Shuttle’s New SH110R4 Barebone Brings Great Features in a Small Size

Shuttle released a new system that once again proves that a powerful system doesn’t need to be large in physical dimensions. The new SH110R4 is the newest family member in the XPC Cube series of 13-liter barebone PCs and it comes with everything available you’ll need, from a Skylake LGA 1151 socket over two M.2 expansion slots to an integrated heat pipe system for CPU cooling.

The Shuttle SH110R4 is built around the Intel H110 chipset and supports dual-channel DDR4 memory with a speed of up to 2133 MHz. You can equip it with a total of 32GB through its two memory slots, but the specifications don’t reveal whether it’s full-sized DIMMs or SO-DIMMs. My bet would be on the last, SO-DIMMs. With the use of a Skylake-based Core, Celeron, or Pentium processor, you also gain 4K video capabilities through the processor-integrated GPU and the onboard HDMI and DisplayPort. A D-Sub VGA port was also added for backwards compatibility.

Besides the graphics connections, you also find all other relevant external connectors. There are four USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet network powered by an Intel i219LM controller, and a 5.1-channel HD audio system powered by a Realtek ALC662 chip.

The Shuttle XPC Cube series are basically mITX systems with a clever cooling solution and users can upgrade the motherboard to pretty much any mITX board they wish at any point. But the included one is pretty good as it is and comes with two M.2 slots, one M.2 2280/2260/2242 Type M slot for high-speed SSDs and one M.2 2230 Type A/E slot for devices like WiFi cards. There’s also a PCIe x16 and a PCIe x1 slot for additional expansion cards such as graphics cards, raid controller, monitor cards, sound cards, etc.

The really cool feature is the Shuttle’s I.C.E 2 cooling engine that utilizes heat-pipe tech to keep the SH110R4 cool. It uses convection cooling to dissipate heat away from and around the CPU. The I.C.E.2 copper tubes, coated in nickel for enhanced tube hardness and rust-proof protection, are filled with distilled water to effectively channel heat and provide highly efficient processor and chassis cooling.

It also comes with a built-in PSU which can deliver 300W and is 80Plus Bronze certified. Overall, you get a small and stable system with great features and a suggested retail price of £172.00.

 

ASRock Introduces Memory Overclocking for Non-Z Skylake Motherboards

ASRock motherboards usually feature a twist of some sort, setting them apart from the rest. They had the overclocking feature for CPUs on the H87 and B85 non-Z motherboards and recently they added the memory overclocking easter egg to their Z170 Skylake motherboards that allow automatic overclocking of select memory modules. Now they are going one step further and have cracked the RAM overclocking limitations on the non-Z Skylake boards B150, H170, and H110.

The ASRock DDR4 OC feature appears in the UEFI BIOS when the user has installed certain memory modules such as those from Kingston or Samsung. This otherwise hidden feature allows you to overclock the memory frequency from 2133MHz to a max of 2800MHz – providing a 30% boost in clock speed. Intel normally doesn’t feature memory overclocking on anything but the top Z-line motherboards, but ASRock cracked this limitation and the feature is now also available on select ASRock H170, B150, and H110 motherboards. Test show that DDR4 Non-Z overclocking can deliver a 5% memory performance boost measure with SiSoftware Sandra memory benchmark on an ASRock B150 chipset motherboard.

So with a hidden feature like this, how would you know when it is enabled or not. Well, the BIOS boot screen will not show a plain white ASRock icon anymore but instead one that has a coloured light effect added, making it easy to recognize.

Non-Z OC support:

  • H170 Motherboards: H170M Pro4, H170M Pro4S, H170 Combo, H170A-X1/3.1, H170A-X1
  • B150M Motherboards: B150M Pro4S, B150 Combo, B150M Combo-G, B150A-X1, B150M-HDS, B150M-HDV
  • H110 Motherboards: H110M-HDV, H110M-HDS, H110M-I, H110M-DGS

MSI Reveals H110 PRO Series Motherboards

So far we have mostly been hearing about the Z170 based motherboards for Intel’s 6th generation Core processors, but that isn’t the only platform available for Skylake. There are also the H170, B150, and H110 chipsets available and MSI just revealed their trio based on the H110 chipset.

The three new motherboards are the H110M PRO-VVH, H110M PRO-VD, and H110M PRO-D. The new micro ATX sized motherboards are available in both DDR4 or DDR3 low voltage DRAM solutions and they naturally come with Windows 10 WHQL certification.

MSI also added the unique DDR4 Boost technology that is designed with optimized traces and fully isolated memory circuitry. This design ensures the memory signals stay pure for optimal performance and stability. MSI M-Cloud is another included feature that provides a convenient and secure way of saving personal files in the cloud without complicated settings.

