Today we are doing our first motherboard Unboxing! The motherboard we are opening up today is the ASUS Rampage III Gene. This is actually a mATX motherboard, but offers many of the same features you would find in a full-sized motherboard. This is also a gaming motherboard so you do have room for 2 large video cards and up to 24GB of memory! The Rampage III Gene is also part of ASUS’s Republic of Gamers line so you know it is a quality board. Read on to check out our unboxing video!
People have been overclocking computer hardware for quite some time. Overclocking is not that hard at all, but to really get the highest achievable overclocks you need a motherboard that can take the punishment. Over the past 2 years we have seen efforts from many different manufacturers, but these efforts were targeted at 2 different demographics, overclockers and gamers. So you had all of these boards that had all the features that gamers and overclockers wanted, but what if you just wanted the overclocking features? Today we are taking a look at motherboard that gives you all of those overclocking features and cuts out all the extra “fat” that is not needed. This board has been designed from the ground up to be best overclocking motherboard for the X58 platform. The motherboard I am talking about is the X58A-OC from Gigabyte, let’s see how far we can push this board.
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!
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…
Gigabyte has a full line of Intel X58 motherboards, today we will be taking a look at the X58A-UD5, which is much like the X58A-UD3R we reviewed back in February. The X58A-UD5 supports the latest Intel 6-core 32nm processors, features the latest generation of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology with super fast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps, as well as Marvell’s new SE9128 chips for high-speed SATA 3.0 compatibility, delivering super fast 6Gbps link speeds. Other cool features like the 16 phase unlocked power design, dual power switching, USB charging support, and the Cloud OC and Hotkey OC are perfect for power users. Let’s take a look and see what all the X58A-UD5 has to offer.
The problem is the other new technologies that have just emerged, SATA 6 Gb/s and USB 3. Most of us had no idea that either was in the works when the Core i7/X58 emerged. Going to the expense of buying the new Core i7 980X, you definitely want the latest data transfer technologies, and with an older X58 board, the only way you will get them is with PCI expansion cards. But, the motherboard manufacturers are ready for this, and some have already released new models of X58 boards supporting SATA 6 Gb/s and USB 3. Today I will be looking at the ASRock X58 Extreme 3, their new top-of-the-line board. It not only supports SATA 6 Gb/s and USB 3, but also supports eSATA 6Gb/s. Read on to check out the ASRock X58 Extreme3!
Then just last weekend I was chatting with a friend that had attended CES, who told me that Intel was working on a new LGA 1366 processor line, a six-core monster using 32nm…yeah, I know, I’m behind the times, the gossip about the new processors started back in Nov-Dec, but I was busy “fixing up” a “fixer-upper” house and moving during that time. Anyway, I got a little excited, hoping that maybe LGA 1366 wasn’t dead, just in hibernation. The very next day, lo and behold, our friends at Gigabyte placed a cool little gem into my hands…a brand new LGA 1366 motherboard, complete with onboard SATA 6GB/s and USB 3. Today I will be looking at the Gigabyte X58A-UD3R, the entry-level model of their three new X58 motherboards, which appear to be designated differently from the older models by an “A” after the X58 in their name, and ending with an “R” rather than the usual “P”. Will this be the board of the future? Read on to see!
I am no stranger to ASRock’s motherboards, reviewing six of them last year and one so far this year. I am glad that ASRock decided to get into the i7 game this early, and look forward to seeing what they have done with the X58 chipset. If you are wondering about the name, ASRock is the first motherboard manufacturer to add nVidia’s Tesla Personal Supercomputer technology to a Core 1366 motherboard. Nothing surprising about that, again, innovation is what ASRock is all about. Will the X58 SuperComputer impress? Read on to see!
Today I will be looking at the P6T, Asus’ basic mainstream X58 motherboard. As with other Asus Intel motherboard series, the P6T falls just under the Deluxe model, and is a full-featured but more affordable board. The P6T supports 3-way SLI and 3-way CrossFireX, triple-channel memory, and all of the other goodies provided by the X58 chipset. Read on to find out about the Asus P6T!