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It seems so long ago that EVGA dabbled almost exclusively in videocards, but these days, the company has a fleshed out motherboard product line as well. Adding to the latter, EVGA today rolled out three new high-end motherboards for Intel users -- EVGA Z77 FTW, Z77 Stinger, and Z75 SLI. The Z77 FTW sports 4-way SLI support, dual 8-pin CPU power connectors, a 300 percent increase in gold content in the CPU socket, a right-angled 24-pin power connector, and was designed from the ground up for overclocking, EVGA says. Sitting in the middle is the Z77 Stinger, an enthusiast part for people who prefer... Read more...
Those who like to tinker with and build computers have a new toy to play with in the cubieboard, a $49 self-described “open arm box” that offers intriguing possibilities as an HTPC build. The cubieboard supports Ubuntu (and other Linux distros), so it can operate as a regular desktop, but it can also run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and turn a TV into an “Android TV”. The nitty gritty details include a 1GB ARM Cortex A8 processor with 512KB of L2 cache on board, a Mali 400 Open GL ES GPU, 1GB of DDR3-480MHz, and 4GB of flash storage. The cubieboard also has 10/100M Ethernet,... Read more...
It appears that Gigabyte didn’t want to wait for the next chipset release to try and make waves with a new motherboard. The company unveiled the Gigabyte Z77X-UP7, its new flagship board for extreme overclockers, which it said set the world record for overclocking with an Intel Core i7 CPU at a freakish 7.102GHz The Z77X-UP7 boasts a 32+3+2 power phase design and all-digital PWM along with Ultra Durable 5 components that are designed to take a beating yet remain stable and cool. Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 Other notable features of the board include support for up to four-way graphics, a PCI-E x16... Read more...
Over the last few months, we have looked at plenty of Z77 based motherboards here at HH, covering a wide range of price points. But today we dive deep into one of the higher-end models available, the Gigabyte G1.Sniper3. The Gigabyte G1.Sniper3 supports Sandy and Ivy Bridge LGA 1155 processors and features support for up to 32GB of DDR3-2066 (OC) system memory. As a gaming motherboard, Gigabyte saw fit to include support for up to 4-way SLI and CrossFireX (up to PCI-E x8 with four cards and PCI-E x16 with two), Creative Labs audio, and a Killer NIC too... Gigabyte G1.Sniper3 Z77 Motherboard Review... Read more...
Over the last few months, we have looked at plenty of Z77 based motherboards here at HH, covering a wide range of price points. But today we dive deep into one of the higher-end models available, the Gigabyte G1.Sniper3. We slapped an Ivy Bridge chip in this one instead of the Sandy Bridge Core i7-2600K and 2700K's we've tested in the boards thus far, to see how well Intel's newest chips and the Z77 work together. Specifically, we used an Intel Core i5-3470 chip, which we reviewed in depth here. The Gigabyte G1.Sniper3 supports LGA 1155 processors and features support for up to 32GB... Read more...
We've already covered all of the juicy details of Intel’s Z77 chipset and put a few motherboards through their paces, but there are so many manufacturers with killer boards available based on the chipset, that it’d be a crime if we didn’t round up another stack of them for you. This round of Z77 mainboards consists of entries from ASRock, EVGA, Gigabyte, and Zotac, more specifically the ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional, EVGA Z77 FTW, Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H, and Zotac Z77-ITX WiFi... Z77 Motherboard Roundup II: EVGA, ASRock, Gigabyte, Zotac... Read more...
We've already covered all of the juicy details of Intel’s Z77 chipset and put a few motherboards through their paces, but there are so many manufacturers with killer boards available based on the chipset, that it’d be a crime if we didn’t round up another stack of them for you. This round of Z77 mainboards consists of entries from ASRock, EVGA, Gigabyte, and Zotac. To date, the EVGA Z77 FTW and Zotac Z77-ITX WiFi we're going to show you here are the only Z77 boards from their respective companies (though more are surely on the way), while the ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional and... Read more...
