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Subject: Motherboards | November 2, 2005 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
'Well, today we have somethin
Subject: Motherboards | October 28, 2005 - 01:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Motherboards | October 26, 2005 - 03:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Motherboards | October 20, 2005 - 06:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Motherboards | October 17, 2005 - 05:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Motherboards | October 14, 2005 - 01:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Motherboards | October 13, 2005 - 04:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Motherboards | October 11, 2005 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If the high price of nForce4 boards are keeping you from moving to 64 bit computing, consider Gigabyte's GA-K8V890-9. It isn't going to outshine a comparable nVidia bases board, but it is also significantl cheaper. Head to HardwareZone for the full review of this boards capabilities.
"VIA may have become the underdogs in the chipset race, but we find out that the old dog still has some bite in it.
Subject: Motherboards | October 6, 2005 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
T-break has a review of the ASRock 939Dual SATA2 up, the board with a dual personality. It will take dual core CPU's, it has Dual Channel Memory, both IDE (3) and SATA (2), an odd slot labeled "future CPU slot" and the ability to accept either an AGP 8x card, or a PCIe 16x, although not both at the same time. All that and a price that is under $100.
"The ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 has a decent set of features supporting the 939 pin based Athlon64/Dual Core CPUs with dual channel memory controller as well a
Subject: Motherboards | September 30, 2005 - 02:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's nice to have choices, and the nForce chipset certainly offers that. The newest one to be reviewed at PCStats is the ECS KN1-SLI Extreme, with all the functionality you'd expect, and switchless SLI. Check it out.
"The ECS KN1-SLI Extreme looks like a pretty sweet motherboard for anyone on a budget who wants good performance, and the all important option of running dual PCI Express x16 SLI-compatible videocards.
Subject: Motherboards | September 28, 2005 - 04:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This board has everything, good looks, gobs of functionality and speed, in fact the only limitation that nV News could find was FSB overclocking. Not because of a specific problem with the board, but because the PCI Express bus, SATA, and the link between north & south bridges all use the same clock generator. You can't (yet) lock those frequencies in the BIOS, so you get problems with SATA and PCI Express devices if you push it too far.
"The MSI P4N Diamond has a great list
Subject: Motherboards | September 26, 2005 - 06:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Surprise, its the nForce4 SLI Intel Edition from Biostar. If you love nForce, but need to go with Intel, it's no longer a problem. The board has all you'd expect from nForce 4, with the nice simplicity of setup that BioStar tends to prefer, according to Bjorn3D. If it's not a motherboard you want, 4 new chips were announced today, one Intel and 3 AMD.
"For years, NVIDIA fans and general enthusiasts wondered if NVIDIA would ever release an Intel chipset.
Subject: Motherboards | September 23, 2005 - 12:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just because the ECS' Nforce 4 board, the KN1 SLI is touted as a discount board, doesn't mean they skimped on the layout of the board, or the package it comes with. Read the full review at InsaneTek.
"The KN1 SLI Extreme is the latest AMD flagship motherboard from ECS. The motherboard performs well and has great overclocking potential.
Subject: Motherboards | September 21, 2005 - 07:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Intel 945 chipset is taking it's time hitting the store, but Techniz got their hands on an offering from Gigabyte that uses it. See how well it performs with a Prescott, DDR2 and SATA2.
"The GA-8I945P Pro was featuring the new IntelÂ® 945P Express chipset with Hyper-Threading Technology delivers significant performance gains with variety of new generation architectures including the DDR2 main memory, PCI-Express interface, and Serial-ATA 2 interface for improving storage performa
Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2005 - 05:46 PM | Ryan Shrout
HardOCP has reviewed the Abit AN8 Ultra motherboard today based on the nForce4 Ultra chipset. Looks like the guys didn't find the fanless design all that appealing...
Remember that you are hearing all of this from a person that has been a huge fan of ABIT motherboards since their introduction of the "soft bios" in the mid-90s. Based on the ABIT motherboards that I have experienced over the last year, I have to wonder if ABIT has simply lost its grip on their marketing and engineering teams.
Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2005 - 05:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
Digitimes is reporting that the motherboard shipments for the "big four" have gone up for the month of August, a good sign for the industry as a whole.
First-tier motherboard makers Asustek Computer, Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), Gigabyte Technology, and Micro-Star International (MSI) shipped a combined 8.93 million motherboards in August, up 25.8-27.6% from the 7-7.1 million units they shipped during the same period last year.
As demand picked up in the traditional peak season,
Subject: Motherboards | September 7, 2005 - 03:14 PM | Ryan Shrout
Wesley over at Anandtech has posted a review of the ASRock board featuing the ULi 1695 chipset that sports both PCIe and AGP video card slots.
Many have been looking forward to the arrival of the first ULi chipset retail motherboards since our review of the ULi Reference boards. In the first Reference board review and the updated second ULi Reference, we found the performance of the on-board PCIe and AGP 8X to be both uncompromised.
Subject: Motherboards | August 31, 2005 - 03:10 PM | Ryan Shrout
I got this in my email box this morning from both ULi and ASRock. The ULi 1695 chipset supports both PCI Express x16 and native AGP 8x graphics interfaces. This particular board from ASRock also supports CPU upgrade modules and they are touting support for future M2 processors next year via one of these modules. Below is the full release I received.
Taipei, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)â€”August 31, 2005-- ULi Elect
Subject: Motherboards | August 30, 2005 - 04:27 PM | Ryan Shrout
This is just a post to point you all to my quickie coverage of the recent ECS Editor's Day that I posted in my blog yesterday.
Their other, even more daring offering, is something called Scalable Dual Graphics Engine. SDGE is an attempt to make dual GPUs a more affordable and more open platform. Theoretically, you can buy a motherboard based on any chipset that comes with two x16 PCIe slots, one of which has no PCIe actually going to it.
Subject: Motherboards | August 26, 2005 - 02:55 PM | Ryan Shrout
Here at an ECS Editor's Day in San Jose, motherboard partner ATI was on hand to showcase their upcoming CrossFire technology. We were able to get some information on ECS' upcoming CrossFire motherboards. For the Intel platform, there is the PA1 MVP and for the AMD platform there is the KA1 MVP. We also saw the first mention of the upcoming ATI R580 chipset. Here are some quick specs:
- PA1 MVP
- ATI RD400 + SB450 chipsets
- 1066 MHz FSB
- Dual channel DDR2-667 and