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 separately. The other, less used alternative is for the mainstream end-user motherboard business units to develop their own and sell directly to end-users building their own workstation. While some of the motherboard manufacturers are slowly jumping on this bandwagon, ASUS has been at it for a number of generations now, with enough success to continue into their new Haswell-E designs which have just been announced. ASUS X99-E WS The X99-E WS follows on from the X79-E WS and the X58-E WS, and the most obvious thing to notice is the seven full-length PCIe slots. ASUS’ workstation line...

Computex 2011: ECS X79 and Llano Motherboards

I’ve been running around the Computex show floor all morning and finally managed to build enough of a lead ahead of my meetings to sit down and write up...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/30/2011

Computex 2011: ASRock Llano, 990FX and Z68 Motherboards

Computex 2011 is officially underway. Although technically it started yesterday with informal meetings at LAX, Ian and I kicked off our plethora of meetings at the show today with...

39 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Ian Cutress on 5/30/2011

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO Review: Our First Z68 Motherboard

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO: Friend or Foe? Yet another 6-series chipset is upon us from Intel. In terms of just consumer level desktop Cougar Point chipsets, this makes the seventh on...

99 by Ian Cutress on 5/11/2011

P67 $190 Part 2: MSI P67A-GD65, ASRock P67 Extreme6 and ECS P67H2-A2

Our first look at $190 P67 boards started with ASUS and Gigabyte. Within hours of posting the review, I was commandeered by several other companies to look at their...

28 by Ian Cutress on 5/10/2011

H67 – A Triumvirate of Tantalizing Technology

Sandy Bridge is more than just P67. With the plethora of issues regarding the B2 stepping and Intel’s recall, there is still hope in the land of Sandy...

55 by Ian Cutress on 3/27/2011

ASUS & MSI Announce 6-series Motherboard Replacement Programs

Let’s recap. Intel launched Sandy Bridge. Intel found a bug in the 6-series chipset, necessary for all Sandy Bridge systems. Intel issued a stop shipment on all 6-series parts...

58 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/8/2011

Gigabyte Announces 6-series Motherboard Replacement Program

Yesterday Intel announced the largest stop shipment/recall I can remember it ever making (excluding FDIV). The product in question? All 6-series chipsets, a necessary part of any Sandy Bridge...

86 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/1/2011

The Battle of the P67 Boards - ASUS vs. Gigabyte at $190

In the world of motherboards and manufacturer competition, the idea is to beat your competitor. To develop the product, with more features, more fancy gadgets, and perform better than...

117 by Ian Cutress on 1/20/2011

Welcome to Sandy Bridge, with the ASRock P67 Extreme4

The launch of the Sandy Bridge platform today brings Intel’s newest socket, the new LGA-1155 platform, into the hands of the consumer. Pre-release information across the internet has heralded...

55 by Ian Cutress on 1/3/2011

Zotac Announce two 880G AMD Mini-ITX Motherboards

The mini-ITX market is gathering pace, and seemingly every motherboard company wants a piece of the action. Some get it almost right, such as the Gigabyte H55N-USB which...

26 by Ian Cutress on 12/3/2010

A brief look at upcoming ASUS P67 Motherboards

With the launch of Sandy Bridge on the horizon, the larger motherboard manufacturers are putting the final touches to their products. ASUS, Gigabyte, EVGA, MSI, Foxconn, and others...

53 by Ian Cutress on 11/14/2010

A Quick Glimpse of the Biostar TP67XE and TH67XE

With Intel’s new socket 1155 and Sandy Bridge archtecture nearly upon us, it was only a matter of time before motherboard vendors started to release promotional shots of their...

27 by Ian Cutress on 9/29/2010

ASRock 890FX Deluxe: Comprehensive Motherboard Review & Investigation of Thuban Performance Scaling

We kick off our long overdue focus on AMD with an in-depth review of ASRock's 890FX Deluxe 4. Landing with an MSRP of $180, the Deluxe 4 slots in...

43 by Rajinder Gill on 8/31/2010

ZOTAC IONITX-P-E: Can Intel's CULV Processors Reinvigorate Interest in NVIDIA's ION?

NVIDIA’s ION brought a tremendous appeal to mini-ITX last year, but over the past six months Clarkdale has established itself as the natural and more capable choice for small...

42 by Rajinder Gill on 8/26/2010

ASUS Rampage III Formula to debut ‘soon’

ASUS’ Republic of Gamers range is soon to have a new member, in the shape of the ASUS Rampage III Formula. Using the X58 chipset, this board is...

20 by Ian Cutress on 8/6/2010

ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte & MSI: Four Flagship X58 Motherboards Reviewed

Thus far, we’ve spent most of 2010 focusing on mainstream segments for our motherboard reviews, there’s more of that to come over the next few months starting off with...

54 by Rajinder Gill on 7/15/2010

ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte & MSI: Four Flagship X58 Motherboards Reviewed

Thus far, we’ve spent most of 2010 focusing on mainstream segments for our motherboard reviews, there’s more of that to come over the next few months starting off with...

54 by Rajinder Gill on 7/15/2010

Computex 2010: Motherboards

Another year, another Computex. Every time it comes around, vendors attempt to tease and tantalise both journalists and Joe Public alike with concept models, previews, machines running really...

33 by Ian Cutress on 6/16/2010

Gigabyte H55N-USB3 : Mini-ITX done the Gigabyte way...

We’ve been waiting for one of the major players to get their mitts into mini-ITX for Intel’s chipsets and finally Gigabyte has delivered with the Intel H55 chipset based...

78 by Rajinder Gill on 6/15/2010

ASRock X58 Extreme3: An Enthusiast X58 Motherboard at a Budget Price?

Today, we take a look at an X58 motherboard from ASRock, the Extreme3. The Extreme3 is the next iteration up from the ASRock X58 Extreme, with the notable...

36 by Ian Cutress on 6/2/2010

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