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Asus Maximus VIII Hero, Z170, Skylakes Hero!
     Mon, Aug 31 2015 | 12:13P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Asus Z107 Hero VIII was the initial launch board we received to review the Intel Core i7 6700 and we would like to thank our partners at Asus for the Hero VIII and their support during the Skylake 6700K Launch. Without their guidance and timely updates Skylake might have been SkyPuddle but they came through like gangbusters. The Asus Hero VIII is one of the first ROG boards ready for SkyLake and considering the timeframe Asus had to work with they put out an impressive board. Most noticeably the Asus Maximus Hero VIII doesn’t support the same color scheme we’ve seen on other Maximus ROG boards. It has a few hints of Red a little chrome flash and compared to previous generations of Maximus boards is rather muted. The Hero VIII will support a pair of Video cards, supports USB 3.1. an M.2 drive and is feature rich enough that we can tell Asus is aiming the Hero at mid-level to enthusiast end users.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

ASUS Z170 Maximus VIII Hero (LGA 1151) Motherboard Review
     Mon, Aug 31 2015 | 12:13P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Z170 chipset and Skylake CPU’s have been around for just over a week now and we have seen pretty much everything that each manufacturer has to offer. We now know that the huge connectivity options presented by the Z170 chipset that some manufacturers have included not one, but two, sometimes even three M.2 slots and multiple USB 3.0 ports. Along with those, you also have USB 3.1 Type A and Type C as standard on the vast majority of the Z170 series boards.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H-BK (LGA 1150) “Black Edition” Motherboard Review
     Sun, Aug 30 2015 | 9:01A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gigabyte have given their Ultra Durable series a bit of a revamp for Z97 offering their boards up in Black Edition flavours. Whilst the implications of the Black Edition are fairly obviously, it is an overwhelmingly black-coloured motherboard, it also implies a new standard of durability. Gigabyte test all Black Edition series motherboards for an impressive 168 hours using server grade durability tests to ensure high reliability and stability. As if that wasn’t enough Gigabyte also go to town on offering a hefty 5 year warranty and use some of the highest quality components including their “DuraBlack” solid capacitors and their dual layer copper PCB. However, the Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H-BK isn’t just about reliability, this motherboard has bucket loads of features too. Among them this motherboard has dual Gigabit LAN, one provided by Intel and the other by Killer, it has extra SATA III ports, extra USB 3.0 ports, SATA Express and M.2, support for 3-Way CrossFire, a dual UEFI BIOS, high quality ALC1150 Realtek audio, voltage measurement points, onboard buttons and a hefty 12 phase CPU VRM. On paper the Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H-BK is a fantastic high-end board so let’s get on with our review and see how it shapes up in testing.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

ASUS Z170-DELUXE (Intel LGA-1151)
     Fri, Aug 28 2015 | 5:21P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We've seen a GAMING board, but what about those of us who want the best while making use of all the features provided by a platform? With support for NMVe devices right in the box, the ASUS Z170-DELUXE hits the ground running. Mixed with great audio and one of the most extensive BIOSes ever, the ASUS Z170-DELUXE is exactly that - deluxe.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Gigabyte Z170XP-SLI Motherboard Review
     Fri, Aug 28 2015 | 5:20P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gigabyte’s Z170XP-SLI is aiming to tempt users looking for a motherboard that offers the Z170 platform’s core features, but without requiring a significant cash outlay. In the Z170XP-SLI, Gigabyte offers one of the lowest cost boards to support SLI, while also retaining features such as USB 3.1, USB Type-C, and a 32Gbps M.2 connector.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Gigabyte Z97MX-Gaming 5 (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review
     Fri, Aug 28 2015 | 9:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While mini-ITX is the “fashionable” small form factor of choice for most compact system builders, the micro-ATX form factor is still popular as it offers a better compromise between size, features and cost. Unlike mini-ITX motherboards micro-ATX motherboards require less R&D, encounter less technical challenges and are much cheaper to execute as a result. Enter Gigabyte’s latest Intel 9 Series based motherboard, the GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5. At just $130 this motherboard offers a great balance between size, performance and features – at least on paper. Today we will be putting this micro-ATX offering from Gigabyte through its paces to see how it shapes up in practice. As a Gaming series motherboard it comes with the usual beefed up audio implementation and Killer networking as well as support for multiple GPUs meaning it has most things a gamer could want in a motherboard. Being an Intel 9 Series motherboard there’s also support for the new storage options like M.2 and SATA Express. Below you can find detailed specifications on exactly what this motherboard offers:
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 ATX Motherboard Review
     Thu, Aug 27 2015 | 4:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel recently began releasing their latest CPU, which includes a change in the socket to 1151, while there isn’t a huge performance boost over the previous generation of Intel processors, the new Skylake processor does bring some new features. Gigabyte recently sent us one of their new motherboards based on the Z170 chipset; the Z170X-UD5. This is just one of Gigabyte’s twelve motherboards featuring the socket 1151; and their highest end motherboard in their Ultra Durable line. The Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 motherboard is available today for $189.99 with free shipping.
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

