ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6

ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 @ Anandtech

“Unlike some other boards, this ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 uses slightly thinner IO designs in order to fit in a ClearCMOS button.  The downside of this is that for the USB 3.0 slots on the left, any large and bulky USB devices may not fit properly if a DVI-D cable is being used at the same time.  We have seen this before on other ASRock models.”


MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 @ Anandtech

“Given that the MSI logo is blue, blue is bound to feature, and the FM2-A85XA-G65 takes the black and blue very seriously, with everything except the SATA ports using this color scheme – it goes fairly well given the relatively tidy PCB not being covered in silver transistors or traces like some other manufacturers’ products.”

Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4

Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 @ Anandtech

“For $130 the Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 is pushing the upper limits in terms of Trinity motherboard pricing, but with the PowIRStage IR3550s being used to increase stability while decreasing power dissipation, it is clear to see why.”

MSI “Big Bang” Z77 MPOWER

MSI “Big Bang” Z77 MPOWER @ Au-Ja!

“MSI launched another “Big Bang” mainboard, this time for Intel’s socket LGA1155 using the Z77 chipset. The Z77 MPOWER offers a clean layout, support for three videocards (CrossFire / SLI), eight USB 3.0 ports, WiFi (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) and Bluetooth (3.0+HS). And this motherboard has been certified to overclock a Core i7 (Ivy Bridge) at stable 4.60 GHz.”

MSI Z77 MPower

MSI Z77 MPower @ RBMods

“So yeah, I kind of have mixed feeling about this board, it performs better than its competitor but it cost at least 100$ more than the cheaper Z77A-G41. So if you want the best of the best go for the Mpower but if you want a good board with stable performance the G41 might be something to look into.”

ASUS F2A85-V Pro

ASUS F2A85-V Pro @ Legit Reviews

“ASUS is one of the go-to brands for many PC enthusiasts these days, and rightfully so. Over the years ASUS has developed a reputation of rock solid performance and reliability. ASUS has set the bar high, and we don’t doubt that the ASUS F2A85-V Pro will live up to the expectations.”

ASUS Maximus V Formula

ASUS Maximus V Formula @ OC Club

“After taking some time with this board, it really met and exceeded the expectations I had for it in terms of performance and the unique feature set that this ROG board is equipped with. If you want a board that offers it all, while not totally breaking the bank, the Maximus V Formula should easily be in the running for your performance and gaming dollar.”

Gigabyte Z77-HD4

Gigabyte Z77-HD4 @ Hardware Secrets

“Gigabyte has launched 21 different motherboard models based on the Intel Z77 chipset; we list the differences between them in the tables below. We won’t describe the Z77X-UD5H-WB WIFI and the Z77X-UD3H-WB WIFI models, as they are simply a version of the Z77X-UD5H and the Z77X-UD3H models bundled with a PCI Express x1 expansion card containing IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n wireless networking and Bluetooth 4.0.”

Gigabyte Z77X-UP7

Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 @ Guru3D

“No my kind Sir or Madam, it does not stop there as you’ll also spot wicked control buttons, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and yes, even a mSATA SSD slot. Now this board falls under Gigabyte’s UD5 class, and GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 5 motherboards are especially optimized for water cooled systems and overclocked Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge ‘K’ SKU CPUs due to their exceptionally low operating temperatures.”

Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4

Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 @ Legit Reviews

“The GIGABYTE F2A85X-UP4 proved to be a rock solid motherboard today. Then again I wouldn’t expect any less from the top AMD FM2 motherboard from GIGABYTE. I wasn’t able to find any real issues with the F2A85X-UP4 during my time with it. Everything we did was smooth, and ran great. When it comes to the graphics performance of this system, we couldn’t have been happier…”