Budget upgrade for Penryn processors

Subject: Motherboards | February 18, 2008 - 02:51 PM |
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The ASRock Penryn 1600SLI-110dB is a budget board that packs some surprises.  The 650i chipset isn't usually associated with SLI, but this board has 3 PCI-E slots, one that is full 16x for running single cards and a pair that will run at 8x if two cards are plugged in.  Placing the single slot solution between the paired PCI-E slots is a good idea, as it gives you space for oversized coolers.  Check out the surprise AnandTech received when they started to overclock.

Source: AnandTech

A tight squeeze

Subject: Motherboards | February 12, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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The MSI K9A2 Platinum seems to have displayed a split personality when it underwent testing at [H]ard|OCP.  It is designed to support Crossfire-X, but the slots are so close together you wouldn't manage to fit 4 double height cards.  The chipset heatsinks are small, but they are positioned so close to the CPU that it is very hard to fit a large cool

Source: [H]ard|OCP

More pictures of the upcoming X48

Subject: Motherboards | February 5, 2008 - 02:16 PM |
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motherboards.org has posted a preview of the Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6, which will be their new flagship Intel motherboard when they finally release it.  It comes with an impressive package of extras, and the motherboard itself is very impressive, with 8 channel onboard audio and official support for 1600MHz FSB.  Check out the pictures of this great offering from Gigabyte.

Intel is in a race against it's self

Subject: Motherboards | January 30, 2008 - 05:39 PM |
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Surprisingly, they are winning.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A second look at X48

Subject: Motherboards | January 28, 2008 - 01:51 PM |
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AnandTech was so impressed with the ASUS ROG Rampage

Extreme they have reversed their opinion of the X48 chipset completely.  Apart from the performance, there were several features that caught Anandtechs eye.  The first is the space on the board, watercooling 2 cards in CrossFire won't be a tight squeeze, nor will adding cooling to the chipset itself, and even better this board ran cooler that the X38 equivalent.  What really sold the board for them was the inclusion in the BIOS of a way to contro

Source: AnandTech

Gigabyte and MSI announce, but not launch X48 motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | January 25, 2008 - 11:09 AM |
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Sure, based on the number of X48 motherboard reviews that have been out over the past few months you'd be hard pressed to find someone that thinks this chipset hasn't already been launched, but according to Intel at least, it has not.  This Digitimes report talks about MSI and Gigabyte announcing their own products while waiting for Asus to clear the channel of all their hordes of X38 chipset motherboards. 

Source: Digitimes

GIGABYTE Launches Full Range of Dynamic Energy Saver Motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | January 21, 2008 - 06:18 PM |
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City of Industry, CA, January 21, 2008 - GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today is pleased to announce the launch of their full range of Dynamic Energy Saver motherboards, including X48, X38 and P35-based motherboards, delivering unparalleled power savings of up to 70% and up to 20% improved power efficiency with the simple click of a button.

Spiders!!!

Subject: Motherboards | January 21, 2008 - 04:19 PM |
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The Intel Skulltrail will probably beat the pants off of any AMD Spider platform you can build, but on the other hand Gigabyte's GA-MA790FX-DQ6 will only set you back about $300, half the price of the Skulltrail motherboard.  It will also be much easier to find, as it is not limited to 2000, total.  [H]ard|OCP checks out this Spider platform board and it'

Source: [H]ard|OCP

My motherboard can phase change

Subject: Motherboards | January 15, 2008 - 06:01 PM |
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Gigabyte has introduced their newest feature for motherboards, Dynamic Energy Saver, which switches power phases on or off, on the fly.  With a high end 12 phase motherboard, you can expect to see idle mode running as if it were a three phase board.  Tweaktown explains DES in more detail here, and if you want an example of what the power consumption of a DES board is like, check out their review of the

Source: TweakTown

nVIDIA takes on Intel, Round 2

Subject: Motherboards | January 8, 2008 - 05:43 PM |
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The new nVIDIA 780i chipset is appearing on some motherboards, like the ASUS Striker II Formula up for review on Overclock3D.  As you would expect from the Republic of Gamers line, this motherboard comes bundled with a huge amount of accessories, including a removable sound card in case you want to upgrade from the onboard sound, and an astronomical price.  nVIDIA is up against some stiff competition from the P35 and X38 chipsets, especially when i

