Gigabyte Confirm Support for Windows 10

With the launch of yet another Windows OS, motherboard manufacturers the world over are testing the archives of motherboards to ensure compatibility with it. Gigabyte is the latest motherboard manufacturer to certify that a large range of latest generation motherboards are Windows 10 ready.

Gigabyte built their motherboards on great components, meaning that some users may still be using older technology; this is why Gigabyte has gone the extra mile to ensure compatibility all the way back to H61 chipset.

The most popular versions, such as Intel X99, Z97 and Z87 are widely covered, along with AMD 990FX, 990X and 970 chipsets. However, some users who are using AMD 800 chipset or Intel’s Z77 may not be covered fully. For a full list of support motherboards, please visit this website set-up by Gigabyte.

Windows 10 brings back the start menu that so many old school users missed with the introduction of Windows 8/ 8.1 and left many stranded back on Windows 7 because of this. Along with that reintroduction, Windows 10 also brings forward DirectX12 support, which is a huge reason why many users will be upgrading.

One note that Gigabyte did add is some minor issues which are easily overcome:

“Note: Some advanced Windows 10 features require optimized specifications such as a touch screen monitor, a UEFI BIOS, and an SSD that may not be available in every legacy and entry-level system.”

Are you apprehensive about installing this new OS because of compatibility? Post a new thread in our forums and we can do our best to help.

iBuyPower Noctis Intel Z97 Review

Introduction


Once again, it is review time at eTeknix HQ and iBuyPower gives us the chance to test their Noctis Intel Z97. The case is a brand new iBuyPower version of the equally new NZXT Noctus 450. Inside we have an Intel i7 4790K, an EVGA Superclocked GTX 980, 16GB of DDR3 1600, and a 240GB SSD. Cooling the 4790K is a 120mm AIO CPU liquid cooler with two fans in a push-pull configuration. The 4790K has a Turbo frequency up to 4.4GHz, and with the EVGA Superclocked GTX 980 running up to 1505MHz core and 3505MHz memory makes this system well suited for some great gaming performance.

The system was put together using the iBuyPower Z97 system configurator, and parts were chosen to make a system that would make a very capable gaming system while not going overboard and trying to stay budget conscious. I was trying to stay under the $2,000 and what I ended up with was a system that comes out to an affordable $1,530, so lets give it a go and see how it does. I will also look for ways I could improve on the build while still staying within that $2,000 budget that I was aiming for.

Specifications

  • Name: iBuyPower Noctis Intel Z97
  • Case: NZXT Noctis 450 iBuyPower Version – Blue
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97-D3H (Socket 1150) DDR3 ATX Motherboard
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 4790K Quad Core Haswell Processor
  • Processor Cooler: 120mm CPU Water Cooler
  • System Memory: 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 Memory (2 x 8GB sticks)
  • Main Boot Drive: 240GB Kingston V300 SSD
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): None
  • Graphics card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Superclocked
  • Power Supply: Thermaltake SMART SP-650 650W 80PLUS Bronze
  • Optical DriveNone
  • Wireless: Not included
  • Monitor: Not included
  • Peripherals: Not included
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit
  • Warranty: Three Year Standard Warranty
  • Price: $1549 as configured Delivered

The shipping box is immense and will likely need two people to move it unless you are capable of carrying large precarious objects safely.

Inside is the box for the iBuyPower NZXT Noctis 450, well padded with heavy foam that will be great for keeping the systems intact.

Inside the Notcis case box, the original case packaging is used, with closed cell foam keeping it very secure and stable.

The unboxed system is striking with the matte black finish and the blue mesh accents.  The matte finish can pick up fingerprints and dust so keep some cleaner and a microfiber cloth handy if you are picky about that kind of thing. There is a piece of printed paper on the side of the case illustrating how to remove the Instapak foam that keeps the internals of the system secure while shipping.

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Gigabyte Updates With Support for Upcoming 5th Gen Intel Core Processors

One of the real pains in building computers comes at the times where you need to upgrade several components in order to keep everything compatible to the one new component that you actually had the intention to upgrade. This won’t be an issue if you plans are to invest in the upcoming and fifth generation of Intel Core processors and you own a Gigabyte Z97 or H97 based motherboard.

GIGABYTE’s engineers have been busy in their labs and they have tested and verified that the new generation of Intel Core processors all work perfectly on their H97 and Z97 chipset based motherboards and offer an optimal performance.

So users who wish to take advantage of Intel’s new processor generation as soon as possible can rest assured that their GIGABYTE motherboards will support it. You will need to download and install the latest BIOS to make sure that everything runs smoothly and that every function is properly supported, but that is kind of a normal thing and one that you have to do with each new generation of processors.

You can find and download the latest UEFI BIOS files for your 9 Series motherboards directly on GIGABYTE’s own website and be ready for the upcoming launch.

MSI to Introduce a M.2 to Turbo Mini-SAS Connector Add-in Card

News has just come down from MSI HQ that they are going to make available mini-SATA add-in cards for M.2 slots. The reasoning behind this is for current and new users of MSI motherboards can fully utilise the new high-speed SSD’s such as Intel’s 750.

In recent global reviews and press of the MSI Z97 motherboards, there was a fair amount negative comments floating around due to the lack of SATA-Express ports. This was down to a corporate decision as there wasn’t an eco system for SATA-Express at the time. The attention turned to the more functional M.2 port, which was then included on the vast majority of the MSI Z97 and X99 range with plenty of M.2 devices on the market to utilise this port. Now with technology forever progressing, it wasn’t long for the SATA-Express to have a successor, in the form of a new connector called SFF8639. This connector runs at 32 Gb/s speeds and there are already SSD’s on the market that are equipped with this connector, such as the Intel 750.

Instead of producing an entirely new range of motherboards with this connector, MSI thought ahead and introduced a M.2 adapter card, equipped with a Turbo Mini-SAS connector. This is similar to the adapter card MSI introduced with SATA-Express, but this particular card is claimed to run at double the speed.

MSI will bundle this new add-in card with selected Z97 and X99 motherboards after an official announcement at Computex 2015.

