Motherboards

The mini-ITX form factor is as popular as ever, with a handful of options already available for Intel's new LGA1200 socket. Over the years motherboard vendors have been perfecting their small form factor models designed to offer all of the performance of the larger-sized models, but with a smaller desktop footprint. Of these, two of the most desirable models based on features and pricing from all the mini-ITX models on the Z490 chipset are the GIGABYTE Z490I Aorus Ultra and MSI MEG Z490I Unify. Offering dual PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots, 2.5 GbE Ethernet ports, and integrated Wi-Fi 6 radios, both GIGABYTE and MSI's motherboards are designed to address the high end of the market. And with both boards going for the same price...

In The Lab: ASRock X570 Aqua Motherboard Preview

This year marks the 50th anniversary of AMD's contribution to the industry and AMD's various partners have celebrated this notable achievement. One such company is ASRock, which has released...

13 by Gavin Bonshor on 9/26/2019

The GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Xtreme Motherboard Review: Fanless AM4

The introduction of the X570 chipset has heralded some of the most impressive and feature-rich desktop motherboards for an AMD platform in recent times. One prime example of this...

43 by Gavin Bonshor on 9/24/2019

Intel’s Comet Lake U&Y 495 Chipset Datasheet: x8 Link, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Support

Intel has published datasheet of its upcoming Intel 495-series chipsets revealing their key features. As it turns out, the family will feature two chipsets aimed at different types of...

44 by Anton Shilov on 9/23/2019

Intel Core i9-9900KS TDP Details: ASUS Maximus XI Apex Support

Intel announced plans to launch its eight-core Core i9-9900KS processor along with its performance specifications quite a while ago, but the company did not disclose the TDP. As the...

47 by Anton Shilov on 9/18/2019

Intel Documents Show Driver Support for Unannounced 400-Series Chipsets

Intel does not often disclose its own chipset names in advance, but from time to time we get glimpses into accidental publication. This week, driver documents from the company...

42 by Anton Shilov on 9/6/2019

The MSI MEG X570 Godlike Motherboard Review: Thor's Flagship

With the introduction of AMD's X570 chipset, motherboard vendors have upped its game in the premium stakes with a variety of premium mid-range and high-end models. The MEG X570...

116 by Gavin Bonshor on 8/28/2019

ASUS Unveils the ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore X299 Motherboard

At the Gamescom trade show in Cologne in Germany, ASUS has unveiled its new high-end premium HEDT motherboard, the ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore. Built on Intel's X299 chipset...

16 by Gavin Bonshor on 8/21/2019

The Biostar A10N-8800E Motherboard Review: Carrizo in 2019?!

The Biostar A10N-8800 motherboard is a mini-ITX SoC option with an integrated AMD FX-8800P processor. Also featured is support for up to 32 GB of DDR4-2133 memory, a single...

75 by Dr. Ian Cutress & Gavin Bonshor on 8/14/2019

The ASUS Pro WS X570-Ace Review: x8x8x8 with No RGB

Not all motherboards are created equal, and some come with different distinguishing features which amplify them above the others. Whether that be gaming or professional use, the ASUS Pro...

114 by Gavin Bonshor on 8/12/2019

Biostar Unveils Racing X570GT: An mATX Motherboard for AMD Ryzen 3000

The Micro-ATX form-factor seems to have walked into the crossfire between ATX and Mini-ITX in the recent years, and as a result, the mid-sized form factor isn't quite as...

23 by Anton Shilov on 8/5/2019

The MSI MEG X570 Ace Motherboard Review: Ace in the Hole at $369

In our first X570 motherboard review we have the MSI MEG X570 Ace. This motherboard represents MSI's high-end range and sits in the top 3 of its product stack...

92 by Gavin Bonshor on 7/18/2019

No, AMD Still Isn’t Enabling PCIe 4 On 300/400 Series Boards

Following this week’s launch of AMD’s new Ryzen 3000 series of processors, reports have once again begun circulating that PCIe 4 will be available on some existing 300 &...

88 by Ryan Smith on 7/12/2019

ASUS Dominus Extreme BIOS has Cascade Lake Xeon W-3275 & W-3275M Support

ASUS has released a new BIOS version 0601 for its ROG Dominus Extreme motherboard that ‘improves PCIe compatibility’ when using Intel’s latest Xeon W processors based on the Cascade...

2 by Anton Shilov on 7/11/2019

The AMD X570 Motherboard Overview: Over 35+ Motherboards Analyzed

During Computex 2019, AMD's CEO Dr Lisa Su introduced the company's newest AM4 chipset, the X570. Designed to support the new AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors, X570 is...

229 by Gavin Bonshor on 7/9/2019

In The Lab: MSI X570 Motherboard Preview with the Godlike and Ace

The next generation of AMD Ryzen 3000 processors is edging closer to being released, and we'll see the results on July 7th. But alongside the new 7 nm processors...

90 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/28/2019

ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming-ITX TB3: The Small Motherboard with a Side of Everything

During Computex 2019, ASRock announced its upcoming X570 range ready for the launch of AMD's Ryzen 3000 series processors. One of the motherboard highlights of the show was the...

37 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/18/2019

ASUS ROG Strix X570-I Gaming Mini-ITX Motherboard: Wi-Fi 6, Dual PCIe 4.0 M.2

At Computex 2019, ASUS unveiled a number of ROG-branded motherboards aimed at gamers and enthusiasts for AMD's new X570 chipset. Most of them are ATX, but a small handful...

23 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/14/2019

GIGABYTE X299G Designare-10G Motherboard: Dual 10G Ethernet

GIGABYTE has released only a handful of its professional focused and creator-driven Designare branded motherboards, one for X299 and X399 for HEDT, as well as a Z390 version for...

7 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/14/2019

Intel's X299 Goes Extreme, GIGABYTE X299G Xtreme Waterforce With 10G LAN, 16-Phase VRM

At Computex 2019, GIGABYTE unveiled a couple of new motherboards on Intel's X299 chipset in lieu of the new refreshed Skylake-X processors expected later this year. The GIGABYTE X299G...

21 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/13/2019

GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Master: High-end With Wi-Fi 6, 2.5G LAN, Triple PCIe 4.0 M.2 Slots

During Computex 2019, GIGABYTE unveiled a wide variety of X570 motherboards stretching from the entry-level X570 Gaming X to the very high-end flagship, the X570 Aorus Xtreme. The GIGABYTE...

27 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/13/2019

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