Motherboards

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 in conversation, even if you worked closely with the motherboard. The second is the amount of DRAM slots, which is ultimately what the EP2C612D24 and EP2C612D24-4L are catering for. The Haswell-EP/Xeon E5 v3 DDR4 memory controllers are designed for up to three DIMMs per channel, similarly to Ivy Bridge-EP (E5 v2) and Sandy Bridge-EP (E5), although in all cases it is usually reserved for more niche systems. With 16GB UDIMMs, this allows for a maximum of 384GB, although moving up to RDIMM, LRDIMMs or 64GB NVDIMMs pushes the max to 1.5TB in a dual socket motherboard...

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...

69 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

ASUS Announces Rampage IV Black Edition, Coming 11/19

The extreme end of Intel’s performance platform is a relatively small end-user market, but despite this we had requests back at Sandy Bridge-E launch to test a good number...

15 by Ian Cutress on 11/8/2013

ASRock Z87E-ITX Review: Motherboard Juxtaposition

In the office I am currently running through a series of smaller sized motherboards – both micro-ATX and mini-ITX. Due to the size, there is plenty of scope...

43 by Ian Cutress on 11/6/2013

EVGA X79 Dark Review

Investing into the high performance Intel arena can be expensive. Alongside that $330/$580/$1050 CPU (or more for Xeons) there has to be a motherboard up to the task...

23 by Ian Cutress on 10/23/2013

ECS Reveals Bay Trail-D Mini-ITX Line

With Intel's Bay Trail platform and Silvermont Atom cores in the news for tablets, we have spotted their use in mini-ITX platforms as far pack as Computex 2013 where...

41 by Ian Cutress on 10/23/2013

GIGABYTE Z87X-OC Review: Overclocking Oriented Orange at $200

Last generation saw a new type of product in motherboards: the cheap OC oriented SKU. At $200-240 we had a single option specifically designed for OC, with other...

23 by Ian Cutress on 10/11/2013

Ivy Bridge-EP Compatibility Announced from ASUS and GIGABYTE

Along with the most of the consumer level X79 products being upgraded for Ivy Bridge compatibility, arguably Xeon compatibility for the server side of each motherboard manufacturer is more...

4 by Ian Cutress on 9/13/2013

GIGABYTE Tease X79 Refresh: X79 G1.Assassin 3

With plenty of eyes all around IDF, there are some oppertune moments to see some exciting hardware on display. Over at VR-Zone, these eyes caught glimpst of GIGABYTE's...

9 by Ian Cutress on 9/12/2013

MSI Z87I Review: Mini-ITX Haswell for $140

I am always excited when a mini-ITX motherboard bound for the mainstream market crosses my desk. In a small PCB, compared to full sized ATX, it can be...

47 by Ian Cutress on 8/27/2013

GIGABYTE Launch H81 Series Motherboards

When it comes to our motherboard reviews, we typically attempt to focus on the high sellers with distinguishing features - this normally means chipsets aimed at the mainstream to...

24 by Ian Cutress on 8/24/2013

GIGABYTE F2A85XN-WiFi Review: FM2 and Richland in mini-ITX

Mini-ITX is an exciting form factor, as with every CPU generation we can make something small and faster with better features over the previous gen. GIGABYTE recently released a...

32 by Ian Cutress on 8/21/2013

ASUS Introduces Z87-Deluxe/Quad: World’s First Thunderbolt 2 Certified Motherboard

For those that might not be too familiar with the standard, Thunderbolt is Intel’s high-bandwidth, do-everything connector, designed as a potential future path for all things external to a...

56 by Jarred Walton on 8/19/2013

GIGABYTE Announces FM2+ A88X Series Motherboards for Kaveri

The evolution of the Bulldozer module, through Piledriver, and Steamroller on Kaveri to come has been an eventful journey. Despite recent rumors floating around the Internet reporting delays...

24 by Ian Cutress on 8/16/2013

ASRock Z87M OC Formula Review: mATX OC at $190

The typical mainstay for the overclocker is the ATX size, with ample room for large coolers and multi-GPU setups. Is micro-ATX up to scratch? ASRock thinks so...

26 by Ian Cutress on 8/14/2013

MSI Z87 XPower Review: Our First Z87 with PLX8747

When it comes to motherboard extravagance, X58 heralded some mightily expensive boards, and a choice few from X79 and Z77 also raised this baton. So where does a...

35 by Ian Cutress on 8/12/2013

ASRock Z87 OC Formula/AC Review

When we tested the ASRock Z77 OC Formula, I described it as ‘the best ASRock motherboard I have ever tested’. Today we test the Z87 version to see...

23 by Ian Cutress on 7/26/2013

Intel Z87 Motherboard Review with Haswell: Gigabyte, MSI, ASRock and ASUS

Talk about Haswell and Z87 has circulated the internet for many quarters – today we reap the benefits of the wait and get our chance to review both the...

58 by Ian Cutress on 6/27/2013

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