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Subject: Motherboards | September 17, 2008 - 02:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Phoronix has done an incredibly comprehensive review of the Asus M3A78-T, a 790GX based motherboard. Everything from overclockability to Crossfire performance is covered in their 28 page review. If you are looking at building a Phenom based system that won't cost too much and gives you a good experience out of the box, this review is for you. Even more attractive is how this platform can be improved to give performance that is better than you might expect.
Subject: Motherboards | September 9, 2008 - 03:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Three different motherboard companies, three different solutions to making their motherboards greener. Tweaktown tests out how these different energy management systems effect overclocking, as well as the difference in system power consumption when their energy saver technology is turned on.
Subject: Motherboards | September 2, 2008 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
City of Industry, CA, September 1, 2008 - GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards is proud to announce their entire lineup of Intel P45 and P43 chipset based motherboards have just received a DDR2 memory performance upgrade. By upgrading to the latest BIOS, GIGABYTE P45 motherboards are able to support native 1333MHz DDR2 memory, while the GIGABYTE P43 motherboards are able to support 1200MHz DDR2 memory natively.
Subject: Motherboards | August 29, 2008 - 03:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The motherboard market is going a little crazy; and being quite successful at it. While the days of the $1000 video card have finally passed, the new contender for bizarrely expensive components is the motherboard. ASUS
is at the head of this movement, thanks to their Republic of Gamers series. The newest is the Rampage Extreme, which
Subject: Motherboards | August 26, 2008 - 01:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at DriverHeaven, you can get a quick look at the state of the motherboard market. They compare eight motherboards, from different manufacturers and using different chipsets to give anyone looking to upgrade a good idea what is on the marketplace. The range covers a lot of ground, from the $85 Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3P to the $440 Asus Striker II Extreme. See which ones might find a home with you.
Subject: Motherboards | August 21, 2008 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is not that BioStar has been guilty of making bad motherboards, it is more that they have tended to focus on motherboards with minimal features and low prices. The
Subject: Motherboards | August 19, 2008 - 06:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (August 19, 2008) - ASUS, a leading name in high quality computer components and solutions, received an Intel Server and Storage Innovation Award for the Z7S WS workstation motherboard. Positioned for power users, the Z7S WS features dual socket 771 and utilizes the Intel 5400 chipset to deliver high speed performance and wide expansion capabilities.
Subject: Motherboards | August 18, 2008 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the introduction of the 780a chipset came Hybrid SLI, a way to turn off your video card when you are not using it. Unfortunately it only works with the new 9800s as well as GT200s, both of which are relatively good at not using much power when in an idle state. [H]ard|OCP's reviewers had very different experiences with this Phenom board, so read through carefully before you think about running out and buying one.
Subject: Motherboards | August 14, 2008 - 01:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gigabyte's flashy X48T-DQ6 board gives you a great way to set up a stable PC and have some pretty colours to point out in your case. The stock performance of this board impressed [H]ard|OCP, as did it's ability to stay rock solid even when the case temps headed north of 61C. On the other hand, don't try pushing this board into overclocking territory,
Subject: Motherboards | August 13, 2008 - 02:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
Results are in, and there are some big winners and some not-so-big winners in the world of motherboard manufacturers. Looking at ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and ECS, everyone saw good month to month growth with ASUS taking the lead with 15% over June results. Looking year to year, the only company to take a backwards step in units sold was Gigabyte with a 4.28% drop in sales. ASUS on the other hand grew 36% - obviously they are big winner.
Subject: Motherboards | August 12, 2008 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel has positioned their DX48BT2 motherboard as the board for enthusiasts looking to get the most from their hardware. [H]ard|OCP's testing shows a different side to this board. Miserable overclocking and a death due to tweaking RAM settings have caused them to recommend that you give this board a pass.
Subject: Motherboards | August 8, 2008 - 11:46 AM | Josh Walrath
Some weeks ago AMD quietly introduced a new motherboard part without many people noticing. The 740G was not released to make some big waves as the previous 780G did, or the very new 790GX is doing. Instead the 740G is positioned as an extreme value part which brings quite a few nice features to the scene. The heart of the 740G is essentially the same as the previous 690G. The X700 based integrated part is SM 2.0 compliant, and it has the newer Avivo HD/UVD portion fused onto the design. All of this is then rolled up in one 55 nm package. The 690G broke new g
Subject: Motherboards | August 7, 2008 - 12:58 PM | Josh Walrath
A few days ago AMD officially released the 790GX chip combined with the brand new SB750 southbridge. This combination is aimed at pleasing enthusiasts around the globe, and the products that were released by four major manufacturers certainly appear to be nicely placed (Asus, Gigabyte, Biostar, and Foxconn). The 790GX is basically a 780G on steroids, upping the core clock speed of the graphics portion from 500 MHz to a near blistering 700 MHz (though the chip really does not get all that hot in the solution I have been testing). But unlike the 780G, the inclusion of SidePort
Subject: Motherboards | July 29, 2008 - 05:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS M3N78 Pro has a fair number of features on it for a $130 motherboard. Native support for 1066MHz DDR2, HDMI support, Hybrid SLI, solid capacitors, Express Gate technology, and HD audio and video decoding thanks to the GeForce 8300 chipset. On the other hand, Overclockers Club had some difficulty when trying to get an overclock going on the machine, limitations in the RAM settings, the multiplier and the CPU core voltage being limited t
Subject: Motherboards | July 25, 2008 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS has expanded their Republic of Gamers line with the P45 based Maximus II Formula; which is sporting an incredibly large and complex cooling system including a clip on fan. The pair of 16x PCIe 2.0 slots will support CrossfireX, DDR2 and it can handle any LGA775 processor out there. Check out it's other features, including the impressive overclock
Subject: Motherboards | July 22, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has been doing a lot of work on AMD's brand new revision to their SB700 southbridge, the SB750.
They've changed the BIOS to allow Advanced Clock Calibration to be included in the AMD Overdrive Utility and that update seems to have changed AnandTech's minds about the usefulness of that utility. They haven't finished all of their testing yet, but as they managed to get a Phenom 9850BE to 3.0GHz on on stock voltages, you can expect a positive conclusion.
Subject: Motherboards | July 17, 2008 - 05:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechARP would love to share the information they managed to get out of Foxconn about the upcoming X58 chipset from Intel. Drop by for a look at some of the specs you can expect to see on boards with this chipset; unfortunately this is not a final revision nor do they know if the NVIDIA nForce 200 SLI processor will be included, or not.