Z390

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 in an optimum price bracket. Both the ASUS ROG Strix Z390-I Gaming and the ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ac are around the $200 mark, which is a very popular enthusiast price point for small form factor high powered motherboards. Both motherboards also share similar features, including dual M.2 slots for storage and 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi modules. Nonetheless, there are differences between the two worth examining.

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...

45 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...

2 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...

25 by Gavin Bonshor on 12/17/2018

Best Motherboards: Holiday 2018

With 2018 coming to a close and probably one of the busiest years in recent times in terms of motherboard and new chipset releases, an overabundance of choice makes...

8 by Gavin Bonshor on 11/20/2018

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...

165 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...

75 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

Gigabyte Drops More Early Z390 Motherboards

With the Z390 chipset right around the corner, yesterday we reported that ASRock had jumped the gun with announcing their product stack. Today GIGABYTE has done the same with...

8 by Gavin Bonshor on 10/6/2018

ASRock's New Z390 Motherboards Show Up Early

While a lot of speculation in regards to Z390 motherboards has been made recently, ASRock has jumped the gun (on purpose?) and unveiled its upcoming gaming-focused Z390 product stack...

7 by Gavin Bonshor on 10/5/2018

More Details on Intel's Z390 Chipset Exposed

A couple of days ago we revealed that ASUS had published a list of its upcoming motherboards on the currently unofficially announced Z390 chipset. While we know a little...

30 by Gavin Bonshor on 7/31/2018

ASUS Publishes List of Upcoming Intel Z390-Based Motherboards

ASUS has published a list of its upcoming motherboards powered by Intel’s yet-not-announced Z390 chipset. As expected, the company will offer several families of platforms featuring over a dozen...

32 by Anton Shilov on 7/28/2018

Intel Releases Z390 Chipset Product Information: New Motherboards Inbound

In an unexpected disclosure of information, Intel’s Z390 Product Brief documentation went online today. No prior warning was given, and we were expecting something similar to perhaps pop up...

35 by Ian Cutress on 5/14/2018

German IT Distributor Publishes AMD+Intel Roadmaps: Z490, Z390, 8-Core CFL in Q4

With Computex just around the corner, a lot of thought is being put to exactly what are we expecting to see at the show. There are questions about AMD’s...

30 by Ian Cutress on 5/3/2018

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