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Three-Way X99 LGA 2011-v3 ATX Motherboard Shootout
Sep 18, 2014 - in Reviews
Supporting Intel’s Haswell-E and new DDR4 memory, buyers of Intel’s X99 platform were probably prepared to pay a premium for mid-market boards. Are any of these $240 to $300 models worthy of Intel’s latest CPUs?
Five Z97 Express Motherboards, $160 To $220, Reviewed
Aug 14, 2014 - in Reviews
Intel’s “mainstream” socket continues to spawn enthusiast parts with the company’s fastest-ever gaming-oriented CPU. You’ll probably want a feature-packed motherboard for that, and five companies stepped up to show off the best of the sub-$220 segment.
Three AMD AM1 Motherboards For The Kabini APU, Reviewed
Jul 2, 2014 - in Reviews
Targeting power-misers, AMD’s low-energy Kabini-based APUs could easily find their way into entertainment PCs, office machines, and PoS terminals. Of course, you need a motherboard to make it a “platform” and we found three companies willing to help.
Intel Z97 Express: Five Enthusiast Motherboards, $120 To $160
May 13, 2014 - in Reviews
Tom’s Hardware readers set a higher bar for enthusiast-class motherboards, demanding overclocking capabilities and more robust feature sets. Priced from $120 to $160, we welcome the first five Z97 motherboards to our enhanced definition of mainstream!
AMD Athlon 5350 And AM1 Platform Review: Kabini In A Socket
Apr 9, 2014 - in Reviews
AMD is repackaging the mobile-focused Kabini APU for use on the desktop, and tucking them under the familiar Athlon and Sempron brands. We take a closer look at the company's socketed AM1 platform and compare its performance to Intel's Bay Trail-D.
Which A88X-Based Board Should You Buy For Your Kaveri APU?
Mar 20, 2014 - in Reviews
AMD’s Socket FM2+ interface introduces official PCI Express 3.0 support to the company's APUs based on the Kaveri architecture. We take a look at four motherboards in order to determine which features and overclocking enhancements are also on the table.
Four Z87 Express Motherboards For Three- And Four-Way SLI
Jan 3, 2014 - in Reviews
Formerly a very exclusive component, the PCI Express switch that makes Intel’s LGA 1150-based platforms three- and four-way SLI-capable is now available across a range of high-end motherboards. Today we compare four premium enthusiast-oriented models.
Five Z87 Motherboards For Your Mini-ITX Build, Reviewed
Nov 24, 2013 - in Reviews
Z87 rules the PC enthusiast market by exposing the Haswell architecture's full feature set. We're particularly interested in mini-ITX-based platforms able to integrate Z87 in a compact form factor. Five boards contend for supremacy of compact computing.
Z87 Hits The High End: Four Sub-$300 Motherboards
Oct 2, 2013 - in Reviews
Situated barely below the priciest premium boards, which typically exceed $300, high-end Z87 Express-based motherboards offer enthusiasts almost everything they could want except for three-way SLI support. We put four of these platforms to the test.
Fast And Cheap? Five Sub-$160 Z87 Motherboards For Enthusiasts
Aug 13, 2013 - in Reviews
Intel’s Haswell architecture has mainstream leanings. And yet some of the motherboards out there are really high-end. Today we're looking at five platforms under the $160 mark that hopefully put some value back into being an enthusiast.
Five Z87 Motherboards Under $220, Reviewed
Jun 3, 2013 - in Reviews
Intel’s Haswell architecture displaces Ivy Bridge in its desktop line-up, bringing with it yet another new CPU interface. We tested six motherboards that claimed to be ready for your overclocking efforts, and included the five survivors in today’s review.
Three AMD 990FX-Based Motherboards For Enthusiasts
Apr 1, 2013 - in Reviews
AMD’s flagship FX-series processors squarely target enthusiasts with sub-$1,000 system budgets, and it's hard to get there with an expensive motherboard. We requested every vendor's top-value solution, and received three boards for your consideration.
Four Z77-Based Mini-ITX Motherboards, Reviewed
Jan 9, 2013 - in Reviews
Yes, you can get all of the functionality enabled by Intel's Z77 Express chipset in a tiny mini-ITX form factor! We round up four motherboards that uniquely approach the gaming and media center markets with a range of features and prices. Which is best?
Six Socket FM2 Motherboards For AMD's Trinity APUs
Nov 25, 2012 - in Reviews
After just one generation, Socket FM1 is dead. We test six Socket FM2-based motherboards able to take AMD's newest APUs built using the Trinity architecture. Can any of these platforms, armed with AMD A85X Fusion Controller Hubs, get us to upgrade?
Six $220-280 Z77 Express-Based Motherboards, Reviewed
Oct 9, 2012 - in Reviews
Expanded graphics card support, enhanced on-board features that include Thunderbolt on some models, and more-robust voltage control are all good reasons to consider paying a little extra for a higher-end motherboard. Today we examine five top choices.