Colorful IGame’s next Motherboard Could Feature Armor Style Cover

There is still some doubt whether the motherboard that has been shown from Colorful IGame actually is a new product about to be launched or just concept art, but I like what I see. It looks new and fresh, yet very familiar. The motherboard is built around the Z97 platform and the two first things I noticed in these published renderings were what looks to be 12 SATA ports and the pre-installed full liquid cooling for the vital parts.

I thought that they ‘forgot’ to add a M.2 slot at first, but they didn’t and it’s also present. It’s located between the bottom two PCIe x16 slots as it can be seen in the above shot. The cover, or armor, or however you’d like to label it has the Gamer Customization label printed just as the colour choice is a typical one for a gaming setup. Black and red, but Colorful also added some white to the mix.

There isn’t much known about the features set yet, but we can assume that they will be very similar to the iGame Z97 that we saw introduced not that long ago.

It will most likely use the Atheros KillerNIC E2200 Gigabit Ethernet controller and have onboard 8 channel 7.1 surround sound setup with Voice Gamer and solid capacitors. It would also be logic to assume that they took the new dual-BIOS feature with them onto this motherboard.

Asrock Z97E-ITX/ac (LGA-1150) Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications and Packaging


Intel’s Z97 platform is a perfect basis for a mini-ITX system build as it features enough performance to please even the most demanding user while still being power efficient enough to be tamed by small form factor cases and modest cooling solutions. Due to those reasons it isn’t surprising to see Intel’s LGA 1150 platform dominate the mini-ITX landscape. Creating a mini-ITX motherboard from AMD’s AM3+ or Intel’s LGA 2011 platforms is unfeasible from a number of perspectives including heat and for LGA 2011, the size of the socket and number of memory lanes required. We have seen other mini-ITX motherboards emerge for low power platforms like Intel’s Bay Trail, AMD’s Kabini and AMD’s FM2+ APU platform but relatively speaking all three of these platforms cannot rival Intel’s LGA 1150 in terms of raw performance. In short, Intel’s mainstream LGA 1150 platform offers the best balance of features, performance, pricing and power efficiency for the mini-ITX form factor.

Today we are setting our sights on one of ASRock’s newest additions to the line-up, the Z97E-ITX/ac. ASRock, a previous subdivision of AsusTek, has really taken the world by storm, becoming the 3rd biggest supplier of motherboards for the year 2013-2014. Being set on the Intel Z97 chipset, allows this motherboard to be compatible with all the LGA 1150 socket CPU’s such as the i5-4570k and i7-4700k. This particular board has been built using all the typical ASRock components; premium alloy chokes, 12K platinum capacitors and a sapphire black PCB, all combining to producing a stonker of a motherboard. Along with the usual hardware components, ASRock has managed to squeeze on the newest Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac, meaning a boost of up to 289% over 802.11n Wi-Fi, a M.2 port for super fast storage and much more.

Key Features

Manufacturers nowadays need to find innovative ways to stand out from the crowd, ASRock is no different and has brought a huge array of features to this motherboard.

  • ASRockSuper Alloy
  • ASRock 802.11ac WiFi
  • ASRock HDMi-In
  • ASRock Full Spike Protection
  • ASRock Cloud
  • ASRock App Shop
  • ASRock A-Tuning
  • ASRock Disk Health Report
  • ASRock USB Key
  • ASRock App charger
  • ASRock XFast LAN
  • ASRock XFast RAM
  • ASRock Restart to UEFI
  • ASRock FULL HD UEFI
  • ASRock My Favourites in UEFI
  • ASRock UEFI Guide
  • ASRock Instant Flash
  • ASRock Internet Flash
  • ASRock Crashless BIOS
  • ASRock Online Management Guard (OMG)
  • ASRock UEFI System Browser
  • ASRock UEFI Tech Service
  • ASRock Dehumidifier Function
  • ASRock Easy RAID Installer
  • ASRock Easy Driver Installer

For more information on these functions, please visit ASRock’s Z97E-ITX/ac product page.

Packaging and Accessories

Very typical enthusiast level extra’s. 2x SATA3 cables, install CD, ASRock Cloud manual, quick start manual, ASRock sticker and a single WiFi antennae.

Chillblast Fusion Barbarian Gaming PC Review

Introduction


Today we are looking at the aggressively named “Chillblast Fusion Barbarian Devil’s Canyon Gaming PC”, featuring a Corsair SPEC-03 chassis on the outside, with a high-end i5 4690k, Nvidia GTX 970,  16GB of DDR3 on the inside and a few high performance coolers in between. Chillblast have even thrown in a tasty CPU overclock to help us hit the high notes and have opted for the traditional OS SSD / Mechanical HDD storage configuration to give the user more options when it comes to storage.

At a time when certain delayed AAA titles are on the horizon, many will be looking to upgrade their rigs to play the latest and greatest games at maximum graphics settings. The question is, is the Barbarian worth considering for your next upgrade? Let’s find out!

Specifications

  • Name: Chillblast Fusion Barbarian Gaming PC
  • Case: Corsair SPEC-03 Case
  • Motherboard: Z97X-Gaming 5  Motherboard
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 4690K Devils Canyon overclocked to 4.3GHz
  • Processor Cooler: Corsair H75 all-in-one liquid cooler
  • System Memory: 16GB Corsair/Crucial/Samsung PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3 Memory (2 x 8GB sticks)
  • Main Boot Drive: 120GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): Seagate 2000GB 7200RPM Hard Disk – 6Gbps
  • Graphics card: Gigabyte GTX 970 4GB Maxwell Windforce Edition
  • Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified PSU
  • Optical Drive24x SATA DVD+/-RW Drive
  • Wireless: Not included
  • Monitor: Not included
  • Peripherals: Not included
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit
  • Warranty: 5 Year Warranty with 2 Years Collect and Return (UK only)
  • Price: £1163.78 as configured Delivered.

The system was well packaged, with what can only be described as “cardboard ghillie” padding.

Chillblast has included the Motherboard and Graphics card boxes too, which contain all of the misc leftover bits.

