Motherboards

From time to time companies bundle the latest games with their hardware in a bid to attract attention of gamers and to make their products more competitive. Such promotions are mutually beneficial: for gamers, it is a good way to upgrade and save some money on titles, while for companies it is an efficient way to increase sales. Recently AMD and Samsung have launched campaigns that add a free digital copy of various digital games with their products, including Civilization VI, Doom and Watch_Dogs 2. Update 11/22: NVIDIA has launched its own promotion, which will add Watch_Dogs 2 to select GeForce GTX 1070/1080 graphics cards and notebooks featuring these GPUs. AMD: Get Civilization VI and Doom for Free Running from October 27 to January 27 (or when...

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...

85 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

The ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme ROG Review

For a number of generations, each motherboard company has had its halo product that pushes boundaries and wallets. For ASUS, the Rampage IV Extreme, based on X79, was a...

40 by Ian Cutress on 6/22/2015

ASRock at Computex 2015: Pre-Show PR gives Z170 Motherboards and 4T4R Router

Next week is the annual Computex trade show and we have a substantial number of meetings booked, but as part of the regular pre-show ritual, companies are coming at...

38 by Ian Cutress on 5/29/2015

ASRock Rack Announces EP2C612D24 and 4L: Dual Socket Haswell-EP with 24 DDR4 Slots

Two things jumped out at me when I received this press release. Firstly the name, which comes out as a mouthful – it isn’t something you could casually mention...

48 by Ian Cutress on 5/23/2015

GIGABYTE Server Launches the MW70-3S0, Targeting 3x PCIe 3.0 x16 and LSI 3008

If you’ve been following motherboard coverage over the past few years, you can’t help but notice that all the major consumer players also have their own server based business...

11 by Ian Cutress on 5/20/2015

ASRock Goes Braswell: Eight SKUs including DC-In Variants

In the wake of the news regarding ASUS’ listing of their Braswell motherboards, both ASRock and MSI have been quick on their heels to also list their model lines...

19 by Ian Cutress on 5/19/2015

Braswell Motherboard Surfaces Online: Quad Core 14nm Airmont in ASUS N3150M-E

When Intel initially released its Airmont platforms, Braswell for mini-PCs and Cherry Trail for tablets, it was unclear whether or not we would see custom desktop build equivalents, rather...

32 by Ian Cutress on 5/18/2015

ASRock Rack Announces Mini-ITX LGA2011-3 Motherboard, with Quad-Channel SO-DIMM DDR4

Hot on the heels of the recent announcement of a Haswell-E based mini-ITX motherboard from the main motherboard division of ASRock, the ASRock X99E-ITX, the server division has decided...

10 by Ian Cutress on 5/4/2015

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