Gigabyte was showing off a motherboard made for extreme overclockers at Computex 2014 this week. The board is the GA-Z97X-SOC Force LN2, which is much like the GA-Z97X-SOC Force that has been out for a while now, but the GA-Z97X-SOC Force LN2 does not come with any cooler mounting holes. This means it is made for LN2 cooling.
BIOSTAR has released the A88MQ motherboard based on the new AMD FM2+ socket design that supports AMD Multi-Core (x4, x2) socket FM2+/FM2 processors AMD A-series/ E2-series processors all in a micro ATX form factor. Using the AMD A88X Chipset, the A88MQ, gives users the options for small build using the MicroATX form factor.
Intel’s 9 Series chipsets are here and with that brings a whole onslaught on new motherboards based on these chipsets. The two main chipsets in the 9 series are the Z97 and H97, which effectively replace and are upgrades to the Z87 and H87 chipsets respectively. Most of you are probably more interested in the Z97 chipset and that is what we will be covering today. We have our first Z97 motherboard in for review and it is the Z97-A from ASUS. It is their entry level board in their mainstream series with a modest price point of around $149.99. Even though this is an entry level board ASUS has still loaded it with features like SATA Express, M.2 support, their Crystal Sound 2 audio technology and a whole suite a incredible software. Let’s see if this is the board to make your entry into Intel’s Z87 chipset.
When MSI first launched their Z97 Gaming Series motherboards they were made up of the Z97 Gaming 3, Z97 Gaming 5, and Z97 Gaming 7. MSI has now introduced a new high-end addition, the Z97 Gaming 9 AC. This board is targeted directly at high-end gaming PC builds.
BIOSTAR, maker of embedded/IPC solutions, graphics cards, and motherboards has introduced Intel’s next generation Haswell based motherboard, the Hi-Fi Z97WE. It comes with many BIOSTAR in-house features such as “Hi-Fi” audio technology.
ASRock has just rolled out a low-power computing motherboard based on the Intel Celeron J1900 “Bay Trail” SoC, the Q1900DC-ITX. The SoC has a quad core x86-64 CPU clocked at 2.0 GHz, with a turbo boost speed of up to 2.42 GHz.
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!
With that said ASUS has unveiled the B85-Pro Gamer motherboard. This ATX motherboard makes use of an 8-pase VRM, has four DDR3 DIMM slots, a single PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot, a PCI-Express 2.0 x4 slot, and two PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slots. Storage on the board come in the form of four SATA 6GB/s ports and two SATA 3GB/s ports.
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…