Of ASUS' mainstream motherboard lineup, the Z87 Deluxe/Dual falls in as their 2nd highest-end motherboard, behind only the Deluxe/Quad which has slightly expanded I/O features. It strikes a fine balance of features and high-end hardware resulting in a package that should suit almost anyone's needs and satisfy even the most intensive users out in the wild. ASUS has continued to impress with their various software and useful add-on features, of which the Deluxe/Dual has plenty, so let's get the ball rolling.
Two PLX chips... check. Seven PCI-e x16 ports... check. Full x16 quad-SLI... if you dare. Go balls-out and see what quad-GPU setups can really do, and why not paint a Xeon into the picture also while you're at it? And 10 RAIDed hard drives. And 64GB of RAM. This is starting to sound like one of those "dream machine" configurators you've played with when you're really bored and want to see what you're missing. At the heart of all this madness? The P9X79-E WS will accommodate all of that, and then some.
Holy gold! Said pretty much everyone ever everywhere when ASUS rolled out there Z87 motherboard lineup. I think ASUS was making a statement, and their Z87-WS appears to stand tall as a gold standard which we will be comparing Z87 motherbaords to for some time. Feature-rich, extremely expandable, and reliable are a few adjectives you'll see quite a bit on the following pages. In the end though, it really means is that it's the motherboard that has a lot of everything while making careful sacrifices in the name of 24/7 reliability that pros and average joes alike will appreciate.
Ever since its inception in 2006, the ASUS Republic of Gamers brand (ROG) has provided PC gaming and overclocking enthusiasts worldwide with some of the best hardware and most innovative motherboard technologies that money can buy. It takes one glance at a ROG board such as the Maximus V Formula to see that it has quality, performance, and a unique fashion sense all rolled into one rosy package. A never before seen Hybrid Thermal Solution provides an unprecedented level of cooling flexibility, while SupremeFX IV audio technology delivers uncompromised sound thanks to unique shielding and premium audio caps. Of course, being that this is an ASUS board, the addition of value isn't limited to a few hallmark features. Check in after the jump for a full breakdown of what makes this Formula winning.
ASUS' Republic of Gamers (ROG) series of products has been designed, built, and marketed from the ground-up to stand out from the crowd. The aggressive red and black color scheme screams attention to detail and creates a notion that the ROG lineup isn't a product to get lost in the crowd. The ROG lineup is meant to cater to a higher tier of enthusiasts with products in the lineup for the small form factor gamer (Gene), the gaming enthusiast (Formula), and the hardcore overclocker (Extreme). ASUS has selectively chosen the genetics (pun intended) for the Rampage IV Gene so that it will earn the title as the "Super Badass mATX King," a small motherboard which will reign supreme(FXIII). With the lame puns out of my system (for now), let's dig in!
It has been open season for Ivy Bridge motherboards across the web for the last few months, and today we are happy to bring you our first review of a motherboard designed with Intel's Z77 Express chipset in mind. The ASUS P8Z77-V PRO aims to capitalize on the success of previous bestsellers with a feature set that reads like a wish list and a competitive price to boot. Join us as we dive into the intricacies of this board, along with a brief look at the Z77 platform.
Now that the Z77 chipset has become the consumer standard for Intel builds these days, motherboard manufacturers can start to iron out the issues in their first generation boards and perfect their technologies and apps in the new ones. We here at Tech Kings do our best to point out these successes and failures, so it's easy for the consumer to figure out what he or she needs. Priced at only $169.99, the Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H will certainly give its competitors a run for their money by offering a number of useful and effective features normally seen on more expensive motherboards.
The P9X79 platform is ASUS' offering for the enthusiast market on Sandy Bridge-E. We'll be taking a look at the base model P9X79 board and the highest-end Deluxe version, and we'll also take a close look at the P9X79 family as a whole to see where each model fits into the grand scheme of things, and which one would be the best fit for you. We also examined a wide range of performance and usability attributes which we will go into detail about after the break.