The motherboards are built with Military Class 4 components that ensure stability under extreme conditions as well as ECO Power that improves the efficiency. EZ Debug LED, overvoltage protection, and VGA Armor are also part of the deal and so is the Audio Boost for great sound quality.

With a budget solution like these, over the more extreme enthusiast models in the Z170 series, many people will opt to run them on the iGPU instead of adding a dedicated graphics card. The new PRO series supports both legacy monitors here via DVI and D-Sub, but also crisp clear 4K UHD with HDMI and DP connectors.

Kingston Announces HyperX Savage DDR4 Memory up to 3000MHz

With the release of Intel’s new Skylake platform, more and more people are in the need for DDR4 memory instead of the older generation of DDR3 modules. Sure, there are a few boards that support DDR3, but why go for something lesser when you don’t have to. Kingston’s enthusiast department HyperX has released their newest DDR4 modules that are designed to work with Skylake on the Z170 and 100 series chipsets as well as the a little older X99 chipset.

The new modules from Kingston’s HyperX division are called Savage and come with speeds of up to 3000MHz. The built-in XMP profiles are optimized for both Intel’s Core i7 and Core i5 CPUs and allow for the easy setup that we’ve come to rely on. The new Savage modules are available as single modules up to 8GB and kits up to 64GB, which is the downside here. More and more people are looking to go beyond the natural limitation you deal with when limited to a maximum of 8GB per module, but I’m sure that bigger version already are in the works.

“We are excited to present this new high speed, yet power efficient memory for those gamers and enthusiasts looking to maximize system performance,” said Lawrence Yang, business manager, HyperX. “HyperX Savage DDR4 offers consumers standout performance, and with its asymmetrical die-cast aluminum, low-profile heat spreader and matching black PCB a standout look to upgrade any system.”

As mentioned the modules go up to 8GB capacity each, but there is also a 4GB version available. The frequencies available range from 2133MHz to 3000MHz, allowing you to choose what you need and prevent you from spending a lot of money on something you might not even need. The CAS Latency is rated between 12 and 15 and the modules are backed by Kingston’s known lifetime warranty.

HyperX Savage DDR4 Features and Specifications:

  • Capacities: 4GB-8GB (single), 8GB-64GB (kits)
  • Frequency: 2133MHz, 2400MHz, 2666MHz, 2800MHz and 3000MHz
  • CAS Latency: 12-15
  • Voltage: 1.2V or 1.35V
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C to 85°C
  • Storage Temperature: -55°C to 100°C
  • Dimensions: 133.35mm x 34.57mm
  • Compatible with: X99, Z170, H110, H170 and B150
  • Reliable: 100% tested
  • Guaranteed: Lifetime warranty

MSI Introduces PRO Series Motherboards

With Intel opening up the CPU line up for all to see, motherboard manufacturers are now offering up the lower market motherboards to reside below the Z170 options. Following previous nomenclature for the Intel chipset, these motherboards will come under the H170, B150 and H110 chipsets.

MSI have now introduced multiple Pro series offerings with these chipsets, all featuring the best that Intel 100 series has to offer with the stability and reliability that MSI is renowned for. The new PRO series will span over 30 different motherboards of different sizes and also includes the Z170 chipset, which means we could see Z170 performance for not a lot of money.

Some of the features include DDR4 Boost, optimised memory channels for direct and uninterrupted memory signals for the best possible performance, Turbo M.2, SATA Express with Turbo U.2, CLICK BIOS 5, M-Cloud and many more.

MSI has received the renowned reliability status from years of motherboard productions with Military grade components. With the high-grade components also comes some incredibly simple user features, ED Debug LED, Overvoltage Protection and VGA Armor for the PCIe slots. These motherboards are a no-fuss option and great for system builders to create or even upgrade consumer computers.

Are you looking forward to the other chipsets from MSI? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

MSI Expanding the Gaming Series with H170 and B150

MSI has already shown us what it can do with the Z170 gaming motherboard series, but like every other manufacturer, the features comes at a price; especially on a premium chipset. We have all been waiting for the H170, B150 and H110 chipsets since Skylake launch last month, but we didn’t really know what was going to be offered. Today has seen MSI release multiple motherboard series and with that has expanded the Gaming series with some great looking options.

The range will see the introduction of the BAZOOKA and MORTAR ranges, taking inspiration from the KRAIT series for the colour scheme and will come under the Arsenal Gaming series. The B150A GAMING PRO and B150M NIGHT ELF are added into the Performance Gaming series; offering high performance at an affordable price.

