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...

Budget Micro-ATX P55 Faceoff: Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2 and ASRock P55M Pro

We take our first look at two of the budget micro-ATX P55 offerings from Gigabyte and ASRock. Who wins, who loses, does it really matter if both boards are...

57 by Gary Key on 10/5/2009

ATI HD 5870 Scaling Performance: X58 vs P55 Showdown

We compare the performance of AMD's latest HD 5870 GPU on Intel's latest Core i7/P55 platform to see if it can keep up with the Core i7/X58 platform.

88 by Gary Key on 9/29/2009

i5 / P55 Lab Update - Now with more numbers

We take a quick look at clock for clock comparisons against the Core i7/920 and Phenom II x4 965 BE when overclocked.

80 by Gary Key on 9/15/2009

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

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