Reviews

9.4
Date: Apr 19th 2013
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
MSI Z77A-GD65 GAMING Intel LGA 1155

From within MSI's high-tech laboratories, the MSI Z77A-GD65 GAMING motherboard is a dragon unleashed to deliver the best in gaming performance from every angle. Equipped with a KillerNIC E2205 Ethernet Controller and a high-end Realtek Audio CODEC, the board also has the looks and the performance to bring the latest game to its knees.

8.6
Date: Feb 22nd 2013
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ECS A85F2-A Golden for AMD Socket FM2 APUs

Dropped like a block of gold on your foot, the ECS A85F2-A Golden arrived on my doorstep, nearly blinding me with its flashy package. The ECS A85F2-A Deluxe is ECS's high-end AMD APU offering right now, and it is sure to add that "bling" to any new AMD APU build.

9.8
Date: Feb 8th 2013
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASUS ROG Maximus V Extreme Intel LGA1155

ASUS's monsterous ROG flagship is here! The ASUS Maximus V Extreme is built for the hardcore overclocker, with its sights firmly set at knocking the competition off of the top overclocking global records. Packed full of overclocking features and options, I get to see if I can make this lion purr. Turns out, it's easier than I had hoped.

9.8
Date: Jan 30th 2013
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 for AMD Socket FM2 APUs

Looking at overclocking your new AMD FM2 APU to the max? Just want to build a light-budget gaming rig with a ton of features? The ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 is ready for both. It is ASRock's top AMD A85 chipset offering, packed full of features, including one or two no other FM2 board provides.

9.8
Date: Jan 14th 2013
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
Gigabyte Z77N-WiFi mITX Intel LGA 1155

Looking to build a tiny HTPC, or a diminutive LAN box? Shopping for a board that fits? Today, we take a look at the Gigabyte Z77N-WiFi, a mini-ITX Intel Z77 Express motherboard fitted with a slew of options including Intel's WiDi for wireless video connectivity.

9.7
Date: Nov 29th 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 Intel LGA 1155

Built with one of the most crazy power designs ever, featuring no less than 40 phases for CPU and memory, each capable of 60 Amps, the Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 is Gigabyte's new flagship model. This board does it all and has Quad SLI & CrossFire support. But do Gigabyte's words "A New Legend is Born?" ring true?

Date: Nov 21st 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
Biostar Hi-Fi A85W AMD Socket FM2

Biostar is at it again with a mid-range entry level product, the Biostar Hi-Fi A85W. Ready to rock out with AMD's new Piledriver FM2 APUs, the Biostar Hi-Fi A85W comes with an audio-oriented theme that's usually reserved for high-end products. Did it play sweet music, or is it a bit out of tune?

Date: Nov 12th 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 AMD Socket FM2

Got a shiny new FM2 APU, and want to clock the snot out of it? Looking to add a couple of RAID controllers to house a storage monster? Gigabyte's got the F2A85X-UP4 for you! Built with enthusiasts in mind, the F2A85X-UP4 comes with a lot of overclocking features.

Date: Nov 2nd 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X Intel Socket LGA1155

Fresh on store shelves is Biostar with a completely new take on budget-board features through none other than the Hi-Fi Z77X. Bringing upgraded audio functions to the entry-level market, the Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X is going to rock your socks off.

9.5
Date: Oct 9th 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASRock Z77 OC Formula Intel LGA 1155

Like a high-priced premium sports car, the ASRock Z77 OC Formula races to the finish line, equipped with XFast speed. Bred with nothing other in mind than breaking clock limits while retaining full stability, ASRock has enrolled Nick Shih, to help them design one of the best overclocking-centric products.

Date: Sep 17th 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
MSI Big Bang Z77 MPower Intel LGA 1155

A few weeks ago, we saw MSI's OC Certified memory launch, which is now available in stores, and those DIMMs sported a pretty fancy color scheme that matches their Lightning VGAs. That set of hardware would not be complete without a board to run those other two in, and today we look at that board, called the MSI Big Bang Z77 MPower. Like the recently-launched memory, the MSI Big Bang Z77 MPower comes "OC Certified", ready to be the base of getting the most out of your other MSI products.

Date: Sep 7th 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
Gigabyte X79S-UP5 WiFi Intel LGA 2011

Got a ton of hard drives, and not enough ports? Looking to buy a RAID card, and found the $400+ pricing too much? What if you could get a motherboard, and a RAID controller, for less than a RAID card itself? Gigabyte says you can! The Gigabyte X79S-UP5 WiFi is no normal LGA2011 board - fitted with an Intel C606 chip instead of a standard Intel X79 Express, this Workstation product not only has eight SAS ports, but also everything else you need to build your own supercomputer.