The system unboxed.  The front of the case reminds me of the mask Bane from Batman, with its exaggerated front grille bars and bold styling.

Across the top of the case we have 2 x USB3, headphone and mic ports, with power and reset buttons.  Underneath is a bar which lights up red when the system is powered on, and the HDD activity LED sits in the middle of the I/O panel.

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MSI’s Z97i Gaming ACK is Now Available

Sometimes small is enough, and MSI shows us how that is done. The new Z97i GAMING ACK should be available now according to the latest Facebook post and it packs all the wonderful features of it’s bigger brothers.

“Meet the true mini-ITX gaming solution, the ‪‎MSI‬ Z97I GAMING ACK motherboard. Featuring ACK powered by Killer DoubleShot Pro, M.2 connectivity and a whole new gaming oriented PCB design, the Z97I GAMING ACK motherboard is now available.”

When dealing with a mITX motherboard, there is a natural limitation on space. To fight this, MSI has taken the rear of the PCB into use and placed the M.2 connector there. It might not be the most convenient location to switch the module, depending on your chassis, but it’s a great option to have.

The motherboard has a new an improved layout and many things were moved around including the 24-pin power connector. It also has the Killer DoubleShot Pro connectivity and anything else you could want on external connectors. There are plenty of USB ports, a PS2 port for legacy devices, Display port and HDMI, as well as 7.1 surround sound.

Thanks to MSI for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of MSI

Chaintech Announces Colorful iGame Z97 Motherboard

Chaintech was brought back to life as a motherboard brand with the help and partnership of Colorful after a couple of years away from that market. This cooperation has resulted in a new motherboard that doesn’t really know if it wants to be in the overclocker or gaming category, so the iGame Z97 just covers them both.

The first thing that strikes us is the full-cover water cooling setup ranging from the chipset and southbridge all the way up over the VRM. Speaking of the VRM, Chaintech used a 16-phase VRM around the LGA 1150 socket.

It has three PCI-Express x16 Gen. 3 and four PCI-Express x1 Gen 2 slots, six SATA3 ports and a combo mSATA port. Network connection is provided by the Atheros KillerNIC E2200 Gigabit Ethernet controller and the onboard sound is an 8 channel 7.1 surround sound setup with Voice Gamer and solid capacitors. For iGPU users it has a DVI, D-Sub and HDMI connector although I doubt anyone with a motherboard like this would use the iGPU.

The new motherboard features a dual-BIOS with a “feature-rich” setup program. The board is planned for launch on the European and APAC markets, but no other word on pricing and availability yet.

Thanks to TechPowerUp for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of TechPowerUp

BioStar Motherboard Competition Winners!

It’s competition winner time! This week we’ll be picking three lucky winners for our BioStar motherboard competition! We’ve got three awesome prizes to giveaway; the Hi-Fi Z97Z7, Hi-Fi Z97WE and the Hi-Fi B85N 3D.

We’ll pick three lucky winners for this competition:

Firstly, I want to say a massive thank you to BioStar for helping us organise and give away these awesome prizes, but most of all, congratulations to our lucky winners!

 Jonathan La Follette – 1st Place, Hi-Fi Z97Z7

Timothy Babcock – 2nd Place – Hi-Fi Z97WE

Steven Kean – 3rd Place – Hi-Fi B85N 3D

Don’t feel too bad if you didn’t win this time around, we’ve got a LOT of great prizes coming to the site very soon and several other great competitions currently running which you can enter here. Keep those entries coming in and good luck to all!

MSI Z97 Gaming 9 ACK and X99S Gaming 9 ACK Now Available

MSI has just released their latest motherboards; the MSI Z97 Gaming 9 ACK and the MSI X99S Gaming 9. ACK brings support for wireless solutions, powered by Killer DoubleShot Pro. ACK delivers 3.5x lower latency and 2.9x times faster data throughput compared to traditional Wireless-N hardware; this is great news for those who don’t want to (or can’t) rely on a LAN cable. Another cool feature is the ability to use both Wi-Fi and LAN together; you can run your gaming activity through the LAN and use the Wi-Fi for other internet data, freeing up some bandwidth for lag-free gaming. By using both LAN and Wi-Fi, you’ll unlock a staggering 1.876 Gbps of bandwidth!

The boards come with all the usual high-end features for overclocking, high quality components and a wave of extras; Audio Boost 2, Killer networking, Turbo M.2 32 Gb/s (Z97 standard M.2) and SATA Express (X99 models only). Streaming Engine also adds a dedicated onboard hardware streaming solution, perfect for those who love to share their gameplay online, as it will support 1080p 60Mbps without affecting your games FPS.

The boards also features Xtreme Audio DAC, which offers 192kHz / 32-Bit 120dB SNR audio quality. This is thanks to the C-Media HD Audio Processor, Wolfston WM8741 DAC and Texas Instruments TPA6120A2 AMP.

Thank you MSI for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of MSI.

ASUS Announces Z97-Pro Gamer Motherboard

The ASUS subsidiary Republic of Gamers (ROG) has presented their latest motherboard, an entry line budget board for gamers. The new Asus Z97 Pro Gamer is basically a standard ASUS motherboard with a touch of ROG features, perfect for the budget friendly Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition that has OC action well into the 4GHz territory.

The Z97 Pro Gamer is designed for the fourth and fifth generation LGA1150 processors and can handle up to 32GB memory with OC speeds up to 3200MHz. Blazing fast storage is guaranteed by the 10 Gbit/s M.2 and SATA Express interfaces and the Intel Gigabit Ethernet adapter should provide a speedy and lag free gaming session with minimum extra CPU load.

ASUS also added the GameFirst II and LANGuard features to further speed up the network connection and help you eliminate that last bit of lag you might have due to packet prioritising. Audio should be supreme as well with the equally named Supreme FX audio and Sonic Radar II features.

Connectivity isn’t a problem for this board either with six USB 3.0 ports (two via header) and eight USB 2.0 ports (six via three headers). You can attach your 7.1 channel audio system to this motherboard and it has an optical out as well. For iGPU processors it has a DVI, D-Sub and HDMI port while legacy input is provided by the dual function PS/2 port.

