The flagship ASUS gaming motherboards are designed to offer the best ASUS’ R&D have to offer and are often the lynchpin in a number of enthusiast builds. These feature a number of components and software elements that the channel motherboard range does not have, such as GameFirst, SupremeFX or Sonic Radar. ASUS has brought some of these features down their ROG product line to the Maximus VII Gene, Hero and Ranger for more budget oriented builds, however when it comes to pairing a $70 CPU like the overclockable Pentium G3258 with an ROG board, the ROG board might still be 2-2.5x the cost. As a result, ASUS is today announcing a semi-ROG board combining elements from the channel range and the ROG range...

Thunderbolt on Windows Part 2: Intel's DZ77RE-K75 & ASUS' P8Z77-V Premium

Quad-core mobile Sandy Bridge, 2.5" SSDs and Thunderbolt together have allowed me to use a notebook as my primary work machine. I get all of the portability benefits of...

116 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/3/2012

Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H Review – Z77 and MicroATX

In the first of our non-full-size Z77 motherboard reviews, we are today getting to grips with the Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H. Currently retailing at $135, the Z77MX-D3H offers more performance...

25 by Ian Cutress on 5/24/2012

ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional Review - IDE and Floppy on Z77

Marketing is a very powerful tool. A successful marketing campaign or product segmentation can increase sales more than ten-fold. It is not something we hear or talk...

57 by Ian Cutress on 5/20/2012

ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Review - Know Your SKU

Now that Panther Point is in full swing, and perhaps Sandy Bridge processor stocks may start to dwindle in favor of Ivy Bridge, market segmentation of motherboards is all...

51 by Ian Cutress on 5/12/2012

A First Look at Thunderbolt on Windows with MSI's Z77A-GD80

I finally made the transition to a notebook as my desktop last year, a move many had made years prior. Quad-core mobile Sandy Bridge and good SSDs made the...

98 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/11/2012

Intel Z77 Motherboard Review with Ivy Bridge - ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI

So we have survived one of the biggest days of the year for all things computer performance related - the release of Intel's new Ivy Bridge processor. It...

117 by Ian Cutress on 5/7/2012

MSI Z77A-GD65 Ivy Bridge Motherboard Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered our last giveaway. We're waiting for eligibility confirmation from our four potential winners: bigbluerobo, nhilyna, Lord 666 and fiftysixtius. Respond to the email in...

2294 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/30/2012

ASUS Ivy Bridge/7-Series Chipset Video & Giveaway

A couple of weeks ago we ran a call for questions as I got word that ASUS would be paying me a visit in NC. JJ from ASUS sat...

2878 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/24/2012

ASUS Ivy Bridge/7-Series Chipset Q&A

Intel officially launched the Z77 platform earlier this week, and later this month we'll see the official launch of Ivy Bridge, Intel's 3rd generation Core processors. ASUS has agreed...

171 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/12/2012

Intel Z77 Panther Point Chipset and Motherboard Preview – ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, ECS and Biostar

Well, today is a day that everyone was expecting, but perhaps not the most exciting day of the month. Today, Intel officially releases the spate of 7-series chipsets for...

145 by Ian Cutress on 4/8/2012

990FX Motherboard Roundup with Thuban and Bulldozer – A Second Wind for ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and Biostar

Ever since the launch of the Bulldozer range and 9-series motherboards, the initial reviews of the processors were not encouraging to say the least. Since then, AMD has...

57 by Ian Cutress on 4/5/2012

Gigabyte GA-A55M-S2V Review

Today we are looking at the Gigabyte GA-A55M-S2V, the first A55 motherboard to hit the AnandTech test beds. In comparison to the A75 platform which we have covered extensively...

21 by Brendan van Varik on 3/21/2012

A Brief Look at Some Upcoming 7-Series Motherboards

With Intel's next generation processors firmly on the horizon, we should also turn to what motherboards will be on offer when we have the opportunity to root around in...

56 by Ian Cutress on 3/9/2012

MSI Big Bang-XPower II X79 Review – A World of Novelty Heatsinks

The cream of the MSI enthusiast range is the Big Bang series – in P55 we got the Trinergy and the Fuzion, for X58 we were treated to the...

45 by Ian Cutress on 2/25/2012

ASRock X79 Extreme9 Review - Price For Performance?

When you pay more for a product, you expect a better level of everything - performance, features, support. In a motherboard, I'd want all the upgrades - top...

14 by Ian Cutress on 1/24/2012

ASUS F1A75-M Pro Review - Micro-ATX Llano at $110

Llano is still selling strong for AMD, as shown by the relatively recent reports of representing a major aspect of their CPU profit margins. Building on our Llano and...

32 by Brendan van Varik on 1/22/2012

ECS X79R-AX (Black Extreme) Review

Over the past 12 months I have covered a number of ECS boards, from the Sandy Bridge and Fusion range, including one with a Hydra chip. Looking back...

36 by Ian Cutress on 1/13/2012

Gigabyte's 7-Series Ivy Bridge Motherboards at CES

Gigabyte had five of its upcoming 7-series motherboards on display at CES today. While Gigabyte isn't talking about all of the features that will be available at launch, we...

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/11/2012

MSI's Z77 Ivy Bridge Motherboards at CES, Now With Thunderbolt Support

Ivy Bridge is apparently on track for an early Q2 release so it's no surprise that we're starting to see 7-series motherboards at CES. Although Ivy Bridge should be...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 Review

Over the years, Gigabyte has given us some interesting products. More recently in the past 18 months, Rajinder gave their H55N-USB3 motherboard a well deserved recommendation, and more...

40 by Ian Cutress on 12/26/2011

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