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Subject: Motherboards | October 14, 2008 - 06:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Motherboards | October 10, 2008 - 08:14 PM | Ryan Shrout
Subject: Motherboards | October 7, 2008 - 06:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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 18.104.22.168.
Subject: Motherboards | October 6, 2008 - 05:37 AM | Ryan Shrout
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!
Subject: Motherboards | October 3, 2008 - 03:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Motherboards | October 2, 2008 - 07:11 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Motherboards | September 29, 2008 - 06:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Motherboards | September 24, 2008 - 08:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Motherboards | September 23, 2008 - 03:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Motherboards | September 17, 2008 - 06:40 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 - 07:14 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 - 06:48 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 - 07:06 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 - 05:48 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 - 05:30 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 - 10:19 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 - 06:48 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 - 05:33 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,