The normal route for workstation level motherboards is from the server business unit of a motherboard manufacturer, which then works its way into full systems rather than being sold separately. The other, less used alternative is for the mainstream end-user motherboard business units to develop their own and sell directly to end-users building their own workstation. While some of the motherboard manufacturers are slowly jumping on this bandwagon, ASUS has been at it for a number of generations now, with enough success to continue into their new Haswell-E designs which have just been announced. ASUS X99-E WS The X99-E WS follows on from the X79-E WS and the X58-E WS, and the most obvious thing to notice is the seven full-length PCIe slots. ASUS’ workstation line...

GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z87 Review

The G1 series from GIGABYTE has seen a recent expansion of late – from the previous socket to new chipset releases, GIGABYTE is now attempting to provide a model...

36 by Ian Cutress on 2/24/2014

MSI Launches the A88XI AC, a mini-ITX FM2+ 802.11ac Motherboard

Everyone likes the small and the powerful. If I could get the power of a GTX Titan or R9 290X in a smartphone, we should all want one...

10 by Ian Cutress on 2/23/2014

MSI X79A-GD45 Plus Review: Building Up

Breaking into the X79 game at this late stage is a rough business. The major action was at the Sandy Bridge-E launch, and the Ivy Bridge-E release was...

36 by Ian Cutress on 2/14/2014

10W Bay Trail-D Coming To Market from GIGABYTE and Biostar

News on the grapevine is filtering down for Bay Trail-D. We have had the 20W Avoton server equivalent processor in our offices for a little while now, but...

55 by Ian Cutress on 2/4/2014

ASUS TUF Z87 Gryphon Review

The TUF range from ASUS is a different sort of blip on the motherboard radar – they come with a five year warranty. ASUS will mention that the...

61 by Ian Cutress on 2/3/2014

Retesting the ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Audio and the Pitfalls of Audio Testing

In the motherboard section of AnandTech, we rarely touched the audio section of the motherboard until fairly recently. Audio is a delicate issue, and knowledge on the subject...

59 by Ian Cutress on 1/31/2014

ASUS P9X79-E WS Review: Xeon meets PLX for 7x

Alongside their line of channel and ROG motherboards, ASUS also has business (B/Q chipset) and Workstation (WS) lines for professional markets. The goal of these products is compatibility...

51 by Ian Cutress on 1/10/2014

MSI Motherboards at CES 2014: Kaveri and Socketed Kabini

Wrapping up our visit with MSI, we’ve already seen many of their already-launched motherboards (e.g. series 8 chipsets), but MSI did have some upcoming Kaveri motherboards on display with...

1 by Jarred Walton on 1/6/2014

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Review

When Ivy Bridge-E arrived, there was discontent at the lack of a new chipset. Users who wanted to migrate to the high performance end of the spectrum received...

21 by Ian Cutress on 1/5/2014

G1.Sniper Mid-Range Expansion: GIGABYTE Launch Z5S and Z5

All the main motherboard manufacturers now have three distinct classes of motherboard to sell to the common home-build end user: the channel range, the overclocking range and the gaming...

17 by Ian Cutress on 1/3/2014

ASRock M8 Barebones Review: My Steam Box

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so the saying goes. Most development in home computers veers towards the ultra large (high impact gaming machines for...

78 by Ian Cutress on 1/2/2014

Thunderbolt 2 certified on GIGABYTE Z87X-UD7 TH

The drive for faster and more efficient interfaces, particularly those over cables, is driven by a large number of consumer devices producing and displaying higher definition content. This...

23 by Ian Cutress on 12/14/2013

ASRock to Release 990FX Killer Motherboard with M.2

One of the next big things in motherboard development is the progressive move to faster storage – the superseding of SATA 3 Gbps and SATA 6 Gbps. We...

25 by Ian Cutress on 12/12/2013

MSI Launch mini-ITX Gaming Platform: the Z87I Gaming AC and GTX 760 Gaming

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...

38 by Ian Cutress on 12/4/2013

GIGABYTE to Launch the Z87X-SLI

Hearing the name ‘Z87X-SLI’ took me aback. Z87 supports SLI already, right? Why would a manufacturer need to confirm SLI usage on the Z87 chipset: it is...

24 by Ian Cutress on 12/2/2013

Gaming Motherboards under $175: Holiday 2013

Glad tidings we bring, and this time it comes in the form of gaming oriented motherboards. As an ex-semi-serious gamer (local clan matches, LANs), the motherboard in my...

9 by Ian Cutress on 11/27/2013

Best Mini-ITX Motherboards: Holiday 2013

As part of a stream on holiday buying guides (Black Friday and jolly Noël around the corner), here is my take on the season’s mini-ITX offerings, covering both AMD...

34 by Ian Cutress on 11/23/2013

ASUS Maximus VI Impact Review: ROG and Mini-ITX

In previous generations, the ASUS Republic Of Gamers (ROG) range has been split across three models – the micro-ATX Gene, the gaming oriented Formula and the more overclocker friendly...

64 by Ian Cutress on 11/22/2013

ASRock Launch Z87 Extreme11/AC with 22 SATA Ports and the H81 Pro BTC for Cryptocurrency Mining

This week ASRock are launching a high/low combination of motherboards for Haswell. The first one is going to be one of the wildest designs on the Z87 platform...

20 by Ian Cutress on 11/18/2013

GIGABYTE Launches $170 Z87 G1.Sniper

Astute followers of the Z87 motherboard market might start to notice a trend. For each generation we have had gaming focused motherboards, designed with hardware to lure gamers...

9 by Ian Cutress on 11/8/2013

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