Reviews

9.5
Date: Oct 10th 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 18th 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 10th 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 3rd 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 26th 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.

9.5
Date: Apr 27th 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ZOTAC A75-ITX WiFi A-E

ZOTAC is at it again, making tiny little high-quality HTPC products, this time in AMD flavor. Featuring WiFi, Bluetooth, dual LAN, and XMP support on AMD, the ZOTAC A75-ITX WiFi is made to meet HTPC users needs.

Date: Apr 9th 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
Biostar TZ77XE4 Intel LGA1155 Preview

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 highly efficient VRM, the Biostar TZ77XE4 is ready to knock one clear out of the park.

Date: Apr 9th 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ECS Golden Board Z77H2-AX LGA 1155 Preview

The eagerly anticipated Intel Z77 Express Chipset is finally here. As always, ECS is first out the gate here at TPU, with none other than their first and only "Golden Board" Z77H2-AX. Built with unmatched quality and funtionality as its main focus, the Z77H2-AX is ECS's latest weapon against the twin overclocking Dragons of AMD and Intel.

9.6
Date: Jan 5th 2012
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 Intel LGA 2011

With a brand new BIOS designed around the AMI UEFI implementation, Gigabyte has a new mid-range overclocking master, clad nearly all in black. The GA-X79-UD5 recently hit the news with the recall of previous BIOS, and the introduction of a new BIOS that boasts some serious clocking abilities. We put the new board, and the new BIOS through testing, and the results may surprise many.

9.0
Date: Dec 23rd 2011
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASUS P9X79 Deluxe Intel LGA 2011

When most people think of ASUS, they immediately think of the "ROG" product line, one that has set itself apart from the rest due to extensive functionality, and top-level overclocking ability. however, ASUS does have a few other products out there that offer the same, if not more, and the ASUS P9X79 Deluxe that recently arrived on our doorstep is definitely one of those products. Boasting ASUS's improved "Dual Intelligent Processors III" VRM design, the ASUS P9X79 Deluxe offers performance customization abilities that few other products do, easily setting it apart form the rest.

8.8
Date: Dec 14th 2011
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ECS X79R-AX Intel LGA 2011

With the launch of Intel's latest well under way, ECS has sent us another warrior to battle the twin dragons of injustice, the ECS X79R-AX. Undoubtably the best board ECS has ever released, the ECS X79R-AX is ready for battle, after receiving training no ohter boards has. Set to finally banish the dragons back to the demise they planned for humanity, the ECS X79R-AX has hit the TechPowerUp testing battlefield.

6.5
Date: Dec 1st 2011
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ECS A990FXM-A Socket AM3+

Once again the dragons are upon us, and once again a challenger emerges to defend humanity from their wrath. ECS's A990FXM-A socket AM3+ has landed on our testbench, ready for battle, sword and shield in hand. Will the ECS A990FXM-A save us from the black hole that is slow computing? We find out.

9.0
Date: Nov 8th 2011
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
Biostar TA990FXE AM3+

Biostar is back in our test station, this time with a stylish and affordable AMD 990FX solution, the TA990FXE. Straight out of their "Extreme Edition" product line, the TA990FXE is for discerning gamers on a budget, who want top-level performance. Is it truly "Extreme"? We take a look.

8.0
Date: Sep 23rd 2011
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ECS A75F-A AMD FM1

ECS is back, with another "Black Series" product, the ECS A75F-A. Built for the recently released Llano AMD APUs, the ECS A75F-A offers entry-level pricing, with quite a few enthusiast features. We take the shinig knight in black armor, and put it into battle!