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Subject: Motherboards | July 16, 2010 - 02:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bringing back a three year old chipset for the ASRock N68C-S UCC
might seem strange to a user of an 890GX board, but for someone who really doesn't want to spend $100 on a motherboard it does make a lot of sense. The chipset is mature and fairly flexible, this board can handle either DDR2 or DDR3, depending on how much you want to invest in your memory and it has a nice mix of slots for an mATX board. The onboard GPU is not going to handle HD movies, nor is there much choice in the way of video outputs but as an inexpensive office machine that matters very little; nor will the pr
Subject: Motherboards | July 13, 2010 - 01:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive 890GX based board that doesn't cut out all of the features the chipset provides, a popular choice is ASUS' M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 board. The ASUS specific features like Core Unlocker, GPU Boost, Hybrid Processor, Turbo EVO, and Turbo Key II
only add to the two main feature offered on this board, a pair of USB 3.0 ports and six SATA 6GB/s ports; the single eSATA 6GB/s and the even dozen USB 2.0 ports just add
Subject: Motherboards | July 5, 2010 - 05:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For $112 the MSI H55M-ED55 offers a board with the H55 chipsets integrated graphics which will have you playing HD movies without an issue, or the need to invest in a graphics card. Even nicer is the fact that this board, which was obviously intended as a basis for an HTPC also gives you the ability to do some mild overclocking. Steve was quite happy with the results he saw when
Subject: Motherboards | June 28, 2010 - 06:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-Bit Labs have chosen two boards to represent the upper echelons of the 890FX based motherboard market, the Asus Crosshair IV Formula and Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD7, both sporting a price similar to an average X58 board. Although both motherboards are targeted
Subject: Motherboards | June 18, 2010 - 01:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The EVGA Classified SR-2 comes in a fairly uncommon form factor, High Performance Technology eXtended or
HPTX, which means you have to find a case that will fit a board that is 13.6" x 15". The reason that the motherboard is so large is to fit the 7 PCIe slots, three of which will function at their full 16x speed concurrently. They manage that with an impressive mix of chipsets, the Intel 5520 chipset provides 36 PCI Express x1 lanes and the ICH10R provides six more lanes, plus there is a pair of nForce 200 bridge chips. It is a dual socket board, though don't expect t
Subject: Motherboards | June 14, 2010 - 06:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The latest motherboard to make it off of Steve's test bench is the Gigabyte X58A-UD3R, a $210 LGA 1366 board with a nice set of features including Gigabyte's Power of 3 set. The back plate is a gadget lovers dream, with 4 USB 2.0 ports, a a pair of USB 3.0, standard and mini Firewire ports and even a clear CMOS button. Inside you will find a pair of PCIe 16x slots and a pair of 8x slots that share bandwidth with the 16x slots.
Subject: Motherboards | June 8, 2010 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Perhaps in response to the ASUS ROG series MSI has labelled their newest board as a member of their Gaming Series. The
Subject: Motherboards | June 7, 2010 - 01:42 PM | Ryan Shrout
MSI had a quite a substantial booth on the show floor to showcase new motherboards, graphics cards, notebooks, all-in-one systems and more. Let’s a take look at what we found!
Subject: Motherboards | June 4, 2010 - 08:05 AM | Ryan Shrout
While we know quite a bit about the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge CPU architecture we have yet to see much about the platform it will run on. The processor socket might look the same but we are told this LGA1155 (vs the LGA1156 for Lynnfield and Clarkdale) change will not allow the CPUs to swap spots. Because the Sandy Bridge CPU will have pin outs for video headers and will actually be electrically different, you'll be buying a new board if you want to upgrade.
Subject: Motherboards | June 3, 2010 - 06:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Foxconn A88GM Deluxeis a rather unique 880GB based motherboard as it uses the SB850 for its southbridge just like the more expensive 890GX boards, instead of the older SB710 that is the default for the 880GB chipset. That means you have a half dozen SATA-600 ports instead of the older SATA300, you can run RAID5 and you get an additional pair of USB 2.0 ports. The 880G has an HD4250
onboard and the audio is provided by Realtek's ALC888S-VC2-GR codec of
Subject: Motherboards | June 2, 2010 - 11:09 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
(Taipei – June 2, 2010)
Globally-renowned mainboard and graphics card manufacturer MSI unveiled its all-new Military Class product series at COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2010. In mainboards, along with the newly released Big Bang-XPower that can also be seen in AMD 800 series, graphics cards from the R5870 Lightning & Twin Frozr series offer a complete experience.
Subject: Motherboards | June 2, 2010 - 05:02 AM | Ryan Shrout
Colin Brix of Gigabyte walks us through the latest Gigabyte motherboards and motherboard technologies including the new X58 UD9 series with dual nForce 200 chips, On/Off Charge for charging your USB devices when the PC is turned off, Unlocked Power dual power phase technology and an 890FX motherboard that supports 4-way CrossFire!
Subject: Motherboards | June 1, 2010 - 09:09 PM | Ryan Shrout
You can always count on ASUS to have some innovative and forward looking devices at trade shows and this year's Computex is no exception. While MSI was the first to introduce a motherboard based on the Lucid HYDRA technology with the Big Bang Fuzion, ASUS is taking it one step further with a prototype motherboard that includes not only a HYDRA chip but also a discrete Radeon HD 5770 GPU on-board!
Subject: Motherboards | June 1, 2010 - 11:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Marking the two companies’ first product collaboration, LucidLogix and ASUS this week at the Computex tradeshow in Taiwan will be showing the Lucid HYDRA 200 real time distributed processor in ASUS’s new ROG Crosshair IV Extreme motherboard and ROG Immensity concept.
The new motherboards will provide ultra high-performance gaming using the unique multi-GPU sharing capabilities of the HYDRA Engine that allows consumers to mix and match up to three GPUs (new or repurposed) regardless of brand, series or price.
Subject: Motherboards | June 1, 2010 - 11:11 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This week at Computex, LucidLogix and MSI have announced that the Lucid HYDRA 200 real time distributed processor is now being used in MSI’s 870A Fuzion and P55A Fuzion motherboards. The new motherboards will provide consumers with performance multi-core graphics and gaming at an affordable price along with the flexibility to choose any major brand graphics card and CPU platform.
MSI was the first to introduce a motherboard with the HYDRA 200 in its high-end Big Bang Fuzion in January 2010.
Subject: Motherboards | May 31, 2010 - 05:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For a mere pittance of $119 you can get your hands on the BIOSTAR TH55XE, a mATX board designed with overclocking performance in mind. The feature list is quite impressive for such a small board, the H55 chipset supports up to 16GB of DDR3, there is a PCIe 16x slot as well as an 4x and a pair of legacy PCI ports, 10 USB 2.0 plugs, 5 SATA-2 ports and an eSATA port, there are even a pair of firewire ports. There are graphics outputs as well but unle
Subject: Motherboards | May 29, 2010 - 09:08 AM | Ryan Shrout
ASUS sent over a handful of photos of the upcoming Rampage III GENE motherboard that takes the overclocking features of the Rampage ROG line, pairs them with an X58 chipset and then shoves it all into a mATX form factor. This results in a tiny motherboard that just about any enthusiast would be proud of:
Subject: Motherboards | May 25, 2010 - 07:52 PM | Ryan Shrout
Computex doesn't officially start until next week but we are already starting to get press releases and tips into our news and editorial address. While not actually seen AT Computex, MSI is going to have a strong presence and sent us their new Big Bang XPower motherboard to preview before making the journey to Taiwan. Check out the Video Perspective of the first X58-based Big Bang motherboard!
Subject: Motherboards | May 25, 2010 - 02:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS ROG Xpander is a daughter card specifically designed to allow 4 way SLI on the soon to arrive ASUS Rampage III Extreme. Install it on the first and third PCIe slots, plug in a six pin PCIe power plug and a few molex power connectors to power the pair of nForce 200 chips on the board and you should get four 16x PCIe lanes just waiting for a Fermi card or four. The fit will be tight in most cases but if you want the most extreme benchmark results you will probably find a way. We won't see this i
Subject: Motherboards | May 20, 2010 - 01:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP were a little shocked when they initially opened up the MSI P55-CD53 for review. The single PCIe 16x slot seemed lonely, it didn't claim to have several dozen power phases and there was an odd little feature called Winki that seemed similar to ASUS' Express Gate. It is also lacking SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0, features that are very popular but tend to add to the total cost of the motherboard. What it does have is serious stability, [H]
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