Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI Mini-ITX Motherboard

CPUs|Motherboards | Do-It-Yourself Systems
The GA-2A85XN-WIFI from Gigabyte offers a nice feature-set for a reasonable price and the best energy effiency I've seen out of an FM2 motherboard. Our first in a series of DIY articles on mini-ITX motherboards for small system options.

Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI Mini-ITX Motherboard

Though a few corners have been cut to keep the price affordable, the Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI offers a nice set of features including 802.11n and Bluetooth connectivity.

AMD A10-6800K & A10-6700 Richland APUs

A follow up to Trinity, AMD's Richland APU architecture utilizes an intelligent power management system to hit higher clock speeds without increasing power consumption.

Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell Processor

Intel's latest mainstream processor architecture isn't a massive upgrade but Haswell does boast some performance gains, new/refined features, and improved energy efficiency, the latter most useful in the mobile chips running Windows 8.

Intel DQ77KB: A Low Power LGA1155 Motherboard

The Intel DQ77KB is the first of its kind to hit retail channels, an energy efficient mini-ITX motherboard powered externally and supporting a selection of Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge based CPUs.

AMD FX-8350 CPU: Piledriver Arrives

AMD's new flagship processor offers a decent boost in speed over its predecessors but without significantly improved energy efficiency or pricing, it fails to alter the desktop CPU landscape.

Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-D3H Budget FM2 Motherboard

Though not based on the latest and greatest A85X chipset, the Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-D3H doesn't give up much, and its attractive price makes it a natural complement to the value offered by AMD's Trinity APU lineup.

AMD A10-5700 APU: Trinity at 65W

The AMD A10-5700 APU's 65W TDP makes it the preferred Trinity option for a quiet or SFF PC, but clocked 400 MHz slower and costing only US$5 less than the flagship A10-5800K, its value is difficult to gauge.

ASUS F2A85-M Pro microATX FM2 Motherboard

Like many previous AMD motherboards, the F2A85-M Pro offers a vast set of features at a reasonable price. It's a nice complement to the versatility of AMD's Trinity APUs, combined with Fan Xpert 2, a feature previously found only on high end ASUS Z77 boards

AMD Trinity: A10-5800K & A8-5600K 2nd Gen APUs

AMD's new Trinity processor micro-architecture drives new APUs powered by 2nd gen Bulldozer (Piledriver) CPU cores and updated graphics chips for value systems on the new FM2 socket.

Ivy Bridge 3770K IHS removal and results

CPUs|Motherboards | Site News
The high core temperatures of Ivy Bridge CPUs have been a lively topic for debate since the new Intel chips were released. Poor quality TIM has been deemed the culprit. SPCR forum member graysky put this idea to the test by removing the integrated heat spreader from his i7-3770K to try a proven, high quality TIM, and later, lapped both the IHS and the heatsink base to check for any further cooling improvements. His systematic, empirical testing is well worth reading.

Asus P8Z77-V Pro: Xpert Fan Control for LGA1155

The Asus P8Z77-V Pro is a full-featured Sandy/Ivy Bridge motherboard with five independently controllable fan headers and Asus' new FAN Xpert 2 utility.

Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge CPU

The update to Sandy Bridge brings 22nm fabrication technology, a souped up integrated graphics chip, and a host of minor improvements to LGA1155. Best of all, Ivy Bridge is backwards compatible with series 6 motherboards and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

Intel DZ77GA-70K Z77 Motherboard: Waiting for Ivy Bridge

The DZ77GA-70K is a high-end motherboard from Intel designed to fulfill the potential of the new Ivy Bridge processors. We take a look at its huge array of features and its performance with Sandy Bridge while awaiting the Ivy Bridge news embargo to lift.

Jetway NF9C-2600 Atom N2600 Mini-ITX Motherboard

The Jetway NF9C-2600 mini-ITX motherboard is powered by a revamped Intel Atom processor with a PowerVR-sourced GPU that supports H.264 acceleration. Though the connectivity options are suited for industrial/commercial rather than home use, the board gives us a taste of what the latest iteration of Atom offers.
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