Motherboards

We're moving closer to the launch of Intel's 12th generation Alder Lake processors, and with that will come new chipsets including Z690 which has already been leaked by multiple sources. As we approach Alder Lake's arrival, we must pay homage to what's actually available on the current market for users to buy. Right now, we have Intel's Rocket Lake (11th gen) and its Comet Lake (10th gen) processors, and all the associated chipsets such as Z590 and B560. This includes many different LGA1200 motherboard options to select from at many different price points, with multiple levels of features and controller choices on offer. The Z690 models may be on the horizon, but we focus on the now as it's time to make our picks...

DIY on Intel Ice Lake Xeon Just Got A Little Closer

Since the launch of Intel’s Third Generation Xeon Scalable Ice Lake processors in April, it was widely expected that the initial volumes of hardware would be going towards Intel’s...

25 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/18/2021

NZXT Announces N7 Z590 Motherboard For Rocket Lake

In July last year, we reviewed NZXT's N7 Z490 motherboard for Intel's 10th generation Comet Lake processors. Typically later to the market than other vendor's key models, NZXT has...

8 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/7/2021

Computex 2021: GIGABYTE Server Updates MZ72-HB0 For Dual Socket 3rd Gen EPYC

During Computex 2021 in Taipei, although the event is all-digital due to the Coronavirus pandemic, GIGABYTE Server has showcased its newly revised MZ72-HBO dual-socket motherboard with support for AMD's...

13 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/4/2021

Computex 2021: MSI MPG Gaming Maverik Bundle with i7-11700K

At an all-digital rendition of Computex 2021, MSI has unveiled a new bundle designed for gamers looking for a comprehensive and optimized gaming system. Based on its performance gaming...

4 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/3/2021

ASRock Announces AMD X300TM-ITX Motherboard: Thin ITX For Ryzen APUs

Once upon a time, the term 'bigger is better' was a marketing slogan that many companies adopted for its products, but sometimes 'bigger' isn't necessarily practical. For use cases...

15 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/3/2021

MSI MEG Z590 Ace Motherboard Review: Premium Rocket Lake with TB4 and 4x M.2

Prior to the release of Intel's 11th Generation Rocket Lake processors, motherboard vendors unveiled their ranges of Z590 motherboards ready for the realm of PCIe 4.0. We saw a...

11 by Gavin Bonshor on 5/26/2021

ASRock Rack B550D4-4L Motherboard Review: B550 Goes Professional with BMC

Over the last year, we've seen several B550 models, with the vast majority of these catering to desktop users and gamers looking for a cost-efficient option to use with...

72 by Gavin Bonshor on 5/20/2021

Supermicro: We Put Two 10nm Ice Lake Xeon LGA4189 Sockets on an ATX Motherboard

Usually, when vendors release dual-socket motherboards, this is typically done on larger form factors such as extended ATX (E-ATX) and even larger ones such as SSB-EEB for server form...

22 by Gavin Bonshor on 5/10/2021

GIGABYTE Z590 Aorus Tachyon Review: Built for SPEED

One of the most unique models on the Z590 chipset is the GIGABYTE Z590 Aorus Tachyon. While it functions as a 'relatively' normal day-to-day motherboard, the main focus is...

12 by Gavin Bonshor on 5/10/2021

GIGABYTE Z590 Aorus Master Review: Soaring High With Rocket Lake

The latest flagship desktop processor from Intel, the Core i9-11900K, has been out for over a month, and we've been busy putting numerous Z590 motherboards on tests to see...

39 by Gavin Bonshor on 4/28/2021

Biostar Announces B550T-Silver Mini-ITX Motherboard For AMD's Ryzen 5000 Family

Biostar has unveiled its latest mini-ITX motherboard for the AMD B550 chipset, the B550T-Silver, which is designed for use with AMD's Ryzen 5000 and Ryzen 3000 processors. The small-sized...

62 by Gavin Bonshor on 4/16/2021

MSI Drops A Bling Bling Motherboard: the MEG Z590 Ace Gold Edition

On the back of Intel's 11th generation Rocket Lake processor release last month, MSI has dropped a new Z590 motherboard which certainly raises an eyebrow towards aesthetics. The new...

35 by Gavin Bonshor on 4/14/2021

GIGABYTE Server: Three New E-ATX Motherboards For Intel Ice Lake-SP Xeons

Hot on the heels of Intel's latest Ice Lake-SP 3rd Generation Xeon Scalable processor launch, GIGABYTE Server has listed three new motherboards designed for server use. The GIGABYTE Server...

10 by Gavin Bonshor on 4/6/2021

ASRock Z590 Taichi Review: An Intel Motherboard with Moving Parts (and Thunderbolt 4)

Intel has now launched its latest 11th Generation Core processors for desktop. The highest performing of these is the Core i9-11900K, with 8 cores and 16 threads, and it...

50 by Gavin Bonshor on 4/1/2021

The ASRock Z590 OC Formula Motherboard: By and For Overclockers

ASRock and its in-house extreme overclocker Nich Shih have created the latest in its series of high-end enthusiast-grade motherboards. The OC Formula brand returns, famed for its good extreme...

20 by Gavin Bonshor on 4/1/2021

The Intel B560 Motherboard Overview: 30+ Budget Models Starting from $75

Intel is set to launch its latest generation of processors, known as Rocket Lake 11th Gen, on the 30th March 2021. We know Rocket Lake brings with it PCIe...

58 by Gavin Bonshor on 3/29/2021

AMD Set To Roll Out AGESA firmware USB Fix For Ryzen, Coming April

Last month, we reported that AMD had been made aware of many users experiencing intermittent connectivity issues with USB ports on its Ryzen 500-series motherboards. Requesting that users with...

27 by Gavin Bonshor on 3/17/2021

ASUS Reveals ThunderboltEX 4 Expansion Card, Dual Type-C & Mini-DP

Back in December, we reported that Intel's Maple Ridge Thunderbolt 4 controller was shipping to customers. We can now report that ASUS has unveiled a Thunderbolt 4 expansion card...

9 by Gavin Bonshor on 3/16/2021

Axiomtek Unveils IMB700 Motherboard, LGA4189 For Intel Ice Lake-SP

Everyone wants to know what's in Intel's new Ice Lake Xeon server platform, right? Well the first promited board has been disclosed: Axiomtek (who?) has unveiled its latest motherboard...

20 by Gavin Bonshor on 3/4/2021

First AMD B550 With Thunderbolt 4: The ASUS ProArt B550-Creator

From a post by ASUS's Technical Product Marketing Manager (u/ASUSTechMKTJJ) on Reddit, ASUS looks to be readying up a new B550 motherboard based on its ProArt series. The ASUS...

49 by Gavin Bonshor on 3/3/2021

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