Gigabyte Showcases GA-Z170X Gaming 3 Mainboard

Gigabyte expands its line of gaming products with a new ATX motherboard, entitled GA-Z170X Gaming 3. The key peculiarity ascribed to the model is the support for the latest Intel Skylake-S CPU (14 nm) with LGA 1151 socket. The new-comer takes Intel Z170 chipset as the basis and draws power via 24-pin ATX as well as 8-pin EPS power sockets. Besides, the board belongs to the mainstream customer segment, so its price won’t go higher than $188.



Gigabyte GA-Z170X Gaming 3 is furnished with 7-phase VRM, four slots for DDR4-3400 MHz RAM (two-channel) of up to 64 GB capacity, a pair of PCIe 3.0 x16 slots for the installation of graphics cards (support for CrossFireX and SLI configurations), a single PCIe 3.0 x4 slot, and three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots.


Storage subsystem might be organized due to six SATA III ports (bandwidth – 6 Gb/sec), three SATA Express ports (bandwidth – up to 16 Gb/sec), and a couple of M.2 slots with bandwidth index up to 32 Gb/sec.


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Affordable Motherboard Asus Vanguard B85 Review

Nowadays customers don’t find it difficult to acquire the motherboard which would absolutely correspond to their needs. This is primarily explained by the fact that each manufacturer tries to pack its production lineup with models of various calibers. Asus is one of the few companies that restlessly enlarge their motherboard inventory with variegated items, and Vanguard B85 (TUF series) is yet another item for saving users. The key to ‘affordability’ of Intel B85 chipset-based board lies mainly in the reduction of connectivity facilities, where the chipset supports not six but four SATA 6 Gb/sec + four USB 3.0 devices. However, the model is rich in other facilities that are vital for a contemporary multimedia PC.



Design and Layout


To begin with, Asus Vanguard B85 is designed in an uncommon uATX form-factor and supports Pentium/Xeon/Corei3/Corei5/Corei7 CPUs (Haswell gen.) for Socket LGA1150. The motherboard inventory involves 4 DIMM slots for the installation up to 32 …

Biostar Announces Budget-Oriented H110MD PRO Mainboard

Biostar has replenished its PRO series of motherboards with a budget-friendly model – H110MD PRO. The greenhorn is based on Intel H110 chipset compatible with Intel Skylake Socket LGA 1151 CPUs. As far as this micro-ATX board is an entry-level solution, it offers just basic facilities, including 5-phase VRM, a pair of DIMM slots for DDR3L-1600 MHz modules (maximal capacity – 16 GB).



Biostar H110MD PRO accommodates four SATA III (6 Gb/sec) ports for storage devices, one PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot (for graphics adapter) and a pair of PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots for expansion cards. Network possibilities are ensured by means of gigabit Realtek RTL8111G controller.


The I/O panel boasts the availability of two PS/2 ports, two video ports (D-SUB and DVI-D), one RJ-45 port, three audio sockets, and four USB ports (2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0). Additionally, the motherboard supports a range of advanced features, such as Biostar Flash, BIO-Flasher, BIO-Relife, Watch Dog, e-HotLine, BIOS …
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