Motherboards

Choosing a motherboard is not as easy as it sounds. Most people rely on price, brand experience, perhaps specific features and online reviews to help decide what fits best. While the Intel 9-series (Z97) platform has had a rough ride, motherboard companies always see the need to refresh to new designs periodically. As a result we get devices such as this, the MSI Z97A Gaming 6, to review.

The ASUS TUF X99 Sabertooth Review

When a system builder has the opportunity to vary their design, a number of factors can come into play. Some want performance, aesthetics, low noise, small form factor, or...

46 by Ian Cutress 6 days ago

The MSI HQ Tour: Design 101

This year marked my fifth year at Computex, starting from 2011. Out of the trade shows I attend each year, it ranks as number one for a variety of...

23 by Ian Cutress on 7/7/2015

A New Challenger Appears: Realtek Dragon NIC on ECS Z170 Motherboards

When a motherboard manufacturer develops a product, it has to consider which third party controllers are going to be used. When we discuss network controllers, there are several entrants...

26 by Ian Cutress on 7/6/2015

Motherboards with DDR3L and DDR4: Biostar

With Intel’s latest extreme platform, Haswell-E and X99, supporting DDR4, all fingers have been pointing towards the state of DDR4 support for the 100-series motherboards and Intel’s 6th generation...

33 by Ian Cutress on 7/2/2015

The MSI Gaming Booth Tour with dGPUs in AIOs and Notebooks plus Motherboards

It has been held as fact that for the past couple of years, gaming is helping to prop up a slowly decreasing desktop PC market. While many casual PC...

48 by Ian Cutress on 6/29/2015

ECS To Remain in Motherboard Market: Dispels Rumor

As active members of the PC components industry, we tend to try to keep our ear to the ground relating to how the different companies are approaching their product...

40 by Ian Cutress on 6/25/2015

The ASRock X99E-ITX/ac Review: Up to 36 Threads in Mini-ITX

When things get smaller, compromises have to be made. We've seen this recently in our Core-M deep dive where building a cheaper chassis yields few benefits. In the PC...

56 by Ian Cutress on 6/24/2015

The ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme ROG Review

For a number of generations, each motherboard company has had its halo product that pushes boundaries and wallets. For ASUS, the Rampage IV Extreme, based on X79, was a...

40 by Ian Cutress on 6/22/2015

ASRock at Computex 2015: Pre-Show PR gives Z170 Motherboards and 4T4R Router

Next week is the annual Computex trade show and we have a substantial number of meetings booked, but as part of the regular pre-show ritual, companies are coming at...

38 by Ian Cutress on 5/29/2015

ASRock Rack Announces EP2C612D24 and 4L: Dual Socket Haswell-EP with 24 DDR4 Slots

Two things jumped out at me when I received this press release. Firstly the name, which comes out as a mouthful – it isn’t something you could casually mention...

48 by Ian Cutress on 5/23/2015

GIGABYTE Server Launches the MW70-3S0, Targeting 3x PCIe 3.0 x16 and LSI 3008

If you’ve been following motherboard coverage over the past few years, you can’t help but notice that all the major consumer players also have their own server based business...

11 by Ian Cutress on 5/20/2015

ASRock Goes Braswell: Eight SKUs including DC-In Variants

In the wake of the news regarding ASUS’ listing of their Braswell motherboards, both ASRock and MSI have been quick on their heels to also list their model lines...

19 by Ian Cutress on 5/19/2015

Braswell Motherboard Surfaces Online: Quad Core 14nm Airmont in ASUS N3150M-E

When Intel initially released its Airmont platforms, Braswell for mini-PCs and Cherry Trail for tablets, it was unclear whether or not we would see custom desktop build equivalents, rather...

32 by Ian Cutress on 5/18/2015

ASRock Rack Announces Mini-ITX LGA2011-3 Motherboard, with Quad-Channel SO-DIMM DDR4

Hot on the heels of the recent announcement of a Haswell-E based mini-ITX motherboard from the main motherboard division of ASRock, the ASRock X99E-ITX, the server division has decided...

10 by Ian Cutress on 5/4/2015

Braswell: MSI Launches Three Mini-ITX ECO Motherboards

The launch of Braswell, to replace Bay Trail-D, is going to slowly emerge over the next few months. We reported on the initial launch of SKUs as leaked, but...

17 by Ian Cutress on 4/8/2015

MSI Releases 970A SLI Krait Edition Motherboard with USB 3.1

The motherboard market is now laying down some heavy USB 3.1 marks in the sand. We saw motherboards at CES, then immediately followed that with some testing on the...

26 by Ian Cutress on 3/25/2015

GIGABYTE Server Releases ARM Solutions using AppliedMicro and Annapurna Labs SoCs

As Johan points out in his deep dive of ARM in the server market, given a focused strategy new ARM solutions can offer the potential to disrupt some very...

16 by Ian Cutress on 3/24/2015

Corsair Releases Orange Dominator Platinum DDR4-3400 for GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion

During CES earlier this year we spent some time at the Corsair booth and saw a beta system demoing an orange kit of DDR4-3400 modules on the X99-SOC Champion...

21 by Ian Cutress on 3/23/2015

X99 goes TUF: Sabertooth X99 at CeBIT 2015 with NVMe Support

Of the four major motherboard manufacturers, three of them separate their main lines into channel (regular), overclocking and gaming, with one other also having a low power range. ASUS...

16 by Ian Cutress on 3/16/2015

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