The P67 sure gets a lot of previews

Subject: Motherboards | December 9, 2010 - 05:08 PM |

Manufacturers certainly are proud of the new P67 and H67 motherboards that will house the new Sandy Bridge CPUs, when they finally arrive.  We have seen previews of boards every major manufacturer, which may not give us much in the way of hard benchmarks but do give us a very good idea of the features they will sport. You can get teased over at PC Stats as they preview one of Gigabyte's soon to be released P67 boards.

Source: PCStats

Sneak a peek at the Intel H67 if you haven't taken the opporunity

Subject: Motherboards | December 2, 2010 - 02:12 PM |

If you haven't had a chance to peek at an H67 powered Sandy Bridge motherboard, then take a moment to head to PC Stats.  They give a run down of what features this new chipset will sport but unfortunately no one is allowed to release Sandy Bridge results so this is not a true review.  You will get an idea of what part of the next generation of Intel motherboards will be like.

Source: PCStats

ZOTAC announces a duo of AMD 800 series platforms

Subject: Motherboards | December 2, 2010 - 01:14 PM |


Source: ZOTAC

The Republic of Gamers is now on its third Rampage

Subject: Motherboards | November 25, 2010 - 01:11 PM |

When it comes to Intel boards, the ASUS ROG series provides with their new ASUS Rampage III Formula.  As we are all quite familiar with the capabilities of the X58 chipset, there are new features to draw people towards one implementation over another.  In this case ASUS has gone for a long list of features, some of the newer ones include ROG Connect, Probe IT to help check voltages, a hybrid PWM configuration and dual BIOS ROMs you can swi

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ASUS' newest ROG board runs fast and stable

Subject: Motherboards | November 18, 2010 - 05:50 PM |

ASUS has extended their Republic of Gamers AMD motherboard lineup with the Crosshair IV Formula, latest in a family of highly overclockable motherboards.  There is a reason this is one of the more expensive AM3 boards on the market, four PCIe 16x slots are available along with a large array of ports including a pair of USB 3.0 ports and the ROG Connect.  That last port allows you to change the settings on the motherboard using a second PC.&nbs

Source: [H]ard|OCP

An X58 three-way

Subject: Motherboards | November 10, 2010 - 05:51 PM |

Three fairly recent X58 motherboards, the Asus Rampage III Extreme, Gigabyte's UD9 and the MSI Big Bang XPower are up for review and comparison at Madshrimps.  Th

Source: Madshrimps

ASUS Gene III, X58 power in a mATX form

Subject: Motherboards | November 5, 2010 - 03:16 PM |

If you are looking for high density computer power, how about the power of the X58 chipset on a mATX board in the form of the ASUS Rampage III Gene, perhaps the smallest member of the Republic of Gamers series.  To prove just how capable this board is [H]ard|OCP broke out their watercooling rig to see how far they could overclock on this board, which is rather impressive

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Gigabyte shows off more than a few Sandy Bridge ready motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | November 4, 2010 - 11:11 PM |

UPDATE with new specs below!

Gigabyte thinks small with their new H55N-USB3 board

Subject: Motherboards | October 29, 2010 - 11:42 AM |

If you want to build an H55 based SFF system your choice of motherboard has been rather limited.  Gigabyte is offering you another choice now, their H55N-USB3 will handle LGA1156 CPUs, DDR3 up to 2200MHz, USB 3.0 and even a rather unique USB charging port.  The board pried a Gold Award from Steve, check out how it managed such high accolades here.

Two very different X58 boards

Subject: Motherboards | October 15, 2010 - 04:18 PM |

The Asus Rampage III Gene and the Sabertooth are both X58
boards, but have implemented that chipset in very different ways.  The Rampage III Gene is an mATX board, just like its predecessors and the Sabertooth is a member of the TUF series.  The TUF series are designed to a variety of military specs, the capacitors, chokes, and MOSFETs have much higher resistance to moisture and temperature and that shows in the 5 year warranty offered, as opposed to the 3 years for the Rampage.  See them both at The Tech Report<

Saving Energy, Unleashing Power – Meet the ECS H55H-MU

Subject: Motherboards | October 6, 2010 - 06:48 PM |

Taipei, Taiwan, September 30th, 2010 – With innovative products that span multiple markets around the globe, Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), the leader of motherboard, graphics card, barebone system and notebook manufacturer, today launches its best H55 based motherboard – ECS H55H-MU, offering a huge amount of energy saving and yet with brilliant performances.

