The launch of Haswell-E ushered in a triumvirate of new technology – a new CPU line, a new motherboard chipset and DDR4 memory. Today we focus on the new consumer motherboard chipset, X99, with motherboards from all four major manufacturers: the ASUS X99-Deluxe, the GIGABYTE X99-UD7 WiFi, the ASRock X99 WS and the MSI X99S SLI Plus.

ASUS Announces Haswell-E Workstation Motherboards: X99-E WS (1P) and Z10PE-D8 WS (2P)

The normal route for workstation level motherboards is from the server business unit of a motherboard manufacturer, which then works its way into full systems rather than being sold...

33 by Ian Cutress on 9/15/2014

ASUS EeeBook X205: The $199 Windows Alternative to Chromebooks

When ASUS introduced the first EeePC back in 2007, it became a huge hit and essentially ushered in the era of the netbook. Using Linux as the core OS...

31 by Jarred Walton on 9/3/2014

ASUS' Zenbook UX305: Core M and QHD+

Today at IFA ASUS announced a couple of new laptops. The first continues the refinement of the Zenbook line with an update geared around Intel's Core M line of...

13 by Jarred Walton on 9/3/2014

ASUS Unveils the ZenWatch at IFA

Today ASUS threw their hat in the ring of Android Wear smartwatches with their new ASUS ZenWatch. All of the Android Wear watches sport a common hardware platform and...

11 by Brandon Chester on 9/3/2014

Haswell-E Comes, ASUS and G.Skill Take Overclocking Records

In our Haswell-E coverage we did some basic 24/7 type overclocking suitable for the system under the desk, and there will be users with custom loops willing to go...

15 by Ian Cutress on 9/1/2014

ASUS X99 Launch: Rampage V Extreme, X99-Deluxe, X99-A and X99-Pro

The launch today is one of the biggest in the last few years, with DRAM, CPU and Chipset all getting a refresh. Understandably ASUS is getting in on the...

14 by Ian Cutress on 8/29/2014

Corsair Launches DDR4-3300, DDR4-3200 and DDR4-3000 Memory Kits

While the JEDEC standard for DDR3 slowly creeped up from 800 MHz to 1600-1866 MHz, the new DDR4 modules will come out of the gate at DDR4-2133 CAS 15...

10 by Ian Cutress on 8/29/2014

ASUS Motherboard Division Director: An Interview with Dr Albert Chang

Following our interviews previously with Rod O’Shea at Intel UK, Kris Huang at ASUS and Jackson Hsu at GIGABYTE, I was offered the opportunity to spend some time with...

11 by Ian Cutress on 8/15/2014

ASUS ROG Z97 Maximus VII Impact Officially Launched

One of the highlights of ASUS’ ROG Computex Press Event was the announcement of the Maximus VII Impact, the successor to the popular mini-ITX ROG Impact range of motherboards...

26 by Ian Cutress on 8/14/2014

ASUS Launches Crossblade Ranger for FM2+: ROG Comes Back To AMD at $160

Back during Computex this year, we were at ASUS’ ROG press conference when the Crossblade Ranger was announced. This was ASUS’ ROG brand returning to AMD at the request...

15 by Ian Cutress on 8/6/2014

ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q Monitor Released in APAC/EU, North America Coming September

One of ASUS’ many releases during Computex was for their new ROG Swift PG278Q monitor that boasted a number of impressive specifications all at once. The PG278Q combines a...

74 by Ian Cutress on 7/24/2014

Asus RT-AC87 AC2400 Router with Quantenna Chipset Set to Ship

Back at CES earlier this year, I had visited Quantenna and covered the announcement of their QSR1000 4x4 802.11ac MIMO chipset. It was announced that the Asus RT-AC87U would...

19 by Ganesh T S on 7/22/2014

ASUS ROG Maximus VII Formula Released

One of the major announcements at Computex this year was that of the Maximus VII Formula, ASUS’ ‘gaming-rather-than-overclocking’ focused member of the Republic of Gamers line-up. The additions for...

28 by Ian Cutress on 7/18/2014

ASUS Z97-Pro WiFi AC Review

The initial set of Z97 reviews demonstrated that most motherboard manufacturers were implementing at least one the new storage options offered by the chipset: SATA Express and M.2. ...

36 by Ian Cutress on 7/16/2014

The ASUS HQ Tour: Testing Facilities

As part of our Computex trip this year, ASUS gave us a guided tour of its testing facilities at the ASUS headquarters in Northern Taipei.

10 by Ian Cutress on 6/25/2014

Computex 2014: The ASUS Booth Tour

After two jam-packed press conferences this year, the ASUS booth was brimming with visitors all week every time I walked past. We were given the full tour of...

22 by Ian Cutress on 6/11/2014

G.Skill Overclocking World Cup at Computex 2014: $10,000 for #1

Extreme overclocking using LN2 (Liquid Nitrogen) to get the best scores possible has had a recent infusion of interest from PC component vendors. In the past there were...

6 by Ian Cutress on 6/11/2014

ASUS Launches ROG Ares III for Water Cooling Builds

The Radeon R9 295X2, or any graphics card that comes pre-liquid cooled, comes up against a barrier. There will be a market segment that cares more about the...

13 by Ian Cutress on 6/2/2014

ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q Launched: 1440p 144Hz panel with G-Sync

Monitor talk is crazy. In this modern era we have a choice between 4K panels, cheap Korean 1440p monitors, panels that cover wide gamuts those that refresh at...

38 by Ian Cutress on 6/2/2014

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