 

This new motherboard doesn’t feature all the full-fledged ROG features such as DIGI VRM+, but should be a great base for a budget friendly OC gaming system. No word on price and availability yet.

Thanks to ROG for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of ROG

Gigabyte Z97N-Gaming 5 (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications and Packaging


Intel’s Z97 platform is a perfect basis for a mini-ITX system build as it features enough performance to please even the most demanding user while still being power efficient enough to be tamed by small form factor cases and modest cooling solutions. Due to those reasons it isn’t surprising to see Intel’s LGA 1150 platform dominate the mini-ITX landscape. Creating a mini-ITX motherboard from AMD’s AM3+ or Intel’s LGA 2011 platforms is unfeasible from a number of perspectives including heat and for LGA 2011, the size of the socket and number of memory lanes required. We have seen other mini-ITX motherboards emerge for low power platforms like Intel’s Bay Trail, AMD’s Kabini and AMD’s FM2+ APU platform but relatively speaking all three of these platforms cannot rival Intel’s LGA 1150 in terms of raw performance. In short, Intel’s mainstream LGA 1150 platform offers the best balance of features, performance, pricing and power efficiency for the mini-ITX form factor.

On the subject of mini-ITX today we are reviewing Gigabyte’s Z97N-Gaming 5 motherboard to see if it can match the high standards set by other motherboard vendors such as MSI with their Z87I Gaming AC or ASUS with their Z97I-PLUS. Gigabyte’s Z97N-Gaming 5 is part of Gigabyte’s gaming product stack meaning we see the usual audio and networking customisations found across the entire Gigabyte Gaming 9 series. The heart of this “Gaming” status is derived from a combination of Killer networking and advanced audio quality based on Realtek’s flagship ALC1150 codec. Those two things aside the customisation options for mini-ITX motherboards are limited for obvious reasons: space. The new storage form factors for Z97, M.2 and SATA Express, both get ditched due to space constraints. Gigabyte haven’t tried to reverse mount an M.2 port on the bottom of the board like ASUS managed to do with the Z97I-PLUS. Impressively Gigabyte have still managed to use all six SATA ports, offer a heatpipe cooling solution and a pair of fan headers for the CPU socket. The space on the Z97N Gaming 5 is used well, a point of congratulations goes to the decision to ditch the TPM header which ASUS and MSI both put on their mini-ITX boards for reasons unknown to the logical thinker: what gamer needs a TPM device?

Packaging and Accessories

The accessory bundle and packaging for the Z97N- Gaming 5 is as small as the board. With the typical documentation and DVD we get a rear I/O, some stickers and a WiFi antennae.

Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5 (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications and Packaging


Intel’s Z97 platform feels like it has been here forever; since its official launch in early May 2014 we’ve ploughed through a sizeable 13 Z97 motherboard reviews here at eTeknix. Yet in the grand-scheme of things that 5 months is barely any time at all:the average PC user will tend to abide to a 2-3 year upgrade cycle meaning they’ll sit through about three new Intel platform launches before choosing to upgrade. With that said Z97 is still as relevant to the PC user today as it was 5 months ago even if Z97 has lost some of its “latest & greatest” status with the recent launch of X99. Today we are examining Z97 motherboard number 14 courtesy of Gigabyte: we have their Z97X-Gaming 5 motherboard in for review.

There is nothing particularly exciting or innovative going on with the Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 5 if I’m being totally honest. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing because “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” as the old saying goes. We have a very familiar red & black colour scheme which predictably gives this motherboard its “Gaming” denotation. Being a gaming board we also find this motherboard adheres to the usual high quality audio and networking package which makes use of Realtek’s latest and greatest ALC 1150 codec and Qualcomm’s Killer E2201 networking chip. The fact that the Z97X Gaming 5 is based on Intel’s Z97 chipset means we also get all of the new desktop storage interfaces: M.2 and SATA Express, in addition to the tried and trusted SATA III. I won’t pretend you can’t get these specifications anywhere else: ASRock and MSI offer very similar motherboards with virtually identical hardware configurations. The real question is: why should you choose Gigabyte? The simple answer is because of the value for money proposition and the fact Gigabyte do offer some unique features of their own such as their patented dualBIOS and Amp-Up audio package: but we’ll get onto all this later on in the review.

Packaging and Accessories

The Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 5 is a budget board in the wider Z97 market, it starts at £105/$145, so we aren’t surprised to see a modest accessory bundle. Included is the usual documentation, a utility DVD, four SATA cables, a case sticker and an I/O shield which didn’t come with our review sample. An I/O shield does come with the standard retail version and is identical to the I/O shield used with the Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 7 for those who are interested.

CyberPower PC FANG Battlebox-I 970 System Review

Introduction


The exponential growth of the Insomnia gaming festival over the past few years is proof, if any was needed, that PC gaming has never been stronger. With LAN events like Insomnia becoming more popular so too are portable gaming rigs that can be easily moved around at the owners behest. Today we are taking a closer look at a pre-built system from CyberPower PC that targets that exact market. Their new FANG Battlebox-I 970 system crams an impressive amount of hardware into a portable gaming PC. Nvidia’s power efficient GTX 970 is what makes it possible to pack such a significant gaming punch in a small form factor as it eases the traditional heat and power problems associated with high-end graphics hardware. Intel’s Core i5 4690K provides the brains of the system offering up a strong balance between price and performance, assisted further by the 4.2GHz overclock it ships with. Straight away it has become clear that CyberPower PC have made smart decisions with their component selection: this system offers a solid mixture of hardware that is spot on for a portable gaming PC.

Specifications

  • Name: CyberPower PC FANG Battlebox-I 970
  • Case: CyberPower FANG Battlebox case
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte Z97N-WiFi mini-ITX
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 4690K @ 4.2GHz
  • Processor Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120M All-In-One liquid CPU cooler
  • System Memory: 2 x 4GB Kingston HyperX Fury 1866MHz Dual Channel
  • Main Boot Drive: Kingston V300 240GB SATA III SSD
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): Western Digital Blue 1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive
  • Graphics card: MSI GTX 970 4GB Gaming
  • Power Supply: Cooler Master B600
  • Optical DriveNot included
  • Wireless: Intel 2T2R AC 7260 2.4/5GHz
  • Monitor: Not included
  • Peripherals: Not included
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit
  • Warranty: 3 Year Labour, 2 Year Parts and 1 Month Collect & Return (upgrades available)
  • Price: £999.99 Including Shipping and VAT

Packaging & Accessories

This compact system comes with a compact shipping box. CyberPower PC ship the FANG Battlebox-I 970 with a durable soft cell foam to prevent shipping damage.

