Normally you do not hear much about Intel’s own motherboard line. This is due to the fact that it really is not all that impressive and companies like ASUS and Gigabyte market their products a whole lot better. Intel has already announced it is going to back out of the consumer motherboard business, but that has not stopped them from creating boards for the upcoming “Haswell” platform. Below you see their DZ87KL-75K, which is their top enthusiast board for the upcoming Haswell Z87 Lynx Point platform.
It seems ASUS is working on a variant of their Republic of Gamers Rampage IV Extreme motherboard. This board is made for people who may be tired of the red / black scheme on Republic of Gamers boards. The Rampage IV Extreme Black as you can guess has all an all black appearance, with a few grey accents here and there. Besides the color changes it is pretty much identical to the original board.
Workstation motherboards are made for some pretty intense tasks. With ASUS’s new P9X79-E WS motherboard you sure will be able to do a lot! The thing that really sets this board apart from others is that it has seven PCI Express 3.0 slots. So if you choose you are able to install seven single-slot cards or four dual-slot cards. The large number of PCI Express slots is great for users who have PCI Express-based video capture, RAID, and SSD storage components.
It has been quite a while since we have taken a look at a motherboard from Gigabyte. The last board we looked at was the Z77X-UD3H back when the Z77 chipset first launched. It has been quite a while since the Z77 launch and we are seeing a second round of Z77 motherboards appear. The Z77X-UD4H is part of of this new round of motherboards and builds upon the UD3H by adding some new features to the board. The Z77X-UD4H is a great motherboard for people looking to get into the Z77 chipset without having to drop a whole lot of money. Right now the Z77X-UD4H is selling for $164.99, which makes it one of the more inexpensive Z77 motherboards available. Don’t let the price tag fool you though, this board is filled with great features! Let’s dive in…
We have another look at an upcoming Z87 motherboard, this time it is from MSI. They were showing an early prototype of the Z87A Gaming Series motherboard. MSI has yet to really design the final color scheme, heatsinks, and PCB color, but most of the development of the board is done.
ASUS today announced the TUF Series SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0, the world’s first AMD-based motherboard to feature PCI Express 3.0 for use with next generation high performance graphics cards. Up to three DirectX 11 graphics cards with 28nm GPU technology can be used via NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFireX to create desktop PCs with formidable graphics performance. SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 also features renowned ASUS TUF Series thermal design for superior heat removal. Like all TUF Series motherboards, it undergoes military and server-grade testing to ensure absolute stability, reliability, and longevity. SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 is backed by a five-year warranty.
ASRock has launched the industry’s first mini-ITX motherboard that has a total of 8 SATA 6GB/s ports (1 of which is an eSATA port). The 7 internal SATA 6GB/s ports support RAID 0/1/10. The new FM2A85X-ITX is a socket FM2 motherboard that is based on the AMD A85X chipset. This motherboard is going to make many DIY NAS / media center builders happy. Being able to connect up to 8 hard drives means you are going to be able to store quite a lot of data!
ASUS’s Republic of Gamers (ROG) products cater to gamers and hardware enthusiasts. Many of these same people attend LAN parties. No want wants to lug a huge system to a LAN party, it just is not fun. That is one of the reasons why ASUS has a “Gene” line of motherboards. These are micro ATX boards that are perfect for building a great LAN or small for factor system. Many people think micro ATX boards lack many features that normal ATX boards have, but the board we are taking a look at today is a ROG board. The ASUS Maximus V Gene features an all digital power delivery design in their Extreme Engine Digi+ II, a mPCIe combo card so you can add an mSATA SSD or a mPCIe card of your choice, ASUS’s own 8-channel Supreme FX III sound solution, CrossFireX and SLI support, and native PCIe 3.0 and USB 3.0. That is just the tip of the iceberg there are so many features in this board you won’t believe it is only a micro ATX board! Read on as we take a look…
ASUS’s Republic of Gamers (ROG) line of motherboards has been going strong for a few years now. ROG boards are made for the gamer and enthusiast having the features that these users would want. The board we are taking a look at today is no different. The Rampage IV Formula features 4-way SLI / CrossFireX support, ASUS’s own SupremeFX III audio, Intel Ethernet, ASUS’s ROG connect technology, support for quad channel memory up to 2400 MHz, and so much more. The Rampage IV Formula is positioned between the Rampage IV Extreme at the high-end and the Rampage IV Gene which is ASUS’s mATX version of this board. Read on to see if this is the perfect board for your gaming setup.
Even with the flood of Ivy Bridge processors and Z77 motherboards out there many people (especially gamers) that still prefer Sandy Bridge-E processors and X79 motherboards. This is because of the increased L3 cache on Sandy Bridge-E processors and the availability of more PCIe lanes. So until there is official word when we will see Ivy Bridge-E processors X79 still remains the high-end when it comes to desktop systems. Today we are taking a look at probably the most feature packed Z79 motherboard we have seen and that is available today. It is the X79 Extreme11 from ASRock and it features 7 PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, 14 SATA ports, 8 USB 3.0 ports and much, much more. ASRock is marketing this board as the “Ultimate X79 Motherboard” and we are going to see if it is! Read on as we take a look at the ASRock X79 Extreme11 Motherboard.
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