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ASUS GeForce GTX 970 STRIX
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NVIDIA is going to launch their GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 graphics cards on 19th September however several non-reference and reference models have started appearing on the web. Today, we are looking at the GeForce GTX 970 and GeForce GTX 980 models from AIB partners ASUS and Gainward that feature the latest GM204 GPU.Gainward GeForce GTX 970

ASUS GeForce GTX 970 STRIX and Gainward GeForce GTX 970 Phantom Pictured

The leaks come from Videocardz and Computerbase and the cards shown are the final variants which will be available to purchase on Friday, this week. Before looking at the cards, let me list down the specifications for the GM204-200 GPU which is being featured across the GeForce GTX 970 graphics card while the GTX 980 will adopt the GM204-400 GPU which is the fully enabled GM204 chip.

NVIDIA’s GeForce GX 970 features 13 SMM units placed in 4 GPC (Graphics Processing Clusters). Since each SMM unit has 128 CUDA cores, 32 in each logic unit (32 x 4), the total number of CUDA cores equates to 1664 on the die. From the first generation Maxwell core architecture, we learned that a Maxwell SMM (Streaming Multiprocessor Maxwell) unit has 128 cores compared to 192 on the current generation Kepler SMX units. The cores fused on the GeForce Maxwell generation of graphics cards were shows at 35% faster than Kepler cores but the percentage is increased with the second generation Maxwell architecture due to a mature process and architecture design that enables amazing power efficiency.

ASUS X99 Deluxe Front
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You might remember that a couple of days ago, I did a short write up on the ASUS ‘OC Socket’ in which I detailed this particular LGA 2011 socket (which isn’t LGA 2011 at all). Well, in the same ed, I mentioned that the ASUS ‘OC Socket’ will most probably be unstable at launch. Sadly however, Nathan over at Legit Reviews didn’t read my write up (just kidding) because his ASUS X99 Deluxe short circuited.

x99-deluxe-solder-balls2-645x379Solder Balls resulting from the short circuit. Courtesy of LegitReviews.com

The OC Socket: Impressive Yes, But Probably A Bit Unstable At Launch

For those of you who arent aware the ASUS OC Socket is a proprietary socket which has more than 2011 pins. Which means that the socket isn’t technically LGA 2011-3, rather compatible with 2011-3. The correct nomenclature would be 2011 + the number of pins ASUS has added. The extra pins allow ASUS to bypass FIVR restrictions that Intel has in place (pay very close attention to this part) along with DDR4 voltage regulation among other things. These things do ofcourse allow for a more stable and higher overclock, but like I mentioned and emphasized many times, it was highly probable that the first batch would have serious bugs and issues. My skepticism arose from the fact that ASUS has basically invented a new socket, and done this by reverse engineering (assuming Intel wasn’t involved in the making of the OC Socket) alone, since the voltage lines are hidden from AIBs since recent times.

Now the ASUS X99 Deluxe motherboard that got fried also had the OC socket and the exact components that were fried seem to confirm my suspicion. Quoting Nathan, “clearly it was a failure of CPU voltage regulation system and one of the eight 60 Amp phases (Dr. MOS IOR 3550M mosfets) has appeared to fail…. the failed component in question is part of the PQ1004, which is part of the VCCIN or basically the processor input voltage.” We already know that the OC Socket works by accessing the voltage lines and bypassing the FIVR on Haswell-E and we also know that the component that got fried on the ASUS X99 Deluxe was related to CPU voltage. Coincidence? Improbable. To be fair to ASUS there exists an alternative explanation since Michael over at Phoronix.com had a similar experience. His X99 Mobo short circuited too, albeit at a different component. This means there is no way anyone can conclusively pinpoint this matter on the OC Socket. This really is a brilliant innovation, and I hope this goes on to become a trend setter. However, ASUS’ warranty should cover any damages that arise from using experimental sockets such as the OC Socket.

