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MSI Z170A Gaming M7 Motherboard Review

We hold in our hands Skylake, Intel’s new CPU, but more specifically the new chipset that goes along with it named, Z170. Overclockers.com was lucky enough to get a couple of boards, including the MSI Z170A Gaming M7. This board promises to be excellent for gaming and should be solid for overclocking as well. It’s time to dig in and see what the Gaming M7 is made of! Read More

GIGABYTE X99-SLI Motherboard Review

It wasn’t too long ago that GIGABYTE announced their X99 Champion Series motherboards. Today, we’ll have a look at the newest addition to the X99 Championship family, which is called the X99-SLI. At first glance, the GIGABYTE X99-SLI seems to be a feature-rich motherboard packed with the GIGABYTE enthusiast-level options we’ve come to expect on their higher end offerings. Let’s dive in and see if GIGABYTE has a motherboard worthy of your hard earned dollar. Read More

ASUS TUF Sabertooth X99 Motherboard Review

ASUS continues its assault on the X99/Haswell-E motherboard scene with the release of their new TUF Sabertooth X99 motherboard. If enthusiast-level performance coupled with server grade stability and reliability is something that catches your eye, then ASUS thinks they have the answer in the TUF Sabertooth X99 motherboard. Read More

GIGABYTE Z97N-WIFI Motherboard Review

Mini-ITX system builds have become a very popular option for those who might be limited on space or looking to integrate a HTPC with their entertainment center. GIGABYTE has a few different Mini-ITX motherboards in their repertoire, but today we’ll be looking at the Z97N-WIFI revision 1.0 offering. At first glance, the motherboard seems to have everything you need for a sweet small form factor (SFF) build. Read More

GIGABYTE X99 SOC Champion Motherboard Review

It has been a while since anything GIGABYTE has graced us with its presence at Overclockers.com, but it has come back with a vengeance in the form of their top of the line X99 overclocking motherboard – the X99 SOC Champion. You may remember a news article we published a couple weeks back outlining some of the features the new Champion series motherboards offer, such as faster XMP profile support (up to 3400 MHz!), all digital PWM, Realtek ALC1150 audio, and the Killer E2200 NIC, etc. Read More

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

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