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MSI Z97 Gaming 5 Motherboard Review

Gamers have long been one of the core consumer groups for the DIY computing industry, but recent months have seen the popularity of gaming-branded components hit a new level. Motherboards are a great example of this; in the eleven months since the inception of Intel’s Z87 chipset, the number of …

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Asus Z97-A Motherboard Preview

Tending to the needs of budget users wanting Intel’s mainstream chipset, the Asus Z97-A motherboard aims to offer a low-cost route onto the LGA1150-based platform. Still managing to offer support for SATA-Express and M.2 storage interfaces, let’s take a look at the other features that make Asus’ Z97-A an interesting low-cost proposition.  …

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Gigabyte Z97X-SOC Force Motherboard Preview

Boards designed for extreme overclockers have been constants for all of Intel’s most recent platforms. Gigabyte hit success with the Z87X-OC motherboard by driving the overclocking-geared part to an aggressive mid-range price point. Many of the key overclocking-orientated features were still present, but the bank-busting price tag was not. Gigabyte is attempting to …

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Asus Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1 Motherboard Preview

Asus Sabertooth motherboards have proven popular since their inception a number of generations ago. Based on their widespread popularity it comes as no surprise that The Ultimate Force (TUF) motherboards are making an appearance for the ‘future Intel chipset’. A number of the upcoming chipset’s specifications help bolster the feature-set …

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MSI’s next-gen motherboards are all about gaming

MSI has debuted a load of imagery and details about its upcoming line of “Gaming” motherboards, which are focused on exactly that. While we’ll have to keep you guessing on what chipset it uses, we can tell and show you a lot about the upcoming range of boards. First off, …

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Asus Z87-Deluxe/Quad Motherboard Review

Thunderbolt continues to gain pace in the marketplace, especially amongst professional users to whom time is money. Today we take a look at Asus’s Thunderbolt 2-equipped Z87-Deluxe/Quad, aimed at small-scale professional users who regularly transfer large amounts of data. Asus has taken its standard Z87-Deluxe motherboard and added an Intel …

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MSI Z87I Gaming AC Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

Much of the computing industry is rapidly moving towards physically smaller components without downsizing performance. Can MSI’s Mini-ITX Z87I Gaming AC prove that Small Form Factor gamers need not worry about finding a motherboard which tends to their requirements? MSI’s first take on a gaming-orientated Mini-ITX motherboard sees the inclusion …

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MSI Z87-G43 Gaming Motherboard Review

With so much of Haswell’s performance being related to on-chip parameters, many users are quick to question the relevance of a high-end motherboard. Does MSI’s Z87-G43 Gaming act as proof that an entry-level board can compete with the high-end contenders on the Z87 chipset? Featuring support for two-way CrossFire (albeit …

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MSI showcases its 2014 line up at CES

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show kicked off today and it looks like the folks over at MSI are off to a flying start as they have begun showcasing the company’s 2014 line up of high performance Gaming Laptops, Workstations, All-in-Ones, Tablets and PC components. At the MGM Skyline Marquee Suites, you’ll …

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ASRock Z87 Extreme11/ac Motherboard Review

The 4770K offers quite possibly the highest per-clock performance numbers of any consumer-grade processor currently on the market. It’s just that fact which makes Haswell’s multiplier-unlocked Core i7 a plausible option for workstation applications. And with that possible usage scenario comes the requirement for workstation-grade LGA 1150 motherboards. Is ASRock’s …

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Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z87 Motherboard Review

Introducing itself to the low-cost gaming motherboard scene, can Gigabyte’s G1.Sniper Z87 retain the features that makes its higher-priced siblings attractive purchases? Targeting mid-range gamers Gigabyte’s G1.Sniper Z87 features a Killer E2201 NIC, support for 2-way SLI and CrossFire, and an eye-catching green and black colour scheme. Further enhancements are …

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MSI shows off new Mini-ITX mobo and GPU

MSI has released some teaser images for its upcoming miniature gaming hardware, including a new motherboard and a small form factor GPU, both designed to fit into half size cases, whilst still giving you enough oomf for all the latest games. “We’re very close to expanding our #GAMING family with …

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Asus launches Rampage IV Black motherboard

Asus has today announced the launch of its newest E-ATX gaming motherboard, the Rampage IV Black Edition, designed specifically to take full advantage of Intel’s latest line up of LGA 2011 i7 Ivy Bridge E processors, letting overclockers really go to town and pull the full potential from their CPU. …

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ASRock Z87 OC Formula Motherboard Review

Built for hardened overclockers, does ASRock’s Z87 OC Formula have what it takes to compete with the likes of MSI’s Z87 XPower and Asus’ Maximus VI Extreme? Utilising an E-ATX form factor and packed with overclocking-geared enhancements, ASRock’s Z87 OC Formula represents the company’s motherboard designed specifically for hardened tweakers …

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Asus Maximus VI Hero (Z87) Motherboard Review

Providing a fresh burst of excitement in Asus’ premium Republic Of Gamers series, the Maximus VI Hero is the first ROG motherboard built specifically for the mid-range gamer. Has Asus’ price-constricting approach paid off? Sparking attention due to its true gaming-orientated design and a price tag to match, the Maximus …

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ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac Motherboard Review

Sat at the top of ASRock’s Z87 Extreme series line-up, the Extreme9/ac is designed to combine enthusiast and gaming performance into a single motherboard that can provide everyday usage. With a 12 phase power delivery design and support for 4-way graphics configurations via a PLX PEX 8747 PCI Express switch, ASRock’s …

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MSI Z87 XPower Motherboard Review

MSI is aiming for all-out performance with its flagship LGA 1150 motherboard – the Z87 XPower. Can the 32 phase VRM, overclocking-orientated features, host of add-on controllers, and support for 4-way graphics configurations give MSI’s Z87 XPower motherboard success in the enthusiast sector? Adamant to make a stake in the …

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Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Case Review

Today we are going to take a look at the Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 which directly replaces the Arc Midi case that  we looked at in-depth last year over here.  The Arc range of cases are designed with performance users in mind as they don’t focus specifically on noise suppression like …

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Asus P8Z77-V LX2 Motherboard Review

Asus’ original P8Z77-V LX was, and still is, a solid entry-level Z77 motherboard. Can the P8Z77-V LX2 motherboard’s subtle design changes and reduced price prove that it is ready to compete in the tough sub-£80 Z77 motherboard market? In any entry-level market, a few pounds can be the difference between …

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