Motherboards

Next week is the annual Computex trade show and we have a substantial number of meetings booked, but as part of the regular pre-show ritual, companies are coming at us with the start of their press release mêlée. One of the first to officially release their embargo is ASRock, showing off some impressive equipment ready for media to gawk at when we hit the booth on the show floor. First up is a tantalising teaser of what is to come. Anyone interested in the PC space is talking about upcoming Broadwell and the iteration after that called Skylake. Skylake for desktops will require a new chipset and new motherboard, which we at least know that Z170 is part of it (H, B and Q series...

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

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

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