This board swings both ways

Subject: Motherboards | November 12, 2008 - 04:29 PM |
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The introduction of the X58 chipset brought a lot of new features to the PC, none more desired than a board that can handle both SLI and Crossfire.  The first X58 board to do so, the ASUS P6T Deluxe, ended up on Ryan's test bench recently.  Not only does it have that advantage over the Intel DX58SO board, it also overclocks a lot better straight out of the box.  Read on to see how the board tested against previous generations of board as well as the Intel X58 .

The new ASUS X58 board is a Marvell

Subject: Motherboards | November 6, 2008 - 12:33 PM |
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The list of features on the ASUS P6T Deluxe are incredible, official support for triple channel DDR3 up to 1333MHz and 3 PCI-Express x16 slots which will allow either SLI or Crossfire, your choice.  The new Marvell controller is also impressive, with a pair of gigabit NICs, 1 e-SATA and a pair of SAS capable SATA ports, on top of the 6 SATA ports from the Intel controller.  Once [H]ard|OCP got the new BIOS, the features were nearly overshadowed by the overclocking potential of th

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The chips are only as good as the board they're served on

Subject: Motherboards | November 3, 2008 - 06:49 PM |
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One big factor that will differentiate Core i7 systems are the motherboard that it is run on.  Quite a few previews have been shown, but the NDA on the i7 it's self guaranteed that you didn't get to see any benchmarking data.  Now that they are allowed to share, The Tech Report has a pair of motherboards to show you, the Asus P6T Deluxe and Intel's own DX58SO.  Both offer BIOS' you've never played with, that differ from each other, much like the card and memory layout.  See which can gain the upper hand.

Gigabyte gets it right

Subject: Motherboards | October 30, 2008 - 02:49 PM |
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Based around a P45 northbridge and ICH10R south bridge the Gigabyte GA-EP45T-Extreme is definitely aimed at the higher end of the market.  Considering that [H]ard|OCP discovered that "Bar none this is the most overclockable motherboard I have ever worked with." you can safely assume they have positioned it correctly.  Really, it's on

Source: [H]ard|OCP

VIA Unveils First Pico-ITXe Board with Stackable I/O Expansion at ESC Boston

Subject: Motherboards | October 29, 2008 - 02:20 PM |
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VIA EPIA-P710Taipei, Taiwan, October 29 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA-P710, the world's first single board computer based on the new Pico-ITXe specification of the Small Form Factor Special Interest Group (SFF-SIG), providing a more rational approach to system design.
Supporting up to four customizable I/O expansion modules, the VIA EPIA-P710 Pico-ITXe enables a highly flexible and affordable implementation of serial connectivity options.

ZOTAC announces nForce 630i-ITX WiFi

Subject: Motherboards | October 29, 2008 - 11:27 AM |
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HONG KONG - Oct. 29, 2008 - ZOTAC International, a leading manufacturer of NVIDIA-based graphics cards and motherboards, today unleashes its latest mini-ITX form factor motherboard -- the ZOTAC nForce 630i-ITX WiFi - a new high-performance platform that occupies minimal space.

Source: ZOTAC

We can tell you everything but how it performs

Subject: Motherboards | October 24, 2008 - 01:54 PM |
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The X58 chipset is a great example of how not to do a product release.  We have been seeing plenty of boards that use the new chipset, but we have yet to see a benchmark, for the i7 processor line is still under NDA.  Overclock3D has that exact problem with their review of the ASUS Rampage II Extreme.  You can read all about the various features available on the motherboard, but you won't see any performance numbers.

Source: Overclock3D

Integrated capablities continue to grow

Subject: Motherboards | October 20, 2008 - 03:08 PM |
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The newest Intel mATX board is the DG45ID, built for s775 processors and sporting a single x16 PCI-E slot; the big feature is the x4500HD graphics featuring HDMI and DVI-I output ports. 
As far as CPU usage goes, you are far better off with NVIDIA's PureVideo HD or AMD's ATI Avivo HD.  If you aren't too concerned about CPU usage, for instance if you are building a dedicated Blu-ray player that will never do anything else, then the G45 is a good choice, especially when you discover it is capable of sending a 1920x1080 analog signal to CRTs and LCDs that are not technically HD display

Source: [H]ard|OCP

nVIDIA's attempt to ingratiate itself into the integrated market

Subject: Motherboards | October 15, 2008 - 02:43 PM |
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Intel's G45 Express chipset hit the market right after AMD's 790GX, and it also lags behind in performance.  Now nVIDIA has joined the three way battle to provide the most graphical power for the least amount of electrical power.  Their integrated graphics chipset is the GF9300 and GF9400.  The Guru of 3D had a chance to test out ECS' take on this chipset and from the benchmarks it looks like AMD has a contender worth worrying about.

