We review the EVGA Z77 FTW motherboard. As always EVGA separates itself from the herd by manufacturing a motherboards that might not be the most pleasing one to the eyes, but does make technology that will raise the heartbeat of many enthusiast PC aficionado's. The motherboard also comes with triple BIOS, Clear CMOS, Power and Reset buttons. Along with its 100% solid state capacitors, EVGA Dummy OC tech and EVGA E-LEET Tuning support. 5 x16 PCie slots -- that will boil down to four x8 gen 3.0 with an added PLX (+16 lanes Gen 3.0) chip so the board also supports quad SLI and Crossfire. Aimed and priced at roughly 329 USD / 300 EUR the board really is keen to get us all interested.
We review the ASUS Maximus V Formula.The Formula series equals style, features and highly tweakable motherboards -- all made with the ROG (Replublic of Gamers) backing it up. What defines the Formula the best however is that the heat sinks are in fact waterblocks, the Maximus V Formula can be used on both air and water as the Maximus V Formula eliminates heat with a unique aluminum-finned heatsink that combines an all-copper water channel and heatpipe in one.
We test the new Thunderbolt connector with 2x SSDs in RAID0 with the help of the ASUS p8z77 vPro Thunderbolt motherboard and the LaCie Little Big Disk which has two Intel 320 SSDs. We RAID-0 them to stripe and check out if the 10 Gbps Thunderbolt connection can keep up.
We review the MSI Z77A GD80 motherboard. Albeit the GD80 shares 95% of the DNA of the GD65 it comes with one feature that some of you will be very interested in, a ThunderBolt controller. So have a peek at what was just released, this is the MSI Z77A-GD80 motherboard. Onwards to the next page please.
We review the ECS Z77H2-AX motherboard which screams gold and features. The Z77H2-AX is gold plated everywhere. The changes for Z77 primarily can be found in native USB 3.0 support as well as an upgrade towards PCie gen 3 PCIe x16 slots. ECS however really pimped out the motherboard with a lot .. seriously LOT of extra's with even embedded WIFI and Bluetooth.
We review the ASUS Maximus V GENE Z77 Motherboard. a smaller motherboard (mATX) yet a product that just oozes with dandy features and overclock potential. Get this -- we took a Core i7 3770K processor towards 5.0 GHz. Next to the tweaking possibilities this is a ROG (Republic of Gamers) motherboard, and means extra enthusiast features alright.
We review the MSI Z77A-GD65 motherboard. The MSI Z77A-GD65 is intended for Intel's 22nm Ivy Bridge processors on Socket LGA1155, and they tend to overclock rather well as we'll show you. Even on air cooling you can reach 5 GHz with a motherboard as used today. Have a peek at what was just released, this is the MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' motherboard.
We review the Gigabyte Z77X-D3H motherboard. The GA-Z77X-D3H is intended for Intel's 22nm Ivy Bridge processors released moments ago based on Socket LGA1155 however the motherboard also supports Sandy bridge processors like the Core i7 2600K.
We review the ASUS Sabertooth Z77. Z77 is of course the Intel chipset predominantly released for Ivy Bridge based processors. This article is a full review of what you may expect from the TUF series Sabertooth Z77, have peek after which we'll dive right into the photo shoot.
ECS of course will offer a good variety of Z77 products as well, today we preview the Z77H2-AX, a board that is going to surprise you. Dr. Evil's 'GOOOOOOOOOLD' will continuously pop into you mind whilst browsing through this review. The Z77H2-AX is gold plated everywhere. The motherboard of course is intended for Intel's 22nm processors that will be coming out later this year based on Socket LGA1155 however the motherboard also supports Sandy bridge processors like the Core i7 2600K. With this preview we are able to give you a closer look at the motherboard itself -- and really the pictures alone are worth it.
We preview the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H which is intended for Intels 22nm processors that will be coming out later this year based on Socket LGA1155 however the motherboard also supports Sandy bridge processors like the Core i7 2600K. While we are not allowed to publish any testing results whatsoever related to Ivy Bridge on this GA-Z77X-D3H, we are able to give you a closer look at the motherboard itself. Have a peek at what is about to launch soon.
We preview the ASUS Sabertooth Z77 TUF. Z77 is of course the Intel chipset for the upcoming Ivy bridge based processors. These motherboards will have a slightly altered feature set and thus support them new upcoming apples from Intel. Good to know however is that Z77 also supports Sandy Bridge Socket 1155 based processors, that's right your favorite Core i5 2500K and Core i7 2600K will be perfect for these motherboards as well. The changes for Z77 primarily can be found in native USB 3.0 support as well as an upgrade towards PCie gen 3 PCIe x16 slots.
In this MSI Z77A GD65 motherboard preview we look at the hardware that will empower future Ivy bridge processors. Obviously we can't share any details, but have a look at the pretty pictures.
