Dual-core-capable Platforms Reviewed

Subject: Motherboards | August 17, 2005 - 04:38 PM |
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The gang at Tech Report has posted up an article that looks at various motherboards based on the 955X and nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipsets for dual core Intel processors. 

With our summaries complete, it's clear that none of the boards in this round-up are perfect. Each has high points and drawbacks, but a couple stand out as better options than the rest. Our first Editor's Choice recipient is an easy pick.

ECS Shows the PF88 Dual Platform Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | July 28, 2005 - 04:08 PM |
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Touting another industry first, ECS is still showing off their upcoming PF88 motherboard that allows users to use either an Intel Pentium processor based on the LGA775 socket or a 939-pin AMD processor at their choice.  It does NOT allow for usage models like running both processors at the same time, but it does attempt to helps users deal with the constantly changing processor socket platforms from both Intel and AMD. 


Using a technology they are calling the "Elite Bus", ECS has setup a serial connection between the processor bridge card and other components on the mainb

ECS KN1 Extreme nForce4 Ultra Review

Subject: Motherboards | July 26, 2005 - 02:03 PM |
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HardOCP has posted a review of the ECS KN1 Extreme board based on the nForce4 Ultra chipset for the AMD platform.  We are working on a board review of this solution as well.

Let's preface this by saying that this is the first ECS motherboard review we have ever completed. In the past, we have tried to review ECS' boards but they have failed so miserably in our testing that we did not see the reason to spend the resources to complete a review on them. That was, however, several years ago.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Chaintech VNF4 Zenith VE Review

Subject: Motherboards | May 26, 2005 - 05:39 PM |
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For those of you looking for an Nforce 4 board, you might want to check out the review of the Chaintech VNF4 Zenith VE over at MBreview.

 "Overall, we were pleased with the BIOS that Chaintech has chosen to utilize with the VNF4 Zenith VE. Given that the board really isn't geared towards the high-end crowd, I was slightly surprised to see the voltage adjustment capabilities that we found.

Source: MBreview

Gigabyte K8N-SLI AMD Review

Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2005 - 09:54 AM |
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The gang at Sudhian has reviewed the Gigabyte nForce4 SLI AMD chipset motherboard and seemed to be pretty impressed.  You can see my review of a similar Gigabyte SLI board with more features here

It might sound odd coming from a reviewer, but I'd like to give this board a better score.  I like the feature set, I like the price, and I like how Gigabyte is obviously t

Source: Sudhian

Asus Breaks Ground on Another China Plant

Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2005 - 09:49 AM |
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It looks like Asus is readying to see motherboard productions go even higher. 

Asustek Computer yesterday broke ground for its new manufacturing site in Nanhui, Shanghai, with the plant set to be ready for volume production in the middle of 2006, according to the Chinese-language Commercial Times.

Source: Digitimes

MSI P4N Diamond nForce SLI Intel Board Review

Subject: Motherboards | May 23, 2005 - 05:49 PM |
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The gang at Hexus.net has a review up of the MSI motherboard powered by the Intel Edition of the nForce4 SLI chipset. 

The SLI performance problem that the likes of Dell would inevitably gloss over, but has been graphically (pun intended) shown on the previous few pages is squarely down to Pentium 4s' relatively weak gaming performance that's exhibited at lower resolutions and/or with games that rely on masses of subsystem grunt.

Source: Hexus

VIA DualGFX SLi

Subject: Motherboards | May 22, 2005 - 09:51 AM |
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Here is a taste of what VIA will have to offer us in the SLI department. While the translation is a little shaky HKEPC has some early benchmarks to wet your whistle.

You can also discuss this in our forums VIA DualGFX SLi

Source: HKEPC

EPoX EP-9NPA+ SLI nForce 4 SLI AMD Review

Subject: Motherboards | May 20, 2005 - 12:26 PM |
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Our own Jonathan Hung has put together a review of the EPoX EP-9NPA+ SLI nForce 4 SLI AMD Motherboard If you are planning to build a new SLI system you will want to look this one over.

The EPoX EP-9NPA+SLI is a very strong contender in the increasingly crowded SLI market. What sets this board apart from the rest is the great feature set and the cheaper price.

AOpen to introduce Pentium M motherboard using desktop 915G chipset

Subject: Motherboards | May 17, 2005 - 11:40 AM |
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I have yet to see the first AOpen 915-based motherboard that was "released" but the company is already planning a second one

The i915GA-HFS will support a number of improved features over the recently released 915Mm-HFS motherboard, which is based on the mobile Intel 915GM Express chipset.

