Reviews

9.4
Date: Sep 17th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASUS Z97-A (Intel LGA 1150)

Looking for an affordable, yet highly-featured Z97 board? ASUS has the board for you! The ASUS Z97-A is ASUS' mainstream Z97 product, yet you might wonder about whether ASUS made a mistake with the price once you get one and see what it packs. The $120 Z97-A definitely offers more than you would expect.

9.3
Date: Aug 29th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
MSI X99S GAMING 7 (Intel LGA 2011v3)

Another new Intel debut is upon us, and you just can't miss it if you use multiple monitors and videocards. Today, we take our first look at Intel's X99 Express platform with MSI's X99S GAMING 7 to show us what's in store. Including SATA Express, M.2, DDR4, and support for Intel's new Haswell-E CPUs, the MSI X99S GAMING 7 might just be what you're looking for.

9.9
Date: Jul 30th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE (Intel LGA1150)

Looking for a decent board to push that shiny new Pentium G3258 in an HTPC? Biostar has what you need in the Hi-Fi Z97WE, an affordable option that offers great audio and a high-level feature set you'd not expect for so cheap.

9.9
Date: Jul 11th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
Gigabyte Z97X-GAMING G1 WIFI-BK (Intel LGA 1150)

Black is really an absence of color, or light, all there was before time began. Now, there is the Z97X-GAMING G1 WIFI-BK, Gigabyte's top-tiered Black Edition board. So powerful it can create black holes itself, the Gigabyte Z97X-GAMING G1 WIFI-BK is here to take your gaming experience to a whole new level.

9.0
Date: Jun 30th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO (Intel LGA 1150)

ASUS pushes the limits with its ROG branding by unleashing yet another HERO onto the battlefield to save the day. Built with ASUS ROG technology from top to bottom, the ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO just might be that new flashy board you buy.

9.8
Date: Jun 20th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
MSI Z97I GAMING AC (Intel LGA 1150)

If you're looking for a miniature board to toss into a portable LAN box, MSI has the board for you! The Z97I GAMING AC we are looking at today is a GAMING-centric mITX board, equipped with everything you need to blast your enemies into GAMING nirvana.

9.7
Date: Jun 2nd 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X KILLER (Intel LGA 1150)

Hide your childrens, hide your wives! A KILLER is here! ASRock's Fatal1ty Z97X KILLER is on my test bench, after arriving in a plain white box. The only true Fatal1ty here is hopefully the one in the name, or this red and black gamer had better go back to training camp!

9.2
Date: May 28th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASUS Z97-DELUXE NFC & WLC (Intel LGA 1150)

We have none other than the Z97-DELUXE (WLC & NFC), ASUS's expensive high-end Intel Z97 product, with us today. Packing everything you expect and perhaps a few things you do not, the ASUS Z97-DELUXE (WLC & NFC) has everything Intel's latest platform has to offer, all wrapped into a classy new esthetic.

9.6
Date: May 9th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (Intel LGA 1150)

Fresh on the market in just the past few days is Intel's Z97, and I get to take my first look at MSI's new Z97 GAMING 5, built from the ground up for gamers looking for great features at a great price. Featuring a new esthetic design as well as a host of new features.

9.8
Date: May 7th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASUS MAXIMUS VI IMPACT (Intel LGA1150)

We end our look at mITX Z87/Haswell boards with none other than the ASUS MAXIMUS VI IMPACT. After many requests from users all over the world for ASUS to make a tiny ROG board, those requests have finally been answered. Is the MAXIMUS VI IMPACT worth the wait?

Date: Apr 28th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
MSI Next-Gen GAMING 5 Preview

New products from Intel are on their way, and today, we take our first look at what the next-gen Intel platforms have to offer, starting with MSI's Next-Gen GAMING 5. This 3rd-generation GAMING design by MSI takes all the best of past GAMING products and adds new features to solve some of the problems users ran into with past products, all with a new take on what motherboards have to offer.

8.7
Date: Mar 27th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
Biostar Hi-Fi A88W 3D (AMD FM2+)

We take our first look at AMD's FM2+ platform with a value-oriented product from Biostar that boasts some upgraded audio abilities. The Biostar Hi-Fi A88W 3D comes with the focus and feature set that has become Biostar's calling, as the company has its own take on entry-level enthusiast designs.

8.5
Date: Feb 17th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
EVGA Z87 Stinger (Intel LGA 1150)

The intended base of any EVGA Hadron build, the Z87 Stinger is EVGA's answer to a high-end mITX OC solution. Built with a focus on features and overclocking, as with EVGA's high-end videocards and PSUs, the EVGA Z87 Stinger makes its mark, but does it sting like a bee, or is it only as annoying as a fly?

