Thursday, April 26, 2018

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EVGA X299 Micro Motherboard Review

EVGA always has three motherboards for each series they release, typically we see an E-ATX board, ATX board, and Micro-ATX board. Their X299 line is no different and today we are going to be checking out the X299 Micro, which is EVGA's Micro-ATX X299 board. Considering how powerful the X299 platform is you could really build as pretty amazing smaller form factor system perfect for LAN parties. This board supports 2-way SLI, has M.2 support, USB 3.1 support, 802.11ac WiFi, and even RGB header support. If you are looking to build a small, but powerful X299 system this could be the perfect board for you! Let's take a look and see what it is all about!

AORUS Z370 Ultra Gaming Motherboard
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AORUS Z370 Ultra Gaming Motherboard Review

With the launch of Intel's 8th Generation "Coffee Lake" processors we have a whole lineup of Z370 motherboards. Gigabyte's high-end gaming brand AORUS currently has six Z370 motherboards. Today we are checking out the Z370 Ultra Gaming, which sits right in the middle of the lineup. This board will definitely be a great option for many people moving over to the Z370 platform as it has a low cost and of course in typical AORUS fashion plenty of RGB lighting. This ATX motherboard features dual M.2 slots, ALC1220 120dB SNR HD Audio with a Smart Headphone Amp, Intel LAN, Smart Fan 5 support, and USB 3.1 support. Let's get this board on our test bench and see what it can do!

ASRock X299 Taichi Motherboard
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ASRock X299 Taichi Motherboard Review

We are back with our third X299 motherboard review. Today our board comes from ASRock, it is their X299 Taichi. ASrock has explained their Taichi motherboards as the best value for your money. So basically they try and pack in the features for the best price possible. In the past ASRock's Taichi motherboards have been very solid and a great choice among gamers and enthusiasts. The X299 Taichi features a 13-phase power design, triple Ultra M.2 slots, multi-GPU support, dual LAN as well as dual band 802.11ac WiFi, USB 3.1, and even some RGB lighting. It is hard to find another X299 motherboard with all of these features in the same price range as the Taichi. Let's dive in and see what the X299 Taichi is all about.

ASUS Prime Z370-A Motherboard
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ASUS Prime Z370-A Motherboard Review

With the launch of Intel's 8th Generation desktop processors last week and the need for a new chipset (Intel Z370) we have a slew of new motherboards on the block. ASUS has quite a few different Z370 motherboards available right now, from their higher-end Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand to their more affordable Prime series. I am actually a huge fan of the Prime Series. It gives you all of the great features you expect on a motherboard, without many of the extras that cost more and you simply don't make use of. Today we are taking a look a the new ASUS Prime Z370-A Motherboard. This ATX motherboard has great features including dual M.2 slots, USB 3.1 Gen 2, 2-way SLI and 3-way CrossFire support, and even some cool RGB LEDs. You are going to get all of this for $174.99. Add an affordable "Coffee Lake" processor and you have the makings of a pretty awesome system. Let's dive in and see what this motherboard is all about.

Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3 Motherboard
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Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3 Motherboard Review

When AMD's Ryzen processors launched many people thought the X370 chipset was the way to go. It definitely offers the most features and the motherboards in that range are pretty awesome, but one should not look over the B350 chipset. If you are building a new Ryzen-based PC and are using a single graphics card a B350 motherboard could help you save some money to put towards that graphics card or other components. B350 motherboards could actually be the sweet spot for Ryzen gamers as you still get overclocking capabilities, two more PCIe lanes as well as 1 more USB 3.1 port than the lower-end A320 motherboards. The B350 board we are checking out today is the Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3 which features a sleek design, a single M.2 NVMe slot, USB 3.1 supoort, multi-zone RGB lighting and more! Let's jump in and see what this board is all about!

AORUS X299 Gaming 9 Motherboard
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AORUS X299 Gaming 9 Motherboard Review

When it comes to Gigabyte's X299 lineup the current flagship motherboard is the AORUS X299 Gaming 9. This is actually the third "Gaming 9" motherboard we've taken a look at from Gigabyte. Previously we took a look at the AORUS Z270X-Gaming 9, and the Gigabyte X99-Ultra Gaming. These boards are designed to pack in as many features as possible and are specifically designed for gamers and enthusiasts. The new AORUS X299 Gaming 9 does just that and the feature list is extensive, but here are some of the main features, 3-way graphics support, a server class digital power design, Killer DoubleShot Pro and Intel networking, triple M.2 slots and a PCIe expansion card giving you 1 more M.2, Creative Sound BlasterX 720 audio, Killer 2x2 802.11ac WiFi, USB 3.1, and more RGB LEDs than any other X299 board out there! And that is just the tip of the iceberg, read on as we dive down deep and see if this is truly the ultimate X299 motherboard!

MSI X299 SLI Plus Motherboard
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MSI X299 SLI Plus Motherboard Review

With the launch of Intel's Core X Series processors we have the brand new X299 chipset and with it a whole slew of X299 motherboards. With the big name players in the motherboard industry releasing multiple boards in different series it is really hard to choose what is the right board for you. One series we've been a huge fan of over the past few years is MSI's Pro Series. We'ver reviewed the Z170A SLI Plus and their Z270 SLI Plus motherboards in the past and they provided all of the features you want without all of the pricey extras. This allows you to build a great system and have some extra cash to put towards other components. Today we have the brand new X299 SLI Plus which will give you all of the core features of the X299 chipset without all of the costly extras and bling on other boards. This is great as some X299 motherboards are going for $500! Let's check out the X299 SLI Plus and see what it is all about!

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MSI Z270 SLI PLUS Motherboard Review

Like most motherboard manufactures MSI has quite the Intel Z270 motherboard lineup, separated into a few different categories. Starting off you have the Gaming Series, which of course is targeted at gamers as well as enthusiasts. Next you have the Performance Gaming, which is where you'll find the Krait and Carbon motherboards. The last gaming series from MSI is the Arsenal Gaming Series, which has the Tomahawk, Mortar and Bazooka board. Not part of the Gaming Series is the Pro Series, which is designed for great performance, but without all of the flash and extra's you'll find on the gaming series boards. Today we are checking out the Z270 SLI PLUS which is part of the Pro Series. It has great features like Military Class 5 components, Turbo M.2 slots, USB 3.1, support for SLI and Crossfire, and much more. You get all of this for <a href="http://amzn.to/2oVcyKY" target="_blank">a very reasonable $133</a>! Let's jump in and see what this motherboard is all about!

ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero Motherboard
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ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero Motherboard Review

With all of the hype surrounding the launch of AMD's Ryzen 7 processors, one of the most highly anticipated motherboards was ASUS's ROG Crosshair VI Hero. If you didn't know ASUS launched the Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand with the original Crosshair AM2 motherboard. With AMD making a big push with Ryzen ASUS thought it was time for a new AMD Crosshair motherboard. The Crosshair VI motheboard makes use if the new X370 chipset and features a 12-phase power design, support for 2-way SLI / CrossFire, a PCI-Express 3.0 x4 M.2 connector, ROG SupremeFX audio technology, USB 3.1, RGB lighting with two RGB headers, and much more! Is this the motherboard to get for your new AM4 build? Read on as we find out!

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EVGA Z270 Classified K Motherboard Review

Back in January at CES 2017 EVGA showed us their Z270 motherboard lineup which they launched at the show. This included the Z270 Classified K, Z270 FTWK, and the Z270 Stinger. Today we have the chance to take a look at one of those boards, which is the Z270 Classified K. The Z270 Classified K currently sits as EVGA's flagship Z270 motherboard and it is jam packed with features! This E-ATX motherboard features Creative Sound Core3D audio, Killer E2500 gaming networking, Thunderbolt 3, U.2 as well as dual M.2 32 Gb/s ports, a 13-phase power delivery system and more! Let's get this board on the test bench and see what it can do!

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