nVIDIA's big day

Subject: Motherboards | March 18, 2008 - 12:40 PM |
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Paired with the launch of the 9800 GX2 is the 790i SLI chipset.  Unlike the update from the 680i to the 780i, we actually have a new northbridge.  The southbridge is still the 570 MCP, although it has learned a new trick.  The brand new northbridge brings DDR3 support, up to 2000MHz and support for Intel's new 1600Mhz FSB.  Lowered memory latencies and 32 lanes of PCI Express 2.0 have helped this board unseat the X48 as the top chipset for performance.  See what else is new over at The Tech Report.
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ROG on with ASUS

Subject: Motherboards | March 13, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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Newest in the Republic of Gamers line of motherboards from ASUS is the X48 based Rampage Formula.  One of the most noticeable features are the heatpipes and sinks on the motherboard itself, they are even bigger than what you would see on a 6/780i board.  When you tie that effective cooling with some powerful overclocking features, you get performance that earns respect; as it did over at [H]ard|OCP.  There is a darker side to the ROG series though; they are almost impossible

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Tyan serves up a new motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | March 10, 2008 - 05:22 PM |
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Tyan has just released the Tempest i5400XT, a server class motherboard for the Quad-core Xeons based on the Intel 5400 MCH chipset.  Support for 64Gb of fully buffered RAM is included, as is a pair of PCI Express 16x slots, in case you want SLI on your server.  Phoronix can tell you all about Tyan's newest in their full article.

Source: Phoronix

The whole is greater than the sum of it's parts

Subject: Motherboards | March 4, 2008 - 12:20 PM |
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AMD has come through in a big way with the 790G chipset, although not by taking a performance crown as many enthusiasts would have preferred.  Instead, they have totally destroyed the competition in integrated graphics.  Currently available(ish) at $100, the board's price will drop and setting up an HTPC or just a general PC for $300 or less is easy with this board, and it will perform well enough that you d

CeBit 2008: ASUS Dual CPU workstation motherboard launched

Subject: Motherboards | March 4, 2008 - 10:14 AM |
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While the world is focused on computer hardware at the CeBit show in Hanover, Germany ASUS took the opportunity to launch their new Z7S WS motherboard based on Intel's Skulltrail 5400 chipset platform.  The board used the Intel 5400 chipset, supports dual LGA771 processors and has three PCIe x16 slots for graphics expansion.  Yes, the board still requires DDR2

MSI is going to power chipset fans with...chipset heat

Subject: Motherboards | February 29, 2008 - 03:09 PM |
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This is a pretty interesting design idea: taking the heat that is generated by the motherboard chipset and using it to power the very fan that cools it.  Pic and description from engadget.

Source: engadget

nVIDIAs chipset refresh

Subject: Motherboards | February 20, 2008 - 02:02 PM |
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780i based motherboard reviews are still fairly rare, and we haven't really seen a representative sample yet.  [H]ard|OCP's review of the XFX nForce 780i SLI board proves that point, the overclocking results they saw were very different from the EVGA board they tested earlier.  This board also has a new version of the nVIDIA system monitor, aka Enhanced System Architecture.  Read on for the full review of this triple SLI capable board.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

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.