Source: Digitimes

Gigabyte 955X Royal Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards | May 17, 2005 - 10:31 AM |
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HardwareZone has a review up of the Gigabyte 955X motherboard, dubbed the "Royal". 

Performance-wise, the GA-8I955X Royal was able to perform as well and in some cases outperform the Intel 925XE Express reference board, meeting our expectations for the new chipset. It also showed some exceptional performance in the hard drive subsystem testing.

Dual Core Will Not Increase Mobo Sales

Subject: Motherboards | May 15, 2005 - 10:59 PM |
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It looks like some motherboard vendors are predicting a stagnant market even with both AMD and Intel pushing dual core processors to anyone and everyone.  With the AMD X2's only needing a BIOS update and Pentium D platform pretty high on the price scale, this makes a lot of sense. 

However, AMD's new dual-core Athlon64 X2 CPUs will be Socket 939 solutions, and can be supported by current K8 motherboards, which will only need to have their BIOS upgraded, the makers said.

Source: Digitimes

nForce4 SLI Intel Edition Not Living Up to Claims?

Subject: Motherboards | May 6, 2005 - 11:14 AM |
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The Inquirer seems to have reason to believe that the nForce4 SLI Intel Edition is living up to claims NVIDIA made for it and increased gaming performance.  They are also asking for retail motherboard reviews, which I will have one here for you on Monday or Tuesday.  I am going to have to disagree with their statements though, as our game testing on NVIDIA's SLI technology on the Intel platform did in fact show some reasonable performance gains.&nb

Source: The Inquirer

Gigabyte 955X Royal Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards | May 6, 2005 - 11:03 AM |
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Damn, I feel important just reading a Royal motherboard review!  The board reviewed here is based on Intel's 955X chipset that supports dual core processors as well as the latest single core products.  l

Regarding the 8I955X-Royal, Gigabyte certainly has a board that's big on features and great on stability. We thought that the performance was a bit lacking in some areas and overclocking wasn't as great as we've experienced with other boards in the past.

Source: t-break

Abit Silent OTES Technology

Subject: Motherboards | May 2, 2005 - 11:29 AM |
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Abit is announcing a new technology for their motherboards called Silent OTES that will offer the same cooling benefits that we saw on their previous boards withouth the hassle of additional noise.

April 25, 2005 - ABIT Engineering has done it again; but unlike the high performance coolers like OTES™, OTES AeroFlow™ and Dual OTES™ before it, this one won't be making a sound.

ECS Announces Boards based on ATI's XPRESS 200 Chipsets

Subject: Motherboards | April 27, 2005 - 10:48 AM |
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ECS sent over an email with some news that they are releasing boards based on both the RS400 and the RS480 chipsets, so they will have boards for both Intel and AMD platform with ATI chipsets.  Is this preliminary for having ATI Multi VPU support?

Fremont, CaliforniaSource: PC Perspective

Abit Helped by Large Investment

Subject: Motherboards | April 25, 2005 - 10:37 AM |
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I am sure many of you remember the trouble that Abit found itself in financially when they came under investigation by the Taiwan version of the SEC, but now things seem to be looking up for the motherboard manufacturer.  A new investor in the form of the CEO of the largest transportation group in Taiwan, has put in enough of of his own money to become a majority share holder.  Now, I don't know what affect this is going to have on the company in general, their product lines or anything, but we'll be meeting with them extensivel

Source: The Inquirer

Asus Announces P5WD2 Based on Intel's 955X Chipset

Subject: Motherboards | April 18, 2005 - 09:40 PM |
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Another motherboard being announced tonight, this time from Asus, and based on the Intel 955X chipset.



Taipei, Taiwan; April 18, 2005 — ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS), the worldwide leader of motherboards, today introduced the P5WD2 Premium motherboard based on the newly released Intel 955X chipset.

AOpen Shows Pentium M Motherboard based on the Alviso Platform

Subject: Motherboards | April 18, 2005 - 08:45 PM |
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This could one of the most exciting motherboard releases in a while and might truly bring the Pentium M to desktop computing.  How would the Pentium M perform with PCI Express graphics, dual channell DDR2 memory and natvie SATA support?  Below is the PR release and a photo!



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AOPEN UNVEILS NEW PENTIUM M MOTHERBOARD FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE

MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum Review

Subject: Motherboards | April 13, 2005 - 04:57 PM |
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The guys at PC Stats have reviewed the new MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum motherboard. 

MSI's new K8N Neo4 Platinum motherboard is based around the nForce4-Ultra chipset, this board can use any Socket 939 Athlon64/FX processor and can be stuffed with up to 4GB of PC3200 DDR RAM.

Source: PCStats