USB 3.1 Testing - ASUS Goes All In With USB 3.1 Capable Motherboards

The push is on for motherboard manufacturers to get USB 3.1 capable products to market. ASUS is certainly doing their part as witnessed by their recent refresh to many of their Z97 and X99 motherboards making them USB 3.1 ready. Depending on the motherboard, ASUS will either provide USB 3.1 connectivity built into the motherboard’s rear I/O area or provide a PCI-E expansion card. Additionally, ASUS plans to sell the PCI-E expansion card separately, so people that already own a compatible ASUS motherboard can come along for the ride too. Read More

ASUS Z97-Pro Gamer Motherboard Review

Up until the release of the Z97-Pro Gamer, ASUS didn’t have much to offer a budget-minded gamer looking to build a Z97 based system. That all changes with the release of this board, and ASUS now joins other manufacturers in this very competitive arena. What really spurred this market segment was the release of Intel’s G3258 Anniversary Edition processor and the potential to acquire a Z97 gaming motherboard and CPU for just over $200. That should leave most builders a substantial amount to invest in a high-end video card, which will ultimately result in a relatively low cost, but great performing gaming system. Read More

Samsung 850 Pro 512GB SSD Review

Samsung has been what I would consider a major player in the consumer SSD market for a couple of years now. They had at least two well known drives on the market in their 840 EVO and Pro lines, each serving a different audience. The EVO was the barely slower and best bang for the buck drive, while the Pro was the performance king of the family and still had good pricing. Both drives had a great track record for reliability. The next generation, the 850 series, greets us with second generation 3D V-NAND with the same goals as the previous generation. It’s time to take a look and see if the Samsung 850 Pro 512GB performs as well as we expect it to. Read More

ADATA Premier Pro SP900 256GB M.2 SSD Review

Seeing motherboards with M.2 ports is nothing new as manufacturers have been doing this for some time now. Up until recently, there haven’t been many M.2 SSDs available to actually use this new technology, but we’re beginning to see memory manufacturers roll out their new offerings. M.2 SSDs come in a couple different interface options – SATA 6 GB/s or PCI-E x2/4, with the latter obviously being the faster and more expensive option. Today’s ADATA M.2 SSD sample uses the SATA 6 GB/s interface, which should perform similar to a standard 2.5″ SSD most of us have plugged into our motherboards. Read More

G.Skill Ripjaws 4 16GB DDR4-2800 CL16 1.2V Memory Kit Review

G.Skill brings high expectations with each new product release. Computer enthusiasts and overclockers connect the G.SKill brand to the highest quality memory. Today, we once again have a chance to find out if G.Skill is worth being called the best memory manufacturer. This memory review is based on the latest Ripjaws 4 series designed for the only DDR4 desktop platform – Haswell-E. Read More

MSI Unveils an Arsenal of New Gaming Products During PAX East

While at the PAX East event earlier this month, MSI took to opportunity to showcase some exciting new gaming products to the world. Products included new motherboards with USB 3.1 support, graphics cards, gaming laptops, and other items. Below is the press release we received from MSI with all the details. Read More

GIGABYTE Launches New X99 Champion Series Motherboards

GIGABYTE announced the release of four new X99 series motherboards today, all of which land in their Championship series. GIGABYTE is certainly attacking the X99 market with many different options to choose from. Here is the press release as sent from GIGABYTE today. Read More

ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark S Limited Edition Motherboard Review

We’re still several months away from Intel’s next round of CPU/Chipset releases, but that’s not stopping ASUS from keeping the Z97 based motherboards an interesting lot. To that end, they recently released the Sabertooth Z97 Mark S limited edition motherboard. This niche product falls in ASUS’ TUF series motherboard line, and it features an arctic camouflage thermal cover resting on a white PCB. White PC components seem to be gaining in popularity, so it’s nice to have options if you like the white look. Read More