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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 …

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.

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...

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?

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.”

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?

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.

GIGABYTE Launches New 100 Series Motherboards
     Sun, Aug 23 2015 | 12:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards is proud to announce today its new 100 series motherboards based on the Intel® Z170 chipset with support for Intel’s new 6th Gen. Core™ processor. This updated platform marks a new era for the desktop PC with the continued support of DDR4, introduction of USB 3.1 over the new Type-C™ connector, as well as an array of onboard features and technologies that lets the user unleash the full power of their PC. "We are very excited to launch our new 100 series motherboards based on Intel’s new Z170 chipset here at Gamescom in Germany, ” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “We know everyone has been eagerly waiting for this, so we made sure our 100 series motherboards are packed with features which will make them stand out and provide the best possible experience from the latest 6th Gen. Core™ CPU from Intel.”

With the 100 series, GIGABYTE offers three motherboard segments to satisfy everyone’s specific needs. The Ultra Durable caters to users looking for a board that has long lasting, high quality components while the G1 Gaming™ targets gamers that demand cutting edge audio and graphics performance, and with the SOC Force GIGABYTE is bringing a solution for those who are looking to push their hardware performance off the charts. GIGABYTE brings a series of features that won’t let anyone down.

With its new 6th Gen. Core™ CPUs and Z170 chipset, Intel provides notable improvements over the previous generation and revolutionary new features such as support for Windows 10™ and DirectX™ 12, the latest and greatest operating system and API from Microsoft® which are both supported natively on GIGABYTE motherboards. Additionally, the new LGA 1151 socketed 14nm CPU from Intel brings both DDR4 and DDR3 support as well as enough power to support up to 3 independent digital displays and enhanced full range BCLK overclocking!

The Intel USB 3.1 controller, the industry’s fastest USB controller, utilizes 4 PCIe Gen.3 lanes to offer a total bandwidth of 32 Gb/s, for uncompromised transfer speed of up to 10 Gb/s.With twice the bandwidth compared to its previous generation and backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 as well as 3.0, selected 100 series boards provide dual connectivity via USB Standard-A™ and the innovative USB Type-C™ making GIGABYTE the best USB 3.1 solution on the market with better compatibility over a wider range of devices.

GIGABYTE’s Z170-Gaming G1 motherboards feature a quad-core Creative® Sound Core3D™ audio processor with Burr-Brown High-End 127 dB DAC. The discrete card level audio design featured onboard is certified for headphone jack output exceeding 120 dB+ SNR lifelike sound.

“Our ongoing close partnership with GIGABYTE Technology has been something that we’ve always been extremely proud of, and with the launch of the all new G1 Gaming Motherboard, you can see why,” said Low Long Chye, General Manager of Audio at Creative Technology Pte. Ltd, creators of the Sound Blaster™. “The groundbreaking G1 Gaming Motherboard, together with the Sound Blaster ZxRi onboard sound card, and its Sound Core3D multi-core sound and voice processor, is a masterstroke of audio engineering technology.”



Combined with the SBX Pro Studio™ suite of audio playback technologies, the onboard sound solution delivers a new level of audio immersion with realistic surround sound and the ability to clearly hear specific sounds in a gaming environment.

With the Z170X-Gaming G1 motherboard, GIGABYTE introduces a combination of Hi-Fi grade WIMA™ Capacitors, and Nichicon™ audio grade Fine Gold capacitors. The Nichicon Fine Gold capacitors and WIMA FKP2 capacitors are used widely in premium-grade Hi-Fi systems. Users will experience a richer bass and clearer high frequencies.

GIGABYTE’S Killer network solution is featured on selected GIGABYTE Z170 high-end motherboards. Combining the Dual Gigabit LAN Killer E2400 with the Killer 1535 Wi-Fi card offering the latest 802.11ac+Bluetooth 4.1, the Killer DoubleShot-X3™ Pro application can prioritize and redirect the most important traffic over the fastest connection available, making sure that your game is never affected by a congested network due to multitasking. By working together, the triple LAN solution offers better traffic management, faster transfer speed, and less lag to multitasking users.

Seen first on its 100 series motherboards, GIGABYTE presents a new innovation in its Ultra Durable technologies lineup with the PCIe One Piece Metal Shield. Add-in cards can be extremely heavy, especially long graphics cards, and removing them can put a lot of stress on the connector. The innovative one-piece stainless steel shielding design from GIGABYTE reinforces the PCIe connectors to provide the extra strength required to support heavy graphics cards.

