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MSI and EKWB bring us a collaboration using the well-received MPG X570S Carbon MAX WiFi fitted with an EK-Quantum monoblock designed for the motherboard. Featuring a powerful 14+2 VRM, it also has the latest technology the X570S chipset has to offer with four M.2 sockets, 2.5 GB LAN, and eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports.
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Author:ir_cow
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Gigabyte's flagship motherboard, the AORUS Xtreme WaterForce, features an all-in-one monoblock for top-tier cooling. Designed for those who command excellence, Gigabyte packs in 10 Gb LAN, Thunderbolt 4, and a unique 90-degree layout for cabling. It is definitely a sight to behold, so follow along as we dive into this motherboard and check out everything it has to offer!
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Author:ir_cow
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Gigabyte is at it again, setting world records with the Z690 AORUS Tachyon! Designed with overclocking in mind, this motherboard is loaded with features to streamline that perfect overclock. Even so, Gigabyte hasn't forgotten about when the Z690 AORUS Tachyon is not on the test bench. Come join me as we take a closer look!
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Author:ir_cow
In:Motherboards
MSI brings forward the Unify series for the casual and enthusiast crowds. With a little bit of everything, the MEG Z690 Unify has nineteen 105 A power stages, five M.2 sockets, and PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 integration. The board also includes PS/2 legacy peripheral support, SLI/CrossFire, and advanced CPU overclocking.
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Author:ir_cow
In:Motherboards
The ASRock PG Velocita returns for Intel's Alder Lake platform. ASRock targets the gamer market with Killer Networking, PCIe 5.0, DDR5, and M.2 Gen5 support. Thanks to the integrated low-noise fan and 17-phase VRM, ASRock sets the PG Velocita up as a mid-range product that has a little bit of everything.
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Author:ir_cow
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ASRock once again brings the popular Phantom Gaming line to the ITX sector. Including Thunderbolt 4, WiFi 6E, DDR5, PCIe Gen5, and a powerful VRM solution, the ASRock Z690 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB4 is rich in features, and hopefully a worthy successor. Join me as we take a closer look at the ASRock Z690 ITX offering.
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Author:ir_cow
In:Motherboards
ASUS's R&D team are again bringing the very best to the AM4 socket. Including a massive 18+2 VRM design, Thunderbolt 4, 10Gb LAN, and loads of goodies on the side, If you are looking to find out more about one of the most feature-rich X570 motherboards on the market today, It's all covered in this review.
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Author:ir_cow
In:Motherboards
Intel's B660 budget-oriented chipset has arrived and brings with it more choices for that new Alder Lake build. The MSI MAG B660M Mortar WiFi comes with DDR4 support, WiFi 6, PCIe 4.0, and M.2 Gen4 sockets to round out the features. At $190, it's considerably more affordable than available Z690 options.
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Author:ir_cow
In:Motherboards
MSI and EKWB have teamed up to bring the well-received MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi to the next level. Featuring an EK-Quantum Matrix7 monoblock, we will get up close and personal to find out what the MSI MPG Z690 Carbon EK X has to offer.
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Author:ir_cow
In:Motherboards
Gigabyte is packing heat with the Z690 Aorus Master. This motherboard is designed for Intel's 12th Gen Core and boasts a massive 20-phase VRM using 105 A power stages. Built for connectivity, the Z690 Aorus Master has features like PCIe 5.0, DDR5, Wi-Fi 6E, 10 GbE LAN, and five M.2 sockets to round out the experience!
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Author:ir_cow
In:Motherboards
MSI brings the MPG Carbon line to the Intel Z690 chipset with Gen5 PCIe slots and DDR5 support. Along with debuting new features on the LGA1700 socket, this motherboard has dual 8-pin EPS, reinforced Steel Armor PCIe slots, five M.2 sockets, Mythic Lighting, and Wi-Fi 6E.
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Author:ir_cow
In:Motherboards
Intel's 1700 socket is ready to party! ASUS brings the motherboard, so we are all set. The ROG Maximus Z690 Hero sports an assortment of new features along with PCIe Gen5 and DDR5 support, five M.2 sockets, Thunderbolt 4, and a powerful VRM design with 90 A power stages. ASUS has really thought of everything.
