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REVIEW: Gigabyte Z77 G.1 Sniper 3 @ PureOverclock
     Thu, Jul 26 2012 | 9:15A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gigabyte introduced their gamer-oriented Sniper branded motherboard series with the X58 chipset and today they continue the Sniper 3 series with the Z77 chipset and we have to say, it`s a real badass looking motherboard. So let`s get it to our lab and on the test bench, and see what Gigabyte has in store."

Intel DZ77RE-75K and Intel DZ77GA-70K LGA 1155
     Wed, Jul 25 2012 | 4:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Both these mainboards belong to the “Extreme” series. The major distinguishing feature of the top model is support of the Thunderbolt interface. Besides, both boards have new Intel Visual BIOS. They boast extensive functionality, work stably in nominal mode and even support overclocking. However, they are not completely issue-free, which may cast a shadow over the initial rosy impression from these boards.

Asus Sabertooth Z77: the Most Protected LGA 1155 Mainboard
     Wed, Jul 25 2012 | 4:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The functionality of this mainboard based on Intel Z77 Express chipset has been expanded with additional onboard controllers and is very contemporary. Moreover, this board belongs to the “TUF” series and therefore supports unique "TUF ENGINE!", "TUF Components", "TUF Thermal Armor", "TUF Thermal Radar" and "TUF Dust Defender" technologies.

ASUS Sabertooth Z77 @ Ocaholic
     Wed, Jul 25 2012 | 9:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the Sabertooth Z77, ASUS has its next generation camouflage motherboard in their portfolio. Already in the past the tried to win gamers hearts with the board. But not only gamers were targeted, ASUS was also addressing users who want to build a reliable system. Furthermore the Sabertooth Z77 comes with quite a few features that could be the reason to buy this board."

Around the World in 80 Seconds: PCSTATS' photo out the window project
     Tue, Jul 24 2012 | 7:20P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
PCSTATS has an assignment for YOU: Take a photo out the nearest window to your PC and post it on PCSTATS' Facebook page! Remember to list your city and country, let's see if we can't create a visual map of everywhere in the world this website reaches. Post your pictures here (and see others from all over the world too).

Eight Intel H77 motherboards round-up: affordable Ivy Bridge systems
     Tue, Jul 24 2012 | 4:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We recently published a round-up of 32 motherboards with the Intel Z77 chipset. If you're not planning on overclocking and won't be using more than one graphics card, then there is a more affordable version available of the Ivy Bridge chipset called Intel H77. The chipset itself costs less, and motherboard manufacturers are also making less comprehensive boards. That means that you can buy a motherboard for your Ivy Bridge processor for around £70 already.

ASRock Z77 Extreme9 Intel LGA 1155
     Mon, Jul 23 2012 | 3:40P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASRock's Z77 Extreme9 is equipped with a PLX PCI-Express bridge chip, which adds additional PCIe slots to the board, for a total of six x16 slots. This will be a godsend for all users who want to run CrossFire or SLI with more than two cards. ASRock has also delivered a very usable BIOS implementation to maximize overclocking potential.

Gigabyte Sniper M3 Motherboard Review
     Mon, Jul 23 2012 | 3:36P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Gigabyte Sniper.M3 is the m-ATX motherboard up for review today. The Sniper.M3 is obviously part of Gigabytes G1-Killer series and is their first micro ATX to it as well. The Sniper.M3 is a small and powerful board, housing top exclusive Gigabyte features such as the new 3D BIOS (Dual UEFI), Gigabyte 3D Power and many more...

OC3D: EVGA SRX Motherboard First Look
     Sun, Jul 22 2012 | 1:30P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Just to wet your appetite before the main event we give you a look round the bohemouth that is the EVGA SR-X"

Gigabyte G1.Sniper3 Z77 Motherboard Review
     Sun, Jul 22 2012 | 12:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Over the last few months, we have looked at plenty of Z77 based motherboards here at HH, covering a wide range of price points. But today we dive deep into one of the higher-end models available, the Gigabyte G1.Sniper3. The Gigabyte G1.Sniper3 supports Sandy and Ivy Bridge LGA 1155 processors and features support for up to 32GB of DDR3-2066 (OC) system memory. As a gaming motherboard, Gigabyte saw fit to include support for up to 4-way SLI and CrossFireX (up to PCI-E x8 with four cards and PCI-E x16 with two), Creative Labs audio, and a Killer NIC too...

