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Five Years with Bulldozer: Asus Sabertooth 990FX Mainboard Review Asus Sabertooth 990FX  Bulldozer
[11/11/11 | by Doors4ever]

This mainboard belongs to the “TUF” series (The Ultimate Force), which stands out due to unique design and high-quality components. The primary advantages of the mainboards in this series are superior stability and long life span.

Flagship Mainboards for Bulldozer from Asus, Gigabyte and MSI Socket AM3+ mainboards  AMD 990FX  AMD SB950  Asus Crosshair V Formula  Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7  MSI 990FXA-GD80  Bulldozer
[11/04/11 | by Doors4ever]

Today we are going to talk about three Socket AM3+ mainboards based on a combination of AMD 990FX North Bridge and AMD SB950 South Bridge from the leading mainboard makers. They are Asus Crosshair V Formula, Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7 and MSI 990FXA-GD80. We will check out their packaging and accessories, design and functionality, BIOS options, overclocking potential, performance and power consumption.

Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi: Mini-ITX Mainboard That Can Overclock LGA1155 Processors Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi
[10/20/11 | by Doors4ever]

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.

MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3) – One of the First Mainboards with PCI Express 3.0 Support MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3)  PCI Express 3.0
[10/18/11 | by Doors4ever]

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.

Biostar TZ68K+ - Energy-Efficient LGA1155 Mainboard for Thrifty Users Biostar TZ68K+
[10/07/11 | by Doors4ever]

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.

Asus Maximus IV Extreme: LGA1155 Mainboard for Three Graphics Cards Asus Maximus IV Extreme
[10/03/11 | by Doors4ever]

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: Military-Style Gaming LGA1155 Mainboard Gigabyte G1.Sniper 2  G1-Killer
[09/29/11 | by Doors4ever]

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.

Three LGA1155 Mainboards from ASUSTeK on Intel Z68 Express ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe  Asus P8Z68-V PRO  ASUS P8Z68-V  Intel Z68 Express
[09/21/11 | by Doors4ever]

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.

LGA 2011 and Sandy Bridge-E News from IDF 2011 LGA2011
[09/16/11 | by Anna Filatova]

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.

Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD: LGA1155 Mainboard Fully Ready for Intel Smart Response Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD  Intel Smart Response  mSATA
[09/06/11 | by Doors4ever]

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.

Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H Review and Llano Overclocking Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H  Llano overclocking  AMD A8-3850  A8-3850 overclocking  Llano
[08/19/11 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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.

Gigabyte G1.Sniper and GA-X58A-OC: LGA1366 Mainboards for Gamers and Enthusiasts Gigabyte G1.Sniper  Gigabyte GA-X58A-OC
[08/04/11 | by Doors4ever]

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.

Roundup: Eight Mini-ITX Mainboards for LGA1155 Processors ASRock H67M-ITX/HT  ASUS P8H67-I Deluxe  ASUS P8H67-I  ECS H67H2-I  Foxconn H67S  Gigabyte H67N-USB3-B3  Intel DH67CF  Zotac H67ITX  mini-ITX  LGA1155  Intel H67 Express
[08/01/11 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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.

Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3: LGA1155 Platform in ATX Format with Video Outs Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
[07/18/11 | by Doors4ever]

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.

MSI Z68A-GD80 (B3) LGA1155 Mainboard Review MSI Z68A-GD80 (B3)
[07/12/11 | by Doors4ever]

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.

Asus P8P67 Deluxe LGA1155 Mainboard Review Asus P8P67 Deluxe
[07/05/11 | by Doors4ever]

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.

From UD3P to UD7: Four Gigabyte Mainboards for LGA1155 on Intel Z68 Express Chipset Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3  Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD4-B3  Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD5-B3  Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD7-B3
[07/01/11 | by Doors4ever]

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.

Sapphire PURE WHITE FUSION E350 and Sapphire PURE FUSION MINI E350 Mainboards Review Sapphire PURE WHITE FUSION E350  Sapphire PURE FUSION MINI E350
[06/14/11 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

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.

Two LGA1155 Mainboards from Elitegroup Black Series: ECS P67H2-A and P67H2-A2 Review Elitegroup Black Series  ECS P67H2-A  ECS P67H2-A2
[06/09/11 | by Doors4ever]

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.

MSI P67A-GD80 (B3): Flagship LGA1155 Mainboard from Micro-Star MSI P67A-GD80 (B3)
[06/01/11 | by Doors4ever]

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.