X99 and Haswell-E, due to the price, the performance and the feature set, ends up being very expensive compared to the mainstream. It is an odd state of affairs in the self-build arena when a reviewer states that the budget end of a spectrum is sub-$300. In this space we find the ASUS X99-A at $275 MSRP. This motherboard is the topic of our review today.

MSI’s Next Haswell-E Teaser: X99S Gaming 9 AC

The increase in leaks and teasers regarding X99 makes for some compelling reading. Shortly after showing off their X99S SLI PLUS on Facebook, a couple of Gaming 9 AC...

22 by Ian Cutress on 8/7/2014

More Fanless Bay-Trail: ASRock Releases Two Pentium J2900 Motherboards

When we looked at AMD’s Kabini platform, AMD in its press materials pitted their high end APU against the Pentium J2900 in terms of price and performance. The only...

24 by Ian Cutress on 8/6/2014

ASUS Launches Crossblade Ranger for FM2+: ROG Comes Back To AMD at $160

Back during Computex this year, we were at ASUS’ ROG press conference when the Crossblade Ranger was announced. This was ASUS’ ROG brand returning to AMD at the request...

15 by Ian Cutress on 8/6/2014

MSI Teases All Black X99S SLI PLUS

With every generation, motherboard manufacturers are increasingly using social media to provide teasers about their upcoming products. MSI had already shown one of its X99 motherboards, or at least...

10 by Ian Cutress on 8/4/2014

Z97 Mini-ITX Review at $140: ASRock, MSI and GIGABYTE

With every new chipset release, a large part of the community is always interested in the smaller form factor builds. Building a small yet powerful system seems to be...

37 by Ian Cutress on 7/23/2014

ASUS ROG Maximus VII Formula Released

One of the major announcements at Computex this year was that of the Maximus VII Formula, ASUS’ ‘gaming-rather-than-overclocking’ focused member of the Republic of Gamers line-up. The additions for...

28 by Ian Cutress on 7/18/2014

ASUS Z97-Pro WiFi AC Review

The initial set of Z97 reviews demonstrated that most motherboard manufacturers were implementing at least one the new storage options offered by the chipset: SATA Express and M.2. ...

37 by Ian Cutress on 7/16/2014

MSI’s ECO Range of Motherboards Announced

At Computex this year, the MSI booth featured a range of new motherboards branded ‘ECO’, with the emphasis on minimizing power output while still retaining a level of functionality...

28 by Ian Cutress on 7/10/2014

The ASUS HQ Tour: Testing Facilities

As part of our Computex trip this year, ASUS gave us a guided tour of its testing facilities at the ASUS headquarters in Northern Taipei.

10 by Ian Cutress on 6/25/2014

GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC Force Review

Overclocking motherboards are here to stay. The $200 overclocking motherboard market seems to be growing, even when overclocking is limited to specific processor SKUs. Intel’s Devil’s Canyon models...

16 by Ian Cutress on 6/17/2014

Computex 2014: ASRock to release Z97M and Z97 Anniversary for Pentium-AE

With the new overclockable Pentium processor soon coming to market, named as Pentium-AE and listed under the title ‘Pentium G3258’, it offers an opportunity for some low cost overclocking...

9 by Ian Cutress on 6/13/2014

Computex 2014: EVGA Shows X99 Prototype

A large number of high-end enthusiasts and prosumers are expecting a lot from the next enthusiast level upgrade. While Haswell on the mainstream desktop has been here a year...

18 by Ian Cutress on 6/12/2014

Computex 2014: GIGABYTE Gaming Motherboards

Last year we covered the whole GIGABYTE VIP suite at the Taipei 101, and this year there was a new, more focused feel of gaming to it. In...

15 by Ian Cutress on 6/12/2014

Computex 2014: The ASUS Booth Tour

After two jam-packed press conferences this year, the ASUS booth was brimming with visitors all week every time I walked past. We were given the full tour of...

22 by Ian Cutress on 6/11/2014

Computex 2014: ECS’ Z97I-Drone mini-ITX motherboard and UHD/4K60 AIO

Cruising by the ECS booth this year yielded a couple of elements I was not expecting. We have visited ECS booths in years gone by, but this time...

5 by Ian Cutress on 6/6/2014

Computex 2014: MSI’s New ECO Motherboard Range

As part of their display at Computex, MSI was showing a new element to their range based on low power systems. The ECO range, in a white and...

15 by Ian Cutress on 6/6/2014

Computex 2014: X99 and USB 3.1 at MSI

Back in 2011, that year’s Computex offered the opportunity to play ‘spot the X79’ motherboard, and there ended up being a significant number of models on display before launch...

16 by Ian Cutress on 6/6/2014

Computex 2014: X99 on Display from ASRock

ASRock hosted a VIP media function at Computex yesterday and we were lucky enough to get front row seats. The main talking point of the day was the...

16 by Ian Cutress on 6/4/2014

Computex 2014: GIGABYTE’s Liquid Nitrogen Memory Overclocking Motherboard, Z97X-SOC Force LN2

Taking a track day car to an event for regular road vehicles seems a bit unfair from the point of view of the regular drivers, however in order to...

7 by Ian Cutress on 6/4/2014

New ASUS Z97 and FM2+ ROG Motherboards: Impact, Formula and Crossblade Ranger

As part of the ASUS ROG Press Conference today here at Computex, ASUS has announced two of the anticipated members of the Z97 ROG lineup along with an unexpected...

16 by Ian Cutress on 6/2/2014

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