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
It is not difficult to find all sorts of mini-ITX mainboards, but until recently there weren’t any products among them that could be able to overclock processors. The first mini-ITX mainboard like that, which appeared in retail, was the Intel Z68 Express-based Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi.
At first glance this mainboard doesn’t seem to differ from the previously tested MSI Z68A-GD80 (B3) except for the new standard support. However, this is not quite the case. The mainboard only look similar. Their features and functionality, as well as operation turned out completely different. Some of the innovations proved to be really great, some turned out more of a disappointment.
Since Intel Z68 Express chipset boasts a pretty good set of features by default, Biostar decided to add a minimal number of extras and roll out their TZ68K+ mainboard, which will be the main hero of our today’s article.
The board is based on the new B3 revision of Intel P67 Express chipset, but unlike other similar mainboards it boasts a tremendous number of functions, features and technologies. We have already come across some of them on Asus mainboards, or those from other vendors, but we could never imagine that they could all be fit into a one single model at the same time.
Gigabyte G1.Sniper 2 mainboard is based on the latest and most functionally rich chipset for LGA1155 platform available today – Intel Z68 Express. The distinguishing feature of this product is its unique design, rich accessories set, and extensive functionality delivered by the chipset and the latest developments from Creative Technology and Bigfoot Networks.
The LGA1155 mainboards from ASUS we tested before stood out due to an integrated Bluetooth controller, great EFI BIOS implementation, rich functionality and good overclocking-friendly options. ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe, P8Z68-V Pro and P8Z68-V have all of the above.
Our final report from IDF 2011 is solely devoted to Sandy Bridge-E processors and LGA2011 platform. We gathered together everything that we learned about the upcoming processors, cooling systems and mainboards, and also found out how the new platform will overclock and what we could expect from the six-core Sandy Bridge-E CPUs.
The interesting thing about this mainboard is that it features an mSATA connector with a compact SSD drive from Intel with 20 GB capacity, which is specifically designed for Intel Smart Response technology. Read more about the features and functionality of this mainboard in our new review.
New AMD Socket FM1 (Lynx) platform for Llano processors looks very appealing for those who prefer integrated systems, and broad overclocking-friendliness make it even more interesting. Let’s see what AMD A8-3850 is capable of when paired with a pretty advanced Gigabyte GA-A75-ED4H mainboard.
The terms “gaming mainboard” and “overclocking mainboard” are very popular these days, but they somehow remain pretty vague and unclear. It turned out Gigabyte have their own idea of what the real gaming and overclocking mainboards should be like.
Miniaturization of computer systems is a very popular tendency. It is now settling in the desktop segment, where Mini-ITX platforms become more and more popular. We decided to check out all Intel H67 Express based Mini-ITX mainboards available in the today’s market for hit Sandy Bridge processors. So, today we are proud to offer you a roundup covering the following products: ASRock H67M-ITX/HT, ASUS P8H67-I Deluxe, ASUS P8H67-I, ECS H67H2-I, Foxconn H67S, Gigabyte H67N-USB3-B3, Intel DH67CF and Zotac H67ITX.
This mainboard supports a wide range of contemporary interfaces, such as eSATA, USB 3.0, SATA 6 Gbps and IEEE1394 (FireWire) including D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort video outs. It also supports the latest technologies offered by the Intel Z68 Express chipset – LucidLogix Virtu and Intel Smart Response.
Today we are going to talk about a mainboard that was designed very conveniently and correctly, supports all contemporary interfaces such as eSATA, USB 3.0, SATA 6 Gbps and IEEE1394 (FireWire), has all necessary Video outs. It does, however, suffer from a few issues during overclocking, although the produced results are quite exceptional.
This is the top-of-the-line solution in Asus’ Intel P67 Express based family. Only this one model features the full set of functions: deluxe accessories bundle, enhanced processor voltage regulator, integrated Bluetooth module, eSATA and Power eSATA ports, USB 3.0 on the back panel with an option to be connected to the front panel, IEEE1394 (FireWire) and two Gigabit network controllers.
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3, GA-Z68X-UD4-B3, GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 and GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 mainboards do not have video Outs, that is why integrated graphics doesn’t work on them. They can use Intel Smart Response technology, but do not support any of the Lucid Virtu modes. Read our in-depth review to find out about other features of these mainboards.
There appear more and more mainboards based on AMD Brazos and APU AMD E-350. Today we are going to talk about two models offered by AMD’s closest partner – Sapphire Company.
Both these mainboards based on Intel P67 Express chipset have all the necessary interfaces and functionality that high-end contemporary mainboards from leading manufacturers should have. Besides, they also boast a few Elitegroup’s own proprietary unique features. Read more in our double-review.
This mainboard stands out among most similar solutions due to larger number of USB 3.0 ports. It works fine in nominal mode, proves effective during memory overclocking, but like other MSI mainboards, it loses its power-saving technologies during overclocking with voltage adjustment.
Intel has finally launched the last chipset in the Cougar Point family, which should meet all the needs of enthusiasts who prefer LGA1155 processors. This core logic set has full overclocking functionality, supports Intel Quick Sync, Intel Smart Response and Lucid Virtu technologies. Looks like Sandy Bridge becomes even more appealing...
This mainboard is targeted for those users who do not deal with any overclocking and prefer to have their systems run in nominal mode with the default settings. In this case the functionality of the Intel P67 Express chipset has been extended with a number of additional controllers delivering USB 3.0, PATA and eSATA support. Plus, the price of this product is really attractive.