Motherboards

Asus has introduced a USB4 PCIe add-in-card for the company's desktop motherboards, allowing users to add two USB4 ports to their systems. The card can be used to connect up to four devices and a display to each of its ports, and can even be used to charge laptops that support USB charging. The Asus USB4 PCIe Gen4 Card is based on ASMedia's ASM4242 controller and supports two USB4 ports at 40 Gbps data rates, with up to 60W USB Power Delivery. The board also has two DisplayPort inputs to in order to route graphics through the card as well in order to make full use of the versatility offered by USB4 and the Type-C cable. Alternatively, one can connect the card to the motherboard...

Minisforum Launches AR900i: A $559 Core i9-13900HX Mini-ITX Platform

Minisforum has launched a new high-performance Mini-ITX motherboard that's based on Intel's 13th Generation Core HX mobile parts. The upsized, highly integrated AR900i platform promises to bring together the...

12 by Anton Shilov on 12/12/2023

Minisforum Unveils Mini-ITX Motherboard with MXM Slot for… SSDs

Minisforum continues to diversify its business beyond compact PCs and this week it introduced a rather unusual Mini-ITX motherboard with an MXM slot. Typically used for graphics cards, Minisforum's...

15 by Anton Shilov on 9/8/2023

GIGABYTE Z790 Aorus Xtreme Motherboard Review: Flagship Z790 With Impressive VRM Thermals

Over the years, motherboard manufacturers have consistently pushed the limits on top-end motherboards with striking designs and PCBs filled to the brim with the latest controllers and feature sets...

22 by Gavin Bonshor on 9/5/2023

ASRock Z790 Taichi Carrara Motherboard Review: ASRock Rocks With White Marble

Building on the success of their hybrid architecture Alder Lake (12th Gen) Core series chips, Intel last year released the upgraded Raptor Lake core with a similar core architecture...

13 by Gavin Bonshor on 8/2/2023

ASRock Announces Taichi Lite Motherboards: Same Specs, Less RGB

Last month at Computex, ASRock unveiled two new Taichi-inspired motherboards based on a 'lite' approach to aesthetics and design, which they called Taichi Lite. Today, ASRock has officially announced...

11 by Gavin Bonshor on 7/13/2023

Gigabyte's Low-Cost Mini-ITX A620 Motherboard Supports Ryzen R9 7950X, R9 7950X3D CPUs

Gigabyte has quietly introduced one of the industry's first inexpensive motherboards for AMD's AM5 processors in Mini-ITX form-factor. The most unexpected peculiarity of Gigabyte's A620I AX motherboard — based...

19 by Anton Shilov on 6/22/2023

AMD Confirms AM5 Support For Ryzen 8000 Processors, Zen 5 with Navi 3.5

During one of their webinars to channel partners on maximizing server deployments with AMD Ryzen processors, AMD unveiled some of the upcoming plans surrounding their next-generation Zen 5 microarchitecture...

9 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/5/2023

ASRock Unveils Z790 and B650E Taichi Lite Motherboards: Taichi Goes Lite

At Computex 2023 in Taipei, Taiwan, ASRock unveiled two motherboards based on its popular and long-running Taichi series, but with a slight twist. Designed to offer an alternative to...

6 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/2/2023

ASRock Showcases Two New Intel Z790 Motherboards With Wi-Fi 7 at Computex 2023

With the Wi-Fi 7 (IEEE 802.11be) train set to roll into the mainstream later this year, ASRock looks to be getting ahead of the curve with two new Z790...

11 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/1/2023

MSI Intros USB4 PCIe Expansion Card with 100W Power Delivery

For Computex 2023, MSI is introducing an interesting USB4 PCIe expansion card. The card not only offers two full-bandwidth USB4 40Gbps Type-C ports, but the card can also deliver...

19 by Anton Shilov on 5/31/2023

Voltage Lockdown: Investigating AMD's Recent AM5 AGESA Updates on ASRock's X670E Taichi

It's safe to say that the last couple of weeks have been a bit chaotic for AMD and its motherboard partners. Unfortunately, it's been even more chaotic for some...

39 by Gavin Bonshor on 5/16/2023

AMD Issues Second Statement on Ryzen 7000 Burnout Issues: Caps SoC Voltages

Yesterday, AMD issued a statement surrounding the burnout issues some users have been experiencing with their Ryzen 7000X3D processors. The problem, reported in multiple Reddit subforums, includes some Ryzen...

43 by Gavin Bonshor on 4/27/2023

AMD Issues Official Statement on Reported Ryzen 7000 Burnout Issues

Yesterday we reported that MSI announced a wave of firmware updates designed to address and alleviate potential issues with users on AM5 using AMD's Ryzen 7000X3D processors with 3D...

35 by Gavin Bonshor on 4/25/2023

MSI Addresses CPU Voltages on AM5 Motherboards for Ryzen 7000X3D Processors

In response to recent reports of AMD's Ryzen 7000X3D processors being damaged, MSI has announced a wave of firmware updates to address potential issues. The highlight of MSI's new...

15 by Gavin Bonshor on 4/24/2023

AMD Quietly Launches A620 Platform: Sub $100 AM5 Motherboards

AMD has introduced its entry-level A620 platform for AM5 processors. The new platform is designed to power inexpensive PCs that use AMD's CPUs in AM5 packaging based on the...

28 by Anton Shilov on 4/4/2023

ASUS Unveils TUF Gaming B760M-BTF WIFI D4 Motherboard: Reverse Mounted Connectivity

When done correctly and with patience, cable management can be a rewarding experience; for the most part, it's frustrating, especially for premium systems. Much of the onus has been...

11 by Gavin Bonshor on 3/14/2023

AMD AM5 Motherboards Finally Reach $125 Mark with ASRock's mATX B650M-HDV/M.2

When AMD introduced its Ryzen 7000-series processors and AM5 platform last September, it said that over time motherboards for the new CPUs would get to mainstream price points. Yet...

23 by Anton Shilov on 3/9/2023

Intel Shares Stopgap Solution For Erratic Connection Drops With I226-V Ethernet Controller

The transition to 2.5Gbps Ethernet has not been an easy one for Intel. The company's I225/I226 2.5 GbE Ethernet controllers (codename Foxville), a prevalent choice on Intel platform motherboards...

40 by Zhiye Liu on 3/6/2023

Best Intel Motherboards: Holiday 2022

Since we posted our previous motherboard guides, there has been a couple of notable processor launches. Perhaps one of the most impressive of the aforementioned launches is Intel's 13th...

4 by Gavin Bonshor on 12/12/2022

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