BIOSTAR has announced the full line-up for the new 2nd-generation RACING series motherboards featuring support for Intel’s 7th-generation Core processors. Following the announcement last week of the flagship RACING Z270GT9, BIOSTAR has announced the different level products of the new RACING series family with the introduction of the RACING Z270GT8, RACING Z270GT6 and RACING Z270GT4 motherboards featuring the latest technology from BIOSTAR inpsired by the quest for the best in gaming features. The 2nd-gen RACING series Z270 motherboard lineup brings a new level of gaming experience and performance-oriented motherboards to gamers and enthusiasts.
Standing at the top of the BIOSTAR’s RACING series product stack is the flagship RACING Z270GT9 featuring all the best from the 2nd-Gen RACING series. Following it is the BIOSTAR RACING Z270GT8 which supports LGA1151 processors and DDR4 memory modules up to DDR4-3600 speeds and 64GB capacity. The RACING Z270GT8 has the integrated M.2 Cooling Protection by BIOSTAR which allows M.2 devices to operate on a lower temperature thus maintaining optimal performance even under harsh operating conditions. The BIOSTAR RACING Z270GT8 will be available as a bundle with the Intel 600p 256GB M.2 SSD with an MSRP of $329.
The BIOSTAR RACING Z270GT6 supports LGA1151 processors including Intel 7th-generation Core processors. The RACING Z270GT6 features the flashy VIVID LED Armor as well as the 5050 LED Fun Zone allowing gamers and enthusiasts to fully customize and tailor their rigs for their personal style. Intel LAN offers a robust networking solution guaranteeing incredible network performance for the most demanding online games. The BIOSTAR RACING Z270GT6 will come with a bundled BIOSTAR G300 Series 240GB SSD and will have an MSRP of $209.
The BIOSTAR Z270GT4 also supports 7th-generation Intel Core processors as well as the previous-gen processors but brings support for Intel Optane Memory which is a future-ready feature when the next-generation high-speed storage from Intel arrives in the market. Integrated Dual BIOS assures system integrity and prevents issues with the BIOS as well as possible infections that may harm the system. The BIOSTAR RACING Z270GT4 will come bundled with a BIOSTAR VIVID LED DJ fan and will have an MSRP of $129.
To compliment the performance of this motherboard, BIOSTAR has also announced its special bundle for upgraders, enthusiasts and system builders upgrading to the new Intel 200-series platform which brings support for Intel’s new Optane technology. When you buy a BIOSTAR RACING Z270GT8 or RACING Z270GT9, you get an Intel 600p series 256GB M.2 SSD, the latest storage technology from Intel running on PCI-Express Gen3 x4 speeds for better speeds versus traditional mechanical hard drives.
TEAMGROUP Launches ELITE PLUS DDR5 Memory Modules
TEAMGROUP has launched the ELITE PLUS DDR5 Desktop Memory with a brand new heat sink design to effectively increase reliability. Furthermore, TEAMGROUP has announced a new frequency of 6,000MHz for ELITE DDR5 to further increase operating performance and deliver an ultra-smooth user experience.
ELITE PLUS DDR5 Desktop Memory is equipped with a sleek, simple, and asymmetric aluminium heat sink that has been specially designed to be non-conductive and to protect against scratches, acids, rusting and rotting to provide full protection for the DDR5 module. ELITE PLUS DDR5 Desktop Memory is also equipped with a 1.1V standard working voltage which further reduces energy consumption for each unit of bandwidth compared to the 1.2V in DDR4, providing a more efficient power usage.
The DDR5 module is equipped with PMICs for effective power distribution, reliable power supply, and minimal noise interference. The IC supports on-die ECC, a feature that self-corrects DRAM cells for enhanced stability and reliability by reducing risks of information errors. The ELITE PLUS DDR5 modules are designed to be perfectly compatible with Intel and AMD systems and come with three frequencies: 4800MHz, 5600MHz, and 6000MHz, in single/dual channel options from 8GB to 32GB of storage capacity to satisfy a wide range of user demands.
CORSAIR Launches VENGEANCE RGB DDR5 Memory
CORSAIR has announced VENGEANCE RGB DDR5 memory, equipping the celebrated VENGEANCE RGB, a top choice for performance enthusiasts, with DDR5 technology. Optimised for the latest gaming PCs and workstations, and available in black or white colour options, these modules deliver sensational DDR5 performance with stunning RGB style.
