Motherboards

Gigabyte X58A-UD7 Review And Overclocking Results

Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship 2009 was the first time I overclocked on the X58 platform, and I haven’t done so since then. P55 got in the way, and although I’ve been having a blast with it over the past several months, something has been missing. I realized just what that was when Gigabyte sent me their X85A-UD7 for testing. Read More

MSI H55M-ED55 Review

With the release of Intel’s Core i3/i5 with on-chip integrated graphics, tons of low-cost H55 motherboards have been popping up. MSI’s mid-range H55 board, priced around $110, is the H55M-ED5. If you’ve been keeping up with H55 performance numbers, you know that people are getting huge overclocks on mATX boards. Although MSI sent me this board for HTPC testing (as Intel’s GMA HD IGP was intended), I also decided to test the limits of the ED55 and see just how much performance I could squeeze out of it. Read More

MSI 890GXM-G65 Review

MSI 890GXM-G65 Accessories

It’s been a while since AMD introduced a new chipset. The 890GX-SB850 has several new features, including USB 3.0, SATA 3, 6-core CPU support, and upgraded integrated graphics with DirectX 10.1 support. MSI is getting into the 890GX game immediately, and has sent me their 890GXM-G65 for testing. Though the 890GXM-G65 is part of MSI’s “Gaming Series,” here I’ll be testing it in an HTPC setting. Read More

i5 Clarkdale on Biostar TH55XE

We’ve seen a lot of news about Intel’s 32nm CPU on the internet in the past six months…Now let us take a look at Intel’s LGA 1156 platform. This platform will launch new 32nm CPU products, including Core i5 6XX and Core i3 5XX series, named Clarkdale. Read More

Gigabyte P55A-UD6 Review And Testing

Gigabyte, as we all know, was one of the first motherboard manufacturers to roll out a solid implementation of USB 3 and SATA 3 in their products. In fact, Gigabyte now has an “A” option for most of their products. But since the devices capable of utilizing these higher speeds are still out of my reach, USB 3 and SATA 3 testing will be included in part 2 of this review. This part will focus on something I’m more concerned with anyway, and that’s overclocking performance. Read More

SuperSpeed USB - Gigabyte "Turbo" vs. Asus "True USB3.0"

There have been two major forces bringing this new technology to market; Gigabyte and Asus. The fact that it is these two manufactures first with new technology should be no surprise to anyone, and they are the two largest motherboard manufactures in the world. What nobody saw coming was the variety of implementation that would be used. Read More

Gigabyte P55A Series Motherboards - Overclocking the UD3R and UD6

If you’ve been following my testing on Gigabyte’s latest gear, you’ll know that I started by giving the original GA-P55-UD3R a serious run for its money with some extreme overclocking.  It left me very impressed, as I was able to set four i5 750 CPU world records. Today I close the loop on the GA-P55A-UD3R and the GA-P55A-UD6. I’ll also provide some comparisons to the original UD3R, as well as contrast the boards with a major competitor of the UD6, the MSI P55-GD80…read on! Read More

Introducing MSI's Big Bang Trinergy Motherboard

Since P55 was introduced, it seems like I’ve seen nonstop complaints about options for running multiple graphics cards. This is because most P55 boards only have a total of 16x PCIe lanes available, to be divided between however many cards you happen to be running. So for an SLI or… Read More