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Subject: Motherboards | April 29, 2011 - 12:52 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: gigabyte, bios, touchbios
For pretty much all of my life, the BIOS of a motherboard has been the same old boring DOS-sytle coloring and controls. Arrow keys, enter, that's pretty much it. The recent adoption of the EFI standard is changing that quite a bit and if you look at some of our recent motherboard reviews, you'll notice that BIOS manipulation is now much more intuitive and graphical interesting.
Gigabyte sent over a link to a video demonstrating their latest enhancement to the BIOS known as "TouchBIOS". As the name implies, the interface has been tweaked for a touch screen though you can obviously also use a mouse to get the job done. This is a Windows application however, so keep that in mind - you aren't actually able to use a touch screen when entering the BIOS. Applying the changes also requires a reboot, so there is no additional magic there.
So what do you guys think? Is this is a useful addition to the world of BIOS controls?
Subject: Motherboards, Storage | April 28, 2011 - 06:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: z68, ssd, ssd caching, Intel
Since it would be cruel to leave you only with the leaked SSD family from Intel and a few hints from ASRock about the performance increase from even a 20GB SSD, here is some more information from VR-Zone. Bear in mind we are still in the territory of leaked info and informed guessing but the topic is one worth keeping up with.
"Intel plans to officially launch Z68 Express chipset on May 18th but you will be able to see reviews online from 12th onwards. Of course, those who can't wait for the official launch can already purchase the Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 board from the retail market, first available in Taiwan and then the rest of the world in the coming weeks. Other brands like ASUS and ASRock are set to hit the retail next. Those enthusiasts hoping they can overclock their Sandy Bridge better on Z68 than the P67 will probably be disappointed but there is one important feature of Z68 that matters, and that is the SSD caching."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- The Kingston SSDNow V+100 96GB SSD Upgrade Bundle @Hi Tech Legion
- Kingston SSDNow V+ 100 @ Hardwarebistro
- Kingston Technology DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive @ Mod Synergy
- Mach Extreme MX-GX 16GB USB 3.0 @ Overclockers Online
- Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1 TB Portable (USB 3.0) Hard Disk Drive @ TechARP
- Crucial Unleashes the M4 SATA 3 SSD To The Public @ The SSD Review
- Cubitek Magic Cube 8HDD Review @ OCC
- Synology DiskStation DS411+ @ Legion Hardware
- OCZ Vertex 2 (E) 120 GB Solid State Drive @ TechARP
- Crucial m4 Solid State Drive Tests @ Benchmark Reviews
- Zalman N128 128 GB SSD @ techPowerUp
- ineo NA316N1 All-in-One NAS Server Review @ BayReviews
- SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC UHS –I Card 8GB @ t-break
- LaCie XtremKey Thumb Drive @ Metku.net
Subject: Graphics Cards, Motherboards, Chipsets | April 28, 2011 - 09:45 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: sli, nvidia, amd, 990x, 990fx, 970
In a move that is long overdue, NVIDIA's Tom Peteresen announced on a blog post that SLI multi-GPU support was finally going to be offered on AMD platforms with the upcoming launch of the AMD 990FX, 990X and 970 chipsets. On previous AMD platforms users have not been able to use multiple NVIDIA graphics cards in SLI because NVIDIA simply did not allow licensing of the technology on them. As of this month, that policy is changing.
According to the post, NVIDIA has had a change of heart and wants to "make sure gamers can benefit from the new CPU competitive landscape and ensure they have NVIDIA SLI – the highest performance, most stable multi-GPU solution - to game on!" The lack of SLI on previous chipsets was the result of Intel being the dominate CPU platform of choice for gamers in recent years.
ASUS, Gigabyte, ASRock, and MSI are going to be the first out of the block with motherboard based on the AMD 990FX, 990X and 970 chipsets with SLI support according to NVIDIA's Petersen.
This doesn't change NVIDIA's stance on the whole licensing and charging motherboard vendors to integrate SLI thing, however. In an ideal world, NVIDIA would have announced that they were opening up SLI to work on ANY motherboard, future or present, that has enough PCI Express slots on them, just like we see today with AMD's own CrossFire technology. Despite pressure to do that, NVIDIA is standing by its current formula and expanding into the realm of AMD chipsets.
Regardless, today is a good day for AMD fans and gamers alike that want more choice and more variety in their system build options for the future. The AMD Llano and Bulldozer-based processors just got a little more gaming friendly.
