Motherboards

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 of processors, Skylake. At Computex we saw a number of 100-series motherboards, although I want to point out a couple which showcase a little of the DRAM support we should expect. At the Biostar booth there was a H170 motherboard and a B150 motherboard that had clearly defined DDR3 and DDR4 memory slots: The H170Z3 in show looks similar to a standard mATX motherboard using a single PCIe 3.0 x16, a couple of PCI slots, support for USB 3.0, SATA Express and M.2. It’s the DRAM slots with different spacing that act as the giveaway: Note at the...

ASRock X58 Extreme - $169.99 is not too Extreme

We take an early look at ASRock's new X58 budget offering and find a board full of features and performance to boot.

44 by Gary Key on 7/2/2009

MSI X58M - Mighty Mouse

We provide a first look at MSI's impressive $169 X58 motherboard based on the uATX form factor. Does MSI have a winner here? We think so.

26 by Gary Key on 5/23/2009

Zotac's Ion: The Follow Up

At your request I dove deeper into wake on USB issues, overclocking, Flash video performance and power consumption with Zotac's Ion.

29 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/19/2009

EVGA X58 Classified - Trophy Board

We tie up some loose ends as we examine the final retail version of the EVGA X58 Classified.

43 by Rajinder Gill on 5/8/2009

Phenom II X3 720BE & CrossFire X Performance - Does it Compete?

Has the Phenom II X4 940 met its match when it comes to CrossFire X performance at resolutions that most of us use on a daily basis? Let's...

61 by Gary Key on 3/28/2009

EVGA X58 Classified - First Look

We take a quick look at the EVGA X58 Classified and provide an early BIOS guide for getting the most out of this X58 board and others.

23 by Rajinder Gill on 2/27/2009

Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P - P45 at its Finest

We take Gigabyte's latest P45 board out for a spin and find Ferrari performance at a Mustang price.

75 by Gary Key on 2/3/2009

CrossFireX and the Phenom II X4 940 – Competitive or Not?

We take a quick look at CrossFireX results with the Phenom II X4 940 and find it competitive with similar Intel offerings.

69 by Gary Key on 2/2/2009

Foxconn Blood Rage - If Looks Could Kill (UPDATE)

The Blood Rage is one of the hottest looking X58 boards to grace our test bench, but what lies beneath the surface beauty?

68 by Rajinder Gill on 1/2/2009

Intel X58 Motherboard Roundup - What does $300 Get You?

We take a look at the mid-range X58 motherboards from ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI.

80 by Gary Key on 12/5/2008

EVGA X58 SLI - First Look

We preview EVGA's X58 based motherboard that is capable of 3X SLI as advertised but also handles CrossFire X quite well.

23 by Gary Key on 11/18/2008

EVGA 790i FTW

The 790i MCP surfaces yet again, this time in the guise of a board touted to be an out-of-box winner. Does EVGA go for the win or come up short?

16 by Rajinder Gill on 11/5/2008

The IGP Chronicles Part 3: NVIDIA's GeForce 9300

Don't call it a comeback, NVIDIA has been here for years. But today's launch of the GeForce 9300 is aimed squarely at Intel. This is the chipset...

50 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Gary Key on 10/15/2008

The IGP Chronicles Part 2: AMD 780G vs. Intel G45 vs. NVIDIA GeForce 8200

Part two of our IGP series pits the best of the best against each other. We're crossing platforms and party lines to find the perfect IGP solution for...

41 by Gary Key on 10/14/2008

ASUS Rampage II Extreme - First Look

We take a first look at the latest ROG board sporting the Intel X58 chipset. However, we cannot provide performance numbers yet. Boo!!!

36 by Gary Key on 10/9/2008

The IGP Chronicles Part 1: Intel's G45 & Motherboard Roundup

Today we have the first part of a three part series on the current state of chipsets with integrated graphics. This first part looks closely at Intel's G45, presently...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Gary Key on 9/24/2008

Foxconn Black Ops - Raw, Unadulterated Power

Foxconn continues its push for the enthusiast dollar with their Black Ops board. Fire up the cascades, as we have a board built for extreme benchmarking!

36 by Rajinder Gill on 7/30/2008

ASUS P5Q3 Deluxe: An Early Preview of P45 Express Performance

ASUS provided us with an early sample of their new P45-based motherboard. Join us for a first look at Intel's latest and greatest mainstream chipset.

31 by Kris Boughton on 5/13/2008

AMD 780G - The Three Amigos and a 9850BE

Our 780G boards from Jetway, ASRock, and Gigabyte all survived unharmed after coming face to face with the 9850BE (disclaimer - read fine print on cooling requirements).

22 by Gary Key on 4/30/2008

DFI X48 LT T2R: Floats like a Butterfly…

We put the latest DFI offering to the test. What does their X48 offering bring to the competitive enthusiast market?

25 by Rajinder Gill on 4/28/2008

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