X99

One significant motherboard update that has been drawn out over time has been the integration of 10 Gigabit Ethernet on consumer level motherboards, and specifically copper based 10GBase-T that is backwards compatible with the majority of home networks using RJ-45. While the traction of 10G is scaling in business and enterprise, cost remains a big barrier to home and prosumer networking, but also consumer based implementations. We recently posted a news update with the current 10GBase-T motherboards on the market, and this is the second review of that list: today we are testing ASUS' new high-end LGA2011-3 workstation refresh model, the ASUS X99-E-10G WS. The motherboard uses Intel’s latest 10GBase-T controller, the X550, which runs as a PCIe 3.0 x4 implementation.

ASUS X99-E-10G WS Motherboard Launched: Dual 10GBase-T Ethernet via an Integrated X550-AT2

When we wrote up our list of 10GBase-T capable consumer motherboards back in July, we noted that out of the two main ways to get 10GBase-T on a motherboard...

42 by Ian Cutress on 8/29/2016

G.Skill Shows Off Trident Z 8x8 GB and 8x16 DDR4-3333 Memory Kits

When Intel launched its new Core i7 Broadwell-E processors for high-end desktops earlier this year, all leading makers of motherboards released their new breed of Intel X99-based products that...

0 by Anton Shilov on 8/23/2016

MSI Unveils the X99A Workstation Motherboard

Last week MSI introduced its new X99A Workstation motherboard, part of the X99 refresh we've seen over the past couple of months following the launch of the Broadwell-E processor...

5 by Anton Shilov on 8/23/2016

Consumer 10GBase-T Options: Motherboards with 10G Built-In

Any of our long time readers will know that I can have a soft spot for high-speed networking. Throughout the years I’ve been plagued with bad WiFi, irregular house...

60 by Ian Cutress on 7/20/2016

The Intel Broadwell-E Review: Core i7-6950X, i7-6900K, i7-6850K and i7-6800K Tested

What would you do with more CPU cores? This is a question I see posted from an Intel employee on a yearly basis, and it actually is a difficult...

204 by Ian Cutress on 5/31/2016

Corsair and G.Skill Introduce 128 GB (8x16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory Kits

An average personal computer nowadays is equipped with 8 GB or less of DRAM, according to analysts from DRAMeXchange. Due to the requirements of Microsoft Windows 10 operating system...

10 by Anton Shilov on 1/21/2016

ASUS Launches X99-M WS for Haswell-E Workstations

I love a good workstation – something with the power under the hood that acts as the silent black-box knight when work needs to be done. Most workstations are...

27 by Ian Cutress on 7/31/2015

EVGA X99 Micro2 Motherboard Launched with USB 3.1 Type-C on mATX

We’ve covered a number of X99 motherboards since the launch of Haswell-E, as well as how USB 3.1 is entering the market through the ASMedia ASM1142 controller or with...

9 by Ian Cutress on 7/31/2015

The ASUS TUF X99 Sabertooth Review

When a system builder has the opportunity to vary their design, a number of factors can come into play. Some want performance, aesthetics, low noise, small form factor, or...

55 by Ian Cutress on 7/22/2015

The ASRock X99E-ITX/ac Review: Up to 36 Threads in Mini-ITX

When things get smaller, compromises have to be made. We've seen this recently in our Core-M deep dive where building a cheaper chassis yields few benefits. In the PC...

56 by Ian Cutress on 6/24/2015

The ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme ROG Review

For a number of generations, each motherboard company has had its halo product that pushes boundaries and wallets. For ASUS, the Rampage IV Extreme, based on X79, was a...

40 by Ian Cutress on 6/22/2015

X99 goes TUF: Sabertooth X99 at CeBIT 2015 with NVMe Support

Of the four major motherboard manufacturers, three of them separate their main lines into channel (regular), overclocking and gaming, with one other also having a low power range. ASUS...

16 by Ian Cutress on 3/16/2015

ASRock to Debut mini-ITX Haswell-E at CeBIT: X99E-ITX/ac with USB 3.1

I always love to see interesting deviations to the norm when it comes to motherboards, and something such as a mini-ITX based extreme system has been at the top...

55 by Ian Cutress on 3/13/2015

The ASRock X99 Extreme11 Review: Eighteen SATA Ports with Haswell-E

If there is one thing I like about ASRock, it is their ability to do something different in an increasingly difficult market to differentiate. One of these elements is...

58 by Ian Cutress on 3/11/2015

MSI X99S MPower Review: Sting Like a Bee

In our recent run of overclocking focused motherboards, we have had a couple of interesting contenders. Sub $300 is a difficult market to attack for X99 overclockers, and MSI...

12 by Ian Cutress on 2/17/2015

ASRock to Introduce USB 3.1 Cards and Motherboards

On the back of our USB 3.1 performance coverage, as well as seeing some motherboards in the flesh at CES, other manufacturers are now announcing their USB 3.1 implementations...

53 by Ian Cutress on 2/16/2015

MSI Goes USB 3.1 at CES 2015: The MSI Component Suite Tour

Back at Computex we reported that MSI was showing a potential mock-up of USB 3.1 on one of their motherboards. Fast forward a few months and this is slowly...

33 by Ian Cutress on 1/12/2015

GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion Motherboard Review: Low Cost X99 Overclocking

When we ask the motherboard manufacturers about overclocking, most of them say that it is an integral part of their hardware line-up as well as a point to distinguish...

10 by Ian Cutress on 1/5/2015

ASRock X99 OC Formula Motherboard Review: What is the Overclocking Formula?

Within each motherboard manufacturer, there is typically a design team for each market segment they are targeting, be that server, channel or gaming. Overclocking is slightly different as most...

17 by Ian Cutress on 12/30/2014

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