 
Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming G1
     Thu, Aug 27 2015 | 4:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It seldom happens that you come across a motherboard that covers every feature on your Motherboard Bucket list but Gigabyte has successfully fielded the GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming G1 their flagship Z170 Skylake LGA 1151 board which comes close. Opening the box and just glancing at the board sent a surge of blood through our gaming veins. Starting with a glance at the Creative® Sound Core 3D chip and it’s 2 x JRC NJM2114 and 1 x TI Burr Brown® OPA2134 operational amplifiers we knew we were looking at a special board. Sound Core 3D is a multi-processor Audio and voice system that accelerates SBX Pro Studio and CrystalVoice processing effects improving your gaming experience with crystal clear sound and voice .......
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

ASUS Z97I-PLUS (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review
     Thu, Aug 27 2015 | 4:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Since the popularisation of mini-ITX motherboards a few years ago (if I remember correctly they took off with the Intel 6 series chipset) the price of mini-ITX motherboards has been falling sharply. However, combined with that falling price has also been rising quality, increasing innovation and more features – particularly with ASUS mini-ITX motherboards. Irrespective of which motherboard vendor you prefer it would be fair to say ASUS have driven a lot of the mini-ITX innovation over the past few years. Today we’re looking at the culmination of some of this innovation, but for a respectably low price of just $160. Enter the ASUS Z97I-PLUS which is one of the new ASUS Z97 motherboards that has ingenious ways of taking advantage of all the great features we’ve come to expect from a fully fledged PC. ASUS have managed to cram M.2 on the board by moving it underneath, they’ve added a WiFi AC and Bluetooth 4.0 module, equipped four SATA III ports, included fairly high quality ALC 892 audio and offered up the latest Intel Gigabit LAN. Despite the motherboard’s size you still get a fully fleshed out rear I/O and an impressive 6 phase VRM. On paper the ASUS Z97I-PLUS looks like a very impressive Z97 mini-ITX motherboard so let’s proceed on with our review to see what the product and its performance has in store for us!
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

EVGA Z170 FTW Motherboard Review: An Overclocking Gambit
     Wed, Aug 26 2015 | 12:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It is called a motherboard for its encompassing domesticity as a hub of function and like its biological counterpart, a motherboard is judged by her matronly efforts to maintain a stable environment and realize the potential of those she houses. This applies to motherboard expandability and is especially true now when it comes to overclocking that voltage regulation is handled …
  FULL STORY @ MODDERS

ASUS Maximus VIII Hero Preview
     Tue, Aug 25 2015 | 1:14P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the Maximus VIII Gene, ASUS shows their next generation ATX gaming and overclocking motherboard, which is based on Intel's latest Z170 chipset. Like it's predecessor this board wants to convince with a balanced feature mix, which pleases overclockers as well as gamers. At this point we're very curious to find out what ASUS has come up with regarding layout, design and obviously features.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

Gigabyte X99-SOC Champion & X99 Gaming 5P Haswell E Motherboards
     Tue, Aug 25 2015 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When it launched its initial line-up of Haswell-E based processors and the companion X99 chipset, Intel’s motherboard partners hit the ground running with some fairly exciting products. At the time of the launch, we featured a few offerings in our review—you can check them out right here. But, as is sometimes the case, the second wave of products based on a particular technology are sometimes more exotic and may offer features not found on the first release. Such is the case with the motherboards we’re going to show you here from Gigabyte. Although they’re based on the same chipset, the Gigabyte X99-SOC Champion and X99-Gaming 5P are actually quite different. One of the boards is a non-nonsense hot-rod of sorts, targeted at hardcore overclockers, while the other is loaded to the gills with features galore...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6+ Motherboard Review
     Mon, Aug 24 2015 | 4:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Exploiting the Skylake CPUs for their allure to gamers, ASRock’s Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6+ is a motherboard that targets the enthusiast gaming audience by offering a wide range of the bells and whistles they may desire. Can pumped-up audio, a Killer NIC, strong multi-GPU support, and high-speed storage interfaces persuade gamers who are willing to invest in the Skylake platform?
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

MSI Z170A GAMING M7 (Intel LGA-1151)
     Mon, Aug 24 2015 | 4:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Using the Game Boost option to overclock allows the enthusiast to use a dial an overclock feature in both hardware and software modes from the EZ Mode in the Click BIOS 5. There are options from 4.3GHz to 5GHz all by spinning the knob through seven different positions. We can officially say good bye to OC Genie and its limited scope, although it was solid and repeatable. If you would rather tweak in the OS to find your limits, MSI's Command Center lets you tweak away on the CPU with voltage, clock speed, and ratio adjustments. For the memory, you get a much more limited set of options, but you can tweak the timings and voltage for improved performance.”
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

ASRock USB 3.1: A Quick Hands-on Test
     Mon, Aug 24 2015 | 1:26P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We had a chance to take a look at ASRock’s USB 3.1 implementation with the company’s excellent X99E-ITX/ac motherboard and a custom USB 3.1 RAID testing card. How does ASRock’s 10Gbps USB 3.1 solution fare?
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

BIOSTAR N3150NH ITX Motherboard Review
     Mon, Aug 24 2015 | 1:09P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
By including the Celeron N3150 Braswell SoC from Intel, the BIOSTAR N3150NH board takes part of the low-end segment and we can clearly see that from the benchmarks we have ran, since the performance per core is quite low, the Celeron 3205U we have found with the Shuttle DS57U surpassing it with flying colors. The power consumption though is like one third of the mentioned Celeron and the temperatures are much lower too, the included passive heatsink remaining cool during even most stressful conditions.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

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