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.

The IGP Chronicles Part 2: AMD 780G vs. Intel G45 vs. NVIDIA GeForce 8200

Part two of our IGP series pits the best of the best against each other. We're crossing platforms and party lines to find the perfect IGP solution for...

41 by Gary Key on 10/14/2008

ASUS Rampage II Extreme - First Look

We take a first look at the latest ROG board sporting the Intel X58 chipset. However, we cannot provide performance numbers yet. Boo!!!

36 by Gary Key on 10/9/2008

The IGP Chronicles Part 1: Intel's G45 & Motherboard Roundup

Today we have the first part of a three part series on the current state of chipsets with integrated graphics. This first part looks closely at Intel's G45, presently...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Gary Key on 9/24/2008

Foxconn Black Ops - Raw, Unadulterated Power

Foxconn continues its push for the enthusiast dollar with their Black Ops board. Fire up the cascades, as we have a board built for extreme benchmarking!

36 by Rajinder Gill on 7/30/2008

ASUS P5Q3 Deluxe: An Early Preview of P45 Express Performance

ASUS provided us with an early sample of their new P45-based motherboard. Join us for a first look at Intel's latest and greatest mainstream chipset.

31 by Kris Boughton on 5/13/2008

AMD 780G - The Three Amigos and a 9850BE

Our 780G boards from Jetway, ASRock, and Gigabyte all survived unharmed after coming face to face with the 9850BE (disclaimer - read fine print on cooling requirements).

22 by Gary Key on 4/30/2008

DFI X48 LT T2R: Floats like a Butterfly…

We put the latest DFI offering to the test. What does their X48 offering bring to the competitive enthusiast market?

25 by Rajinder Gill on 4/28/2008

ASUS Striker II Extreme: Mucho Bang, Mucho Bucks

Once again, ASUS is first to market, this time with their custom-designed NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra-based motherboard, the Striker II Extreme. We bring you a critical first look at...

24 by Kris Boughton on 4/11/2008

Post Cards from the Edge - AMD 780G, NVIDIA 790i, Gigabyte 680i

Our Weekend Rant Session is here and we take a look at a few subjects that are currently hot topics in the lab.

82 by Gary Key on 4/5/2008

ASUS Striker II Formula under the Microscope

We provide a first look at ASUS' latest motherboard, a custom design sporting the NVIDIA nForce 780i chipset.

19 by Rajinder Gill on 3/19/2008

ASUS P5E3 Premium: One to Rule them All…

We bring you our first look at the latest ASUS Ai LifeStyle motherboard, the P5E3 Premium, based on Intel's upcoming X48 chipset with DDR3 memory. We'll show you why...

32 by Kris Boughton on 2/20/2008

ASRock Penryn 1600SLI-110dB : Penryn on the 650i, are you kidding me?

We take a first look at ASRock's latest technical feat and see if Penryn really works or not on their new NV 650i board.

29 by Gary Key on 2/15/2008

MSI X48 Platinum: Four PCI Express x16 Slots to go Please....

MSI shows off their take on X48, with a lower price and four physical x16 PCI-E slots. Sounds impressive, but is it? Join us for this first look.

22 by Kris Boughton on 1/31/2008

ASUS ROG Rampage Formula: Why we were wrong about the Intel X48

We take a first look at ASUS' new wonder board and provide the reasons why tRD is the most important setting you have not heard about.

74 by Kris Boughton on 1/25/2008

Gigabyte goes "Green" with DES software

It might not save the glaciers from melting, but Gigabyte's new DES software might just make Al Gore smile - or at least smirk.

17 by Rajinder Gill on 1/23/2008

The Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6 - Redefining the High End?

This is a preview of the Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6 providing detailed benchmarking and overclocking results at a variety of settings. However, the board may need a few more weeks before...

38 by Rajinder Gill on 1/2/2008

Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6

Add a new X48 chipset, mix in some BIOS tweaks, stir with DDR3, chill with Cascade, and out comes a few overclocking records.

22 by Rajinder Gill on 12/24/2007

ASUS Maximus Extreme - the Extreme Benchmarker's Choice?

The latest ROG board from ASUS looks to fulfill the wish list of every enthusiast. We might be keeping this one in the labs for a very long time.

28 by Rajinder Gill on 12/10/2007

MSI P35 Neo2-FR: Platinum performance for under $100

MSI rebadged their enthusiast level board, removed a couple of features, dropped the price, and... presto! They have a board that deserves your attention.

36 by Gary Key on 12/5/2007

ASUS Maximus Formula SE: X38 and DDR2 Unite!

We take ASUS' latest ROG motherboard offering for a test drive and finally find an X38 DDR2 board that can run with the P35 cheetahs.

24 by Rajinder Gill on 11/9/2007

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