OC3D Best of 2014

Motherboards

OC3D Best of 2014

Motherboards

It's difficult to appreciate how much the red and black colour scheme dominates proceedings these days until you collect them all on a single page. The Z97 and X99 chipsets provided the bulk of our motherboard reviews this year. That's a great thing if you like Intel, but we think it speaks loudly about the sad state of affairs affecting AMD in the CPU department. It doesn't lessen the achievements herein though.

ASUS Maximus VII Hero Preview

We could have awarded the Maximus VII Hero all of the awards given how incredible it was. It wasn't just the capabilities that left us agog, but the price too. The days when any RoG motherboard other than the Extreme variants weren't really worth the time are long gone, and it also says much about the qualities of the Intel chipset that ASUS could produce such an affordable offering that still overclocked like a lunatic and looked great too.

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MSI Z97 Gaming 5 Review

The first of the MSI Gaming motherboards blew us away with its combination of performance, looks and price. It shook off the dusty cobwebs of the standard ideas that high end motherboards had to come with GPU price tags. The brand has, in our opinion, lost a little of its early lustre as MSI have moved further away from the Dragon iconography and watered it down with 3 or 4 models, but the Gaming 5 is still an exceptional motherboard that ticks all the boxes.

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ASUS X99 ROG Rampage V Extreme Review

We could hardly do a roundup of our best of the year without including the X99 Rampage V Extreme. Equipped to handle the insane performance available from the Core i7-5960X it had everything you would expect to find on the premium Republic of Gamers offering. We particularly enjoyed the OC Socket that, rumour has it, forced Intel back to the drawing board having already unlocked the performance that their next refresh would have brought. No matter how you slice it the Rampage V Extreme is an amazing piece of kit.

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23-12-2014, 15:05:19

MadShadow
Thanks for the roundup. I might know what ot buy now Quote

24-12-2014, 10:25:04

Nerdfighter
I'm sure Phanteks would have squeezed in the best cases section if you guys had gotten them for review Quote

24-12-2014, 10:33:41

tinytomlogan
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I'm sure Phanteks would have squeezed in the best cases section if you guys had gotten them for review
If they had offered....Quote

24-12-2014, 10:35:57

barnsley
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
If they had offered....
Haven't they got the ex NZXT PR guy who still has a thing against you?Quote

24-12-2014, 10:38:31

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
Haven't they got the ex NZXT PR guy who still has a thing against you?
AFAIk yes matey - all goes back to the H2 vs R3 reviewQuote
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