MSI Z690 EDGE WIFI (DDR4) review

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MSI delivers a Z690 motherboard at around 300 USD this motherboard however is loaded with premium features and is DDR4 compatible. All four M.2 slots are cooled, and there are a plethora of speedy USB ports on the board, as well as the most luxurious Realtek ALC4080 audio codec and integrated WiFi. Additionally, MSI offers a great VRM design.


ASRock Z690 Taichi review

Mainboards 323 Published by Krzysztof Hukalowicz 8

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Meet the ASRock Z690 Taichi motherboard. This product is from a series that already appeared using the Z590 chipset, which we’ve reviewed not long ago. When looking at the overall specs, the Asrock Z690 Taichi isn’t much different from the predecessor, which would explain such a price difference.


MSI MAG B660M Mortar WIFI review

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MSI has returned with a motherboard in the Intel B660 series. We take a look at the Alder Lake-ready B660 Mortar series, which includes two M2 slots (PCIe Gen4), WIFI6e, and a 2.5 GigE connector.


Biostar Z690 Valkyrie review

Mainboards 323 Published by Krzysztof Hukalowicz 4

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Meet the Biostar Z690 Valkyrie motherboard. This product is from a series that already appeared using the Z590 chipset in the past. What does this name mean? It’s the name of Odin’s twelve handmaids who conducted the slain warriors of their choice from the battlefield to Valhalla. The series was introduced with Z590 Valkyrie. 


ASRock Z690 Steel Legend (DDR4) review

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ASRock delivers a Z690 that offers a bit more value, located under 300 USD this motherboard however is loaded with premium features. Next to that, to save you some money on that total cost of the build, you can use DDR4 memory on this motherboard.  This Z690 Alder Lake-ready motherboard features three M2 slots, and Dragon a 2.5 GigE connector, among other features.


MSI MEG Z690 Unify review

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MSI has returned with a motherboard that is completely black, it does not apply RGB. And that's something we appreciate. This Z690 Alder Lake-ready motherboard features five M2 slots, WIFI6e, and a pair of 2.5 GigE connectors, among other features.


ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme review

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Don't wanna be a HERO but need to get a little more EXTREME?, in the form of a Z690 motherboard that is. This Alder Lake motherboard is loaded with the most high-end features and gadgets, meet the ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme.


ASUS Maximus Z690 Hero review

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ASUS is back in the game, this time with another HERO, in the form of a Z690 motherboard, to be precise. This Alder Lake motherboard is loaded with features and gadgets, and it's dressed to impress with an appealing design.


ASUS Crosshair VIII X570 Extreme review

Mainboards 323 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 4

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The ASUS Crosshair VIII X570 Extreme is the subject of this review. At $799, ASUS offers an all-black, all-sweet X570 motherboard loaded with features like 10 Gbit LAN and AX WIFI 6E, as well as a design that resembles Batman's toolbelt.


Asrock B550 PG Riptide review

Mainboards 323 Published by Krzysztof Hukalowicz 2

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Meet the Asrock B550 PG RIPTIDE motherboard. It’s a rather mid-tier ATX product from the Phantom Gaming series. According to Asrock - Riptide is named after a specific kind of water current with strong waves in the ocean, representing the philosophy of the sea’s double-side, calm and unlimited strength. Built around powerful gaming-related features, the Riptide has given a powerful smash and immerse users in the sense of stability. 


ASRock Z590 Taichi review

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Meet the Asrock Z590 Taichi motherboard. This product from the already well-known series (Taichi means Chinese martial art) focuses on bringing many features at a reasonable price. Well, it was like that till now. Why’s that? There’s about a 30 USD premium over the predecessor, the Asrock Z490 Taichi, an improved appearance, and a great-looking moving gear feature. This board targets the upper mid-tier/high-end range of the market (with a price of 459.99 USD). 


ASUS TUF Z590-Plus WIFI review

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We peek at the TUF Z590-Plus WIFI  motherboard from ASUS, a socket LGA1200 and Z590 chipset-based product that offers a modernized infrastructure for your Comet Lake (10th gen) or Rocket Lake (11th gen) Intel processor, at the cost of € 229,-  we'll pair the unit with a Core i9-11900K bringing additional performance and PCIe Gen 4.0 to the platform as well.


ASRock Z590 Extreme review

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This Z590 motherboard from ASRock should be Extreme, as that's in the naming. Realistically this socket LGA1200 and Z590 chipset-based product is a bit more 'normal' than others in terms of features. And that shows in pricing as we leave the 500 USD marker behind us, and drop to 200 USD/EUR.


ASUS ROG Maximus XIII HERO review

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We peek at the ROG Maximus XIII HERO motherboard from ASUS, a socket LGA1200 and Z590 chipset-based product that offers a modernized infrastructure for your Comet Lake (10th gen) or Rocket Lake (11th gen) Intel processor, at the cost of € 469,-  We'll pair the unit with a Core i9-11900K bringing additional performance and PCIe Gen 4.0 to the platform as well.


MSI MEG Z590 ACE review

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We peek at the all-new MSI MEG Z590 ACE motherboard, this socket LGA1200 and Z590 chipset-based product offers an updated infrastructure for your Comet Lake (10th gen) or Rocket Lake (11th gen) Intel processor. We'll check it out with the Core i9 11900K, bringing PCIe Gen 4.0 to the platform as well.


ASRock Z590 PG Velocita review

Mainboards 323 Published by Krzysztof Hukalowicz 3

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Meet the Asrock Z590 PG Velocita motherboard. This is a product from the Phantom Gaming range, which includes the Phantom Gaming 4 mATX , the 4/ac, and the Phantom Gaming ITX boards. Asrock has also the Taichi, Extreme, Steel Legend, and Pro series, so you can choose whichever tier suits you. The PG Velocita is a higher-end product line within the Phantom Gaming family. “Velocità” is Italian for “Velocity”, and here it’s supposed to tell you that this is the top product in the PG range. 


MSI MEG X570 Unify review

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In this review, we look at the MSI MEG X570 Unify. Priced at $280 MSI delivers an all dark X570 motherboard that has been loaded with features like 2.5 Gbit LAN and AX WIFI, and looks that make this board seem like Batman's toolbelt. 


Biostar Racing B550 GTQ review

Mainboards 323 Published by Krzysztof Hukalowicz 5

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Meet the Biostar B550 GTQ motherboard. It’s a rather entry-level mATX product from the Racing series, which also includes an ATX form factor version. The design is rather attractive, with a consistent black-and-grey theme. This is a 24.4 x 24.4 cm, mATX-factor product equipped with a B550 chipset, and it offers such features as 6+4-phase power design (Dr MOS) and 1x Gigabit ethernet (the ATX version has 2.5 Gbps). Priced at about 130 USD, it’s definitely a cheap one, in the range of B450 motherboards.


Gigabyte B550 Vision D review

Mainboards 323 Published by Krzysztof Hukalowicz 2

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Meet the Gigabyte B550 Vision D motherboard. This product from the Vision series (which includes also a Z490 motherboard) is an AMD AM4 socket product targeted at creators. Built-in the ATX form-factor, the design resembles GB’s Designaire models. Make no mistake, this is a high-end product. It should provide excellent stability, and boasts features not to be found in cheaper models.


ASRock B550 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ax review

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Priced at just over 200 bucks, meet one of the smaller B550 Chipset based motherboards we review, the Mini-ITX based B550 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ax review, at 17x17cm AROCK loaded this B550 motherboard with some good features including dual M2 slots, 2.5 GigE Ethernet, AX WIFI and a pleasantly devised VRM. Well, simply put it's nearly a huge motherboard at a mini size.