Subject: Motherboards | April 26, 2011 - 03:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: X58, rampage III, rampage 3, lga1366, ich10r, black edition, asus
Fremont, CA (April 25, 2011) - ASUS Republic Of Gamers (ROG), the most innovative and award winning enthusiast and gaming motherboard brand, is excited to introduce the Rampage III Black Edition. Team ROG is resetting the bar by which motherboards are judged by incorporating new levels of design, quality, functionality and connectivity that enthusiasts and gamers demand in current products.
Years of Refinement – Today’s Latest Technology
The Rampage III Black Edition combines the years of continued refinement and innovative design its industry leading engineering staff brings to the ROG brand into one board. Not only does the Black Edition board sport the latest design aesthetics featuring a superb layout, ultra-modern finishes, and a revised thermal cooling solution it also features incredible performance.
ASUS has always pushed the performance envelope and the limits of designs with ROG motherboards and the Black Edition is no exception. After listening closely to the gaming and enthusiast communities’ feedback and combining the expertise of ASUS’ performance gurus Peter “Shamino” Tan and Andre Yang, the Rampage III Black Edition provides the most robust and extensive BIOS, software and connectivity options available on a motherboard. It is this dedication to the user community and continual product improvements that separates ASUS ROG from the imitators.
Leading Connectivity for the Gamer and PC Enthusiast
The Rampage III Black Edition meets the needs of gamers and enthusiasts alike when it comes to expandability options. The board begins by offering dual-slot GPU spacing to optimize airflow along with (4) PCI-E x16 expansion slots. In addition the Black Edition offers a multitude of leading I/O standards such as USB 3 , SATA 6G, eSATA, Bluetooth 3.0 and 802.11N WiFi. In addition the board features both Intel Gigabit LAN and BIGFOOT Networks Killer™ NIC LAN technology for the best possible online multimedia and gaming experience. The Black Edition motherboard ensures the latest connectivity standards are available for gamers and enthusiasts alike, something the imitators are unable to offer.
Digital Power Delivery and Design – Only the Best for ROG
Like all ROG motherboards, the Rampage III Black Edition uses the latest in high quality and durable components to ensure trouble free operation and long life. Leaving the constraints of analog designs from imitating brands behind, the Black Edition takes the performance leading and award winning ASUS Extreme Engine Digi+ design of the Rampage III Extreme and pushes it even further. Utilization of a super alloy choke and a high-quality dual proadlizer design ensures extremely low ESL and ESR as well as high capacitance and current capabilities for cooler operation while gaming along with leading performance when overclocking. These superior design elements are brought together with ASUS’ other innovative designs such as ROG Connect, OC Zone and AI Suite to give gamers and enthusiasts gamers a board that stands above the rest.
Ultimate Immersion and Superior Performance
Republic Of Gamers always pushes the limits of hardware design and now takes this commitment to the next level with the ThunderBolt card. The ThunderBolt combines the award winning designs of ASUS’ Xonar audio cards as well as specifically designed high performance DAC and headphone amp for the ultimate in ear fidelity and in game positioning. In addition the ThunderBolt card integrates cutting-edge gaming technology from BIGFOOT Networks Killer™ NIC series and brings them together into one card. Plugging the Thunderbolt card into an open PCI-E slot ensures an immersive audio experience and stunning networking performance in a unique design that competing imitators do not offer.
Intel LGA1366 socket for Intel Corei7 Processor Extreme Edition / Core™i7 Processor with optimizations for Gulftown 32m based CPUs.
- Intel® X58/ ICH10R
- ROG ThunderBolt LAN/Audio Combo with High Quality AMP for headphones , Based on Xonar Audio Design and Killer™ NIC E2100 NPU (that is the add-in card you can see on the board)
- Bluetooth v3.0+HS with 802.11n WIFI Support
- Extreme Engine Digi+ - Powerful combination of analog and digital design elements for Ultimate VRM Performance
- True USB 3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s Support.
Subject: Graphics Cards, Motherboards | April 26, 2011 - 02:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: virtu, synergy, optimus, nvidia, lucid, gpu
Remember when we previewed a piece of software from Lucid called Virtu that promised the capability to combine processor graphics features of the Intel Sandy Bridge lineup with the performance and DX11 support of discrete graphics cards from NVIDIA and AMD? The ideas was pretty simple but it addressed one of our major complaints about the initial Sandy Bridge processor launch: the IGP features like fast video transcode acceleration and ultra-low-power video acceleration were unavailable to users that chose to also use a discrete graphics solution.