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Author:ir_cow
In:Motherboards
We compare all the new Intel Z690 chipset based motherboards for Intel's 12th Gen Alder Lake processors, so you can get an overview of which boards are worthy of your consideration and which can be skipped no matter if looking for something basic or a flagship model.
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Author:TheLostSwede
In:Motherboards
ASRock brings the PG Riptide series to B550 with an affordable solution for APUs and PC gamers on a budget. It comes with 2.5 Gb/s LAN from Killer Networking and RGB and PCIe Gen4 support. This motherboard has a lot of the same features as the X570-based Riptide, so let's see if it can hit all the marks!
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Author:ir_cow
In:Motherboards
The new ASRock X570S PG Riptide takes the X570 chipset to a whole new level. Gone is the controversial fan that creates unnecessary noise. The Riptide is an affordable motherboard with 2.5 Gb/s LAN from Killer Networking, RGB support, and all the necessities to get started!
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Author:ir_cow
In:Motherboards
Top-tier VRM design, Thunderbolt, 10G LAN, and even a massive monoblock—the ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Extreme Glacial leaves nothing in reserve. ASUS also includes everything but the kitchen sink in the box. This motherboard is the pinnacle of ASUS motherboard design, so let's see just how far it can go!
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
Featuring Thunderbolt 4, dual 2.5 Gbps LAN, and a formidable VRM design, the ASUS ProArt B550-CREATOR targets productivity and power users. With a sleek and modern black and gold theme and no built in RGB, the B550-CREATOR focuses on superior performance and connectivity in a no-nonsense package.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
The Gigabyte Z590 AORUS Pro AX promises high-end performance at a mainstream price. Featuring a direct 13-phase VRM with top of the line power stages, four M.2 slots with double-sided heatsinks, and Gigabyte’s signature AORUS styling, the Z590 AORUS Pro AX is an extremely compelling option for Rocket Lake.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
The latest ITX offering from ASRock’s popular Phantom Gaming line, the Z590 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB4 is here! Featuring a powerful VRM solution with 10 phases and top of the line power stages, along with the Phantom Gaming ITX’s signature Thunderbolt support, the ASRock Z590 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB4 promises to be a worthy successor, so let’s put it to the test!
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
The latest entry in ASUS's popular TUF Gaming family is the ASUS TUF Gaming Z590-Plus WiFi. Featuring a huge VRM heatsink, 16 power stages, and more sensible colors, the ASUS TUF Gaming Z590-Plus WiFi promises compelling performance at an attainable price.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
The Vision line from Gigabyte targets content creators with a focus on connectivity, performance, and durability. Well-featured and targeted squarely at the mainstream with a sub-US$300 price point, the Vision G could be an attractive option for those looking for something a little different.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
The OC Formula line from ASRock returns with the Z590 OC Formula! Featuring a powerful 16-phase VRM utilizing top-tier 90 A power stages along with a 12-layer PCB and even an OLED display, the Z590 OC Formula is a dedicated overclocking monster.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
The ASUS ROG STRIX Z590-I Gaming WiFi is a premium ITX platform featuring a powerful VRM with top of the line power stages, Thunderbolt 4, and a unique design that allows both M.2 slots to be located on the front of the board. Let's see what the ROG STRIX Z590-I Gaming WiFi has to offer!
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
Featuring a massive VRM with top of the line power stages, over 20 phases, and even dual BIOS, the BIOSTAR Z590 Valkyrie promises chart-topping speed and overclocking. Paired with a unique black and gold aesthetic, the Z590 Valkyrie could be a compelling choice for those seeking top-tier 11th Gen Intel overclocking.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
The Phantom Gaming Velocita from ASRock targets the gamer market with Killer Networking for both wired and wireless connectivity and a dependable 14-phase VRM. Thanks to the integrated low-noise fan, VRM temperatures reached only 50°C, so no problem at all, even with a power-hungry Core i9-11900K.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
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