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ASUS Z97 Maximus VII Hero Motherboard Review
     Tue, Jun 24 2014 | 4:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Today, we are looking at the ASUS Z97 Maximus VII Hero. This motherboard is the evolution of the previous Maximus Hero line, which was originally developed for the more budget conscious consumer during the Z87 chipset launch. With on-going success, ASUS continues to bring the Maximus Hero line, which is now feature packed and is available for any board within its price point. Let’s put the ASUS Z97 Maximus VII Hero to the test to see if it can meet the great performance that ASUS is known for.”

Gigabyte Z97X-SOC Force Review @ ocaholic
     Sun, Jun 22 2014 | 4:40P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
One of the most interestinge boards, which is based on Intels latest Z97 chipset - again - comes from Gigabyte and is called Z97X-SOC Force. At a very attractive price point you get no less than four full-size PCI-Express slots as well as a lot of features like Gigabyte OC-Touch buttons and voltage read-out points. It will be very interesting to take a closer looks at this particular model."

GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC Force Motherboard Review
     Sat, Jun 21 2014 | 4:40P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Z97X-SOC Force is a well designed board, featuring almost anything an enthusiast or professional overclocker would desire in an overclocking motherboard. GIGABYTE improved upon their previous generation design, including additional DIMM slot and overclocking-related controls. One of the more innovative features is the CMOS battery reset button, giving the user the ability to reset the CMOS board memory without removing the physical CMOS battery. The board is lean on extra SATA and USB ports, but has plenty to appeal to the overclocking crowd it is targeted at, as well as gamers and enthusiasts alike."

MSI Z97 Gaming 7 Review
     Sat, Jun 21 2014 | 10:06A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI`s Z97 Gaming 7 is a full-featured motherboard targeted at the computer gamer, as the name suggests, and is built with the features that matter most to the target market. As a high performance motherboard, it is fully capable of maxing out your installed hardware, especially when you take the time to tune it specifically for your combination of parts. As far as overclocking was concerned, my best performing Core i7 4770K is a Prime-stable 4.66GHz chip no mater what. Every once in a blue moon, it chooses to run at 4.7GHz, but for the most part 4.6GHz is where it`s at. The Gaming 7 was easily able to get my chip to that level without much in the way of trouble. Setting up my memory was as simple as applying the XMP profile. Sure the sub timings can be tweaked and tuned to get a bit better performance from the memory, but for the most part you will not see it in benchmarks."

MSI Z97 XPOWER AC Motherboard Review @HiTech Legion
     Fri, Jun 20 2014 | 4:55P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The usability and aesthetics of the board are absolutely wonderful. First, you have the stunning black and yellow color scheme with the low profile, yet nicely designed, XPOWER heatsinks covering the key points of the board."

Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 7 Motherboard Review
     Thu, Jun 19 2014 | 4:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Continuing our recent focus on gaming motherboards, we have the Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 7 in for review. Hitting retail with an aggressive sub-£140 price tag, Gigabyte is aiming to lure in potential buyers with the Gaming 7 motherboard’s gaming-orientated features, striking colour scheme, and four-year warranty.

ECS L337 GANK Drone Z87H3-A3X Review
     Tue, Jun 17 2014 | 4:26P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ECS L337 GANK DRONE Z87H3-A3X was a breeze to overclock. Literally setting the CPU multiplier to 45, setting the CPU and RING voltage, and using the XMP profile for the memory was all that was needed for 4500MHz! The launch BIOS is also the only BIOS available and seems to be perfectly stable. In all of the testing there were no stability issues from the motherboard, the only issue I had was using too low of voltage for this CPU (obviously the ECS motherboard was not at fault here). The eOC program had almost no real features for this motherboard. It would be nice to see a little more features in the BIOS such as profiles and screenshots to aid in overclocking. The limiting factor in overclocking here was definitely the CPU and I feel like the Z87H3-A3X could have gone further. At stock, the motherboard put the CPU in Turbo Mode at 3600 MHz consistently."

