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The mini-ITX form factor is as popular as ever, with a handful of options already available for Intel's new LGA1200 socket. Over the years motherboard vendors have been perfecting their small form factor models designed to offer all of the performance of the larger-sized models, but with a smaller desktop footprint. Of these, two of the most desirable models based on features and pricing from all the mini-ITX models on the Z490 chipset are the GIGABYTE Z490I Aorus Ultra and MSI MEG Z490I Unify. Offering dual PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots, 2.5 GbE Ethernet ports, and integrated Wi-Fi 6 radios, both GIGABYTE and MSI's motherboards are designed to address the high end of the market. And with both boards going for the same price...

Best Intel Motherboards: July 2020

There's no disputing that Intel had a quiet first half of the year, with not much cadence in its product releases, aside from Comet Lake and its associated Z490...

39 by Gavin Bonshor on 7/10/2020

Charles Chiang, President and CEO of MSI, Passes Away at 56

It is on a sad note that we are learning that MSI’s President and CEO, Charles Chiang, has passed away. Charles took the role of CEO a little over...

26 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 7/7/2020

Best AMD Motherboards: July 2020

The second quarter of 2020 has been nothing short of busy with copious of chipset launches. We've had Z490 from Intel, and the long-anticipated debut of AMD's budget-focused B550...

57 by Gavin Bonshor on 7/1/2020

The AMD B550 Motherboard Overview: ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI, ASRock, and Others

AMD’s budget motherboard range is often at times more successful than the bigger, full fat versions. Users have in the past got almost all of the same chipset features...

93 by Dr. Ian Cutress & Gavin Bonshor on 6/16/2020

MSI MPG Z490 Carbon EK X: LGA1200 Motherboard with an EKWB Monoblock

In one of the coolest collaborations of the year so far, MSI and EK Water Blocks have come together to create a new Z490 motherboard, the MSI MPG Z490...

18 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/3/2020

AMD's B550 Motherboards Start Appearing Online

Today is the next stage of the AMD AM4 B550 motherboard rollout: numerous vendors have started listing its models in place of an expected launch on June 16th. One...

51 by Gavin Bonshor on 5/21/2020

MSI Unveils MEG Z490 Unify Series: Unassuming Style

With the release of Intel's 10th generation desktop processors (Comet Lake-S) looming ever closer, MSI has announced a pair of new Z490 models, the MSI MEG Z490 Unify and...

28 by Gavin Bonshor on 5/11/2020

Intel Z490 Motherboards Available For Pre-Order: From $150 to $1299

In preparation for the launch of Intel's Z490 chipset and Intel's 10th generation Comet Lake desktop processors, Z490 motherboards are now available to pre-order from various retailers. For entry-level...

31 by Gavin Bonshor on 5/6/2020

The Intel Z490 Overview: 44+ Motherboards Examined

After another long wait for a new Intel platform, Comet Lake and the 400 series finally descends. Here we get a new socket, support for up to 10-cores with...

49 by Gavin Bonshor on 4/30/2020

MSI Launches New 10th Gen Core Laptops With NVIDIA RTX Super And Mini LED

To coincide with today’s launch of both the latest 10th generation Intel Core H-Series parts, as well as NVIDIA’s launch of their new RTX Super laptop GPUs, MSI is...

10 by Brett Howse on 4/2/2020

I Need Speed: MSI Reveals Optix MAG251RX 240Hz IPS Gaming Monitor

MSI has announced its first display that uses a Fast IPS panel, which boasts a 240 Hz refresh rate. Like many gaming LCDs, the Optix MAG251RX is NVIDIA G-Sync...

12 by Anton Shilov on 4/1/2020

Ryzen Roundup: A Quick Overview of Ryzen Mobile 4000 Laptops From Acer, ASUS, Dell, & MSI

Originally announced back at CES 2020, AMD this week has finally launched its new "Renoir" Ryzen Mobile 4000 APUs. And with it, AMD's laptop partners have begun rolling out...

41 by Anton Shilov on 3/31/2020

MSI Extends Product Warranties by Two Months Due to Coronavirus

The outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has already caused the cancellation several major trade shows and will have other kinds of impacts on the high-tech industry. And while the...

3 by Anton Shilov on 3/11/2020

MSI Launches Optix MAG272CRX: A 27-Inch, 240Hz Curved Monitor with USB-C

Having announced a number of interesting displays recently, MSI this week unveiled a yet another monitor featuring a rare combination of capabilities. The Optix MAG272CRX is a 27-inch curved...

5 by Anton Shilov on 2/28/2020

The MSI Creator TRX40 Motherboard Review: The $700 Flagship for Threadripper

The TRX40 chipset is designed to support all the current generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors including the 3990X which has 64-cores and 128-threads of processing power. On the test...

47 by Gavin Bonshor on 2/26/2020

MSI Intros Modern 15 Laptop: An Inexpensive Laptop for Content Creators

MSI has been actively targeting content creators with its laptops as of recently, so it's only fitting that this week the company introduced its Modern 15 notebook, aimed at...

28 by Anton Shilov on 2/21/2020

Performance in Pink: MSI’s Prestige 14 Laptop Rose Pink w/ 6-Core CPU & GeForce GTX

Say what you will about the utility of style, but at the end of the day it sells. Along those lines, this week MSI launched its Limited Edition Rose...

12 by Anton Shilov on 2/7/2020

MSI Reveals Optix MAG322CR: A 31.5-Inch Curved Monitor with a 180 Hz Refresh Rate

As high refresh rates increasingly become a standard feature in monitors aimed at the gaming market, manufacturers have started to turn their eyes towards what's next in the ever-ongoing...

29 by Anton Shilov on 2/5/2020

The Corsair DDR4-5000 Vengeance LPX Review: Super-Binned, Super Exclusive

The consumer memory industry has been teasing DDR4-5000 for a few months now. We saw one company show some DDR4-5000 modules at Computex back in July 2019, running...

56 by Gavin Bonshor on 1/27/2020

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