The two leading motherboards will be the Gaming M5 H170 and B150 options, both featuring the usual Turbo M.2, USB 3.1 and GAMING LAN for optimal performance. Here are the key features:

“DDR4 Boost
By fully isolating the memory circuitry from other components, DDR4 Boost ensures the memory signal to stay pure for maximum performance and stability.

Audio Boost 3 & Nahimic
Studio-grade audio solution for gamers, powered by Nahimic Audio Enhancer. With dual OPA1652 AMPs and metal EMI Shielding you get breathtaking sound quality.

MSI GAMING LAN with Killer & LAN Protect
MSI Gaming LAN is powered by the Killer LAN E2400 with intelligent AES 2.0, automatically prioritizes games above other applications. The LAN connector with led features 15KV anti-surge protection for safety.

Military Class V components
A new standard in high quality components. The all new Titanium inductor has a solid structure, it can withstand even higher temperatures and has better heat dissipation for more stability and a longer lifespan.

Game in style with the MSI Performance GAMING Series
Engineered to provide both a stunning gaming and visual experience, the MSI Z170 Performance GAMING series give you plenty of reasons to show off. The new H170A GAMING PRO, B150A GAMING PRO and B150M NIGHT ELF motherboards are one-of-a-kind. The H170A and B150A GAMING PRO motherboards allow you to customize and display your own unique style with Mystic Light to change color while, again, offering the best gaming features with Audio Boost 3, GAMING LAN and Multi GPU capabilities to serve you in battle and offer the best performance.

Style your PC with the RGB LEDs from Mystic Light
Supporting more than 16.5 million colors and many style presets such as breathing, flashing and waving, Mystic Light makes you enjoy and personalize your PC to your own taste. Just change the color to another one using the easy to use Mystic Light APP and make your PC look & feel brand new! With 2048 different colors and 7 different LED modes, the Mystic Light provides infinite possibilities for gamers to personalize their gaming rig.

MSI GAMING LAN with Intel & LAN Protect
MSI GAMING LAN found on Performance GAMING motherboards is powered by Intel Gigabit LAN, and features automatic prioritizing of game traffic above other applications using the MSI GAMING LAN Manager. The LAN connector with LED features 15KV anti-surge protection for safety.

Gaming Hotkey
Gaming Hotkey enables more functionality using your own keyboard. Simply assign macros to any key and launch your favorite games, load overclocking profiles or do real-time overclocking with the push of a single button. The possibilities are endless!

Steel Armor
MSI GAMING motherboards come equipped with reinforced PCI-e connectors with Steel Armor to easily support even the heaviest graphics cards in multi GPU setups.

Dominate MOBA gaming with the Arsenal GAMING motherboards
Arsenal GAMING motherboards feature GAMING LAN, Audio Boost, USB 3.1 and unique DDR4 Boost technology with optimized traces and fully isolated memory circuitry, ensuring the memory signals stay pure for optimal performance and stability. With the TOMAHAWK, MORTAR, BAZOOKA and GRENADE motherboard, each model offers its own unique design, the Arsenal GAMING motherboards offer endless gaming fun, whether playing online or offline.

GAMING DNA
GAMING on the inside, GAMING on the outside. Red or white LED ambient lights are added to give the motherboard an awesome look and feel, ready for battle.”

Have you already upgraded to Skylake or was you waiting for the rest of the Intel 100 Chipset series to be released before making you mind? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Intel’s Skylake and 100 Series Chipset Details, Universal Overclocking Is Back

We don’t have to wait long until Intel releases their new and 6th Gen Core Skylake processors. The new generation is scheduled to arrive in the second quarter and Intel has shown a lot of new systems utilizing the new chips before and during the IDF 2015 in Shenzhen, but the full specifications for the new generation have eluded us so far.

New slides have changed that and we now know a lot more about the new Skylake-S LGA 1151 platform as well as the new Intel 100 series chipsets. The processors are split into three groups for power consumption: dual cores from 35W to 65W quad-cores from 35W to 65W, and enthusiast quad cores at 95W TDP. The will come with support for both DDR3 and DDR4 memory.

The iGPU supports the latests APIs such as DX12, OpenGL 4.4, and OpenCL2.0 and also support acceleration for HEVC, VP8, and VP9 media codecs. You can connect up to three independent displays and run a resolution up to  4096×2304.

One of the highlights is for the unlocked K-series processors. They will get enhanced and full range BLCK overclocking for a more precise and better overclock. The new processors will also need a new chipset and that is the new Intel 100 series and they are a little highlight in themselves.

The new chipsets come with increased port flexibility with up to 40% higher input/outputs. The Intel RST 14 technology has PCIe storage support for up to four M.2 and two SATA Express connections, so you won’t be short of high-speed storage anymore.

