Motherboards / Chipsets Reviews

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    GIGABYTE Z270X Gaming 7 LGA 1151 Motherboard Review

    By Daniel Dobrowolski   January 03, 2017

    GIGABYTE’s Z270X based offerings feel like slightly modified clones of the Z170X line. But hey there are tons of pretty lights on these! In all seriousness, the Z270 chipset based offerings are far more of an evolution than a revolution. That said, GIGABYTE has made improvements that are certainly worth checking out.

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    GIGABYTE X99 Phoenix SLI Motherboard Review

    By Daniel Dobrowolski   September 14, 2016

    GIGABYTE’s X99 Phoenix SLI is another entry into the G1 Gaming lineup. While there is little to nothing that’s truly unique about the feature set, the combination of features and unique aesthetics are hard to argue with. The X99 Phoenix SLI offers good features and stellar looks at a reasonable price point.

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    GIGABYTE Z170X Designare LGA1151 Motherboard Review

    By Daniel Dobrowolski   August 29, 2016

    GIGABYTE has continually impressed us with its offerings as of late. GIGABYTE’s Z170X Designare is poised to continue that trend and add another motherboard to the budding Designare legacy. We are still not fully sure of what exactly "Designare" actually is, but at this point, we see it as GIGABYTE building a solid new brand.

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    ASUS Rampage V Extreme 10 Motherboard Review

    By Daniel Dobrowolski   August 17, 2016

    ASUS celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Republic of Gamers brand in style with the new Rampage V Extreme 10! To properly commemorate its decade of innovation, this motherboard needs to be nothing short of the best motherboard ASUS has ever built and a worthy successor to the Rampage name.



    By Daniel Dobrowolski   August 10, 2016

    MSI’s X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM is a mouthful, but the XPOWER series has been a favorite of ours here at HardOCP for years now. The latest X99 iteration has much to prove. Is the X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM another pretty face, or is it a fitting addition to the venerable XPOWER line?

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    GIGABYTE X99 Designare EX LGA2011-v3 Review

    By Daniel Dobrowolski   July 12, 2016

    I have no idea what "Designare" means but it sounds fancy. Come to think of it the X99 Designare EX is pretty fancy. It comes complete with ambient lighting, tons of storage and networking features, 3-Way SLI support and a ton of other stuff. The X99 Designare EX also has quite the price tag to go with it.

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    ASUS ROG X99 STRIX GAMING LGA 2011-v3 Review

    By Daniel Dobrowolski   July 05, 2016

    ASUS’ ROG X99 STRIX GAMING motherboard adds a bit of bling to the ROG line and much needed fresh blood that comes with some cool features and a much lower price point than other ROG X99 chipset offerings. And it has all the pretty lights in any color you want, if that is your thing.


    MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon Broadwell-E Motherboard

    By Daniel Dobrowolski   May 31, 2016

    MSI’s X99 refresh is here in time for Intel’s new Broadwell-E processors! We put the new processor through its paces and our MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon was the lucky winner that we chose to torture in order to determine it’s "Broadwell-E readiness." Our time with the X99A Gaming Pro Carbon was filled with many surprises.


    GIGABYTE X99P-SLI LGA 2011v3 Motherboard Review

    By Daniel Dobrowolski   May 03, 2016

    GIGABYTE has put out a refreshed X99 motherboard offering an updated USB 3.1 controller and Thunderbolt compatibility. While Skylake is the new hotness and comprises the bulk of Intel’s current mainstream lineup, the HEDT segment remains popular and many consider a 5820K and X99 build a viable alternative to Skylake and Z170.


    GIGABYTE Z170X Gaming 6 LGA 1151 Motherboard Review

    By Daniel Dobrowolski   April 06, 2016

    GIGABYTE is back with its $165 Z170X Gaming 6 motherboard today. It’s a full featured motherboard that won’t break the bank and has a lot to offer. While many enthusiasts need what is considered high end, there are a lot of enthusiasts just looking for something that will get the job done with a few extra bells and whistles.

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    Maximus VIII Formula LGA 1151 Motherboard Review

    By Daniel Dobrowolski   March 15, 2016

    ASUS' Maximus VIII Formula is quite possibly one of the most amazing enthusiast motherboards we've ever reviewed; on paper at least. Where the rubber meets the road things are often quite different. At a price of nearly $400, ASUS can't afford any mistakes. We take the Maximus VIII Formula for a test drive and it was a hell of a ride.

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    ASUS Maximus VIII Gene LGA 1151 Motherboard Review

    By Daniel Dobrowolski   March 01, 2016

    ASUS’ Maximus VIII Gene is the latest in a long line of mATX powerhouses from ASUS’ Republic of Gamers brand. This motherboard is poised to offer an amazing feature set, class leading overclocking, and stability in a compact package. We’ve had great experiences with motherboards in the Gene line, so our expectations are high.