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.

Two New Ions: ASUS AT3N7A-I and ASRock Ion 330

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...

64 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/28/2009

Intel P55 Launch Activities - We want your opinion!

As the P55 platform release (official) date fast approaches, we want to know your opinion on a few subjects.

63 by Gary Key on 8/25/2009

Preparing for P55: Motherboards, Memory and NVIDIA

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...

60 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/20/2009

Phenom II X4 965 - Can it be Undervolted?

We provide a first look at undervolting AMD's latest and greatest processor. Will our initial results make Al Gore proud?

44 by Gary Key on 8/14/2009

AMD's 785G Chipset - Revolutionary or Evolutionary?

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...

47 by Gary Key on 8/4/2009

Zotac's Ion Rev 2: Wake on USB Fixed

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!

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/27/2009

Gigabyte's GA-MA785GPMT-UD2H - AMD's 785G is Here, Sort of...

We discuss AMD's upcoming IG release since the platform is not ready for testing.

33 by Gary Key on 7/14/2009

ASRock X58 Extreme - $169.99 is not too Extreme

We take an early look at ASRock's new X58 budget offering and find a board full of features and performance to boot.

44 by Gary Key on 7/2/2009

MSI X58M - Mighty Mouse

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.

26 by Gary Key on 5/23/2009

Zotac's Ion: The Follow Up

At your request I dove deeper into wake on USB issues, overclocking, Flash video performance and power consumption with Zotac's Ion.

29 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/19/2009

EVGA X58 Classified - Trophy Board

We tie up some loose ends as we examine the final retail version of the EVGA X58 Classified.

43 by Rajinder Gill on 5/8/2009

Phenom II X3 720BE & CrossFire X Performance - Does it Compete?

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...

61 by Gary Key on 3/28/2009

EVGA X58 Classified - First Look

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.

23 by Rajinder Gill on 2/27/2009

Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P - P45 at its Finest

We take Gigabyte's latest P45 board out for a spin and find Ferrari performance at a Mustang price.

75 by Gary Key on 2/3/2009

CrossFireX and the Phenom II X4 940 – Competitive or Not?

We take a quick look at CrossFireX results with the Phenom II X4 940 and find it competitive with similar Intel offerings.

69 by Gary Key on 2/2/2009

Foxconn Blood Rage - If Looks Could Kill (UPDATE)

The Blood Rage is one of the hottest looking X58 boards to grace our test bench, but what lies beneath the surface beauty?

68 by Rajinder Gill on 1/2/2009

Intel X58 Motherboard Roundup - What does $300 Get You?

We take a look at the mid-range X58 motherboards from ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI.

80 by Gary Key on 12/5/2008

EVGA X58 SLI - First Look

We preview EVGA's X58 based motherboard that is capable of 3X SLI as advertised but also handles CrossFire X quite well.

23 by Gary Key on 11/18/2008

EVGA 790i FTW

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?

16 by Rajinder Gill on 11/5/2008

The IGP Chronicles Part 3: NVIDIA's GeForce 9300

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...

50 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Gary Key on 10/15/2008

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