Seven Sub-$160 Z77 Express Motherboards, Reviewed
Jul 22, 2012 - in Reviews
Intel’s LGA 1155 interface is designed for mainstream buyers, yet the firm’s Ivy Bridge-based processors put it in the performance spotlight. We compare seven Z77 Express motherboards that deliver enthusiast-class performance at mainstream prices.
Everything You Need To Know About Thunderbolt
Jun 11, 2012 - in Reviews
A year after its debut on Apple platforms, Thunderbolt is finally available for PCs. Both fast and scalable, the technology’s 10 Gb/s connectivity and potential for external graphics promises to inspire innovation. But is it ready for prime time?
Six $160-220 Z77 Motherboards, Benchmarked And Reviewed
Apr 29, 2012 - in Reviews
Combining the newest features with moderate expandability, Intel’s mainstream platforms provide high value to most gaming and overclocking enthusiasts. We compare six examples with Z77 Express to find the best features, overclocking, and efficiency.
Video Teaser: Intel's DZ77GA-70K Motherboard
Apr 23, 2012 - in Reviews
Have a peek at Intel's DZ77GA-70K motherboard, the platform that drove our Sandy Bridge- and Ivy Bridge-based processors in today's Core i7-3770K launch. We cover some of the board's physical features and our first experience with its new Visual BIOS.
Overclocking: Asus Rampage IV Extreme Versus EVGA X79 FTW
Apr 16, 2012 - in Reviews
Many companies claim to offer the best overclocking for your money, yet only two compete for the best overclocking at the very highest price point. Today we put those claims to the test, including a full set of benchmarks to analyze performance gains.
Intel’s Z77 Express And Lucidlogix MVP: New Features For Gamers
Apr 8, 2012 - in Reviews
Integrated USB 3.0, advanced management features, reduced power consumption, and a new software package from Lucidlogix separate the Z77 Express motherboards from the Z68 chipset that preceded it. Were these capabilities worth waiting for?
Six $200-$260 LGA 2011 Motherboards, Reviewed
Feb 26, 2012 - in Reviews
We know that Intel's X79 Express platform hosts the fastest desktop processors in the company's portfolio. But can it be made more affordable? We round up the least-expensive $200-$260 motherboards to determine how much you have to give up for cheap X79.
Chris Angelini On Tom's Hardware In 2012
Jan 16, 2012 - in Reviews
I just got back from CES 2012. And although I’ve attended a great many Consumer Electronics Shows, Computexes, and Comdexes (never a CeBIT), this year’s show was by far the most intense. It wasn’t that there were tons of really awesome products. In fact,
Seven $260-$320 X79 Express Motherboards, Reviewed
Jan 11, 2012 - in Reviews
With 40 lanes of PCIe 3.0 connectivity to host all of our high-bandwidth devices, LGA 2011 certainly qualifies as a premium processor interface. Today we examine seven X79-based motherboards that offer high-end features at a more palatable price.
Ultimate X79? Five $320+ LGA 2011 Motherboards, Reviewed
Dec 6, 2011 - in Reviews
Our flagship motherboard comparison announcement was answered with an interesting selection of models, along with a bunch of “not ready yet” responses. Today we examine a few samples from companies bold enough to step up to the plate during launch week.
Five $160 To $240 990FX-Based Socket AM3+ Motherboards
Nov 6, 2011 - in Reviews
Forty-two PCIe lanes give the 990FX a clear connectivity lead over competing Intel chipsets. We compare five class-leading products using AMD's FX-8150 to see which offers the best combination of performance, overclocking, integrated features, and value.
Man Vs. Machine: Four Automatic Overclocking Techs, Compared
Oct 12, 2011 - in Reviews
Targeting inexperienced tuners with easy-to-use buttons, several motherboard vendors now provide one-touch overclocking technologies that take away the guesswork. We examine the ease, effectiveness, and safety of methods provided by four major brands.
Round-Up: Four Z68 Motherboards From $220 To $280
Sep 18, 2011 - in Reviews
A real enthusiast chipset deserves a real enthusiast motherboard. Today we're comparing four feature-packed platforms that most folks who call themselves hardcore (and informed enough to know what hardware meets their needs) can actually afford.
Six A75-Based Motherboards For AMD’s A8 And A6 APUs
Aug 16, 2011 - in Reviews
Advanced on-board graphics put AMD’s Llano-based APU far ahead of Intel’s Sandy Bridge architecture, at least when it comes to 3D apps. But you’ll still need a new motherboard to support the Socket FM1 platform. Today we test six affordable contenders.
From $100 To $160: Five Z68-Based Boards, Compared
Jul 10, 2011 - in Reviews
Value-oriented system builders celebrate new-found performance and features as Intel continues pushing its mainstream platform towards the high-end. Today, we draw a line in the sand and consider five motherboards priced between $100 and $160.