ABIT version 2: Universal abit

Subject: Motherboards | October 27, 2006 - 10:53 AM |
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[H] has always been a fan of ABIT, and now that ABIT has returned as Universal abit, they put the new Core 2 Duo AB9  Pro motherboard.  Find out if it can live up to their old standards.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

nForce 590 up for examination

Subject: Motherboards | October 25, 2006 - 12:48 PM |
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Three different AMD nForce 590 motherboards are getting the complete work over at HotHardware.  If you are not thinking about jumping to Intel's Core 2 Duo, these are the top contenders for AMD based platforms.  Find out which boards top out their list.

Source: HotHardware

nFORCE 590 SLI and Core 2 Duo, together at last

Subject: Motherboards | October 23, 2006 - 11:49 AM |
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The Tech Report is pinching themselves, just to make sure they really do see a 590 SLI for Conroe.  The previous nForce, the 570 SLI was not really anything to get excited about, it was essentially an nForce4 board.  Now they have their hands on ASUS' P5N32-SLI, so drop by to see how this implementation worked.

Dual video with an onboard graphics card

Subject: Motherboards | October 16, 2006 - 12:50 PM |
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The ASUS M2NPV-VM is very handy for putting together a simple system.  With onboard audio, LAN and a graphics chip, it sets up very easily.  Even better, you can use monitors that require dual DVI, because the onboard graphics card can be used while another PCI Express card is running.  Don't plan on an SLI setup though, the onboard graphics isn't really designed for gaming.  Read all about this board at TweakTown.

"Added to this is the fact that the GeForce 6150's onboard graphics controller can be enabled at

Source: TweakTown

Sneak Peek at the upcoming nForce 680i SLI for Intel

Subject: Motherboards | October 13, 2006 - 11:49 AM |
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nVIDIA has sent us a look at the reference board for the soon to be released nForce 680i SLI.  Motherboard manufacturers have the actual board, so it should not be too long before we start seeing previews of their versions.  Notice the passive cooling on the two chip north and south bridge combination, as well as the three PCIe x16 slots for graphics cards....what could NVIDIA be up to now? 


Source: NVIDIA

Abits got a pair of Core 2 Duo boards

Subject: Motherboards | October 11, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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Abit may well be turning into the comeback kid.  After fading to relative obscurity, these last few months have seen them releasing quite a few new boards.  The newest are up for review at The Tech Report, the AB9 Pro, based around the P965 northbridge is a very solid board, and the AW9D Max with it's P975X offers support for Crossfire and also features solid state capacitors instead of electrolytic ones.  That last feature may decide anyone who has had problems with leaking caps in the past.

Hot rodding Mini-ITX baord?

Subject: Motherboards | October 5, 2006 - 12:32 PM |
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The Tech Report has found a mini-ITX board from Albatron that seems to have a lot more power than most of the other boards that size.  At $310, it does have a lot to prove though, so head over to find out how well it performs.

Crossfire on a LanParty

Subject: Motherboards | October 3, 2006 - 10:56 AM |
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DFI's new LanParty UT CFX 3200-DR is a feature rich CrossFire board.  With 2 x16 PCI-E slots, 2 PCI Express x1 slots and three PCI slots, you have more room for cards than you will need, considering the onboard sound and gigabit ethernet.  Hot Hardware pits it against the nVIDIA based ASUS A8N.

Source: HotHardware

Get SLI on a DFI nForece Ultra-D

Subject: Motherboards | September 29, 2006 - 11:27 AM |
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OCC has posted the steps to mod your non-SLI Ultra-D into and SLI-D.  All you need is some time and

  • Silver conductive paint
  • Scalpel / X-Acto / craft knife
  • A bright source of direct light
  • Cotton buds / Q-tips
  • IPA (Isopropyl alcohol, Isopropanol)
  • 40mm spacer (optional)

Get over there and check it out.

