LGA1200

We're moving closer to the launch of Intel's 12th generation Alder Lake processors, and with that will come new chipsets including Z690 which has already been leaked by multiple sources. As we approach Alder Lake's arrival, we must pay homage to what's actually available on the current market for users to buy. Right now, we have Intel's Rocket Lake (11th gen) and its Comet Lake (10th gen) processors, and all the associated chipsets such as Z590 and B560. This includes many different LGA1200 motherboard options to select from at many different price points, with multiple levels of features and controller choices on offer. The Z690 models may be on the horizon, but we focus on the now as it's time to make our picks...

The EVGA Z590 Dark Motherboard Review: For Extreme Enthusiasts

Getting the most out of Intel's Core i9-11900K primarily relies on two main factors: premium cooling for the chip itself, and a solid motherboard acting as the foundation. And...

24 by Gavin Bonshor on 10/15/2021

The ASRock Z590 OC Formula Review: An Iconic Brand Revival

Whether overclocking the CPU is your cup of morning tea/coffee/something stronger or not, there are specific motherboards built by professional overclockers and engineers designed to squeeze out as much...

24 by Gavin Bonshor on 9/10/2021

Intel Architecture Day 2021: Alder Lake, Golden Cove, and Gracemont Detailed

This week Intel held its annual Architecture Day event for select press and partners. As with previous iterations, the company disclosed details about its next generation architectures set to...

222 by Dr. Ian Cutress & Andrei Frumusanu on 8/19/2021

ASUS TUF Gaming Z590-Plus WIFI Motherboard Review: Is $260 Mid-Range or High-End?

Despite the Z590 chipset being the premium option for Intel 11th Gen Rocket Lake processors, and the boards starting around $200, not every model is there to decimate the...

23 by Gavin Bonshor on 8/10/2021

ASRock Z590 Steel Legend WiFi 6E Review: Z590 On A Budget

Over the past six months we've looked at a varied selection of Z590 motherboards. While most of these have been in the mid-range to premium category, today we are...

15 by Gavin Bonshor on 8/6/2021

ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Hero Review: Everything for Rocket Lake

On our test bench today is one of ASUS ROG's enthusiast models designed for Intel's Rocket Lake processors. The ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Hero brings plenty of premium controllers...

28 by Gavin Bonshor on 7/9/2021

NZXT Announces N7 Z590 Motherboard For Rocket Lake

In July last year, we reviewed NZXT's N7 Z490 motherboard for Intel's 10th generation Comet Lake processors. Typically later to the market than other vendor's key models, NZXT has...

8 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/7/2021

MSI MEG Z590 Ace Motherboard Review: Premium Rocket Lake with TB4 and 4x M.2

Prior to the release of Intel's 11th Generation Rocket Lake processors, motherboard vendors unveiled their ranges of Z590 motherboards ready for the realm of PCIe 4.0. We saw a...

11 by Gavin Bonshor on 5/26/2021

GIGABYTE Z590 Aorus Tachyon Review: Built for SPEED

One of the most unique models on the Z590 chipset is the GIGABYTE Z590 Aorus Tachyon. While it functions as a 'relatively' normal day-to-day motherboard, the main focus is...

12 by Gavin Bonshor on 5/10/2021

Intel’s Integrated Graphics Mini-Review: Is Rocket Lake Core 11th Gen Competitive?

In the last few months we have tested the latest x86 integrated graphics options on the desktop from AMD, with some surprising results about how performant a platform with...

165 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 5/7/2021

GIGABYTE Z590 Aorus Master Review: Soaring High With Rocket Lake

The latest flagship desktop processor from Intel, the Core i9-11900K, has been out for over a month, and we've been busy putting numerous Z590 motherboards on tests to see...

39 by Gavin Bonshor on 4/28/2021

G.Skill Announces DDR4-5333 Memory Kits for Intel Rocket Lake

Designed with a focus on Intel's latest 11th generation Rocket Lake processors and the new memory controller ratios, G.Skill has announced a wave of new memory kits designed to...

19 by Gavin Bonshor on 4/5/2021

ASRock Z590 Taichi Review: An Intel Motherboard with Moving Parts (and Thunderbolt 4)

Intel has now launched its latest 11th Generation Core processors for desktop. The highest performing of these is the Core i9-11900K, with 8 cores and 16 threads, and it...

50 by Gavin Bonshor on 4/1/2021

The ASRock Z590 OC Formula Motherboard: By and For Overclockers

ASRock and its in-house extreme overclocker Nich Shih have created the latest in its series of high-end enthusiast-grade motherboards. The OC Formula brand returns, famed for its good extreme...

20 by Gavin Bonshor on 4/1/2021

Intel Rocket Lake (14nm) Review: Core i9-11900K, Core i7-11700K, and Core i5-11600K

Today is the official launch of Intel’s 11th Generation Core processor family, given the internal name ‘Rocket Lake’. Rocket Lake showcases new performance gains for Intel in the desktop...

278 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/30/2021

The MSI Z590 Godlike, Comparing it to the Z490 Godlike

One of MSI's most prominent motherboard ranges is its Godlike series, set as the premium model no matter which platform it is aimed at. As Intel has recently launched...

24 by Gavin Bonshor on 2/1/2021

The Intel Z590 Motherboard Overview: 50+ Motherboards Detailed

At the start of 2021, Intel has unveiled its latest desktop platform, designed primarily for its Rocket Lake 11th generation processors. Intel is officially moving to PCIe 4.0, with...

88 by Gavin Bonshor on 1/19/2021

GIGABYTE Z490 Aorus Master Motherboard Review: Clawing at the Competition

Throughout the majority of 2020, we saw an escalating war between AMD and Intel battling for supremacy in the desktop CPU market, which is an obvious win for the...

18 by Gavin Bonshor on 1/7/2021

Intel Core i9-10850K Review: The Real Intel Flagship

When a company like Intel creates a CPU design, the process of manufacturing brings about variation on the quality of the product. Some cores will only reach a certain...

127 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/4/2021

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