With every new chipset release, a large part of the community is always interested in the smaller form factor builds. Building a small yet powerful system seems to be an expanding niche, and for Intel’s Z97 platform we took three of the cheaper mini-ITX motherboards to see how they compare. The ASRock Z97E-ITX/AC, the MSI Z97I AC and the GIGABYTE Z97N-WIFI are all between $130 and $140, all feature 802.11ac support but vary in other connectivity, ease of use and their packages. We compared all three.
ASUS and NVIDIA gave us a chance to preview the world's second mini-ITX Ion motherboard: the AT3N7A-I. We took this opportunity to round up the three DIY Ion...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/28/2009
As the P55 platform release (official) date fast approaches, we want to know your opinion on a few subjects.
Gary Key on 8/25/2009
We're less than a month away from the biggest deployment of Intel's Nehalem architecture ever. Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon, motherboard manufacturers, memory vendors and even NVIDIA...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/20/2009
We provide a first look at undervolting AMD's latest and greatest processor. Will our initial results make Al Gore proud?
Gary Key on 8/14/2009
We provide our initial analysis on AMD's update to the venerable 780G chipset. Does it provide a generational leap in performance or just a new paint job and...
Gary Key on 8/4/2009
Two months after the launch of Zotac's Ion motherboard we have a new revision that properly enables wake-on-USB support. HTPC enthusiasts rejoice!
Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/27/2009
We discuss AMD's upcoming IG release since the platform is not ready for testing.
Gary Key on 7/14/2009
We take an early look at ASRock's new X58 budget offering and find a board full of features and performance to boot.
Gary Key on 7/2/2009
We provide a first look at MSI's impressive $169 X58 motherboard based on the uATX form factor. Does MSI have a winner here? We think so.
Gary Key on 5/23/2009
At your request I dove deeper into wake on USB issues, overclocking, Flash video performance and power consumption with Zotac's Ion.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/19/2009
We tie up some loose ends as we examine the final retail version of the EVGA X58 Classified.
Rajinder Gill on 5/8/2009
Has the Phenom II X4 940 met its match when it comes to CrossFire X performance at resolutions that most of us use on a daily basis? Let's...
Gary Key on 3/28/2009
We take a quick look at the EVGA X58 Classified and provide an early BIOS guide for getting the most out of this X58 board and others.
Rajinder Gill on 2/27/2009
We take Gigabyte's latest P45 board out for a spin and find Ferrari performance at a Mustang price.
Gary Key on 2/3/2009
We take a quick look at CrossFireX results with the Phenom II X4 940 and find it competitive with similar Intel offerings.
Gary Key on 2/2/2009
The Blood Rage is one of the hottest looking X58 boards to grace our test bench, but what lies beneath the surface beauty?
Rajinder Gill on 1/2/2009
We take a look at the mid-range X58 motherboards from ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI.
Gary Key on 12/5/2008
We preview EVGA's X58 based motherboard that is capable of 3X SLI as advertised but also handles CrossFire X quite well.
Gary Key on 11/18/2008
The 790i MCP surfaces yet again, this time in the guise of a board touted to be an out-of-box winner. Does EVGA go for the win or come up short?
Rajinder Gill on 11/5/2008
Don't call it a comeback, NVIDIA has been here for years. But today's launch of the GeForce 9300 is aimed squarely at Intel. This is the chipset...
Anand Lal Shimpi & Gary Key on 10/15/2008