With every new chipset release, a large part of the community is always interested in the smaller form factor builds. Building a small yet powerful system seems to be an expanding niche, and for Intel’s Z97 platform we took three of the cheaper mini-ITX motherboards to see how they compare. The ASRock Z97E-ITX/AC, the MSI Z97I AC and the GIGABYTE Z97N-WIFI are all between $130 and $140, all feature 802.11ac support but vary in other connectivity, ease of use and their packages. We compared all three.

P67 $190 Part 2: MSI P67A-GD65, ASRock P67 Extreme6 and ECS P67H2-A2

Our first look at $190 P67 boards started with ASUS and Gigabyte. Within hours of posting the review, I was commandeered by several other companies to look at their...

28 by Ian Cutress on 5/10/2011

H67 – A Triumvirate of Tantalizing Technology

Sandy Bridge is more than just P67. With the plethora of issues regarding the B2 stepping and Intel’s recall, there is still hope in the land of Sandy...

55 by Ian Cutress on 3/27/2011

ASUS & MSI Announce 6-series Motherboard Replacement Programs

Let’s recap. Intel launched Sandy Bridge. Intel found a bug in the 6-series chipset, necessary for all Sandy Bridge systems. Intel issued a stop shipment on all 6-series parts...

58 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/8/2011

Gigabyte Announces 6-series Motherboard Replacement Program

Yesterday Intel announced the largest stop shipment/recall I can remember it ever making (excluding FDIV). The product in question? All 6-series chipsets, a necessary part of any Sandy Bridge...

86 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/1/2011

The Battle of the P67 Boards - ASUS vs. Gigabyte at $190

In the world of motherboards and manufacturer competition, the idea is to beat your competitor. To develop the product, with more features, more fancy gadgets, and perform better than...

117 by Ian Cutress on 1/20/2011

Welcome to Sandy Bridge, with the ASRock P67 Extreme4

The launch of the Sandy Bridge platform today brings Intel’s newest socket, the new LGA-1155 platform, into the hands of the consumer. Pre-release information across the internet has heralded...

55 by Ian Cutress on 1/3/2011

Zotac Announce two 880G AMD Mini-ITX Motherboards

The mini-ITX market is gathering pace, and seemingly every motherboard company wants a piece of the action. Some get it almost right, such as the Gigabyte H55N-USB which...

26 by Ian Cutress on 12/3/2010

A brief look at upcoming ASUS P67 Motherboards

With the launch of Sandy Bridge on the horizon, the larger motherboard manufacturers are putting the final touches to their products. ASUS, Gigabyte, EVGA, MSI, Foxconn, and others...

53 by Ian Cutress on 11/14/2010

A Quick Glimpse of the Biostar TP67XE and TH67XE

With Intel’s new socket 1155 and Sandy Bridge archtecture nearly upon us, it was only a matter of time before motherboard vendors started to release promotional shots of their...

27 by Ian Cutress on 9/29/2010

ASRock 890FX Deluxe: Comprehensive Motherboard Review & Investigation of Thuban Performance Scaling

We kick off our long overdue focus on AMD with an in-depth review of ASRock's 890FX Deluxe 4. Landing with an MSRP of $180, the Deluxe 4 slots in...

43 by Rajinder Gill on 8/31/2010

ZOTAC IONITX-P-E: Can Intel's CULV Processors Reinvigorate Interest in NVIDIA's ION?

NVIDIA’s ION brought a tremendous appeal to mini-ITX last year, but over the past six months Clarkdale has established itself as the natural and more capable choice for small...

42 by Rajinder Gill on 8/26/2010

ASUS Rampage III Formula to debut ‘soon’

ASUS’ Republic of Gamers range is soon to have a new member, in the shape of the ASUS Rampage III Formula. Using the X58 chipset, this board is...

20 by Ian Cutress on 8/6/2010

ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte & MSI: Four Flagship X58 Motherboards Reviewed

Thus far, we’ve spent most of 2010 focusing on mainstream segments for our motherboard reviews, there’s more of that to come over the next few months starting off with...

54 by Rajinder Gill on 7/15/2010

ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte & MSI: Four Flagship X58 Motherboards Reviewed

Thus far, we’ve spent most of 2010 focusing on mainstream segments for our motherboard reviews, there’s more of that to come over the next few months starting off with...

54 by Rajinder Gill on 7/15/2010

Computex 2010: Motherboards

Another year, another Computex. Every time it comes around, vendors attempt to tease and tantalise both journalists and Joe Public alike with concept models, previews, machines running really...

33 by Ian Cutress on 6/16/2010

Gigabyte H55N-USB3 : Mini-ITX done the Gigabyte way...

We’ve been waiting for one of the major players to get their mitts into mini-ITX for Intel’s chipsets and finally Gigabyte has delivered with the Intel H55 chipset based...

78 by Rajinder Gill on 6/15/2010

ASRock X58 Extreme3: An Enthusiast X58 Motherboard at a Budget Price?

Today, we take a look at an X58 motherboard from ASRock, the Extreme3. The Extreme3 is the next iteration up from the ASRock X58 Extreme, with the notable...

36 by Ian Cutress on 6/2/2010

News Just In: Gigabyte Announces USB3 Mini-ITX H55 Motherboard

In the race to get a USB3 capable mini-ITX motherboard to market, Gigabyte has today announced the first entry into the arena - the GA-H55N-USB3. Measuring a tiny...

43 by Ian Cutress on 5/24/2010

Gigabyte Announces Their New Flagship Motherboard: The X58A-UD9

Gigabyte are currently attacking the X58 market; with no less than 10 boards, from the budget EX58-UD3R (and it's upgrade, the X58A-UD3R) to the premium EX58-EXTREME, their latest board...

14 by Ian Cutress on 5/12/2010

MSI has announced the HTPC oriented 740GM-P25

Announcing high end products and 'Halo' type hardware is relatively easy for manufacturers - slap some snazzy artwork next to a few pictures, wring a few industry related endorsements...

33 by Ian Cutress on 5/8/2010

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