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 take a quick glance at Biostar's TF560 A2+ to see how well it overclocks a couple of budget level AM2 processors. We've also got some comparisons with Intel's...
Gary Key on 8/2/2007
We provide a first look at ASRock's update to their VIA PT880 Ultra based Core 2 motherboard, now with SATA 3.0Gbps capability.
Gary Key and Jarred Walton on 6/29/2007
We take an updated look at the MSI P35 Platinum with a new BIOS that promises to bring this board's performance up to par with ASUS and Gigabyte.
Gary Key on 6/26/2007
We take a quick look at a couple of new features ASUS will be releasing shortly in their new 0504 BIOS update.
Gary Key on 6/18/2007
We preview Gigabyte's latest flagship board based on the P35 chipset and sporting DDR3 capability. Does it provide enough performance to catch ASUS?
Gary Key on 5/30/2007
We provide a first look at NVIDIA's 650i Ultra chipset that offers Jolly Green Giant performance in a Leprechaun package.
Gary Key on 4/10/2007
We provide our first impressions of ASUS's 650i based hybrid board that offers an alternative to the new 680i LT SLI.
Gary Key on 4/2/2007
We provide our first impressions of MSI's impressive P6N SLI Platinum that raises the bar on stock performance with decent overclocking to boot.
Gary Key on 3/13/2007
We provide our first impressions of Gigabyte's new nForce 680i board that provides not only the bling-bling factor but performance to back it up.
Gary Key on 2/24/2007
We follow up on abit's AB9 QuadGT to see what difference a beta BIOS can make in resolving issues and improving performance.
Gary Key on 2/21/2007
We review our test results from 12 different yet not so different P965 motherboards and find a few products that stood out from the rest.
Gary Key on 1/26/2007
Our first impressions of the abit AB9 QuadGT reveal some surprising performance results, new design ideas, and some lingering concerns about abit engineering.
Gary Key on 1/22/2007
We take a quick look at the overclocking capabilities in the new F9 BIOS.
Gary Key on 1/4/2007
We take a quick look at one of the best budget priced P965 motherboards that offers surprisingly solid performance in a quality oriented package.
Gary Key on 12/28/2006
We provide our first impressions of ASUS' new P5N-E SLI that uses the NVIDIA 650i SLI chipset and once again come up with more questions than answers.
Gary Key on 12/22/2006
We provide a quick performance preview of DFI's latest LANParty motherboard and wonder what will become of the RD600.
Gary Key on 12/16/2006
We take a look at two midrange performance boards from MSI and ECS that trade enthusiast level overclocking performance for features.
Gary Key on 12/6/2006
We take a look at two budget boards from Biostar and Gigabyte that offer surprising performance when compared to their more expensive fraternal twins.
Gary Key on 11/9/2006
first in a series of three P965 performance guides features the mid-range performance motherboards from Abit, Asus, Biostar, and Gigabyte.
Gary Key on 10/20/2006
We take a quick look at the overclocking improvements in the soon to be released F7 BIOS.
Gary Key on 10/11/2006