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ASUS Z87 WS Motherboard Review

Introduction In the world of custom PC Building, consumers and builders frequently ask what the best motherboards are for Gaming PC Builds. While these are always valid questions, some folks are looking to build a high end rendering or workstation PC. The Z87 series chipset has plenty of options from the budget friendly models to enthusiast gaming motherboards; however, workstation motherboards are not as readily available. That changes today. We are going to be looking at a motherboard from ASUS, one of the few manufacturers who created a Z87 chipset based WS (workstation) motherboard to meet this niche market. We have the ASUS Z87 WS on our test bench, and we are going to put this baby to through the ringer. As an interesting aside, one of the few features of this motherboard which immediately caught our attention is the available support of Quad SLI and Crossfire with 4 PCIe slots available. Not many Z87 motherboards offer this out of the box. There are also tons of other features that we typically don’t see with your “typical” Z87 chipset motherboard. Does this bode well for this unique new board? Read on to find out! Let’s get the review started by talking about the 8 Series chipset, but first here’s a quick word about Asus:   Origin of the Name “Asus” ASUS comes from the last four letters of Pegasus, the winged horse in Greek mythology that represents the inspiration of art and learning. ASUS embodies the strength, cre...



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MSI Z87M Gaming Motherboard Review

Introduction The popular demand of small form factor builds for the high end gaming/performance PCs has grown quite a bit over the last couple of years. However, their haven’t been many manufacturers providing high-end mATX boards to meet the demands of those seeking the performance systems. Today we are going to be looking at a manufacturer that has taken that step forward. On our test bench we have the brand new MSI Z87M Gaming Motherboard. At first glance, the aesthetics of this motherboard are impressive. It reminds us of the Z87A-GD65 Gaming ATX form factor motherboard that MSI already offers today. The question is, “has MSI managed to pack all those features in a nice little mATX package?” We can’t wait to put this board to the test and find out, so let’s dive in and check out the MSI Z87M Gaming Edition motherboard. Before we jump in, here’s a statement from MSI: “Founded in August 1986, MSI has continued to uphold a business philosophy that stresses “Award-winning product quality and outstanding customer service.” MSI specializes in the design and manufacture of motherboards, graphics card, add-on cards, servers/workstations, iPC, barebones, communication devices, CE products, Notebooks, car infotainment products, and All-in-One PC. “Quality Products Create Faithful Customers” is a motto that guides all that we do at MSI. For this reason, MSI goes all out to be the best of the best in research and development.” Now, l...



 
 
 
 
 
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Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H Motherboard Review

Introduction Intel’s 4th Generation Haswell release sparked a great deal of movement with motherboard manufacturers over the last few months. We have seen many new motherboards hit the consumer market with revamped aesthetics and updated on-board features. The web space today is flooded with media coverage of high-end motherboards, but we know that not everyone is always looking for the highest-end products. Sometimes, meeting that happy middle-ground of performance and price is what’s important. Today we are going to bring to the table a new Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H that fits that description. With the aesthetics of a top shelf motherboard but the price of a mid-range board, we will see if Gigabyte really hit the mark here to bring both of these combinations together on the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H. The impressive red and black aesthetics make the board stand out in its price category, so now let’s get the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H tested to see how well it performs. Before we do that, here’s a quick note from Gigabyte.   GIGABYTE was founded in 1986, establishing our uncontested position in continuous technological innovation. By focusing on key technologies and achieving strict quality standards, GIGABYTE has been regarded as an innovative and trusted motherboard leader in the globe. To keep pace in a rapidly changing world, we have offered a comprehensive product line covering Motherboards, Graphics Cards, PC Components, PC Peripherals, Laptops, Slat...



 
 
 
 
 
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MSI Z87 MPower Motherboard Review

The introduction of Intel's new "Haswell" line of processors also brought its new 8 series chipset. The introduction of Haswell and its socket and chipset change came as no surprise. We have seen this from Intel with its "Tick Tock" development strategy, including their change to its power delivery management. It makes sense and was crucial for Intel to make these changes. Today, we have a chance to look at one of MSI's flagship motherboards for the new Z87 architecture: the MSI Z87 MPower. MSI's previous products in the Z87 chipset MPower line were typically top performers, and include excellent overclocking and features. Today, as we move forward, we are going to see just how the MSI Z87 MPower measures up to that previous reputation while using the new Haswell 4770k. Before we move forward, let's talk a little about MSI.



 
 
 
 
 
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AMD A10-6700 & MSI FM2-A85XMA-E35 Motherboard Review

The new AMD Richland processors were released just over a week ago. AMD first launched its A-series processors just over 2 years ago as the Fusion technology with the "Llano" series. During its first launch and introduction to this APU series chip, no one was really sure how well this platform was going to perform. Over the course of a few years, we have seen AMD improve on its one of a kind platform with its first revision "Trinity" and we now have the next release "Richland." During its first revision, Trinity, we saw a change in socket from FM1 to FM2 along with a revision to its chipset. However, with Richland, we are glad to see that AMD decided to stick to its FM2 based socket. Today, we have the AMD A10-6700 processor at hand to put to the test.



 
 
 
 
 
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HIS 7850 iPower IceQ Turbo 4GB and CrossFire

Adding a second card to boost gaming performance certainly has its positives, but a few potential downsides can exist. Does it make sense to add a second HIS card or upgrade to a 7970 instead? Let's find out as we look at the HIS iPower IceQ Turbo in single card and CrossFire configurations.



