Comet Lake

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 consumers. One of the side battles thus appeared in the motherboard market, with the Z490 chipset paving the way for Intel's 14 nm Comet Lake processors. One such model is the GIGABYTE Z490 Aorus Master, which is poisitioned in the mid-range segment's upper end with a premium feature set. Some of the most notable features include 2.5 GbE and Wi-Fi 6 networking, triple PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots, and plenty of rear panel connectivity.

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

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24 by Ganesh T S on 12/29/2020

ECS LIVA Z3 Plus Review: Compact Comet Lake NUC Clone Cuts Corners

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17 by Ganesh T S on 12/22/2020

Supermicro C9Z490-PGW Motherboard Review: Comet Lake with 32 CPU PCIe Lanes

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27 by Gavin Bonshor on 12/21/2020

The NZXT N7 Z490 Motherboard Review: From A Different Direction

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46 by Gavin Bonshor on 10/7/2020

A 15-inch Thin Laptop For The Road: No More Dongles With The XMG DJ 15

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46 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 10/1/2020

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22 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 9/19/2020

HP Updates The ZBook Lineup With Power And Fury

Today HP is launching updates to their ZBook lineup with the new HP ZBook Fury 15 and 17, and the ZBook Power G7 mobile workstations offering performance, manageability, and...

25 by Brett Howse on 9/1/2020

Intel Brand Tie-ins: New Avengers Packaging Gives You a New Box To Play With

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64 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/14/2020

The Z490 Mini-ITX Showdown: GIGABYTE's Z490I Aorus Ultra and MSI's MEG Z490I Unify Reviewed

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22 by Gavin Bonshor on 8/4/2020

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9 by Gavin Bonshor on 8/3/2020

Intel Adds Core i9-10850K To Desktop Chip Lineup: 10 Cores Minus 100MHz

Intel this morning is taking the wraps off of a new Core i9 processor that it’s adding to its family of Comet Lake desktop CPUs. Taking its place as...

27 by Ryan Smith on 7/27/2020

ASUS ROG Maximus XII Apex Now Available

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20 by Gavin Bonshor on 7/1/2020

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35 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/24/2020

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30 by Dr. Ian Cutress & Gavin Bonshor on 6/11/2020

GIGABYTE Announces Z490 Aorus Ultra G2 Motherboard, with G2 Esports Tie-In

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9 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/5/2020

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39 by Dr. Ian Cutress & Gavin Bonshor on 6/5/2020

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18 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/3/2020

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