Source: Guru of 3D

Integral to Intel's success?

Subject: Motherboards | October 14, 2008 - 02:48 PM |
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Integral video is rising to new heights of importance over the past year.  Previously only found in machines that run Office applications and maybe a little light surfing, the new AMD and nVIDIA solutions can handle 3D games and HD video.  Intel is countering with the G45 Express chipset and it's Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD, a model number that sounds far more like an AMD product than an Intel one.  Check out The Tech Report to see how it fares against AMD's 780G and Nvidia's GeForce 8300.

Anandtech investigates the Core i7 VDIMM issue

Subject: Motherboards | October 10, 2008 - 04:14 PM |
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So earlier this week we pointed you to a potential problem with the upcoming Core i7 Nehalem-based processors involving voltages.  Apparently, because the memory controller on the new processor is directly associated with the voltage of the entire processor, DDR3 DIMMs that are reaching over the 2.0v mark could be potentially hazardouse to the CPUs.  This is because the CPU voltage and VDIMM voltages are linked in some fashion.
Source: AnandTech

Open source and the 790GX

Subject: Motherboards | October 7, 2008 - 02:44 PM |
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Josh's look at the 790GX chipset covered it's performance in Windows, concentrating on it's gaming performance as well as it's abilities to power an HTPC.  Most PCPer readers are Windows users on their main rig, or their gaming rig at the very least; our HTPC users and general Linux fans are not.  That's the perfect cue for Phoronix to step in and see just how well the 790GX chipset works, specifically on Ubuntu 8.04 with the Catalyst 8.9 driver, Linux 2.6.24 kernel, and X Server 1.4.0.90. 

Source: Phoronix

Pics of X58 Smackover and BIOS, Core i7 965

Subject: Motherboards | October 6, 2008 - 01:37 AM |
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I saw this post in our forums over the weekend and thought it deserved a little front page love: AudioFreak39 posted up some pictures of a test bed configuration running one of the upcoming Nehalem Core i7 965 processors, Intel X58 Smackover motherboard with lots of images of the BIOS on the board as well!

Those extra letters don't seem to help that much

Subject: Motherboards | October 3, 2008 - 11:49 AM |
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The EVGA nForce 780i SLI FTW is an attempt to compete against Intel's historically more powerful chipsets.  Unfortunately, it fell short in a few key areas; it is a DDR2 board in a DDR3 world and it really doesn't offer
much improvement over the original version of the 780i.  Add to that it's less that stellar performance on [H]ard|OCP's torture testing and you can see why

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Gigabyte X58 Extreme motherboard pics show up online

Subject: Motherboards | October 2, 2008 - 03:11 PM |
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While photos of motherboards might not get everyone revved up, I think you'll find this pictorial view of the Gigabyte X58-based EX58-EXTREME to be pretty impressive.  The board includes an absolutely massive heatpipe add-on, six DDR3 memory slots, three PCI Express x16 slots, ten SATA ports, eight USB 2.0 connections and is really, really shiny.  

Source: General

AMD's Advanced Clock Calibration

Subject: Motherboards | September 29, 2008 - 02:53 PM |
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AMD based motherboards tend to take second place on the reviewers bench, behind the various models and chipsets that run Intel processors.  That is too bad in a way, as the new 790G chipset is a rather impressive step forward for AMD.  Don't take my word for it though, read through what Josh has to say and see how his benchmarking turned out.

GIGABYTE Introduces Ultra Durable 3 Technology

Subject: Motherboards | September 24, 2008 - 04:26 PM |
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City of Industry, CA, September 24th, 2008 - GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today is pleased to introduce their revolutionary Ultra Durable 3 technology, the industry’s first consumer desktop motherboard design to feature 2 ounces of copper for both the Power and Ground layers, delivering a dramatically lower system temperature, improved energy efficiency and enhanced stability for overclocking.

GIGABYTE once again leads the motherboard industry

DFI puts the brakes on complexity

Subject: Motherboards | September 23, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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If you like BIOSes that go on for miles with more options than you can reasonably keep straight and gleefully spend days tweaking them all, there is a good chance you are a fan of DFI's motherboards.  TweakTown takes a look at their new Auto Boost System, which is sort of a social network for overclockers. 
You can use the ABS to share your overclocks with the world, and use the settings that other tweakers have used.  It is sorted out by processor, so you can

Source: TweakTown

Get to know your 790GX

Subject: Motherboards | September 17, 2008 - 02:40 PM |
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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.

Source: Neoseeker

Platinum Express now departing at platform P45

Subject: Motherboards | September 11, 2008 - 01:34 PM |
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X-bit Labs takes a look at the P4 Express offerings from MSI, paying particular attention to the

Source: X-Bit Labs