Higher is better – Unleashing Power

Source: ECS

ASUS ROG Crosshair IV Extreme with Multi-GPU CrossLinx 3 Technology

Subject: Motherboards | October 1, 2010 - 12:07 PM |

Fremont, CA (October 1, 2010) - ASUS, the leading provider of high performance motherboards, launches the highly anticipated Republic of Gamers (ROG) Crosshair IV Extreme motherboard in North America today. Featuring a class leading design and innovative features, the Crosshair IV Extreme sets a new standard for a world class enthusiast motherboard based on an AMD chipset.

Source: ASUS

The motherboard that Josh feel in love with

Subject: Motherboards | September 30, 2010 - 01:04 PM |

When Josh first laid eyes on the Asus Crosshair IV Formula 890FX he felt that it was perhaps a little too gussied up for his tastes.  There was a distinct lack of fuchsia, but the heatsinks looked
unnaturally large and the slots were inconveniently placed for when he needed to push certain buttons.  That did not last and he ended up falling in love with the board, in part because of

The higher end of the 890FX chipset

Subject: Motherboards | September 16, 2010 - 01:54 PM |

The MSI 890FXA-G70 that Josh just finished reviewing represents the evolution of this chipset over time.  Originally lauded as a big step up for AMD whose last chipset was none too impressive, motherboard makers have continued to add features to boards based on this chipset.  This is fairly expensive for an AMD motherboard but after you read the review you will understand why.

Jon Peddie Research Announces Report on CPUs with Embedded Graphics Processors

Subject: Motherboards | September 13, 2010 - 12:11 PM |

TIBURON, Calif--September 13, 2010--Today, Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, announced its market study: Opportunities, Threats, and Changes Created by the EPG & HPU - Tension at the Inflection Point.

A genuine inflection point is occurring in the PC and related industries, the integration of powerful SIMD graphics processing elements with multi-core, multi-stage scalar X86 CPUs.

ASUS takes a fourth try at the Crosshair

Subject: Motherboards | September 10, 2010 - 02:57 PM |

The ASUS ROG Crosshair series has been with us for a while now and they are entering their fourth iteration with the Crosshair IV Extreme.  OC3D took a quick peek at this unreleased motherboard that features the 890FX/SB850 chipsets as well as a long list of features.  For instance in a corner of the motherboard are ports that will allow you to use a multimeter to measure the voltages on your board while it is running.

Source: Overclock3D

ASRock makes a lean, mean 880G board

Subject: Motherboards | September 2, 2010 - 01:49 PM |

The ASRock 880G Extreme3 motherboard packs a lot of features for a board you can pick up for $110.  You will find two USB 3.0 ports, six SATA6 Gb/s ports and even an eSATA3 port on the back.  Onboard is AMD's HD4250 GPU which won't get you gaming in style but means you can choose whether to purchase a discreet GPU or if you are not going to push it, to remain with the embedded solution.  In the BIOS ACC can help you unlock any cores that

Just what goes into a $700 X58 motherboard?

Subject: Motherboards | August 20, 2010 - 01:14 PM |

If you thought the EVGA Classified SR-2 was expensive at $606 then you probably aren't going to be impressed with the $700 Gigabyte X58A-UD9 Extreme.  At least the SR-2 is a dual socket motherboard which do tend to cost significantly more than your average single socket board but the X58A-UD9 is a sin

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Does 16x/16x make a difference on a dual graphics card system?

Subject: Motherboards | August 16, 2010 - 03:18 PM |

[H]ard|OCP wanted to know just what the difference in performance was between a motherboard whose second PCIe slot runs at 8x versus one that can hit the full 16x when it has a second graphics card in it.  Using an MSI X58 Eclipse which is capable of 16x with both slots populated and some tape on the second graphics card to reduce it to 8x they started benchmarking.  As it turns out the difference in performance is minuscule and
that paying a large premium for a board capable of dual 16x bandwidth is not really necessary. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP