Motherboards

When we learned that Intel would be restricting Skylake based Xeon E3 CPUs to motherboards using server chipsets only, there was a small outcry from a community that has routinely picked the E3 processors over the consumer counterparts. This is because server chipset based motherboards come with very specialized feature sets, are not concerned with looks or things such as bundles or software packages, and are often limited in XMP support. A few motherboard manufacturers have released server motherboards in the consumer style to fill the gap, but first up we wanted to look at one of the ‘typical’ server products before hitting the new hybrids. This review focuses on the MW31-SP0, a GIGABYTE Server motherboard using the C236 chipset.

The MSI Z170A SLI PLUS Review: Redefining the Base Line at $130

MSI’s motherboard range seems to expand every generation. Alongside the channel range, there’s the MSI Gaming, micro-ATX gaming, OC Certified, Krait, ECO, SLI PLUS, PC Mate and some I...

61 by Ian Cutress on 4/13/2016

The ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme Review: The Other $500 Option

On the back of our last $500 motherboard review, it was clear that a number of readers were surprised that a mainstream motherboard could cost so much. We took...

63 by Ian Cutress on 4/7/2016

Why an Overclockable Core i3 Might Not Exist: The Supermicro C7H170-M and Intel Core i3-6100TE Review

When a new Intel platform hits the market, there are two primary product chains - processors and chipsets. For the most part, at least in the consumer space within...

61 by Ian Cutress on 3/17/2016

An AnandTech Round Table with ASUS: 10 Years of the Republic of Gamers

Earlier this year before CES 2016, we approached ASUS with an idea: as the Republic of Gamers brand is now in its 10th year of operation, we wanted to...

36 by Ian Cutress on 3/9/2016

The GIGABYTE Z170X-UD5 TH Motherboard Review: An Entry to Thunderbolt 3

At the initial phase of Intel’s Skylake processor launch, a myriad of Z170 equipped motherboards were released to enable the platform. One of the prominent features of Z170 was...

27 by Ian Cutress on 2/19/2016

GIGABYTE Unveils New 990FX and 970-Gaming Motherboards for AMD FX

In the past week, GIGABYTE has introduced two new high-end motherboards for AMD FX microprocessors. The new platforms belong to GIGABYTE’s premium Gaming G1 product lineup and include the...

15 by Anton Shilov on 2/18/2016

ASUS Launches 970 Pro Gaming/Aura Motherboard: USB 3.1 and M.2 to AMD FX Platform

ASUS has introduced its latest motherboard for AMD FX microprocessors that brings up-to-date features to the platform. The ASUS 970 Pro Gaming/Aura belongs to a new class of AMD...

22 by Anton Shilov on 2/2/2016

ECS Goes Skylake with LIVA One

At CES 2016, ECS displayed their consumer-focused as well as OEM products to the press and business customers. On the direct-to-consumer side, ECS had some 100-series chipset boards on...

12 by Ganesh T S on 1/19/2016

Supermicro Quietly Launches the C7Z170-OCE: Multi-GPU focused with PLX8747 for $300

One of the biggest changes to the motherboard scene since the release of Skylake is the distinct lack of motherboards designed to cater for more than two PCIe cards...

20 by Ian Cutress on 1/18/2016

New GIGABYTE Server Motherboards Show Xeon D Round 2

The Xeon D platform, as reviewed by Johan back in June, put together eight Broadwell cores, 24 PCIe 3.0 lanes, dual 10 Gbit Ethernet and USB/SATA control all into...

23 by Ian Cutress on 1/18/2016

CES 2016: MSI’s Golden Idea for Motherboards

The problem with a gold motherboard color is that it often looks too much like copper, and several companies have tried it in recent years (ASUS on Z77, ECS&rsquo...

28 by Ian Cutress on 1/13/2016

CES 2016: The Race to Skylake Xeon Motherboards at GIGABYTE

I have been relatively tight lipped on the swathe of Xeon focused motherboards recently making headlines, for good reason. Back at the launch of Intel’s latest generation of processors...

22 by Ian Cutress on 1/13/2016

ASUS Introduces ROG Maximus VIII Formula with Pre-Installed Water-Block

ASUS' ROG website introduced an updated member this week - a new motherboard based on Intel's Z170 which comes with a factory-installed CrossChill EK hybrid cooling block from EKWB...

16 by Anton Shilov on 12/31/2015

The ASUS Maximus VIII Impact Z170 ROG Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

For the Z170 platform, ASUS is slowly increasing the number of Republic of Gamers motherboards available. Alongside the seniors Gene/Formula/Extreme, we have the Impact as a junior, sophomore models...

39 by Ian Cutress on 12/29/2015

ASUS and ASRock Prep Gaming Motherboards for Intel Xeon E3 v5 Processors

ASUS and ASRock, two major makers of computer motherboards, are rolling out their platforms for Intel Xeon CPUs designed for gamers. While typically Xeon chips are more expensive than...

50 by Anton Shilov on 12/29/2015

Going for Gaming: An Interview with MSI VPs Charles Chiang and Ted Hung on Gaming and Strategy

MSI’s march on the gaming market has been well documented with plenty of pushes into notebooks, motherboards, graphics and an attempt to move the barrier forward with both brand...

17 by Ian Cutress on 12/18/2015

The GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming G1 Review: Quad-SLI on Skylake, and now with Thunderbolt 3

This is a review of a $500 motherboard for Skylake processors. For some readers, there’s going to an instant reaction of a series of question marks, confused emoji and...

67 by Ian Cutress on 12/1/2015

The ASRock Z170 Extreme7+ Review: When You Need Triple M.2 x4 in RAID

When we first analyzed the Z170 chipset from Intel, we were pleased to see that it offered 26 high speed input/output ports, which included 20 PCIe 3.0 lanes and...

64 by Ian Cutress on 11/27/2015

Supermicro with Greenlow Motherboards at SuperComputing 15

One of the bigger shakeups of the Xeon ecosystem of late is the recent discovery that Intel will be severing the few ties that the Xeon family of processors...

14 by Ian Cutress on 11/24/2015

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