Reviews

With power hungry chipsets and powerful CPUs, the new X570 chipset has a slew of design challenges to overcome to squeeze the most out of the new platform. The ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming ITX/TB3 promises to harness that performance in a tiny Mini-ITX package.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
Another high-end X570 board, this time from ASUS! The ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII HERO (WiFi) boasts a massive VRM and loads of overclocking aids. In such a competitive price bracket, this X570 board will have to bring something special to the table, so can it deliver?
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
The top board from ASRock's excellent Phantom Gaming line, the X570 Phantom Gaming X brings the signature 2.5 Gb/s Phantom Gaming LAN as well as a powerful VRM, excellent RGB lighting, and even a metal backplate! This is the most affordable of the high-end mainstream boards, so how does it stack up to the competition?
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
Need a break from the relentless AMD coverage? The ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WiFi) is a premium Z390 motherboard from ASUS that promises top-tier performance and a classic ROG aesthetic. AMD might have stolen the show this year, but Intel still carries an edge at the top end of gaming performance.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
At the top of the mainstream stack, the MEG X570 ACE is competing in a tough bracket. With 2.5 Gb/s LAN, WiFi 6, and a VRM that is both sophisticated and overbuilt, the X570 ACE has a lot going for it. So does the competition, however, which is why MSI armed the ACE with a secret weapon: a heat pipe connection between the chipset and VRM heatsinks.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
Another X570 board has entered the ring. The Gigabyte X570 AORUS Pro WiFi features WiFi 6 support, a sophisticated 14 phase VRM, and a classy refined aesthetic. Does it have what it takes to compete at its $270 price point?
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
Finally, the wait is over. Ryzen 3000 has landed, and with it, brand new X570 motherboards. The ASRock X570 Taichi features updated looks, brand new WiFi 6 support, and a VRM that promises to tame even the most power-hungry Ryzen CPU.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
The Prime X570-Pro from ASUS may not have every bell and whistle, but with a powerful VRM, integrated I/O shield, and relatively competitive price, it promises a ticket to the new X570 platform that won't break the bank.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
ASRock keeps the updates rolling in the Phantom Gaming family, with the Z390 Phantom Gaming X. The brand new flagship is the first motherboard to market to feature WiFi 6. It's got the looks, it's got the features, but does it have the performance?
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
X570 is around the corner, but ASRock hasn't forgotten the current king of gaming: Z390. The new Z390 Phantom Gaming 7 offers a new look, but the same great performance and rock solid stability ASRock has come to be known for.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
A focused, no nonsense addition to the Z390 roster, the ASUS TUF Z390-Pro Gaming promises performance, stability, and a classic TUF Gaming Alliance aesthetic. What does this motherboard have to offer beyond the ASUS and TUF branding?
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
Tiny in form and price, the latest board from Biostar offers an embedded AMD FX8800p, as well as modern accommodations, such as a 16 Gb/s M.2 slot and USB 3.1 Gen1. This little Mini-ITX motherboard could be the perfect fit for the office, or an HTPC.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
From the elite family of products dubbed MEG (MSI Enthusiast Gaming) comes another cutting-edge board with unique features and accessories. The MEG X299 CREATION is yet another board that promises to go above and beyond, so I took the review and turned it to 11.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
A new addition to ASRock's excellent Phantom Gaming lineup aims to bridge the gap between gaming and professional workloads with the new ASRock X399 Phantom Gaming 6. Has ASRock managed to walk the tightrope and balance gaming flare with productive pragmatism?
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
The Phantom Gaming product line from ASRock takes a bolder, more focused stance than their award winning Taichi line. With an emphasis on gaming performance and featuring the new Phantom Gaming 2.5 Gb/s LAN, the ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 9 is designed to be the ultimate gaming flagship.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
ASRock once again brings forward a new generation of motherboards in their Taichi family. The ASRock Z390 Taichi boasts all the improvements of the refreshed chipset, plus some clever extras. It has a strong legacy to live up to and strong rivals to outshine.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
More than a flagship, the MEG Z390 GODLIKE from MSI is a statement of what the company is capable of. MSI pulled out all the stops; from the Infinity Mirror RGB LED to the M.2 PCIe expansion card, Streaming Boost capture card, and Game Boost overclocking dial: this one goes to 11, literally.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
ASRock once again brings forward a new generation of motherboards in their Taichi family. The ASRock Z390 Taichi boasts all the improvements of the refreshed chipset, plus some clever extras.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
MSI pulled out all the stops for their massive, EATX-sized MEG Z390 Godlike motherboard, which comes with three M.2 slots, full RGB support, and an adapter to add two more M.2 NVMe slots. You also get an OLED screen that can display pre-programmed stats and messages.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
Intel B360 is back in the spotlight with the B360 GAMING ARCTIC from MSI. The industry leader has brought their engineering prowess to bear in order to produce a stunning motherboard that aims to overthrow any misplaced preconception of the budget B360 chipset being "cheap" or "boring".
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
ASRock's Fatal1ty-branded motherboards have recently taken a leap forward in design and tech, offering what might be the most complete gamer-centric design for motherboards today. Yet what happens when you apply that to a value-oriented Intel chipset? The ASRock Fatal1ty H370 Performance is exactly that, and we put it through the paces.
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
ASRock has applied the Fatal1ty treatment to AMD's B450 chipset, and in a way only ASRock can; using the Mini-ITX format. It's not often that we get such a truly gaming-oriented mITX product that can also handle some overclocking while supporting 3466 MHz memory speeds.
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
The AMD B450 series chipset is here, with the full-size ATX MSI B450 GAMING PRO CARBON AC. MSI is walking the tightrope of a budget board that still offers a premium experience, for example it has two M.2 slots, full RGB support and WiFi.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
Do you need the latest and greatest X470 motherboard to seize the performance potential of the newly refreshed AMD Ryzen processor line? ASRock doesn't think so and is out to prove it with this exceptionally inexpensive B350 Micro ATX board.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
Biostar gets in the Ryzen 2000 game in a very small way. The Biostar Racing X470GTN packs a lot of motherboard into the tiny Mini-ITX package. With a price of less than $125, it's one of the more affordable Ryzen motherboards, yet its performance doesn't disappoint and matches the ASRock Taichi.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards