Posts Tagged ‘Ivy-Bridge’

When we looked at the Piledriver CPU, we ran it with our standard CPU review HD 6970. However, our CPU review game and 3D benchmark suite is a bit long in the tooth. In an effort to keep our readers more well-informed, we went back to the drawing board to run our much more modern gaming suite (which we use in all GPU reviews) on a more modern, powerful GPU – the ASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP.

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This review marks the last one I’ll be typing that uses a 2600K as the processor. It’s almost a sad day for that reason, but as you’ll see it’s going out on a pretty solid note with a good board at a good price – the ASUS P8Z68-V / GEN3.

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Today we have a chance to review Gigabyte’s current top of the line Z77 motherboard, the Z77X-UD5H (WiFi). Let’s take a look at whats under the hood and how far she wants to push our Ivy Bridge CPU.

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mATX motherboards aren’t usually what you look at for squeezing ultimate performance out of your system. ASUS has been working to change that perception with their Maximus GENE series of Republic of Gamers motherboards for several generations now. Today we’ll see just how they were able to succeed in this generation with the ASUS Maximus V GENE.

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The TZ77XE4, it’s new, it’s shiny, it has bright orange heatsinks and lightning bolts on the box! Sounds like a good start to me.
The most obvious feature of this motherboard is the new Intel Z77 chipset and all it brings with it. Primarily that means full support for the Ivy Bridge Intel CPUs. Other highlights include full PCIe 3.0 support (though this does require an Ivy Bridge CPU), Lucid Virtu MVP and a pretty serious looking CPU power section.

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Why is Ivy Bridge so hot? Ask that question and you are likely to receive one of two different popular (but not entirely correct) answers. Today, we reveal the true reason behind this hot topic.

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Intel is back today with a new CPU manufacturing process at 22 nm using their new 3D Tri-Gate transistor design. It’s the Sandy Bridge micro-architecture with a new 22 nm twist. Will we see any performance increase or just the standard lower power and better temperatures? Sit back and relax while we cross the Ivy Bridge.

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We’re back today with another feature-packed ASUS board for your viewing pleasure – the Intel Z68-based Maximus IV Extreme-z.

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We’ve consolidated a ton of eye candy from CeBit for your viewing pleasure, plus one great bonus – a link to an unsanctioned Ivy Bridge preview!

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New CPUs, revised timelines, and bankruptcy… Oh my!

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