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EVGA Classified SR-X review: dual Socket 2011
     Sat, Jul 14 2012 | 12:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Classified SR-X is an overclocking motherboard that doesn't overclock. It's a shame for EVGA, but really the only honest conclusion here is that the Classified SR-X is a pointless motherboard. When we asked, EVGA informed us that it was unknown to them during the development of this board that the Xeons would be completely locked. The manufacturer still hopes that unlocked Xeons will be released at some point in the future, but from Intel's perspective we see no reason for that actually happening. EVGA will likely be waiting in vain. As we stated in our previous Xeon E5 review, combining two Socket 2011 processors for professional applications provides unparalleled performance. However, if that is what you need you are better off buying a true workstation motherboard (or rather a fully configured workstation) with the warranty, service and compatibility tests that follow. It makes no sense to buy an overclocking motherboard that you cannot effectively overclock.

Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 @ Techreaction.net
     Fri, Jul 13 2012 | 4:12P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We are going to take this one in another direction (perhaps a little in reverse with a bit of the end at the beginning). At first glance, this board does not seem to be worth the money and we want to clear the air a little about what most people may not (do not) need."

Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Intel Z77 Express @ techPowerUp
     Fri, Jul 13 2012 | 10:28A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gigabyte`s first G1.Killer Intel Z77 Express product takes a completely new slant on enthusiast gaming products, shrinking down to a mATX form factor, as was widely requested by end users. The G1.Sniper M3 is a gaming soldier that`s ready for battle, equipped with some of the latest and greatest technology, including a Creative Recon3Di audio CODEC, and Intel LAN controller that supports CFOS traffic shaping technology."

Preview: ASUS P8Z77-V Premium @ ocaholic
     Fri, Jul 13 2012 | 9:55A | 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. What they`ve done basically their engineers took a P8Z77-V Deluxe and added a Thunderbolt interface to it. Voil there is the P8Z77-V Premium."

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Intel Z77 Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Fri, Jul 13 2012 | 5:05A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Extreme6 is ASRocks mid-high end performance board, coming in the top 5 of the 12 boards ASRock offers to the consumer market for this platform. With an ATX form factor, it is extremely attractive with gold and silver accents. Claiming to feature everything an overclocker, gamer, or enthusiast would require including SLI and CrossFire support, Digital Power Phases, and support for heavily overclocked RAM. Backing this up is ASRocks XFast 555 Software suite, which also claims to boost your USB transfer speed and reduce your gaming ping with a single click of your mouse. Is the ASRock Z77 Extreme6 one of the candidates for your latest upgrade? Read on to find out if itll be money well spent."

Biostar TPower TZ77XE4 @ Bjorn3D
     Thu, Jul 12 2012 | 4:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Biostar has recently been pushing its way into the enthusiasts offerings, and with the new TPower TZ77XE4, they have introduced a board designed for overclocking. Knowing the TPower lines capabilities and excellent value we should be in for one hell of a show."

Zotac Fusion Mini-ITX Motherboard (Fusion-B-U) @ TechwareLabs
     Wed, Jul 11 2012 | 11:59A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With AMDs recent release of their APUs it was only a matter of time before the technology came to small factor computers. In the past, you needed a Motherboard, CPU, and GPU (either discrete or integrated into the motherboard) to have a working system. However with the E-350 this is all rolled into one miniscule package. Today we will be looking at a slightly different solution called the Zotac Fusion-B-U."

GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 3 Motherboard @ Bjorn3D
     Tue, Jul 10 2012 | 9:37A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
GIGABYTE now has a second entry into the G1.Killer series for the Z77 lineup. Needless to say, when we look at a gaming board, we expect the appearance to scare the competition away, and the power to back it up. Does the G1.Sniper 3 deliver? Lets take a look."

GIGABYTE's Dual Thunderbolt Intel Z77 Motherboards
     Mon, Jul 09 2012 | 6:50P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

GIGABYTE's Dual Thunderbolt Intel Z77 Motherboards

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced the latest GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards, the very first to offer fully certified dual onboard Thunderbolt ports. Capable of connecting up to 12 devices plus 3 digital displays simultaneously, with breathtaking data transfer speeds that can transfer 1TB of data in only five minutes, GIGABYTE Thunderbolt motherboards offer the fastest connection interface ever on the desktop PC. 

