Enthusiast Motherboards (45)

High-end motherboards for gaming and overclocking

16 July 2014
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Gigabyte Z97MX Gaming 5 Design and Feature Review Featured

They say that competition is good for the soul, and they are right. In just about any area you can think of having a little competition makes you better at what you do. In the computer world this is especially…
06 July 2014
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Asus Z97-A Review Part II - Performance Featured

While a nice layout, cool colors and a good feature set listed on the box might be nice performance is what most people are looking for in a motherboard. A good feature set does not matter so much if the…
The small form factor crowd has grown in leaps and bounds over the last few years. Every day on Facebook or some other spot on the internet you will see some pretty impressive builds with tiny motherboards stuffed in them.…
30 December 2013
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Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H Review Part II - Performance Featured

In part one of our review of the Gigabyte Z87-UD3H we looked at the design, features and layout of the board. Now in part two we are going to see if those choices were good or bad. Gigabyte has a…
08 December 2013
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Gigabyte X79-UP4 Design and Feature Review Featured

The X79 chipset is nothing new, in fact in motherboard years it is quite old. However that does not mean that is it obsolete. If anything there are still many people that use the platform for their Sandy Bridge-E CPUs…
04 November 2013
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Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H Review Part I - Design and Features Featured

Gigabyte is not a company to be left out of any market and they are certainly keeping pace in the motherboard arena. They are one of the companies that not only leads sales, but also helps to drive innovation and…
03 November 2013
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Asus Z87-Expert Review Part II - Performance Featured

So now that we have covered the design and features of the Asus Z87-Expert it is time to dive into how well the board performs. Asus has always been a company that talks up the performance that their products are…
27 October 2013
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Asus Z87-Expert Rview Part I - Design and Features Featured

With the launch of Intel’s Haswell there was the normal shift to a new chipset. This is Intel’s Z87 chipset and everyone rushed to get their version of this new chipset out onto the market. Many of the boards that…
19 August 2012
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Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Design And Feature Review Featured

Two years ago Gigabyte announced their G1.Kille series of motherboards with an interesting event featuring camouflage and tons of military imagery. The concept behind it was that the G1.Killer was meant to be a series of “super-soldiers” for gaming. Each…
In the enthusiast world you can never seem to have enough power or enough headroom for your system. Although you might hear rumors of the “post PC” era or that the desktop is dead nothing could be further from the…
05 July 2012
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Asus ROG Rampage IV Gene Performance Review Featured

As we round out our coverage of the Asus Republic of Gamers Rampage IV Gene we are taking a look at both the synthetic and real-world performance of this board. As we have mentioned before the Gene is the gateway…
10 June 2012
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Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H Performance Review Featured

In our continuing coverage of the Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H WB we are moving into the performance side of things. Here is where it becomes difficult to differentiate between companies. The problem is that if you are testing Z77 Express based motherboards…
25 May 2012
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Asus ROG Rampage IV Gene Design and Feature Review Featured

With all of the news about the Z77 Express motherboards and Ivy Bridge we thought we would step back and take a look at our old friend the X79 and the Sandy Bridge-E CPU. This platform still represents the top…
23 May 2012
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Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H WB Wifi Design and Feature Review Featured

Moving through some of the more prominent Z77 motherboards that are out right now we come to another one from Gigabyte. Here we have the Z77X-UD5H WiFi Motherboard (Model number GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB). The UD5H is typically their second in line for…
22 May 2012
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Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe Performance Review Featured

After what seemed like a long time we are finally getting into the full performance section of our review. The Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe is a board that really has quite a bit going on which makes properly covering everything something…
27 April 2012
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Ausu P8Z77-V Deluxe Design and Feature Review Featured

Now that we have taken a look at most of the rest of the P8Z77 line up we are going to check out what was originally the flagship for the mid-range line the P8Z77-V Deluxe. Earlier today Asus announced and…
You knew we were going to do this eventually (after all we told you we would) so here we go with a complete review (performance numbers) of the Asus Maixmus V Gene with our Core i7 3770K running the same…
23 April 2012
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Asus Maximus V Gene Performance Review With Ivy Bridge Featured

After seeing what new features Asus is bringing to the table with the Maximus V Gene (and there are a ton of them) we now get to dive into the performance side of things and see what we have. As…
Asus has been a leading developer of motherboards for more years that most people can remember. We have had many different Asus products work their way through our lab and with very few exceptions have found them all to be…
Gigabyte is kicking out some information on their upcoming lineup of 7 Series motherboards. These new boards are the 4th generation of their Ultra Durable series which has driven them to the number one spot for motherboard durability. Although not…
07 March 2012
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We Check Out EVGA's X79 FTW To See How Well it is Built Featured

EVGA has built a name for itself inside the community of overclockers, gamers and other enthusiasts. Although they do not have the same volume as Gigabyte or Asus, they still put out some of the top boards when it comes…
05 March 2012
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Gigabyte's X79-UD3 Runs Through our Performance Testing Featured

Earlier this year when we visited Gigabyte during CES they reiterated something that they said about three years ago. They are committed to providing a much better performing product and are gearing themselves more and more toward the enthusiast and…
With the apparent delay of Intel Ivy Bridge and of course the Z77 chipset that goes with it) we there is going to be a continued demand for the X79 chipset and the pretty much every flavor of the LGA2011…
13 February 2012
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We finish up our time with the MSI X79A-GD65(8D) Featured

After taking a look over the MSI X79A-GD65(8D) motherboard and some of MSI’s design choices (and the benefits they bring) we have dove into our performance testing. You may remember that we had concerns about the way the PCIe slots…
08 February 2012
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Gigabyte X79-UD5 Performance Review Part II Featured

Not that long ago we talked to you about the features and design choices that Gigabyte made on the X79-UD5. This board is at the upper end of Gigabyte’s X79 lineup although it is not what you would consider an…