ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark S Preview : Sabranco arrives

Sabertooth range has been one of ASUS’ most distinguishable SKUs, with the TUF thermal armor covering the PCB creating separate heat zones, and covers for pretty much every slot/port. The military themed design has caught quite a drift amongst system builders and ASUS has continued expanding the SKU (Micro ATX version, dubbed Gryphon debuted with Haswell). We first saw the Mark S back at Computex, and immediately liked the aesthetics. There is an increasing demand in the PC modding community for white components, and we have seen products like Galaxy…

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ASUS Maximux VII Impact Preview

Mini-ITX and ROG – this is what the Impact SKU stands for. One of the newest entrants to the game, this little board aims high: how much can a user get in a mini-ITX board? The Maximus VII Impact is based on Intel’s Devil’s Canyon platform which is essentially a refresh for Haswell. The essential design has not changed. We still get the vertically soldered VRM daughterboard, separate daughterboards for SupremeFX Audio and MPCIe combo (802.11ac WiFi/BT module running off an M.2 socket 3 slot), and impact control – which…

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TechARX Tech Report : Asus Crossblade Ranger

Asus Crossblade Ranger Review Off late, while other manufacturers have produced gaming-centric boards for AMD platform, ASUS has mostly shied away. The Crosshair V Formula Z came out over a year ago, and since then ROG on AMD has been a no-show. Until now. In this year’s Computex ASUS announced the Crossblade Ranger, a ROG motherboard based on the FM2+ platform and A88X chipset. The Ranger moniker is entirely new to the ROG line, introduced first with Intel’s latest Z97/Devil’s Canyon platform, and basically is an entry level offering with…

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TechArx Test Report : GIGABYTE F2A88X-UP4

Editors Note : Sometimes, surfing through a huge review may not be what someone is looking for. At times, you just want jump into the performance numbers to compare the hardware component to what you have in mind or installed in your system. Keeping those people in mind, we are introducing a new series called Test Report – where we will give you brief descriptions about a product before jumping into test results. Think of this as an extended preview with test data thrown into the mix to give you…

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GA-Z97X-UD5H BK Review: Black Edition goes mainstream

The term Black Edition is relative. For some manufacturers the Black Edition represents the crème-de-la-crème of their product range, a limited edition existence filled with premium features. For GIGABYTE, the Black Edition moniker represents rigorous stress testing done for a week (168 hours). This extreme level of full system testing ensures that each motherboard retain the same quality. More often than not, one expects this level of testing to be present in flagship boards, but with GA-Z97X-UD5H BK, GIGABYTE is aiming for a double whammy: give a mainstream board the…

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Asus X99 Deluxe Review

Introduction : Intel X99 Chipset This was coming. With the launch of Sandy Bridge-E, Intel had segregated the consumer and the enthusiast market, with their H/B/Z* chipsets catering to the former, and the X* chipsets directed towards the latter. In the following years, we saw the consumer platform refreshed thrice (in reality 2.5 times, since Devil’s Canyon is basically a Haswell refresh), while the enthusiast market only went through one. Ivy Bridge-E wasn’t a massive overhaul, and unlike the consumer side of things Intel did not bring a new chipset…

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Asus B85 PRO Gamer Review

  [nextpage title=”Introduction” ] Asus is well know for making high end quality motherboard, with a high focus on gamers and overclockers and is best know for there ROG line of motherboard But today we are looking at Asus B85 PRO GAMER with promise of performance and quality features for gaming as there ROG line motherboards.   Size ATX CPU Interface Intel® Socket 1150 for the 5th/New 4th/4th Generation Core™ i7/ Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors Supports Intel® 22 Chipset Build in Intel® B85 Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3…

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