The accessory package includes all of the accessories and adapters for the motherboard, graphics card and power supply. CyberPower PC cram these accessories into the motherboard box and also provide a Windows installation DVD and troubleshooting guide if your system doesn’t work straight away.

A Closer Look

Did someone call Bob the Builder? Okay, a little harsh, but in all fairness this case does appear to resemble a toolbox. You could say it’s an acquired taste, but based on my observations of trends in PC cases over the past 5 years I don’t think that this case will be popular. PC cases have tended towards more classy and understated designs, even for gaming cases, whereas this case has that cheap and plasticky theme to it that I’d associate with budget case brands like Cougar and HEC.

The top is fitted with a carry handle, which doesn’t feel as sturdy as I’d hoped, and a latch to lock the front of the case in place. Dual USB 3.0 ports, a power button, reset button and indicator LEDs make up the usual I/O area. Note how there’s no front panel audio headers for headsets and the like – a strange omission for a gaming PC.

From the front we see a lock is present which a useful feature if you’ll be using this at LAN events. You can also observe the finger print marks everywhere: this case is a finger print magnet and once they are on they are very difficult to get off. That’s not exactly ideal for a case that’s designed to be handled a lot. CyberPower PC’s logo at the front is fairly modest and we see lots of ventilation for the internal components.

The right side offers more ventilation with an aggressive inlet design.

The left side reveals the I/O to the motherboard, graphics card and power supply. The power supply input is a passthrough to the front mounted power supply.

The FANG Battlebox-I 970 has feet on the bottom so you mount it in a way where the handle doesn’t face the top of the case. It really does look quite strange with that orientation.

You can still mount it handle facing upwards, like how CyberPower PC picture this system, but there are no dedicated feet for that.

Internally the CyberPower PC is space constrained as you would expect. As a result cable management was always going to be a challenge and the choice of a non-modular power supply didn’t help either. My concern with the cable management is that when I mounted the system with the handle facing upwards the cables at the bottom of the system were getting chewed up in the graphics card fan. That is not acceptable: cables should always be tied back to prevent conflict with moving parts like fans. Given this is meant to be a portable PC for LAN that will frequently get moved around I am even more shocked that this blunder gets through quality control: there should be extra attention paid to cable management and system durability.

The front of the case has no significant dust filtering which is bad news for maintenance. It also appears that those RED LEDs that CyberPower PC advertise on their website are nowhere to be seen.

Here’s a few more angles of what’s going on inside the case. We didn’t disassemble anything because we didn’t want to significantly alter the system from its shipped state, that would be changing the fairness of the review.

The LEDs

With the system powered on it becomes obvious that the advertised front LEDs are nowhere to be seen, only the logo gets lit up.

Just to confirm here’s a shot of the system in a dark room: definitely no LED strips here.

Supermicro Silently Launches mATX Z97 Motherboard

Supermicro has been building consumer-motherboards aimed at overclockers and gamers for a while now. To further increased their portfolio in this area they’ve silently launched the C7Z97-M and C7Z97-MF motherboards. This is the first time Supermicro is venturing into the ATX form factor. The only difference between the two boards is, the MF version supports remote control via IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) on the network interface and the M version doesn’t.

The Micro ATX motherboard has one PCI-Express x16 and one x8 slot; when both are used they run as 8x/8x . It has a PCI-Express 2.0 x4 slot as well for extra connectivity. The C7Z97-M supports up to 32 GB Non-ECC and unbuffered 1600 MHz memory with overclocking options up to 3300 MHz. Storage is covered by six SATA3 ports provided by the Z97 chipset and the support for RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10. The Gigabit network is provided by an Intel i210-AT controller with IPMI support for the MF version. The 7.1 channel sound comes from a Realtec ALC1150 HD Audio chip.

It has an onboard headers for USB 3.0 ports and two headers for USB 2.0 ports. There’s also a COM-port header and a 20-pin TPM header (Trusted Platform Module). To keep your overclocked system cooled, you can connect a total of five 4-pin fans with every function that they can include. The external connections are covered with 7.1 HD Audio jacks, PS/2 connector for mouse and keyboard, HDMI and Display Port for video and a RJ45 for the network. It has four USB 3.0 ports on the IO panel as well as two USB 2.0.

The black and red colour theme might be a bit late as more and more people are moving away from it. It still looks great and once you’ve added RAM modules and a PCI Express card, the board will look just black.

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MSI Z97S SLI PLUS (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications and Packaging


Something that becomes apparently obvious with the motherboards I review on a regular basis is that most of them have too many features for the average user. That’s too many in the sense that most of them would go unused but mainly it is too many in that it adds unnecessary cost. Let’s face it none of us would say no to extra features if we didn’t have to pay for them, even if they remained unused.

In the Z97 space, MSI appear to have come up with a solution to that problem with their Z97S SLI PLUS motherboard. Sure it isn’t the prettiest motherboard available sporting the Z97 chipset, neither is it the most feature rich but what it does have going for it is a well struck-up balance of pricing and features. For around £100 in the UK, or $135 in the USA, the MSI Z97S SLI PLUS offers you a feature rich platform which includes SATA III, SATA Express, M.2, USB 3.0, SLI and CrossFire support, a UEFI BIOS, Intel Gigabit Ethernet, a decent amount of fan connectivity and solid audio. The colour scheme does seem a little confusing with a combination of a brown PCB and blue/black heatsinks, so this is definitely aimed at being a motherboard for people without side panel windows.

Packaging and Accessories

MSI have pitched the board in a strange way. Despite clearly gearing this board towards SLI users the box draws upon the stability, reliability and protection mechanisms rather than things like the PCIe configurations.

