Motherboards

AMD’s Ryzen CPUs made a large impact on the market starting around mid-2017 when they were released. When Ryzen based CPUs hit the scene, performance was on generally on par or better than its Intel counterparts and pricing was notably better for the same thread count. This was a dramatic change from previous generations and brought competition back to the CPU market. Fast forward to today and AMD's new Ryzen-based APUs are being released – the Raven Ridge-based Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G – which merge AMD's Vega GPU architecture along with Ryzen CPU. With this latest release of what AMD is calling their 2000-series processors, existing X370, B350, and A320 based motherboards will require a BIOS update for proper support of...

The EVGA X299 Micro Motherboard Review: A Smaller Take on X299

The EVGA X299 Micro Motherboard is mid-range microATX offering aiming to please a wide range of users but isn't marketed towards any one function in particular. It supports 2-way...

20 by Joe Shields on 2/9/2018

The EVGA X299 FTW K Motherboard Review: Dual U.2 Ports

The EVGA X299 FTW K is our first X299 motherboard from EVGA. The FTW K aims to bring users a solid power delivery, three-way multi-GPU capabilities, two M.2 slots...

22 by Joe Shields on 1/29/2018

It's An RGB Disco: The GIGABYTE X299 Gaming 7 Pro Motherboard, Reviewed

We have reviewed a lot of X299 based motherboards over the past couple of months, but our first Gigabyte/AORUS offering is the X299 Gaming 7 Pro. The G7P promises...

28 by Joe Shields on 1/26/2018

Supermicro at CES 2018: X11SRA Xeon W Motherboard on Display

Another product on display over at Supermicro at this year’s CES was that of a Xeon W motherboard. Xeon W is Intel’s professional platform that is almost a copy/paste...

11 by Ian Cutress on 1/24/2018

Supermicro at CES 2018: X299 Motherboards, for Upcoming 300W CPUs?

Aside from the mini-ITX motherboard on display, Supermicro also had its two X299 consumer-based motherboards on display. These two were somewhat identical, although each had a separate key feature...

15 by Ian Cutress on 1/23/2018

Supermicro at CES 2018: The First Supero Mini-ITX Motherboard

A few elements to Supermicro’s suite at CES were intriguing, one of which was the company’s first foray into a consumer mini-ITX motherboard. The C7Z370-CG-IW, based on Z370 and...

20 by Ian Cutress on 1/22/2018

ASRock at CES 2018: Hands-On with the ASRock X399M Taichi

LAS VEGAS, NV – While smaller motherboards are fun to look at, and an engineering challenge, they still represent a small part of the market. The main benefit for...

5 by Ian Cutress on 1/16/2018

GIGABYTE at CES 2018: A First Look at X470

LAS VEGAS, NV – One of the announcements from AMD’s Tech Day prior to CES was that of a new chipset coming to the Ryzen market. The purpose of...

14 by Ian Cutress on 1/16/2018

The NZXT N7 Z370 Motherboard Review: A New Player in the Motherboard Market

NZXT, a company much better known for products like cases, power supplies, and coolers, is dipping its toes in the motherboard waters with an Intel Z30 based motherboard named...

62 by Joe Shields on 1/9/2018

MSI Releases The Mini-ITX B350I PRO AC AM4 Motherboard

MSI has now released the B350I PRO AC, a mini-ITX option for those looking to build a small form factor system featuring AMD’s Ryzen processors or a 7th generation...

18 by Gavin Bonshor on 1/6/2018

Best Motherboards: Q1 2018

This past year has offered an extremely wide selection of motherboards and chipsets to choose from. AMD’s Zen and Threadripper, Intel’s Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake, and enterprise options...

26 by Ian Cutress on 1/6/2018

The ASUS ROG Strix X299-XE Gaming Motherboard Review: Strix Refined

Today we have a chance to dig down on the ASUS ROG Strix X299-XE Gaming. The XE Gaming differs from the non-XE by adding a larger VRM heatsink and...

25 by Joe Shields on 12/11/2017

The ASUS TUF X299 Mark I Motherboard Review: TUF Refined

Today we have a chance to look at our first ASUS motherboard, the TUF X299 Mark 1. The Mark 1 is listed as a durable and reliable motherboard for...

16 by Joe Shields on 12/6/2017

The ASRock X299E-ITX/ac Motherboard Review: An 18-core No-Compromise Mini-ITX

Our next X299 motherboard review shrinks down from the large ATX and E-ATX sized motherboards to the sole Mini-ITX offering for the X299 platform. The ASRock X299E-ITX/ac is a...

24 by Joe Shields on 12/4/2017

The MSI X299 SLI Plus Motherboard Review: $232 with U.2

Today we had an opportunity to look at another motherboard in the MSI lineup. Instead of coming from the Enthusiast, Performance, or Arsenal line of products, the MSI X299...

21 by Joe Shields on 11/29/2017

Intel to Remove Legacy BIOS Support from UEFI by 2020

The PC Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) will turn 39 in three years, and as it turns out, this is when it is going to die on 64-bit Intel platforms...

23 by Anton Shilov on 11/22/2017

The MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic Motherboard Review: White as Snow

Our first look at MSI X299 offerings arrived in the form of a mid-range board from the Arsenal Gaming series, the Tomahawk Arctic. The Tomahawk line of motherboards, MSI...

21 by Joe Shields on 11/20/2017

The GIGABYTE Aorus AX370-Gaming 5 Review: Dual Audio Codecs

Today we are having a look at a LED-laden, gaming-focused, ATX motherboard from GIGABYTE: the Aorus AX370-Gaming 5. If a user wants LEDs for Ryzen at under $200, here...

33 by Gavin Bonshor on 11/14/2017

Colorful Announces a Bay Trail Mining Motherboard with 8+1 PCIe Slots

This week Colorful has introduced a uniquely designed motherboard, created specifically for the professional miner. One of the first things most will notice is this doesn’t look like most...

31 by Joe Shields on 11/10/2017

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