Motherboards

One of the biggest names on the extreme overclocking scene is Vince 'K|NGP|N' Lucido, who is highly regarded as one of the best sub-zero overclockers. He is a longtime employee of EVGA, and collaborates exclusively with its hardware team to develop unique overclocking-centric hardware. The latest collaboration is the EVGA Z490 Dark K|NGP|N - a limited edition motherboard with an 18-phase power delivery designed for overclocking. There is also more conventional features such as two PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots, eight SATA ports, U.2 port, with a 2.5 G Ethernet controller and Wi-Fi 6. One of the most interesting elements on the EVGA Z490 Dark is its unconventional desktop design, with just two memory slots mounted horizontally across the top, just above the transposed LGA1200...

ASRock B550 Taichi Review: The $300 B550 Motherboard with Chutzpah

Outside of its Aqua series of motherboards, which come with exquisitely crafted monoblocks, ASRock's Taichi brand has been a critical part of the company's offerings in the land of...

64 by Gavin Bonshor on 8/21/2020

AMD Releases the A520 Chipset: For Ryzen on a Budget

AMD has officially lifted the lid on its latest entry-level chipset designed for its Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 and 4000 processors, the A520 chipset. Following AMD's mid-tier B550 chipset...

42 by Gavin Bonshor on 8/18/2020

The Z490 Mini-ITX Showdown: GIGABYTE's Z490I Aorus Ultra and MSI's MEG Z490I Unify Reviewed

The mini-ITX form factor is as popular as ever, with a handful of options already available for Intel's new LGA1200 socket. Over the years motherboard vendors have been perfecting...

22 by Gavin Bonshor on 8/4/2020

GIGABYTE's New Z490 Aorus Master WaterForce Combo with Bundled 360mm AIO

Up until now, GIGABYTE has reserved the monoblock clad WaterForce series for its flagship Aorus Xtreme models. In an interesting move to further enhance the performance of the Intel...

8 by Gavin Bonshor on 8/3/2020

The ASUS ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi Motherboard Review: Premium Value

Motherboards based on AMD's B550 chipset have exploded onto the scene. Despite B550 being a cost-down version of X570 for the budget market, motherboard manufacturers have gone a little...

39 by Gavin Bonshor on 7/22/2020

Best Intel Motherboards: July 2020

There's no disputing that Intel had a quiet first half of the year, with not much cadence in its product releases, aside from Comet Lake and its associated Z490...

33 by Gavin Bonshor on 7/10/2020

Colorful Announces Two sub-$130 micro-ATX B550 Motherboards

With AMD's B550 models now on the shelves, a lot of focus around its launch was based on pricing - or rather the lack of very low-cost entry-level models. The...

50 by Gavin Bonshor on 7/9/2020

ASUS ROG Maximus XII Apex Now Available

Back in April, Intel released its Z490 chipset for its 10th generation Comet Lake processors with a choice of over 44 models for users to select from. One of...

17 by Gavin Bonshor on 7/1/2020

Best AMD Motherboards: July 2020

The second quarter of 2020 has been nothing short of busy with copious of chipset launches. We've had Z490 from Intel, and the long-anticipated debut of AMD's budget-focused B550...

57 by Gavin Bonshor on 7/1/2020

The Intel W480 Motherboard Overview: LGA1200 For Xeon W-1200

During Intel's unveiling of the Z490 chipset and Intel Core 10th generation Comet Lake processors, Intel also announced its series of Xeon W-1200 processors. To accompany this announcement, without...

35 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/24/2020

The AMD B550 Motherboard Overview: ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI, ASRock, and Others

AMD’s budget motherboard range is often at times more successful than the bigger, full fat versions. Users have in the past got almost all of the same chipset features...

95 by Dr. Ian Cutress & Gavin Bonshor on 6/16/2020

ASUS ROG Maximus XII Hero Wi-Fi Review: The Tale of Two Motherboards

Some of the recent discussions around motherboard design are whether the motherboard manufacturers are actually adhering to the CPU vendor specifications. If a motherboard manufacturer improves the base power...

26 by Dr. Ian Cutress & Gavin Bonshor on 6/11/2020

ASRock Rack Offers Rome mATX Motherboard with only 6 Memory Channels

One of the items that makes a motherboard immediately standout is the amount of memory slots it has. For mainstream platforms, having two or four memory slots, for dual...

28 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/8/2020

GIGABYTE Announces Z490 Aorus Ultra G2 Motherboard, with G2 Esports Tie-In

Collaborations between hardware vendors and Esports teams isn't a new thing, but it is becoming an apparent and common trend within the industry. GIGABYTE and G2 Esports has announced...

9 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/5/2020

The Biostar Racing Z490GTN Review: $200 for Comet Lake mini-ITX

Small form factor boards are always a key talking point for any desktop market. The usual breakdown on Mini-ITX sales for any given generation is usually around 10%, and...

38 by Dr. Ian Cutress & Gavin Bonshor on 6/5/2020

MSI MPG Z490 Carbon EK X: LGA1200 Motherboard with an EKWB Monoblock

In one of the coolest collaborations of the year so far, MSI and EK Water Blocks have come together to create a new Z490 motherboard, the MSI MPG Z490...

18 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/3/2020

Biostar's Two New H410 Motherboards: H410MHG and H410MH

Not only did Intel unveil its Z490 motherboard chipset for Intel's 10th generation desktop processors, but it also announced its more budget-friendly chipsets. Biostar has announced two new micro-ATX...

26 by Gavin Bonshor on 5/29/2020

The ASRock Z490 Taichi Motherboard Review: Punching LGA1200 Into Life

In our first Intel Z490 motherboard review, the ASRock Z490 Taichi takes center stage. With its recognizable Taichi clockwork inspired design, a 12+2 power delivery, three PCIe 3.0 x4...

63 by Gavin Bonshor on 5/27/2020

AMD's B550 Motherboards Start Appearing Online

Today is the next stage of the AMD AM4 B550 motherboard rollout: numerous vendors have started listing its models in place of an expected launch on June 16th. One...

51 by Gavin Bonshor on 5/21/2020

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