ASUS’s Republic of Gamers line is just what you think it is, a line of products specifically targeted at gamers. While many PC games have full tower rigs with multiple graphics card and intense watercooling others just have a simple setup. Being a PC gamer who attends multiple LAN parties a year I made the switch to a Micro-ATX system a long time ago to make it easier for me to bring my PC to events. ASUS of course catering to gamers actually has two motherboards in their Republic of Gamers Z87 stack, the Maximus VI Gene which is a Micro-ATX board and the even smaller Maximus VI Impact which is a Mini-ITX board. Today, our review will be focusing on the Maximus VI Gene, which has quite a lot of features for gamers and overclockers alike. Let’s check it out!
ASUS’s mainstream line of Z87 motherboards can be quite overwhelming as there are a number of different boards in the lineup. While ASUS has motherboard lines for specific segments like gamers and overclockers the mainstream line are boards that are made for pretty much everyone. Today we are talking a look at a pretty interesting motherboard in the mainstream line, the Z87-Expert. It has two very unique features, the first is the addition of 802.11n WiFi and the other is Intel Thunderbolt. If you happen to need these two features on a motherboard this could be the perfect one for you. Other features of this board include, ASUS’s DIGI+ Power Control, 8 SATA 6GB/s ports, USB 3.0 support, and ASUS’s Ai Suite III software. Let’s take a look…
When ASUS launched their Republic of Gamers Z87 motherboards there was one that was missing, the Maximus VI Formula. They had already launched the Maximus VI Extreme, Hero, GeneZ and Impact boards. After a little while ASUS went ahead and finally launched the Maximus VI Formula motherboard. So why is this motherboard so special? Two things that really stand out about it is that it features the same Thermal Armor that ASUS has used on its TUF series of motherboards and it is the first ASUS motherboard to use the CrossChill hybrid air and water-cooling technology to keep the VRM’s nice and cool. Beyond that this is a Republic of Gamers board so you have Extreme Engine Digi+ III, SupremeFX Formula audio, Sonic Radar and a mPCIe Combo II with 802.11ac/Bluetooth 4.0. Does this board have it all? Read on as we find out!
When it comes to choosing any motherboard there are so many options out there. Many companies load up motherboards with great features, but sadly most users won’t even make use of these features. So inevitably we are stuck with very expensive motherboard that we never really make full use of. Today we will be taking a look at a motherboard at the lower-end spectrum as far as pricing goes, but it still offers a solid feature set. The motherboard in question is the Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H. This motherboard supports Intel’s 4th Generation Haswell processors and features 8 SATA 6GB/s ports, 10 USB 3.0 ports, multi-GPU support, and a very impressive UEFI BIOS. Is this the Z87 motherboard for you? Read on as we find out.
ASRock has recently introduced their Z87 Extreme11/ac motherboard for Intel’s 4th generation Haswell processors. This board is ASRock’s most high-end board and has many features that enthusiasts and overclockers will like. The thing that really stands out about this motherboard is the amount of storage you can have on it, there are 22 SATA ports!
For quite a while now ASUS’s Republic of Gamers (ROG) motherboards have been the top of the line motherboards which offer very high-end and unique hardware and software features. For this reason they are a top choice of many enthusiasts and gamers. The one thing that keeps these boards out of the hands of many people is the price tag. The top of the line Maximus VI Extreme is currently selling for $399.99, which is quite a lot to just pay for a motherboard. ASUS knows that and wanted to give people the chance to get their hands on a Republic of Gamers board. That is where the Maximus VI Hero comes in, at just $229.99 it will still give you many of the same ROG features without some of the more “Extreme” ones that you may not use. This motherboard is designed for Intel’s latest 4th generation Haswell Core processors using the LGA1150 socket. Read on as we take this motherboard for a spin and see what all it has to offer.
We have been talking about Intel getting out of the desktop motherboard business for quite some time now, but they are going to be releasing a few desktop boards to go along with their upcoming Haswell processors. These could be the last Intel board we ever see! The guys over at eTeknix have done a lengthy preview of the Intel DZ87KLT-75K motherboard.
MSI’s Z87 XPower overclocking motherboard has been one of the Z87 motherboards we have been most excited about. MSI has been teasing this board all month and now we have even more details on the board as Chinadiy has unveiled a full preview of the board which gives you all of the details of what the Z87 XPower Overclocking motherboard has to offer. Read on to check it out!
MSI has not said much about their Z87 line of gaming motherboards. All of the information about the gaming motherboards is already up on their website, but MSI has been busy promoting and teasing their Z87 XPower and MPower boards. Well the Z87A-GD65 gaming motherboard has won the Best Choice Award, the official award of COMPUTEX TAIPEI. The Best Choice Award has always focused on Functionality, Innovation and Market Potential as the main judging guideline.
We have detailed many of Gigabyte’s upcoming Haswell motherboards. These have included the G1.Sniper 5 and G1.Sniper M5, Z87X-OC and the Z87X-UD4H. Those were the more high-end motherboards, but what about the value boards? Today we are detailing Gigabyte’s sub-$150 boards based on the Z87 Express and B85 Express chipsets. The boards we will be looking at are the Z87-UD3H, Z87-D3HP and the B85M-D3H.