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Intel Core i7 5960X “Haswell-E” Processor Review Featuring The Gigabyte X99 Gami
     Tue, Jan 20 2015 | 12:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Intel Core i7 5960X, codename Haswell-E, is probably 2014's worst kept secret. As I am writing this review the full specifications, pricing and pictures of just about every X99 board in existence have already been made public and the NDA is still a few days off. Product launches like this make me wonder what purpose NDAs even serve when they appear to not be worth the paper they are written on. Anyway, politics aside, today we can present your our Intel Core i7 5960X review – at least pretend to be surprised! Intel’s High End Desktop Platform is about to get its first core upgrade since the transition from X48 to X58 when Intel made the leap from 4 to 6 cores, that occurred in 2010. Nearly 4 years later and Intel’s HEDT is making the shift from 6 cores to 8 cores with Haswell-E. What’s special about Haswell-E apart from the increased core count? Well the X99 platform Haswell-E brings support for DDR4, SATA Express and M.2 (just like Z97 offers), up to 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes and of course 8 core CPUs. If you’re in the market for an upgrade this certainly isn’t going to be cheap, new memory, new storage drives, a new CPU, probably a new power supply…..but I digress. Let’s dive straight into the goodness of the Core i7 5960X. Today we are chucking it on a brand new test system, powered by Gigabyte’s X99 Gaming 5 X99 motherboard and 32GB of Crucial’s fresh-off-the-production line DDR4-2133.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Asus Maximus VII Impact (Z97) mITX Motherboard Review
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 7:28P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
n the computing world, bigger is usually better. But that doesn’t stop us trying to squeeze the same performance out of something that is physically smaller in size. ‘Why?’ you ask. Well, perhaps desk space is at a premium or maybe you simply never plan to use multiple graphics cards with a kilowatt power supply and an array of HDDs. If that’s the case, there’s a considerable space saving to be had by opting for a Mini-ITX system.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

ASUS X99-A
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 6:54P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Drive performance on this board is well covered with both SATA Express and M.2x4 support as well as your standard compliment of SATA 6Gbps ports. This gives you the ability to not only use standard SATA drives, but move up the level of drive performance you can take advantage of, should you choose to use them. Overall, there is not a whole lot I can say negative about this board. It's a solid addition to the product stack, and a great entry point if you are looking to move up to Intels Extreme series socket 2011-v3 platform. At $254, it not going to break the bank. For that price point, you get a good looking, quality board that delivers all that it you expect.”
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

MSI Z97S SLI Plus LGA 1150 Motherboard Review
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 4:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI once again brings us a solid, stable, and reliable motherboard with some great overclocking and positions it in the multi-GPU category. Usually when we see marketing moves like this we think of $200, $300, or even $400 motherboards. This MSI platform rings in at the $138 mark, which spikes this motherboard in the value category as well.
  FULL STORY @ HARDOCP

GIGABYTE GA-Z97X Gaming GT LGA1150 ATX
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 12:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"We’ve received their latest G1 Gaming motherboard, the GIGABYTE GA-Z97X Gaming GT, which follows the same feature rich design as the previous G1 series, but is now clad in the new red and black styling. We took a detailed look at this new board to see if it measures up to the legacy left by their previous products."
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS

Asus Crossblade Ranger
     Sun, Jan 18 2015 | 4:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So last week I took a look at Asus’s AM3+ board, today I have the chance to take a look at a more recent AMD based ROG board called the Crossblade Ranger. Asus launched the Crossblade Ranger not to long ago and as you can tell from the lack of any numbers in the name this is their first Republic of Gamers FM2+ board. Why did they take so long to bring one out? Frankly the FM2+ platform was always designed to be more of a mainstream platform but that didn’t stop some people from using them for gaming. Asus noticed there was interest in a gaming focused board and here we are. Today I’m going to dive into the Crossblade Ranger and see what kind of features Asus packed in then after that I will get it on the testbench and make sure it performs like it should as well.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

ASRock Z97 Extreme6 Intel LGA1150 Motherboard Review
     Sun, Jan 18 2015 | 12:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today, a very special review of the ASRock Z97 Extreme6 motherboard is published here at OCinside.de, which brings tears of joy to the eyes of enthusiasts. The motherboard is based on the Z97 chipset, which already has many features and ASRock has perfected these features again at this new Z97 flagship. The ASRock Z97 Extreme6 offers e.g. a HDD saver function, an Ultra M.2 slot with up to 32 GB/s, a M.2 with 6 GB/s, a mini PCIe slot, SATA Express port, purity sound 2 with DTS connect, digital sound output by an optical S/PDIF output, TPM, additionally five PCIe slots, up to ten USB3.0 ports, ten SATA3 ports, eSATA3, DisplayPort, DVI-I, HDMI, two Gigabit LAN ports and many other innovative features, we will explain in detail in this LGA1150 mainboard review.
  FULL STORY @ OCINSIDE

 
ASRock Q1900M Mainboard with Intel J1900 Celeron Processor Review
     Sun, Jan 18 2015 | 12:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today, we test another awesome power saving motherboard in the low-budget price segment here at OCinside.de, which could find a place in a small media player PC, NAS or office PC. Let us see how fast the approx. 60 EUR inexpensive ASRock Q1900M Bay Trail-D Micro-ATX motherboard with integrated Intel Celeron J1900 APU is and if it is as good as an AMD Socket AM1 Kabini or some other PC systems.
  FULL STORY @ OCINSIDE

