Even though we already let in on a sneak preview during our Holiday Guides, today marks the official launch of MSI’s mini-ITX Gaming Platform. The platform has two aspects: a Z87 Haswell mini-ITX motherboard with 802.11ac wifi built for gaming, and a mini-ITX form factor GTX 760 GPU using MSI’s Gaming brand features and design.
The motherboard marks the second MSI Z87 mini-ITX motherboard on the market (we reviewed the MSI Z87I), and makes some subtle improvements. The Z87I Gaming comes with the aforementioned dual band 2T2R 802.11ac, as well as Killer E2205 ethernet, Audio Boost (MSI’s name for an upgraded Realtek ALC1150 audio package), a gaming device port, support for five SATA 6 Gbps ports (+ 1 eSATA), six USB 3.0 ports...
We get our First Look at a Socket 939 SiS 755FX motherboard. How does performance compare with other chipsets for AMD Athlon 64?
Wesley Fink on 12/16/2004
As 865/875 become more difficult to find, the 915 is becoming the only mainstream solution for an Intel CPU. We compare 915 Socket 775 motherboards to find the...
Wesley Fink on 12/7/2004
Asus updates their flagship P5AD2 to the 925XE chipset and 1066 FSB. Does the 1066 update deserve the title of top Socket 775 motherboard that was won by...
Wesley Fink on 11/29/2004
Gigabyte delivers an exciting SLI board based on the excellent nForce4 K8NXP-9. How does the Gigabyte SLI compare?
Wesley Fink on 11/24/2004
Gigabyte is first to market with an nForce4 board. Is performance all that we expected? We look at a production nF4 board featuring PCI Express for...
Wesley Fink on 11/12/2004
Abit launches a 1066 FSB 925XE board designed for gaming. Is it "Built to Kill" as Abit claims?
Wesley Fink on 11/9/2004
Our most recent trip to Taiwan yielded some interesting information from AMD and Intel to ATI and NVIDIA.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/3/2004
Soltek is the latest to introduce a Socket 939 board, but this one is value-priced with full features. How does the K8TPro-939 stack up with other Athlon 64...
Wesley Fink on 10/28/2004
The Epox 9NDA3+ arrives just in time for all the new 939 processors. How does the Epox compare to the best Socket 939 boards that we have tested?
Wesley Fink on 10/25/2004
New Socket 754 boards from Asus, Soltek and DFI have appeared for the Athlon 64. We compare these boards based on the latest nVidia nF3-250 chipset to other...
Wesley Fink on 9/14/2004
The performance community has been eagerly awaiting DFI's latest design for Athlon 64. Is the shipping board all that was expected?
Wesley Fink on 9/8/2004
Soltek introduces a very interesting motherboard that combines LGA 775 with the Intel 865 chipset, AGP 8X, and DDR memory? How does this hybrid board compare to the...
Wesley Fink on 8/16/2004
The 925X sits at the top of the new Socket 775 line. So, how do these five top boards compare in performance? We take a closer look at...
Wesley Fink on 8/12/2004
There is huge confusion about which motherboards have nVidia's on-chip Gigabit LAN. We have been working with nVidia to provide a list of boards that have nVidia on-chip...
Wesley Fink on 8/6/2004
UPDATE: The new Asus A8V Deluxe Revision 2 is tested and six top 939 motherboards are compared in the Socket 939 Athlon 64 roundup.
Wesley Fink on 7/30/2004
We take you behind the scenes of Abit's Suzhou manufacturing facilities outside of Shanghai. Pictures, primers and new products are inside.
Kristopher Kubicki on 6/11/2004
New processors are coming from all directions and all of these new sockets need a home. We give you the low down on new motherboards featuring Intel 915/925X...
Wesley Fink on 6/4/2004
At Computex we saw at least two Intel 9xx based motherboards that featured an AGP slot, contrary to Intel's claims of no AGP support in their 9xx chipset line...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/4/2004
The updated boards based on the new nVidia nForce3-250 and Via K8T800 Pro are now appearing in the retail channel. We compare boards based on the latest VIA...
Wesley Fink on 5/28/2004
When we found out that Foxconn was also shipping an Athlon 64 motherboard based on the SiS 755 chipset, we wanted to take a closer look. How does...
Wesley Fink on 5/10/2004