ASRock has had a partnership with the Fatal1ty brand for a while now. With the introduction of Intel’s Z97 chipset ASRock has released three Fatal1ty-branded motherboards, today we will be looking at the Fatal1ty Z97 Killer. Of course being Fatal1ty-branded we know that this board is going to cater to gamers. With that said it does offer gaming features like the Killer E2200 Intelligent Networking Platform, ASRock’s Gaming Armor which has loads of features, Purity Sound 2 audio, ASRock Key Master software and you even get a 3 month premium license of XSplit to stream and broadcast your gaming skills. Is this the next motherboard for you? Read on as we take a look…
ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Maximus VII Formula and Maximus VII Formula/Watch Dogs, Z97 chipset-based ATX gaming motherboards ready for the latest 4th-, new 4th- and 5th-generation Intel Core processors – codenamed ‘Haswell’, ‘Haswell Refresh’, ‘Haswell Refresh K-Series’ (‘Devil’s Canyon’) and ‘Broadwell’ – and engineered with many new and exclusive ROG game-boosting features.
ASUS has just announced the H97-Pro Gamer Motherboard, which is based off Intel’s LGA1150 socket. The motherboard speeds up gamers’ fun with 10 Gbit/s M.2 and SATA Express connectivity, Intel Gigabit Ethernet and exclusive GameFirst ll networking technology.
The mini-ITX form factor has really exploded over the past year and both motherboard manufacturers and case makers have really caught up. Building a mini-ITX system means that it is going to be small and that you are going to be able to easily take it with you to LAN parties. Because of this we have seen many mini-ITX gaming motherboards. With Intel’s release of the 9-Series chipset of course we expected to see new mini-ITX motherboards and today we are taking a look at our first. The MSI Z97I Gaming AC gives you the full power of the Z97 chipset, a single PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot for your high-end graphics card, KillerNIC Gigabit Ethernet, Audio Boost 2 technology, 802.11ac WiFi, USB 3.0 and even four SATA 6GB/s ports. Did I mention that this board only measures 6.7-inches x 6.7-inches! Let’s take a look…
It looks like everyone is showing off their X99 motherboards at Computex! ASRock was not only showing just one board, but two boards actually and even revealed which board they were, which are the X99 Extreme 6 and the X99 Extreme 4.
Well it looks like EVGA is not the only one showing an X99 motherboard at Computex 2014. MSI has their upcoming X99 motherboard prototype on display at their booth. X99 motherboards will launch later this year with Intel’s Haswell-E high-end desktop (HEDT) platform.
Sapphire’s “Atomic” branding is known for their very high-end products. We have seen this branding on some of the first ever graphics cards fitted with factory liquid cooling solutions. Well Sapphire is bringing this branding to its motherboards with the Sapphire Atomic 990FX.
Up until now there were no FM2+ motherboards in ASUS’s Republic of Gamers motherboard portfolio. FM2+ of course replaced AMD’s FM2 socket to support Steamroller and Kaveri APUs. So if you do prefer AMD’s APUs you now have a ROG Gaming board to choose from, the ROG Crossblade Ranger.
ASUS has made a new addition to their TUF (The Ultimate Force) line of super durable motherboards with the TUF Sabranco Z97. “Sabranco” according to ASUS is a combination of the words Sabertooth and Branco (Portuguese for white).