On the back we find MSI pushing their components and protection mechanisms such as circuit protection, EMI protection and ESD protection.

The accessory bundle includes some documentation, a utility DVD, a labelled rear I/O plate, a SLI bridge and four SATA cables. That’s quite a lot for a seemingly budget board.

MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition Finally Available

It’s been a while since we were first teased by MSI with their amazing looking Z79S SLI Krait Edition motherboard. Some might have forgotten about it in all of the recent news and reviews surround the Intel X99 chipset and CPU’s, Nvidia GTX 980 and iPhone 6 launch, so it’s time to bring it back to the light.

It’s been the number one request from the modding community for a while; we want more and different colour schemes. Red and Black, while a great combo, has been done to much and by everyone. Other than this, there aren’t that many colour choices, with some blue, some orange, but no black’n’white up until now. MSI dare to be different.

Just a couple of hours ago, MSI announced via their Facebook page that the motherboard is finally available. I couldn’t find any shops that carry it yet, so I guess they mean it’s available for the distributors and retailers to order. Still, it’s getting very close and I can almost hear how every modder in the world is getting anxious and excited with the prospect of this motherboard. The fantasies and modding ideas are starting to run wild, and it has to be channelled into something productive very soon.

The PCB is beautiful on it’s own; a black finish everywhere in combination with the white PCI express and RAM slots. The white accents on the chipset and VRM coolers increases the depth of the otherwise simple layout.

The board isn’t shy on functions either. It supports the 4th and 5th Geneneration Intel Core Pentium and Celeron processors for the LGA 1150 socket. It has four memory slots that support up to DDR3-3300 (OC) on a dual channel setup. Further it has two PCI-E x16 Gen3 slots (16,0) (8,8) and three PCIe x1. For the legacy support it has two normal PCI slots as well. Of course this board supports both SLI and CrossFire for your fancy multi-GPU setups.

There is plenty of options for storage as well with six SATA3 ports that can run in RAID 0/1/5/10, one SATA Express and one M.2 port. It has a total of six USB 3.0 and six USB 2.0 ports as well as a Realtek 8111G Gigabit LAN and Realtec ALC892 7.1 surround-sound chip. The iGPU supports VGA, HDMI and DVI output with multi-monitor support and a maximum shared memory of 1760 MB. I doubt many people will use the iGPU on a board like this, but it’s still nice to have the option.

It uses the Military Class 4 components for increased lifespan and decreased power consumption and has circuit protection for CPU and USB devices. The OC Genie 4 helps with easy overclocking at the push of a button. It also has the Click BIOS 4, the latest in MSI’s UEFI BIOS.

Are you hooked on this board too? Then head over to our forums for a view of not one, but two amazing looking mods with this motherboard. The first is the MSI Krait Edition Case Mod by Jesse Palacio and the second is Kraitskin by CalegaR1. Both mods were posted by our good friend RawZ from MSI.

Thank you MSI for providing us with this information

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Syber Vapor Extreme Gaming PC Console Released

CyberpowerPC has unleashed their newest Syber Vapor PC Gaming Console. They’ve released the X-venom and the Syber Vapor Extreme was born; an extremely powerful gaming PC in the form factor of a game console.

The Vapor is an upgradable and full featured PC gaming-system with all the benefits. You can enjoy all of your favourite PC games anywhere by simply plugging it into your big-screen TV and connecting it to a wireless network. The Vapor launches in Steam’s Big Picture mode with Microsoft Windows 8.1, so you get access to your full Steam library as well as all of your Windows features like Netflix, Hulu, web browsing, Skype and much more. CyberpowerPC promises all of this at an affordable price.

Unlike normal gaming consoles, the Syber Vapor systems are upgradeable in every way, just the same as your normal PC. You can also highly customize the setup before you purchase it. The Vapor Extreme takes its name seriously and is configured with an i7-4790K CPU and 8GB RAM on a MSI Z97I ACI mITX motherboard as default. Not surprising, the graphics card powering the system is one of the brand new Nvidia GeForce GTX 980’s. The lower power consumption and thereby low heat dissipation makes the card perfect for a compact system like this.

The basic model has a 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive but there are options for solid state drives as well. There is room for 2 drives in total in this system. Just like the previous Vapor I and Vapor A models, the case can be had in both black and white. The price starts at $1499; quite a bit more then a console, but you also get a lot more. You’re also able to downgrade parts of the system, if you don’t need them or the price simply is to high for you budget.

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The new systems are available now in the US and we hear that they are coming to the UK very soon.

Be sure to check out the official website for more details.

Thank you CyberpowerPC for providing us with this information

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G.Skill Ares 8GB 2400MHz Dual Channel Memory Kit Review

Introduction


 

Choosing the right memory kit for your system is a fairly mundane task, for most people it is just about getting the right amount of memory and at a good price. While price and capacity are important increasing attention has been paid to the frequency and aesthetics of memory kit designs in recent years. The frequency jump for DDR3 has reached its conclusion now that DDR4 is upon us and you could almost say that 1866MHz is the new mainstream speed while 2400MHz is no longer as “premium” as it used to be. Simply put high frequency DDR3 kits (2133 and upwards) have become very affordable to most consumers. We’ve also seen picky aesthetic characteristics like black PCBs and nicely designed heatspreaders become mainstreamed, great for system builders who like to keeps things tidy and colour-matched. Today we are looking at a memory kit which epitomizes the convergence of those two trends: the G.Skill Ares 8GB 2400MHz kit.

Offering 2400MHz at 1.65 volts with CL11 latencies this G.Skill kit is well suited for many current platforms like Intel’s LGA 1150 Haswell or AMD’s FM2+ Kaveri, particularly AMD’s FM2+ APU platform where faster memory means better integrated graphics performance. G.Skill are marketing this memory kit for Z97 users though and with the blue and black colour scheme this certainly makes sense: MSI and ASRock offer a number of blue and black motherboards such as the MSI Z97S SLI PLUS and the ASRock Z97 Extreme6. In true G.Skill fashion these memory kits also have the benefit of a lifetime warranty and competitive pricing so let’s take a closer look at the G.Skill Ares 8GB 2400MHz dual channel memory kit in this review.

