ASUS F2A85-V PRO Motherboard

ASUS F2A85-V PRO Motherboard

With the advent of the new APUs comes the storm of new motherboards and expect the top manufacturers to start filling the shelves with their new products soon. For now, only a handful are present and comes packed with the A85 chipset from AMD that support the new Piledriver-based APUs which promises significant performance improvements over the previous generation. We're checking out ASUS' A85 motherboard for this test with their first socket FM2 board: the F2A85-Pro. Read on and let's make this very showy! ASUS sent us over one of their first A85 boards sporting the FM2 socket to house the newly unleashed Piledriver APUs from AMD. These new APUs or accelerated processing unit promises significant improvements over the previous Llano-based FM1 processors. We have the Trinity-based APU, the A10-5800K from AMD for testing along with the FM2 boards we have and we're interested to see how ASUS differentiates itself...

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Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 Motherboard

With the curtain finally raised, it's time for AMD's new processor to take center-stage what with all the noise in the motherboard scene being all about Intel. AMD is set to take on the market again with its new APUs and we have a couple of boards to test out this new offering for the new FM2 socket. There's going to be a lot of releases for this new line of processors and one of the first one out of the gates is GIGABYTE and they've sent us their own performance FM2 board, the F2A85X-UP4. Also in for the ride is the Trinity-based A10-5800K, the current flagship of AMD's APU line based on the Piledriver architecture. If you're looking for a lecture on this new processor architecture, you won't find it here. We'll be looking at a purely performance perspective in this review and we'll leave the text book material to...

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ASUS Republic of Gamers: Maximus V GENE Motherboard

ASUS Republic of Gamers: Maximus V GENE Motherboard

It's been a long time coming but we got our first Republic of Gamers (ROG) product right here. We checked out a couple of Z77 boards this week and we have a few more coming but today we're going to lock our crosshairs on ASUS' micro-ATX flagship motherboard, the Maximus V GENE. Part of the ROG product line, this motherboard represents ASUS's pinnacle technologies and is the culmination of what can only be described as a laborious design process. Let's get started and let's make this extremely showy! ASUS should be no stranger to anyone. They make a lot of motherboards and laptops amongst other things, and they very good ones at that. At the motherboard game, they are heralded as the top brand. To further establish its grip in the enthusiast market, ASUS created the Republic of Gamers product line: a dedicated series of products that features ASUS' top...

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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Motherboard

Continuing the Z77 review round-up we have for this week, we got another motherboard from Gigabyte in their lower mid-range offering: the GA-Z77X-UD3H. Serving as the budget option in the UD product line, this motherboard gives us the bare necessities whilst still brandishing Gigabyte features and quality. We'll see if this board can pack a punch and we'll make it showy! Gigabyte is part of what has come to be known as the "Big 3" motherboard makers in the world and serves an integral part in the progression of technology in the motherboard market. Gigabyte also boasts an extensive product line featuring graphics cards, chassis, notebooks and peripherals as well as very memorable endeavors in the cooling market. As a company, their motherboard division is their core business and today we'll be looking at one such product. As most will know, Intel earlier this year released the Ivy Bridge 3rd...

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