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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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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7 Motherboard Halloween Review

Introduction Halloween is coming soon and the eerie light of the moon shines down upon the tech-world. The sounds of howling wolves fill the air. Children dance in the pumpkin patch, and everyone is anxious to go trick or treating. Even the computer enthusiasts are hoping for a special treat. What better treat could there be than a really special motherboard? That’s exactly what we have today. Halloween is bearing down on us, and we have a special treat review in store today. Gigabyte has released their newest motherboard named the GA-Z77X-UP7, and by the look of things, they have brought some real cool Halloween colors into the mix. Is this a coincidence? Probably. However, we certainly appreciate the synergy. Regardless of the season, this new look is great, and the features of the board are massive, so let’s see what it can do!   IvyBridge is here for the interim. SandyBridge is being phased out and Haswell is due sometime next year. Those looking into new technology have a boatload of choices, and we have been seeing all motherboard manufacturers introduce some really “kick ass” product lately. Even though market conditions are still relatively slow, companies like Gigabyte have a full line of Z77 motherboards to choose from. So, which one will fit the bill for a top tier system? Perhaps Gigabyte will be able to take a nice chunk of the marketshare with products like this uniquely designed GA-Z77X-UP7. Enough with the hype. Let’s ...



 
 
 
 
 
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MSI Z77 MPOWER

In the past few years, we have seen the motherboard competition heat up. Asus, Gigabyte and ASRock are the leaders in marketshare but we have seen others step up their game lately, especially in their Z77 products. Names like MSI, Biostar and EliteGroup are also highly recognized names in the industry. Recently we have heard rumors that Asus may purchase ASRock, thus improving their marketshare through acquisition. Of course, the other industry leaders aren't going to just let Asus take all the pie. Today we get to take a look at the MSI Z77 MPower, and determine just how much more competitive they have become to reduce the potential dominance of an Asus-ASRock team-up. Last June, we reviewed MSI's Z77-GD65 and Z77-GD55. Both motherboards shined in performance, overclocking and value, showing they can hang with the big boys. Both motherboards overclocked as well as, if not better, than any of the higher-end boards. If you think MSI is going to stay quiet about the potential industry shake up, think twice. With MSI's progression, we can easily see them filling the number 3 spot provided the aqusition goes through. If if doesn't, MSI is still on the rise giving the other big boys a run for their money.



 
 
 
 
 
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Kingston HyperX Predator – 8GB Kit (2x4GB) – DDR3 2666MHz CL11 DIMM

Memory's importance has taken on a new meaning with both SandyBridge and IvyBridge. The extra lanes of the re-worked IMC (Internal Memory Controller) on Ivy plus motherboards pampers your hardware with more bandwidth bringing overall performance to a different level. We have seen a slew of memory lately from multiple manufacturers with frequencies hitting all time highs of 2400MHz and more. The competition in the memory sector also remains at an all time high. Name brands such as Kingston, G.Skill, Crucial, and Corsair are still the major players. Of these brands, Pure Overclock has always turned to Kingston memory in situations where compatability is an issue with a new motherboard product. You cannot go wrong when inserting Kingston's HyperX modules into a new board with a fresh BIOS. Their reliable HyperX branding has been a mainstay in the industry for sometime now. Today, Kingston has a change of pace for you memory junkies. Their newest HyperX Predator series has a re-designed heat spreader plus a 2666MHz frequency rating, which should pack a serious punch for those looking add some serious bandwidth to their SandyBridge and IvyBridge systems. Let's get the new Kingston HyperX 2666MHz Predator modules to the lab and see what kind of "horsepower" they add.



 
 
 
 
 
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ASRock Z77 OC Formula Motherboard Review

Industry leading companies are not just born. They take time to mature, and as they evolve they slowly rise to the top. Take some of the auto manufacturers like Honda or even more currently, Hyundai, as an example. When both companies were in their infancy, they made rather mediocre looking products, yet they represented a great bang for your buck at the time. Today, Honda is now an industry leader and Hyundai manufactures some really great looking quality products. In relation, ASRock developed their company with a much similiar strategy. Only a few years back, many looked only at Asus and Gigabyte to fill their technological needs, and dismissed ASRock as a secondary company. ASRock made a very good product but they just lacked the marketing hype and reputation. They were missing that extra "thump." Over the past few years, ASRock has changed the game and is now considered by many to be one of the "Big Three" motherboard companies. In this time frame, Pure Overclock watched ASRock's products and company evolve. Not only have the aesthetics changed from yesteryear, but the quality of the components and overall package has also improved. Now, ASRock brings cutting edge & very innovative features as we recently saw with the X79 Extreme 11. Simply said, ASRock's products are now outstanding.



 
 
 
 
 
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ASUS Maximus V GENE Micro ATX Z77 Gaming Motherboard

Ivy Bridge is in full swing since its introduction months ago, and Ivy Bridge's older brother, Sandy Bridge, will be phased out of Intel's line-up in the Fall of 2012. The best part of Ivy Bridge is a much more energy efficient processor design, and the only downside is some incresed heat. Ivy Bridge brings a performance boost over Sandy Bridge by shrinking the die to 22nm and increasing the transistor density with Intel's new 3D Tri-Gate Transistors. This keeps Intel's Tick Tock strategy rolling along.

ASUS introduced their Z77 motherboards with the P8 series and we have to say, the P8Z77-V Deluxe and Pro we reviewed, are another example of ASUS staying on top of the industry. These boards have some of the most creative and innovative features we have seen in some time. At that time, ASUS did not have any Republic of Gamer (ROG) motherboards ready to rock for the enthusiasts. But, just when you thought things were cooling off, ASUS heats things back up with the Z77 Maximus series. The Maximus series is available in the Gene, Formula and Extreme varieties, giving ASUS a "good / better / best" product lineup of choices for the gaming enthusiast.

Will it live up to The Republic of Gamers tradition? Let's dive in and see. Click through for the full review.




 
 
 
 
 
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Sapphire PURE Platinum Z77/K

The battle for Z77 motherboards is very hot as of late. We have tested a slew of them and have seen more creative innovation than ever before. ASUS and Gigabyte tend to be the leaders when it comes to new products, but we have seen companies like MSI, Biostar and Elite Group step up their game in both aesthetics and features. Today we have a Sapphire Z77-based board on the bench, and will see how it competes with these others. Intel recently released Ivy Bridge and it seems to finally be proliferating retailer’s shelves. For those not familiar with Ivy Bridge, it is Intel’s next generation processor spawned from Sandy Bridge. Intel’s Tick Tock strategy brought new architecture with Sandy Bridge (Tock) and Ivy Bridge (Tick) brings a die shrink to 22nm with increased transistors. The new transistors called Tri-Gate 3D bring more efficiency with less voltage, but they do run much hotter than Ivy’s older brother Sandy. We have the new Sapphire Z77/K Motherboard in for testing, and it looks like it might be a great over-clocker at an affordable price. Click the link to find out more.



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