Z390

The fourth quarter of 2019 has been a quiet one for motherboards, with AMD's X570 and Intel's Z390 chipsets already established as the go-to platforms for multi-core and gaming performance. November marked the release of AMD's TRX40 chipset with a total of twelve new boards and two new 7 nm HEDT processors: the Threadripper 3970X and 3960X which we reviewed. and we've taken a quick look at the 12 launch motherboards in our TRX40 chipset overview. With this in mind and a minor shift in pricing on X570 and Z390 models, here are our recommend picks for the 2019 holiday period.

GIGABYTE Enhances Aorus RGB Memory with Aorus Memory Boost Capability

One of the advantages of having a highly-integrated product stack is ability to fine tune performance of your devices when they work together. On the one hand, this allows...

6 by Anton Shilov on 11/1/2019

The ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 7 Motherboard Review: Prepare for 9900KS

The battle between Intel and AMD fighting over market share is hotter than it has ever been. With each of the two colossal chip makers doing battle for brand...

12 by Gavin Bonshor on 10/4/2019

ASRock Completes Its Z390 Line-up With the Z390 Phantom Gaming 7 and Z390 Phantom Gaming X

ASRock has released two new ATX motherboards to complete its Z390 product range, the Z390 Phantom Gaming 7 and the Z390 Phantom Gaming X. Both the ASRock Z390 Phantom...

6 by Gavin Bonshor on 5/20/2019

The ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 4S Motherboard: An 8-Phase Board With M.2 For $118

In a relatively quiet launch, ASRock has added another model to its Phantom Gaming series of motherboards: the new ATX sized ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 4S. The Z390 Phantom...

9 by Gavin Bonshor on 5/15/2019

COLORFUL CVN-Z390M Gaming V20 Motherboard: All Aboard The Flight Deck

COLORFUL Technology, who manufactures a variety of hardware ranging from NVIDIA graphics cards all the way to storage, has released its latest naval inspired motherboard, the CVN-Z390M Gaming V20...

4 by Gavin Bonshor on 4/18/2019

The GIGABYTE Z390 Aorus Pro WIFI Motherboard Review: A Sturdy $200 Surprise

On Intel's desktop Z390 chipset, there are around 7 different ATX sized motherboards to choose from in the $180-200 price bracket. This not only puts pressure on manufacturers to...

31 by Gavin Bonshor on 4/12/2019

GIGABYTE to Bundle Pre-Tested Core i9-9900K CPU at 5.1 GHz with the $899 Z390 Aorus Xtreme Waterforce Motherboard

GIGABYTE this week announced plans to offer its top-of-the-range Intel Z390-based motherboard with Intel’s Core i9-9900K processor in a combination package. The CPU is handpicked and pre-tested to run...

13 by Anton Shilov on 4/5/2019

The GIGABYTE Z390 Aorus Master Motherboard Review: Solid, But Not Special

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...

35 by Gavin Bonshor on 3/21/2019

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

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...

6 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

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

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...

26 by Gavin Bonshor on 12/17/2018

The ASRock Z390 Taichi Review: Jack of All Trades, Master of None

In the first of our new Z390 motherboard reviews, we're taking a look at the ASRock Z390 Taichi. This model sits quite high up in the product stack and...

13 by Gavin Bonshor on 11/1/2018

Intel’s Push to Enthusiasts: Soldered CPUs and 6.9 GHz Overclocks

One of the prominent parts of Intel’s announcement this week for the new 9th Generation core processors was that both the overclockable consumer processors and the new high-end desktop...

55 by Ian Cutress on 10/11/2018

Intel Announces 9th Gen Core CPUs: Core i9-9900K (8-Core), i7-9700K, & i5-9600K

Among many of Intel’s announcements today, a key one for a lot of users will be the launch of Intel’s 9th Generation Core desktop processors, offering up to 8-cores...

166 by Ian Cutress on 10/8/2018

Intel Z390 Motherboard Overview: 50+ Motherboards Analyzed

As far back as May of this year details of Intel's Z390 chipset were seemingly leaked accidentally (or was it?). And ever since then, speculation has been rife with...

78 by Ian Cutress & Gavin Bonshor on 10/8/2018

Intel to Hold PC Desktop Event on Monday, October 8th

If the early motherboard announcements haven’t already made it clear, then Intel’s own announcement will: the CPU giant is about to release a new wave of PC desktop hardware. This...

34 by Ryan Smith on 10/6/2018

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