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The Top 5 Best Motherboards of All Time
By Daniel Dobrowolski   July 18, 2017
We have been reviewing motherboards here at HardOCP for about 20 years now. And in that time, many have been flush with excellent features and stability along with great performance. Dan takes a stroll down memory lane and rehashes his top five "best" motherboards. I am sure you will all agree 100%.
BioStar Racing X370GT7 AMD AM4 Motherboard Review
By Daniel Dobrowolski   July 18, 2017
BIOSTAR isn’t exactly a juggernaut of a manufacturer here in the U.S. Despite stiff competition, the big boys are blowing it bad enough at the X370 Ryzen motherboard game that BIOSTAR’s X370GT7 just might be one of the best AM4 motherboard options around. While we think it might actually be good, it still doesn’t make for a smooth ride.
The Top 5 Worst Motherboards of All Time
By Daniel Dobrowolski   July 17, 2017
We have been reviewing motherboards here at HardOCP for about 20 years now. And in that time, many have been flush with horrible features and bugs of all kinds. Dan takes a stroll down a very painful memory lane and rehashes his top five..as instructed by his therapist. Let it out Dan...let it out.
ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero Ryzen Motherboard Review
By Daniel Dobrowolski   June 04, 2017
It’s been years since we’ve reviewed an ASUS ROG offering that was designed for AMD CPUs. That’s not to say that those haven’t existed, those just weren’t worth a look as the AMD side of things has not been compelling for the better part of the last decade. Thanks to AMD Ryzen, we have a reason to take the ASUS Crosshair VI Hero for a test drive and tell you how it fared in the tumultuous sea of AM4 motherboards.
MSI Z270 Krait Gaming LGA 1151 Motherboard Review
By Daniel Dobrowolski   May 12, 2017
While it is generally the flagship motherboards that grab the most attention, it's the midrange offerings that see the most sales. MSI's Z270 Krait Gaming motherboard is one of those bread and butter type offerings. It has everything the gamer needs without the unnecessary and expensive fluff.
MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium Motherboard Review
By Daniel Dobrowolski   April 27, 2017
MSI’s Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium is a feature packed powerhouse that’s got everything you need to take your game to the next level. The MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium is easily one of the most robust solutions for overclocking. If you want a feature rich solution that can deliver the goods on the overclocking front, check this one out.
GIGABYTE AORUS AX370-Gaming 5 Motherboard Review
By Daniel Dobrowolski   April 20, 2017
At long last we've finally got a full retail AM4 motherboard on hand to put through its paces. GIGABYTE's AX370-Gaming 5 is probably one of the best bets on an AM4 system right now. Unfortunately, that path will have a few bumps in the road. We fill in all the gaps and let you know what to look for.
ASUS ROG Strix Z270i Gaming Motherboard Review
By Daniel Dobrowolski   March 15, 2017
ASUS brings big gaming power in a tiny package with its latest mini-ITX motherboard: The ROG Strix Z270i Gaming motherboard. We’ve been huge fans of these mini-ITX powerhouses over the years. ASUS has arguably dominated this market with few options coming close to challenging that position. Can ASUS maintain its mITX dominance?
GIGABYTE Aorus Z270X Gaming 9 Motherboard Review
By Daniel Dobrowolski   February 28, 2017
GIGABYTE’s Z270X Gaming 9 is one of the most feature rich and ultra-high end offerings you’ll see for the Z270 chipset this year. We were super fond of last year’s similar offering and as a result, the Z270X Gaming 9 has very large shoes to fill. With its massive feature set and overclocking prowess, it is poised to be one of the best motherboards of the year.
ASUS Maximus IX Formula LGA 1151 Motherboard Review
By Daniel Dobrowolski   February 06, 2017
ASUS is nothing like Hollywood. ASUS can actually turn out sequels which not only match the originals, but surpass them. ASUS Republic of Gamers Maximus IX Formula is another sequel in the long line of Maximus motherboards. Can ASUS continue its long history of awesome sequels? One things for certain, it’s no Robocop 3.
MSI Z270 Gaming M7 LGA 1151 Motherboard Review
By Daniel Dobrowolski   January 23, 2017
MSI’s Z270 Gaming M7 is based on the somewhat uninteresting Z270 Express chipset but never fear, MSI’s latest generation of motherboards brings a few new features to the table, building on the stability, quality, and innovation the brand is known for. Great sound configuration, plenty of M.2 SSD support, and overclocking should draw you in.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MSI X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM LGA2011-v3 Review
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-SOC FORCE Motherboard Review
By Daniel Dobrowolski   February 23, 2016
GIGABYTE’s GA-Z170X-SOC FORCE is touted as the ultimate Z170 "Super OverClock" solution from GIGABYTE. It also offers an impressive array of features for the enthusiast and gamer alike. 22 phases of digital power, cool new OC Touch buttons, metal shielded PCIe slots, pretty lights, and an impressive set of three PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 Connectors!