Reviews

MSI's high-end gaming motherboard for Kaby Lake CPUs is here. The Z270 GAMING M7 has all the bells and whistles, including something you never really thought of: dual audio chips. With a crazy automatic overclock profile that promises 5.2 GHz, we check out MSI's new enthusiast motherboard.
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:9.7
The ASUS ROG brand has long been a favorite of a good majority of the PC enthusiast community, and with each generation, the experience only gets better. The MAXIMUS IX FORMULA is the perfect example of what makes ASUS so popular.
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:9.0
Biostar's Z270GT8 is more than just a full-size version of the Z270GT4 we looked at earlier. It includes everything the Z270GT4 board did, but adds in Intel Optane functionality and a few other things. The Biostar Z270GT8 is a big departure from past Biostar products and isn't your everyday entry-level board.
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:8.8
When you want your PC to be fast, ultra fast, you are going to look at very specific products only. One you might not look at is MSI's Z270 GAMING PRO CARBON, a board truly designed to be one of the fastest boards on the market, ready to help you reach the finish line first.
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:9.2
With AMD's new processors out now, ASRock has taken their Taichi design and applied it to AMD's X370 chipset. Ready for SLI and dual M.2 drives along with a huge list of other features, ASRock's X370 Taichi motherboard is definitely ready to bring a calming moment to your AMD Ryzen experience.
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:10.0
Everyone likes saving a buck or two on their technology purchases, and Biostar is all about providing you with those options. For all you mATX lovers on a budget who want a bit more for features, but not a bigger price, Biostar's Gaming Z170GT4 just might be exactly what you are looking for.
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:9.2
It's here! Our first look at Intel's Kaby Lake supporting motherboards comes from none other than ASRock, with their white and black mainstream motherboard, the ASRock Z270 Extreme4. With all the base features of Intel's latest, including a bit of ASRock's engineering magic thrown in, the ASRock Z270 Extreme4 is the perfect example of what you can expect from Intel's Kaby Lake platform.
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:9.8
ASRock's updated X99 board for gamers, the ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7, is fitted with all the latest goodies, including a bundled NVIDIA HB Bridge so you can get the most out of your pair of GTX 1070s or GTX 1080s. Dual M.2, dual Intel LAN, this board is all about gaming pairs!
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:9.7
Sometimes, we need a calming moment, and sometimes such can be provided by your PC! ASRock's X99 Taichi takes a whole new twist on motherboard design, going for aesthetics and form over function while still keeping functionality in the foreground. This board doesn't focus on anything other than providing you a simple, easy-to-use, calming experience.
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:9.7
ECS has been known to have some rather crazy board names in the past, but none are as crazy as the ECS Z170-LIGHTSABER! With a name like that, you can only naturally expect one thing: a bunch of lights, right? Or will it lean toward the dark side?
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:8.0
MSI has gone and smashed overclocking and gaming into a single motherboard! The MSI Z170 MPOWER GAMING TITANIUM has a huge list of abilities to go along with its huge name! Fitted with an aesthetic unmatched by anything else on the market today, MSI's Z170 MPOWER GAMING TITANIUM is truly a board built to be tougher than steel!
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:9.8
MSI delivered us a new X99 motherboard, the X99A-GAMING PRO CARBON, a stealthy all-black motherboard with some RGB Mystic Light goodness. Designed for those new multiple GPUs you just bought, the MSI X99A GAMING PRO CARBON is ready to take your VGAs, your memory and your new Broadwell-E CPU to the limits to then stay there!
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:9.7
We test the Gigabyte X99-Ultra Gaming with the latest Intel 20-core Broadwell-E processor. This new motherboard comes with both Intel and KillerNIC LAN, U.2 and M.2 drive support, USB 3.1 Type-C, and audio-tailored for gaming. It also supports multiple videocards and to look pretty it provides fantastic LED lighting.
