Day: December 30, 2016

GIGABYTE Launches $170 Z87 G1.Sniper

December 30, 2016

Astute followers of the Z87 motherboard market might start to notice a trend.  For each generation we have had gaming focused motherboards, designed with hardware to lure gamers with improved audio, better network priority hardware and software, as well as a few extras in the box.  With Z77 and Z87 launch, the high end models […]

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More Fanless Bay-Trail: ASRock Releases Two Pentium J2900 Motherboards

December 30, 2016

When we looked at AMD’s Kabini platform, AMD in its press materials pitted their high end APU against the Pentium J2900 in terms of price and performance. The only issue from the reviewer’s standpoint was the availability of the Pentium J2900 in a retail product. At the time, the J2900 was found only in OEM […]

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ASUS ROG Z97 Maximus VII Impact Officially Launched

December 30, 2016

One of the highlights of ASUS’ ROG Computex Press Event was the announcement of the Maximus VII Impact, the successor to the popular mini-ITX ROG Impact range of motherboards.  Today the motherboard is officially released from ASUS HQ, with stock coming to regions shortly.  We reviewed the Maximus VI Impact last year and was appropriately […]

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ASRock Shows X99 Micro-ATX: The X99M Killer

December 30, 2016

One of the problems of Intel’s high end desktop platforms is size: the sockets are large, and all the DRAM slots take up a fair amount of space.  Couple this with the PCIe lane potential of the CPU, then restricting the motherboard size smaller than ATX limits the number of features and multi-PCIe capabilities afforded […]

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ASUS Motherboard Division Director: An Interview with Dr Albert Chang

December 30, 2016

Following our interviews previously with Rod O’Shea at Intel UK, Kris Huang at ASUS and Jackson Hsu at GIGABYTE, I was offered the opportunity to spend some time with Dr Albert Chang, the Senior Division Director in R&D for the entire Motherboard Business Unit at ASUS. The motherboard design and testing facilities span several floors of […]

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MSI Z97 Guard-Pro Review: Entry Level Z97 at $110

December 30, 2016

Next in our recent run of lower cost motherboards is the MSI Z97 Guard-Pro, a motherboard that MSI billed to me as one suited for the overclockable Pentium G3258 on a budget. At $110, we see if it differs much from the more expensive options on the market. MSI Z97 Guard-Pro Overview Having had the […]

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

December 30, 2016

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 separately. The other, less used alternative is for the mainstream end-user motherboard business units to develop their own and sell directly to end-users building their own […]

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ASUS Announces Rampage IV Black Edition, Coming 11/19

December 30, 2016

The extreme end of Intel’s performance platform is a relatively small end-user market, but despite this we had requests back at Sandy Bridge-E launch to test a good number of X79 motherboards due to the large and differing array of available features on offer.  Our best of the bunch was the ASUS Rampage IV Extreme, […]

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Computex 2014: ASRock to release Z97M and Z97 Anniversary for Pentium-AE

December 30, 2016

With the new overclockable Pentium processor soon coming to market, named as Pentium-AE and listed under the title ‘Pentium G3258’, it offers an opportunity for some low cost overclocking and perhaps a nice gaming system or two.  In light of the low cost nature, it would perhaps make sense if motherboard manufacturers brought out new […]

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ECS Announces Z97-PK: A Motherboard with ‘One Key OC’ 4.7 GHz for Pentium G3258

December 30, 2016

With the launch of the overclockable Pentium G3258 processor, some motherboard manufacturers have been scrambling to get a cheaper product to market to be the centre point of a Pentium based build. We covered ASRock’s Z97 Anniversary launch and have an upcoming review of an $110 MSI motherboard aimed at the same market, but today […]

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