Writing one guide for all of the Z97 motherboard range seems a little odd. It is possible to consider each market segment and price range to come up with a motherboard from the 112 LGA 1150 available on Newegg for each segment, but then we would end up offering a guide covering a couple of dozen models. Instead, given that we have tested over 13+ motherboards (and have another one or two to test internally), I have picked some of my favorites. It is worth noting that for all Haswell CPUs, both Z87 and Z97 offer overclocking opportunities on either the refresh or regular overclocking parts. Z87 is also cheaper than Z97 for the most part, but the main loss with Z87 is the latest...

ASUS Maximus VII Impact Review: Premium Gaming Z97 in mini-ITX

Over the years we have reviewed a number of Republic of Gamers (ROG) motherboards, usually focusing on the high end Extreme and gaming ATX focused Formula. We probed the...

39 by Ian Cutress on 12/9/2014

ASUS TUF Z97 Mark S Motherboard Review: The Arctic Camo Special Edition

There are many ways to do something different in the motherboard space, especially with respect to functionality and design. In terms of the design element, we have seen many...

41 by Ian Cutress on 11/10/2014

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...

11 by Ian Cutress on 11/4/2014

ASUS Announces Z97 Pro Gamer: Semi-ROG for Pentium-AE Gaming

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...

16 by Ian Cutress on 10/31/2014

MSI Z97 Gaming 5 Motherboard Review: Five is Alive

Sometimes it feels odd to review the cheaper elements of the motherboard market. The more expensive models have more to play with, whereas the sub $160 market for Z97...

42 by Ian Cutress on 10/6/2014

ASRock Z97 OC Formula Motherboard Review: Less Lamborghini, More Yellow

ASRock is quietly confident of its OC Formula range. We awarded the Z77 version because of its aggressive tactics at the $240 price point and while the Z87 model...

20 by Ian Cutress on 10/2/2014

MSI Z97 Guard-Pro Review: Entry Level Z97 at $110

Next in our recent run of lower cost motherboards is the MSI Z97 Guard-Pro, a motherboard that MSI billed to me as one suited for the overclockable Pentium G3258...

40 by Ian Cutress on 8/20/2014

ECS Announces Z97-PK: A Motherboard with ‘One Key OC’ 4.7 GHz for Pentium G3258

With the launch of the overclockable Pentium G3258 processor, some motherboard manufacturers have been scrambling to get a cheaper product to market to be the centre point of a...

21 by Ian Cutress on 8/19/2014

ASUS ROG Z97 Maximus VII Impact Officially Launched

One of the highlights of ASUS’ ROG Computex Press Event was the announcement of the Maximus VII Impact, the successor to the popular mini-ITX ROG Impact range of motherboards...

26 by Ian Cutress on 8/14/2014

Z97 Mini-ITX Review at $140: ASRock, MSI and GIGABYTE

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...

37 by Ian Cutress on 7/23/2014

ASUS ROG Maximus VII Formula Released

One of the major announcements at Computex this year was that of the Maximus VII Formula, ASUS’ ‘gaming-rather-than-overclocking’ focused member of the Republic of Gamers line-up. The additions for...

28 by Ian Cutress on 7/18/2014

ASUS Z97-Pro WiFi AC Review

The initial set of Z97 reviews demonstrated that most motherboard manufacturers were implementing at least one the new storage options offered by the chipset: SATA Express and M.2. ...

37 by Ian Cutress on 7/16/2014

GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC Force Review

Overclocking motherboards are here to stay. The $200 overclocking motherboard market seems to be growing, even when overclocking is limited to specific processor SKUs. Intel’s Devil’s Canyon models...

16 by Ian Cutress on 6/17/2014

Computex 2014: ASRock to release Z97M and Z97 Anniversary for Pentium-AE

With the new overclockable Pentium processor soon coming to market, named as Pentium-AE and listed under the title ‘Pentium G3258’, it offers an opportunity for some low cost overclocking...

9 by Ian Cutress on 6/13/2014

New ASUS Z97 and FM2+ ROG Motherboards: Impact, Formula and Crossblade Ranger

As part of the ASUS ROG Press Conference today here at Computex, ASUS has announced two of the anticipated members of the Z97 ROG lineup along with an unexpected...

16 by Ian Cutress on 6/2/2014

ASUS Launches Two SFF ROG Gaming PCs: The G20 PC and the GR8 ‘Console’

Mini-PCs are currently one of the fastest growing desktop market segments, alongside all-in-ones and other small form factor (SFF) variants. While on the full desktop side most of...

12 by Ian Cutress on 6/2/2014

ASRock Z97 Extreme6 Review: Ultra M.2 x4 Tested With XP941

ASRock has a history of bringing new features to motherboards where others can tread conservatively. For the Z97 Extreme6 we have an M.2 slot that runs at PCIe x4...

39 by Ian Cutress on 5/24/2014

MSI Z97 MPower Max AC Review: Overclocking for $260

At $260, today’s review of the MSI Z97 MPower Max AC is the odd one out of our initial Z97 reviews. The previous two reviews both use SATA Express...

19 by Ian Cutress on 5/20/2014

ASUS Z97-DELUXE (NFC & WLC) Review: With Two Thunderbolt 2 Too

Investing in the top range motherboard should afford a few privileges. It should come with extra features, extra components in the box, and where possible the manufacturer should...

45 by Ian Cutress on 5/16/2014

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