Room to grow

Subject: Motherboards | May 19, 2008 - 04:52 PM |
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The Gigabyte EP45-DQ6 has an almost obscene amount of connectors, from 10 SATA ports to four PCIe based Realtek 8111C Gigabit LAN ports and triple RAID.  It's not ready for retail yet, but you can see this incredible board at Hardware Zone.

ASUS versus Gigabyte: The Kids Come Out to Play

Subject: Motherboards | May 16, 2008 - 06:00 PM |
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While we are very used to seeing bickering between companies like NVIDIA and ATI, AMD and Intel and Microsoft and Sony, one segment of the PC market that has been surprisingly quiet over the years has been the manufacturing vendors like MSI, ASUS and Gigabyte.  Well that all seems to be behind us now as a "day time melo-drama" of sorts has broken out between two companies that were at one point last on the brink of merging. 

XFX does DDR3 right

Subject: Motherboards | May 15, 2008 - 02:31 PM |
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The XFX 790i Ultra is up for review at [H]ard|OCP, and they are impressed.  The new MCP made overclocking a breeze, and totally changed their opinion on recent nVIDIA chipsets.  If you are planning on a new system with DDR3 and support for 3 way SLI, this board will give Intel's newer chipsets a real run for their money.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The new LanParty

Subject: Motherboards | May 12, 2008 - 01:09 PM |
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DFI's LanParty series has been going strong for years, and their newest board, the LT X48 T2R is no disappointment.  You can see in bit-tech's review that this X48 based board has a lot of extras, including one very impressive passive chipset cooler.

Source: bit-tech

As you are going to soon have heard on the podcast

Subject: Motherboards | May 7, 2008 - 04:17 PM |
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Ryan has polished off his review of the new nVIDIA chipset for AMD processors, the 780a, specifically the ASUS M3N-HT.   Go read the full review, so that when the PC Perspective Podcast is posted, you can follow along with our discussion of hybrid SLI and onboard graphics turning off discrete graphics cards completely, and taking over for the less 3D intensive applications, such as anything that is not gaming.  That way you will have some great questions to leave for us on the podcast voicemail; which we can play and answer duri

A work in progress

Subject: Motherboards | May 6, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP's take on the 780a based ASUS M3N-HT is that it needs a bit more work before it's ready for Prime Time.  That is not to say this chipset and board do not show promise; they certainly do, but a bit more work needs to be done before this board can show off what it is capable of.  As [H] will be getting a new BIOS later today, you can be guaranteed the ASUS BIOS team is hard at work trying to solve some of the issues mentioned in their article.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The year of incremental upgrades

Subject: Motherboards | May 5, 2008 - 02:57 PM |
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The motherboard market has gone through some big changes in the last few quarters.  We have seen entire chipsets appear and hit end of life (officially or unofficially) for both AMD and Intel processors.  The newer chipsets do offer some new features, but the releases just haven't been as awe inspiring as even a few years ago when chipsets lived a lot longer, and the next installment had huge benefits.  The latest nVIDIA chipset is up for a preview at HEXUS, the 780a and they even have a board to show

Source: Hexus

Apples to slightly different apples

Subject: Motherboards | May 1, 2008 - 02:48 PM |
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The Asus Rampage Formula and Intel DX48BT2 are up for review at The Tech Report.  Both are x48 chipset based, with the Rampage Formula using DDR2 and the Intel using the newer DDR3, offering a chance to compare the performance of RAM on similar chipsets. 

Energy efficiency on a motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | April 25, 2008 - 03:29 PM |
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ASUS' P5K PRO claims to be a green board, having three different modes in which you can run and save power.  While the claims that ASUS makes are upwards of 50% savings, the total system power draw doesn't actually dip by that much.  It does certainly save power when compared to the P5KC, especially when placed into the

Source: Big Bruin

BioStar's multiply talented new board

Subject: Motherboards | April 24, 2008 - 06:20 PM |
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InsideHW looks at the BIOSTAR TF8200 A2+ which has an nVidia GeForce 8200 and Realtek's ALC888S, and a classic BioStar look.  We really haven't seen many boards from BioStar recently, but that does not mean they've forgotten how to make a good one.  Check it out if you are looking for an HD compatible board that can support 4 displays, or want to try a little onboard SLI.

