PCR's guide to the latest motherboards

The latest sector guide features motherboards from Asus and Gigabyte
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With many components claiming to be the best on the market it is difficult to know which product may be. Jade Burke rounds up a range of the hottest new motherboards and processors currently available…

GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-UD3-BK motherboard

Distributor: Entatech

Gigabyte’s motherboard features SATA express support for 10 Gb/s data transfer and has a copper PCB design. Intel GbE LAN with CFOS internet accelerator software is included and supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel Core processors.

Specs: 4th and 5th Generation Intel Core processor support, multi graphics support, SATA support, copper PCB design.

SRP: £142.99

X99-DELUXE MOTHERBOARD

Distributor: Spire Technology

This motherboard supports Nvidia Quad-GPU graphics and AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX. It features five PCI express lanes, Wi-Fi 802.11 connectivity and supports dual frequency band 2.5/5GHz. Plus, 14 USB 3.0 ports and six USB 2.0 ports are included.

Specs: 14 3.0 and six 2.0 USB ports, Wi-Fi 802.11, USB BIOS flashback, DIGI+ Power Control, Crystal Sound 2.

SRP: £231.03 Excluding VAT

GIGABYTE 970A-DS3P REV 1.0 MOTHERBOARD

Distributor: VIP Computers

This motherboard is designed to deliver high-speed capabilities and transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps thanks to its onboard acceleration technologies. It features a USB 3.0 controller an AMD 970 chipset, plus, all USB ports benefit from a 3x power boost for better power delivery to USB devices. 

Specs: AM3+ socket, AMD 970 chipset, DDR3 memory, 16 PCIe 2.0, on/off charge technology, SATA 6 Gbps support.

SRP: £53.99

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INTEL CORE I7 4790K 4.0GHZ S1150 8MB PROCESSOR

Distributor: Ingram Micro

This processor from Intel combines an overclocking 4th Generation Core I7 processor with a 64-bit instruction set. It also features a maximum memory of 32GB, plus two memory channels and a maximum memory bandwidth of 25.6GB/s. Four cores and eight threads are also included.

Specs: 4 cores, 8 threads, up to 4.40GHz, 32GB memory, DDR3-1333/1600, Intel HD Graphics 4600, 16 PCI Express lanes.

SRP: Available for under £215

ASROCK 990FX EXTREME3 MOTHERBOARD

Distributor: VIP Computers

This motherboard supports AMD Socket AM3+ multi-core processors with up to eight native CPU cores. It features AMD Turbo Core Technology 2.0 and accelerates data transfer rates up to 5200MT/s via the HyperTransport 3.0 based system bus.

Specs: 32Gb memory support, DDR3 memory, AMD 990FX + SB950 chipset, Socket AM3+, six USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports.

SRP: £79.99

AMD A10 X47850K CPU

Distributor: Spire Technology

AMD’s CPU comes with 12 compute cores, four CPUs and eight GPUs, featuring AMD Radeon R7 graphics and AMD technology including TrueAudio.

This processor has a clock speed of 3.7GHz and a turbo speed of 4.0GHz, plus DDR3 memory is included along with a 95W and 4MB of cache.

Specs: 4MB cache, 4 threads, 3.7GHz clock speed, 4.0GHz turbo speed, FM2+ socket, R7 series graphics.

SRP: £91.25 excluding VAT

GIGABYTE GA-Z97P-D3 MOTHERBOARD

Distributor: Entatech

This Gigabyte 9 series motherboard supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel Core processors, plus built in AMD CrossFire support delivers clearer graphics for gaming. It comes equipped with LAN with high ESD protection as well as a Gigabyte Lan Optimiser. 

Specs: 4th and 5th Generation Intel Core processor support, HD audio support, HDMI output, AMD graphics.

SRP: £59.99

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GIGABYTE GA-H81M-S2H MOTHERBOARD

Distributor: Entatech

This Gigabyte 8 series motherboard supports a 4th Generation Intel Core processor, which helps to deliver performance-enhancing caching technologies and improved audio. The HD4600 Intel processor graphics also provide high frame rates in DX11 3D game titles. 

Specs: Intel H81 chipsets, HDMI, DVI, D-SUB port on rear panel, 4th Generation Intel Core support.

SRP: £39.99

INTEL CORE I7 5820K 3.3GHZ S2011-V3 15MB PROCESSOR

Distributor: Ingram Micro

This processor from Intel features a processor base frequency of 3.3GHz and a max turbo frequency of 3.6Ghz. It is available with different memory types including DDR4-1333/1600/2133, plus the max memory bandwidth is 68GB/s. It has a maximum of 28 PCI express lanes and runs on a 64-bit instruction set.

Specs: S2011-V3 CPU socket, turbo frequency 3.6Ghz, six cores, 12 threads, 64-bit instruction set.

SRP: Available for under £245

GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK MOTHERBOARD

Distributor: Entatech

This motherboard from Gigabyte supports both 4th and 5th Generation Intel Core processors, plus an onboard Creative Sound Core3D audio-processor is included. Dual DAC-UP USB ports and SATA express support for 10 Gb/s data transfer is included, as well as Cloud Station utilities.

Specs: 4th and 5th Generation Intel Core processor support, SATA express ports, dual DAC-OP USB ports, water block thermal design.

SRP: £349.99

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ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO MOTHERBOARD

Distributor: Spire Technology

Asus’ motherboard provides support to 4th and 5th Intel Generation Core processors and features an Intel Z97 Express Chipset with M.2 support. It also comes with data transfer speeds of up to 10Gb/s. It combines a KeyBot + TrueVolt USB for an instant keyboard upgrade and 5V USB supply.

Specs: Intel HD graphics, Nvidia Quad-GPU support, Intel Z97 chipset, 4th and 5th Intel Generation Core processor support.

SRP: Around £128.73 excluding VAT 

MSI X99S SLI PLUS MOTHERBOARD

Distributor: Entatech

MSI’s motherboard can support the Intel Core i7 processor Extreme Edition in its LGA 2011-3 socket, as well as Quad Channel DDR4-3333 memory. It features SATA Express USB 3.0 ports + SATA 6Gb/s and can support multi GPUs including Nvidia Quad SLI and AMD Quad CrossFire.

Specs: Intel Core i7 processor support, USB 3.0 ports, Nvidia and AMD support, command centre. 

SRP: From £159.99

CONTACT

Entatech:0333 101 1000

Ingram Micro:0871 973 3000

Spire Technology:01202 828444

VIP Computers:0871 622 7500

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