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 an expanding niche, and for Intel’s Z97 platform we took three of the cheaper mini-ITX motherboards to see how they compare. The ASRock Z97E-ITX/AC, the MSI Z97I AC and the GIGABYTE Z97N-WIFI are all between $130 and $140, all feature 802.11ac support but vary in other connectivity, ease of use and their packages. We compared all three.
This is one of the more interesting pieces of hardware to keep an eye on if you're looking at a reasonably priced gaming notebook. I've toyed around with MSI's...
Jarred Walton on 5/13/2013
Our next set of motherboard recommendations sit at the feet of Sandy Bridge-E, the current de-facto platform for consumer throughput performance. If you have a non-GPU accelerated workload...
Ian Cutress on 5/9/2013
We've seen this chassis before, but we haven't seen it with CyberPowerPC's touches, and we haven't seen anything about the Kepler-based NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX. That changes today.
Dustin Sklavos on 5/1/2013
ASUS, ASRock and Gigabyte all having gaming ranges as part of their motherboard lines – now it is MSI’s turn.
Ian Cutress on 4/18/2013
For this week’s update of our laptop/notebook recommendations, we turn our eye towards the mobile gaming sector—and no, we’re not including tablets in this category, even though they can...
Jarred Walton on 4/12/2013
Like many other manufacturers, MSI is building brands to aid the development of their product lines. Over the past few Intel chipsets MSI have developed their Big Bang...
Ian Cutress on 1/26/2013
Next week kicks off CES 2013 in Las Vegas, and I along with many of the other AnandTech editors will be present. Prior to the actual start of the...
Jarred Walton on 1/4/2013
The mini-ITX motherboard market seems like a fast growing segment. It has many applications in terms of small home servers, work machines, HTPC devices, mobile gaming desktop machines...
Ian Cutress on 12/31/2012
In one of the most "interesting" moves I've seen in the mobile market, MSI has equipped their GX60 gaming notebook with an HD 7970M...paired with an AMD A10-4600M APU...
Jarred Walton on 12/14/2012
The A85X chipset and FM2 socket is supposedly here to stay for Trinity plus one more generation. As a result, AMD needs to make sure that the platform is...
Ian Cutress on 12/11/2012
Earlier this week we reviewed NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 650 Ti. As this was a hard launch many of NVIDIA’s partners have had their cards available for purchase from day-one...
Chris Hansen on 10/11/2012
Over the past couple of days, two new Z77 mini-ITX motherboards have been seen on the radar. The first is Gigabyte's Z77N-WiFi model, to be released alongside the...
Ian Cutress on 8/23/2012
The overarching recommendations we've had for big gaming notebooks these days have been pretty simple: ASUS G7x series if you're on a budget, Alienware M17x if you're not. Clevo...
Dustin Sklavos on 8/21/2012
As part of our tour of the MSI booth, I was shown the Z77 MPower motherboard - designed as a mainstream XPower gaming and overclocking board. I was...
Ian Cutress on 6/6/2012
At the MSI booth, we were treated to several interesting FM2 motherboards for upcoming Trinity desktop processors. In a variety of form factors (including miniITX!), MSI hope to...
Ian Cutress on 6/5/2012
Visiting the MSI booth today at Computex was rather exciting – they were showing off two rather interesting GPU fan technologies, alongside their portable Thunderbolt GPU device, GUS.
Ian Cutress on 6/5/2012
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...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/11/2012
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...
Ian Cutress on 5/7/2012
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...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/30/2012
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...
Ian Cutress on 4/8/2012