ASUS Z7S WS Receives Intel Innovation Award

Subject: Motherboards | August 19, 2008 - 06:19 PM |

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.

Source: ASUS

Trying out Hybrid SLI

Subject: Motherboards | August 18, 2008 - 02:48 PM |

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.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Look at all the colours!

Subject: Motherboards | August 14, 2008 - 01:33 PM |

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,

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Motherboard manufacturers release sales numbers

Subject: Motherboards | August 13, 2008 - 02:58 PM |

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. 

Source: Digitimes

Intel missed on this X48

Subject: Motherboards | August 12, 2008 - 01:39 PM |

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.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The Silent Release of the 740G

Subject: Motherboards | August 8, 2008 - 11:46 AM |

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

Source: AMD

AMD and the 790GX

Subject: Motherboards | August 7, 2008 - 12:58 PM |

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

Source: AMD


Subject: Motherboards | August 4, 2008 - 07:50 PM |

GIGABYTE Partners with INGRAM MICRO to Extend its Offering of

High-performance Motherboards and Graphics Solutions in the U.S.

Source: General

Fully furnished home for your Phenom

Subject: Motherboards | July 29, 2008 - 05:49 PM |

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

ASUS takes it's P45 boards seriously

Subject: Motherboards | July 25, 2008 - 12:09 PM |

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

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD teaches an old chipset new tricks

Subject: Motherboards | July 22, 2008 - 11:51 AM |

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.

Source: AnandTech

The coming Renaissance

Subject: Motherboards | July 17, 2008 - 05:32 PM |

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.

Source: Tech ARP

The best Crossfire money can buy

Subject: Motherboards | July 15, 2008 - 05:26 PM |

If you want to set up a great Crossfire system, choosing the graphics cards to put in it is only half the battle.  You also have to choose between four different chipsets; the P35, X38, P45 and X48 all support Crossfire.  Legion Hardware set out to determine which is the best to use to build your PC on, a task made more difficult because some use PCI Express 1.0 and others the new 2.0. 

NVIDIA Brings SLI Technology to Intel Bloomfield CPU Platforms

Subject: Motherboards | July 14, 2008 - 02:38 PM |

SANTA CLARA, CA - JULY 14, 2008 - PC enthusiasts, manufacturers, and developers around the world have a lot to be excited about today with NVIDIA Corporation's announcement that it will be bringing the power and performance of its SLI multi-GPU technology to Intel's upcoming line of Bloomfield CPUs.

Source: NVIDIA

Saving money, saving the planet and stopping the whining

Subject: Motherboards | July 11, 2008 - 01:34 PM |

Legit Reviews has decided to find out for themselves whether ASUS or Gigabyte produces the most power efficient motherboards.  They have copies of the FUD filled slides produced be Gigabyte which started this whole fiasco, so if you didn't see them before, you can now.  Read the full review to see why Gigabyte decided to apologize.

Sparse info, but promising

Subject: Motherboards | July 9, 2008 - 02:20 PM |

There isn't all that much to go on, just a pair of slides from an AMD presentation, but if the tests were not too terribly biased AMD's 790GX chipset is going to be quite impressive.  Just scroll down from the top of the page on CHW to see the slides.

Source: CHW

nVIDIA leaps onboard, knocks AMD off

Subject: Motherboards | July 7, 2008 - 02:07 PM |

nVIDIA does have one market in which it holds an advantage over AMD, assuming that it's hardware problems are under control with the 8300.  In The Tech Report's testing of the Zotac built mATX-sized board with the new GeForce 8300, the nVIDIA offering beats the AMD 780G in almost all tests, including HD playback.  There are some heat and CPU utilization differences beween the two onboard graphics solutions, but if all you are concerned about is great HD from onboard, check this review out.

It only works when unobserved

Subject: Motherboards | June 30, 2008 - 01:41 PM |

Foxconn BlackOps X48 Express has a lot of features bearing the name Quantum for some reason, but don't let the cheesy naming fool you, this board is rather impressive.  It will support DDR3-1600, 8 phase power, and has a rather interesting cooling design which will support cooling with dry ice.  That may not be the most useful feature, but it is certainly unique.  Drop by TechARP for a closer look.

Source: Tech ARP

Crosshair II; now even more expensive

Subject: Motherboards | June 24, 2008 - 02:10 PM |

The new ASUS Crosshair II Formula is a 780a SLI chipset, with a GeForce 8 onboard and a PCIe 1x add in card for sound, as opposed to an onboard chip.  The sound card makes sense on two levels, it can be physically removed if a XiFi or other card is purchased and it saves a lot of space on the PCB.  Techspot took a look at this Phenom board, a

Source: Tech Spot

ASRock knows how to stick to a good thing

Subject: Motherboards | June 19, 2008 - 03:35 PM |

The ASRock K10N750SLI-WiFi nForce 750a Motherboard manages to do a lot for not very much money.  As far as setting up an inexpensive Phenom system goes it is hard to beat.  With power saving features, a powerful northbridge cooler and even a ASRock OC Tuner.  Drop by Think Computers for a closer look.