ASUS P8Z77-V Premium @ Ocaholic
     Sun, Jul 22 2012 | 10:29A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the P8Z77-V Premium ASUS has a new flagship motherboard in their portfolio when it comes to their performance products. Malicious tongues would say that the ASUS engineers just took a P8Z77-V Deluxe and added a Thunderbolt interface to it. For us this is reason enough to check if this really was what they`ve done."

Asus USB 3.0 with SCSI Technology
     Sun, Jul 22 2012 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When Asus asked us if we'd be interested in a reviewing their new, high-end USB 3 implementation that offered better performance than anything available elsewhere, we were skeptical. Historically, USB performance has been a function of which controller (Intel, AMD, NEC, Texas Instruments, VIA, etc.) was used. Asus claimed, however, that while you did need certain USB controllers to take maximum advantage of this new implementation, they'd built a solution that could accelerate transfer speeds on any third-party USB 3.0 (and even 2.0) controller. Customers don't need a specific brand of SSD or HD either; drives from any of the major vendors would work...

ASUS Maximus V Extreme review
     Sat, Jul 21 2012 | 10:29A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We review the ASUS Maximus V Extreme. There is a kind of people that feel enough is not enough, they want moar` and for exactly that kind of enthusiast end user ASUS creates ROG EXTREME products. This is a ROG (Republic of Gamers) motherboard, and that means extra enthusiast features alright, as for overclockers, here`s where things start to get serious, the board is designed with a 12-phase Digi+ VRM, Subzero Sense, has voltage-measurement points and the ROG Connect technology (overclock the board via Bluetooth from their phone). And yes there`s still more, ASUS throws in the OC Key as well, which creates an overlay on the active DVI monitor to adjust overclock settings in real-time without using additional software or hardware (it connects to the graphics card DVI port). The ASUS Maximus V Extreme just breathes overclock potential. Read the article right here"

ECS Announces A85F2-A Deluxe Motherboard with FM2 Socket
     Fri, Jul 20 2012 | 5:19P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

 Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has announced the A85F2-A Deluxe, a new motherboard built around the AMD A85X chipset with support for the latest socket FM2 CPUs.

The A85F2-A Deluxe is one of the most powerful and reliable motherboards currently available.  In the ATX format, this ECS motherboard features two 2nd generation PCIe x16 slots for graphics card upgrades and CrossFireX support, as well as three 2nd generation PCIe x1 and 2 PCI slots for other cards. Up to 64 GB of dual channel DDR3 memory can be installed in 4 sockets, with a maximum speed of 1866, or up to 2300 for overclockers. There are seven 6 Gb/s SATA sockets, with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, & 10.

Expansion and connectivity options in the A85F2-A Deluxe include up to 6 USB 3.0 ports, 8 USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit LAN, and a 6Gb/s eSATA connectors for fast external storage. Separate HDMI, DVI, and D-Sub VGA ports provide graphics output, and there's 8-Ch HD Audio. The motherboard features the new user-friendly graphical uEFI BIOS with ECS MIB X, and a multi-language interface.

For the ultimate in stability and reliability, the A85F2-A Deluxe is Nonstop Certified by ECS. Motherboards with ECS Nonstop Certification deliver a hassle-free computing experience by solving common PC hardware problems before they can even occur. Hardware enhancements and a strict series of specially-designed tests combine together to protect PCs and ensure that all ECS Nonstop Certified motherboards can be relied on for stability and reliability far into the future, long after competing products have failed. Nonstop features include enhanced gold plating on critical contacts, and all solid capacitors and Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) protection for VGA, USB, LAN and HDMI ports.

The A85F2-A Deluxe is bundled with Norton AntiVirus software, Muzee, Cyberlink Media Suite, and the ECS iEZ utility, which includes the eBLU BIOS Live Update Utility, the eDLU Drivers Live Update Utility and the eSF Smart Fan Utility.

In addition to the A85F2-A Deluxe, four other models will released with the socket FM2: A75F2-A2, A75F2-M2, A55F2-A2, A55F2-M3. The newest ECS Socket FM2 motherboards build on the already strong performance of FM1 motherboards by adding a host of powerful new features and technology upgrades in the Trinity technology platform.

New features in this generation include support for up to 4 displays and AMD Eyefinity Multi-display Technology, and HDMI Deep Color to accurately display billions of colors, bringing a new level of realism and color accuracy. AMD Turbo Core 3 extends the Turbo Core performance boost to the GPU, and CrossFireX gives access to ultra-high performance graphics with add on cards. There are 3 dedicated display outputs. Support for industry standards is also upgraded, with Open GL 4.2, DisplayPort Version 1.2, and Open CL 1.1 or later. Enhanced features are standard: like AMD Universal Video Decoder (UVD) and Video Codec Engine (VCE) for ultra-fast video encoding and decoding.