Source: Overclock3D

GIGABYTE Online Overclocking Contest

Subject: Motherboards | December 19, 2007 - 06:07 PM |
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GIGABYTE Online Overclocking Contest

Honor Hardcore PC Enthusiasts at Overclocking Hall of Fame

-    Over $12,000 in Cash & Prize to be Awarded –

ASUS P5N-T Deluxe Motherboard Raises the Bar for Enthusiasts Motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | December 18, 2007 - 03:22 PM |
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ASUS P5N-T Deluxe Motherboard Raises the Bar for Enthusiasts Motherboards 

-- The latest NVIDIA 3-way SLI capable motherboard is complemented by the energy-saving ASUS Energy Processing Unit --

 

The Puzzling Existence of the AMD 770 Chipset

Subject: Motherboards | December 17, 2007 - 05:45 PM |
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One thing I am rather confused about is why AMD and its partners are not pushing the AMD 770 based boards more than they currently are.  There are six manufacturers that have AMD 770 based boards available (or at least will be available shortly).  So far only ECS has chosen to send out review samples, while the rest of the manufacturers are sitting back and letting the more expensive 790X and 790FX boards take all the limelight.

NVIDIA's 780i Release

Subject: Motherboards | December 17, 2007 - 10:33 AM |
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I originally posted this on my site, but figured it would do just as nicely here.

Can you build yourself a spider with ECS?

Subject: Motherboards | December 14, 2007 - 01:38 PM |
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The ECS A770M-A isn't really the motherboard you want if you are putting together a Spider platform.  The new AMD 770 northbridge will give you support for Phenom, Athlon FX, Athlon64, and Sempron processors, and support for HT 3.0 and PCI-E 2.0 make it an attractive board, but the lack of 4 PCIe slots might put a damper on your plans.  Even so, Overclockers Club d

Circuit Maximus

Subject: Motherboards | December 10, 2007 - 02:56 PM |
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The incredibly difficult to find, or afford, ASUS Maximus Extreme is the DDR3 supporting, top of the line X38 based, packed full of extras flagship of ASUS' Intel boards.  AnandTech took on the task of testing all that it is capable of, including running Vista stably with 4GB at DDR3 1800 and a FSB of 450MHz.  When they broke out the extreme cooling, they could boot at 5GHz or more the first time, but after that they saw some interesting behaviour.

Source: AnandTech

Gaming to the Maximus

Subject: Motherboards | December 5, 2007 - 02:59 PM |
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The newest member of the Republic of Gamers is the ASUS Maximus Formula, based on the X38 chipset with an ICH9R southbridge.  With the new Intel chipset comes support for 1600MHz FSB and 45nm process chips.  [H]ard|OCP picked one up and their testing shows it to be a great board for overclockers, new or experienced, and they thought the choice t

Source: [H]ard|OCP

An odd mix of features

Subject: Motherboards | November 29, 2007 - 05:13 PM |
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The Abit IX38 Quad GT has a rally strange mix of features.  It supports a 1600MHz FSB, which is fairly rare; but it partners that with DDR2, skipping any chance you have of having synchronous RAM and CPU buses.  The motherboard certainly isn't cheap, so the use of the older RAM doesn't seem to have much to do with making this the basis of a cheap system.  CPU3D put the board through

Source: CPU3D

Bye bye 680i

Subject: Motherboards | November 23, 2007 - 01:29 PM |
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With what seems like confirmation of the inability of the 680i chipset to support 45nm processors, it's time to take a peek at the 780i.  HardwareXL steps up, and provides us with a look at a pre-retail ASUS P5N-T Deluxe nForce 780i motherboard.  It seems most a refresh of the 680i, with the major difference being PCI Express 2.0 support and Triple-SL

Source: HardwareXL

abit Introduces First AMD Phenom Ready Motherboard, the AX78

Subject: Motherboards | November 23, 2007 - 11:21 AM |
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20 November, 2007 - abit today announced their latest AMD 770 chipset-based motherboard, the abit AX78. This is abit's first motherboard with native support for AMD Phenom quad-core processors delivering best performance for true quad-core processors, HyperTransport 3, Dual Channel DDR2 1066 memory, PCI Express 2.0 and CrossFire X.

Source: ABIT