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Subject: Motherboards | February 15, 2006 - 04:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
t-break wanted to know what improvements came about when nVIDIA switched from it's original SLI to SLI X16. They tested 4 games, and several benchmarking tools with a pair of 7800GTX's, and have came to a pretty solid conclusion.
"We initially started out by conducting tests at only 0X and 4X AA however we really didnt see any
difference at all. We contacted nVidia about this and they suggested doing tests using 8X and 16X
AA and thus we went back and benched all four games using that setting as well.
Subject: Motherboards | February 10, 2006 - 05:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Silent PC Review has posted a review of the ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe that strays a little from the norm, but is perfect for this unique heatpipe using mobo. By focussing on heat and power, the review covers more than just performance, but helps to explain the 8 phase power the motherboard uses, and reveals a quirk about how it deals with SLI.
"Arguably the most full-featured single CPU desktop motherboard ever produced, this high
performance A64-939 board is also cooled with heatpipes and features a complex chi
Subject: Motherboards | February 9, 2006 - 06:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Built for Pentium "M"s, the AOpen i915GMm-HFS microATX that Hardware Zone reviews is a great starting place for an HTPC. With built in audio, a 16x PCIe slot, DDR2 support and SATA with RAID capabilites, you can even get some good gaming out of it.
"Not just another desktop Pentium M motherboard, the AOpen i915GMm-HFS is a cleverly designed motherboard specifically targeted at those who are looking to get on the media center PC craze.
Subject: Motherboards | February 6, 2006 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown reviews a sweet little s754 board from EPoX, the 8NPA-SLI. Now you can get an SLI setup, without having to upgrade your CPU, memory and everything else at the same time. You get to save some money on the CPU as well.
Also from EPox, the EP-5NVA is an LGA775 board, and our own Jon Hung has posted a fresh review of it.
"Socket 754 has now made a comeback for AMD in the form of the budget line of Sempron processors.
Subject: Motherboards | February 2, 2006 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report reviews the ASUS A8R-MVP, a very inexpensive motherboard that combines 2 chipsets, ATI's Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire Edition and ULi's M1575 southbridge. Head over to see what advantages that gains over a motherboard that uses ATI's SB450.
"Fortunately, the CrossFire Edition chipset has an ace up its sleeve. Its north bridge is capable
of interfacing with alternative south bridge chips, including those built by ULi.
Subject: Motherboards | January 19, 2006 - 02:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP reviews EVGA's latest s939 motherboard, the K8-NF41, a very feature rich board. Give them a moment of your time, and see just what this board can do.
"The K8-NF41 is EVGA's latest motherboard for the Athlon 64 socket 939 line of processors.
Subject: Motherboards | January 17, 2006 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As the review on Bjorn3D explains, the Gigabyte GA-8I955x qualifies as royalty because of the support for 888MHz DDR2, Gigabyte's patented Universal-Plus Dual Power System, dual gigabit LAN and IEEE 1394b.
Subject: Motherboards | January 16, 2006 - 01:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MSI K8N Diamond Plus Limited Edition that Hardware Zone has up for review is a blend of old and new technology. It contains everything you would expect from an N4 board, with the addition of an OEM version of the Coolermaster Musketeer 3, an audio front panel with a vacuum tube.
"Since we last reviewed the MSI K8N Diamond Plus, things have been going on behind the scenes.
Subject: Motherboards | January 10, 2006 - 04:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASRock's 939NF4G-SATA2 motherboard does a lot of the work for you, if you are shopping for a value system. On board
nForce 410MCP audio, a built-in Geforce 6100 and ethernet as well means that just picking up a CPU and some memory is all you need to get an upgrade running. You could also build a complete system from scratch just by adding a case with a PSU, a SATA harddrive, and a monitor to the list.
Subject: Motherboards | January 3, 2006 - 11:03 AM | Ryan Shrout
Anandtech has put together a review of four nForce4 SLI motherboards that they consider to have "bargain" pricing.
The Albatron K8SLI is a very interesting board as it offers good performance with a minimal feature set. The board layout is very compact while still providing SLI capability. If you want to set up a LAN party system with SLI, then this board will allow you to use the smaller ATX cases without issue.
Subject: Motherboards | December 28, 2005 - 05:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
t-break has combined two Intel motherboards into a single article and some good old fashioned chipset-bashing.
Performance-wise, both boards are good as we saw in the previous pages, however, gaming AMD's baby at the moment and we're a bit skeptical about using that term to promote Pentium4 boards at the moment. With overclocking, ASUS managed to take the lead providing a higher overclock.
