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EVGA showcases X299 mATX motherboard

Here are the specifications taken directly from EVGA’s official announcement. While the size of this X299 mATX motherboard isn’t quite as impressive as ASRock’s X299 mITX motherboard we shared here, it’s perfect for those compact but super high-end SLI/Crossfire builds. Key Features Form Factor – mATX RGB Fan Header Support Audio – High Definition 8 Channel Audio + Optical Highly-Efficient 12 Phase Digital VRM Onboard Power, Reset and Clear CMOS EVGA E-LEET X Tuning Utility M.2 NVMe PCI-E SSD Support U.2 NVMe SSD Support Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready Switchable DC / PWM Fan Control Onboard CPU Temperature Monitor  Specifications Intel® X299 Express …
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Win “small” with the Enermax SteelWing!

Enermax USA is incredibly supportive of Smallformfactor.net and as way to say thank you, they would like us to reward one lucky member of the community with the Enermax SteelWing that we reviewed right here! Their only request is that you “Like” Enermax USA on Facebook. To this end, we’d like to announce a quick giveaway! [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is reply in this forum thread with: 1. Your plans for the case 2. A name for the build! Note: Facebook account and liking their page is not required to enter. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Competition is open to …
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Mini-ITX AM4 board from Biostar unveiled!

Thanks to the tip from our forum member MarcParis, we finally have the specs of the first known mITX board featuring the AM4 socket. As many of you know, this is the socket type that supports the AMD Ryzen CPU line, expected to be fully revealed at the end of February and possibly commercially available not long after. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] But to avoid confusion (you’ll see in a minute), let’s start with their also-revealed microATX board. MicroATX BioStar X370-GT3 It features the top-end AM4 300-series chipset type, the X370, which features USB 3.1 10Gb/s, overclocking, and CrossFire/SLI. The leaked …
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Gigabyte’s 200-Series Range – Sizeable (In a Good Way)

Written by James Schell and John Morrison. Streaking into first place with the most SFF boards on offer at launch, Gigabyte brings it’s breadth of options to the market. With so many options, surely there’s one here for everyone? Maybe? [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Mini-ITX GA-Z270N-WIFI While Kaby Lake is fairly disappointing as far as CPU performance improvements is concerned, I’m very appreciative that the new generation of boards that are launching with it are trending towards a more subdued, monochrome color scheme compared to the often gaudy designs of previous gens. The GA-Z270N-WIFI here looks to be a solid Mini-ITX board …
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More Images of Gigabyte AM4 Boards Leaked

The first few images we saw of the non-OEM, Gigabyte board, were not much other than teasers. Heavily cropped sections of board was all that we saw. Now, full shots of the boards have been leaked! What do we see? [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] The two boards appear to be based on either AMD’s entry-level A320 or mid-range B350 ‘chipsets’. Since the AM4 chips are full SoCs with complete integration of chipsets, including a southbridge/ FCH; the “chipsets” in the AM4 platform are merely chips that add to the PCIe lane count of the platform, and provide additional SATA and USB connectivity. …
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Computex 2016 Motherboard Roundup

This year at Computex had quite the sparse number of announcements for Mini-ITX and microATX motherboards. Most of what was on display were variations of existing products, so this roundup will be regrettably brief. ASRock Announced back in March, ASRock brought 2 SFF boards from the Hyper-series to show off this year.  Their Hyper-series motherboards contain a third-party clock generator to enable BCLK overclocking on non-Z170 chipsets. Tom’s Hardware has a little more information on specifications and a great overview of the entire Hyper-series of boards. The B150M Pro4/Hyper and the H110M-DS/Hyper are both scheduled for release in July 2016 around the …
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BIOSTAR Introduces the Hi-Fi B150S5

BIOSTAR has introduced its latest Hi-Fi series motherboard intended for gaming and multimedia system builders. With support for the latest 6th-gen Intel Core processors and support for PCI-e 3.0 devices, BIOSTAR claims their Hi-Fi series can give with a full-immersive audio and visual experience powered by the latest processors and DDR4 memory up to a maximum of 32GB. The BIOSTAR Hi-Fi B150S5 also features options for utilizing high-speed storage via an onboard M.2 slot. From Biostar; The Hi-Fi Zone Design BIOSTAR’s innovation on its Hi-Fi design takes audio to another level with exclusive hardware and software design including ground-isolation circuit design …
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Gigabyte Launches the GA-X150M-Plus WS… and Forgets the Rear IO?

One of the weirder boards to be launched at CES this year is Gigabyte’s GA-X150M-Plus WS. This microATX motherboard features socket 1151 with the Intel C232 chipset (which Gigabyte has decided to call X150 for some unknown reason), dual DDR4 DIMM slots and a high quality audio solution. Also featured is a Realtek GbE LAN chipset, which supports cFosSpeed, a network traffic management application which Gigabyte claims to help improve network latency, maintain low ping times to delivery better responsiveness in a crowded LAN environments. Gigabyte also states that the Realtek GbE NIC consumes significant less power when it’s in idle state …