ASUS X99 Deluxe Front
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Update: New socket pictures show a lot more pins than just 6, you can check the link out in the comments below.

[Mini-Editorial] I was pretty impressed by ASUS’s recent innovation in the socket sector. I am talking ofcourse about the ASUS OC Socket, which boasts improved OC performance by granting the user more stability and higher voltage control thanks to more pins. Now while this all an impressive feat for an AIB to do, it begs the question whether we are looking at LGA 2011 at all.

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Is the ASUS OC Socket Intel LGA 2011 at all? Or is it actually the ‘LGA 20XX’ Homegrown Socket?

The LGA 2011-3 is Intel’s Socket designed to be used with its HEDT Processors. Now the 2011 indicates the amounts of pins in the socket and the ‘3’ indicates the revision of the socket. Now that means that any LGA 2011 socket will have exactly 2011 pins. So is the ASUS OC Socket LGA 2011 then? Umm, no technically it is not. The ASUS OC Socket is compatible with the LGA 2011 but it is not in reality 2011. If you were to give it a name in Intel’s current nomenclature it would be LGA 2017 (the OC Socket has 6 additional pins apparently). Since ASUS has basically designed a completely new socket, I wouldn’t expect it to be rock solid and completely bug free at launch.

ASUS X99-E WS Motherboard
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ASUS’s high-performance and workstation grade, X99-E WS motherboard has been unveiled prior to its launch tomorrow. The ASUS X99-E WS is a workstation motherboard featuring high quality components which ensure stability plus a neat black and silver color scheme which looks amazing on the new motherboard. In addition to the ASUS X99-WS, the ROG Rampage V Extreme and ASUS X99 Deluxe motherboards have also been leaked.ASUS X99-E WS Motherboard

Images are courtesy of Brightsideofnews!

ASUS X99-E WS Workstation Motherboard Unveiled

The good thing about the new X99 chipset based motherboards is that they are fully compatible with the Xeon E5 lineup of processors. The LGA 2011-3 socket allows support for both Haswell-E and Haswell-EP processor in the new platform family plus featuring DDR4 memory support. There have been several leaks surrounding the Xeon E5-2600 V3 series family and I have a post coming out on the benchmark numbers of the Xeon E5-2669 V 3 processor but before that, let’s take a look a the workstation geared X99-E WS from ASUS.

Featuring the LGA 2011-3 socket, the X99-E WS supports both the Haswell-E and Haswell-EP family of CPUs. The board features an 8-Phase DIGI+ II VRM and the socket is powered through dual 8-Pin connectors including the 24-Pin ATX connector. The DiGi+ design on the motherboard includes several high-quality components such as the DR.MOS MOSFETs, capacitors with the ability to operate up to 12000 hours, ProCool power connectors and thermal chokes. The socket is surrounded by eight DDR4 DIMM slots (four on each side) which can support up to 128 GB of DDR4 memory with speeds of up to 3300 MHz (O.C). The motherboard has five sets of heatsink which include two for the VRM section and three for the PCH, DIMM Electrical and a heatsink below the socket. Each of the five heatsinks are interconnected via a dense heatpipe and the board makes use of three of them emphasizing on its stability oriented design.

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Motorola took the technology world by a storm when it first leaked and then sort of revealed its round-shaped Moto 360 at Google I/O back in March and June, respectively. While the smartwatch is expected to be much expensive than the two present variants in the shape of Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch, the device created quite an uproar. Moto 360 not only looked spectacular with its traditional circular form factor but also featured quite a fascinating designing with metal and leather. As it turns out, other tech giants have already started working and producing a circular smartwatch of their own – which is only good for the consumer, as we always say. LG has already teased its G Watch 2 (name unknown yet) which is its second in just six months, while rumors indicate Samsung also working on a circular smartwatch of its own.circular smartwatches

Circular smartwatches:

ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme Motherboard
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ASUS’s next generation and high-performance Rampage V Extreme motherboard has been unveiled. The ROG series flagship motherboard features support for Intel’s next generation Haswell-E processors which are due to launch on Friday this week. ASUS’s X99 ROG Rampage V Extreme is the most high-end motherboard we have so far seen in the X99 motherboard lineup from ASUS which will also include the X99 Deluxe and X99 WS boards.ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme Motherboard

ASUS X99 ROG Rampage V Extreme Motherboard Unveiled – The Red and Black Beast

The ASUS X99 Republic of Gamers based Rampage V Extreme retains the red and black color scheme which is the original color of the ASUS ROG series products. While many other manufacturers have started to follow this color scheme, it was ASUS who originally started the trend of the red and black colored motherboards. Coming back to the specifications, the ROG Rampage V Extreme is a high-end E-ATX sized motherboard which features the LGA 2011-3 socket which will support Intel’s Haswell-E processors which include the Core i7-5960X, Core i7-5930K and the Core i7-5820K.

The X99 ROG Rampage V Extreme will feature a 8 Phase Digi+ VRM design which boasts several quality grade components to ensure superior stability and overclocking performance. The VRM is surrounded by a large heatsink at the back of which, an 8 + 4 Pin EPS connector configuration can be found to provide power to the LGA 2011-3 socket. The socket is surrounded by eight DDR4 DIMMs which offer up to 128 GB of memory support with speeds of up to 3300 MHz at 1.35V.

ASUS X99 Deluxe Motherboard
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My buddy Kevin Owi from OCDrift.com has just revealed the X99 Deluxe motherboard from ASUS which is going to be the company’s next generation HEDT offering for the Haswell-E platform. ASUS’s X99 Deluxe motherboard comes with their 5-Way Optimization design which includes several new features aimed at the enthusiast users which allows them to get the most performance and stability out of their processors.ASUS X99 Deluxe Motherboard

ASUS X99 Deluxe High-End Motherboard Features a White and Black Color Scheme

It looks like white and black has become the latest trend for motherboards since there is a huge demand from users for these boards. The ASUS X99 Deluxe comes with just the fine tone of this color scheme with the heat sinks colored white and silver followed by an all black color scheme for the rest of the PCB. The X99 Deluxe will feature a 8 Phase Digi+ VRM design which boasts several quality grade components to ensure superior stability and overclocking performance. The VRM is surrounded by a large heatsink at the back of which, an 8-Pin EPS connector can be found to provide power to the LGA 2011-3 socket. The socket is surrounded by eight DDR4 DIMMs which offer up to 128 GB of memory support with speeds of up to 4 GHz (future DDR4 standard).

For storage, ASUS has featured 10 SATA 6 Gbps and two SATA Express ports on the motherboard along with two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 headers. There are a few switches found at the bottom of the PCH heatsink which may be used for BIOS and OC support but we don’t have exact details as of yet. The other round of switches which include the Power On/Off, CMOS Reset, Reset and Diagnostic LED are found below the PCI-E slots. Expansion slots include five PCI-e 3.0 x16 and a single PCI-e 3.0 x 4 slot so we can tell that the motherboard has support for 3-Way SLI and Crossfire GPU functionality. The PCH heatsink is interconnected with a separate heatsink that rests above the top most expansion slot with a thermal heatpipe to dissipate load. ASUS’s X99 offering includes what the call the latest Crystal Sound 2 audio design with the audio section isolated to its own PCB.

