Motherboards

If you want to run a Skylake E3 Xeon, it needs to be placed in a motherboard with either the C232 or C236 chipsets. This is a change from the last generation, and as a result most of the motherboard manufacturers are bringing some of their consumer expertise to new products in order to get a slice of the casual Xeon user pie. We explored a server-like C236 based motherboard in the previous review, and in this review we are taking the latest edition from ASRock’s Gaming range, based on the C232 chipset, for a spin.

Supermicro with Greenlow Motherboards at SuperComputing 15

One of the bigger shakeups of the Xeon ecosystem of late is the recent discovery that Intel will be severing the few ties that the Xeon family of processors...

14 by Ian Cutress on 11/24/2015

ASUS Launches Maximus VIII Extreme/Assembly for Skylake, includes 10G Ethernet Card

We covered the launch of ASUS’ most expensive Z170 motherboard when the announcement was made (we also have it in for review), but late last week another announcement landed...

21 by Ian Cutress on 11/16/2015

The ASUS Z170-A Motherboard Review: The $165 Focal Point

In the world of technology, you could speculate if there is ever a golden age, or a renaissance. All the time we expect technology to grow and improve, being...

30 by Ian Cutress on 10/20/2015

More Greenlow Motherboards Announced: ASRock Rack’s C230 Series

On the back of Intel’s muted launch for the Xeon E3-1200 v5 platform, the server based business units from normal motherboards consumer facing companies are announcing their C230 series...

17 by Ian Cutress on 10/20/2015

Skylake Xeon Motherboards: GIGABYTE’s C230 Series Announced

With the new E3-1200 v5 processors announced today we also get a new series of workstation/server motherboards under the C230 series. Aside from standard workstation and Xeon markets that...

13 by Ian Cutress on 10/19/2015

ASUS Announces the Z170-based Maximus VIII Extreme ROG Motherboard

We caught a glimpse of it very briefly in our motherboard overview at the time that Intel launched its 6-th Generation Skylake processors, but at the end of last...

18 by Ian Cutress on 10/19/2015

ASUS Announces the ROG Maximus VIII Impact Z170 Motherboard

At the initial Skylake launch, we provided a rundown of all the Z170 motherboards we could get information on from the major motherboard manufacturers. Even with details on over...

45 by Ian Cutress on 10/10/2015

The MSI Z170A Gaming M7 Review: The Step Up to Skylake

June, July and August in 2015 have all been a roller coaster of desktop and processor news. Intel officially launched the Broadwell processors at Computex, with NVIDIA also entering...

56 by Ian Cutress on 9/21/2015

Intel Launches New Socketed 5x5 mini-PC Motherboards

Over the last couple of years, the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) has emerged as one of the bright spots in the troubled PC market. Kickstarted by Intel's NUC (Next...

44 by Ganesh T S on 8/24/2015

Intel Skylake Z170 Motherboards: A Quick Look at 55+ New Products

Along with the launch of the two Skylake-K processors today, we also have a raft of new motherboards to go with them. The Skylake processors use the LGA 1151...

83 by Ian Cutress on 8/5/2015

ASUS Launches X99-M WS for Haswell-E Workstations

I love a good workstation – something with the power under the hood that acts as the silent black-box knight when work needs to be done. Most workstations are...

27 by Ian Cutress on 7/31/2015

EVGA X99 Micro2 Motherboard Launched with USB 3.1 Type-C on mATX

We’ve covered a number of X99 motherboards since the launch of Haswell-E, as well as how USB 3.1 is entering the market through the ASMedia ASM1142 controller or with...

9 by Ian Cutress on 7/31/2015

The MSI Z97A Gaming 6 Motherboard Review

Choosing a motherboard is not as easy as it sounds. Most people rely on price, brand experience, perhaps specific features and online reviews to help decide what fits best...

14 by Ian Cutress on 7/24/2015

The ASUS TUF X99 Sabertooth Review

When a system builder has the opportunity to vary their design, a number of factors can come into play. Some want performance, aesthetics, low noise, small form factor, or...

55 by Ian Cutress on 7/22/2015

The MSI HQ Tour: Design 101

This year marked my fifth year at Computex, starting from 2011. Out of the trade shows I attend each year, it ranks as number one for a variety of...

23 by Ian Cutress on 7/7/2015

A New Challenger Appears: Realtek Dragon NIC on ECS Z170 Motherboards

When a motherboard manufacturer develops a product, it has to consider which third party controllers are going to be used. When we discuss network controllers, there are several entrants...

26 by Ian Cutress on 7/6/2015

Motherboards with DDR3L and DDR4: Biostar

With Intel’s latest extreme platform, Haswell-E and X99, supporting DDR4, all fingers have been pointing towards the state of DDR4 support for the 100-series motherboards and Intel’s 6th generation...

33 by Ian Cutress on 7/2/2015

The MSI Gaming Booth Tour with dGPUs in AIOs and Notebooks plus Motherboards

It has been held as fact that for the past couple of years, gaming is helping to prop up a slowly decreasing desktop PC market. While many casual PC...

48 by Ian Cutress on 6/29/2015

ECS To Remain in Motherboard Market: Dispels Rumor

As active members of the PC components industry, we tend to try to keep our ear to the ground relating to how the different companies are approaching their product...

40 by Ian Cutress on 6/25/2015

The ASRock X99E-ITX/ac Review: Up to 36 Threads in Mini-ITX

When things get smaller, compromises have to be made. We've seen this recently in our Core-M deep dive where building a cheaper chassis yields few benefits. In the PC...

56 by Ian Cutress on 6/24/2015

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