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Subject: Motherboards | December 12, 2008 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Foxconn has taught the P25 chipset a new trick by adding an additional IDT controller for the PCI Express bus. That gives you full x16 on a single card and full x8 for setups with 2 or 3 graphics cards. They've also moved the northbridge and rotated the CPU socket by 90 degrees. Read on at X-bit Labs to see why their positive impressions dissipated the second they stopped looking at the board and tried using it.
Subject: Motherboards | November 27, 2008 - 03:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As quite a few retailers and manufacturers are going to be stuck with P45 boards, there is an attempt to recover as much money as possible by making P45 based motherboards more attractive. GIGABYTE has released their GA-EP45-DS5 Energy Saver Motherboard, who's target market seems fairly obvious. The two biggest features are Dynamic Energy Saver Advanced, which reduces power usage at idle and Green Ethernet, that changes power consumption based on cable length. Futurelook
Subject: Motherboards | November 25, 2008 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (Nov 24, 2008) - For the customer and system builder seeking peace of mind with their motherboard investment, ASUS, the industry-leading motherboard manufacturer today announces the ASUS Premium Service (APS) program for their enthusiast-class motherboards.
Subject: Motherboards | November 18, 2008 - 03:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The odd name of the ASUS P6T Deluxe OC Palm Edition comes from the OC Palm that is bundled with the motherboard. It's a small LCD screen for showing widgets, and adds about $40 to the price of the motherboard; there is a non-Palm edition for those with no desire for the small screen. TECHGAGE's look at the board is very comprehenisive, and gives you
Subject: Motherboards | November 17, 2008 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
11/17/2008 - November 17, 2008 - EVGA Corporation, the leading-edge 3D processor and motherboard manufacturer, announces the first motherboard based on the next generation Intel X58 Express Chipset platform supporting the Intel Core i7 processors. The EVGA X58 SLI motherboard features 6 DIMMs of triple-channel memory, and a board layout optimized for the enthusiast including 2-way and 3-way SLI support.
Subject: Motherboards | November 12, 2008 - 04:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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 .
Subject: Motherboards | November 6, 2008 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Motherboards | November 3, 2008 - 06:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Motherboards | October 30, 2008 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Motherboards | October 29, 2008 - 02:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Motherboards | October 29, 2008 - 11:27 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Motherboards | October 24, 2008 - 01:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Motherboards | October 20, 2008 - 03:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Motherboards | October 15, 2008 - 02:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Motherboards | October 14, 2008 - 02:48 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 - 04:14 PM | Ryan Shrout
Subject: Motherboards | October 7, 2008 - 02:44 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 220.127.116.11.
Subject: Motherboards | October 6, 2008 - 01:37 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 - 11:49 AM | 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