With every new chipset release, a large part of the community is always interested in the smaller form factor builds. Building a small yet powerful system seems to be an expanding niche, and for Intel’s Z97 platform we took three of the cheaper mini-ITX motherboards to see how they compare. The ASRock Z97E-ITX/AC, the MSI Z97I AC and the GIGABYTE Z97N-WIFI are all between $130 and $140, all feature 802.11ac support but vary in other connectivity, ease of use and their packages. We compared all three.

ASUS 8-Series Haswell Motherboards: New UEFI Tour [video]

Earlier this week we watched JJ give us a thorough overview of ASUS' new 8-series motherboard lineup. In today's video, JJ takes us through ASUS' new 8-series UEFI setup...

22 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/6/2013

ASUS' Haswell 8-Series Motherboard Lineup

Like clockwork, JJ from ASUS showed up at the studio last month with a ton of 8-series Haswell motherboards in tow. JJ gave us a tour of what's new...

67 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/4/2013

ASUS ROG Press Conference: ROG Maximus VI Formula and Impact

ASUS ROG Press Conference: Motherboards For at least every Computex I have attended, ASUS have put on a show – the ROG press conference. This is ASUS’ opportunity to...

27 by Ian Cutress on 6/4/2013

Gigabyte Launching Two New Haswell Xeon Server Motherboards

On the back of the Haswell launch a Gigabyte email dropped in our inbox regarding a pair of new single socket workstation motherboards they are launching for Haswell Xeons...

13 by Ian Cutress on 6/2/2013

Gigabyte's 8-Series Haswell Motherboard Tour [video]

Today is all about Haswell and Gigabyte is kicking things off with a video tour of some of their Haswell motherboard lineup. Colin from Gigabyte stopped by a couple...

28 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2013

Haswell Z87 Motherboard Preview: 50+ Motherboards from ASUS, Gigabyte, ASRock, MSI, ECS, Biostar and EVGA

With time quickly approaching the launch of Haswell, leaks on both motherboards and CPU performance are coming out of the woodworks. Similar to our advance Ivy Bridge coverage...

71 by Ian Cutress on 5/22/2013

Gigabyte Z77-HD4 Review

While most of the focus for motherboards is on the big models, what happens when we get down to the lower price points? If you want a basic...

64 by Ian Cutress on 5/19/2013

ASUS Maximus V Gene vs. Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Review

Competition between gaming mATX boards doesn’t get any tougher than this. In the red corner, weighing in at $200 and from the Republic of Gamers’ range, we have...

32 by Ian Cutress on 5/13/2013

Best X79 Motherboards, May 2013

Our next set of motherboard recommendations sit at the feet of Sandy Bridge-E, the current de-facto platform for consumer throughput performance. If you have a non-GPU accelerated workload...

28 by Ian Cutress on 5/9/2013

MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming Review

ASUS, ASRock and Gigabyte all having gaming ranges as part of their motherboard lines – now it is MSI’s turn.

37 by Ian Cutress on 4/18/2013

Best Motherboards for $100-$200, April 2013

A quick look at the motherboard market and there is plenty to choose from under the $200 mark from both Intel and AMD. For Intel this marks the...

25 by Ian Cutress on 4/18/2013

Best High End Z77 Motherboards, April 2013

As part of our ‘Best X’ range of pipeline posts, our focus turns on to the motherboard segment. At this point of the year, we really are between...

29 by Ian Cutress on 4/11/2013

ASUS Maximus V Formula Z77 ROG Review

The motherboard market is tough – the enthusiast user would like a motherboard that does everything but is cheap, and the system integrator would like a stripped out motherboard...

38 by Ian Cutress on 3/25/2013

Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 Review: OC Oriented Orange Overkill

Aside from Gigabyte’s gaming motherboards (the G1 Series) and its channel motherboards (such as the UP4 TH, MX-D3H), there exists the OC Oriented series of motherboards. The first participant...

41 by Ian Cutress on 3/1/2013

ASRock Fatal1ty X79 Champion and X79 Professional Review: From a Gamer to Gamers

We have a long wait until Ivy Bridge-E hits the shelves, and until that point the dichotomy between the features and price of both Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge...

71 by Ian Cutress on 2/9/2013

Trio of New Gigabyte Server Motherboards Announced

We recently reviewed a dual processor setup using the Gigabyte GA-7PESH1 and a pair of socket 2011 Xeons, with varied reactions from the point of view of a need...

13 by Ian Cutress on 1/29/2013

MSI Z77 MPower Review: The XPower’s Little Brother

Like many other manufacturers, MSI is building brands to aid the development of their product lines. Over the past few Intel chipsets MSI have developed their Big Bang...

14 by Ian Cutress on 1/26/2013

The End of an Era: Intel's Desktop Motherboard Business to Ramp Down Over Next 3 Years

Today Intel made a sobering, but not entirely unexpected announcement: over the next 3 years Intel will be ramping down its own desktop motherboard business. Intel will continue to...

52 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/22/2013

ASRock Z77 OC Formula Review: Living In The Fast Lane

Enthusiasts and speed freaks are always looking for an edge – a little something that will help push their gear that little bit faster. There is already a...

48 by Ian Cutress on 1/15/2013

ECS A85F2-A Golden Review: All That Glitters

All the major motherboard manufacturers run different nomenclature when grouping their channel and high end products. ROG, Fatal1ty and Big Bang are to name a few, and each...

43 by Ian Cutress on 1/12/2013

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