Date: Aug 31st 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASRock X79 Extreme11 Intel LGA 2011

The ultra-high-end ASRock X79 Extreme11 is fitted with an onboard PCIe 3.0 LSI RAID controller, and not just one, but TWO PLX PEX8747 PCIE 3.0 switches. The ASRock X79 Extreme11 really does take it to the Extreme, offering functionality and capabilities no other motherboard can claim. But does it perform to the Extreme?

Date: Aug 24th 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASUS Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX Intel LGA 1155

The ASUS Maximus V Formula is the logic evolution of the Maximum V Gene, providing a bigger form factor, new features and a USB based sound card. We take a close look at this new board, which comes at a hefty $380.

Date: Aug 17th 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 TH Intel LGA 1155

First out the gate with Thunderbolt at TPU is none other than Gigabyte, with the Z77X-UP5 TH. Using a layout quite similar to its older sister the Z77X-UD5H, the newcomer Z77X-UP5 TH has a few other new features too, and should not be overlooked.

8.9
Date: Aug 9th 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASRock Fatal1ty X79 Champion Intel LGA2011

A Champion has emerged! The ASRock Fatal1ty Champion seeks to beat out all other Intel X79 Express contenders, clad in red and black armor and carrying a loadout of features that is sure to have other boards run and hide. Can the ASRock Fatal1ty X79 Champion live up to its claim?

Date: Aug 2nd 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
Gigabyte B75M-D3H Intel LGA 1155

Gigabyte sent me one of their entry-level products to check out, called the B75M-D3H. Yet make no mistake, just because this product is value-oriented, does not mean it by any means cheap! What makes Gigabyte's B75M-D3H so great? We'll find out in our review.

Date: Jul 20th 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASRock Z77 Extreme9 Intel LGA 1155

ASRock's Z77 Extreme9 is equipped with a PLX PCI-Express bridge chip, which adds additional PCIe slots to the board, for a total of six x16 slots. This will be a godsend for all users who want to run CrossFire or SLI with more than two cards. ASRock has also delivered a very usable BIOS implementation to maximize overclocking potential.

Date: Jul 13th 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Intel Z77 Express

Gigabyte's first G1.Killer Intel Z77 Express product takes a completely new slant on enthusiast gaming products, shrinking down to a mATX form factor, as was widely requested by end users. The G1.Sniper M3 is a gaming soldier that's ready for battle, equipped with some of the latest and greatest technology, including a Creative Recon3Di audio CODEC, and Intel LAN controller that supports CFOS traffic shaping technology.

Date: Jul 3rd 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASUS P8Z77-V Intel Z77 Express LGA 1155

Already own a Sandybridge CPU? Want to update to the new Intel chipsets, and use everything offered, like triple PCIe slots? Bought a new Ivy Bridge CPU, and want a power-sipping full-sized board? ASUS has the answer, and that answer is the P8Z77-V.

9.5
Date: Jun 25th 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
Biostar TZ77XE4 Intel LGA 1155

With the launch of Intel's latest Z77 Express platform, Biostar steps up to the plate with a new game in mind, ready to hit a homerun. Featuring a new aesthetic design, and a new more efficient VRM design, the Biostar TZ77XE4 is ready to knock one clear out of the park.

Date: Jun 15th 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASUS Maximus V Gene Intel Z77 Express LGA 1155

The ASUS ROG Maximus V Gene, based on the Intel Z77 Express chipset is here at TPU, ready to overclock the snot out of your new Ivy Bridge CPU. Built for performance first, the ASUS Maximus V Gene is ready for small-sized high-end gaming, or, if freezing things below zero is what you like, it's ready for that too.

9.5
Date: Jun 5th 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ECS Golden Board Z77H2-AX LGA 1155

A rare Golden weapon, forged to defeat one of the twin dragons, AMD and Intel, has emerged! The ECS Golden Board Z77H2-AX is a limited edition, highly rare sample sent to us directly from ECS, the first in a series that showcases the potential and new outlook ECS has adopted for 2012, and the future. And like any other rare weapon, the damage it inflicts is immense!

Date: Jun 1st 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H WiFi Intel Z77 Express LGA 1155

The Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H WiFi is a full ATX product straight out of Gigabyte's enthusiast-class of board products, featuring not only a new AMI UEFI BIOS implementation, but also an add-in Bluetooth and WiFi card, and is sure to meet the needs of nearly any user.

Date: May 4th 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Intel Z77 Express LGA 1155 Preview

Fresh out of boot camp, Gigabyte's latest platoon of gaming warfighters is here in the TPU motherboard testing facility, ready for battle. The Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 is a tiny mATX gaming fighter, armed with Gigabyte's own Super Hearing, Super Sight, Super Speed, and Super Sheild.