Motherboards

Two things jumped out at me when I received this press release. Firstly the name, which comes out as a mouthful – it isn’t something you could casually mention in conversation, even if you worked closely with the motherboard. The second is the amount of DRAM slots, which is ultimately what the EP2C612D24 and EP2C612D24-4L are catering for. The Haswell-EP/Xeon E5 v3 DDR4 memory controllers are designed for up to three DIMMs per channel, similarly to Ivy Bridge-EP (E5 v2) and Sandy Bridge-EP (E5), although in all cases it is usually reserved for more niche systems. With 16GB UDIMMs, this allows for a maximum of 384GB, although moving up to RDIMM, LRDIMMs or 64GB NVDIMMs pushes the max to 1.5TB in a dual socket motherboard...

GIGABYTE Server Launches the MW70-3S0, Targeting 3x PCIe 3.0 x16 and LSI 3008

If you’ve been following motherboard coverage over the past few years, you can’t help but notice that all the major consumer players also have their own server based business...

10 by Ian Cutress 5 days ago

ASRock Goes Braswell: Eight SKUs including DC-In Variants

In the wake of the news regarding ASUS’ listing of their Braswell motherboards, both ASRock and MSI have been quick on their heels to also list their model lines...

18 by Ian Cutress 5 days ago

Braswell Motherboard Surfaces Online: Quad Core 14nm Airmont in ASUS N3150M-E

When Intel initially released its Airmont platforms, Braswell for mini-PCs and Cherry Trail for tablets, it was unclear whether or not we would see custom desktop build equivalents, rather...

32 by Ian Cutress on 5/18/2015

ASRock Rack Announces Mini-ITX LGA2011-3 Motherboard, with Quad-Channel SO-DIMM DDR4

Hot on the heels of the recent announcement of a Haswell-E based mini-ITX motherboard from the main motherboard division of ASRock, the ASRock X99E-ITX, the server division has decided...

10 by Ian Cutress on 5/4/2015

Braswell: MSI Launches Three Mini-ITX ECO Motherboards

The launch of Braswell, to replace Bay Trail-D, is going to slowly emerge over the next few months. We reported on the initial launch of SKUs as leaked, but...

17 by Ian Cutress on 4/8/2015

MSI Releases 970A SLI Krait Edition Motherboard with USB 3.1

The motherboard market is now laying down some heavy USB 3.1 marks in the sand. We saw motherboards at CES, then immediately followed that with some testing on the...

26 by Ian Cutress on 3/25/2015

GIGABYTE Server Releases ARM Solutions using AppliedMicro and Annapurna Labs SoCs

As Johan points out in his deep dive of ARM in the server market, given a focused strategy new ARM solutions can offer the potential to disrupt some very...

16 by Ian Cutress on 3/24/2015

Corsair Releases Orange Dominator Platinum DDR4-3400 for GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion

During CES earlier this year we spent some time at the Corsair booth and saw a beta system demoing an orange kit of DDR4-3400 modules on the X99-SOC Champion...

21 by Ian Cutress on 3/23/2015

X99 goes TUF: Sabertooth X99 at CeBIT 2015 with NVMe Support

Of the four major motherboard manufacturers, three of them separate their main lines into channel (regular), overclocking and gaming, with one other also having a low power range. ASUS...

16 by Ian Cutress on 3/16/2015

ASRock to Debut mini-ITX Haswell-E at CeBIT: X99E-ITX/ac with USB 3.1

I always love to see interesting deviations to the norm when it comes to motherboards, and something such as a mini-ITX based extreme system has been at the top...

54 by Ian Cutress on 3/13/2015

The ASRock X99 Extreme11 Review: Eighteen SATA Ports with Haswell-E

If there is one thing I like about ASRock, it is their ability to do something different in an increasingly difficult market to differentiate. One of these elements is...

49 by Ian Cutress on 3/11/2015

Embedded World 2015: Skylake-DT Industrial Motherboard Spotted

Even with Broadwell not completely out of the door, a lot of attention is being put towards Skylake, the 14nm architecture update from Intel. Current information out the wild...

13 by Ian Cutress on 2/24/2015

ASUS Goes USB 3.1: Motherboards, PCIe Cards and Enclosures Tested

As the motherboard reviewer at AnandTech, I speak to my contacts at the motherboard manufacturers on a regular basis. All the recent talk has had a heavy sprinkling about...

31 by Ian Cutress on 2/24/2015

MSI X99S MPower Review: Sting Like a Bee

In our recent run of overclocking focused motherboards, we have had a couple of interesting contenders. Sub $300 is a difficult market to attack for X99 overclockers, and MSI...

12 by Ian Cutress on 2/17/2015

ASRock to Introduce USB 3.1 Cards and Motherboards

On the back of our USB 3.1 performance coverage, as well as seeing some motherboards in the flesh at CES, other manufacturers are now announcing their USB 3.1 implementations...

52 by Ian Cutress on 2/16/2015

ASUS ROG Announces the B85M-Gamer Motherboard

In recent months it would seem that ASUS’ Republic of Gamers brand has split into some very distinct segments. We used to only have three SKUs to choose from...

30 by Ian Cutress on 1/31/2015

Testing USB 3.1: Some Preliminary Results with the MSI X99A Gaming 9 ACK

Everyone wants more. Everyone wants more storage space, faster access, cheaper costs. It should have been here yesterday, but we are restrained at the current rate of development which...

33 by Ian Cutress on 1/28/2015

MSI 970 Gaming Motherboard Review: Undercutting AM3+ at $100

Despite the age of AMD's Vishera CPU architecture, we recently saw the release of two new lower powered 95W quad-module processors. The lower of the two, the FX-8320E, was...

35 by Ian Cutress on 1/22/2015

MSI Goes USB 3.1 at CES 2015: The MSI Component Suite Tour

Back at Computex we reported that MSI was showing a potential mock-up of USB 3.1 on one of their motherboards. Fast forward a few months and this is slowly...

33 by Ian Cutress on 1/12/2015

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