X99

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 pre-built, expensive and come with a support package under the impression that the person using it might not know exactly what is involved (but the software package will do). They are also usually based on the enterprise level platforms. There is still a market for self-build workstations too, focusing most on ISV compatibility, hardware compatibility and longevity that cross the line between enterprise platforms and consumer platforms, usually to differentiate cost structures. ASUS’ line of consumer oriented workstation motherboards fits in this space. We tackled the ASUS P9X79-E WS from the last generation of products, and...

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 4 days ago

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...

48 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...

49 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...

52 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...

9 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

GIGABYTE X99-Gaming G1 WIFI Motherboard Review

The gaming motherboard range from a manufacturer is one with a lot of focus in terms of design and function due to the increase in gaming related PC sales...

14 by Ian Cutress on 12/18/2014

ASRock X99 WS-E/10G Motherboard Review: Dual 10GBase-T for Prosumers

For a number of months I have been wondering when 10GBase-T would be getting some prime time in the consumer market. Aside from add-in cards, there was no onboard...

43 by Ian Cutress on 12/15/2014

Best X99 Motherboards: Holiday 2014

As we approach the holiday season, the Haswell-E and X99 platform has only been on the market for almost three months. With a rushed launch, the motherboard manufacturers raced...

15 by Ian Cutress on 11/27/2014

ASRock Announces X99 WS-E/10G: Dual 10GBase-T and Quad x16

Regular readers of my twitter feed might have noticed that over the past 12/24 months, I lamented the lack of 10 gigabit Ethernet connectors on any motherboard. My particular...

50 by Ian Cutress on 11/24/2014

GIGABYTE Launches X99M-Gaming 5: Micro-ATX for Haswell-E

One noted trend in computing is the desire for more compute in a smaller space. Imagine mixing High Performance Computing with Small Form Factors, if such a thing could...

31 by Ian Cutress on 11/19/2014

802.11ac with Killer: MSI’s Teaming Technique coming to ACK Branded Motherboards

One of the many interesting ways in which motherboard companies diversify their product ranges is with networking opportunities. In most product stacks, manufacturers use Realtek and Intel network ports...

12 by Ian Cutress on 11/4/2014

ASRock Releases X99 Extreme11: So I Heard You Like Storage

We reviewed the X79 Extreme11 back in September 2012. The concept was simple: divert eight PCIe lanes into an LSI SAS chip for eight more SATA ports with SAS...

40 by Ian Cutress on 10/9/2014

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