The Intel X99 chipset is the foundation of the ultimate desktop PC platform today. We pit two different Intel X99 motherboards from ASUS and ASRock with the top-end Intel Core i7-5960X CPU to find out what they bring to the table. Who knows, one of them could be your next motherboard upgrade!
The Intel X99 chipset is the first desktop platform to feature quad-channel DDR4 memory modules and pair with the new LGA2011-v3 CPU socket that supports the 8-core Intel Core i7-5960X CPU. Together, they are touted to be ultimate desktop PC platform. If you're not familiar, this primer is for you.
The ASUS X99-Deluxe motherboard features an Intel X99 chipset that supports the extremely high-end Intel Core i7 "Haswell-E" processors. It is also the first desktop platform to support DDR4 memory. Due to its deluxe pedigree, this board has a rich feature set, and an abundant bundle of accessories to complement it. Read on to uncover its richness!
The ASUS B85-Pro Gamer is billed as an affordable gaming board that would make a budget DIY enthusiast pleased as punch! Sporting the previous generation Intel B85 chipset, this full ATX board attempts to make up for lost time with a fine balance of performance and features. Despite being late to the party, is it really good value?
The ASRock Z97 Anniversary is touted as the ideal full ATX motherboard for the Intel Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition processor. It also boasts of ASRock Pentium Anniversary Boost technology for easy overclocking. Devoid of any extra features, we check out how it performs with its back to basics design mantra.
The Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK is a gaming-centric board with its exclusive AMP-UP audio technology and support for quad-GPU setups. In addition, the board has been subjected to stringent system stress tests, and certified to offer outstanding durability. Join us as we uncover more details!
The ASUS Z97-Deluxe full ATX motherboard comes with a generous bundle of accessories, on top of its slew of new features. They range from its M.2 interface to its pair of SATA Express connectors; in addition, the board has upgraded its system optimization feature to the new 5-Way Optimization! Read on to uncover all the details.
The MSI XPower AC motherboard is targeted at overclockers. With mounting options for liquid cooling tubes at its heatsinks, delid die guard and many more features, it's unmistakable that the board will also meet the needs of extreme overclocking. Read on to uncover more features of this flagship board from the company's Overclocking series.
Besides Gamer, Overclocking and Classic series, MSI announces a new Eco series catered for personal cloud, home and SMB server setups. Also showcases next generation DDR4 and USB 3.1 prototypes.
Professional overclockers Lucky_n00b and Coldest from Indonesia turned up at Computex 2014 to showcase the overclocking potential of MSI's Z97 MPower Max AC motherboard taking Intel's just announced K-series Devil's Canyon processor to 6.4GHz. ZOMG!