ASRock AM1H-ITX Socket AM1 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review
     Sat, Jan 17 2015 | 12:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Not for overclockers, but instead a great choice to save power with high standards, this is how you could shortly describe the latest OCinside.de review of the current AMD Socket AM1 Mini-ITX motherboard. The ASRock AM1H-ITX motherboard has one PCI Express slot, two DDR3-1600 slots, four SATA3 ports, Gigabit LAN, 7.1 sound with optical S/PDIF output, and graphics output via D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI, or DisplayPort 1.2 and offers even 4K resolution. The power connection is optimally solved, because the ASRock AM1H-ITX can be either connected over a traditional ATX power supply to the internal 24-pin ATX power connector or with an external 19V power supply to the I/O panel 19 volt power connector. We have tested this ASRock AM1H-ITX Socket AM1 motherboard with an AMD Athlon 5350 Kabini APU and compare the benchmark results and the power consumption with many other systems.
  FULL STORY @ OCINSIDE

Gigabyte X99 UD4 (LGA 2011-3) Motherboard Review
     Sat, Jan 17 2015 | 9:01A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A short while ago we took Gigabyte’s X99 Gaming 5 motherboard to our test bench for a review. As the name suggests that particular motherboard was targeted at Gamers with its feature set and styling. Today we have with us a motherboard targeted at a broader X99 user-base than Gamers. The Gigabyte X99 UD4 is Gigabyte’s most affordable X99 offering but still retains all of the high performance features of the X99 platform. At a fundamental level this board is very similar to the X99 Gaming 5 except the styling uses a different colour scheme, the audio has fewer features and uses a different codec and the Gigabit LAN is now Intel instead of Killer. Overclocking capabilities and features are similar – both boards feature high quality 6 phase designs with International Rectifier PWM controls and there are no onboard buttons or any read-off points. Overclocking buttons and features are reserved for higher end SKUs like the X99 SOC-FORCE. This board still boasts support for up to 8 DDR4 modules, 4-Way GPU configurations, up to 10 SATA III devices or 8 SATA III devices and a SATA Express device and there’s even dual M.2 ports for more storage and optional WiFi/Bluetooth combo cards. The Gigabyte X99 UD4 will undoubtedly be a popular motherboard for Gigabyte just like how their X79-UD5 model was in the last generation. Let’s now take a detailed look at this motherboard’s specifications:
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Gigabyte X99-UD4 Motherboard Review
     Sat, Jan 17 2015 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While the Haswell-E CPUs and X99-based motherboards of Intel’s newest HEDT platform put a considerable dent in the pocket of any enthusiast, there are ways to lighten the cost burden. We recently reviewed the six-core 5820K and found it to be an excellent choice for users who value compute performance and want Haswell-E at the lowest possible cost. Another way to achieve an aggressive budget target is to buy a low cost X99 motherboard. That’s where Gigabyte’s X99-UD4 fits in. Do the features and performance make the sub-£170 board an interesting value option?
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

ECS LIVA X 64GB Mini PC Kit Review
     Fri, Jan 16 2015 | 2:37P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Over half a year ago ECS ELITEGROUP introduced the LIVA Mini PC Kit, which was marketed at the time as being the world’s smallest Windows based mini PC kit. Last week at CES 2015 ECS released the second generation of the LIVA family, the LIVA X. The ECS LIVA X will be also be available with 2GB or 4GB of 1333MHz DDR3L memory and 32GB or 64GB of eMMC memory. The big change with regards to storage on the LIVA X is that there is now a mSATA slot for SSDs and that means you can finally install Windows 7 on a LIVA PC! That is very big news as the LIVA X is finally a full fledged Mini PC that supports more than just Windows 8 and Windows 8.1! Read on to see this this tiny system that is the size of a soda can is right for you.
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Z97 & Z87 Motherboard Charts: 45 Models tested
     Fri, Jan 16 2015 | 2:35P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In our comparison tables, meanwhile you find benchmark values regarding 45 recent Z97 and Z87 motherboards. Furthermore we do not comment the benchmark values. The idea and also the goal is to present to you a market overview which helps you choose the right motherboard.
  FULL STORY @ MODULES

GIGABYTE X99 UD5 WIFI (Intel X99) Motherboard Review
     Fri, Jan 16 2015 | 9:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
QUOTE:"The fun doesn't stop! Today we move onto our first X99 motherboard from GIGABYTE. Let's see what the X99 UD5 WIFI can do under our full range of tests."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

ASUS Rampage V Extreme Motherboard Review
     Wed, Jan 14 2015 | 7:47P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ASUS Republic of Gamers product line is arguably one of the best product stacks out there for gamers today. Everything ASUS puts into the ROG line-up is among the best they have to offer, today the ASUS Rampage V Extreme is sitting on the Legit Reviews test bench waiting to be fired up! The ASUS Rampage V Extreme is the top dog of the Intel X99 product stack and has a ton going for it. Read on to find out how it performed.
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

MSI X99S GAMING 9 AC Review
     Tue, Jan 13 2015 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After so much speculation we can today reveal Intel's X99 chipset, more specifically, the X99S Gaming 9 AC motherboard from MSI. MSI are widely regarded as one of the most overclocking friendly manufacturers and so our review will focus heavily on this area. While the Gaming 9 is not the flagship motherboard or even the flagship 'series' (this tag goes to the XPower range - soon to be reviewed by us), a motherboard's prowess is quite often judged not just by the abundance of features but by its ability to take your components to the edge without falling over in a smouldering mound of silicon and plastic.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

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