WCCFTech Z97 Motherboard Round-Up OC Top
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Intel launched their Z97 platform earlier this year which brought new motherboards in the performance platform, aiming support for Haswell, Haswell Refresh, Devil’s Canyon and the upcoming Broadwell CPUs. Intel’s Z97 platform is filled with a variety of boards and each board is targeted towards key segments.WCCFTech Z97 Motherboard Round-Up OC Top

Round-Up of The Best and Top-Tier Overclocking Z97 Motherboards

With such a large list of products that are currently offered in the Z97 chipset based product portfolio, it gets quite frustrating for consumers to find a board that suits their demands. To make it easier for consumers, the board manufacturing companies have separated their products into three categories; Gaming, Overclocking and Mainstream.  Although this helps a bit but even then, the products themselves offer similar specifications, naming schemes and priced equally.  For instance, the MSI Z97 Gaming 3 and Gigabyte GA-Z97X Gaming 3 are both gaming branded motherboards priced at $137.99 US and with “Gaming 3″ in the title, it would more or less confuse the buyer into deciding which product should be bought. While reviews do give a better insight at the products comparing the little details, features and components of products, we couldn’t find a good article which compares these boards against their similar priced counterparts from other manufacturers.

To address this issue and to help ease the process for buyers to get the right product, today we will be doing a round-up of the Z97 “Overclocking” motherboards. We will obviously not be comparing performance based on benchmarks but design schemes, feature set and the components used on these Z97 motherboards which will tell us why they are better than the other similar priced option or why does a $399 US overclocking board is a better option for enthusiasts then a $249 US overclocking board. The products we will be comparing are strictly the flagship overclocking boards from each separate manufacturer so you might see us talk about a XPOWER board and not the MPOWER board so please excuse me but that doesn’t mean that I won’t ever do a similar comparison on the other segment based boards, so stay tuned for that. Regardless, let’s start off these round – up with the beastly, Z97 XPOWER AC from MSI:

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Alright, I will say this once. ASUS is on fire. They are literally taking Capitalistic norms and shoving them you-know-where. They have just allowed full overclocking of Intel’s K Series processors specifically the Haswell, Haswell Refresh and Pentium 20th Anniversary families. Normally you would need a motherboard that supports overclocking such as the Z97 but now, ASUS H97, H87, H81 and B85 Motherboards will do just as well.

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ASUS H97, H87, H81 and B85 Motherboards  Now Support Overclocking of Certain ‘K’ Series Unlocked Intel CPUs

You can now very cheaply and at great value reproduce the golden overclocking era by buying a Pentium Anniversary CPU and coupling it with a supported ASUS non-Z motherboard. Ofcourse this capability comes from an unlocked UEFI BIOS which you will need to download if you already have said motherboard. So make sure you download the correct version that corresponds to your ASUS Motherboards. Also those of you who are on a budget, now would be a good idea to buy a Devil’s Canyon and couple it with a non-z ASUS mobo. Ofcourse you will only get access to the multiplier ratio but that should suffice for a 100 – 200 Mhz above the stock turbo boost.

However as always, there is a catch. For one thing, ASUS says that it does not guarantee that the “Haswell Refresh K’ Series will be overclockable on ASUS H97, H87, B85 and H81 Series motherboards and that “ASUS does not guarantee that Intel new Pentium processor and Core K Series (‘Haswell’ and ‘Haswell Refresh’) processors will be overclockable on ASUS H97, H87, B85 and H81 Series motherboards in the event that Intel issues software and firmware updates that result in function changes”. Now this has very interesting implications. Intel has so far turned a blind eye to ASUS’ robin hood antics but in the event Blue decides this is going too far, ASUS wants to make sure you know the implications.

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I have always looked at Steam Machines with calculated wariness and forced neutrality. Being nothing more than glorified pre-built PCs with a Linux distro (SteamOS) they are pretty much a reinvention of PCs, and an arguably un-innovative one at that. ASUS has just revealed some incredibly beautiful looking Steam Machines at Computex today and boy is the form factor something. These steam machines were shown under the ROG (Republic of Gamers) Brand, which hints at a possibility that the same might be true for every Steam Machine in the future from ASUS.Slide23

ASUS Unleashes Steam Machines GR8 and G20 – Beauty and Performance in one package, but just how well will they age?