GIGABYTE Thunderbolt motherboards allow users to daisy chain up to 12 devices simultaneously via an incredible bi-directional 10Gbps data pipeline that includes both PCIe and DisplayPort traffic. GIGABYTE Thunderbolt motherboards redefine desktop PC connectivity to make it far easier to connect multiple high speed storage devices and HD displays to your PC than ever before.

"It's easy to see how our unique dual port Thunderbolt implementation simply offers more," commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. "We're the only motherboard vendor currently offering DIY PC builders the absolute maximum in terms of device connectivity." 

"Thunderbolt technology represents a leap in performance and simplicity for media creators and entertainment enthusiasts," says Jason Ziller, Intel's director of Thunderbolt marketing. "We are pleased to be working with GIGABYTE as they bring the first dual Thunderbolt port motherboard to market. It's a great example of what Thunderbolt makes possible."

GIGABYTE Dual Thunderbolt motherboards open up a wealth of new possibilities regarding high-performance storage devices. GIGABYTE has worked closely with several leading device partners, including Promise Technology, LaCie, BlackMagic, Western Digital, Seagate, Elgato, CalDigit and cable manufacturer Sumitomo:

"Working with GIGABYTE has been very exciting," said Kosta Panagos, Director of Creative Marketing, at CalDigit. "GIGABYTE's new line of Intel 7 series motherboards featuring dual Thunderbolt ports, will usher in a new era of flexibility to the PC platform.  It is also a perfect match with CalDigit's new T1 and T2 Thunderbolt drives which provide professional level performance on all platforms at consumer prices, a feat that was previously unattainable, thanks to GIGABYTE and Thunderbolt technology."

"GIGABYTE's new dual port Thunderbolt motherboards are an exciting innovation, giving incredible performance and are perfect for video and film professionals using Thunderbolt and the PC," said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. "Customers using our wide range of Thunderbolt devices will now be able to choose to work in whatever format they need, giving them the flexibility to build whatever production and post production workflow they need."

"In line with GIGABYTE and its dual on board Thunderbolt ports, WD's My Book Thunderbolt Duo offers dual Thunderbolt ports for amazing creative flexibility while allowing daisy-chaining of up to six My Book Thunderbolt Duo drives or other high performance peripherals for fast and efficient workflow," said Craig Davis, Director Sales & Marketing, Retail Division, Western Digital Asia Pacific & Japan Region.

"Thunderbolt technology is a fantastic way to deliver both data and display via one interface. It provides unparalleled performance and plenty of flexibility," said Leo Paskin, Product Marketing Manager at Seagate. "With the ability to daisy chain up to 12 devices on GIGABYTE's new dual port Thunderbolt motherboards, you can turn a desktop PC into a central device hub by plugging in a single cable!"

"As the first Intel certified cable vendor, Sumitomo is delighted to see GIGABYTE bring the first dual port Thunderbolt motherboard to market, creating the ultimate connectivity for desktop PCs, commented Motoi Matsuo. "These new Thunderbolt motherboards are also the perfect fit for Sumitomo's exclusive high speed 20m optical cables."

"Thanks to their dual Thunderbolt ports, Gigabyte's new 7 series motherboards deliver unbeatable flexibility", says Adam Steinberg, Vice President Marketing at Elgato. "The unique dual port feature enables users to combine multiple portable Thunderbolt devices like the powerful Elgato Thunderbolt SSD."

"LaCie is pleased to see GIGABYTE announce Thunderbolt technology on their lasted motherboards," said Erwan Girard, Professional Business Unit Manager, LaCie. "The time is now for demanding PC users, especially digital content creators, to experience the unprecedented speeds and advantages enabled by Thunderbolt Technology. The desire for computers and peripherals to keep up with their work flow is a concern of the past."

Dual Thunderbolt - Fast, Flexible and Simple Connectivity for your Motherboard
GIGABYTE Thunderbolt motherboards are the first to be certified by Intel featuring dual Thunderbolt ports directly on the motherboard back panel I/O, with each Thunderbolt port supporting a maximum data transfer speeds with simultaneous bi-directional data transfer at speeds of up to 10Gbps - this means you can transfer a full HD 1080p movie in under 30 seconds.

GIGABYTE's dual port Thunderbolt implementation ensures the absolute maximum potential connectivity, with support to connect up to 12 individual devices simultaneously, with each port offering full 10Gbps bandwidth.

Thunderbolt combines both DisplayPort and PCI Express protocols over a single cable so that users can connect a multitude of device types in tandem with HD streaming video and 8-channel audio, simultaneously in one specially developed cable. Users can also enjoy improved flexibility by 'daisy-chaining' several devices while still enjoying low latency and industry-leading data transfer speeds.

