The normal route for workstation level motherboards is from the server business unit of a motherboard manufacturer, which then works its way into full systems rather than being sold separately. The other, less used alternative is for the mainstream end-user motherboard business units to develop their own and sell directly to end-users building their own workstation. While some of the motherboard manufacturers are slowly jumping on this bandwagon, ASUS has been at it for a number of generations now, with enough success to continue into their new Haswell-E designs which have just been announced. ASUS X99-E WS The X99-E WS follows on from the X79-E WS and the X58-E WS, and the most obvious thing to notice is the seven full-length PCIe slots. ASUS’ workstation line...

GIGABYTE Server Launches New C2750 Mini-ITX and 2P ATX LGA2011

Despite the C2750 coming to market officially in Q3 2013, we have not seen many products that exploit the possibilities that the new 8-core Silvermont SoC provides. We reviewed...

13 by Ian Cutress on 5/21/2014

MSI Z97 MPower Max AC Review: Overclocking for $260

At $260, today’s review of the MSI Z97 MPower Max AC is the odd one out of our initial Z97 reviews. The previous two reviews both use SATA Express...

19 by Ian Cutress on 5/20/2014

ASUS Z97-DELUXE (NFC & WLC) Review: With Two Thunderbolt 2 Too

Investing in the top range motherboard should afford a few privileges. It should come with extra features, extra components in the box, and where possible the manufacturer should...

45 by Ian Cutress on 5/16/2014

GIGABYTE Z97X-UD5H Review: Choose Your Storage Option

For the first of our Z97 reviews, GIGABYTE sent us its mid-range Z97X-UD5H. This model is designed for the casual enthusiast interested in the higher end of the feature...

53 by Ian Cutress on 5/14/2014

Z97 Motherboards Listed: Now in USA, Taiwan, and EU

Despite being nowhere near the official release date, it would seem that retailers have jumped the gun. We reported earlier that a retailer in China has started to...

29 by Ian Cutress on 5/2/2014

ASRock Rack C2750D4I Review: A Storage Motherboard with Management

One of the purposes of Intel’s Avoton CPUs is cold storage. ASRock produced the C2750D4I for that need – a mini-ITX motherboard with a 25W eight core CPU, support...

81 by Ian Cutress on 4/29/2014

MSI Z97 Gaming Motherboards Up For Pre Order in China

After our brief motherboard roundup, it was brought to our attention that some of the next generation of Intel motherboards are now up for pre-order in China. From tmall.com...

5 by Ian Cutress on 4/28/2014

Upcoming Intel Based Motherboards from GIGABYTE, ASUS, MSI and ASRock

Intel has recently been awash with news about upcoming processors. In March, Intel released information on an upcoming unlocked Haswell Pentium processor, an upcoming Haswell-K processor with overclocking enhancements...

58 by Ian Cutress on 4/28/2014

ASUS A88X-Pro Review: Kaveri, Kaveri, Quite Contrary

Pricing for motherboards varies wildly. While the performance platforms command a premium, those based on significant integrated graphics performance are considerably cheaper. In fact in 2014 it seems relatively...

35 by Ian Cutress on 4/22/2014

The AM1 Kabini Motherboard Preview: Analyzing the Hardware

One of AMD’s primary feature points for the AM1 Kabini platform was the introduction of low-cost motherboards. The promotional material provided gave a suggested AM1 combined price of $60...

63 by Ian Cutress on 4/19/2014

MSI A88XM-E35 Motherboard Review: Micro-A88X for $68

While the desktop PC industry has been reported as shrinking these last few quarters, the dichotomy rests in a drive towards the smaller form factors while the large under-the-desk...

26 by Ian Cutress on 4/3/2014

MSI Extends its Gaming Motherboards to B85I and B85M

Word from MSI suggests that sales of their Gaming motherboard range are better than projected and there is an enthusiasm for the brand across PC building forums. We...

6 by Ian Cutress on 4/2/2014

GIGABYTE GA-6PXSV3 Review

Server motherboards, unlike consumer motherboards, are never bought for looks. It is all about function, and the GIGABYTE GA-6PXSV3 we are reviewing today is aiming to supply enough at...

12 by Ian Cutress on 3/31/2014

GIGABYTE F2A88X-UP4 Review

In terms of motherboard output, there seems a clear dichotomy between AMD based motherboards and Intel motherboards. Innovation starts on the higher selling Intel ATX products, whereas AMD is...

18 by Ian Cutress on 3/24/2014

ASRock FM2A88X Extreme6+ Review

For the AMD Kaveri launch, a number of review publications received the FM2A88X Extreme6+ from ASRock. This is a motherboard that was released several months before the Kaveri processors...

43 by Ian Cutress on 3/19/2014

ASRock’s AM1 Kabini Motherboards Announced, including 19V DC-In Model

With the socketed version of Kabini formally announced by AMD, motherboard manufacturers are in full swing in announcing their line up to AMD’s budget range. AMD’s goal is...

31 by Ian Cutress on 3/18/2014

CeBIT 2014: MSI Shows New Intel Motherboards, R9 270X Gaming ITX

While we do not have anyone on the floor of CeBIT this year, manufacturers are showcasing several new products worth mentioning between now and Computex in June. MSI...

6 by Ian Cutress on 3/11/2014

GIGABYTE Server to Offer a 1P LGA2011 Motherboard with 10GbE SFP+

While home networking is moving slowly forward in the march towards 10GBase-T, having high speed access in the enterprise arena can be a specific requirement for a mission critical...

19 by Ian Cutress on 3/6/2014

ASUS’ AMD AM1 Approach: AM1I-A and AM1M-A Announced

Hot on the heels of the AMD announcement regarding socketed Kabini systems, ASUS has released information on two of their main contenders in this segment. While AMD are...

26 by Ian Cutress on 3/5/2014

Bay Trail-D from ASUS: The J1800I-C

We previously reported on Bay Trail-D motherboards coming from ECS, GIGABYTE and Biostar, but today it is ASUS’ turn to add in a SKU to the mix. The...

28 by Ian Cutress on 3/4/2014

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