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Few names in the industry stick out quite as much as Johnathan ‘Fatal1ty’ Wendel, arguably THE first professional gamer. For ASRock to collaborate and brand a motherboard with this moniker, you know they have to mean business. ASRock knows you are only as good as your foundation, so they loaded the X299 Professional Gaming i9 up with everything needed to make sure nothing stands in your way.
Intel’s X299 chipset provides support for Intel’s latest Kabylake-X and SkyLake-X CPU’s up to 18 cores, up to 128GB of Quad Channel DDR4, 4 PCIE x16 slots, triple Turbo M.2 slots, and Dual Intel Gigabit LAN ports. If that wasn’t enough for your, they even stuffed in the very latest Aquantia powered TEN gigabit networking, Intel dual band 802.11AC Wifi, Creative Sound Blaster Cinema audio, full RGB support and more super speed USB and connectivity options that you’ll know what to do with. Can it fight its way to the top of the scoreboard? We’re about to find out.
ASUS’s STRIX line of products has been a popular choice on other platforms for bringing strong gaming oriented features and aesthetics to an affordable mid-range price point. Asus now brings that along to the AMD Ryzen ecosystem in the form of the ASUS ROG STRIX X370-F Motherboard. Packing AMD’s X370 Enthusiast Class chipset, It supports Dual graphics cards, NVMe SSD’s, Native USB 3.1 Gen 2 and all of AMD’s fully unlocked AM4 Based Ryzen CPU’s in an attractive, neutral, gray and black color scheme. Should the STRIX X370-F anchor your next Ryzen gaming build? Lets check it out and find out!
MSI’s M7 moniker has been anchoring its Enthusiast Gaming line-up of motherboards since the Intel Z170 days of a few years ago, through the more recent Z270 update, and now on to Intel’s top dog X299 Platform. The “M” suffix stands for ‘Master’ and gives everything you need to master the next level in gaming. From supporting the fastest processors, storage and memory, to gaming oriented Audio, WiFi and LAN solutions, MSI’s X299 Gaming M7 ACK provides the basis for the best gaming experience on the market. Should this be the first board you look at on your way to Intel’s X299 platform? We are about to find out.
The X299 Aorus Gaming 3 is Gigabyte’s entry level X299 gaming motherboard. There is support 7th Generation Intel Core HEDT processors. The either DDR4 quad channel memory slots can handle up to 164GB and at speeds up to 4400Mhz and beyond. There’s dual Turbo M.2 with transfer speeds up to 32 Gb/s and eight SATA ports. A total of seven rear USB 3.1 Type- A ports are complimented with an additional USB 3.1 Type-C port and multiple mid-board USB headers
The new X299 platform brings a number of new features and enhancements over the previous X99 platform. First and foremost is the ability to utilize the new Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X 4-18 core X series processors via the new LGA 2066 socket. There’s added support for Intel Optane technology with Rapid Storage, faster throughput times thanks to DMI 3.0. 30 I/O lanes with support for up to 24 PCIe lanes, eight SATA 3.0 ports, and 10 USB 3.0 ports. Overall it’s a nice step up from the X99 chipset.
Carbon fiber instantly sends visions of speed, performance, and exotic technology to many. Wrapped in carbon fiber look trim, B350 Gaming Pro Carbon aims to instaill many of those same visions.
Gigabyte has dropped quite a few breathe taking motherboards in the last couple of years. First the redesigned their Gaming line when Z170 was released. Then there were quite a few eye catching X99 designs. More recently they release their new Aorus line. Even after all of that, Gigabyte still had an even more unique design, the Designare series. The Designare series was first released on the X99 and Z170 motherboards. Both gathered much attention, especially the X99-Designare EX. Now comes their newest entry, the Z270X-Designare.