Dual Thunderbolt Ports are featured on the following models: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH and GA-Z77X-UP4 TH motherboards

Ultra Durable 5
The GIGABYTE Z77X-UP5 TH and Z77X-UP4 TH both employ award winning GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 5 technology that includes high current capable components for the CPU power zone including IR3550 PowIRstage ICs from International Rectifier, 2X Copper PCB and high current Ferrite Core Chokes rated up to 60A, which together are able to deliver up to 60°C* cooler temperatures than traditional motherboards. Featured on a range of new motherboards based the Intel X79 and Z77 Express Chipsets, GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 5 technology is the next evolution in quality motherboard design.

* Testing result for reference only. Results may differ according to system configuration.
*Up to 60° C lower temp. obtained using 4 phase IR3550 PowIRstage with 2x Copper PCB vs. 4 phase D-Pak MOSFET @ 100A load 10 mins lab testing without heatsink.

More information about GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 5 technology can be found at the following links:

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 5 Technology

More product details can be found on the GIGABYTE website here: www.gigabyte.us


ASUS E45M1-I Motherboard @ Techreaction.net
     Mon, Jul 09 2012 | 5:09P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Rising energy costs, a changing usage model, increased processor functionality, increased processing power per watt and clock tick means the old big box/high end CPU combo is becoming a thing of the past. ASUS is following this curve by offering a solution (one of many) in the low power E45M1-I. By building on the AMD Brazos platform, in this case the 1650Mhz AMD E450 APU, ASUS brings it with functionality and tweak-ability. This setup is not a benchmarking monster or a gaming giant (not much gaming at all) but it appears that it could be a real winner where utility is concerned."

ASUS RoG Maximus V Formula Z77 Motherboard Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Mon, Jul 09 2012 | 5:09P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASUS RoG Maximus V Formula Z77 Motherboard Review @ HardwareHeaven.com On our test bench today is the latest product from the ASUS RoG brand, their Maximus V Formula motherboard. We will be comparing it to another Z77 board in a selection of real world and synthetic tests to find out how ASUS look to improve on the base design and how far they have pushed the enthusiast feature set... watercooled heatsinks anyone?"

Z77 Motherboard Charts: 14 Models tested - update Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB WiFi @ Ocaholic
     Mon, Jul 09 2012 | 11:59A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In our comparison tables, meanwhile you find benchmark values regarding 14 recent Z77 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."

REVIEW: MSI Z77-GD55 @ PureOverclock
     Sun, Jul 08 2012 | 1:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Prior to Ivy Bridge, MSI released their Z77A-GD65 motherboard and we had nothing but great things to say about the GD65. It performed as good as any product we tested and hit 5.2GHz on our Sandy Bridge 2600K. The motherboard boasted enthusiast features at lower price tier so we saw a phenomenal bang for the buck but since Ivy Bridge had not hit our lab at that point, we did not have the opportunity to see the beast unleashed. That was then and this is now, as we have a very similar board, the MSI Z77A-GD55 in our lab, and we also have the chance to compare Sandy Bridge with Ivy Bridge this time around. Can the GD55 match the prowess we saw in the GD65? Let`s get the Z77A-GD55 on the test bench and find out."

Preview: ASUS Maximus V Extreme @ ocaholic
     Sat, Jul 07 2012 | 9:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Maximus V Extreme, is ASUS` new flagship model regarding Intels latest Z77 chipset. In this preview we`re going to show you how many and which new features ASUS has put into this product. What we can reveal by now: there is really a lot of new stuff."

Gigabyte Z77X-D3H Motherboard
     Fri, Jul 06 2012 | 4:25P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Gigabyte Z77X-D3H Mainboard arrived Technic3D. We check the Mainboard with Intel Z77chipset functions and Performance in the following Review with a Intel i7-3770k CPU on Windows 7 64 Bit and Linux."

OCZ In-Win & Thermalright Joint Contest
     Fri, Jul 06 2012 | 4:25P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The more the merrier is something I always believed to be true in regard to giveaways and so instead of giving away prizes from a single manufacturer this time over I thought it would be nice to take a different course and so today up for grabs we have 3 products by 3 different manufacturers and more specifically OCZ Technology, In-Win and Thermalright. This contests/giveaway prizes are the following: 1) OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB Hybrid PCI-E SSD 2) In-Win Glacier 900W Power Supply Unit 3) Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E CPU Cooler"

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