With the launch of the overclockable Pentium G3258 processor, some motherboard manufacturers have been scrambling to get a cheaper product to market to be the centre point of a Pentium based build. We covered ASRock’s Z97 Anniversary launch and have an upcoming review of an $110 MSI motherboard aimed at the same market, but today ECS is announcing its Z97-PK (PK = Pentium K ?, even though Intel call it the Pentium AE). The main stand out feature of the motherboard is the ‘One Key OC’, which claims to boost the G3258 from 3.2 GHz to 4.7 GHz.
This an impressive claim, given the motherboard relies on a 2-3-phase power implementation with no power delivery heatsink – I would assume that ECS has performed enough...
We compare AMD's orphaned RS600 chipset against Intel's G33 chipset and wonder if ATI should have stayed in the Intel platform chipset business.
Gary Key on 8/28/2007
Our µATX extravaganza is finally here, and it has grown to epic proportions. Here's a quick look at what we've been dealing with and an overview of the future...
Gary Key on 8/7/2007
We take a quick glance at Biostar's TF560 A2+ to see how well it overclocks a couple of budget level AM2 processors. We've also got some comparisons with Intel's...
Gary Key on 8/2/2007
We provide a first look at ASRock's update to their VIA PT880 Ultra based Core 2 motherboard, now with SATA 3.0Gbps capability.
Gary Key and Jarred Walton on 6/29/2007
We take an updated look at the MSI P35 Platinum with a new BIOS that promises to bring this board's performance up to par with ASUS and Gigabyte.
Gary Key on 6/26/2007
We take a quick look at a couple of new features ASUS will be releasing shortly in their new 0504 BIOS update.
Gary Key on 6/18/2007
We preview Gigabyte's latest flagship board based on the P35 chipset and sporting DDR3 capability. Does it provide enough performance to catch ASUS?
Gary Key on 5/30/2007
We provide a first look at NVIDIA's 650i Ultra chipset that offers Jolly Green Giant performance in a Leprechaun package.
Gary Key on 4/10/2007
We provide our first impressions of ASUS's 650i based hybrid board that offers an alternative to the new 680i LT SLI.
Gary Key on 4/2/2007
We provide our first impressions of MSI's impressive P6N SLI Platinum that raises the bar on stock performance with decent overclocking to boot.
Gary Key on 3/13/2007
We provide our first impressions of Gigabyte's new nForce 680i board that provides not only the bling-bling factor but performance to back it up.
Gary Key on 2/24/2007
We follow up on abit's AB9 QuadGT to see what difference a beta BIOS can make in resolving issues and improving performance.
Gary Key on 2/21/2007
We review our test results from 12 different yet not so different P965 motherboards and find a few products that stood out from the rest.
Gary Key on 1/26/2007
Our first impressions of the abit AB9 QuadGT reveal some surprising performance results, new design ideas, and some lingering concerns about abit engineering.
Gary Key on 1/22/2007
We take a quick look at the overclocking capabilities in the new F9 BIOS.
Gary Key on 1/4/2007
We take a quick look at one of the best budget priced P965 motherboards that offers surprisingly solid performance in a quality oriented package.
Gary Key on 12/28/2006
We provide our first impressions of ASUS' new P5N-E SLI that uses the NVIDIA 650i SLI chipset and once again come up with more questions than answers.
Gary Key on 12/22/2006
We provide a quick performance preview of DFI's latest LANParty motherboard and wonder what will become of the RD600.
Gary Key on 12/16/2006
We take a look at two midrange performance boards from MSI and ECS that trade enthusiast level overclocking performance for features.
Gary Key on 12/6/2006
We take a look at two budget boards from Biostar and Gigabyte that offer surprising performance when compared to their more expensive fraternal twins.
Gary Key on 11/9/2006