Launching initially in speeds up to 6,400MT/s and capacities up to 32GB (2x16GB), with frequencies up to 6,600MT/s and 2x32GB kits available soon, VENGEANCE RGB DDR5 lights up your system with a modern new design illuminated by brilliant RGB while delivering the higher frequencies, greater capacities, and faster performance of DDR5.
VENGEANCE RGB DDR5 boasts dynamic, individually addressable ten-zone RGB lighting, encased in a panoramic light bar that wraps around the top of each module. The result is a seamless light array – highly visible from a wide range of angles – illuminating your system with vivid lighting effects. Powerful CORSAIR iCUE software enables customizable RGB lighting control for detailed, synchronized lighting with the rest of your iCUE-compatible setup – or unlocking even greater immersion with real-time RGB lighting integration when playing select games.
iCUE also saves custom Intel XMP 3.0 profiles to control your memory’s performance by app or task for maximizing efficiency, as well as controlling onboard voltage regulation to achieve more finely-tuned, stable overclocking than previous generations which relied on only motherboard BIOS control. With these software features at your command, you can take your system to unprecedented levels of performance on 12th Generation Intel Core processors and select Z690 motherboards.
As with all CORSAIR DDR5 memory, VENGEANCE RGB DDR5 modules are built with only hand-sorted, tightly-screened memory chips to ensure consistently high frequencies, atop performance PCBs for excellent signal quality and stability. Cooling these chips is a stylish solid aluminium heat spreader that efficiently conducts heat away from your memory while complementing your system’s modern aesthetic. A limited lifetime warranty grants you peace of mind that your new memory will last throughout your PC’s lifespan and future upgrades.
When it comes to cutting-edge memory performance and mesmerizing RGB to match, CORSAIR lights the way with VENGEANCE RGB DDR5. CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB DDR5 Memory is available immediately from the CORSAIR webstore and the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors. CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB DDR5 Memory is backed by a limited lifetime warranty, alongside the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network.
AMD Announces Zen 4 Dragon Range and Phoenix APUs for 2023
AMD has released an updated roadmap detailing the chipmaker’s Zen 4 plans. Dragon Range and Phoenix are mobile Zen 4 APUs that will replace AMD’s existing Ryzen 6000 (Rembrandt) product line. Dragon Range will power enthusiast gaming laptops, whereas Phoenix targets thin and light gaming devices. Surprisingly, AMD didn’t specify what process node or the type of graphics that Dragon Range and Phoenix could be using. For reference, Rembrandt is on TSMC’s 6nm manufacturing process and wields RDNA 2 graphics.
According to the AMD, Dragon Range will feature the “highest core, thread, and cache ever for a mobile gaming CPU.” Although AMD didn’t specify just how many Zen 4 cores, rumor has it that Dragon Range could potentially sport up to 16 cores, which would be insane for a gaming or workstation laptop.
Feature-wise, Dragon Range and Phoenix arrive with PCIe 5.0 support. The former, however, leverages DDR5 memory while the latter is on LPDDR5 memory. Ex-Anandtech editor Ian Cutress has confirmed with AMD that the Zen 4 chips’ “exact mem support may include other technologies to be announced later.” Furthermore, since the APUs compete in different segments, they adhere to specific thermal limits. Dragon Range, for example, features a TDP of 55W and higher, whereas Phoenix plays within the 35W to 45W range.
AMD has already given the hardware world a small teaser of Ryzen 7000 (Raphael), so we already know the processors will arrive before the end of the year to replace the Ryzen 5000 (Vermeer) stack. Like its other Zen 4 brethren, Raphael boasts support for PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 while debuting with a 65W+ TDP.
Raphael will hit the shelves in the second half of the year, and if AMD’s illustration is accurate, we may be looking at a late launch in September. In a nutshell, Raphael brings Zen 4 to the mainstream market, commanding TSMC’s 5nm process node and a new AM5 platform. Unfortunately, the AM5 platform may be costly for consumers as we’ve confirmed with multiple sources that Raphael only supports DDR5 memory, which currently carries a hefty premium.
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