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.

ECS Shows Off Thin Mini-ITX Boards and AIO Touchscreens

ECS invited us to stop by and we expected the usual assortment of motherboards and such. Much to our surprise, they only brought a few mITX boards at their...

4 by Jarred Walton on 1/12/2013

A Cheaper Way to 4K: Intel’s Collage Driver

A Cheaper Way to 4K: Intel’s Collage Driver If you heard my recent rant on Podcast 13, my main beef was with the state of monitors to the end user...

29 by Ian Cutress on 1/11/2013

Email In: ASRock Offering Two New Motherboards – 990FX Extreme9 and FM2A85X-ITX

With the release of the Vishera processors (AMD Piledriver based FX-8350), very few motherboards were brought to the market as the chips slotted directly into the AM3+ socket and...

12 by Ian Cutress on 1/7/2013

Gigabyte GA-7PESH1 Review: A Dual Processor Motherboard through a Scientist’s Eyes

Browsing through a manufacturer’s website can offer a startling view of the product line up. Such was the case when I sprawled through Gigabyte’s range, only to find...

64 by Ian Cutress on 1/5/2013

Z77 mITX Round-Up: Five of the Best – MSI, Zotac, ASRock, EVGA and ASUS

The mini-ITX motherboard market seems like a fast growing segment. It has many applications in terms of small home servers, work machines, HTPC devices, mobile gaming desktop machines...

53 by Ian Cutress on 12/31/2012

Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 Review – Are PowIRStages Needed with Trinity?

Since Computex back in June, Gigabyte has been pushing a new power delivery system across parts of its motherboard range. This involves an integrated circuit to combine power...

25 by Ian Cutress on 12/14/2012

MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 Review: Know Your Platform

The A85X chipset and FM2 socket is supposedly here to stay for Trinity plus one more generation. As a result, AMD needs to make sure that the platform is...

11 by Ian Cutress on 12/11/2012

ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 Review

The answer to the question ‘What makes a good motherboard?’ can generate an alarming number of responses. When a manufacturer starts with a new chipset, the idealized view...

16 by Ian Cutress on 12/3/2012

Gigabyte H77N-WiFi Review – First Look at Ivy Bridge with mITX

Reviews of the Ivy Bridge platform at AnandTech have focused solely on the primary chipset supplied to most desktop users – Z77. In a twist, today we are...

52 by Ian Cutress on 11/6/2012

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 8

As we march towards our review of the iPhone 5 (and some other really cool stuff you'll be seeing later this month), episode 8 of our weekly podcast got...

55 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/11/2012

ASUS F2A85-V Pro Review: A Look at FM2 with A85X

The new release of Trinity processors on the desktop opens up a cascade of issues when it comes to choosing a new motherboard for your Trinity system. The...

66 by Ian Cutress on 10/10/2012

Gigabyte Z77X-UP4 TH Review: Thunderbolt Times Two

Now that the exclusive license Apple had for Thunderbolt has expired, since Computex 2012 we have seen a number of motherboards destined for PCs with a Thunderbolt connector. ...

15 by Ian Cutress on 9/17/2012

Gigabyte X79S-UP5 WiFi Review: Ultra Durable 5 Meets the C606 Chipset

As part of the Computex 2012 show, Gigabyte demonstrated to us their new version of Ultra Durable. This fifth iteration of their power delivery combines their previous features...

16 by Ian Cutress on 9/6/2012

ASRock X79 Extreme11 Review: PCIe 3.0 x16/x16/x16/x16 and LSI 8-Way SAS/SATA

The end of summer marks the start of the X79 refresh line. We are, at best estimates, coming up to half-way in the Sandy Bridge-E life as the...

62 by Ian Cutress on 9/3/2012

MultiCore Enhancement: The Debate About Free MHz

If you have been keeping up to date with any of the AnandTech motherboard reviews lately, there has been one topic that has been hot on my lips, and...

65 by Ian Cutress on 8/29/2012

Two New Z77 mITX Announced

Over the past couple of days, two new Z77 mini-ITX motherboards have been seen on the radar. The first is Gigabyte's Z77N-WiFi model, to be released alongside the...

43 by Ian Cutress on 8/23/2012

Four Multi-GPU Z77 Boards from $280-$350 - PLX PEX 8747 featuring Gigabyte, ASRock, ECS and EVGA

With only sixteen PCIe 3.0 lanes available on a Z77 motherboard paired with an Ivy Bridge CPU, when we get to three or four-way GPU solutions these GPUs are...

22 by Ian Cutress on 8/22/2012

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 1

Last Friday, Brian Klug, Ian Cutress and myself took an hour to discuss a lot of what was on our minds lately. At a high level we discussed building...

59 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/13/2012

ASUS P8Z77-V Premium Review: A Bentley Among Motherboards

In the car industry, there is a large variety of cars to choose from - both the cheap and the expensive will get you from A to B, but...

43 by Ian Cutress on 8/13/2012

ASUS Republic of Gamers and X79 ROG Review – Rampage IV Gene, Formula and Extreme

The Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand has been on the radar for a good five years now. Initially in the form of motherboards, the ROG brand aimed to...

34 by Ian Cutress on 8/3/2012

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