9.6
Date: Feb 10th 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASUS RAMPAGE IV BLACK EDITION (Intel SKT 2011)

ASUS ROG is back at it again, tossing another bone our way - the RAMPAGE IV BLACK EDITION. Harkening back to the much older RAMPAGE III BLACK EDITION, this new board seeks to do the same with its ultimately-optimized ROG design and feature focus, but for Intel's X79 Express platform.

8.7
Date: Jan 31st 2014
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASUS Z87I-PRO (Intel LGA 1150)

We continue our foray into mITX motherboards by taking a look at an high-end enthusiast option from ASUS, the P87I-PRO. Featuring a huge 12+2 VRM design, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, plus all Intel Z87 features, the ASUS P87I-PRO also carries the standard high-level ASUS experience we've all come to expect.

9.3
Date: Dec 31st 2013
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASRock Z87E-ITX (Intel LGA 1150)

Whether you want to build a new Haswell-based HTPC or fully-fledged gaming box, like Valve's STEAMBox, ASRock's Z87E-ITX is ready to meet your needs at a decent price. We take a look at the ASRock Z87E-ITX and perhaps discover why Valve chose the ASRock Z87E-ITX board for their own STEAMBox.

9.0
Date: Dec 18th 2013
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ECS GANK MACHINE Z87H3-A2X EXTREME (Intel LGA 1150)

Like a mad rush of level 60 rogues, the ECS GANK MACHINE launches its assault on the Intel Haswell platform in a way no other would even attempt, going straight for the kill. Built with gaming in mind, and a bit of overclocking, too, the ECS GANK MACHINE not only surprised me, but left me feeling helpless, and under-skilled.

9.8
Date: Sep 5th 2013
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASUS MAXIMUS VI EXTREME (Intel LGA 1150)

Not everyone needs a board built to push the limits of what is possible with up-to-date silicon, but I and many other enthusiasts most definitely do. Achieving records requires a special board, and ASUS's MAXIMUS VI EXTREME is that board. Is it EXTREME?

9.6
Date: Aug 23rd 2013
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H (Intel LGA 1150)

Gigabyte's Z87X-UD3H is a board I like to refer to as "The Sleeper". Built to meet the needs of most average consumers, it not only comes with everything you need for daily use but also has an overclocking focus, though it may not appear so.

8.2
Date: Aug 16th 2013
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX (Intel LGA 1150)

MSI has won me over recently with their new dragon-themed GAMING SERIES products for Intel's Z87 platform, but that's not all they have been working on. The MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX, with yellow to match MSI's own Lightning VGAs, makes some big claims, but does it break limits, or is it a MAX failure?

7.8
Date: Aug 1st 2013
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASRock Z87 Extreme6/ac (Intel LGA 1150)

I take my first look at ASRock's Z87 products with the Z87 Extreme6/ac. Packed full of connectivity options, it definitely has Extreme connectivity, but is it perhaps also an Extreme disappointment?

9.4
Date: Jul 15th 2013
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO (Intel LGA 1150)

New to the ASUS ROG line-up, the ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO is for those looking to get that high-end ROG "GENE" experience in a full ATX format, but does stretching the GENE also stretch the HERO's ability too thin, or has the ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO come to save the day?

8.7
Date: Jul 2nd 2013
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
MSI Z87-G45 GAMING (Intel LGA 1150)

Hatched at the same time as MSI's other GAMING Dragon, the Z87-G45 GAMING comes from the same brood as its bigger brother. The genes may be the same, but the abilities offered are different, including the hole the MSI Z87-G45 GAMING is going to burn into your wallet; being smaller sometimes has its benefits.

8.6
Date: Jun 20th 2013
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-OC (Intel LGA 1150)

Cooked up from the crazy LN2-cooled insides of a pro overclocker's mind, the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC speeds onto my test bench, aiming to finish first in global overclocking rankings while keeping its price so low that anyone can line up at the starting gates. Can the Gigabyte Z87X-OC take the pole position?

8.8
Date: Jun 10th 2013
Author: cadaveca
In: Motherboards
ASUS GRYPHON Z87 (Intel LGA 1150)

Like the mix of lion and eagle of legend, the ASUS GRYPHON Z87 is ready to fight over air or water with a giant wingspan of features that cover a broad range of users. A warrior of The Ultimate Force, it also has a suit of fortified GRYPHON ARMOR to back it up when things get rough.