Sapphire Pure CrossFire RD480 Board Review

Subject: Motherboards | December 23, 2005 - 01:04 PM |
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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.

Source: LOSTCIRCUITS

Motherboards Under the Tree

Subject: Motherboards | December 22, 2005 - 07:30 AM |
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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.

Source: bit-tech

Foxconn GeForce 6150 & DFI's Latest NF4 SLI

Subject: Motherboards | December 20, 2005 - 12:00 PM |
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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.

Source: TweakTown

DFI's RDX200 CrossFire Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | December 19, 2005 - 11:00 AM |
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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.

DFI delivers again

Subject: Motherboards | December 9, 2005 - 03:37 PM |
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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.

Source: PCStats

Mobo with a cool new idea

Subject: Motherboards | December 6, 2005 - 03:44 PM |
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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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Source: Hexus

Asus and ATI, high power without the high price

Subject: Motherboards | November 25, 2005 - 02:21 PM |
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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.

Source: AnandTech

VIA's new chipset

Subject: Motherboards | November 22, 2005 - 09:00 AM |
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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.

Built-in cooling, taken up a notch

Subject: Motherboards | November 21, 2005 - 09:13 AM |
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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.

The rare albino Sapphire motherboard spotted

Subject: Motherboards | November 17, 2005 - 08:59 AM |
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The Sapphire Pure Innovation PI-A9RX480 is a very distinctive looking board, built around the

ATI 200P chipset.  With one x16 PCIe slot, 2 normal PCIe, 2 PCI 2.2 slots, and built in audio, LAN and firewire, this board seems to have everything you would need.  Read the full review at BigBruin.

"Tell me, isn't that one of the purdiest boards you've seen seen since the Soyo Dragon KT400

Platinum?

Source: PimpRig

Foxconn adds SIS's Mirage

Subject: Motherboards | November 11, 2005 - 02:27 PM |
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The Foxconn WinFast 761GXK8MC-S includes the newly released IGP from SIS, The Mirage.  Read the full review at PC Stats to see how it stacks up to the N4 boards, both in price, and performance.


Don't forget to read Ryan's review of the A8N32-SLI either.


"The Foxconn WinFast 761GXK8MC-S motherboard is based upon a new chipset from

SiS which has a couple media-friendly assets.

Source: PCStats

Return of the IGPs

Subject: Motherboards | November 9, 2005 - 10:32 AM |
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It's been a while since a batch of motherboards with Integrated Graphics Processors has been released.  However, with the new nForce boards, we are seeing quite a few boards with a 6100 built in, like the Biostar GeForce 6100-M9 TForce reviewed by TweakTown.  Consider it the next time you are putting together a system for a non-gamer.

"The integrated desktop graphics market is often one which is overlooked by many users.

Source: TweakTown

Peeking into the 2006 motherboard models

Subject: Motherboards | November 3, 2005 - 03:16 PM |
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Anandtech visited Taiwan and wandered into several motherboard manufacturers to see what is coming up for 2006, why don't you join them.

"We recently had the opportunity to visit some manufacturers in Taiwan, and with that opportunity,

we spent a lot of time previewing new motherboards and graphics products.

Source: AnandTech

Size doesn't always count

Subject: Motherboards | November 2, 2005 - 10:41 AM |
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Think Computers reviews the Biostar M7VIG-400 Combo micro ATX board, that comes with a Mobile Athlon XP 2600+ Barton.  Just because it's tiny doesn't mean it lacks power.  It's able to run 

Athlon, Athlon XP, Duron, and Sempron at 200, 266 and 333 FSB speeds, has built in video (with an AGP expansion slot as well), built in audio, and a NIC as well.  This might be the board to base your first HTPC on.

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The purer the power, the higher you can get

Subject: Motherboards | October 28, 2005 - 10:27 AM |
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AnandTech has a comprehensive review of the Asus P5N32-SLI: Dual x16.  It has many innovations on it, and one of the main focuses on this board seems to be improving the quality of power that the system recieves.  You night wonder what that means to you?  It means better overclocking potential ... that's what!

"The Asus P5N32-SLI Deluxe is outstanding and deserves serious consideration if you are an Intel

enthusiast.

Source: AnandTech

ECS' new mobo comes in grape!

Subject: Motherboards | October 26, 2005 - 12:41 PM |
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Motherboards.org has gotten a hold of the ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Motherboard, an SLI board without the paddle usually found to switch between single and dual video cards.  It even comes with a "Top Hat" a backup BIOS that sits on top of the main BIOS chip.  It will allow you to boot after a bad flash, so you can try to reflash. 

"ECS is not only one of the biggest sellers of motherboards worldwide, sometimes they actually

make products that are worthy of attention and priced right as wel

EQS's Crossfire Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | October 20, 2005 - 03:09 PM |
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HEXUS has had the EQS A72K9-CF for a while now, but haven't had an ATI Master card until now.  Now that they do have it, you can read their review in full.

"EQS enabled HEXUS with its EQS A72K9-CF CrossFire Edition mainboard literally weeks before we got

our grubby paws on the ATi Master graphics board required to complete the platform for our

analysis on the launch of the CrossFire platform.

Source: Hexus

Dual processor setup, with a single chip implementation

Subject: Motherboards | October 17, 2005 - 02:38 PM |
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LostCircuits reviews the server/workstation class Foxconn Winfast NFPIK8AA-8EKRS motherboard.  Built around the nForce4 profession chipset, you need to read the full review to get an idea of what they did with this motherboard.  Essentially a dual CPU board, but without the second socket, definately unique, and definately powerful.

"Foxconn is one of the world's largest OEM manufacturers of computer parts and only recently has started to enter the enthusiast market.

Source: LOSTCIRCUITS

TYAN INVOKES DUAL CORE POWER WITH DUAL PRODUCT LAUNCH

Subject: Motherboards | October 14, 2005 - 10:27 AM |
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FREMONT, CA, USA, October 6th, 2005 - Leveraging on the power of dual core processors to deliver the power needed to meet demanding application requirements, Tyan is launching not one, but TWO dual core products.

One motherboard that fits Socket 939 or 754!

Subject: Motherboards | October 13, 2005 - 01:42 PM |
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ECS + PC Chips = One bloody bizarre motherboard.


The ECS PF88 is based on an incredibly flexible SiS chipset.  I can handle Pentium 4 or Athlon64 chips, your choice.   Read all about this innovative board at hardCOREware.


"Not many people noticed when two of the most boring Motherboard OEMs merged last summer. ECS and PC Chips were never really known for making amazing or innovative products, instead focusing on low end, mainstream hardware. But they assured us, times were changing.
Source: hardCOREware