Lucid's Virtu software running in our previous testing
Lucid's solution was to "virtualize" the GPUs and use a software layer that would decide which applications to run on the discrete GPU and which to run on the integrated processor graphics on the Intel CPU. There were some limitations including the need to have the displays connected to the IGP outputs rather than the discrete card and that the software worked on a rather clunky white-list implementation. Also, discrete graphics control panels were a bit of a headache and only worked with NVIDIA cards and not in all cases even then.
Virtu was to be distributed through motherboard vendors starting with the release of the Z68 chipset (as it was the first mainstream chipset to support overclocking AND display outputs) but now it appears that NVIDIA itself is diving into the same realm with a new piece of software called "Synergy".
Check out more after the break!
Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Motherboards | April 25, 2011 - 03:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: p67 b3, maximus iv extreme, giveaway, contest, asus
As you can no doubt tell, PC Perspective got a HUGE and much needed facelift recently to what we are internally calling "PC Perspective v4.0". I know there are still some kinks to work out and we are actively addressing any feedback from our readers in this comment thread.
But we want to celebrate the launch of the new site in style!! Some of our site sponsors have very generously offered up some prizes for us to give out throughout the coming days...
The sixth prize is truly a killer motherboard, the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme P67 B3!
This motherboard from ASUS has just about anything an enthusiast could ask for including:
- ROG Connect: Plug and Overclock - Tweak it the hardcore way!
- ROG iDirect : Tune your PC from your iPhone or iPad now!
- RC Bluetooth: Smashes through all the barriers of conventional overclocking!
- Extreme Engine Digi+: Smashes through all the barriers of conventional overclocking!
- USB BIOS Flashback: Refresh the BIOS can never be that easy
How can you win this wonderful piece of engineering that currently sells for more than $360???
Couldn't be easier: post a comment in this post thanking ASUS for its sponsorship of PC Perspective as well as any ideas you have for the NEXT super-motherboard. What other features would you like to see from ASUS?
You should probably have a registered account or at least be sure you include your email address in the appropriate field so we can contact you!
We will pick the winners soon and move on to the next hardware that finds its way to PC Perspective offices. Good luck and thanks for reading!!
Subject: Motherboards | April 22, 2011 - 06:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At a mere $299 the Rampage III Formula Intel X58 board is actually a mid-range ROG part, the Extreme version will run you an extra $80. The question that Think Computers wanted to answer is simple, is there anything on the Formula that makes it worth the extra dough compared to a non-ROG board? By the time they were finished with the board they were sold on it.
"ASUS’s top tier line of products is the Republic of Gamers line of products otherwise known as ROG. If you are purchasing an ROG product you know you are getting the best of the best and something that is going to last you a long time. With any line it is broken up into segments, Extreme being the highest, Formula being in the middle and Gene at the lower end. Today we will be taking a look at the Rampage III Formula board and from the name we know it sits in the middle. This is an Intel X58 board that has many of the features of its more expensive brother the Rampage III Extreme for a more reasonable price. Let’s take a look and see if this board is perfect for your next build!"
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution @ Bjorn3D
- ECS P67H2-A2 @ Phoronix
- ASUS Sabertooth P67 - B3 Revision Motherboard Review @ HardwareHeaven
- ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
- Gigabyte X58-OC @ OC3D
- Foxconn P67A-S @ iXBT Labs
- MSI P67A-GD65 Socket 1155 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
- MSI Big Bang Marshal @ Funky Kit
- GIGABYTE G1 Assassin X58 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
- Zotac H67-ITX: Sandy Bridge for Mini-ITX @ SPCR
- BIOS Option Of The Week - SDRAM Bank Interleave @ Tech ARP
Subject: Motherboards | April 15, 2011 - 03:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: SB850, msi, amd, am3, 890fx
[H]ard|OCP offers a second opinion on the Socket AM3 motherboard that Josh enjoyed so much, the MSI 890FXA-GD65. This board differs significantly from other economy class motherboards because MSI redesigned it from the ground up instead of just cutting off pieces from a more expensive model.
"With LGA1155 boards being all the rage, it’s easy to forget about those who are using the AM3 platform. We rectify that by taking a long [H]ard look at the MSI 890FXA-GD65. A simple and very basic design that makes up for its lack of features in many ways. For around $130 it may be just what the OC Genie ordered."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- Intel DH67BL MicroATX Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion
- BIOS Option Of The Week - SDRAM Page Closing Policy @ TechARP
- ASUS Sabertooth P67A B3 @ OC3D
- Asus Sabertooth P67 Motherboard Review @ OverclockersHQ
- ASRock H67M-ITX/HT Socket 1155 Motherboard @ Pro- Clockers
- Intel DX58SO2 Mainboard @ X-bit Labs
- Gigabyte P67A-UD7-B3 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
- ASUS P8P76 WS Revolution: Elegant and Perfectly Functional @ InsideHW
- Intel P67 Motherboard 5-Way Shootout @ Techspot
Subject: Motherboards | April 1, 2011 - 02:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are shopping for an Intel branded board; not an Intel based board but a board actually branded as Intel, then you are likely shopping for parts for a new server. Skulltrail is an example of a board branded as Intel that did gain some attention from the enthusiast segment, but that was quite a while ago. New to the market is the Intel DX58SO2 LGA 1366 X58 and it underwent some tough scrutiny at [H]ard|OCP. There were issues and disappointments but in the end they concluded "
Subject: Motherboards | March 24, 2011 - 01:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new MSI 890FXA-GD65 represents perhaps the last of the AM3 boards from MSI and so they did a good job of ensuring the motherboard takes advantage of the newest features. They've included their Military Class II ICs and capacitors, eight USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports at the rear and support for up to six SATA 6Gb/s devices as well as overclocking friendly placement of the DIMM slots and an extra PCIe 6 pin power connector. They did trim some extras, IDE connectors, front panel USB 3.0, Bluetooth and the OC dial were removed which keeps the price reasonable but doesn't sacrifice any important features. Check out Hi Tech Legion's review here.
"The MSI 890FXA-GD65 motherboard is a low cost option for value-minded enthusiasts. The 890FXA- GD65 is part of MSI’s gaming series of motherboards, featuring Military Class II high quality components and high overclockability. The MSI 890FXA-GD65 supports all the latest AM3 processors and has two PCIE x16 slots for AMD CrossFireX. Despite being a budget 890FX board, the MSI 890FXA-GD65 is rife with connectivity options, with eight USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports at the rear and support for up to six SATA 6Gb/s devices."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- MSI 890FXA-GD65 Socket AM3 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
- Gigabyte E350N-USB3 @ TechwareLabs
- Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 Motherboard Review @ t-break
- Asus P8P67 Pro: Upstanding Member of the LGA1155 Mainboard Family @ X-bit Labs
- ASUS Maximus IV Extreme B3 Revision @ OC3D
Subject: Motherboards | March 17, 2011 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Well, we might still be anxiously awaiting Socket AM3+ boards to arrive, anyone looking for a minor upgrade to their AMD system is probably looking to 880 chipset motherboard prices falling. Hardware Canucks have two possibilities for you, the M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 and the M4A88TD-M/USB3 both around $100 and offering some nice new features, obviously including USB 3. Drop by Hardware Canucks for a look.
"AMD has made it a point of marketing to concentrate upon adding value to certain price segments and their supporting motherboard manufacturers have really caught on. Today we will be taking a look at two products which take this mantra to heart: the sub-$110 ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 and M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3. Both use the 880G/SB850 chipset combination and are looking to offer consumers a broad range of features for a budget friendly price."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA1155 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
- ASRock P67 Pro3 @ Phoronix
- BIOS Option Of The Week - SDRAM RAS Precharge Time @ TechARP
- BIOSTAR TP67XE Intel LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
- Gigabyte G1 Assassin Intel X58 Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers
- GIGABYTE G1.Sniper @ Bjorn3D
- ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional @ Tweaktown
- ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional @ TechwareLabs
Subject: Motherboards | March 9, 2011 - 03:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Now that the channel is once again receiving SandyBridge boards, [H]ard|OCP took the opportunity to release their review of the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe. As the name implies this is not a barebones motherboard, the Deluxe sports everything from Bluetooth support, UEFI, USB 3.0, SATA 6G as far as hardware goes, to a long list of ASUS features to improve your experience. It came away with a Silver Award, partly due to the solidity of the overclocking software for those who do not want to do it manually.
"ASUS has a ton of P8P67 variants. Some are light on features, some aren’t. The P8P67 Deluxe is certainly anything but light on features but how does it perform? How does it stack up in the sea of recent P67 Express based boards?"