For more details regarding GIGABYTE 100 series gaming motherboards.

For more details regarding GIGABYTE 100 series motherboards.


MSI Z170A GAMING M7 (LGA 1151) Motherboard Review
     Sun, Aug 23 2015 | 9:02A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Intel Z170 chipset has landed, and with it comes the launch of the Intel Skylake processors in the form of the i5-6600K and i7-6700K. The Z170 chipset has been upgraded in almost every way. The RAM has been changed from DDR3(L) to DDR4, which brings with it exceptionally high speeds and transfer rates compared to DDR3. Along with this, the chipset can handle up to 20 PCIe 3.0 lanes (up to 8Gb/s) compared to the mere 8 PCIe 2.0 (up to 5Gb/s) of Z97 and up to 10x USB 3.0 ports compared to 6x on Z97. It seems that the start of workstation connectivity and expansion has finally trickled its way down to the mainstream consumer level.

MSI X99A Gaming 7 Motherboard Review
     Sat, Aug 22 2015 | 4:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The X99 Chipset has been around for a while now and it’s about time we had a look at another offering from Intel’s premium desktop chipset. There are not many PC enthusiast motherboard manufacturers these days, with a few of the major players disappearing over the last decade. MSI have been around from the early days, and have endured a lot of change in the PC builder’s world, and the latest ranges have very strong branding and marketing so you have a good idea what you are getting into."

MSi 970A SLI Krait Edition Motherboard Review
     Sat, Aug 22 2015 | 4:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The AMD 970 chipset is the mainstream offering of the AMD chipsets. It offers affordability with great features, with the ability to support a huge array of CPU’s thanks to the hugely popular AM3+ socket. The socket was first introduced back in October 2011 and offered the support of the newly released Bulldozer CPU’s. Despite the new CPU socket, many users decided to hang onto their AM3 motherboards as vendors were offering BIOS updates to support the new range of CPU’s.

Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming G1 Motherboard
     Sat, Aug 22 2015 | 12:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Gigabyte’s G1 Gaming series motherboards have been some of the company’s most popular over the past few years, especially with the X99 and Z97 chipsets. Skylake and the Z170 chipset are here and that means an entire new line of G1 Gaming motherboards from Gigabyte! The board we are taking a look at today has been on radar ever since it was first revealed at Computex earlier this year. The Z170X-Gaming G1 sits as Gigabyte’s top of the line or flagship gaming motherboard. It has everything that a gamer and an enthusiast would want, and Gigabyte has pulled it off in style too! The board has RGB LED clusters in 3 different places on the board and on the rear I/O shield. Gamers will appreciate the 4-way graphics support, Killer DoubleShot X3 Pro gaming networking, and professional-grade audio. This is just the tip of the iceberg too, let’s jump in and see what the Z170X-Gaming G1 is all about!"

EVGA Z170 FTW Motherboard Review
     Fri, Aug 21 2015 | 12:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The EVGA Z170 FTW is built on an aTX form factor the Z170 FTW black PCB is matched by its all black heatsinks and expansion slots but has just the right amount of silver and red accents that make it noticeable."

MSI Z170A Gaming M5
     Fri, Aug 21 2015 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We can’t very well launch a completely new CPU with a new chipset without a motherboard right? Well MSI sent over their new Z170A Gaming M5 motherboard for us to test out Skylake and also to see what MSI has to offer in their new Z170 boards. Today I will be taking a look at their mid ranged gaming motherboard. We have already seen how Skylake performs with our i7-6700K review, now I’m going to dig into the Z170A Gaming M5 and see what sets it apart from the competition. Enjoy!

ASUS USB 3.1 Type-A Card Review
     Thu, Aug 20 2015 | 4:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It took some time to get here, but devices supporting the USB 3.1 standard are finally coming to market. Besides the obvious new logo and SUPERSPEED+ name change, the USB 3.1 standard doubles the transfer rate of USB 3.0 and the encoding overhead has been greatly reduced by doubling the block size. ASUS is bundling many of their latest board revisions with the USB 3.1 Type-A add-in cards and we got our hands on a discrete USB 3.1 card to try out!

MSI Z170A Gaming M7 Preview
     Wed, Aug 19 2015 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the Gaming M7, MSI has a very well equipped motherboard in its portfolio, which comes with lots of features. There are for example two M.2 x4 Gen 3 slots and apart from that MSI further refined the Design of their Gaming series motherbards.

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