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MSI 970 GAMING Motherboard Review

MSI 970 GAMING

Trying to play catch up with the latest and greatest will cost you a pretty penny. The average enthusiast tries to acquire the best technologies for cheap; the same goes for gamers since most everyone wants to save money. If your budget is a little over $200 USD for a motherboard and CPU, finding the right combination could be a challenge ...

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EVGA X99 Classified Motherboard Review Featuring Kingston Hyper-X Fury DDR4 2400MHz

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In the latter part of 2014 and with great fanfare, Intel launched their new i7 Extreme line of CPUs. Along with the new CPUs came a new socket and a long awaited chipset: the X99. EVGA has long been associated with manufacturing some of the best and fastest GPUs around and their reputation for creating a quality product follows along ...

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Asrock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer Motherboard Review: The Last of Its Kind?

Asrock 990FX Fatal1ty Killer Motherboard

It is an odd way to start the new year with a review of what many enthusiasts consider old technology (990FX mainboard) but the ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer is an interesting and unique in that it incorporates many modern comforts not found on other 990FX mainboards. Plus, with the release of lower power 95W FX processors a few months ago, ...

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Biostar Hi-Fi Z97Z7 Motherboard: The Importance of Looking Good

Biostar Hi-Fi Z97Z7 Motherboard

Even though not everyone will admit it, appearances play an important part in decisions made whether it be picking a car or picking a wife. It is not something that can be helped, all humans are biologically wired to be attracted to what looks good. The specifics may be different from one person to the next, but generally there are ...

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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 ...

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Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Rev 4.0 Motherboard Review: Old but Gold

Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 Rev 4.0

If you stumbled upon this article you may be wondering why a review for a two-year old 990FX motherboard has been published in Q3 2014. There are a couple of reasons for that, part of which involves the fact that AMD has refreshed their AM3+ FX processor offerings a few weeks ago at much more affordable pricing so some AMD-centric ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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