Subject: Motherboards | December 23, 2005 - 04:04 PM | Ryan Shrout
Lost Circuits has posted a review of the latest motherboard out of Sapphire, the RD480-based Pure CrossFire.
That does not mean that even a homogenous platform is trouble free, on the contrary, there were initial problems with nVidia's SLI platform and there are certainly some issues with ATI's Crossfire. We got our hands on a sample of Sapphire's Pure Crossfire PC-A9RD480 board, based on ATI's Radeon Xpress 200 Crossfire chipset, and the road to success was somewhat rocky.
Subject: Motherboards | December 22, 2005 - 10:30 AM | Jonathan Hung
Hoping for a motherboard in your stocking or under the tree this Holiday? Bit-tech takes a look at the well-endowed Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe. In typical Asus fashion, the A8N32-SLI Deluxe comes with a whole whack of accessories including a turbine style fan.
Not to be forgotten is EPoX and their latest Intel 945P offering.
Subject: Motherboards | December 20, 2005 - 03:00 PM | Jonathan Hung
Seems like a lot more GeForce 6100 reviews are hitting the web. Today TweakTown has a review of the Foxconn 6150K8MA-8EKRS (try saying that three times quickly!) which uses NVIDIA GeForce 6150 chipset and comes in a mATX form-factor. If you're looking for a budget HTPC, this Foxconn may be what you're looking for!
If that Foxconn is a bit "ghetto" for you, then maybe the DFI NF4 SLI-DR Expert board reviewed at TBreak is more your style.
Subject: Motherboards | December 19, 2005 - 02:00 PM | Jonathan Hung
Legit Reviews has an article on the DFI RDX200 CF-DR motherboard posted. This motherboard is probably one of the more important CrossFire motherboard releases since DFI has been consistently setting the standard for enthusiast features. How does it stack up against the venerable DFI NF4 SLI-DR?
"Dropping the memory divider to 166 and the CPU multiplier to x8 allowed me to push the board all the way to 309FSB, not too shabby at all. One issue I'd like to point out is the heat generated by the chipsets.
Subject: Motherboards | December 9, 2005 - 06:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DFI has once again delivered a motherboard with more options and extras than most even knew existed. If you can't stop playing with settings, head to PC Stats to get a look at all the features you can tweak on the LANParty UT NF4 SLI-DR.
"Like the previous model, the DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert motherboard is based on the nvidia nForce4 SLI chipset. It supports all Socket 939 AMD Athlon64/FX/X2 processors on the market, and is geared for gaming performance.
Subject: Motherboards | December 6, 2005 - 06:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS reviews the Gigabyte GA-Gi975X motherboard, an Intel motherboard with a nifty new idea. This isn't just northbridge cooling, but fully integrated ducting and 40mm fans seperating the CPU from the rest of the mobo.
"Gigabyte has decided that overclocking should play a large part in the GA-G1975X's makeup, and a
couple of plastic ducts are designed and implemented to cool the hot-running components in and
around the CPU socket area."
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Subject: Motherboards | November 25, 2005 - 05:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech received a nice surprise whe reviewing the entrance level ATI chipset based A8R-MVP from Asus. While this board is farily inexpensive and targeted at entrance level users, the features on the mobo and it's overclocking ability are impressive. The likely suspect in this case being the use of the ULi M1575 southbridge.
"If we always went with our assumptions, there would be no reason at all to test motherboards, and
thankfully, our first opinions are often proven wrong in the actual testing.
Subject: Motherboards | November 22, 2005 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA's new K8T900 chipset is making the rounds today, so if you can pull yourself away from that shiny new Xbox, take a look at what they've included. Legion Hardware is a great place to start, to get a good idea how inclusive VIA made this chipset.
Don't forget to come back and read Ryan's review as well.
"The K8T900 is one of the best chipsets VIA has produced in quite some time and as it stands,
could be one of the best AMD64 chipsets available.
Subject: Motherboards | November 21, 2005 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has a look at one of the latest AMD motherboards from ASUS, the A8N32-SLI. One of the neatest features is the integrated heatpipe, to keep your northbridge happy.
Then, check out John's review of the EPoX 8NPA SLI, see which fits you better.
"Asus' A8N32-SLI Deluxe is the first nForce4 SLI X16-based Athlon 64 motherboard to hit the
market, and it's more than just a simple refresh of Asus' nForce4 SLI design.