Since the introduction of the Z170 chipset we have taken a look a quite a few different motherboards, but none from ASRock. They were kind enough to send us over their top of the line Z170 Extreme 7+ motherboard, which sits as the top board in their Extreme Series. The Z170 Extreme 7+ is build on ASRock’s Super Alloy Design, features a 12-phase all digital power design, three Ultra M.2 slots, four USB 3.1 ports, support for quad-SLI and 3-way CrossFire, ASRock’s Purity Sound 3 and more! As you can see this board has quite a lot to offer and that is only the tip of the iceberg. Let’s take a look at the Z170 Extreme 7+ and see what ASRock has in store for us with the Z170 chipset and Skylake platform!
ASUS recently showed off their flagship Republic of Gamers Maximus VIII Extreme motherboard. This board will offer the largest feature set from ASUS on a Z170 Express chipset board. The board is quite large and ASUS has gone with a black and dark orange color design rather than the black and red we have seen in the past from their ROG line.
Gigabyte has just introduced a new Z170 mini-ITX motherboard in their G1 Gaming line. The motherboard is the Z170N-Gaming 5. The board features a 5-phase VRM and gets power from a combination of a 24-pin ATX power connection and a 8-pin EPS connector.
ASUS today announced TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1, an enduringly-tough new ATX motherboard with many exclusive TUF features, including trailblazing TUF Thermal Armor and TUF Fortifier technologies, TUF ICe, TUF Thermal Radar 2 and TUF Detective 2 for ultimate cooling, strength and easy monitoring and control.
MSI has released a new mini-ITX motherboard today, which seems like a perfect day since the compact AMD Radeon R9 Nano was also launched today! The board is the Z170I Gaming Pro AC and is of course based on the Z170 chipset supporting the latest Intel Skylake processors.
Gigabyte’s G1 Gaming series motherboards have been some of the company’s most popular over the past few years, especially with the X99 and Z97 chipsets. Skylake and the Z170 chipset are here and that means an entire new line of G1 Gaming motherboards from Gigabyte! The board we are taking a look at today has been on radar ever since it was first revealed at Computex earlier this year. The Z170X-Gaming G1 sits as Gigabyte’s top of the line or flagship gaming motherboard. It has everything that a gamer and an enthusiast would want, and Gigabyte has pulled it off in style too! The board has RGB LED clusters in 3 different places on the board and on the rear I/O shield. Gamers will appreciate the 4-way graphics support, Killer DoubleShot X3 Pro gaming networking, and professional-grade audio. This is just the tip of the iceberg too, let’s jump in and see what the Z170X-Gaming G1 is all about!
Skylake and the Z170 chipset is here and we are going to take a look at one of MSI’s motherboard offerings for the Z170 chipset. MSI has done an interesting thing with their Gaming Series motherboards. Because other manufacturers have copied their naming scheme they have named their boards Gaming “M” to distinguish them. So today we are checking out the MSI Z170A Gaming M5 motherboard, this naming scheme makes me think of BMW models! The Z170A Gaming M5 sort of sits in the middle of MSI’s Gaming M series with the M3 below it and the M7 and M9 ACK above it. Each of MSI’s new Z170 Gaming motherboards are loaded with features and the Z170A Gaming M5 is no exception with Killer E2400 Gaming networking, USB 3.1 support, dual M.2 slots, MSI’s audio boost 3 audio solution, steel reinforced PCI-Express slots and much more! Let’s take a look and see if this is the Z170 motherboard for you!
Skylake is officially here! Since Skylake brings with it a brand new architecture and chipset that means we have a bunch of motherboards launching today! The biggest improvement on Z170 chipset is that you get 40% more high-speed I/O lanes (PCI-Express / USB 3.0) compared to Intel’s 9 Series chipsets. If you want the low-down on Intel’s Core i7-6700K processor be sure to check out our review, which went up earlier today. Our first Z170 motherboard review will be ASUS’s Z170-A, which is designed to bring you all of the features of the Z170 chipset, but at a very low cost. This motherboard has great hardware features like USB 3.1, SATA Express and M.2, but also great tuning options like auto-tuning, fan-tuning, and even the ability to use your mobile device as your keyboard and mouse. Let’s take a look and see what ASUS has in store for us with the Z170 chipset!
MSI has been showing off the motherboard you see below on their Facebook pages, the board in the Z170A XPOWER Gaming Titanium Edition. I have to say it is one of the best Z170 motherboards we have seen! This motherboard is made to support Intel’s upcoming Skylake desktop processors.
ASUS has officially launched the X99M-WS micro-ATX motherboard that is based on the Intel X99 Express chipset. We first got a look at this motherboard back in June at Computex. The “WS” means that this is a workstation-class motherboard and ASUS claims that it is the most feature-rich X99-based product in the micro-ATX form factor.
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