Sunday, November 17, 2013
- 12:37 pm | Asrock Unleashes Mainboards for Bitcoin Mining. Asrock Means Business: Reveals H81 Pro BTC & H61 Pro BTC “Mining Machines”
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
- 9:04 pm | Gigabyte Reveals World’s First Mainboard with Creative Sound Core3D Audio. Gigabyte’s Z87 Mainboard Features Creative Sound Core3D, Killer E2200 Network Card
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
- 10:20 pm | Intel Removes SATA Express Support from 9-Series Core-Logic. Next-Gen Intel Desktop Platform Will Not Get Support for High-End Storage
Thursday, September 26, 2013
- 10:50 pm | Microstar Weds AMD FM2+ with Military Class 4 Durability. MSI Joins FM2+ Race with Highly-Durable Mainboards
Friday, September 20, 2013
- 10:55 pm | Asrock Initiates Termination Protocol: Launches Fatal1ty Killer Family of Mainboards. Asrock Announces Fatal1ty Killer Series Motherboards
Today we are going to introduce to you one of the top MSI mainboards based on Intel Z77 Express chipset. As usual, we will talk about the packaging and accessories, PCB layout and features, BIOS functionality. We will also touch upon MSI’s proprietary software bundle, check out the mainboard’s performance and power consumption in nominal mode as well as during overclocking.
This mainboard boasts very numerous advantages: high-quality packaging, remarkably rich accessories bundle, smart components layout. The functionality of the Intel Z77 Express chipset used in this board has been significantly expanded. However, if you decide on this particular mainboard for your next gaming rig, there are a few peculiarities that you should keep in mind.
Both these high-quality mainboards have very well thought-through design, rich functionality and a very convenient BIOS with a complete set of overclocking and fine-tuning parameters. They have a lot in common, but each of them has its own unique peculiarities, too.
This system board boasts good accessories bundle, features smart design and supports all contemporary interfaces including wireless ones. Its BIOS is pretty easy to work with; it contains a lot of settings that can be adjusted within extensive ranges. An additional advantage is “Asus AI Suite II” software suite including numerous functional utilities.
Intel Atom processors are now produced using 32 nm manufacturing process. They have also been enhanced with a new graphics core that supports Full HD video playback. Will all these improvements make the new Cedar Trail platform a worthy alternative to AMD Brazos?
This is a mainboard with good accessories bundle, convenient layout, efficient cooling system, wide functionality and low power consumption. It is really close to becoming a leader as soon as some minor issues are successfully resolved.
A mainboard with rich accessories bundle, convenient layout, extensive functionality and 5-year warranty cannot be bad by definition. However, it is only a few small steps away from being named an absolute ideal.
Today we are going to talk about not the very top, but also not the very junior model from ASRock. However, we can’t call it mainstream either. It is a very feature-rich mainboard that tends to be closer to the flagship models. The “GB” letters in the model name are an abbreviation from “Game Blaster” – a complex expansion card that combines the functionality of a network and sound card.
New seventh series chipsets can’t boast too many innovations, however, their launch is accompanied by the introduction of a number of interesting technologies: Rapid Start, Smart Connect and Lucid Logix MVP. To get a better idea of all the features and functionality of the new platform we tested one of the first Intel Z77 based mainboards – Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe.
This is a junior model in the line-up, but with a full feature set and unique peculiarities. Moreover, in some aspects it is even superior to some of the higher-end models, and its functionality is extended with a number of additional onboard controllers.
Extremely large size of this mainboard makes it incompatible with many system cases out there. However, it doesn’t really matter, because it is not intended for everyday work, but rather for extreme overclocking experiments and setting overclocking records, and in this case standard dimensions, nominal modes and power-saving technologies aren’t necessary.
Fatal1ty mainboard series revived by ASRock offers extended functionality compared with the common models. So, what is so special about ASRock Fatal1ty X79 Professional and what are its unique distinguishing features?
This new mainboard from Asus belongs to the “Republic of Gamers” series for gamers and overclocking enthusiasts. It has excellent set of features, proved to be a great overclocking platform, and the Rampage IV Formula/Battlefield 3 modification also has a free game coupon to sweeten the deal even more.
Hybrid AMD processors from A8, A6, A4 or E2 families suit perfectly for Mini-ITX computer systems. Let’s see what platforms are currently available from the leading mainboard makers in this field. Today we are going to check out ASRock A75M-ITX, ASUS F1A75-I Deluxe, Gigabyte A75N-USB3 and Zotac A75-ITX WiFi.
The flagship mainboard from the microprocessor giant doesn’t strike you with unique design, specific features or functionality. However, it is phenomenally energy-efficient in its category, of course.
Together with the new platform Gigabyte introduced new technologies called “3D Power” and “3D BIOS”. At this time, there is still room for improvement, but even now you can enjoy broad functionality and rich feature set of the high-quality mainboard designed according to the high standards.
ASUSTeK mainboards are the leading brand today that is why this particular model seems to be an ideal choice for opening a series of articles dedicated to the new platform. We will dwell on absolutely everything about it: package, accessories, technical specifications, EFI BIOS functionality, new programs and utilities, overclocking potential, performance and power consumption.
We will discuss the package, accessories, PCB layout and features of this Socket AM3+ mainboard from Gigabyte. We will check out its BIOS functionality, operational and overclocking specifics, performance and power consumption in nominal and overclocked mode.
To study the design and functionality of the mainstream and entry-level chipsets for the AMD Bulldozer platform we decided to go with two mainboards from Asus: Asus M5A99X EVO and Asus M5A97 EVO, based on AMD 990X and AMD 970 chipsets respectively. In our today’s review we are going to compare them against one another as well as against the previously tested mainboards on the top Socket AM3+ core logic set.
At first glance Biostar mainboards are exactly the same as all others, but if you take a closer look at them you will find a lot of peculiarities and distinguishing features. Biostar TA990FXE is based on a combination of AMD 990FX North Bridge and AMD SB950 South Bridge, so it will be interesting to find out how it is different from similar products from other mainboard makers available today.