Here at VR-Zone, we hold ASUS's Republic of Gamers branded motherboards in high regard not only for their use of premium components and attention to detail, but also we personally know of many exceptional individuals on the ROG team who toil on through cold Taiwanese nights and weekends, optimizing electrical traces on the PCB and fiddling with
EVGA has a single Z77 board, the FTW ("for the win"), targeting the high-end consumer base with 4-way SLI/CrossfireX capabilities and a top notch VRM design. We will put it through its paces and see if it performs up to par with the competition. An examination of the Z77 FTW will show whether or not
While Socket FM1 motherboards faces extinction after a short run with last year's Llano, the latest Socket FM2 for Trinity APUs is expected to have a considerably longer shelf life, or at least through next year's Steamroller based Kaveri APUs. This time, MSI has come up with an feature-filled AMD motherboard that caught our eye.
The catchphrase "Thunderbolt for Everyone" accompanies marketing material of MSI's newest motherboard, the Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt, with which the company is eying an attractive sub-$200 price-point.
Today we take the Maximus V Extreme for a spin on our LN2 test bench. Never before have we seen a motherboard so packed with innovative overclocking features and support. This board not only packs the latest technologies from the ROG OC team, but it also incorporates many of the latest platform technologies such as
ASUS's Republic of Gamers boards are advertised as gaming-oriented boards, yet they also have a deadly alter ego which caters to the extreme overclocking hobbyist (à la Batman-Bruce Wayne). Today we explore the reasons why the sub-US$200 mATX Maximus V GENE (Z77) has a cult following among enthusiasts these days and also put an Ivy Bridge 3770K
We've unearthed plans by Intel to launch two new 7-series socket LGA1155 motherboards in Q3-2012, the Extreme Series DZ77GAL-70K "Gasper Light" and DZ75ML-45K "Middle Lake." The two boast of Windows 8 WHQL certificiation, Fast Boot, and Lucid VirtuMVP.
In June, VIA claimed that its APC (Android PC), a neo-ITX motherboard compatible with most ITX/ATX cases based on an ARM SoC and PC-like interfaces, was a sell-out success thanks to its $49 price-tag. The company today deleased all the software and documentation needed by developers and geeks to get started with the kit.
VIA announced the VAB-800, a motherboard in the pic-ITX form-factor (10 cm x 7.2 cm, ATX/ITX compatible), driven by an ARM-based SoC. The company claims the SoC powering the board is capable of 1080p video playback, drawing less than 5W power. It features most common PC interfaces.
BIOSTAR released its first Hi-Fi series motherboard, the socket LGA1155 Hi-Fi Z77X. Shown first to crowds at Computex, the Hi-Fi series is characterized by an onboard audio design that focuses on amplification and getting rid of EMI.
ASUS released the industry's first AMD platform motherboards that are ready for Windows 8. Readiness for the new operating system is a little more than sticking the label if the motherboard meets some criteria, with the introduction of a few new ACPI and low-level features that need some redesigning. Hence, the company launched revisions of
ECS announced that it's the first motherboard vendor to support the AMP (AMD Memory Profile) standard. Think of AMP as the company's equivalent to Intel XMP. It's certainly not the first time AMD toyed with custom SPD standards.
Over the next few weeks we will be featuring a slate of motherboards for mainstream DIY system builders to high end enthusiasts. First up is MSI's Z77A-GD65, a solid value offering that should satisfy the needs of most Ivy Bridge users who wants to overclock.
ASRock's latest innovation is a web-based BIOS update feature within the UEFI Setup program. Say goodbye to USB flash drives and command-line based BIOS flashing.
Computer-on-module (COM) and industrial PC (IPC) major Kontron designed the first NVIDIA Tegra 3 motherboard in the mini-ITX (slim) form-factor. The board measures 17 x 17 cm, and should fit in most ITX/ATX cases.
Last month we looked at the much coveted Maximus V Formula and today we have another board from the ASUS Republic of Gamers team in our hands. Featuring 4-way GPU support and an elaborate host of overclocker centric features in an extended ATX form factor, could the Maximus V Extreme be the Z77 motherboard that hardcore
A certain DRAM major's frantic lobbying for the arrival of DDR4 seems to be paying off, as we're seeing some of the first leaks of information related to Intel's next-generation enterprise platform, Haswell-EP, slated for 2013-2014. Three crucial slides related to the platform component arrangement, the innards of the processor and core-logic themselves, were leaked. Haswell-EP
Here at VR-Zone, we hold ASUS's Republic of Gamers branded motherboards in high regard not only for their premium components, but also we know many exceptional individuals on the ROG team who toil on through cold Taiwanese nights and weekends, optimizing electrical traces on the PCB and fiddling with BIOS signal tweaks to deliver record
Officially announced at Computex last week, the ThunderboltEX PCIe expansion card (and its dual port version) brings single port 10Gbps Thunderbolt connectivity to some of the existing ASUS Intel 7-series, and even incoming AMD AM3+ motherboards. It arrived at our labs today so we took a quick look at how it worked.
Computex Taipei might be over already but we still have a couple of stories from there to fill. Here we take a look at some of the Opteron and Trinity APU FM2 motherboards and Radeon 7000 series GPUs, presented to you by the fabulous AMD booth girls.