 
 
 
 
 
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HIS 7790 iCooler Turbo and CrossFire

The HIS 7790 iCooler Turbo comes with a custom cooler cooler and a factory overclock that reaches over 1GHz. It also qualifies for an AMD promotional offer that tosses in a free copy of Bioshock Infinite worth $60 into the package. That sounds like an excellent deal, even if the performance isn't terribly groundshaking as a more budget-oriented card. But as an added bonus, we're also looking at a pair of these in a CrossFire configuration.



 
 
 
 
 
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Cooler Master CM Storm Scout 2 – Advance Chassis

Roughly six months ago, Cooler Master introduced the new Cooler Master CM Storm Scout 2 to the world. This was a revision of its previous model, the Scout I. The Storm Scout 2 was well received and even earned a PureOC Good Hardware Award from us. Even though the initial release of the Scout 2 went well, Cooler Master still likes to listen to consumers and the PC modding community, just to improve things further. They took feedback from a number of online forums and from reviews like ours just to take the next iteration of the lineup to the next level. Today we have their newest revision - The Cooler Master CM Storm Scout 2 Advance. The new Scout 2 Advance series chassis now comes with several design enhancements, and even includes a new color called "Ghost White." Let's dive in to take a deeper look at these changes and see how they improved upon the previous chassis.



 
 
 
 
 
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ASRock 990FX Extreme 9 Motherboard Review

When it comes to looking for an AMD motherboard with the 990FX chipset, there are few new options right now. The 990FX chipset from AMD has been around for more then a few years now and we have recently only seen manufacturers doing revisions to the existing chipset boards. We are unsure on when the launch of a possible new chipset will be for AMD so for now it looks like it will remain at the top. Today we will take a look at one of the newest of these current top-tier motherboards, the ASRock 990FX Extreme 9. ASRock's previous top motherboard was the Fatal1ty 990FX Professional. How will this board stack up with today's new FX series processors and the piledriver architecture? We will put that to the test.



 
 
 
 
 
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Gigabyte Z77-HD4 Motherboard Review

With its 3rd Generation Intel processors now on most stores shelves, its only time that all the manufactures start to phase out the old and introduce the new. Today's we are going to look at a great budget friendly motherboard from Gigabyte the Z77-HD4 that will bring to the table the affordability along with its performance standard we have come to know. When it comes to building a PC one of the most vital parts of the system is the motherboard. So if you are building a high end gaming system to your budget friendly internet surfer or your primary work station, its important to keep in mind that you want to find the motherboard that will fit your needs. The question that most have is, how will this motherboard perform? how is the reliability? does it have what I need? how is the future proofing? but before we dive into this review and help you answer some of those questions lets start by taking a look at Gigabyte as a company.



 
 
 
 
 
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ECS A85F2-A Golden Motherboard Review

With the release of AMD's Trinity APU, we are starting to see more and more manufacturers releasing this new FM2 Socket series of motherboards. If you are not familiar with AMD's APU systems, it's a processor that has an on-die graphics processing unit embedded into the CPU. AMD started its APU line just over a year ago with the Zacate series processors which carried the FM1 Socket. AMD released this as their "Fusion" technology, which is designed to combine the CPU with the raw processing power of on-die graphics at an affordable price-point. AMD recently took this "Fusion" technology a little further with its recent release of Trinity, and incorporated its new processing architecture of Piledriver to the new FM2 Socket series chips. In fact, today we will be using the AMD Trinity A10-5800k that offers this new architecture, and takes its graphics processing power to the next level with the on-die 7660D graphics. When it comes to using this new processing power, it's also important to choose the right motherboard that fits the bill. The APU line of motherboards were designed to be affordable, but also offer high performance standards. Today we are going to be looking at a new motherboard from ECS: the A85F2-A Golden Motherboard. This motherboard will follow its A85X (hudson D4) chipset. ECS doesn't call this board the "Golden" board for no reason, and, as we take a closer look, you will see why.



 
 
 
 
 
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Combo Review: AMD “Vishera” FX-8350 & ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z ROG

We have a combo review for you today. We are bringing you a full review of AMD's new FX-8350 series CPU, a.k.a. the "Vishera." In order to do that, we wanted just the right motherboard, and Asus happens to have the new Crosshair V Formula-Z ROG ready to step in. This gives us a chance to test the mettle of two top of the line products at once. Will it be a match made in heaven? We shall soon see. AMD first released its FX series chips last year with the FX "Bulldozer" series. Some of us were not too happy with the chip, because the performance did not live up to expectations. Despite (and because of) that hiccup, we are very excited to see what their "new tech" can bring to the table. Today we are going to look at the new FX-8350 series chip, code-named "Vishera," to see what it can do. AMD has reported that the new line of FX series chips will bring a 15% increase in performance from the previous series. We look forward to putting this claim to the test. The new line of FX-8350 series chip is made to compete with its rival, the Intel Core i5 3570k. Our intention is to show you how it stacks up against just that, and who is still wearing the performance crown at the end.



 
 
 
 
 
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PowerColor Devil 13 HD 7990

While it's no secret that AMD doesn't officially have a dual-GPU card in its lineup, PowerColor has bucked the trend and blazed a new trail here with their own design for the 7990. This Limited Edition Devil 13 certainly looks monstrous, and it's got an accessory package second to none, but it also comes with a stratospheric price tag of about $1000 that will target all but the most diehard and well-heeled. Let's dive in and take a closer look at the PowerColor Devil 13 HD 7990 and see how it fares against Nvidia's dual GPU offering. Click through for more.





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