Intel Z97 Motherboard Roundup with ASUS Biostar Gigabyte and MSI @ Legit Reviews
     Tue, Jun 17 2014 | 10:06A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are going to take a look at a handful of different motherboards from four different manufacturers. Each of the four motherboards is based on the Intel Z97 chipset with some of the latest and greatest bells and whistles. We have the GIGABYTE Z97X-UD5H, BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z97WE, ASUS Z97-Pro Wi-Fi ac, and last but by no means least is the MSI Z97 Gaming 7..."

GIGABYTE Z97X-Gaming 7 Review @ Vortez
     Mon, Jun 16 2014 | 4:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Z97X-Gaming 7 sits within the well-regarded G1 gaming line. This motherboard upholds many of the features and characteristics from the Gaming G1 motherboard but doesn’t end up costing the earth.

ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1 Review @ ocaholic
     Mon, Jun 16 2014 | 10:04A | 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?"

ASUS Z97-A Preview @ ocaholic
     Sun, Jun 15 2014 | 4:40P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Z97-A from ASUS belongs to the manufacturer`s Classic-Series which makes it feature a black PCB and champagne-colored heatsinks. This board certainly offers more than just a pretty color scheme like for instance great versatility regarding storage connectors. Also the price of this motherboard is quite interesting."

MSI Z97I Gaming AC Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Sun, Jun 15 2014 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The mini-ITX form factor has really exploded over the past year and both motherboard manufacturers and case makers have really caught up. Building a mini-ITX system means that it is going to be small and that you are going to be able to easily take it with you to LAN parties. Because of this we have seen many mini-ITX gaming motherboards. With Intels release of the 9-Series chipset of course we expected to see new mini-ITX motherboards and today we are taking a look at our first. The MSI Z97I Gaming AC gives you the full power of the Z97 chipset, a single PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot for your high-end graphics card, KillerNIC Gigabit Ethernet, Audio Boost 2 technology, 802.11ac WiFi, USB 3.0 and even four SATA 6GB/s ports. Did I mention that this board only measures 6.7-inches x 6.7-inches! Lets take a look..."

MSI Z97 Gaming 5 @ LanOC Reviews
     Sat, Jun 14 2014 | 4:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Typically, Intel keeps their chipset launches timed with new CPUs but todays (official) launch of the Z997 chipset does not come with shiny new silicon from Intel. There are rumors of launch days for a Haswell refresh but as of now, there isn’t anything official. Even without new CPUs we can still take a look at the latest in motherboards. To start things off, today I will be taking a look at MSI’s Z97 Gaming 5. With their new naming scheme we can tell right away that this is a gaming motherboard (of course) and the 5 is their entry level full ATX board with a 7 and a 9 that will round out the line. I’m excited to see what has changed and what remained the same!

ASUS Z97I PLUS Mini-ITX (Intel Z97) Motherboard Review
     Sat, Jun 14 2014 | 9:52A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today Shawn gets to share his love for the Mini-ITX platform on the new Intel Z97 chipset via the shiny, new ASUS Z97I PLUS motherboard. Let`s go!"

Z97 & Z87 Motherboard Charts: 34 Models tested - Update MSI Z97M Gaming @ ocaholic
     Sat, Jun 14 2014 | 7:45A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In our comparison tables, meanwhile you find benchmark values regarding 34 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. "

ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1 Motherboard Review
     Fri, Jun 13 2014 | 4:26P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As with board`s from its other lines, ASUS used the Intel Z97 chipset launch as an opportunity to tweak and further perfect their Sabertooth board design, culminating in the Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1. They kept to the TUF series` aesthetics and signature Thermal Armor, giving the board a militaristic look that appeals to a vast number of gamers world-wide. Their design tweaking did not stop with the armor airflow and back plate enhancements, but included refinement of the VRM digital circuitry. The included power chokes are alloy based and covered by a heat dissipating metal outer layer, aiding in optimal heat dispersal and cooler running under all conditions. ASUS also included their updated audio design with separated audio PCB and enhanced left and right channel amplifiers for crisp sound reproduction."

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