Motherboards utilizing the new Intel 100 series chipsets are expected to start selling in June, so that’s just around the corner. They are divided into the usual three categories with Z170 for performance, H170 for the mainstream, and H110 as the value option.

If you want it all, you have to spring for the performance series and Z170 chipset and you’ll get three PCIe 3.0 connections (1×16 or 2×8 or 1×8 + 2×4) and the ability to overclock the processor. The two H-series chipsets only give you one x16 connection and you can’t OC your processor. The Z170 will also give you a total of 10 USB 3.0 where the H170 only has 8 and the H110 has 4. The two 170′ chipsets both feature six SATA 3.0 ports where the H110 only has four.

We’ve also got the first leaks on actual processors, both i5 and i7 versions of the new 14nm technology. The i7-6700K have a 4GHz base frequency and a minor turbo up to 4.2GHz. It has four hyperthreaded cores and 8MB cache. The i5-6600K only has a 3.5GHz base clock, but the turbo takes it to 3.9GHz. The i5 only has four single cores and 6MB cache, but both chips support the same DDR3-1600 and DDR4-2133 memory and also come with the same 95W TDP.

Intel’s Skylake Gets Detailed: Z170 “100 Series” Chipset in Mid 2015

Intel’s Broadwell CPUs will continue the shelf-life of Intel’s Z97 and H97 platforms as Intel migrates from the current Haswell CPU architecture next year. Broadwell will arrive on the Intel performance and Mainstream platforms next year, that’s on the Z97 and H97 chipsets and this is expected to occur in Q2 of 2015. However, we won’t just be seeing Broadwell in Q2 of 2015 because according to the latest leaked Intel Roadmap Intel will also offer Skylake shortly after, something we heard about a few weeks back. Skylake will arrive on all Intel platform segments shortly after Broadwell and will take Intel’s chipset family into the new “100” series. Unlike Broadwell and the 9 series which are only offered in the consumer performance and mainstream segments, Skylake and the 100 series will be offered across the entire Intel range of chipsets.

The specifications of Intel’s upcoming chipsets can be seen above. As we see they are not too different to the 8 and 9 series boards; Z87 and Z97 also offer 6 SATA III and 20 PCIe lanes for example. Intel has increased the USB 3.0 count and also the SATA Express and M.2 capabilities of the 100 series. It is important to remember that 100 series motherboards and Skylake CPUs will not be compatible with anything from the 8/9 series or Haswell/Broadwell. Skylake, which are Intel’s sixth generation Core Series CPUs, will utilise a new LGA 1151 socket and they will also have the ability to run DDR3 or DDR4 memory depending on the configuration. Expect exciting things in 2015 from Intel if these rumours are anything to go by!

Source: VR-Zone

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Corsair Hydro Series H110 Liquid CPU Cooler Review

The high performance cooling that “all in one” or “closed loop” liquid CPU coolers bring is becoming ever more popular. Everything above the upper-entry level price point, approximately above £45/€60/$70, is largely dominated by these types of coolers. The market up until January this year was dominated by 120mm radiator or 240mm radiator units. However, Corsair and NZXT, working with Asetek, have now made a significant leap forward in bringing out 140mm and 280mm based radiator units. You will be able to find reviews of the NZXT Kraken X40, NZXT Kraken X60, Corsair H90 and this unit, the H110, on our website. These 140mm fan based units offer larger radiator surface areas and higher airflow fans which ultimately means better cooling performance.

That the said the general idea behind these units is that because more and more cases bring native support for 140mm fans, we should be taking advantage of that fact. Hence making the transition to 140mm fan based liquid CPU coolers was the logical next step to improve AIO liquid coolers. The market for 280mm units like the Corsair H110 is actually very young and as result there aren’t currently any universal guidelines in place for what standards these units should conform to. In particular I am referring to “fan spacing”. For 240mm, 360mm and 480mm radiators, it is commonly accepted that 15mm is the appropriate level of spacing – so every unit on the market uses this spacing. However, 280mm/420mm radiators do not have this universal fan spacing standard. Corsair have opted for 20mm spacing and NZXT have opted for 15mm spacing. Depending on which case you have this could prove to be a crucial element of the buying process.

With that important note on fan spacing covered, let us now move on to the key specifications of the Corsair H110. Firstly, it is worth noting that the radiator is 29mm thick (not the usual 27mm) and comes with two 140mm PWM fans with RPM ranges of 800 to 1500 RPM. These are capable of pushing 94 CFMs at maximum speed. You can read the rest of the specifications below, we will cover other parts of the H110 in more detail as we progress through this review.