As the motherboard reviewer at AnandTech, I speak to my contacts at the motherboard manufacturers on a regular basis. All the recent talk has had a heavy sprinkling about thoughts, opinions and implementations of USB 3.1. To add to our recent testing, ASUS is today announcing the launch of their USB 3.1 PCIe card along with a variety of motherboard bundles either featuring onboard USB 3.1 or a bundled USB 3.1 card. We stuck the card in the Rampage V Extreme to run the numbers with an ASUS dual mSATA USB 3.1 enclosure. The ASUS Plan Of Attack As we expressed in our previous piece, USB 3.1 adoption will take an excruciating long time, especially as USB 3.0 is only now reaching price party with USB...

ASUS GPUs: Strix GTX 750 Ti 4GB and GTX 960 2GB DirectCU Mini Launched

When ASUS first launched their mini-ITX sized graphics cards, limited to 17cm for mini-ITX builds, my initial reaction was ‘why has no-one thought of this before?’. The idea has...

37 by Ian Cutress on 2/17/2015

ASUS ROG Announces the B85M-Gamer Motherboard

In recent months it would seem that ASUS’ Republic of Gamers brand has split into some very distinct segments. We used to only have three SKUs to choose from...

30 by Ian Cutress on 1/31/2015

Asus Announces Transformer Book Chi Line of x86 2-in-1s

With CES press conference Monday in full swing today, Asus has announced the latest generation of the company’s ongoing Transformer line of computers. Dubbed the Transformer Book Chi, Asus’s...

24 by Ryan Smith on 1/5/2015

ASUS X99-A Motherboard Review

X99 and Haswell-E, due to the price, the performance and the feature set, ends up being very expensive compared to the mainstream. It is an odd state of affairs...

34 by Ian Cutress on 12/22/2014

Holiday Guides 2014: Z97 Motherboards for Haswell

Writing one guide for all of the Z97 motherboard range seems a little odd. It is possible to consider each market segment and price range to come up with...

16 by Ian Cutress on 12/9/2014

ASUS Maximus VII Impact Review: Premium Gaming Z97 in mini-ITX

Over the years we have reviewed a number of Republic of Gamers (ROG) motherboards, usually focusing on the high end Extreme and gaming ATX focused Formula. We probed the...

39 by Ian Cutress on 12/9/2014

Best $1000 Laptops: Holiday 2014

Mainstream Laptop Recommendations So far we've covered the budget laptop sector as well as Chromebooks in our Holiday 2014 Guides, but if you want a good quality laptop that can...

80 by Jarred Walton on 12/5/2014

Holiday Guides 2014: AMD Motherboards

For socketed desktop systems, AMD is currently maintaining three significantly different processor lines. To add to the confusion, one is super low power (Kabini/AM1), one hasn't been updated since...

25 by Ian Cutress on 12/4/2014

Best $500 Laptops: Holiday 2014

[Note: prices are changing a lot right now; there are sales that come and go, and some of the prices we quote will inevitably change. Please view these recommendations...

59 by Jarred Walton on 12/1/2014

Best X99 Motherboards: Holiday 2014

As we approach the holiday season, the Haswell-E and X99 platform has only been on the market for almost three months. With a rushed launch, the motherboard manufacturers raced...

15 by Ian Cutress on 11/27/2014

Chromebook Buyer's Guide: Holiday 2014

If you want something more than a tablet, the cheapest options are undoubtedly Chromebooks. These are basically the least expensive laptops you can find, and while we're working on...

64 by Jarred Walton on 11/26/2014

ASUS TUF Z97 Mark S Motherboard Review: The Arctic Camo Special Edition

There are many ways to do something different in the motherboard space, especially with respect to functionality and design. In terms of the design element, we have seen many...

43 by Ian Cutress on 11/10/2014

ASUS Announces Z97 Pro Gamer: Semi-ROG for Pentium-AE Gaming

The flagship ASUS gaming motherboards are designed to offer the best ASUS’ R&D have to offer and are often the lynchpin in a number of enthusiast builds. These...

17 by Ian Cutress on 10/31/2014

The Battle of Bay Trail-D: GIGABYTE J1900N-D3V and ASUS J1900I-C Reviewed

All the recent talk of Haswell-E and high-end refreshes has obscured the more casual computing market. The Bay Trail platform uses Intel’s Atom based Silvermont cores and competes directly...

59 by Ian Cutress on 10/17/2014

The AnandTech Guide to Video Card Overclocking Software

Video card overclocking has become a very popular topic amongst gamers and PC enthusiasts these days. With the release of next generation games around the corner and the growing...

56 by Michael Wilding on 10/8/2014

The Intel Haswell-E X99 Motherboard Roundup with ASUS, GIGABYTE, ASRock and MSI

The launch of Haswell-E ushered in a triumvirate of new technology – a new CPU line, a new motherboard chipset and DDR4 memory. Today we focus on the new...

58 by Ian Cutress on 9/25/2014

ASUS Announces Haswell-E Workstation Motherboards: X99-E WS (1P) and Z10PE-D8 WS (2P)

The normal route for workstation level motherboards is from the server business unit of a motherboard manufacturer, which then works its way into full systems rather than being sold...

33 by Ian Cutress on 9/15/2014

ASUS EeeBook X205: The $199 Windows Alternative to Chromebooks

When ASUS introduced the first EeePC back in 2007, it became a huge hit and essentially ushered in the era of the netbook. Using Linux as the core OS...

34 by Jarred Walton on 9/3/2014

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