With Intel’s introduction of its second generation Core processors the main chipsets you have been hearing about and we have been covering are the P67, H67 and Z68. These chipsets are the mainstream and enthusiasts chipsets that give you everything you would ever want on a motherboard, but what if you are trying to save money? Or just build a simple machine? ASRock has you covered with the H61iCafe motherboard. This board is of course based on the Intel H61 Express Chipset. This board features USB 3.0 connectivity, Graphical UEFI BIOS, and support for Intel’s second generation processors. Let’s check it out!
ASUS’s P8P67 line of motherboards is huge, as of writing this review there are currently 10 P8P67 motherboards in the lineup. Today we are going to be checking out the ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution board. The “WS” implies that it is a workstation board but the “Revolution” means this board is not just made for standard workstation use, but in-home use and gaming applications. Because this is a workstation board you get all of the features that you would expect on a workstation board like SATA 6GB/s connectivity, platinum level 92% power efficiency, dual Intel Gigabit LAN, Digi+ VRM digital power design, EFI BIOS and USB 3.0 connectivity. Gamers don’t worry ASUS has you covered with 3-way SLI and quad-CrossFireX capabilities and unlike most boards the PCI-E slots are nicely spaced for those setups. Read on to see what this board is all about.
Intel’s Sandy Bridge launch was a huge success and a great way to start 2011. Within a few weeks though a chipset error was found on every single P67 motherboard. The error could have degraded SATA 3Gbps performance over time, putting you at risk of data loss and even total drive failures. Users may have never experienced this issue but it needed to be fixed. Intel was quick to rectify this situation with B3 stepping silicon. All new P67 motherboards with the new fix will be called “B3”. Today we will be taking a look at a new gaming / enthusiast motherboard from MSI with this B3 fix. The motherboard is the P67A-GD80 (B3) and features a 12-Phase DrMOS Digital VRM, MSI’s Military Class II components, the new ClickBIOS and 10 USB 3.0 ports.
ASUS’s top tier line of products is the Republic of Gamers line of products otherwise known as ROG. If you are purchasing an ROG product you know you are getting the best of the best and something that is going to last you a long time. With any line it is broken up into segments, Extreme being the highest, Formula being in the middle and Gene at the lower end. Today we will be taking a look at the Rampage III Formula board and from the name we know it sits in the middle. This is an Intel X58 board that has many of the features of its more expensive brother the Rampage III Extreme for a more reasonable price. Let’s take a look and see if this board is perfect for your next build!
Today we get the chance to check out a full featured motherboard without all of the bloat. The MSI 890FXA-GD65 motherboard with AMD’s 890FX chipset offers a whopping 10 USB ports, 2 of which are USB 3.0. It also includes support for SATA 6GB/s and is AM3+ ready, for those looking to buy the processors coming out later this year. This affordable motherboard is easy to overclock with the provided software and will surely give you your money’s worth. Read on further to get the fully detailed review.
This year at CES, one of the biggest announcements was Gigabyte unveiling their G1-Killer Series motherboards. This new series of motherboards has gamers in mind with a Killer E2100 Dedicated network processing unit and Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Digital Audio Processor (20K2) on the motherboard itself! No need to go out and buy a Killer NIC or a dedicated sound card. These are the two features that stand out on the motherboard the most, but there are a quite a few others. Did I also mention this motherboard has an ammo clip on it? Read on to check it out!
With the release of the Sandy Bridge processors and Intel’s P67 chipset you may think that X58 systems are done with, but they are really not. If you are a hardcore gamer or PC enthusiast who wants to get the most out of their CPU the X58 platform is still your best bet. It is also the only platform to support triple channel memory and Intel’s Core i7 processors. The thing that holds many people back from getting a X58 system is the price of the components. Well Gigabyte knows this and has released the X58-USB3 board that is a lower-priced board that still has all the great features you want with an X58 setup. Let’s take a look…
Today you see more and more home media servers and HTPC’s being sold on the market, along with the parts to build your own. I use a home media server for my PS3 and my other computers so that I can transfer and watch movies all over my house. This also gives me the ability to stream music to all of the PC’s and other wireless Devices. With all of our home electronics becoming more and more connected it’s convenient to have a media server. It allows me to control the music and movies in any of the rooms with PC’s on them with either my Android phone or my iPad. The possibilities are endless. In this review we will be taking a look at the Zotac IONITX-P-E which is an Mini-ITX motherboard with the processor embedded in to the motherboard. Mini-ITX is a very small form factor about half the size of a mATX setup.
I’m sure you have been loaded with Intel Sandy Bridge news and reviews all this month. We posted our first Sandy Bridge review on the CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 4000 Intel P67 Sandy Bridge System, then the Intel Core i5-2500K LGA 1155 “Sandy Bridge” Processor, so check those our if you haven’t already. Today we are going to be taking a look at our first Sandy Bridge motherboard the P67A-GD55 from MSI. This is also our first MSI motherboard review so we are pretty excited. This motherboard is Sandy Bridge ready and features the P67 chipset, 2 SATA 6GB/s ports, 4 USB 3.0 ports, the OC Genie II feature, ClickBIOS and Military Class II high stability components. Let’s take a look…
A couple of weeks ago we took a look at the ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 mATX motherboard. Well today we will be taking a look at its big brother the M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3. This motherboard features the same AMD 880G northbridge and SB850 southbridge as its smaller counterpart. AMD’s 880G chipset is sort of the little sister of the 890GX chipset, but is set to be more affordable, while still offering the same performance. This chipset also offers native SATA 6GB/s and USB 3.0 support. Let’s take a look at the M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 and see how well it performs.