The new A85F2-A Deluxe and the other ECS socket FM2 series motherboards offer the latest technology for faster, more stable performance and extreme graphics realism.


About ECS
Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has been a pioneer in designing and manufacturing computer motherboards since 1987. Today, the motherboard maker also designs and manufactures desktop PCs, notebooks, servers, motherboards, video cards, wireless solutions and handheld devices for distributors worldwide. Headquartered in Taiwan with operations in North America, Europe, China, Korea and Japan, ECS also has ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified manufacturing facilities in China.

For more information, please visit ECS at http://www.ecs.com.tw


First AMD FM2 motherboard approved by Microsoft Windows 8
     Fri, Jul 20 2012 | 5:10P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

BIOSTAR, major manufacturer of motherboards, VGA cards, industrial computer systems and other peripherals, today announces that its' AMD FM2 motherboard “Hi-Fi A85X” has received the Windows 8 hardware certification from Microsoft.

With the Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) certification, BIOSTAR guarantees to deliver the most reliable, performance-driven solutions to power Microsoft Windows 8 and setting a standard for future Windows 8 certified motherboards.

You can enjoy the benefits and features of Microsoft new generation operating system, while having access to easy upgradability without any compatibility from BIOSTAR products. Please visit www.biostar.com.tw to learn more about us.


ASRock Z77 Extreme9 Hits the Best 3DMark11 Score on Ivy Bridge Platform!
     Fri, Jul 20 2012 | 5:07P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

The leading motherboard brand ASRock today announced the winner list of Z77 Global Overclocking Competition with Futuremark®, sponsored by ADATA, Cooler Master, Galaxy, and Intel. The final champions of 3DMark 11 events went to Chaos and X-power while John Lam and rybamcz won the title of 3DMark Vantage event final champion.   


The contest generated two top scores entering the 3DMark 11 Performance-Preset Hall of Fame and the scores of P28421 created by Chaos (Poland) has been listed as the highest 3Dmark 11 score on the latest Intel Ivy Bridge platform.    

The two final champions of 3DMark 11 events, Chaos (Poland) and X-power (China), created top scores of P28421 and P28302 respectively with ASRock Z77 Extreme9 motherboard and Intel Core i7-3770K CPU. Featuring ASRock unique XFast 555 Technology (XFast RAM, XFast LAN and XFast USB), ASRock Z77 Extreme9 supports for 4-Way SLI/CrossFireX by PLX PEX 8747 Bridge and provides desirable configurations essential to build up an unbeatable rig!

On the other hand, John Lam (HK) and rybamcz (Poland) topped 3DMark Vantage event with the scores of P52103 and P51282 respectively. Both John Lam and rybamcz hit the top score with ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional.

3DMark 11 Category
? Name Country Score Motherboard
Overall winner: Chaos Poland P28421 ASRock Z77 Extreme9
Overall winner: X-Power China P28302 ASRock Z77 Extreme9
Week 1: SASmedic Japan P21576 ASRock Z77 Extreme9
Week 2: tt028 Japan P22512 ASRock Z77 Extreme9
Week 3: orangenvidia China P27148 ASRock Z77 Extreme9
Week 4: ExtremePlayer China P25219 ASRock Z77 Extreme9
3DMark Vantage Category
? Name Country Score Motherboard
Overall winner: John Lam Hong Kong P52103 ASRock Z77 Professional
Overall winner: rybamcz Poland P51282 ASRock Z77 Professional
Week 1: Billy-The-Kid Portugal P47768 ASRock Z77 Extreme6
Week 2: rsannino Italy P49884 ASRock Z77 Extreme6
Week 3: cische Italy P48114 ASRock Z77 Extreme9
Week 4: coccus80 Italy P48721 ASRock Z77 Extreme6
Besides the winner result, specific participant used ASRock Z77E-ITX and created a stunning 3DMark Vantage score of P42228, which is the highest record created with ITX motherboard up to date. It is evident that ASRock motherboards have great overclocking capability regardless of the form factors.
For the complete result of ASRock Z77 OC Competition, please visit
Futuremark 3DMark 11 Performance-Preset Hall of Fame:
Best 3Dmark Vantage Score by ITX Motherboard (ASRock Z77E-ITX):


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