The first model is the compact form factor king GR8, which features a very small size (2.5 litres to be exact). It boasts a 4th Gen Intel i7 Processor and a Nvidia Maxwell GTX 750 Ti. So this can actually work as a portable console-pc hybrid. The Second steam Machine is called the G20 and features a single GTX 780 along with a 4th Gen Intel i7 Processor. Now interestingly this machine has no exhaust ports and ASUS claims that there is a hidden ‘heat tunnel’ which will do the job while staying at 25db (which is the Idle Specification, it is slightly more at Full Load).

I foresee a big problem though. These machines are going to be launched around the same time as the Steam Controller, next year; see the problem now? By the time these machines are released, they will be outdated. CPUs age quite well, and there are still gamers who will swear by their Sandy Bridge CPUs but GPUs are a whole different story all together. The Graphic Processing Unit’s aggressive performance increase per generation is drastically different to the almost stagnant gradient of CPUs.  Infact one could very well argue that the GTX 780 is a bit outdated already. Ofcourse ASUS could always revise the specs, but that would make todays show pretty much redundant.

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If you had noticed my articles from a few days back regarding Devil’s Canyon processors from Intel, you might have noticed that we were the first to mention that the high-end Z97 motherboards were going to launch in future from various manufacturer’s. Today at Computex 2014, ASUS went ahead and launched those three high-performance motherboards which true enthusiasts were waiting for that include Z97 ROG Maximus VII Formula, ROG Maximus VII Impact and ROG Crossblade Ranger.ASUS ROG Maximus VII Formula

ASUS Latest Z97 Boards Include ROG Maximus VII Formula, ROG Maximus VII Impact and ROG Crossblade Ranger

ASUS has launched three high-end ROG “Republic of Gamers” branded motherboards which will be aimed at the overclocking community at different price ranges. We will start off with the high-end ROG Maximus VII Formula motherboard which features the LGA 1150 socket and Z97 PCH.

ASUS ROG Maximus VII Formula

The ASUS ROG Maximus VII Formula is the flagship motherboard of ASUS’s Z97 motherboard lineup featuring the latest version of the ROG ARMOR which includes a strong SECC steel fortifier with termal pad cooling and adopts the CrossChill Copper cooling which offers the option of both air and liquid cooling. Integrated ‘Pin-finned’ heatsinks improve heat dissipation with an increased surface area, while twin G1/4-inch threaded sockets support any standard liquid cooling loop. ROG testing has shown that a liquid-cooled ROG Maximus VII Formula motherboard with CrossChill operates at temperatures up to 23 degrees Celsius lower than air-only cooling.

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ASUS has unveiled their high-performance ROG ARES III graphics card at Computex 2014 which features the dual Hawaii XT cores. Compared to the previous ARES graphics card and their recent hybrid cooled ARES II, ASUS went with full water cooling support by slapping a EK Water Block on top of their custom designed monstrosity.ASUS ROG ARES III Graphics Card

 

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ASUS Unleashes The ROG ARES III Graphics Card Featuring Dual Hawaii XT Cores

The ASUS ROG ARES III graphics card is a high-end dual GPU card boasting hand picked Hawaii XT cores which are built for mean overclockers. ASUS has moved away from the traditional ARES design and went with a full cover water block from EK Water Blocks which has been featured on top for cooling. The card still uses a custom designed PCB featuring three 8-Pin power connectors and a beefy VRM area that will allow for some monstrous design for overclocking. The ASUS ROG ARES III will feature a fully custom DIGI+ VRM and would include a huge amount of phases (the ARES II featured 20 VRM phases built on the PCB. Aside from the VRM, the card features 8 GB of GDDR5 memory (4 GB per GPU) that runs across a 512-bit x2 interface and clocked at the reference 5 GHz clock speed for Vesuvius. Display outputs include a single DVI, HDMI and a Display port.

