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  • 457R4LDR34DKN07 - Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - link

    M.2 X4 on MF VII! Nice Reply
  • Galatian - Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - link

    On the Impact yes, but not on the other sizes...too bad. I was really hoping that at least one motherboard would come out, which would use 4 of the PCIe 2.0 lanes the chipset provides for the M.2 slot. Guess I'll pass Z97 entirely. Reply
  • ViperV990 - Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - link

    The Impact's M.2 slot could very well be PCIe 2.0. Assuming six USB 3.0 ports and four SATA ports (no eSATA in sight), there should be eight available PCIe 2.0 lanes. LAN, WiFi, and sound are the only items on the board I can think of that need PCIe lanes. So that leaves five, enough to cover the M.2 slot. Reply
  • 457R4LDR34DKN07 - Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - link

    "given the nature of the Impact and the array of extra features I would assume, like the Extreme6, this comes from the CPU"

    I think this will need to be clarified. Is it advertised as 32gb/s or 20gb/s. I also agree that while using pcie 3.0 is overkill as there is no m.2 drives yet supporting pcie 3.0. Will you really need the future proof of pcie 3.0 bandwidth. The affect on gpu bandwidth at 8x small. and this is mitx with little need for mgpu.
  • 457R4LDR34DKN07 - Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - link

    This site infers that the bandwidth for the MPCIE combo IV M.2 slot is 20gb/s which would suggest that the slot is PCIE 2.0 Reply
  • Galatian - Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - link

    Let me clarify my statement: I was hoping for a better setup, with a PLX chip to allow 4 x Crossfire or SLI as well as a M.2 slot with 4 PCIe 2.0 lanes. It should be possible and they simply don't see why an "ultra enthusiast" needs like 10 "slow" SATA ports. Reply
  • 457R4LDR34DKN07 - Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - link

    Have you checked out the Asrock Z97 extreme9 yet? It has PLX and does 4x CF or SLI Reply
  • Galatian - Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - link

    Nice! That's new. I've been eyeing the Extreme 6 but it lacked features I wanted. I might jump onto the Extreme 9 though!

    I noticed though ASUS did not announce any new Maximus Extreme? Maybe there is still something coming?
  • Hobz - Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - link

    There is no extreme. JJ stated this during a stream. Reply
  • HellzHavoc - Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - link

    Are those copper components I see in the Crosschill?? Reply
  • Aikouka - Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - link

    As an owner of the Formula VI, that's what it looks like! It also appears that they finally got the hint that people that spend $300 on a motherboard don't want generic, white retaining tabs (memory, PCI-E, etc.)! Reply
  • Myk SilentShadow - Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - link

    Crosshair V Formula-Z :p

    There should be SLI, AMD boards I have seen from ASUS feature both SLI and CFX. You seem surprised there is an Intel NIC on the Crossblade Ranger, why not? the CHVF and CHVF-Z both have Intel NIC's on them too.
  • DnaAngel - Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - link

    There is a reason we haven't seen any updates to the AMD platform. The main reason for this, is they haven't changed the chipset in over 3 years (990 FX/9 Series). Can only do so much to their current platform other then aesthetics etc. Sata Express, M.2 etc is not supported by the 9 series chipset from AMD, so you won't see them. It's not looking like they will be updating anything anytime soon, since they have seized and discontinued all production in their Desktop CPU market in an attempt to avoid total bankruptcy. The only thing AMD will be focusing on atleast for the next 3-5 years, will be APU's, Desktop GPU's and some server CPU's.

    As far as the rest of it is concerned, I hope Sata Express is coming to the X99 boards, as I am looking to upgrade to the new 8 Core Haswell-E, DD4 RAM and hopefully by then Rampage V Black Edition will be out...
  • Parastic Filth - Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - link

    I wouldn't say AMD is heading toward bankruptcy so soon, they are just heading toward more lucrative green pastures in developing countries, by providing a cheaper alternative, rather than pacing themselves in a "dead end" saber rattling battle with Intel. In all actuality, the OC and intense gaming PC customer base is rather small demographic when you compare it to all of the console gamers ( who AMD has surprisingly supplied the chip-sets for both newer consoles) and the Facebookers. Personally, I think it's a fairly smart move on AMD's part and I willing to bet that Intel will focus their efforts in that direction in the future. Bad news for everyone that likes the monster truck Goliath builds like myself, but good news for AMD shareholders like myself as well; in the end I'll take the money. Reply
  • danjw - Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - link

    I think Ian made a mistake regarding the Impact. With no PCIe 2.0 slots on the board, I don't know why they would use the processor 3.0 lanes for the M.2 port. It seems to me to a a non sequitur. Reply
  • R3MF - Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - link

    shame the FM2+ board didn't have an M.2 slot, Kaveri after all has 24x PCIe 3.0 lanes on the APU... Reply

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