SANDY BRIDGE

October 6th, 2011

Gigabyte Z68XP-UD5 LGA 1155 Motherboard Review

With Sandy Bridge processors becoming all the rage, motherboard manufacturers have had to step up their game in the face of mounting competition.  Gigabyte may have a horrifyingly confusing lineup which consists of no fewer than 20 different Z68 models but their Z68XP-UD5 seems to have what it takes to stand apart from many other Sandy Bridge [...]

July 27th, 2011

EVGA P67 FTW Motherboard Review

With the release of Intel’s Z68, the P67 chipset may have become yesterday’s news but no one seems to have told EVGA since they have recently introduced their flagship P67 FTW.  This motherboard has some big shoes to fill considering its predecessor –the P55 FTW- was a genre defining product.  But with a long list [...]

July 13th, 2011

Intel Core i3-2120 & Core i5-2400 LGA1155 Processors Review

Given how great the Core i5-2500K and i7-2600K perform, it is easy to forget that the current Sandy Bridge LGA1155 processors are part of Intel’s mainstream series, not their high-end one. Therefore, it is more than due time for us to test out some of the lower priced offerings. Although we would love to try [...]

June 29th, 2011

AMD A8-3850 APU Review: Llano Hits the Desktop

We’ve been hearing about it for years but AMD is finally launching their Fusion architecture into the mid-range desktop market with the Lynx platform’s A8 and A6 processors alongside A75 and A55 motherboards.  These accelerated processing units (or APUs) integrate a quad core CPU, 400 shader GPU and fully functional Northbridge onto a single die [...]

June 6th, 2011

ASUS Sabertooth P67 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Review

With most of the focus of the last month or so on the Z68 launch, P67 chipset may have taken a back seat but the motherboards based around it are still highly appealing.  The ASUS Sabertooth in particular is a unique P67  board which sports a great price along with high end features.

May 10th, 2011

Intel Z68 Review – The Sandy Bridge Platform Expands

With Intel’s Z68 platform finally here, there is a long list of new features like Intel’s Smart Response Technology and Lucid’s Virtu that need to be put under the microscope.  In this article we do just that in order to gauge whether the this new chipset is really worth more to the end user than [...]

May 10th, 2011

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO Z68 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Review

Intel has officially launched their highly anticipated Z68 chipset. It has all of the overclocking powers of P67 while adding in features like GPU switching through Lucid’s Virtu software and Intel’s own Smart Response Technology which allows SSD caching for dramatic load time improvements.   In this review we take a look at ASUS’ P8Z68-V [...]

May 2nd, 2011

AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Processor Review

Back in January, we were absolutely convinced that we had seen the last hurrah for the venerable quad-core 45nm ‘Deneb’ die when we reviewed the Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition processor. However, apparently we were wrong as AMD is now releasing the X4 980 Black Edition; a processor sporting an impressive 3.7Ghz core speed. [...]

April 11th, 2011

Gigabyte P67A-UD7-B3 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Review

Earlier this year, Intel’s new Sandy Bridge architecture went on a bit of a hiatus as a recall swept the market clean of supporting motherboards.  Now all-new “B3″ models have started hitting retailers’ shelves and one of the premier boards is Gigabyte’s P67A-UD7.  It boasts a remarkably full feature set, some great overclocking potential and [...]

March 16th, 2011

ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA1155 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Review

Even though Intel’s Sandy Bridge has had its fair share of ups and downs, it remains one of the better price / performance platforms currently on the market.  With B3 revision motherboards finally arriving at retailers, we take ASUS’ budget friendly yet feature rich P8P67 PRO board out for a test drive.