Motherboards

The mainstream motherboard market is still predominantly focused on gamers and gaming features. From the useful to the inane, saying a device is 'gaming' is clearly bringing in the sales, and it becomes an all out marketing war. Each company is clearly trying to build a gaming brand beyond the company name, even if it means always being confused at how to pronounce it (Ay-orus, or Or-us?). Nonetheless, it is clear that each motherboard company is piling on the R&D dollars, as well as the design dollars, to ensure that it can convince users to part with some hard earned money in their next build. GIGABYTE's latest attempt is the Z390 Aorus Master, a motherboard that on paper sets its sights on features, aesthetics...

Best Motherboards: Q1 2019

We're once again back with our quarterly look at the PC motherboard market. For the first quarter of this year there has been a lot of buzz around impending...

17 by Gavin Bonshor on 3/14/2019

The ASRock X399 Phantom Gaming 6 Motherboard Review: $250 Sixteen Core Stunner

The ASRock X399 Phantom Gaming 6 hardware is one of the cheapest X399 motherboard currently on the market and brings the Phantom Gaming name to the high-end desktop market...

19 by Gavin Bonshor on 3/12/2019

The GIGABYTE MW51-HP0 Motherboard Review: Consumer Meets Workstation for Xeon W

The GIGABYTE MW51-HP0 is a CEB form-factor motherboard that is aimed at users looking to build a professional workstation on the Intel C422 chipset with support for Xeon W...

19 by Gavin Bonshor on 3/6/2019

GIGABYTE's W-3175X Motherboard Named: C621 Aorus Extreme

GIGABYTE has just lifted the lid on its latest entry into the workstation space with an extreme flavor: the GIGABYTE C621 Aorus Extreme. The new board is one of...

0 by Gavin Bonshor on 2/26/2019

Newegg Lists ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme Motherboard, More Xeon CPUs Supported

One of the interesting elements to Intel’s unlocked 28-core Xeon W-3175 processor launch was that the motherboard options to support this processor were minimal. At present only ASUS and...

8 by Ian Cutress on 2/16/2019

Tiny at $200: ASUS Z390-I Gaming vs. ASRock Z390 Gaming-ITX/ac Review

With the popularity of small form factor systems ever increasing, today we reviewing two of the most attractive and high-end mini-ITX motherboards on the Z390 chipset which sit happily...

26 by Gavin Bonshor on 2/12/2019

The Supermicro C9Z390-PGW Motherboard Review: The Z390 Board With PLX and 10GbE

The Supermicro C9Z390-PGW is the top model from its SuperO range and is the only mainstream Z390 motherboard to encompass a Broadcom PEX8747 PLX chip (one workstation focused board...

48 by Gavin Bonshor on 2/1/2019

ASRock Unveils B450 Steel Legend Series: Shiny and Chrome for ATX and microATX

Today ASRock has announced two brand new motherboards based on AMD's B450 chipset. Notably, both the ASRock B450 and B450M Steel Legend feature the company's "Full Spike" ESD protection...

13 by Gavin Bonshor on 1/25/2019

BIOSTAR Goes Carrizo: A10N-8800E Mini-ITX Motherboard with Integrated FX-8800P

BIOSTAR has just introduced a mini-ITX motherboard with a built-in mobile processor, called the A10N-8800E. This Carrizo chipset based model uses an AMD FX-8800P quad-core processor, integrated Radeon R7...

14 by Gavin Bonshor on 1/24/2019

GIGABYTE Adds Support for 128 GB of Memory to Z390 & C246 Motherboards

GIGABYTE has released UEFI BIOS updates for its motherboards based on Intel’s C246 and Z390 chipsets that enable support for 32 GB unbuffered memory modules from Samsung. This enables...

3 by Anton Shilov on 1/24/2019

CES 2019: GIGABYTE Z390 Aorus Xtreme WaterForce Motherboard

Back in December, GIGABYTE announced its highly premium Z390 Aorus Extreme WaterForce motherboard with an E-ATX form factor, a 10 gigabit NIC and 16-phase power delivery. The biggest feature...

1 by Gavin Bonshor on 1/23/2019

The True Shortest AM4 Motherboard: Thin-ITX Comes to AMD

There seems to be a bit of a rush on small motherboards lately for AMD systems. We saw the mini-STX platform that ASRock announced back at CES, which is...

19 by Ian Cutress on 1/22/2019

ASUS Z390 Platforms Now Support 128 GB of Memory

ASUS has released a new UEFI BIOS version for its ROG Maximus XI Hero motherboard that enables support of up to 128 GB of DDR4 memory platform using 32...

8 by Anton Shilov on 1/22/2019

CES 2019: ASRock's Five New B365 Motherboards

ASRock unveiled five new B365 motherboards at CES 2019 with a mixture of features similar to its Z390 offerings. The B365 Pro4 and B365M Pro are targeted towards professional...

9 by Gavin Bonshor on 1/15/2019

CES 2019: ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha X399 Motherboard

At CES 2019, ASUS showed off its new top tier X399 model with support for the 2nd generation Threadripper processors, the ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha. The new model has...

3 by Gavin Bonshor on 1/14/2019

CES 2019: ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Omega X299 Motherboard

At CES 2019 ASUS is looking to push the boundaries of Intel Skylake-X processors even further than ever before with the announcement its ROG Rampage VI Extreme Omega X299...

10 by Gavin Bonshor on 1/14/2019

From $600 to $55: Prices of Mining Hardware Drop

Cryptomining frenzy of the recent 18 months have encouraged computer component manufacturers to develop hardware tailored for mining infrastructure. At some points earlier this year, these components retailed for...

30 by Anton Shilov on 12/28/2018

The MSI MEG Z390 ACE Motherboard Review: The Answer To Your USB 3.1 Needs

The MSI Z390 ACE sits below the MSI Z390 Godlike in the company's product stack and has plenty to shout about including a trio of M.2 slots, a well...

25 by Gavin Bonshor on 12/17/2018

The MSI B450 Tomahawk Motherboard Review: More Missile Than Axe

From the few second-generation AMD B450 and X470 motherboards we have tested, the majority have been refreshed models of pre-existing boards. Over time, the vendors have had the opportunity...

36 by Gavin Bonshor on 12/11/2018

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