Regular readers of my twitter feed might have noticed that over the past 12/24 months, I lamented the lack of 10 gigabit Ethernet connectors on any motherboard. My particular gripe was the lack of 10GBase-T, the standard which can be easily integrated into the home. Despite my wishes, there are several main barriers to introducing this technology. Firstly is the cost, whereby a 10GBase-T Ethernet card costs $400-$800 depending on your location (using the Intel X520-T2), followed by the power consumption which requires either an active cooler or a passive plus good airflow to shift up to 14W. The bandwidth can be as important (PCIe 2.1 x8 for the X540-BT2, but can work in PCIe 3.0 x8 or x4 mode), but also it is...

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

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H Review: Functionality meets Competitive Pricing

The motherboard scene contains around fifty shades of grey – whatever size, whatever feature set, if a user cannot get what they exactly want, something similar should be available...

70 by Ian Cutress on 7/25/2012

Biostar TZ77XE4 Review: Dichotomy by Default

Biostar have always been on the radar for motherboard builders, occupying that niche of ‘bang-for-buck’ if your wallet is looking a little empty this month. In the grand...

27 by Ian Cutress on 7/21/2012

EVGA Tease mini-ITX sized Z77

Followers of EVGA media man Jacob Freeman may have noticed something rather interesting from his Twitter feed and the EVGA Facebook page recently. If small is the size...

23 by Ian Cutress on 7/20/2012

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Review: Legacy Bites Back

ASRock are not afraid of the legacy connections. Not merely content on having both a floppy drive header and an IDE connector on the Fatal1ty Z77 Professional, they...

34 by Ian Cutress on 7/13/2012

Computex 2012: Some more FM2 Motherboards, including Zotac, ECS and Biostar

Having had a chance to visit most of the motherboard manufacturers in Computex so far, I popped from the Zotac booth into the AMD booth on my way to...

7 by Ian Cutress on 6/7/2012

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