C2D does not always mean "Crash To Desktop"

Subject: Motherboards | September 25, 2006 - 01:02 PM |
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In fact, when [H]ard|OCP are talking about Core 2 Duo processors or motherboards, it is just short form.  This motherboard, built on an Intel chipset, has everythign you want from dual Gigabit NICs, as well as a wireless connection that claims "g" speeds.  Add to that respectable overclocking potential and Realtec's ALC882M 8 channel HD audio, and you have a pretty impressive board.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Asus Readies P5N32-SLI Premium

Subject: Motherboards | September 20, 2006 - 04:05 PM |
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Asus just sent over some PR that details their upcoming release of the P5N32-SLI Premium motherboard based on the nForce 590 SLI chipset and support Core 2 Duo processors from Intel.  Below is the PR and image.  You can discuss this board, and the apparently lack of Intel-based 590 SLI solutions, in our newly enhanced PC Perspective Forums!


Source: PC Perspective

2 takes on Core 2 motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | September 20, 2006 - 03:02 PM |
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In one corner you have the less expensive Foxconn board, with a slightly less powerful southbrigde.  It does a little of everything, but doesn't provide as many extras in the way of SATA channels, RAID and PCI Express 16x.  In the other corner you have Gigabyte, with the better southbridge that costs about double.  The Tech Report gives you the lowdown on which board can give you the better value and why.

NForce and Core 2 Duo

Subject: Motherboards | September 15, 2006 - 12:38 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has a review of ASUS' P5NSLI.  It offers some good performance out of the box, but [H] discovered it is not a great overclocker, and both the north and south bridges run quite hot.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

abit Launches NF-M2 nView Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | September 13, 2006 - 08:19 AM |
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September 08, 2006 —abit is expanding their digital home series into AMD processor supported platforms with the nVidia® GeForce®6150/nForce430 chipset based NF-M2 nView motherboard. 7.1 channel high definition audio and powerful integrated GeForce®6150 onboard graphics with a DVI-connector for digital high definition graphics output are the ideal basis for a cost-effective home theater multimedia system.
 

Source: ABIT

MSI and the new ATI SB600

Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2006 - 11:06 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the MSI K9A Platinum, based on the Radeon Xpress 3200, and with the new SB600.  It proved to be a very stable board, though there were some slight problems that appeared when dealing with RAID and CrossFire.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

EPoX's no-frills Core 2 Duo motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | September 7, 2006 - 09:02 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews EPoX's Core 2 Duo board, the EP-5P945Pro.  For less than $100 dollars, you get a motherbord with no frills, including no SLI support, but it handles Core 2 Duo chips perfectly well.  A great base to build a PC that sees normal use, but not recommended for gamers or overclockers.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Gigabyte adds speed to their reputation

Subject: Motherboards | August 31, 2006 - 08:40 AM |
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[H] notices something new in the way Gigabyte put together their new Core 2 Duo mobo.  They have always been a company that makes stable boards, but haven't had a history of good overclockability.  That changes with the GA-965P-DQ6, they got a Core 2 Duo E6300 1.87GHz to run at 3.3GHz, with a 472MHz FSB, but they did need to break out a few waterblocks to do so.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Crossfire's new and improved southbridge

Subject: Motherboards | August 28, 2006 - 02:47 PM |
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The main achilles heel for ATI's motherboards have been the lack of features incorporated on the board.  The Crossfire issues of the first runs seem to have been fixed, but compared to the features found on nForce boards, they just can't compete.  The Tech Report looks at the Crossfire Xpress 3200, and the new SB600 southbridge, to see what ATI has done to remedy the situation.

ASUS makes a triple play with Core 2

Subject: Motherboards | August 24, 2006 - 08:46 AM |
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The Tech Report contrasts three Core 2 motherboards from ASUS.  The P5B Deluxe Wifi-AP Edition (Intel 965), P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe (nForce4 SLIX16) and P5W DH Deluxe (Intel 975X) are all present.  They all have differences, one of the biggest for gamers being that the Intel965 board doesn't support SLI or CrossFire, though it does have WiFi, the nVIDIA board supports SLI, and the 975X supports CrossFire.

SLI is the only thing this board doesn't have

Subject: Motherboards | August 21, 2006 - 03:01 PM |
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The ASUS P5B Deluxe WiFi-AP has everything you could possibly want in a motherboard, if you are not planning on buying 2 video cards.  From the layout of the board, to the onboard features, [H]ard|OCP can't really find anything wrong with it.  Head over to check out this overclocking friendly board.

Source: [H]ard|OCP