 

Specifications

Packaging and Accessories

Packaging for memory kits is never very exciting but at least G.Skill have been smart and made their packaging super easy to open. The front points out the orientation of this product: towards Intel Z97 platforms.

A Closer Look

The G.Skill ARES kit looks clean and the black PCB helps keep things tidy. I also like that the modules are “normal” height, e.g. they are the height of the PCB. I could call these “low profile” like some other vendors do but that would be misleading when you can get lower profile RAM modules such as Crucial’s Ballistix Sport. It’s a little sad that the warranty sticker covers up the design and cannot be removed without voiding the warranty but I guess it is what it is.

MSI Tease with New Black’n’White Motherboard

MSI has teased us with yet another photo of a new motherboard. This time it’s the MSI z97 SLI Krait Edition. The new board is born purely for the customers as MSI has listened to their feedback, special that from modders and have now created this new black and white themed motherboard.

Computer modding is an ever-growing market. Long over is the time where you had to paint everything yourself to get a colour-themed computer. There is nothing in the way of those black and white themed builds any more; no need to paint it yourself anymore.

The features look pretty ordinary, not much to mention there. I’m sure we’ll get many more details on this new motherboard very soon and it will be interesting to see if we get more boards in this theme. They have made entire red’n’black themed series before, so it’s not unthinkable.

Thank you MSI for providing us with this information.

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Biostar Ready to Launch Hi-Fi Z97Z7 Motherboard

BIOSTAR has announced that they’re getting ready to launch the newest member of their Hi-Fi motherboard series, the BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z97Z7. With a name that already has Hi-Fi in it, we expect it to be have some solid audio functions. And it has, packed with Gold Plated Audio Connectors and Hi-Fi 7.1 channel Blu-Ray Audio.

The board is ATX form factor and features the Z97 chipset and LGA 1150 CPU socket and has 4x DDR3 2900(OC) memory slots. An 8 Phase Power Design and Super Conductive Heat sinks as well as Super Durable Solid Capacitors are among the assets of this board.

The I/O area looks to have 4x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet and 6x Audio connectors for the surround sound. HDMI 4k is also supported and there are DVI and D-SUB connectors as well.

In addition, the board will feature new BIOSTAR innovations that improve durability and stability such as Super Rapid Debug3, Super Durable Box Headers, Super Durable Solid Capacitors and Super Durable Ferrite Chokes.

Other features worth mentioning are the PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot and an M.2 slot wired through PCI Express. The press release was very short, but I’m sure we’ll see more news on this board very soon. No word on price or availability yet.

Thank you BIOSTAR for providing us with this information.

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ASUS Maximus VII Impact Gets Five Daughterboards

To be able to cram all the things onto this mITX mainboard that ASUS wanted, they had to become masters of daughterboards first. They did this by adding not one, not two, but five of them to this beautiful little cove of treasures. In the past we’ve seen the VRM board that added 8- to 10-phase CPU VRM, and the new ASUS board has grown from that concept. The Maximus VII Impact is based on the Intel Z97 Express chipset for LGA1150 processors.

The first of the five daughterboards is the 8-phase CPU VRM that we’ve seen similar already. The second is called ImpactControl II and has an on-board power, reset and clear CMOS button. It also features the ROG connect and has a row of POST LEDs in the rear I/O shield. The third is called CoolHub and is as the name suggest for the cooling. It has two 4-pin PWM fan header and a LN2 mode toggle. As Fourth card we find the mPCIe Combo IV board with mPCIe x1 slot on the one side and an M.2 slot with PCIe 2.0 x4 on the other side. The mPCIe slot is occupied by the 802.11 AC WLAN card. The fifth and last board is the SupremeFX Impact II audio board that is EMI shielded and has a 110 DBA SNR codec. Build with audio grade capacitors and inherent ground layer isolation, good sound should be guaranteed. It of course also has a headphones amp build in.

To provide enough power for enthusiast overclockers, the Maximus VII Impact gets its power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors. Being a mITX board we only see two DDR3 memory slots and a single PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot. Apart from the M.2 x4 from the daughterboard, the board offers four SATA3 ports. The wired network is handled by an Intel Gigabit Ethernet chip. Other I/O connections are four USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, a combination PS2 port and audio connections.

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PC Specialist Vanquish 270X System Review

Introduction


Intel’s Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition CPU release has been very exciting for the PC market, the main reason is that you can now get high-end desktop performance for the price of an entry level system. This is because the bulk of applications and games are still largely dependent on the performance of 1-2 CPU cores, so with the potential to get around 4.5-4.8GHz on both its cores the Pentium G3258 can offer Core i7 4790K-like performance in one to two threaded applications. Today we are testing PC Specialist’s Vanquish 270X system which they have configured and built especially for us! This system features a Pentium G3258 CPU overclocked to a whopping 4.7GHz and that’s paired up with a Powercolor R9 270X 2GB graphics card and 8GB of RAM. All in all this means there is more than enough grunt in this system to drive all the latest gaming titles maxed out at full 1080p or even as high as 1440p depending on the game, as well as to do a wide variety of other productivity and home tasks. What’s even more impressive is that the components used are really cost effective, so this build comes in at just £579! PC Specialist have made very sensible component choices to keep the pricing in that sweet spot zone: they’ve opted for the unlocked Pentium, AMD’s R9 270X, an SSHD, Gigabyte’s entry level Z97 gaming series motherboard and Corsair’s affordable 230T chassis houses it all. Below you can see the full specifications of this build:

Specifications

  • Name: PC Specialist Vanquish 270X
  • Case: Corsair 230T with Red LEDs and Side Window
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 3
  • Processor: Intel Pentium G3258 “Anniversary Edition” Dual Core at up to 4.7GHz w/ OC
  • Processor Cooler: Titan Universal CPU Cooler with Arctic MX4 thermal paste
  • System Memory: 1 x 8GB DDR3 Kingston HyperX Beast 2133MHz
  • Main Boot Drive: Seagate 1TB Hybrid Solid State Hard Drive with 8GB SSD Cache
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): Not included
  • Graphics card: Powercolor AMD R9 270X 2GB
  • Power Supply: Corsair VS 450W
  • Optical DriveSuper WriteMaster DVD RW
  • Wireless: Not included
  • Monitor: Not included
  • Peripherals: Not included
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit
  • Warranty: 3 Year Warranty (1 month collect & return, 1 year parts, 3 year labour)
  • Price: £579 (accurate at the time of writing)

Packaging & Accessories

PC Specialist’s Vanquish 270X system comes very well packaged with soft cell foam to absorb shock and vibration in transit as well as some protective plastic to prevent dust and scratches.

