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ASRock E3V5 WS (Intel C232) Super Alloy Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications, and Packaging Today’s motherboard review lands right in the middle of everything. Not because it’s all over the place, but because it has a lot of usage scenarios and support for pretty much any…

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BIOSTAR RACING H170GT3 (LGA1151) Motherboard Review

Introduction BIOSTAR might not be the most recognizable motherboard brand in western markets but their pedigree for creating reliable products is worthy of praise. When compared to MSI, Gigabyte and ASUS, the company struggles to entice consumers…

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MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (LGA1151) Motherboard Review

Introduction Since the release of Intel’s Z170 chipset, MSI has unveiled a fantastic, feature-rich motherboard range which caters to contrasting user demands. For example, the Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON is an excellent choice for consumers wanting a stylish…

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ASUS Sabertooth Z170 S (LGA1151) Motherboard Review

Introduction ASUS have compiled a comprehensive Z170 motherboard range which caters to different sections of the consumer market. For example, the GAMING PRO line-up offers superb functionality and impeccable stability at an affordable price point. ROG…

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Gigabyte Z170-Gaming K3 (LGA1151) Motherboard Review

Introduction Intel’s current iteration of enthusiast processors offering impressive overclocking headroom incurs a fairly hefty premium compared to the previous generation especially if you’re opting for the i7-6700K. Unfortunately, the retail version of this CPU sporting…

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Supermicro X11SAE Workstation (Intel C236) Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications, and Packaging Intel recently released their Greenlow based Skylake series Xeon CPUs and it’s a pleasure to take a look at the first enterprise-grade motherboard built for these processors today. I have Supermicro’s X11SAE…

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MSI Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON (LGA1151) Motherboard Review

Introduction MSI has rapidly established itself as one of the most reputable motherboard manufacturers and constantly strives to enhance the user experience through an intuitive BIOS interface and marvellous reliability. Additionally, the company offers a huge…

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ASUS B150 PRO GAMING/AURA (LGA1151) Motherboard Review

Introduction Since the official reveal of Intel’s latest mainstream LGA1151 platform, we’ve analysed the performance numbers of various Z170 motherboards and even taken an analytical look at the non-overclocking H170 offerings. However, there’s another chipset available…

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SuperMicro C7Z170-OCE (LGA1151) Motherboard Review

Introduction SuperMicro is one of the most respected names in the server industry and synonymous with unparalleled reliability. Whether you’re after a rackmount, blade server system or workstation motherboard, there’s nothing on the market which manages to…

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BIOSTAR GAMING H170T (LGA1151) Motherboard Review

Introduction BIOSTAR’s retail presence in the western market is rather small as stockists focus on the more recognizable vendors among consumers. Despite this, BIOSTAR is one of the leading Taiwanese global brands and produces a huge range…

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SuperMicro C7H170-M (LGA 1151) Motherboard Review

Introduction SuperMicro might not be the most recognizable name among enthusiasts with the likes of MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte and other household brands being the logical choice for consumers. However, their pedigree is unparalleled when it comes to…

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Asus Maximus VIII Extreme Overclocking Review

Introduction The Maximus VIII Extreme is the new top of the line socket 1151 board from Asus that just begs to be paired with a 6600K or 6700K for some overclocking goodness. The board was built for…

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Gigabyte H170-HD3 (LGA 1151) Motherboard Review

Introduction Intel’s Z170 platform is designed for enthusiasts utilizing incredibly fast DDR4 memory and large frequency boosts on K-series CPUs. In contrast to this, the H170 chipset caters more towards the budget-conscience consumer running a CPU…

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Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 TH (LGA 1151) Motherboard Review

Introduction Intel’s latest Skylake architecture is built on the 14nm manufacturing process and designed to replace the previous generation, Haswell Refresh CPUs. However, the Core i7-6700K is currently a poor value proposition throughout Europe and costs upwards of £350.…

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ASUS Z170I PRO GAMING (LGA 1151) Motherboard Review

Introduction The capabilities of ITX motherboards have progressed at an exponential rate and easily provides the overclocking prowess, connectivity and stability required without making too many concessions compared to their ATX counterparts. Furthermore, the huge popularity of…

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How to Flash a BIOS: Graphics Card and Motherboard Edition

Introduction Flashing a BIOS can seem a daunting process and in some cases, it really is. You have the potential at any moment to completely break the component thanks to any number of causes from power…

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ECS Z170-Claymore (LGA 1151) Motherboard Review

Introduction It’s a relief to be able to talk about this, I first caught a very brief glimpse of this motherboard at Cebit 2015 as a bare unit without heat sinks; it was nice to have…

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Gigabyte GA-X99-SOC Champion Sub-Zero Overclocking Review

Introduction The GA-X99-SOC Champion is Gigabyte’s overclocking-centric motherboard for the X99 chipset and is the choice of many professional overclockers and benchmarkers around the world. The board has an OC Socket much like the one that…

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SuperMicro C7Z170-SQ (LGA 1151) Motherboard Review

Introduction SuperMicro isn’t that much of a household name in today’s market, you get swamped by all of the advertisements from Gigabyte, ASUS and similar. But turn back the calendar and everyone and their friend at least…

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Supermicro X10DAX (Intel C612) Workstation Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications, and Packaging Today I’m taking a look at a motherboard for those that need that extra bit of power behind the curtains for heavy workstation or server tasks. The Supermicro X10DAX is aimed at…

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MSI Z170A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM Edition (LGA 1151) Motherboard Review

Introduction Intel’s Skylake has been with us for a little over a month now and reports are coming back extremely positive, with retailers struggling to maintain stock and very few reviews having anything negative to say.…

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Gigabyte MW70-3S0 (Intel C612) Dual CPU Workstation Motherboard Review

Introduction Gigabyte’s motherboard series based on the Intel C612 chipset is quite an impressive one and I’ve already had the pleasure to test the MU70-SU0 server motherboard. Today I’m taking a look at its bigger brother,…

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Gigabyte Z170XP-SLI (LGA 1151) Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications and Packaging The Z170 chipset and Skylake CPU’s has been around for just over a week now and we have seen pretty much everything that each manufacturer has to offer. We now know that the huge…

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Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7 (LGA 1151) Motherboard Review

Introduction We’ve had the Skylake-S processors and Z170 chipset for a little while now and in that time, we haven’t really seen much from our friends at Gigabyte. The Z170 chipset is one of the best…

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ASUS Z170 Maximus VIII Hero (LGA 1151) Motherboard Review

Introduction The Z170 chipset and Skylake CPU’s have been around for just over a week now and we have seen pretty much everything that each manufacturer has to offer. We now know that the huge connectivity options…

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ASRock Rack EPC612D4U-2T8R (Intel C612) mATX Server Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications, and Packaging The motherboard that I am taking a look at today is a little bit special as it is considered to be the first mATX motherboard featuring Intel Xeon E5 V3 series with…

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ASRock Z170 Extreme 7+ (LGA 1151) Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications and Packaging Z170 and Skylake are here, finally! The true successor to Haswell and Haswell Refresh and the first 100% successful 14nm process. Broadwell works, but due to limitations and problems, it was an extremely…

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