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:9.6
ASRock is back in the overclocking game with a purpose-built Z170M OC Formula mATX motherboard ready to take your Skylake CPU and DDR4 memory to the absolute limit. Rated to support DDR4-4500+ and built with ASRock's Hyper OC Engine, this OC-centric Z170M OC Formula board has the highest rating for memory speeds on the market today.
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:9.9
The Biostar Racing Z170GT7 is a fully-featured high-performance platform that includes an LN2 switch. Unlike previous motherboards from Biostar that were affordable with more basic features, this one has everything a gamer would want and does very well in our testing.
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:9.6
When it comes to overclocking, ASUS's ROG series has a long-held reputation everyone else strives to achieve. The ASUS MAXIMUS VIII EXTREME stands out as the product to uphold that tradition for Skylake; a tradition of huge capabilities and amazing BIOSes along with a nearly bullet-proof design that is truly deserving of the "EXTREME" moniker.
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:9.9
After skipping Intel's X99 Express platform, ECS is back to enthusiast-focused board products using Intel's Z170. The ECS Z170-CLAYMORE is a weapon built for today's gamer arsenal, carrying Realtek's latest "Dragon" LAN controller not seen on these pages before.
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:8.6
We all know who Fatal1ty is. If you don't, what rock have you been under? The original pro gamer's take on Intel's Z170 chipset is provided by none other than ASRock, known for crazy things like motherboards that support 22 hard drives. What happens when the two meet and take gaming needs, not your budget, to the limit?
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:9.7
MSI listens to all you gamers out there who want Intel LAN instead of KIllerNIC, and who are tired of all the dragons. The MSI Z170A GAMING PRO is the board that rids itself of the things many users complain about, adding in a new twist instead. Pro gaming for the MSI Z170A GAMING PRO?
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:9.3
Gigabyte's GA-Z170X-Gaming G1, their top-level Gaming board product, has been on my test bench. Featuring high-end audio with swappable OP-AMPs, support for Quad SLI and Quad Crossfire, USB 3.1, and a host of other features to meet the discriminate gamer's needs.
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:9.0
We've seen a GAMING board, but what about those of us who want the best while making use of all the features provided by a platform? With support for NMVe devices right in the box, the ASUS Z170-DELUXE hits the ground running. Mixed with great audio and one of the most extensive BIOSes ever, the ASUS Z170-DELUXE is exactly that - deluxe.
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:9.7
Today's the day Intel's latest launches, and here is MSI's Z170A GAMING M7 to help us take a look at what the new platform offers. Taken from the upper echelon of MSI's current GAMING motherboard line-up, the MSI Z170A GAMING M7 is an enthusiast-oriented GAMING product with a host of built-in features for today's gamer.
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:9.9
ASRock's updated X99 OC FORMULA is here, now called the ASRock OC FORMULA/3.1. Fitted with the latest in USB technology, the ASRock X99 OC FORMULA/3.1 is ASRock's top-level overclocking board built to smash clock records time and again. USB 3.1 isn't everything: we've got SATA Express, Ultra M.2, Xeon, and ECC support - every high-speed item you could ask for when overclocking X99 is here.
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:9.3
What do you do when you want a PC with a small footprint, but a powerful CPU? You buy an mITX motherboard. But what if you want EIGHTEEN CORES and THIRTY-SIX threads? You buy the ASRock X99E-ITX/ac. Doing the unexpected by bringing Intel's X99 Express to the mITX form-factor, the ASRock X99E-ITX/ac can push those 18-core Xeon chips and has an X-OC socket to push Intel's standard unlocked chips to the limit. And USB 3.1. And a CPU cooler is in the box.
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:9.7
Another dragon flies ashore! MSI's "high-end" Intel Z97 motherboard, the MSI Z97 GAMING 9 AC, swoops down onto my testbench after a long trip to me. The MSI Z97 GAMING 9 AC is MSI's answer for the ultra-dollar gamer, but does it breathe fire or just puff smoke out its nose?
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:9.0