Motherboards

Getting the most out of Intel's Core i9-11900K primarily relies on two main factors: premium cooling for the chip itself, and a solid motherboard acting as the foundation. And while motherboard manufacturers such as EVGA can't do anything about the former, they have quite a bit of experience with the latter. Today we're taking a look at EVGA's Z590 Dark motherboard, which is putting EVGA's experience to the test as one of a small handful of LGA1200 motherboards geared for extreme overclocking. A niche market within a niche market, few people really have the need (or the means) to overclock a processor within an inch of its life. But for those that do, EVGA has developed a well-earned reputation with its Dark series boards for...

ASUS Bundles MemTest86 With its ROG Z590 Firmware

Back at the all-digital CES 2021 trade show, ASUS and the other big motherboard vendors announced its Z590 models designed for Intel's LGA1200 processors. With many of the models...

14 by Gavin Bonshor on 2/1/2021

The MSI Z590 Godlike, Comparing it to the Z490 Godlike

One of MSI's most prominent motherboard ranges is its Godlike series, set as the premium model no matter which platform it is aimed at. As Intel has recently launched...

24 by Gavin Bonshor on 2/1/2021

Hands-On with the ASUS Pro WS WRX80E-SAGE SE WiFi

One of the criticisms levied at AMD last year was that it released its new Threadripper Pro platform in September but it was vendor-locked at the time to the...

48 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/29/2021

The ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming Motherboard Review

AMD's AM4 socket has been consistent throughout the entirety of its Ryzen processor's lifespan, and the latest Zen 3 processors are best suited for the X570 range of motherboards...

46 by Gavin Bonshor on 1/25/2021

ASUS Pro WS WRX80E-SAGE SE WIFI Announced: A Motherboard for AMD Threadripper Pro

In the world of crazy motherboard names, I think ASUS might have won with this one. The new ASUS Pro WS WRX80E-SAGE SE WIFI is a motherboard built for...

34 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/22/2021

The Intel Z590 Motherboard Overview: 50+ Motherboards Detailed

At the start of 2021, Intel has unveiled its latest desktop platform, designed primarily for its Rocket Lake 11th generation processors. Intel is officially moving to PCIe 4.0, with...

88 by Gavin Bonshor on 1/19/2021

AMD Opens Up Threadripper Pro: Three New WRX80 Motherboards

Stepping out of its supposed 'exclusivity deal' with Lenovo, who had the first rights to Threadripper Pro in the ThinkStation P620, motherboard vendors have started showing off some of...

27 by Gavin Bonshor on 1/12/2021

GIGABYTE Z490 Aorus Master Motherboard Review: Clawing at the Competition

Throughout the majority of 2020, we saw an escalating war between AMD and Intel battling for supremacy in the desktop CPU market, which is an obvious win for the...

18 by Gavin Bonshor on 1/7/2021

Intel Begins End-of-Life Plan For Coffee Lake 300-Series Chipsets

Intel has begun plans to discontinue its 300-series chipsets, including the higher-end Z390, Z370 chipsets, as well as its longer life B and H series chipsets. The 300-series chipsets...

22 by Gavin Bonshor on 1/5/2021

Cost Increases and Tariffs: ASUS to Increase MSRP on Graphics Cards and Motherboards

It is fairly easy to state that 2020 has had a deep effect on the supply chain mechanics of creating electronics and electronic components. Not only have there been...

21 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/5/2021

The ASRock Rack B550D4-4L, a B550 Motherboard with BMC

ASRock Rack, the professional arm of ASRock, has launched an interesting B550 model which is aimed at the server and workstation market, but uses the mid-range chipset. The ASRock...

10 by Gavin Bonshor on 1/4/2021

Supermicro C9Z490-PGW Motherboard Review: Comet Lake with 32 CPU PCIe Lanes

More widely known for its server-grade models, Supermicro always launches a small number of consumer motherboards, sometimes with some extra flair and hardware we don't see from the regular...

27 by Gavin Bonshor on 12/21/2020

Biostar Launches B550M-Silver: Micro-ATX with 2.5 GbE and Wi-Fi 6

Biostar has launched its latest AMD B550-based board, the B550M-Silver. Aimed at gamers looking to use AMD's latest Ryzen 5000 processors, it brings a host of premium features to...

39 by Gavin Bonshor on 12/14/2020

Supermicro X12SAE W480 Motherboard Review: For Xeon W-1200 Workstations

We have seen numerous Intel Z490 motherboards over the months since Intel's platform for Comet Lake was announced back in April. While the Z490 is designed for regular consumers...

57 by Gavin Bonshor on 12/11/2020

The GIGABYTE B550I Aorus Pro AX Motherboard Review: All The Small Things

Sometimes less is more, and when it comes to motherboards the mini-ITX form factor has some of the most enthusiastic fan club members. Small form factor systems are becoming...

75 by Gavin Bonshor on 12/7/2020

ASRock x Razer: New Razer Taichi Edition X570 and B550 AMD Motherboards

ASRock and Razer have today announced a product collaboration. Two of ASRock's premium models for AM4 are being updated with Razer styling and Razer Chroma connectivity: the X570 and...

31 by Gavin Bonshor on 11/30/2020

AMD EPYC Rome in (Deep) Mini-ITX? ASRock Rack's New ROMED4ID-2T

ASRock Rack has unveiled its latest small form factor motherboard designed for AMD's EYPC processors, the ROMED4ID-2T. It is based on a new proprietary form factor similar to Mini-ITX...

25 by Gavin Bonshor on 11/26/2020

ASRock First For B450 Ryzen 5000 Support: Beta BIOSes Now Available

One of the big unknowns for the newest AMD Ryzen 5000 processors is whether or not there will be support on all 400 series chipset-based motherboards. After initially saying...

25 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/19/2020

The NZXT N7 Z490 Motherboard Review: From A Different Direction

It's been nearly two years to the day since NZXT last released a motherboard, which was the Z370 N7. NZXT initially used ECS as its motherboard OEM, but has...

46 by Gavin Bonshor on 10/7/2020

ASRock Z490 Aqua Motherboard Review: The $1100 LC Monoblock Flagship

It is no secret that Intel's 10th generation processors are power-hungry. Intel has been squeezing every last drop of MHz out of the 14 nm process with its fastest...

50 by Gavin Bonshor on 10/2/2020

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