Source: InsideHW

Saving the planet, one IGP at a time

Subject: Motherboards | April 18, 2008 - 01:27 PM |
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AnandTech is testing three chipsets with integrated graphics, the 780G, GF8200, and G35, to see which deserves to claim the title of greenest motherboard.  You might assume that with nVIDIA's usually power hungry chipsets they would not even be in the running against AMD and Intel, both of whom are pushing power consumption as a major factor in computing.  The test results may surprise you.

Source: AnandTech

Not just a direct port

Subject: Motherboards | April 15, 2008 - 01:09 PM |
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The 780a chipset from nVIDIA has been a long time coming, but finally we are seeing some up for review.  The name implies that it is simply a re-do of the 780i chipset for AMD, but Hardware Secrets has found that a lot of work went into the chipset to make it more than that.  The ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe/Mempipe board looks physically similar to the 780i boards, with additional cooling around the memory and HybridSLI.  The features you would expect are there as well, PCI Express 2.0, solid state capacitors and Ex

Trying out the 750i chipset

Subject: Motherboards | April 11, 2008 - 02:33 PM |
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MSI's P7N SLI Platinum motherboard is based on nVIDIA's 750i SLI chipset, with a 430i SPP.  [H]ard|OCP found that overclocking this board was a little tricky, it is rather choosy about the combinations it will run stably with, but it is rewarding with a 1900MHz FSB being reachable as well as the memory being able to hit 1275MHz.  This

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD Phenom X4 9850 and motherboard issues

Subject: Motherboards | April 10, 2008 - 06:56 PM |
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It would seem that not all is well in the world of AMD's newest processors, the Phenom X4 9850Apparently quite a few people are finding that their motherboards based on the 780G and 770 chipsets, also from AMD, might not support the power levels that the X4 9850 and Athlon X2 6400+ require.

Source: General

790i chipset costs 90% more than X48

Subject: Motherboards | April 9, 2008 - 12:17 PM |
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Interesting information has filtered out about NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI chipset recently on the subject of cost and how NVIDIA's pricing scheme is forcing board vendors to charge extremely high prices for 790i solutions.  According some reports NVIDIA is charging as much as $115 per chipset for the 790i Ultra SLI - for comparison Intel apparently charges about $60 for their super-end product, the X48 chipset.  That is a HUGE difference of more than 90% and we

P35's new place

Subject: Motherboards | April 8, 2008 - 02:19 PM |
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The once envied P35 chipset has fallen fast, with the X48 and P45 taking it's place of honor.  It isn't completely phased out yet, it is enjoying a lengthened lifestyle on value priced boards, like the

Rare 780G review spotted

Subject: Motherboards | April 2, 2008 - 01:56 PM |
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There really hasn't been that many reviews done of AMD's new chipset, the X48 and other Intel parts are still stealing the limelight.  That didn't scare off Overclockers Club though, they've finished a review of the ECS A780GM-A.  It suffers from the odd back panel problems that most of it's brethren do, for some reason you can only seem to have a maximum of two of the following, SP/DIF out, DVI out or HDMI out.  In this case there is only an HDM

New VIA Thin Server Board for Eco-Friendly Small Business Storage

Subject: Motherboards | March 31, 2008 - 03:09 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 28 March 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of embedded silicon and platform technologies, today announced the VIA NAS 7800 board, specifically designed to meet the needs of thin server and NAS segment system builders.

Thin servers such as network attached storage are proving increasingly popular with small and medium sized enterprises looking for secure, energy-efficient data storage without investing in large, expensive and power-h

The difference between a 3 and a 4

Subject: Motherboards | March 26, 2008 - 03:19 PM |
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The ASUS P5E3 Premium is built with Intel's new X48 chipset, and is premium in price as well as name.  Neoseeker found a big difference in the overclocking ability when compared to it's predecessor, the X38.  The technique that worked best for them differed, so you can't really expect to use the same settings you might on an X38.  Read

Source: Neoseeker

Solid gold chipset

Subject: Motherboards | March 20, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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It's nice to see that nVIDIA has finally caught up to Intel in motherboard features.  The new nForce 790 chipsets support 1600MHz FSB, DDR3 memory and PCI Express 2.0, as Intel has been offering for almost a year now.  They did surpassed Intel's X38 boards in one area, check out th