EVGA’s latest EATX enthusiast board is the Z77 FTW, which is built to let users push its overclocking limits. The board supports Intel 3rd-generation processors and has five PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots and one PCI-E 3.0 x1 slot that taken together can handle up to four-way SLI support with graphics cards at x8-x16-x8-x8. You can slap in up to 32GB of DDR3-2133 (x4 DIMM slots) for serious memory horsepower. Other features include dual Gigabit LAN, four SATA 6Gbps ports, four SATA 3Gbps ports, two eSATA ports, six total USB 3.0 and ten USB 2.0 ports, FireWire, and a mini DisplayPort. One of the new... Read more...
There’s a pair of new Intel 7-Series motherboards out from ZOTAC, and they’re both in the mini-ITX form factor. The ZOTAC Z77-ITX WiFi and H77-ITX WiFi support LGA1155 3rd-generation and 2nd-generation Intel chips, and although both are equipped with a PCI-E x16 (3.0) slot, they’re also Intel HD 2500/4000-ready. The boards have a pair of DIMM slots that support up to 16GB of DDR3-1600 (2133MHz OC) RAM, as well as four USB 3.0 and eight USB 2.0 ports, onboard 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0, 8-channel HD audio, and HDMI audio output. The Z77-ITX WiFi sports dual Gigabit Ethernet... Read more...
Sometimes it’s the little things that make your life easier, and that’s what Gigabyte has been aiming for with its On/Off Charge technology. Simply put, On/Off Charge is a utility on Gigabyte motherboards that enables fast charging of iOS devices, even when the system is sleeping or even turned off. With the new third-generation iPad already flooding the brains of early buyers with dopamine, Gigabyte wants you to know that On/Off Charge supports the new device and can charge one up to 40% faster than a standard USB port. On/Off Charge also supports all previous iOS devices, and it’s... Read more...
Show of hands, how many of you remember the name Chaintech (or Walton Chaintech, if you prefer)? Don't beat yourself up if you've forgotten all about Chaintech, a once popular player in the motherboard and graphics business. The last time we featured a Chaintech product was in 2004, back when we reviewed the company's Apogee AA5700U graphics card. And the last Chaintech brand motherboard we tested was a 9CJS Zenith Series... in 2003. Chaintech officially quit the motherboard and graphics card markets in 2006, but word on the Web is that it's looking to make a comeback. According to DigiTimes, Walton... Read more...
Intel’s X58 chipset made for great platform performance, and even though the chip maker has unleashed many more chipsets since the X58 came out, there hasn’t been a true successor in the high-end of their product line-up (not even the Z68 chipset) until now. The X79 chipset looks to pick up the X58’s poll position, so we decided to bench test a few motherboards from ASRock, ASUS, and Gigabyte to see how Intel's new flagship performs.... Read more...
Intel’s X58 chipset made for great platform performance, and even though the chip maker has unleashed many more chipsets since the X58 came out, there hasn’t been a true successor in the high-end of their product line-up (not even the Z68 chipset) until now. The X79 chipset looks to pick up the X58’s poll position, so we decided to bench test a few motherboards from ASRock, ASUS, and Gigabyte to see how Intel's new flagship performs. The new X79 chipset brings with it a new socket (LGA 2011) and a crop of new Core i7 processors. There are several familiar features with the new... Read more...
ASUS, ever the gracious hosts, had us out to Dallas, TX recently to show us the company’s upcoming motherboard series and let us play with some test systems to see if we could break them. (Full disclosure: We did. But we fixed them, we think.) There is much we learned there that we can’t yet discuss (suffice it to say you’ll want to stay tuned for more on Intel's 3rd generation Core series processors and 7-series chipset), but we can tell you all about the new line of ASUS motherboards based on Intel’s Z77 series chipset.... Read more...
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