When we first analyzed the Z170 chipset from Intel, we were pleased to see that it offered 26 high speed input/output ports, which included 20 PCIe 3.0 lanes and support for up to three PCIe storage devices in RAID. Although there are some limitations with the PCIe lanes (networking is limited to five specific lanes), this development opened up the landscape for motherboard manufacturers to develop interesting products and stretch their engineering muscle. In typical fashion, ASRock has gone straight in the deep end and taken like a duck to water with this Z170 Extreme7+. For $240 it offers three M.2 ports, all capable of PCIe 3.0 x4 and with RAID in mind, as well as some other interesting add-ons for USB 3.1.
We tie up some loose ends as we examine the final retail version of the EVGA X58 Classified.
Rajinder Gill on 5/8/2009
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...
Gary Key on 3/28/2009
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.
Rajinder Gill on 2/27/2009
We take Gigabyte's latest P45 board out for a spin and find Ferrari performance at a Mustang price.
Gary Key on 2/3/2009
We take a quick look at CrossFireX results with the Phenom II X4 940 and find it competitive with similar Intel offerings.
Gary Key on 2/2/2009
The Blood Rage is one of the hottest looking X58 boards to grace our test bench, but what lies beneath the surface beauty?
Rajinder Gill on 1/2/2009
We take a look at the mid-range X58 motherboards from ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI.
Gary Key on 12/5/2008
We preview EVGA's X58 based motherboard that is capable of 3X SLI as advertised but also handles CrossFire X quite well.
Gary Key on 11/18/2008
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?
Rajinder Gill on 11/5/2008
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...
Anand Lal Shimpi & Gary Key on 10/15/2008
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...
Gary Key on 10/14/2008
We take a first look at the latest ROG board sporting the Intel X58 chipset. However, we cannot provide performance numbers yet. Boo!!!
Gary Key on 10/9/2008
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...
Anand Lal Shimpi & Gary Key on 9/24/2008
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!
Rajinder Gill on 7/30/2008
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.
Kris Boughton on 5/13/2008
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).
Gary Key on 4/30/2008
We put the latest DFI offering to the test. What does their X48 offering bring to the competitive enthusiast market?
Rajinder Gill on 4/28/2008
Once again, ASUS is first to market, this time with their custom-designed NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra-based motherboard, the Striker II Extreme. We bring you a critical first look at...
Kris Boughton on 4/11/2008
Our Weekend Rant Session is here and we take a look at a few subjects that are currently hot topics in the lab.
Gary Key on 4/5/2008
We provide a first look at ASUS' latest motherboard, a custom design sporting the NVIDIA nForce 780i chipset.
Rajinder Gill on 3/19/2008