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- Sapphire Pure Black X58 LGA1366 Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Asus Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane
- ECS H67H2-M Black Edition Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
- P67 Motherboard Roundup @ OCC
- GIGABYTE P67A-UD4 @ Tweaktown
- ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 @ techPowerUp
- ECS H57H-MUS (V1.0A) LGA1156 Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
- GIGABYTE G1.Assassin @ Bjorn3D
- ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion
- BIOS Option Of The Week - SDRAM RAS-to-CAS Delay @ TechARP
- EK Waterblocks full cover block for the Asus Rampage III Extreme Review @ Madshrimps
Subject: Motherboards | March 7, 2011 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (March 7, 2011) - ASUS is excited to announce availability of its highly acclaimed and award winning series of P67 and H67 B3 revision motherboards that have garnered critical praise from technical media outlets, industry veterans and users alike. Since the launch of Intel’s 2nd Generation Core (Sandy Bridge) Processors, ASUS has led the industry in performance, reliability, ensured functionality and superior features with its supporting motherboards. This impressive track record continues with the B3 revision motherboards that features Intel’s latest update to its 6 Series (Cougar Point) chipset. Besides the B3 revision update, ASUS provides the latest in digital power design and delivery with its DIGI+VRM design, the latest UEFI design with advanced support for new hardware features, industry leading I/O connectivity options, and superior monitoring and user control capabilities in the new AI Suite II software package.
ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+VRM - Setting a new standard of digital power design and power delivery
Consumers and technology media have welcomed the latest innovations in ASUS’ P67-based motherboards since their launch, and B3 revision models are set to continue this trend. One of the biggest attractions has been the second-generation Dual Intelligent Processors 2 architecture with ASUS’ exclusive DIGI+ VRM power delivery system. This exclusive ASUS architecture offers revolutionary digital CPU voltage regulation for improved reliability, stability and performance not available with yesterday’s analog technology.
These new motherboards also feature Dual Intelligent Processors 2 technology, which consists of twin embedded co-processors that ensure optimized energy consumption and enhanced performance controls not available in other motherboards. Consisting of the Energy Processing Unit (EPU) and TurboV Processing Unit (TPU), this unique technology delivers a potent combination of streamlined system-wide energy consumption and enhanced PC performance.
The DIGI+ VRM design sets a new standard in digital power management. DIGI+ VRM replaces analog voltage regulator module (VRM) controllers with a digital programmable microprocessor that fully integrates Intel’s VRD 12 CPU power delivery system to eliminate digital-analog conversion used on competing P67 motherboards with outdated analog power delivery systems. Since it is designed with 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors in mind, DIGI+ VRM improves PC performance from the ground up, increasing overclocking capabilities while improving power efficiency, system stability and reliability.
AiSuite II with DIGI+ VRM Controls – Putting easy to use yet advanced hardware level controls and monitoring into users hands
The Digi+ VRM provides leading performance in regards to power delivery, transient response, temperature and flexibility for adjustment. This gives users an unprecedented amount of control over the fine-tuning of their PC. Overclocking is simple, easy and stable with the dynamic real-time Auto Tune overclock mode in AiSuite II. Enthusiasts can fine tune their systems using advanced controls in AiSuite II that include five fine-tuning modes offering increased precision for loadline, CPU current, VRM frequency, power-phase and duty control settings. Enhanced digital controls allow users to make extremely precise adjustments for increased efficiency and overclocking potential compared to analog solutions. The degree of flexibility and reliability offered by AiSuite II gives users access to a new standard of control and monitoring and ensures ASUS P8P67 series motherboards are the ideal platform for the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors.
UEFI Bios Replacement - User-friendly, intuitive graphic interface
The exclusive ASUS UEFI BIOS provides users with an industry leading intuitive graphical interface for control over both basic and advanced BIOS settings with mouse or keyboard input. Changing system settings becomes more accessible and much easier than with traditional text-based BIOS versions, as consumers can choose between different levels of tuning, from EZ Mode for basic settings, monitoring and boot device selection to advanced mode all for extensive adjustment and customization of performance board level parameters.
Industry leading I/O Connectivity – BT GO! Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and Intel LAN
BT GO! is another ASUS exclusive feature, combining seven Bluetooth modes in one easy to use interface within the award winning AiSuite II. With consumers operating more and more wireless devices, especially smart phones and tablets that require seamless integration via their PC’s, ASUS has crafted BT GO! to meet this demand right on the motherboard; no additional adapters required. BT GO! is a hardware based Bluetooth 2.1+EDR controller that offers advanced functionality within AiSuite II like BT Net (internet sharing), Music Player/Streaming, Folder/Contact Sync and also offers general peripheral connectivity for mice, keyboards or headsets speakers. In addition to BT GO!, USB3 and additional SATA6G ports ASUS is also implements the native Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller on select P8P67 Series of motherboards. The Intel controller distinguishes itself with superior throughput, large packet performance and reduces CPU utilization; lastly its software support for varied applications and environments is unmatched within the industry. These implementations continue to show why ASUS is at the forefront of the industry in providing leading I/O connectivity options on its motherboard.
