Motherboards

gigabyte-x299-aorus-gaming-3By David Mitchelson @ Vortez

In our first Intel X299 motherboard review we take a look at what GIGABYTE has to offer in the X299 AORUS Gaming 3 – which offers Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors a catalogue of enthusiast-grade features.

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msi-x299-gaming-pro-carbon-acBy Hilbert Hagedoorn @ Guru3D

We review the X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC motherboard from MSI. A motherboard with looks and many features on which to embark with that new Core X processor series. This motherboard is intended for Intel’s Skylake-X processors that will be released this summer based on Socket LGA2066, however, the motherboard also supports Kaby Lake-X procs in the form of the quad-core Core i7 7740K and Core i5 7640K.

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asus-rog-crosshair-vi-hero-ryzen-moboBy Daniel Dobrowolski @ HARDOCP

It’s been years since we’ve reviewed an ASUS ROG offering that was designed for AMD CPUs. That’s not to say that those haven’t existed, those just weren’t worth a look as the AMD side of things has not been compelling for the better part of the last decade. Thanks to AMD Ryzen, we have a reason to take the ASUS Crosshair VI Hero for a test drive and tell you how it fared in the tumultuous sea of AM4 motherboards.

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biostar-gaming-z270gt9-moboBy Thomas Soderstrom @ Tom’s Hardware

With a specifications sheet that reads like a geek’s wish list, Biostar’s Z270GT9 should be selling like hotcakes by now. Perhaps the reason we’re not hearing more from readers about this board is that many haven’t realized yet that the $330 version has a factory-installed 256GB Intel 600p M.2 SSD? Perhaps it’s because the $240 version (without SSD) never came to market? And if we simply subtract the price of the SSD from the price of the board, we’re left with a motherboard that costs less than its onboard 10Gb/s Ethernet solution. What a deal, right?

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asrock-fatal1ty-amd-x370-gaming-k4By Jacob Terkelsen @ Tom’s Hardware

With Ryzen forging its path, we’re starting to get a few more AM4 motherboards, which means that we can evolve from AMD 970 chipset comparisons to a more level competition. We caught some flak from readers regarding reference data, choice of GPU, and limited depth in our review of the ASRock X370 Taichi.

Next up: the ASRock X370 Gaming K4. It’s back to the Fatal1ty series and placing the focus back onto gaming.

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msi-x370-xpower-gaming-titaniumBy Peter Donnell @ eTeknix

Have you been enjoying the Ryzen launch so far? We know we have! Of course, what is the launch of a new CPU range and a new batch of chipsets without the motherboards to house them all! Today we kick things off with a look at the latest high-end gaming motherboard from MSI, the all-new MSI X350 XPOWER Gaming Titanium, which features all the flagship hardware you would expect, including all those lovely overclocking features that are supported on every Ryzen chip (although not every Ryzen motherboard).

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asrock-x370-taichiBy Jacob Terkelsen @ Tom’s Hardware

With the plethora of connectivity options enabled by X370, ASRock has taken the bull by the horns and given us a board that will become the centerpiece to any PC builder’s work of art. Reminiscent of our MSI 990FXA Gaming review back in 2016, the Taichi is a beauty. The matte black PCB, black and white color scheme, and steampunk-esque gear motif are jaw dropping. Everywhere I look on this motherboard I see polish, finesse, and thoughtful design.

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gigabyte-aorus-z270x-gaming-9By Daniel Dobrowolski @ HARDOCP

GIGABYTE is one of the most well-known and respected motherboard manufacturers in the industry today. Following suit with its competition, GIGABYTE has recently started its “Aorus” brand to target the gamers and some enthusiasts who can appreciate the gaming focused aesthetic qualities common to motherboards in that market. The Z270X Gaming 9 is part of the Aorus family, and it is the premiere LGA 1151 entry. Make no mistake about it, this is not positioned as a value motherboard. At the time of this writing this monster comes in at $499.99. There are a lot of reasons for this and in a sense, it is a value option because of all that comes with it, but its cost is no doubt at the very ceiling of what you’ll see in the “mainstream” gaming motherboard market. I’ll expand more on this point later, but I think a few of you will come to see this motherboard as a good deal if you planned on buying many of the devices included with the motherboard.

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asrock-z270-supercarrierBy Thomas Soderstrom @ Tom’s Hardware

We recently marveled at how one of ASRock’s competitors was able to pack a full array of enthusiast-class features into a board that was only slightly oversized, stating that fitting all of those components into a standard ATX motherboard would have required a miracle (or more PCB layers). The standard ATX, lower-priced Z270 SuperCarrier is even better-equipped in some ways, but is it the miracle we were looking for?

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gigabyte-aorus-z270x-gaming-5Author: Morry Teitelman @ PC Perspective

With the release of Intel Z270 chipset, GIGABYTE is unveiling its AORUS line of products. The AORUS branding will be used to differentiate enthusiast and gamer friendly products from their other product lines, similar to how ASUS uses the ROG branding to differentiate their high performance product line. The Z270X-Gaming 5 is among the first to be released as part of GIGABYTE’s AORUS line. The board features the black and white branding common to the AORUS product line, with the rear panel cover and chipset featuring the brand logos. The board is designed around the Intel Z270 chipset with in-built support for the latest Intel LGA1151 Kaby Lake processor line (as well as support for Skylake processors) and Dual Channel DDR4 memory running at a 2400MHz speed. The Z270X-Gaming 5 can be found in retail with an MSRP of $189.99.

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