Motherboards

Over the last couple of years, the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) has emerged as one of the bright spots in the troubled PC market. Kickstarted by Intel's NUC (Next Unit of Computing) designs, it has been successfully cloned by other vendors such as GIGABYTE (BRIX), Zotac (C-series nano) and ASRock (Beebox). With platform performance increasing every generation, and performance requirements getting tempered by the rise of the not-so-powerful smartphones and tablets, Intel could pack a heavy punch with their 102x102mm NUC motherboards. Atom-based units (using Bay Trail) could provide very good performance for most users. Intel tried to shrink the PC even further by releasing a Compute Stick based on the Bay Trail Atom Z series SoCs earlier this year. ECS, with their LIVA designs...

Holiday Guides 2014: Z97 Motherboards for Haswell

Writing one guide for all of the Z97 motherboard range seems a little odd. It is possible to consider each market segment and price range to come up with...

16 by Ian Cutress on 12/9/2014

ASUS Maximus VII Impact Review: Premium Gaming Z97 in mini-ITX

Over the years we have reviewed a number of Republic of Gamers (ROG) motherboards, usually focusing on the high end Extreme and gaming ATX focused Formula. We probed the...

42 by Ian Cutress on 12/9/2014

Holiday Guides 2014: AMD Motherboards

For socketed desktop systems, AMD is currently maintaining three significantly different processor lines. To add to the confusion, one is super low power (Kabini/AM1), one hasn't been updated since...

25 by Ian Cutress on 12/4/2014

GIGABYTE Server MD60-SC0 Motherboard Review: Haswell-EP with QSFP

Ever since GIGABYTE’s Server team and I first started discussing reviews, it was interesting to see what a purely B2B (business to business) unit could do. Since then, GIGABYTE...

16 by Ian Cutress on 12/3/2014

Best X99 Motherboards: Holiday 2014

As we approach the holiday season, the Haswell-E and X99 platform has only been on the market for almost three months. With a rushed launch, the motherboard manufacturers raced...

15 by Ian Cutress on 11/27/2014

MSI B85M ECO Review: Aiming Green at $73

Whenever we talk about processors and silicon, one of the key major points is efficiency and performance per watt. One issue to consider is that while that new CPU...

40 by Ian Cutress on 11/26/2014

ASRock Announces X99 WS-E/10G: Dual 10GBase-T and Quad x16

Edit: Read our full review here: http://www.anandtech.com/show/8781/ Regular readers of my twitter feed might have noticed that over the past 12/24 months, I lamented the lack of 10 gigabit Ethernet...

50 by Ian Cutress on 11/24/2014

GIGABYTE Launches X99M-Gaming 5: Micro-ATX for Haswell-E

One noted trend in computing is the desire for more compute in a smaller space. Imagine mixing High Performance Computing with Small Form Factors, if such a thing could...

31 by Ian Cutress on 11/19/2014

ASUS TUF Z97 Mark S Motherboard Review: The Arctic Camo Special Edition

There are many ways to do something different in the motherboard space, especially with respect to functionality and design. In terms of the design element, we have seen many...

45 by Ian Cutress on 11/10/2014

802.11ac with Killer: MSI’s Teaming Technique coming to ACK Branded Motherboards

One of the many interesting ways in which motherboard companies diversify their product ranges is with networking opportunities. In most product stacks, manufacturers use Realtek and Intel network ports...

12 by Ian Cutress on 11/4/2014

ASUS Announces Z97 Pro Gamer: Semi-ROG for Pentium-AE Gaming

The flagship ASUS gaming motherboards are designed to offer the best ASUS’ R&D have to offer and are often the lynchpin in a number of enthusiast builds. These...

17 by Ian Cutress on 10/31/2014

The Battle of Bay Trail-D: GIGABYTE J1900N-D3V and ASUS J1900I-C Reviewed

All the recent talk of Haswell-E and high-end refreshes has obscured the more casual computing market. The Bay Trail platform uses Intel’s Atom based Silvermont cores and competes directly...

59 by Ian Cutress on 10/17/2014

ASRock Releases X99 Extreme11: So I Heard You Like Storage

We reviewed the X79 Extreme11 back in September 2012. The concept was simple: divert eight PCIe lanes into an LSI SAS chip for eight more SATA ports with SAS...

40 by Ian Cutress on 10/9/2014

ECS Unveils Z97I-Drone: More Mini-ITX for Haswell

Our recent review of $140 Z97 mini-ITX boards left us wanting more. There is plenty of potential in the mini-ITX form factor even at the low end price points...

7 by Ian Cutress on 10/9/2014

MSI Z97 Gaming 5 Motherboard Review: Five is Alive

Sometimes it feels odd to review the cheaper elements of the motherboard market. The more expensive models have more to play with, whereas the sub $160 market for Z97...

44 by Ian Cutress on 10/6/2014

ASRock Z97 OC Formula Motherboard Review: Less Lamborghini, More Yellow

ASRock is quietly confident of its OC Formula range. We awarded the Z77 version because of its aggressive tactics at the $240 price point and while the Z87 model...

20 by Ian Cutress on 10/2/2014

The Intel Haswell-E X99 Motherboard Roundup with ASUS, GIGABYTE, ASRock and MSI

The launch of Haswell-E ushered in a triumvirate of new technology – a new CPU line, a new motherboard chipset and DDR4 memory. Today we focus on the new...

61 by Ian Cutress on 9/25/2014

Intel’s Haswell-EP Xeons with DDR3 and DDR4 on the Horizon?

Johan’s awesome overview of the Haswell-EP ecosystem showed that the server processor line from Intel is firmly in the track for DDR4 memory along with the associated benefits of...

24 by Ian Cutress on 9/18/2014

ASUS Announces Haswell-E Workstation Motherboards: X99-E WS (1P) and Z10PE-D8 WS (2P)

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...

33 by Ian Cutress on 9/15/2014

GIGABYTE Server Releases Seven C612 Series Workstation and Server Motherboards

We had the big consumer Haswell-E CPU launch just over a week ago, and today marks the release of the Xeon counterparts. Johan’s large deep-dive into what makes Haswell-EP...

9 by Ian Cutress on 9/8/2014

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