GIGABYTE Aorus Gaming 7 WiFi AMD Ryzen Mobo Review

GIGABYTE is one of the world’s largest and most well-known manufacturers of computer components and motherboards. GIGABYTE was founded in 1986 and has grown into one of the most influential, successful, and well-known motherboard manufacturers in the world. GIGABYTE isn’t unique in this regard, as several of its competitors were founded around the same time. We have seen many motherboard makers come and go over the years, but three of the most successful motherboard manufacturers are the ones founded around this time. GIGABYTE is a bit of an odd duck. In my experience, GIGABYTE has often made some unusual choices regarding integrated features and motherboards, and even stranger choices regarding its aesthetic design for many of its products.  "


Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 15:00:54 UTC in Gigabyte by Wesslan

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z370N WIFI

Gigabyte Z370N WIFI review

In this review we test the petite Gigabyte Z370N WIFI motherboard, this Mini ITX Form Factor based measures just 17x17cm, yet is as fast as its bigger bethrens. We'll pair it with the new six-core Core i7 8700K. Will it perform as fast as the more expensive SKUs? Well, heck yeah. First a note, this review has been performed with the CPU bug patch, however, Gigabyte does not have its BIOSes updated. Performance might differ on CPU and more importantly, 4K NVMe SSD in the future. Yes, we test the new Coffee Lake platform. Coffee Lake is the 8th generation desktop processors from Intel, including the new mainstream six-core part. A product line that is the direct answer and effect from what AMD has been pursuing aggressively in the desktop processor channel. With this first 'mainstream' step from Intel, they will offer 6-core processors. These will need to be paired with a new motherboard chipset and thus motherboard, the Z370 based ranges.  "


Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 09:00:19 UTC in Gigabyte by Wesslan

MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC

The name of the MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC tells you a great deal about the features you get with this motherboard. Clearly the X399 chipset supports AMD Threadripper and the ‘Gaming Pro’ name suggests we’re not talking about a workstation product. You can see in our photos where the Carbon part enters the equation and the AC suffix refers to the 802.11ac Wi-Fi. You will need to watch the video to see just how much RGB lighting has been included. Spoiler alert – you get a lot. Honestly, MSI could have called this motherboard X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Mystic Light RGB.  "


Posted on Friday, December 08, 2017 @ 17:36:44 UTC in MSI by Wesslan

ASRock X299 Taichi XE Motherboard Review

X299 motherboard VRMs received bad press after investigative research by professional overclocker der8auer demonstrated a tendency for them to run uncomfortably hot with overclocked Skylake-X CPUs. So much so that ASRock has pushed out an enhanced version of its X299 Taichi motherboard, the X299 Taichi XE, even though its X299 Taichi had been highly praised for its VRM and not implicated in the X299 VRM “scandal”. A VRM cooling tweak is the primary change between the ASRock X299 Taichi and X299 Taichi XE. ASRock adds a second VRM heatsink at the rear I/O area and links the two with a heatpipe, the standard Taichi has a single aluminium heatsink for the VRMs and a plastic shroud at the rear I/O.  "


Posted on Saturday, December 02, 2017 @ 09:34:23 UTC in ASRock by Wesslan

Asus ROG Rampage VI Extreme review

We review the exquisite Asus ROG Rampage VI Extreme motherboard, yes, the Rampage is back. A lovely looking motherboard with dark theme offering nice features, design and of course performance. This X299 motherboard can house Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X processors. ROG Rampage VI Extreme has been fitted with an incredible advanced RGB LED design that defines its looks, it offers an embedded OLED screen where you can read out processor and board status, it comes with a DIMM.2 M.2 storage solution and, well, it probably is the most advanced and tweakable X299 motherboard that we have tested to date.  "


Posted on Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 17:23:48 UTC in ASUS by Wesslan

ASUS TUF Z370-Pro Gaming review

We review the new ASUS TUF Z370-Pro Gaming motherboard. At a price of €179, the newly designed TUF sits in the mainstream segment. It has the TUF styling, yet was made to be a bit more affordable. And that shows with its unusual yellow/orange striping. The motherboard has been fitted with the usual suspects, including a Gigabit based Ethernet jack and onboard you may house two M.2 SSDs. Fairly standard for Z370 sure, however, the Prime is about offering a nice in-between design, features, and performance. So let's test the new Coffee Lake platform.  "


Posted on Saturday, November 25, 2017 @ 18:08:24 UTC in ASUS by Wesslan

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z370N WiFi

Gigabyte Z370N WiFi

Intel's consumer CPU focus in the first half of 2017 has been on maximising the efficiency of its laptop chips. We can argue for this point because, lately, most of the firm's innovation has been centred on the U-series. Now offering four cores and eight threads hewn from the Kaby Lake architecture, these 15W silicon supremos put desktop efficiency to shame. The enthusiast and DIY market has had something to shout about at last, though. You see, the chip giant debuted 8th Generation Core Coffee Lake-based chips just last month, packing up to six cores and 12 threads at similar thermal and wattage levels as the previous generation. But getting your hands on such a platform also requires investing in a Z370 chipset motherboard, meaning it's a clean break, as the 7th Generation Core processors won't work in the new platform.  "


Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 09:52:37 UTC in Gigabyte by Wesslan

ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero Motherboard Review

"  AMD’s Ryzen platform was one of the most highly anticipated launches in recent years, with everyone from industry insiders and media, to overclocking champions and gamers just waiting to see how these new multi-core processors performed. And while there have been some ups and downs along the way, many consider Ryzen to be a success. And while much of the hype and scrutiny surrounding this launch was aimed at AMD, many motherboard and peripheral vendors were also on the hook to deliver quality components to pair up with these new CPUs. ASUS is no stranger to us here at Bjorn3D, and they were kind enough to supply their flagship Ryzen motherboard, the ROG Crosshair VI Hero, for review. Seen by many as one of the premier motherboards available at launch, the ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero experienced demands not often seen. With ours in hand, lets take a look at this feature-packed motherboard.  "


Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 16:19:54 UTC in ASUS by Wesslan

GIGABYTE Aorus AX370-Gaming 5 Review

Today we are having a look at a LED-laden, gaming-focused, ATX motherboard from GIGABYTE: the Aorus AX370-Gaming 5. If a user wants LEDs for Ryzen at under $200, here is one of the primary contenders. Being part of GIGABYTE's gaming product line means we get SLI support, and GIGABYTE is using a gaming-focused network controller (one of two) and some overclocking options for the processor. The interesting part of this board, however, is the use of dual audio codecs: one for the rear panel and one for the front panel. To physically do this requires a couple of compromises, so we have put the board through its paces to see if it is worth buying.  "


Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 19:12:20 UTC in Gigabyte by Wesslan

Gigabyte X399 DESIGNARE EX review

For this review, we take the 16-cores Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and pair it with that all new Gigabyte X399 DESIGNARE EX. A board that is unique in its design and looks, hence that name. The motherboard was released a few days ago for the TR4 platform. Threadripper processors do not only offer many CPU cores and threads, they also offer quad channel memory compatibility as well as 64 PCI-Express Generation 3.0 lanes on the processor alone. That last fact opens up a tremendous amount of possibilities for any motherboard manufacturer, as restrictions are lifted since there is plenty of bandwidth to work with. Well, leave it up-to Gigabyte to design something intricate and tasteful, they designed a motherboard that is going completely off the chart when we talk features. Triple M2 SSDs (full x4 PCIe Gen 3), a U2 connector, how about eight DIMM channels.  "


Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 17:30:48 UTC in Gigabyte by Wesslan

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