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MSI’s 200-Series Boards, In Black and White and Red

Written by James Schell and John Morrison. And next in line for this roundup of motherboard announcements is MSI! [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Z270I GAMING PRO CARBON AC MSI continues the trend this generation of a monochrome color scheme for the board itself to allow the RGB lighting to stand out. It has the armored PCIe and RAM like the other high-end boards for Z270, M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4, M.2 WiFi 802.11ac WiFi card, Intel NIC, and so on. One note though, they advertise the “Lightning” USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C but this is not Thunderbolt 3, they’re running off an ASMedia …
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BIOSTAR 200 Series.. Where are they all?

Continuing the alphabeticalness (yes, that’s a word) of the 200-Series board parade, now we have BIOSTAR. Well, we thought we did, but we can only find two boards for this generation on their site! [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Z270GT4 Ver 5.X U.2 makes a return on the BIOSTAR RACING Z270GT4 Ver 5.x (seriously, this chipset just launched, why are we at version 5 already?!), combined with 1x M.2, USB3.0, RGB LEDs and control, as well as 6 SATA 3. No SLI here, just CrossFireX for those multi-GPU fans. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] B250GT3 Ver 6.x Bye-bye U.2.. again, and welcome the replacement …
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ASUS 200-Series Boards Lineup

Alphabetical order! Next up in our motherboard roundup from the 200-Series launch is ASUS’s offering. Let’s see what they have for us! [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] ROG STRIX Z270I Gaming This appears to be the only Mini-ITX offering that ASUS has in the 200-Series launch, but in it’s defence, it is fully featured. The main notable feature is a double-decker heatsink – enabling both your PCH and M.2 SSD to be cooled with a single heatsink! This board also includes the new USB 3.1 front panel connector… exciting times. The board also features Aura Sync RGB LED, 802.11ac WiFi, DDR4 4266 MHz, …
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ASRock 200-series motherboards officially announced

Written by James Schell and John Morrison. Yesterday we saw leaked images of the upcoming Intel 200-series chipset motherboards, but today several manufacturers have officially announced their new line of motherboards. This post will take a look at ASRock’s lineup. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Mini-ITX Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac This is the high-end Fatal1ty ITX board from ASRock for the Z270 chipset. Most of the specs are about what you would expect, Intel Gigabit NIC, 802.11ac wireless, 1x PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2, SATA Express (why?!), and so on. But there is also a HDMI 2.0 port, and, more surprisingly, a Thunderbolt 3 port! [mks_separator …
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Jonsbo C2 – Sitting In The Middle

In the search for a chassis to fit my slightly oversized M-DTX motherboard, I came across the Jonsbo C2. Jonsbo may not seem like a familiar name, but the company supplies quite a few different models to Rosewill. I bought this case to run my every day system, so quality, quietness and cooling capacity were major decision points. So far in use, I would say that quality and quietness are of a good standard, however cooling leaves a bit to be desired. Let’s look at this product in a bit more detail: The box is very simple, but sufficiently thick enough to protect the …