Motherboards

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MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC: Jack of All Trades

MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC

The most distinctive difference between high-end and mainstream motherboards is often the level of luxury they provide. Surprisingly however, the budget and mainstream motherboards from MSI’s Z97 Gaming line share a lot of similar features with its higher-end sibling. So when it came to the top of the line from MSI’s Gaming motherboard series, expectation was quite high that there would ... Read More »

Gigabyte Z97-D3H Motherboard Review

Gigabyte Z97-D3H

Opinions have undoubtedly shifted over the years on what is expected from entry level motherboards. While many will not argue about the appropriate price, the functional aspects such as overclockability, storage options, expandability, and sub-system performance are affected so much with every concession made to fit the budget that designing the perfect budget model can be a nightmare for manufacturers. ... Read More »

MSI Z97M Gaming Motherboard Review

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Recently,  Intel released their refresh of the Haswell line of CPUs and along with that came the Z97 chipset. The Z97, in a nutshell, adds and updates a few things from the Z87. The major addition to the Z97 is the ability to support M.2 SSDs. Other than an update to the Intel Rapid Storage technology the Z97 and Z87 ... Read More »

Gigabyte F2A88XN-WIFI Mini-ITX Motherboard

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In the world of Mini-ITX, *small* size is king! Most people when they think of a smaller sized board, they think that corners had to be cut, features left off, and performance sacrificed in order to make such a paltry dimension. Gigabyte threw its designing prowess behind the petite package and wrapped it around AMD’s A88X chipset supporting the FM2/FM2+ processors.  Did ... Read More »

Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE Motherboard Review

Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE

It is a misplaced romantic notion to think that some things can be made whole cloth from aether and that great ideas are some sort of a divine blessing from the universe to only a select few. The truth is that copying and imitation have their place in the creative process just as much as random chance does and the ... Read More »

MSI B85M Gaming Motherboard Review

MSI B85M Gaming Motherboard Box

Not every plan goes smoothly and in the tech world, everything moves so fast that odds are stacked towards the likelihood of a plan fizzing out before the idea even gets off the ground. This is why the strategic concept of “pivoting” is such a vital ingredient to the success of current Internet giants such as Instagram (which started out ... Read More »

ASUS A88X-Pro FM2+ Motherboard Review

ASUS A88x-Pro

It is best to gauge a motherboard manufacturer’s capabilities not at their worst or even at their best, but at a crossroad where their design and manufacturing philosophy is put in a scenario that would force them to decide what compromise (if any) is necessary to be competitive. With the availability of the latest AMD APUs, it seems that now ... Read More »

ECS Z87H3-A2X Golden Motherboard Review

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Back in the 1990’s the Elitegroup Computer Systesm, or ECS wasn’t a name that one would associate to high end motherboards. Typically during that time ECS was an OEM manufacture as well as provided budget motherboards to consumers. Over the decade, ECS has released a slew of products designed to compete in all market segments budget, mainstream, and enthusiast. The ... Read More »

ASUS Z97-A Motherboard Review

ASUS Z97-A Motherboard

It was a mystery to me why most budget and value oriented motherboards looked awful but then I realized that good looking motherboards are actually rare. Not that it truly matters and it is the performance that counts but to say that looks do not factor in to our motherboard buying decisions is a lie. It would also be nice ... Read More »