ASRock Reveals X99M Killer mATX Motherboard

A couple of days ago ASRock showed us their X99X Killer motherboard, and today they’re showing us it’s little brother. They being in the mood to share is great for us and we’re getting a sneak peak at the ASRock X99M Killer mATX board. The minimized size has cost the board half its memory slots compared to the big brother, but it doesn’t let down on features in other areas. And lets face it, four RAM slots is more then enough for most people.

As the name suggests, we’re of course seeing the X99 chipset as well as the LGA2011 Socket. With three PCI Express x16 slots and 10 SATA 6Gbps ports, this little brother has nothing to be ashamed off. One Ultra M.2 connector, two Gigabit Ethernet controller (Intel and KillerNIC) and a Purity Sound 2 7.1 Audio chip are also found on this board. The double-digit error displays for quick bug-fixing is always a nice thing to see on any motherboard.

The IO area offers two USB 2.0 Fatal1ty mouse ports, four normal USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA and two Gigabit RJ45 ports and a dual PS2 mouse and keyboard port. Of course there’s also the five 3.5 mm and optical audio ports. Another four USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports can be connected to the on-board headers.

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Intel 9-series Z97, H97 & X99 Chipset Specifications Finalized

Final details of the new Intel 9-Series chipsets has appeared online, giving us the first full look at what we can expect from the chipset platforms. The upper end of the new sets will be the LGA1150 package, and a sole chipset for the LGA2011-3 HEDT platform. This means that we will be getting two new chipsets for LGA1150, the first being Z97 Express and the other being H97 Express. Z97 will be the focus for top-end hardware platforms, so will obviously come with support for the current Haswell line up, the upcoming Haswell refresh and Devil’s Canyon processors. There boards will feature up to three PCI-Express 3.0 slots wired to the CP in configurations of x16/NC/NC, x8/x8/NC, and x8/x4/x4. The Z97 chipsets will feature support for overclocking and while the H97 is similar in most respects, it will lack overclocking support and the PCIe configurations of the Z97 chipset.

Both the new chipsets will come with a range of up to date features, this includes support for super quick PCI-Express M.2 storage, six SATA 6Gb/s ports (with AHCI and RAID support), Rapid Storage Technology, Smart Response Technology, but only the Z97 will feature Dynamic Storage Accelerator. The H97 will offer Small Business Advantage (SBA) exclusively. With both chips packing 8-lane PCI-E gen 2.0 root complexes which will run onboard devices, 14 USB ports and six USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports.

Ready to kick things up a notch? Good! The X99 Express hardware is designed for the upcoming Haswell-E HEDT platform and feature the next-gen LGA2011-3 socket, which is unfortunately incompatible with current LGA2011 chips, but it looks like the upgrade may be worth it. X99 chipset motherboards will support up to five PCI-E 3.0 X16 slots wired to the CPU, this will allow for x16/NC/x16/NC/x8, x16/NC/x8/x8/x8, or x8/x8/x8/x8/x8 configurations. This means you’ll be able to have a PCIe SSD as well as a quad-GPU configuration in your system. If that isn’t enough for you, then you’ll also find a staggering 10-port SATA 6 Gb/s with RST and SRT support coming from the storage controller and SSD TRIM will be supported on RAID 0 configurations. The 8-lane PCI-Express gen 2.0 root complex will be used to run onboard devices like it does in the Z97/H97 hardware, and comes with support for 14 USB 2.0 ports and 6 USB 3.0 ports.

Expect to see the new chipsets and motherboards hit the market Q2-Q3 this year.

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GIGABYTE Presents Its First Single 2011 Socket Board With Integrated 10 Gigabit Ethernet

GIGABYTE Technology, a leading creator of high performance server hardware, is proud to announce the GA-6PXSVT, its first single 2011 socket based workstation motherboard featuring an integrated 10 Gigabit Ethernet LAN controller.

Following the ever increasing need for bandwidth at every level, GIGABYTE offers with the GA-6PXSVT a strong solution for professional users. Regrouping on an ATX form factor ultra-fast networking, a large storage platform, the support of Intel® Xeon® E5-1600 V2 & E5-2600 V2 processors, and support for up to 256GB of ECC memory, all the features required for a rock-solid workstation or a high performance rack server are gathered.

10 Gigabit Onboard
Integrating a single SFP+ 10GbE port coupled with two additional GbE ports, the GA-6PXSVT is capable of delivering excellent network data transfer performance. Equipped with Intel®’s third generation 82599EN 10GbE controller and a low latency SFP+ interface, the user can benefit from an onboard package providing a better bandwidth, thermal, footprint, and cost performance compared to the traditional method of adding 10GbE capability via a PCI-Express expansion card.

Large Storage Platform
By combining the native SATA capabilities of the Intel® C602 chipset with an extra Marvell® 88SE9230 controller, the GA-6PXSVT boasts 10 SATA III 6Gb/s and 4 SATA II 3Gb/s ports. With the ability to connect up to 14 SSDs or HDDs, the storage configuration possibilities are substantial and can therefore match most of workstation, server and other storage professional usage models.

Single Orientation Placement
With the processor socket, the memory DIMMs and the PCI-Express slots being all oriented in the same direction, the GA-6PXSVT is designed to deliver optimal airflow performance for the best cooling of all the components. Therefore, it is suitable for both rack and tower integration depending on the application targeted by the user.

Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-1600 V2 & E5-2600 V2 Product Families
The support of Intel® Xeon® processors E5-1600 V2 & 2600 V2 product families delivers the benefits of the 22nm tri-gate process technology to the high end server industry. Those benefits include, among others, higher frequencies, higher core counts (up to 12 cores / 24 threads) and larger last-level caches, but also a much more varied mix of core/frequencies with notably the introduction of a new dual socket workstation segment. This new die shrink also allows for overall energy efficiency increase, with up to 30% average decrease in idle power consumption.
Finally, virtualization applications will benefit from increased performance thanks to the Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller (APIC) technology, and more security features are included in the mix as well, such as the Intel® Platform Protection Technology with OS Guard, and Intel® Data Protection Technology with Secure Key.

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