When we first analyzed the Z170 chipset from Intel, we were pleased to see that it offered 26 high speed input/output ports, which included 20 PCIe 3.0 lanes and support for up to three PCIe storage devices in RAID. Although there are some limitations with the PCIe lanes (networking is limited to five specific lanes), this development opened up the landscape for motherboard manufacturers to develop interesting products and stretch their engineering muscle. In typical fashion, ASRock has gone straight in the deep end and taken like a duck to water with this Z170 Extreme7+. For $240 it offers three M.2 ports, all capable of PCIe 3.0 x4 and with RAID in mind, as well as some other interesting add-ons for USB 3.1.
Will Intel's upcoming quad core processor work with your existing motherboard? If you are planning for Kentsfield we have a list of boards that will support the new CPU.
Wesley Fink on 9/29/2006
We take a quick look at EPoX's 945P based motherboard and discover very good budget performance from a standard design.
Gary Key on 9/11/2006
Our preview of the AW9D-MAX shows great performance potential in an unusual package.
Gary Key on 9/8/2006
Our first look at ASRock's 945G based motherboard reveals that very good budget performance can come in a small package.
Gary Key on 9/1/2006
A new official BIOS for the P5B unlocks Core 2 Duo chips and promises much improved overclocking.
Wesley Fink on 8/24/2006
Our early look at the affordable ASUS P5NSLI motherboard based on the NVIDIA nForce 570SLI for Intel chipset.
Gary Key on 8/22/2006
AM2 Motherboards based on the ATI RD580 chipset finally arrive in the retail channel.
Wesley Fink on 8/21/2006
We determine if there is a performance penalty when using AGP graphics cards on the ASRock 775Dual-VSTA motherboard with an Intel Core 2 Duo.
Gary Key on 8/15/2006
We provide additional memory benchmarks with comparative chipsets and see how well the VIA PT880 Pro based ASRock 775Dual-VSTA performs against the competition.
Gary Key on 8/14/2006
DDR is compared to DDR2 on ASRock's value Core 2 Duo motherboard to determine if your DDR memory is worth keeping.
Gary Key on 8/8/2006
We take a quick second look at Abit's AB9-Pro, now armed with a production level BIOS and Core 2 Duo results.
Gary Key on 7/24/2006
We're taking an early look at Intel's P965 chipset courtesy of Universal Abit's AB9 Pro as we continue our preview of Core 2 Duo capable boards.
Gary Key on 7/3/2006
The impressive ASUS M2N32-SLI and value-packed Epox MF570SLI race through Part 3 of our AM2 Motherboard Roundup.
Wesley Fink on 6/28/2006
The transition of motherboard manufacturers to socket AM2 is in full swing, and Gigabyte and Foxconn sent us their premium nForce 590 SLI models for review. Could one...
Jarred Walton on 6/22/2006
Our first look at Biostar's nForce 590-SLI and the MSI nForce 570-SLI for the new AMD AM2.
Gary Key on 6/8/2006
ATI introduces the RD580 chipset for AM2 processors. RD580 was designed from the ground up for high speed overclocking and dual X16 CrossFire. How does it compare?
Wesley Fink on 6/1/2006
DFI launches their ATI RD580 chipset motherboard with every tweak an enthusiast can imagine. How does the first DFI dual X16 compare with other top Athlon 64 boards?
Wesley Fink on 5/8/2006
Looking for a great Core Duo Mobile on Desktop motherboard? AOpen's uniquely designed and performance oriented i975Xa-YDG features the Intel 975X chipset and shows impressive performance.
Gary Key on 5/4/2006
We do an overclocking double take with the Asus A8R32-MVP and the new 0404 bios. Is there improvement or will the hardcore enthusiast remain disappointed?
Gary Key on 4/20/2006