370 Stinger has you covered for storage. This motherboard also comes with USB 3.1 Gen 2, 4 native USB 3.1 Gen 1 and included Dual-Band WiFi + Bluetooth for versatility. By using a careful balance of performance and features, the EVGA H370 Stinger gets you straight to the point.

Intel Expands 8th Gen. Core Desktop Processor Family, Introduces New Chipsets

Intel today expanded its 8th generation Core desktop processor family, to include xx new models across its Core i7, Core i5, and Core i3 brand extensions. The company also introduced entry-level Pentium Gold and Celeron processors. The chips are based on the 14 nm "Coffee Lake" silicon, and are compatible with socket LGA1151 motherboards based on Intel 300-series chipset. Intel has relegated dual-core to the Celeron and Pentium Gold brands. The Celeron series includes 2-core/2-thread chips with 3 MB L3 cache; while the Pentium Gold series includes 2-core/4-thread chips with 4 MB L3 cache.

The company is launching the 8th generation Celeron series with two models, the G4900 and the G4920, clocked at 3.10 GHz, and 3.20 GHz, respectively. The Pentium Gold family has three parts, the G5400, the G5500, and the G5600, clocked at 3.70 GHz, 3.80 GHz, and 3.90 GHz, respectively. The 8th generation Core i3 family of 4-core/4-thread parts receives a new member, the i3-8300. Endowed with 8 MB of L3 cache, this chip is clocked at 3.70 GHz, and sits between the i3-8100 and the i3-8350K, but lacks the unlocked multiplier of the latter.

Sneak Peek of Upcoming H370, H310, and B360 Motherboards from ASUS, ASRock, Gigabyte, MSI

Coffee Lake processors were launched along side the high-end Z370 motherboards. While the Z370 chipset certainly brings many innovative features to the table, different consumers have different levels of needs. Some consumers simply don't need all the bells and whistles that the Z370 chipset has to offer. That's why other mainstream chipsets like H370, H310, and B360 still hold their value, and many consumers are waiting for motherboards based on one of the aformentioned chipsets to come out. Unfortunately, Intel still haven't shared a concrete launch date with the public. But as online stores have started to list the new H370, H310, and B360 motherboards, our guess is that they will be available real soon. Since some of you are probably planning your next budget PC build with one of these chipsets, we've rounded up the images of the different models that are currently floating around the internet. You can get a sneak peek at the offerings from major manufacturers like ASRock, Gigabyte, and MSI. There are 29 models in total that range from the mini-ATX form factor to the conventional ATX form factor.

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Cheaper Intel 300-series Chipset Motherboards Around the Corner

Right now, it makes little sense to pick up Intel's Core i3 quad-core and cheaper Core i5 six-core chips, only to pair them with the company's premium Z370 Express chipset-based motherboards, which start around $139. The company had promised a second wave of Core i3 and Core i5 "Coffee Lake" processors, and newer Pentium Gold and Celeron parts based on the silicon; alongside three cheaper motherboard chipsets - H370 Express, B360 Express, and H310 Express; for launch some time in Q1-2018. We're getting word that March could be a busy month for PC hardware retailers.

The H370 has an almost identical feature-set to the Z370, except its lack of support for CPU overclocking and multi-GPU (PCIe segmentation). The B360 is slightly cheaper, and has fewer connectivity options. The H310 is entry-level, and has the least connectivity options. H370-based motherboards could be priced between $100 to $170; B360-based ones $80 to $130, and H310-based ones $50 to $70. Online retailers have already begun listing some of these motherboards. A list was compiled by Redditor dayman56. It includes links to over a dozen such listings of ASRock and GIGABYTE motherboards that, if not anything else, confirm model names.

First Intel Z390 Chipset Motherboard Spotted in SANDRA Database

The first socket LGA1151 motherboard based on Intel's upcoming Z390 Express chipset was spotted on SiSoft SANDRA database. The board is SuperMicro C7Z390-PGW, a client-segment motherboard by SuperMicro under its SuperO brand. Intel is slating launch of the Z390 Express chipset for some time in the second half of 2018, following the early-2018 launches of H370 Express, B360 Express, and H310 Express.

The Z390 Express chipset adds to the feature-set of the platform, with an integrated Programmable Quad-Core Audio DSP, SoundWire digital audio interface, an integrated 10 Gbps USB 3.1 controller, integrated 802.11ac WLAN controller (with external PHY), an integrated SDIO controller (for card readers), and support for newer generation "Titan Ridge" Thunderbolt 3.0 controller.

Intel Readies Higher Z390 Chipset for 2018 Launch

It turns out that Z370 Express won't be the highest-end desktop motherboard chipset for Intel's 8th generation Core "Coffee Lake" mainstream-desktop processors, with the company planning a higher Z390 Express chipset for the second half of 2018, according to a leaked company roadmap on 300-series chipset roll-out. Intel is launching its first Core "Coffee Lake" processors this October, along with the Z370 Express chipset. The mid-range B360 Express, H370 Express; and entry-level H310 Express chipsets could launch in Q1-2018, which is also the time when Intel launches the Q370 and Q360 chipsets for corporate desktops.

Intel to Accelerate Basin Falls Unveil, Coffee Lake Launch

According to DigiTimes, sources among Taiwan-based PC vendors have indicated that Intel's upcoming Basin Falls platform, which includes Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors on a new X299 chipset, will be unveiled at Computex 2017 (May 30th, June 3rd), in Taipei - two months earlier than expected. This move comes accompanied by an accelerated launch of the Coffee Lake microarchitecture, which still uses the 14 nm process, to August 2017 from an initial January 2018 launch. If true, this is big in a number of ways - that Intel would bring forward a product launch 4 months has some interesting implications - or at least, confirmations.

Remember that Coffee Lake is supposed to carry an increased number of cores in its mainstream designs. And we all know how Intel's line-up has almost been torn apart by Ryzen's aggressive core and thread-count, with AMD offering more cores and threads than Intel at virtually all price-points. And even if an argument is made regarding Intel's better gaming performance, that's one scenario out of many. Future proofing, professional work, multimedia, all of these assert AMD's dominance in a pure price-performance ratio. I, for one, would gladly give up some FPS in some games and accept an increased number of cores than go the other way around (especially with AMD's platform support and the number of patches that have increased game performance on Ryzen CPUs.)
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