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2014-05-11T02:12:27Z

Z97 Motherboard Round Up: EVGA, MSI, GigabyteAlthough Intel isn’t quite ready to take the wraps off of its updated Haswell-based processors (codenamed Devil’s Canyon) or its next-gen Broadwell-based processors, the company is at the ready with a brand new chipset that ups the ante in terms of features and overall performance. Intel’s 9-series chipset isn’t quite as extensive as previous families (there are just two options at this time), but the new capabilities it brings to the table will be welcomed by everyone from hardcore overclockers to IT types and business users.

We tested a quintet of Z97 based motherboards from MSI, EVGA, and Gigabyte, using Intel’s current flagship Haswell-based processor, the Core i7-4770K. The Z97 Express chipset was designed to be a modern companion to Intel’s high-end Haswell-based desktop processors, that adds more high speed SATA ports and M.2 / SATA Express SSD support, but it is also ready for next-gen Broadwell-based processors...

Intel Z97 Motherboard Round-Up: EVGA, MSI, Gigabyte

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JordanCollins
2014-05-11T03:02:16Z

But not the Asus rog?

Marco C
2014-05-11T03:18:21Z

Seth will be rounding up some Asus boards soon.

realneil
2014-05-11T15:21:36Z

Good read Marco. I like the MSI board for it's features and price.

InfinityzeN1
2014-05-12T03:39:55Z

Any mATX boards getting reviewed Marco?

RyanLaberinto
2014-06-30T21:06:16Z

msi z97 gaming looks great

altshep123
2014-08-01T22:07:13Z

What other boards compete on this level? I'm putting together a build and the mobo is where I'm least informed. Can anyone suggest alternatives to read into for a mid to high-end build?

MADSKILLZ412
2014-08-01T23:26:09Z

I use the msi gaming 5. It gives me everything I need. The turnoff for some people is the fact that there only room for 3-way sli, but I see no point in need more than 3... Or even 2. It's great for $180. It also comes with OC Genie for people who don't know how to overclock their CPU, but want to.