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Subject: Motherboards | August 13, 2004 - 02:01 PM | Ryan Shrout
After doing some snooping around the Abit booth here at Quakecon, I came across a motherboard that I definitely didn't recognize. What I had was the first prototype of the Abit Fatal1ty motherboard.
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The quick and dirty basics I got on the board were that it was a 925X-based Intel 775-pin platform (obviously) with some added twea
Subject: Motherboards | July 18, 2004 - 02:15 AM | Ryan Shrout
Subject: Motherboards | July 2, 2004 - 05:30 PM | Geoff Baker
If you are needing an upgrade, but the prices of a 939 cpu put you off, you might want to check out this review of a relatively inexpensive Socket 754 solution. Decent overclocking and great game performance doesn't require a fortune.
Quote: "We've just posted a review of Abit's K8T800 Pro powered socket 754
motherboard, the K8V Pro.
Subject: Motherboards | June 23, 2004 - 03:16 AM | Geoff Baker
Quote: "During this test session we will study the performance of the new LGA775 platform from Intel and will compare the speed of new LGA775 processors running on i925T Express platform with that of the Socket 478 processors running on an i875P platform.
Subject: Motherboards | June 18, 2004 - 06:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) is being proposed as the new alternative to the old BIOS. The BIOS sufferes from many limitations, which have been spotlighted by the advent of more readily available 64bit proccessors. kernelthread.com takes a look at the issues and benefits of this new firmware interface for motherboards.
In a "modern" setting, the old-fashioned BIOS has severe limitations, even though it has seen numerous tweaks, impr
Subject: Motherboards | June 11, 2004 - 01:07 AM | Geoff Baker
If the initial prices on 939 boards and chips has you scared off, you might take a look at this roundup of 5 of the more affordable socket 754 boards. Going through the review you'll no doubt notice the similar performance on benchmarks.
Subject: Motherboards | June 7, 2004 - 02:41 AM | Geoff Baker
Anandtech has put together this photo review of what was on display at Computex. You might be seeing a lot of these systems for sale this year. Don't forget to check out our coverage of the Via Technology Forum that took place as well.
Quote: "...As the showcase for all the stuff that's coming, Computex is a sea of new motherboards.
Subject: Motherboards | June 2, 2004 - 06:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Conspracy theories surround the proposed new format for motherboards, BTX or Balanced Technology eXtended. It is not very popular with many people, and this article gives some of the reasons.
There are other complaints about BTX, one major one being that Intel seems to be the only one interested in pushing it, which further supports the conspiracy theory that it's just a way to deal with their extremely hot p
Subject: Motherboards | May 29, 2004 - 04:07 PM | Geoff Baker
Hexus has put up a review of the MSI version of the Nforce3 250 GB. Some may want to wait for the next socket, but for the value conscious, there is no time like the present. Check out this review for the story.
Quote: "MSI's K8N Neo is the second motherboard retail nForce3 250Gb motherboard to pass through HEXUS. Reference board examination hinted that NVIDIA had finally gotten it right. The K8N Neo shows just how potent a default performer the chipset can be.
Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2004 - 02:42 PM | Geoff Baker
With the Nforce3 GB, Nvidia has finally caught up with Via and integrated RAID support into the Southbridge chip. The remaining question is whether or not the Nvidia performance will be up to the standard set by Via. Ace's attempts to answer this question and more in this K8T800 vrs. Nforce3 GB shootout. Good news or bad?
Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2004 - 11:24 AM | Sean Pelletier
The guys over at Hexus have somehow managed to take some exclusive photos of the dual-processor SFF from Iwill which has received so much attention as of late. Regardless of how the system fares in the marketplace, it is certainly exciting to see a vendor take a chance on a wild product like this.
"Firstly, a little information on the custom form-factor ZMAX-DP motherboard.
Subject: Motherboards | May 9, 2004 - 09:53 PM | Geoff Baker
If you've waited long enough, might check out this roundup of K8T800 boards. In this review, the Techseekers not only give you the benchmarks, but some good shots of the boards including the backplanes. Compare their Abit KV8 Max results with our review.
Quote: ""It is pretty evident from the performance tests, that the K8T800
performs equally well no matter what board its on.
Subject: Motherboards | May 3, 2004 - 08:51 PM | Geoff Baker
T-Break has a review of another Nforce3 250 GB, the Gigabyte K8NSNXP. Interesting how different vendors are configuring their boards. For example, looks like this 250 GB is not using the Integrated Gigabit functionality. Appears that they have decided to use it on the PCI bus to simplify the production of their various models of Nforce3. Not as though you are likely to be able to use Gigabit much anyway, but still...
Quote: "What made us wonder was why Gigabyte chose the lower-end version of thenF
Subject: Motherboards | April 30, 2004 - 02:36 AM | Geoff Baker
In contrast to X-Bits earlier report of the new Via dual channel memory board for 32 bit XP, the Tech Report has the KT880 winning the review over the venerable Nforce2. Many are waiting for these to hit the shelves...
Quote: "Simply being a viable alternative to the nForce2 wasn't good enough for VIA, itseems. The company has rolled out a new KT880 chipset for Socket A processors, andthis one features a dual-channel memory controller.
Subject: Motherboards | April 26, 2004 - 05:29 PM | Geoff Baker
You may have seen Hardocp's review earlier on this much anticipated board. MSI is leading the way this time and by all accounts they certainly have something to show off.
Quote: "Since the MSI K8N Neo is the first shipping board with the nVidia nForce3 chipset, we don't know whether it is the harbinger of the great things to come, or whether the K8N Neo Platinum is just a unique and stunning motherboard..."
Here are some more Motherboard reviews from around the web:
Subject: Motherboards | April 20, 2004 - 01:56 PM | Geoff Baker
Here is X-Bits first look at an actual retail product based upon the Via KT880, the Asus A7V880. This board has a lot for your 32 bit XP CPU: native SATA, 8 USB ports, native Gigabit, dual channel memory controller, overclocks nicely. If you were waiting for Via to finally put out the Nforce2 killer, they didn't quite do it, but it's close.
Quote: "VIA KT880 chipset with the dual-channel memory proves the fact that Athlon XP shouldn't be pushed into oblivion yet.
Subject: Motherboards | April 14, 2004 - 08:31 PM | Geoff Baker
The results are in on the Nforce3 250 GB and it is looking pretty good. The working PCI locks, Integrated LAN and SATA, they are all making it from the reference boards to the retail shelves. Here is the X-Bit Labs review of the Chaintech.
Quote: "So, we have checked out the new chipset from NVIDIA for the Socket 754 platform in practice. Although nForce3 250 seems to be very similar to the previous product, nForce3 150, at least in the name, it actually inherited very little from the predecessor.
Subject: Motherboards | April 9, 2004 - 01:30 PM | Geoff Baker
The Tech Report has a review of a sample Nforce3 250Gb board. With Gigabit LAN and SATA integrated in the chipset as well as a real working PCI lock, this one is eagerly anticipated. PCI Express will have to wait.
Quote: "ALTHOUGH NVIDIA'S nForce2 chipset was a darling of the enthusiast and gaming community, the
company's nForce3 150 didn't fare so well. The nForce3 150 for was available as early as the
Opteron launch, but the chipset's comparably weak feature set and initially uninspired performance
drove many to VIA's faster and more feature-rich K8T800 chipset.