Gigabyte G1.Assassin 2

GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2 @ TechGage

“If you’re a gamer looking to build a high-end multi-GPU PC, GIGABYTE’s X79 G1.Assassin 2 deserves a look. Built from the ground up for gamers, it features onboard Creative X-Fi audio and Killer NIC solutions, supports three GPUs, has a proper EFI and sports aesthetics that perfectly complement the goals of the board.”

Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3

Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 @ eTeknix

“All in all, I can honestly say that the G1.Sniper M3 has managed to carry on the G1 series legacy, if not improving it slightly along the way. Micro-ATX versions of high-end boards are always going to be hit or miss, and Gigabyte have clearly done their research and developed a winner here, and that’s why it deserves none other than our Editor’s Choice Award.”


ASRock Z77E-ITX @ Hardware Secrets

“In addition, the ASRock Z77E-ITX supports the Virtu Universal MVP, which allows you to combine the performance of the integrated graphics processor available in the CPU with the performance of any video card installed. This is similar to what occurs with the Hybrid SLI and ATI Hybrid Graphics technologies, with the notable difference of not being limited to GPUs from a specific manufacturer.”


MSI Z77A-GD80 @ TBreak

“The MSI Z77A-GD80 is the highest-end Z77 based motherboard available from MSI right now. While their Z77A-GD55 was a pretty decent board in itself, it doesn’t hurt to have some extra bells & whistles on a motherboard you’re planning to keep for a couple of years.”

Intel D2500HN and Intel DN2800MT

Intel D2500HN and Intel DN2800MT @ X-Bit Labs

“It is no blitzkrieg, though. The announcement of the Cedar Trail platform and Cedarview CPUs was postponed a few times and only occurred at the end of the last year in a very clumsy way. The actual hardware didn’t make it to shops right away due to significant driver flaws.”

ASRock Z77 Extreme6

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 @ Techware Labs

“A few gripes here: the number of available USB 2.0 ports is somewhat low; one pair on the back I/O panel plus two headers for a total of six ports available. The USB 3.0 ports are similarly numbered, though four of them are present on the back I/O panel.”

ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe and Pro

ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe and Pro @ PureOC

“Today, we have a double whammie review in store with two new ASUS Z77 offerings, named the P8Z77-V Deluxe and the P8Z77-V Pro. ASUS takes things to the next level here and their features have many added nuances most do not recognize, so open a nice cold frosty beverage, kick back while we get both of these handsome boards to the lab and see how they handle Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processors.”

Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H WiFi

Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H WiFi @ TechPowerUp

“The Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H WiFi is a full ATX product straight out of Gigabyte’s enthusiast-class of board products, featuring not only a new AMI UEFI BIOS implementation, but also an add-in Bluetooth and WiFi card, and is sure to meet the needs of nearly any user.”

ASRock X79 Fatal1ty Champion

ASRock X79 Fatal1ty Champion @ Hardware Secrets

“The newly released X79 Fatal1ty Champion is the most high-end motherboard from ASRock for the LGA2011 platform. It comes with five PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, six SATA-600 ports, 12 USB 3.0 ports, an on-board, professional-grade sound controller (Creative Sound Core3D), two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and more.”

Biostar TA990FXE

Biostar TA990FXE @ PCStats

“The AMD 990FX chipset has been out for a while now, yet Biostar’s TA990FXE motherboard still gets you in the game with plenty of PCI Express lanes for Crossfire/SLI, and more SATA III connectivity than rival Intel’s Z77 platform. What’s not to like about all that? Let’s dive in, take a close look at the Biostar TA990FXE board, overclock it and run a few pages worth of benchmarks through it’s copper traces…”