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Many manufacturers have created gaming specific designs. Biostar recently decided to add a gaming line as well. Their initial release will contain two graphics cards and two motherboards. Biostar was kind enough to send us the flag ship of this new gaming line up, the Gaming Z97X. The board design is brown/ black color scheme and comes with a black plastic shroud that has a very military look to it.
MSI's gaming series motherboards aren't only limited to the Intel platform now that MSI has also introduced the gaming series line to the AMD boards. For the AM3+ platform, MSI released the MSI 970 Gaming motherboard which we will be reviewing today. We will be pairing it with an FX 8370 processor and will be comparing it with the other Intel boards we have reviewed recently.
The Gigabyte X99-SOC Champion is part of their Overclocking Series and is designed to be a more affordable solution to Gigabyte’s X99-SOC Force. There is up to 4-way AMD CrossFire and Nvidia SLI support. A precise digital CPU power design helps squeeze out those Mhz from your CPU. A SATA Express offer support for 10 Gb/s data transfers. On the networking side, Intel I218V Gigabit LAN does the duties Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio with Built-in rear audio amplifier supplies your audio needs. A 2x copper PCB design, long lifespan Durable Black Solid caps, and a new heatsink design round out the hardware features.
With the release of the Z97 and X99 chipsets, Gigabyte has decided to cosmetically overhaul the Ultra Durable series. Today we will be taking a look at one of the lesser priced models, Z97X-SLI. Based around the ATX, it may be smaller than its ATX counterparts, but certainly does not lack their features.
Long gone are the days when an ATX motherboard was required to build a full featured PC. Now features like sound, network, and a host of other features can be found on every consumer motherboard on the market. Thanks to these advances, previously seldom used form factors, like mATX and ITX are now far more common. Sure the ATX still reigns supreme, but you don’t need a massive case to have a really great PC anymore.
MSI is offering a lot of different options for those looking for a Z97 chipset-based motherboard. First they have the classis, gaming and overclocking series; now they have added the Eco series and some Krait edition motherboards. Hence, the gaming series is perhaps the more popular option for builders and gamers today with it having a black and red theme board and with it built for specifically for gaming. Today, we will be looking at one of the gaming series boards, the MSI Z97 Gaming 5 motherboard.
The X99 OC Formula supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel Core processors. There is 4 way AMD CrossFire and Nvidia SLI support. On the networking side, Intel Gigabit LAN + Qualcomm Atheros Gigabit LAN provide connection. Purity Sounds 2 via a Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio controller with Built-in rear audio amplifier supplies your audio needs. ASRock’s Super Alloy construction features an XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink, premium 60A power choke, premium memory choke, , Ultra Dual-N MOSFET (UDM), NexFET™ MOSFET, Nichicon 12K Platinum Caps, Sapphire Black PCB.