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USB 3.1 SuperSpeed+ tested with the ASUS Z97-A/USB
     Thu, Feb 26 2015 | 2:20P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We review USB 3.1 today alongside a RAID0 SSD based storage unit that is USB 3.1 compatible. With USB 3.0 performance is amazing at roughly 450 MB/s. With USB 3.1 we can reach speeds of an excess of 800 MB/s or even better over USB 3.1, and in this article we'll show you all the details involved, and some performance numbers as well of course.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

MSI Z97 Gaming 3 mainboard
     Thu, Feb 26 2015 | 2:19P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
HardwareOverclock.com has just posted another review. Last week we have taken a look at the MSI Z97 Gaming 3 mainboard. The Gaming 3 is the cheapest version in the MSI Gaming series. But what about the performance and features, is the 119,- Euro board enough for actually gaming systems`
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREOVERCLOCK

Intel NUC5i5RYK NUC Mini PC
     Thu, Feb 26 2015 | 2:19P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel's Broadwell has finally arrived in the ultra-small form factor PC, the Intel NUC5i5RYK. Today Steven gives us a full rundown on what it can do."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H Black Edition Review
     Thu, Feb 26 2015 | 2:16P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Z97X-UD5H Black Edition from Gigabyte appears to be a rather interesting Z97 based motherboard. At a first glance you get SATA-Express as well as an M.2 slot, which adds to storage flexibility. Nevertheless the most important feature you get with this product is the quality testing Gigabyte is doing in-house on all their Black Edition models. Every single board, which belongs to this product line receives 168 hours burn-in testing before it is packed and shipped.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

ASRock X99 OC Formula Review at HardwareHeaven
     Wed, Feb 25 2015 | 9:29A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
An enthusiast motherboard for an enthusiast platform. This is our ASRock X99 OC Formula Review."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

Gigabyte X99-UD4 Rev 1.0 motherboard Review
     Tue, Feb 24 2015 | 9:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gigabyte X99-UD4 Rev 1.0 is an ATX form-factor motherboard, but they managed cram in 4x DDR4 DIMM slots on both sides of the LGA 2011 V3 socket and 4x PCIe x16 slots along with 3x PCIe x1, dual M.2 connector, a USB 3.0 header and a lot of SATA III ports. It goes without saying that there might be some ‘hit-and-miss’ with the layout, but that largely depends on which expansion and connectivity options you’re giving a higher priority to.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREBBQ

ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer mATX Motherboard
     Tue, Feb 24 2015 | 9:02A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASRock is aiming to offer gamers an uncompromising set of features with its micro-ATX X99M Fatal1ty Killer motherboard. Doing so will require integration of the X99 chipset’s features and the plentiful PCIe connectivity of Haswell-E CPUs. How does ASRock’s gaming-series mATX offering stack up to the tough competition that is Gigabyte’s X99M-Gaming 5?
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

 
How To - X99 mATX Gaming Rig - Part 1 @ ocaholic
     Sat, Feb 21 2015 | 12:46P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we`re going to start with an article series which will show you how to build an mATX gaming rig. This rig will be perfectly suitable for LAN parties or for users who need lots of performance. This first article is going to give you a general overview and at later stages we`re going to dive into quite a few details."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CO.UK

USB 3.1 of course!
     Fri, Feb 20 2015 | 4:36P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Just over a week or so ago Allyn spent some time with the MSI X99A Gaming 9 ACK motherboard, a fact that might seem a little odd to our frequent readers. Why would our storage editor be focusing on a motherboard? USB 3.1 of course! When we visited MSI at CES in January they were the first company to show working USB 3.1 hardware and performance numbers that we were able duplicate in our testing when MSI sent us similar hardware. But ASUS is in this game as well, preparing its product lines with USB 3.1 support courtesy of the same ASMedia controller we looked at before. ASUS has a new revision of several motherboards planned with integrated on-board USB 3.1 but is also going to be releasing an add-in card with USB 3.1 support for existing systems. Today we are going to test that add-in card to measure ASUS' implementation of USB 3.1 and see how it stacks up to what MSI had to offer and what improvements and changes you can expect from USB 3.0.
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2 Review
     Thu, Feb 19 2015 | 1:13A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With their TUF series motherboards ASUS, have rather interesting products in their portfolio. Next to their unique design, these boards feature good cooling with the thermal shield and apart from that there is a decent power design as well as an overall high quality. All of this even comes at an interesting price point which sounds like a compelling offer, doesn't it?
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

ASRock X99 Extreme6 Review
     Wed, Feb 18 2015 | 12:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the X99 Extreme6, ASRock has yet another X99 motherboard in their portfolio. This particular model comes with a reasonable feature mix and also the price is well chosen, so it's an affordable high-end product. For us this is reason enough to have a close look at this motherboard and to find out what it can do.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

News: Asus Crossblade Ranger motherboard reviewed
     Mon, Feb 16 2015 | 3:39P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Asus` Crossblade Ranger is a tweaker-friendly, top-of-the-line motherboard for AMD`s Socket FM2+ processors. We kicked the tires and turned up the clocks to see whether the Ranger lives up to its top billing."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

MSI X99S MPower Board Review
     Sun, Feb 15 2015 | 9:02A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The X99 platform has introduced many great features and new levels of performance for overclockers and professionals. The MPower series of boards are at the top of the enthusiast market, designed for serious overclocking beyond what standard liquid cooling can handle. Let’s take a closer look and touch on some of these features that allows this board to withstand extreme overclocks and be a platform for the hardcore types out there.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Biostar Gaming Z97X Motherboard
     Thu, Feb 12 2015 | 1:28P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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BIOSTAR has launched the latest high-end gaming board, the Gaming Z97X, a board with the new Gaming Commander Box accessory as well as cutting-edge features like USB 3.1 on-board and innovative durability enhancements.