We test the Gigabyte G1.Assassin 2. It's the motherboard that is both loved and hated for it's gun themed design. Regardless of what you guys might thing, Gigabyte knows and certainly appreciates the fact that everybody is talking about their products. The G1.Assassin 2 motherboard comes loaded with some very nice features, much like it predecessors it has an embedded Killer E2100 NIC, said to deliver better networking performance to hardcore gamers. The board itself comes with three PCI Express x16 slots for 3-way CrossFireX and SLI support . Gigabyte also added an integrated Creative X-Fi PCI Express sound card featuring Nichicon MUSE audio capacitors, included is a WIFI and Bluetooth network card.
MSI today launches their Big Bang XPower II motherboard, we review and test it. A military themed motherboard for which they took the Intel Sandy Bridge-E chipset called X79, then they started designing a motherboard that will knock you of your feet once you place your first glimpse on it.
Gigabyte as well launched several X79 motherboards like the G1.asassin, the UD3, UD5 and sure .. the UD7. That last one we'll be looking at today. A very complete motherboard I must say, with all kinds of gadgets and fresh looks. You will see four PCI Express x16 slots, the rest of the expansion options available in the X79-UD7 include three PCIe x1 slots, four SATA 3Gbps ports, as well as a good six SATA 6Gbps ports. The rear I/O bracket shows a pair of USB 3.0 ports and 7.1-channel audio with digital S/PDIF out, but also a special OC button, a CMOS reset switch and much more.
Today we take a look at the new motherboard from ECS, the X79R-AX Extreme. We'll throw in a decent photo-shoot and a benchmark suite at the product and get an indication what performance is like with the Intel Core i7-3960X (Sandy Bridge-E). Admittedly I was a little shocked when the motherboard arrived, as it is probably the most feature rich X79 motherboard we've had in our labs.
ASUS initially had a mild success with the Sabertooth series, they carefully launched just in the USA as a tryout, yet once the concept picked up, they noticed demand worldwide. Head on over to the next page where we'll discuss the X79 chipset, the respective ASUS models. Then we'll throw a decent photo-shoot and a benchmark suite at the products and get an indication what performance is like with the Intel Core i7-3960X (Sandy Bridge-E) and X79 Platform.
The ROG team this time went wild, releasing a motherboard with all the features that last-gen motherboards should have such as USB 3.0 connectivity, Bluetooth, eSATA connectors, SATA 6.0Gbps, and 7.1 channel audio, but the real x-factor of the Rampage IV Extreme can only be found when we look at its overclocking features. Head on over to the next page where we'll discuss the X79 chipset, the respective ASUS model. Then will throw a decent photo-shoot and a benchmark suite at the products and get an indication what performance is like with the Intel Core i7-3960X (Sandy Bridge-E) and X79 Platform.
Recently EVGA launched several Z68 chipset based motherboards, on of them is the FTW edition (for teh Win). The motherboard follows eVGAs traditional design and layout, comes with enthusiast overclock features. Enough stuff to write about, let's have a peek and then head onwards into the review
Today we look at a A75 motherboard from ECS, in the 100 EUR bracket they have released the A75F-A, a board that ECS decided to pair with two PCI Express x16 slots (the second one is x4 electronically), two PCI Express x1 slots as well as with no less than three legacy PCI slots.
ASUS completed its range of Z68 products as well, and the one that rules them all is probably the board as tested today. The Republic of Gamers team applied their typical bunch of lovin' and sweetness to the motherboard, driving the feature count up and the tweaking performance to new heights. Yes, the Maximus IV Extreme-Z Intel Z68 motherboard has arrived at the Guru3D test grounds all the way up the highlands of Holland.
Gigabyte has been on a hot streak lately to produce some of the nicest motherboards targeted at games. The Initial Killer/Sniper series has shown a completely new style from Gigabyte, a series that steps away from that baby blue color, towards a matte black PCB, a 'gun' theme, quality components and nifty extra's like a high-end Ethernet controller and even an integrated SoundBlaster X-Fi soundcard.
The ECS Black Extreme A990FXM-A comes with 140W AM3+ Processor support and harbors AMD CrossfireX and NVIDIA SLI technology compatibility. You'll spot 3 PCIe x16 slots, dual gigabit jack, it has 7.1 channel High Definition audio, USB 3.0 and well... just a lot more. We'll have a look at the motherboard performance, based on Phenom II processors.
Once again we pop in a Phenom II processor and have a look at it's performance, which will be the same as it has been for a year now. Yep, AMD completely released the 990FX chipset in the wrong time, it should have been released alongside the Bulldozer FX series processors. But ah well, what can you do... have a peek at that lovely looking Crosshair V Formula and then let's head onwards into the review.