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One of the most important components of a high performance rig is a quality motherboard. ProClockers has a large library of unbiased motherboard reviews in today's top form factors from the industries top manufacturers. Whether you are looking for ATX motherboard reviews, ITX motherboard reviews, or mini-ATX motherboard reviews, we have you covered.

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on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 8:45pm

Now ASRock has for us yet another entrant into the world of high end motherboards, the 890FX Deluxe4. The Deluxe4 offers all the great offerings of it's older sibling Deluxe3, but also includes some new and nifty features. ASRock AIWI, DDR3-1866 overclock mode, ASRock APP Charger, just to name a few! Also a welcomed change is their PCB color choice, goodbye teal green and helllllooo black. However, the feature that really makes the 890FX Deluxe4 stand out is not the looks, but the fact it is one of the first series of motherboards from ASRock to have a USB 3.0 header that you can connect a front USB3 panel to, which is even included!

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on Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 5:57am

asus m4a88tdIt is motherboards like the new ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 that offer a lot in the form of integrated goodness. Perhaps so good that one may not even need to upgrade to a dedicated video of audio card. In regards to the components, the M4A88TD-M/USB3 is packing the AMD's new 880G and SB850 chipsets. While we may have recently reviewed motherboards that shares the 880G chipset, the difference lies in the south bridge chips, as the others use the outdated SB750. So what does that mean for us consumers? Native SATA 3 (6Gb/s) AHCI v1.2, 22 available PCIe lanes and an integrated gigabit NIC.

The M4A88TD-M/USB3 gives us most of these features. What it does lack is dual 16x PCIe slots, but then again this is an mATX motherboard, so the chances of wanting dual PCIe on a mid-range chipset is slim. Not to say this board doesn't provide, because we love the features in which the board does offer and we will talk about them in further detail as the article goes on.

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on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 12:00am

asus m4a89td pro/usb3In order to get all the performance out of AMD's latest Thuban core you can elect to go any number of routes, as there are several chipsets that support it. The more recent are the 870, 880 and 890 chipsets, and then still more variations within these three chipsets. Being one of the biggest of all the motherboard companies, ASUS has released many motherboards that bear these different offerings. Their new M4A890TD PRO/USB3 is the sibling to the big hit Crosshair IV. The M4A is embedded with the 890FX North Bridge and SB850 South Bridge, each of which make for AMD's top-tier chipset.

The features the new motherboard and chipset offer are what many of us as computer users are looking for, which would be dual 16x PCIe slots supporting ATI’s Crossfire, USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s. While other makers offer this combination, what set the M4A890TD ahead of the rest is the multitude of BIOS options that ASUS gives the user to achieve a stable overclock. We will talk about some of these options, as well as explore the layout of the motherboard, later in the review.

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on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 6:47am

jetway m3a-88gpOver on my test bench today is a new budget motherboard from Jetway. Jetway has been a big player in the OEM market but are fast changing the perception that it isn't all they are. Over the past few months we have seen Jetway produce some great performance-oriented motherboards, some of which overclocked very respectably. Today’s sample is an all-around motherboard boasting AMD's 880G chipset. While it's integrated Radeon HD 4250 will not win you any performance or overclocking records, but you will gain a solid platform for a home theater PC (HTPC), or perhaps even a simple office workstation.

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on Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 5:09pm

gigabyte h55nBut the reports around the various forums are saying the H55N-USB3 is one awesome overclocker as well. And when a motherboard has this most buzz, we normally must get it in our little hands to see just what things are all about. But in the case of Gigabyte we knew the representation of the company and did not accept anything less than a great motherboard.

At the same time we have heard great things about the new Intel Core i5 655K processor. Word on the street is it's a great overclocker when mated with the right motherboard. So, we figured it was the right time to put both to the test.

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on Friday, July 16, 2010 - 4:25am

Jetway NC84E-LFToday’s review of the NC84E-LF has been a long time coming.  I want to apologize to Jetway for the delay. However, I’ve never had so much trouble reviewing a product before. In the process of bringing this motherboard review to you, I destroyed 2 dvdrw’s, a harddrive and a power supply. Not only that, but I had several non-review related hardware failures. Waiting for my RMA to the business I bought them from to go through, time got away from me. 

This is a IPC or micro-atx board and I’m very impressed with it. With HT 3.0, DDR2 800 Support, SATA2, GIGABIT Lan, HD AUDIO, DVI, HDMI, MINI PCI-e and E-SATA, this plucky little board is ready to be your HTPC… now!

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on Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 8:28am

870a-ud3The 870 chipset maybe aimed at the person looking for a lower end motherboard but it offers the user much more. We started this article classifying the board as an entry model, which it is. But the 870A-UD3 does not offer you Crossfire but does offer high speed memory support and decent overclocking for those that wish to take their systems to the next level at another time.


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