The Gaming Z97X ushers in a brand new series of gaming hardware from BIOSTAR, the first complete gaming motherboard designed by BIOSTAR. This is something new from BIOSTAR, because it's not just a regular gaming motherboard that satisfies a typical gamers' needs by just merely offering top of the line hardware, rather it is designed from the ground up to be cool looking and high performing. Let's talk about what makes the BIOSTAR "Gaming Z97X" so special.

The Gaming Z97X is an ATX form factor board that features Intel socket 1150 support and is based on the Intel Z97 chipset, coming with key features such as USB 3.1, three PCI Express 3.0x16 slots, PCIe M.2 support, Dual GbE LAN and BIOSTAR exclusive Super Hi-Fi Audio technology and support for DisplayPort. Two on-board HDMI supports 4K and 2K resolutions. There is also the introduction of the SATA Express Connector which supports both SATA and PCIe storage solutions giving maximum data transfer speed of up to 10Gb/s.

This board also heralds the launch of the BIOSTAR external Gaming Commander box. It fits in a standard 5.5" (CD-ROM) area; it is also comprised of software with voice control center exclusively designed by BIOSTAR. The external box features an independent USB DAC, dedicated MIC_IN and Line-out jacks, buttons for volume adjustments, a diagnose LED for CPU/ DDR/ VGA temperature indicators, and exclusive XLouder button for quick MIC boost. The Gaming Commander software is a user friendly interface with equalizer functions which allows users to make their own voice effects while enjoying games.

As mentioned before, it should be noted that the Gaming Z97X is the first motherboard that comes with an onboard USB 3.1 connector, a new standard known as SuperSpeed +. The new standard doubles data transfer rate from 5Gbps to 10Gbps, and it's backward compatible with existing USB3.0 connectors and all the USB 2.0 devices.

The On-board PCIe M.2 slot, available for higher performance SSD; and SATA Express ports that supports both SATA and PCIe storage solutions to maximum data transfer speed up to 10Gb/s. Both features can upgrade your system performance in terms of data access and storage.

Most of the features we’ve just talked about are related to system hardware performance, now let's look at the audio performance. The Gaming Z97X adopts BIOSTAR’s exclusive Hi-Fi 3D technology, it enables high definition multidimensional sound and gamers also get extremely high quality sound with an additional amplifier on-board. With the Gaming Commander BOX, you can freely use either sound chips from motherboard or the BOX in different scenarios to get the maximum sound performance.

One thing no gamer can stand is a sudden internet disconnection, so BIOSTAR has prepared two LAN connectors, with the most popular Killer LAN and Intel LAN chips. With Dual GbE LAN, the primary advantage is doubling bandwidth from 1G to 2G, and with two high-speed gigabit networks plus zero packet delay that provides super high data transmission efficiency. Another major advantage is "Load Balancing", it allows a gamer to attach both network adapters to a single network. It will therefore support the aggregation "teaming" function by merging the two connections to support multiple aggregation modes. In addition, two Gigabit Ethernet lightning protection circuits reduce the probability of damage from lightning or other power surge, so if one connection is disabled the other connection will automatically kick in.

We've talked about high-end hardware specs, the high quality sound and the high speed LAN connection, what about product stability? BIOSTAR has that covered. Around the CPU area, there is a 12 phase power design to prevent the CPU from overheating; BIOSTAR’s exclusive super-durable ferrite chokes and solid capacitors also enhance energy efficiency and extend the motherboard’s lifespan. An Anti-Surge and ESD design also provides the best protection and reduces the shocks caused by ESD as well as other damages arising from overvoltage transients thus enhancing system stability and durability.

The Gaming Z97X will come with super durable box headers providing solid, secure and durable connections between the motherboard and peripheral cables. When running such high-end machinery sometimes such tight tolerances call for some expert debugging of overclocked or highly stressed systems. For that, there will be Super Rapid Debug 3 which gives out critical POST code information on a vivid digital LED display. This greatly helps trouble shooting of a system.

And of course, it all looks cool and sharp with the armor design; there are a lot more great features like the LN2 switch, T-Overclocking software & an onboard XMP button for easy CPU and memory overclocking, and dual HDMI ports that support true 4k/2k HD video. We hope you can experience it yourself.

  FULL STORY @ BIOSTAR

ASUS Rampage V Extreme Review
     Wed, Feb 11 2015 | 12:46P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When it came to overclocking, I am now convinced that my Core i7 5960X is a 4.6GHz stable chip using roughly 1.32V to 1.33V. For long term stability, that`s it, even with the abilities of this board to tweak down to the finest detail it will not go any higher except when running benchmarks. For that, it will go up to 4.95GHz when the test is easy enough to pass. Bumping up the performance of your system can be done in a couple ways on this board, but it is built for manual tweaking. One trip through the UEFI BIOS gives you that impression. Tweaking memory is going to be a strong suite of this board. Looking through the memory options on the board allows you to choose preset configurations that ASUS has spent the time to ensure were stable with the proper memory ICs. If you do not know what you have because memory ICs can change from one run to the next of high performance the IC analyzer helps you identify what type of memory IC you have on your modules be it Hynix, Samsung, or Micron. In all, a pretty cool tool.?"
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

Supermicro X10DAX (Intel C612) Workstation Motherboard Review
     Sun, Feb 08 2015 | 4:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Supermicro's X10DAX motherboard supports plenty of goodies including NVIDIA GeForce GPUs in SLI, loads of DDR4 memory and Hyper-Speed (overclocking)."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

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