Motherboards

GIGABYTE Champion X99-Gaming 5P Motherboard Review

It’s been seven months since the Haswell-E X99 platform was released to the masses, but their appears to be no end in sight as far as new motherboard options hitting the market. Case in point is GIGABYTE’s recent announcement of four new X99 Champion series motherboards to add to their already impressive X99 family. GIGABYTE was kind enough to send along one of their new Champion series motherboards for us to have a look at. The X99-Gaming 5P is on tap today and is obviously aimed squarely at the enthusiast gaming market. Read More

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

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

ASRock X99 OC Formula Motherboard Review

Several weeks ago, we looked at ASRock’s X99 Fatality board and it turned out to be a pretty solid board all around with good overclocking, a quality audio CODEC, board layout, and features. Now we will take a look at their ‘King of the Hill’ overclocking board in the X99 OC Formula. The OC Formula series from ASRock is one of the more highly regarded boards, particularly for extreme overclocking in that they generally come with higher end and more robust power delivery to support such endeavors. “But wait there’s more!” While the board might be aimed at that crowd, there are still plenty of features for the average Joe that makes this board appealing to most anyone. Take a read below as we go over the features and put the board through its paces. Read More

ASUS X99 Pro Motherboard Review

ASUS has released an impressive array of X99 motherboards since the inception of Intel’s Haswell-E processors. To date, only one ASUS X99 motherboard has escaped our test bench, but that’s coming to an end as we explore the X99 Pro in this review. This offering is a step up from the X99-A we reviewed just a short time ago and brings a very appealing set of features often reserved for their higher-end motherboards. Could this be the perfect balance between price, performance, and features? Let’s dive in and find out! Read More

EVGA X99 FTW Motherboard Review

Today we have a chance to look at another EVGA X99 based board. Instead of their more than formidable flagship Classified that Lvcoyote reviewed, this time we get to look at a more mainstream offering in the FTW. This model offers plenty of features for the gamer and for the heavy overclocker, so don’t let that label fool you. Let’s hunker down and take a look at what the EVGA X99 FTW has to offer! Read More

ASUS X99-E WS Motherboard Review

Even though the X99-E WS motherboard is listed as a workstation offering by ASUS, don’t let that classification fool you. The X99-E WS has many of the same features found on ASUS’ enthusiast-level motherboards. Particularly appealing to the gaming crowd is its quad-SLI/CrossFireX support at x16/x16/x16/x16 speeds. There are a host of other unique and intriguing features the X99-E WS offers that should appeal to the enthusiast and gamer alike. So, let’s find out if this latest offering from ASUS is worthy of consideration in the increasingly crowded X99 motherboard market. Read More

ASUS X99-A Motherboard Review

The Haswell-E/X99 platform has become a popular choice among enthusiast users when considering their next system build. Unfortunately, the price associated with building a system based around this new platform can be a deal breaker for a lot of people. In an effort to ease that pain a bit, ASUS offers up their more affordable X99-A motherboard. Don’t let the affordability of the X99-A fool you though… it’s still packed with a lot of enthusiast-level features the more discerning user looks for. So, let’s take a close look at the X99-A motherboard and see what ASUS brings to the table this time around. Read More

ASRock Fatal1ty X99X Killer Motherboard Review

One of the last hats into our review ring for the Haswell-E launch and X99 chipset is the ASRock Fatal1ty X99X Killer. This board is loaded with features that should entice a well rounded group of PC enthusiasts as it has a lot of features geared towards gamers (‘Fatal1ty) and having solid hardware ready to take your overclock wherever your cooling will take it. Strap in for the ride as we will look at the features this board offers and put it through the usual benchmarks to see how things shake out in the end! Read More

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