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Developed in partnership with and distributed by EKWB, the MSI MPG Z490 Carbon EK X features a monoblock for CPU and VRM cooling. EKWB and MSI are aiming to bring back watercooled boards at an attainable price. Let's see how the MSI MPG Z490 Carbon EK X stacks up!
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Author:Nate
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Our first look at Intel's new B460 chipset is the BIOSTAR Racing B460GTA. Featuring dual M.2 slots, each with their own full coverage heatsink, RGB lighting, a large VRM heatsink, and even an integrated rear I/O cover, the BIOSTAR Racing B460GTA could be a good budget option for those with locked Intel CPUs.
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Author:Nate
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ASRock is back once again with another successor to their Phantom Gaming line. The ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming ITX/TB3 features Thunderbolt 3, dual M.2 slots, 90 A power stages, and a finned heatsink design in a tiny ITX form factor package.
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Author:Nate
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The ASUS ROG STRIX B550-F Gaming (WiFi) is the successor to the brand's best-selling B450 motherboard, featuring a powerful VRM, dual M.2 slots with full coverage heatsinks, and even 2.5 Gb/s LAN. Has B550 gone mainstream? Let's find out!
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Author:Nate
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At long last, B550 has arrived! The B550 AORUS Pro from Gigabyte features a 12+2 phase VRM, Gigabyte's famed finned VRM cooling solution, 2.5 Gb/s LAN from Realtek, and a full set of mainstream features.
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Author:Nate
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The B550I AORUS Pro AX from Gigabyte comes with a lot of hardware packed into a small package. Among the features are 2.5 Gb/s Ethernet, WiFi 6, dual M.2 slots, and top-tier 90 A power stages. Let's see just how good this new SFF option from Gigabyte really is!
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Author:Nate
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ASUS once again delivers with their Maximus line of high-end motherboards. The Maximus XII Hero (WiFi) has premium looks, premium features, a powerful VRM and broad overclocking support. It terms of connectivity, everything is there, too: WiFi 6, 5 Gb/s LAN, triple M.2 slots.
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Author:Nate
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The Godlike from MSI is back, and for Z490 it is more feature packed than ever. With top of the line VRM, cooling, and storage, along a host of extras, the MSI MEG Z490 Godlike promises to do it all. Just how far can you get with a US$750 motherboard?
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Author:Nate
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ASRock's award winning Taichi line is back, and aiming for the top of ASRock's Z490 stack. The cog and gear theme returns, along with a new VRM thermal solution that features a finned heat sink and active cooling. What other new tricks has ASRock included in the ASRock Z490 Taichi?
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Author:Nate
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Focused on VRM power and thermals, as well as a sleek and stealthy aesthetic, the MSI MEG Z490 Unify is shaping up to be a serious contender for the best value enthusiast board. With sixteen 90 A power stages from Intersil and active VRM cooling, no CPU is too power hungry for the Unify.
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Author:Nate
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Our first look at ASUS's Z490 lineup, the ASUS ROG STRIX Z490-E Gaming features a powerful VRM, optional active VRM cooling, lots of connectivity, and of course some killer good looks. If you are searching for a board that can do it all, the ASUS ROG STRIX Z490-E Gaming is a good place to start.
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Author:Nate
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The ASRock Z490 PG Velocita is ready for Comet Lake with Socket LGA 1200. "Velocita" is ASRock's latest addition to the award-winning Phantom Gaming motherboard line and features 2.5 Gb/s LAN, PCIe 4.0 readiness, and an uncompromising VRM thermal solution with three fans.
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Author:Nate
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MSI has stuffed a lot of power into a small package with the MSI MEG Z490I Unify. Featuring a stealthy black aesthetic and a VRM configuration with 90 A power stages, the MSI MEG Z490I Unify could be a top choice for overclockers. Just how much can MSI pack into the Mini-ITX footprint?
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Author:Nate
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Focused on VRM power and thermals, as well as a sleek and stealthy aesthetic, the MSI MEG Z490 Unify is shaping up to be a serious contender for the best value enthusiast board. With sixteen 90 A power stages from Intersil and active VRM cooling, no CPU is too power hungry for the Unify.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
MSI has packed a lot of power into a small package with the MSI MEG Z490I Unify. Featuring a stealthy black aesthetic and a VRM config with 90 A power stages, the MSI MEG Z490I Unify could be a top choice for overclockers. Just how much can MSI stuff into a Mini-ITX footprint?
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
ASRock's award winning Taichi line is back, and aiming for the top of ASRock's Z490 stack. The cog and gear theme returns, along with a new VRM thermal solution with a finned heat sink and active cooling. What other new tricks has ASRock included in the ASRock Z490 Taichi?
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
Our first look at ASUS's Z490 lineup, the ASUS ROG STRIX Z490-E Gaming features a powerful VRM, optional active VRM cooling, lots of connectivity, and of course some killer good looks. If you are looking for a board that can do it all, the ASUS ROG STRIX Z490-E Gaming is a good place to start.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
The ASRock Z490 PG Velocita is ready for Comet Lake with Socket LGA 1200. "Velocita" is ASRock's latest edition to the award-winning Phantom Gaming motherboard line and features 2.5 Gb/s LAN, PCIe 4.0 readiness, and an uncompromising VRM thermal solution with three fans.
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Author:Nate
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The ASUS Prime X299 Edition 30 is a celebration of 30 years of design innovation by one of the world's most prominent hardware manufacturers. Featuring active VRM cooling, 16 Vcore power stages, an OLED display, and a new Smart Control Console, can this flagship stand up to 30 years of high expectations?
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Author:Nate
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ASUS aims to deliver the ultimate flagship Threadripper motherboard with the ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme. Every bit of their design expertise has been condensed into this E-ATX package. Twenty 70 A power stages? Check. Five M.2 slots, including two on a DIMM.2 expansion card? Check. Full color OLED display? Check. Performance? Let's find out!
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Author:Nate
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The first TRX40 board to reach my test bench, and also the first motherboard to boast 90 A power stages from Intersil (16 of them!), the ASRock TRX40 Taichi promises serious overclocking potential for the new Ryzen Threadripper processors without resorting to an E-ATX form factor.
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Author:Nate
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The small form factor market has gained a lot of traction over the past decade, and hardware vendors have engaged in an arms race to cram as many features as possible into SFF motherboards. ASUS has landed a decisive blow in that fight with the ROG Crosshair VIII Impact. ALL the features of a full ATX board have been put into a package slightly larger than Mini-ITX.
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Author:Nate
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Intel fires back with an HEDT refresh that promises higher clocks and significantly lower prices! ASRock is ready with the new ASRock X299 Taichi CLX. The X299 Taichi CLX boasts a powerful VRM, 2.5 Gb/s LAN, and a sleek modern aesthetic! How will it perform when paired with a new Intel i9-10900X?
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Author:Nate
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X570 has been the most comprehensive launch in recent AMD history, with dozens of motherboards available. From E-ATX to Mini-ITX, there are many options for every form factor, except Micro ATX, for which only two boards exist. Today I'm looking at one of them, the Biostar Racing X570GT!
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Author:Nate
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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
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