In terms of accessories you get PC Specialist’s welcome pack which has all the additional manuals and documentation that came with all the components in your system. There’s also a welcome guide written by PC Specialist that they advise you to read before using your new PC.

CPU-Z

Jumping into CPU-Z and we can see that as promised our Pentium G3258 (which CPU-Z is mistakenly reading as the Pentium G3420) is clocked at 4.7GHz using 1.35 volts. This core voltage is a little high for 24/7 operation, I maybe would have preferred to see 1.3 volts and a slightly lower clock speed.

The memory is just a single DIMM so we have to use single channel mode, that memory is clocked at 2133MHz.

GPU-Z

On the GPU side we have Powercolor’s R9 270X which comes clocked fairly high and has bags of overclocking headroom if you want to push things further.

Flagship Colorful iGame Z97 Ymir-X Motherboard Revealed

Colourful have just officially launched their flagship socket LGA1150 motherboard. The iGame Z97, also known as the “Flame Warrior” motherboard is the product of their partnership with Chaintech. The motherboard made its first appearance at Computex earlier this year, but it’s now ready for the consumer market.

The board features a standard ATX form-factor, drawing power from the usual 24-pin ATX connection and an 8-pin EPS connector. Overclocking looks promising too, with a 16-phase CPU VRM, driver-MOSFETs and Poscap capacitors that should allow good power delivery. You’ll also find on-board base-clock tweaking switches, auto-OC buttons, PCIe slot power gating, and a feature rich UEFI dual-BIOS.

There are four DDR3 DIMM slots, three PCI-e 3.0 16X (electrical x8/x4/x4 when all three are populated, x8/x8 when two are, and x16 when one is.) This is backed up by four PCIe 2.0 x1 slots, eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports, mSATA 6 Gb/S port (can also be used as mPCIe, dual like DVI, D-Sub, HDMI, DisplayPort, Killer E2200 Ethernet, 8 Channel HD, Six USB 3.0 ports (four rear, two header). Overall it doesn’t sound like connectivity is going to be an issue and this is pretty much what we would expect to see from any flagship board.

The board is expected to hit the Asia-Pacific and European markets very soon, expect more details on price and availability in the coming weeks.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

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MSI Z97 MPOWER MAX AC (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications and Packaging


When it comes to premium motherboards bursting at the seams with features MSI’s MPower and XPower motherboards are certainly well recognised. Although tailored specifically for overclocking, and themed to join the ranks of other MSI Lightning hardware, the M and XPower motherboards still offer all the high-end features we’d expect from a good motherboard. Today we have a motherboard with us that epitomises that from MSI, the Z97 MPower Max AC. Not only is it geared towards overclockers with its advanced BIOS, voltage read-off points, assortment of onboard tweaking buttons and even integrated liquid cooling but it is also geared towards the power user with Gigabit Intel LAN, AC WiFi, Bluetooth, M.2, SATA III, high quality audio and a shed-load of USB connectivity. There isn’t really a lot else to say about the Z97 MPower Max AC other than it has just about everything you could possibly want in a motherboard, and better still it certainly won’t make your wallet cry with a very reasonable price of £170 or $260. The full specifications are as follows:

Packaging and Accessories

The packaging proudly displays the yellow and black colour scheme of MSI’s Lightning series, you can also see that AC WiFi takes pride of place: this is a feature MSI are really pushing so we are excited to test it.

The back details all the features and specifications, find more details on those here at the product page.

The accessory pack is absolutely jammed packed. For documentation we get an overclocking guide, quick installation guide, software guide, user manual, some driver and utility CDs and a MSI LN2 themed door-hanger.

You also get front panel MConnectors, stickers to label your cables with, voltage checkpoint cables, the WiFi AC module, a rear I/O and a screw and user manual for the WiFi module.

You also get 8 SATA cables, that’s a SATA cable for every port – something vendors rarely do, you get the WiFi antennae, an SLI bridge, an eSATA rear I/O bracket and a molex to dual SATA power adapter.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Maximus VII Formula Series Revealed

The new ASUS RoG Maximus VII Formula and Maximus VII Formula/Watch_Dogs motherboard series has been revealed. Featuring the new Intel Z97 chipset the boards are based around the latest 4th and 5th generation Intel Core processors. That includes Haswell, Haswell Refresh, Haswell Refresh K-Series and Broadwell.

The Maximus VII Formula series supports dual-channel up to DDR 3300+ (OC) memory, and quad-GPU SLI and 3-way CrossFireX for gaming rigs with multiple graphics cards. The new motherboard series also includes two SATA Express and ten SATA 3.0 connectors, as well as eight USB 3.0 and six USB 2.0 ports – connectivity is certainly not going to be an issues here!

All the premium bells and whistles we’ve come to expect from the ASUS RoG series are here, as well as a few new additions. Hybrid cooling thanks to the CrossChill copper, high-end audio performance from the SupremeFX hardware, Intel Gigabit Ethernet, GameFirst II, LANGuard, Extreme Engine DIGI+ III, TrueVolt 5V, ROG Armor, as well as a multitude of ultra high quality components.

The standard VII Formula will come with the motherboard and usual accessories, while the Watch_Dogs bundle will also see a copy of Ubisofts latest title bundled along with it.

More details on release date and price are expected follow soon. Just keep in mind that this is a flagship board, so expect an eye-watering price tag to match its expectedly high-end performance.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

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