In recent months it would seem that ASUS’ Republic of Gamers brand has split into some very distinct segments. We used to only have three SKUs to choose from: the Extreme, the Formula and the mATX Gene. Along came the mini-ITX Impact, then the Ranger, and then something called the Pro Gamer. Today we received a press release regarding the announcement of the B85M-Gamer, which has very little mentioning of ROG at all. Typically ROG is ASUS’ high-end gaming brand, so it would make sense to align something more budget just under the ‘Gamer’ name rather than a full blown ROG. The B85M-Gamer, despite being a business chipset, it going for the cheaper Intel market which already includes non-overclocking products from GIGABYTE and MSI. This...

ASRock X79 Extreme4-M and X79 Extreme4 Review – Sandy Bridge-E meets mATX

In our series of X79 reviews, the next boards to face scrutiny are a pair of ASRock boards – the X79 Extreme4-M, one of the first mATX solutions to...

53 by Ian Cutress on 12/9/2011

Gigabyte's G1.Assassin 2 X79 Motherboard Features Killer NIC

Previously offered on their G1.Sniper board, Qualcomm Atheros announced that their Killer E2100 NIC would once again make an appearance in Gigabyte's top gaming board, the X79-based G1.Assassin 2...

12 by Jason Inofuentes on 11/30/2011

Intel DX79SI Review: The Default X79?

Reviews of Intel manufactured boards are something of a rarity. They are not marketed in the same way other motherboards are – almost not at all in comparison...

60 by Ian Cutress on 11/18/2011

EVGA Shows Off X79 SLI, FTW and Classified Motherboards on Video

Early this morning we published our Sandy Bridge E review, as well as our first X79 motherboard review: ASUS' P9X79 Pro. We've got more SNB-E content in the works...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/14/2011

Sandy Bridge-E and X79 – The ASUS P9X79 PRO Review

In the pursuit of sheer performance, a user should aim to combine the ultimate CPU with the ultimate everything else – motherboard, memory, and so on. The latest enthusiast...

55 by Ian Cutress on 11/14/2011

A Quick Look at MSI's X79 Motherboards

Sandy Bridge E is right around the corner and the amount of Socket-2011 related emails we're getting is going up. The latest is from MSI - we got an...

16 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/7/2011

ASUS F1A75-V Pro vs. Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H – Llano at ~$120

With recent reports showing a profit for AMD from Llano, we can safely say that the processors, and thus the chipsets, are selling. As a result, we have taken...

47 by Ian Cutress on 11/7/2011

Gigabyte Shows off Simplified "3D BIOS" Interface for X79 UEFI

We are getting closer to the launch of Sandy Bridge E and Intel's motherboard partners are eager to get out some early press about their motherboards. We saw a...

27 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/4/2011

ASUS E35M1-M Pro Review - Anyone For Fusion?

The low powered AMD Fusion market is still an active one, and although the ASUS E35M1-M Pro has been available for a while, we have been asked to have...

66 by Brendan van Varik on 10/25/2011

ASUS F1A75-I Deluxe Review – Llano and Mini-ITX

In a world where space is at a premium, the smaller motherboards get, and yet still retain full functionality, never ceases to amaze me. With desktop Llano processors...

52 by Ian Cutress on 10/1/2011

Zotac Packs AMD A75 Into Mini-ITX Form Factor

ZOTAC has today released A75-ITX WiFi motherboard. Like the name suggests, this motherboard is based on AMD's A75 chipset and comes in Mini-ITX form factor. Don't let the size...

13 by Kristian Vättö on 9/22/2011

Zotac Z68ITX-A-E Wifi Review - Mini-ITX meets Z68

With every chipset, there's a call to arms in providing the package that everyone needs. Unfortunately there's never one motherboard which can cater for every possibility, but there are...

29 by Ian Cutress on 9/22/2011

First Look at Gigabyte's UEFI Setup on X79

As we mentioned in our X79 coverage yesterday, none of the motherboard manufacturers were allowed to show BIOS/UEFI screenshots out of fear of accidentally disclosing clock speeds. Gigabyte's X79...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

X79 Motherboards from Gigabyte & MSI at IDF 2011

IDF isn't a traditional trade show in the sense that the majority of the show isn't built around a wide open show floor with tons of booths and product...

16 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

ASUS P8P67 Review

Today, we will be looking at the ASUS P8P67. Although the board has been available for some time, this is one of ASUS' cheaper full size P67 ATX offerings...

54 by Brendan van Varik on 9/8/2011

ECS P67H2-A Review: A visit back to Lucid's Hydra

If you remember back to October 2008, there were distinct murmurings about Hydra - an encompassing hardware and software solution to bring multiple GPUs together to act as one...

22 by Ian Cutress on 7/21/2011

Zotac, and a Z68 E-ATX with almost everything?

The Zotac "Crown Edition-ZT-Z68 U1DU3" is a Z68 motherboard in the Extended ATX (E-ATX, 330x305 mm) format. At that size, you know from the start that it will...

23 by Ian Cutress on 7/16/2011

Fusion E-350 Review: ASUS E35M1-I Deluxe, ECS HDC-I and Zotac FUSION350-A-E

Despite what you could buy many years ago for more than a thousand dollars, you can now get the same performance in a motherboard/CPU combo for under $200. ...

67 by Ian Cutress on 7/14/2011

Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 Review

Gigabyte has released their Z68 lineup, and I am going to look at the UD3H - a $170 Z68 board aimed at the mainstream consumer market. The Z68 based...

70 by Brendan van Varik on 7/11/2011

ASRock A75 Extreme6 Review and Desktop Llano Overclocking

Our initial tests with the ASRock A75 Extreme6 were based on a pre-release model, and shown in our preview. At that point, the board design was not finalized...

44 by Ian Cutress on 6/30/2011

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