Subject: Motherboards | March 2, 2011 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan investigated MSI's E350IA-E45 AMD Brazos Fusion APU Platform, one of the first non-mobile implementations of the Zacate platform. Outputs on the mini-ITX board include 8-channel audio with optical and coaxial connections, VGA and HDMI which supports streaming uncompressed audio to a high-end receiver, a single Gigabit NIC (no inbuilt wireless), a single PS2 port, six USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports. It also sports a cooling fan that was Ryan's favourite part of the whole system.
"The MSI E350IA-E45 mini-ITX Fusion APU motherboard is our first experience with a desktop form factor iteration of AMD's latest CPU technology and we came away very impressed by the implementation. The board is low cost yet offers features that will prevent your system from being outdated quickly like support for SATA 6.0 Gb/s storage and USB 3.0 devices. With relatively low power consumption and performance that beats the best that Intel's Atom can throw at it, the MSI E350IA-E45 is a fantastic option for consumer looking for a mini-ITX system."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 Fusion Motherboard @ Bjorn3D
- Sapphire Pure Fusion Mini E350 APU Mainboard Review @ OCC
- ECS A890GXM-A2 Motherboard Review @ OCC
- BIOS Option Of The Week - SDRAM RAS Pulse Width @ TechARP
- MSI XPower: an LGA1366 Mainboard from “Big Bang” Series for Gamers and Computer Enthusiasts @ X-bit Labs
- ECS H67H2-M Black Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
- Gigabyte P67A-UD7 Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion
- GIGABYTE's X58A-OC motherboard gets full introduction on video @ Tweaktown
- GIGABYTE G1 Assassin @ Tweaktown
- ASRock P67 Extreme 6 @ Overclockers.com
- ECS Sandy Bridge Motherboard Roundup @ Neoseeker
- GIGABYTE P67A-UD4 Motherboard Performance Review @ Legit Reviews
Subject: Motherboards | February 23, 2011 - 09:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, Feb. 18th, 2011- Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) releases the latest motherboard HDC-I with built-in the newest AMD E-350 dual-core APU and E-240 single-core APU powered by AMD Hudson M-1 chipset; also, E-350/E-240 APU combining the RadeonTM HD6310 graphics inside enable users to experience more breathtaking home theater moment with less power consumed which would only be under 22watts (TDP). ECS HDC-I uses all solid capacitor for better quality and longer durability.
Subject: Motherboards | February 22, 2011 - 06:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Steve had a chance to review the ECS P67H2-A which features Lucid Hydra Core Technology allowing multiple GPUs from different vendors to work together. It will also allow those SandyBridge board with onboard graphics to have the best of both worlds by combining the on chip GPU and a discreet GPU and letting both do what they do best. It will come at a premium compared to other P67 boards but you will get your money's worth as you will see when you read the full review.
Subject: Motherboards | February 15, 2011 - 03:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at SPCR you can get a look at the Asus E35M1-M Pro and it's permanently attached E-350 APU, a dual core 1.6 GHz CPU with a Radeon HD 6310 GPU and a UEFI BIOS. Priced to compete with Atom and Nano systems it is tested to see how it performs in a variety of tasks, the most important of which are the video playback tests. From the tests we see that Zacate
is not really going to change the face of HTPCs as it performs on par with ION but strug
Subject: Motherboards | February 10, 2011 - 05:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Even if you could buy a P67 or H67 board, they are not the high performance versions of the new chipset, that hasn't arrived yet. In the meantime, don't forget about the feature rich X58 board for the powerful LGA1366 chips still available. Sapphire has just released a new model to the market which Modders-Inc had a chance to review. It is well laid out, beautifully designed and sports a lot of features ... except SLI support strangely.
Subject: Motherboards | February 8, 2011 - 11:23 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS has finalized initial internal discussions outlining our strategy and process to fully support our customers for the replacement or refund of products containing the affected Intel 6 Series support chipset. In addition, we have created a dedicated website that outlines our response, describes options for the return or refund of products and a workaround solution for current owners of these products.
Get notified when we go live!