As far as cooling is concerned, we have all seen how well the Hawaii GPUs well when they are coupled with water cooling. The best example for this would be AMD’s own reference designed Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card. The ASUS ROG ARES III adopts a full cover water block built by EK Water Blocks that covers a single expansion slot (a huge plus point) and as mentioned by PCPER, ASUS claims that the Ares III will “deliver 25% cooler performance than reference R9 295X designs“, but to achieve this ASUS “highly” recommends a high flow rate loop with at least a 120×3 radiator “to extract maximum performance from thecard,” and they “will provide a recommended list of water cooling systems at launch”.

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Over at Computex 2014, VR-Zone managed to get sight of a concept design ASUS motherboard known as the TUF Sabranco. Based on the Z97 chipset, the motherboard sticks with ASUS’s TUF “The Ultimate Force” brand scheme which also includes the Z97 Gryphon, Z97 Sabertooth Mark 1 and Z97 Sabertooth Mark 2.ASUS Z97 TUF Sabranco Motherboard _1

ASUS Showcases Z97 TUF Sabranco Concept Motherboard

The ASUS Z97 TUF Sabranco is similar to the Z97 Sabertooth Mark 1 in terms of technical specifications but its the design that separates it from the rest of the TUF lineup. The motherboard adopts a white colored PCB which have been absent from motherboards since some time and the Fortifier Armor shield adopts a Snow camo design that resembles a white sabertooth tiger. The design looks pretty neat and even the added memory armor is coated with the same color scheme to match the board layout for better aesthetics.

From a technical perspective, the Z97 TUF Sabranco is fitted with the latest TUF Fortifier shielding which protects the board from damage and enhances the cooling performance. Much of the details are hidden since we can’t spot what’s underneath the TUF armor but we can spot an 8-Pin power connector that supplies juice to the LGA 1150 socket which itself is connected with a beefy 8 Phase DIGI+ supply. Four DDR3 DIMM slots seem to feature some thermal guard to enhance cooling for the DIMMs. The Storage options include 4 SATA 6 GB/s ports and a USB 3.0 header. Now, the most interesting feature of this board is that it comes with two SATA Express ports which will allow the motherboard to equip high-performance SSDs for faster transfer speeds.

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A couple of days back we informed you of the fact that motherboard manufacturers might allow Intel’s Devil Canyon CPU support on Z87 motherboards. Intel is to announce the CPUs at this year’s Computex. The Devil’s Canyon series consists of two variants, the Intel Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4590K. Officially, only the Z97 chipset will fully support the Devil’s Canyon SKUs with full compatibility for their overclocking features. Only Intel’s 20th Anniversary Pentium series is to work with both 8 and 9 series chipsets.

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Image Confirms ASUS MAXIMUS VI EXTREME BIOS Update to Include Support for Intel Core i7-4790K. ASUS Takes The Lead In Z87 Support For Devil’s Canyon.

We received information from the french website hardware.fr that motherboard manufacturers might try to remove the restriction for Devil’s Canyon on 8 Series Chipsets. A manufacturer had informed the French that internal validation tests on the Z87 boards for Devil’s Canyon through an upcoming BIOS update were already underway. It should be kept in mind that architecturally speaking, the Z87 boards are similar to the Z97 boards. The only hurdle in the way is BIOS support. We know that officially, 4th Generation K-series will not be supported by the Z87 chipset at the time of it’s launch. Already however, we have seen no heed being paid to restrictions imposed by Intel on motherboard manufacturers. This was in the form of blatant NDA violations by manufacturers through offering of 9 Series boards online prior to their official launch date set by Intel. Interestingly, in that case as well, it was ASUS who had taken the lead by posting official pictures and renders of its Z97 boards prior to their official launch.

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Nexus 7 has got a new custom firmware based on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Lego Android 4.4.2 KitKat custom firmware aims to give you all the features of Slim ROM while adding a few exclusives (features’ list shared below). If you are interested in trying out a new ROM for your Nexus 7 2012, here are the steps to flash Lego Android 4.4.2 custom ROM on your Nexus!Lego Android 4.4.2

Lego Android 4.4.2 features:



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