AMD makes HDMI easy

Subject: Motherboards | October 18, 2007 - 10:03 AM |
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The MSI K9AG Neo2 Digital takes advantage of AMD's 690G chipset and provides a proper HDMI jack that is fully HDCP compliant, right on the motherboard.  An HTPC system just doesn't get any easier than that.  As well, it is a full ATX board, so you won't have to squeeze your components onto a mATX board.  PC Stats has finished their review, which HTPC builders (

Source: PCStats

Lots of extra features, not so much on the extra speed

Subject: Motherboards | October 15, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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The Gigabyte X38-DQS lets you have all the extras that Intel's X38 chipset offers, without having to invest in DDR3.  Sporting an lot of features, from 8 SATA ports and onboard HD audio to an incredible amount of ports, 2 PCI Express 8x, 3 PCI Express 1x and a pair of PCI slots, you aren't going to have trouble inserting add-on cards.  [H]ard|OCP was also quite impressed by the chipset cooling.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The day of the X38

Subject: Motherboards | October 10, 2007 - 10:35 AM |
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The reviewers have had their gags removed and we can finally see some real testing of Intel's brand new chipset, the X38 Express.   The Tech Report has a pair, the ASUS P5E3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @n and Gigabyte's GA-X38-DQ6.  Both boards offer the new features of the X38 chipset, 32 PCI Express Lanes, with PCI Express 2.0 support, as well as DDR3.  The ASUS board comes with embedded Linux, WiFi and a higher price while the Gigabyte board skips some of the extras, but is still priced close to $300.

ASUS is making a splash

Subject: Motherboards | October 9, 2007 - 11:32 AM |
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The ASUS motherboards that come with Linux embedded in them have gained a name, SplashTop.  Phoronix points out some interesting benefits you can gain from this 'Instant On' addition to the motherboard, and a bit of speculation as to whether we will finally see an update to something that really has seen any major changes in over a decade, the system BIOS.

Source: Phoronix

ASUS P5E3 Deluxe mobo boots in five seconds with Linux

Subject: Motherboards | October 8, 2007 - 10:42 AM |
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Embedded operating systems have long been the one way to get super-fast boot up times and looks like Asus might be allowing upcoming X38 motherboards to take advantage of them.

Source: Phoronix

ASUS goes to the circus

Subject: Motherboards | October 2, 2007 - 10:36 AM |
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TweakTown managed to get a sneak preview of the two X38 board that ASUS is working on, the Maximus.  It will come in two flavours, just like the P35 Blitz series did.  Some of the nicer features include 2 full x16 PCI Express 2.0 slots, and a third that can be used, although it will cause the second 16x to reduce to 8x and give the other 8x to that 3rd slot.  There is also an new and interesting feature called Express Gate, a 512MB flash drive soldered onto the motherboard that runs a compact version of

Source: TweakTown

Foxconn declares war with their new P35 motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | September 27, 2007 - 10:05 AM |
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AnandTech has published a full review of the Foxconn MARS P35 motherboard, touted as a high performance board with a value price.  The cooling system on the motherboard will keep the Northbridge happy for all but the most extreme overclocking, and should still give enough space around the socket to allow a large CPU heatsink.  The general overclocking settings in the BIOS gave them some problems, but once AnandTech got the hang of it, this turned into a board that is great for overclocking Quads. 

Source: AnandTech

XFX introduces nForce 630i and 610i Motherboards with integrated GeForce 7 series graphics

Subject: Motherboards | September 26, 2007 - 03:23 PM |
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Ontario, CA, Sept. 25, 2007 - XFX welcomes the most affordable and graphically intense triplets ever delivered. The XFX nForce 630i with GeForce 7150, nForce 630i with GeForce 7100, and nForce 610i with GeForce 7050 motherboards are genetically programmed to deliver a premium graphics experience on Windows Vista, including Flip 3D, translucent window panes and taskbar preview.

Designed for Intel-based PCs, these motherboards support a full range of Intel CPUs (from Core2 Quad to Celeron) and DDR2-800 memory.

Source: XFX

abit's P35 quality stands out

Subject: Motherboards | September 21, 2007 - 09:19 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP broke in their new testing OS, Vista Ultimate 64, on the abit IP35 Pro.  With solid metal capacitors, a good layout and decent cooling, this board shows off what abit can do when they put their minds to it.  It didn't take first place when it came time to overclock, but the overall solid build of this motherboard makes it a good choice to build a system with.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The best of Intel's new chipset

Subject: Motherboards | September 18, 2007 - 09:16 AM |
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Legit Reviews takes a broad look at the P35 series from Intel with a huge motherboard shootout.  The Abit IP35 Pro, ECS P35T-A, Foxconn P35A-S, Gigabyt

A little bigger peak at the X38A

Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2007 - 10:56 AM |
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... but still no benchmarks!   Hardware Zone has a preview of the Foxconn X38A board, with a good look at the board and the features it will sport.  The northbridge cooling solution is rather unique, but it doesn't seem likely that too many people will be suffering from overheating, at least in that particular area.

No More Designed by NVIDIA Motherboards?

Subject: Motherboards | September 11, 2007 - 07:53 AM |
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In a rather confusing news post, Digitimes seems to be reporting that NVIDIA's Drew Henry has said the "Designed by NVIDIA" motherboard program is going to come to an end.  I don't know if the reasoning behind this is anger from the Taiwan-based motherboard makers that have taken the time to design their own boards or just a lack of sales with partners like EVGA, XFX and BFG. 

Source: Digitimes

EVGA jumps into motherboards with both feet

Subject: Motherboards | September 4, 2007 - 12:08 PM |
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While the EVGA 680i SLI Black Pearl sounds like it has something to do with Jack Sparrow, it's only link to that series is that is has been designed with watercooling in mind.  These boards are extremely rare, as EVGA inspects their A1 line and only takes the best to be promoted to the Black Pearl line.  That promotion involves the addition of compression fitted waterblocks, specifically a VREG block, CPU block, SPP Block, and MCP Block.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A sneak peek at Gigabyte's new board

Subject: Motherboards | August 29, 2007 - 11:44 AM |
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We still don't know when AMD will announce their upcoming RD790 chipset, but TweakTown managed to get a sneak peak at it at the World Cyber Games.  This is a big step for AMD, as this is the chipset that will run Phenom processors, and add support for PCI Express 2.0.

Source: TweakTown

Good things can come in small packages

Subject: Motherboards | August 23, 2007 - 10:46 AM |
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The Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H is an AMD 690 based microATX board.  As [H]ard|OCP points out, you will be doing this board an injustice if you think it's small size will hold it back.  This board is as feature rich as it's larger cousins, and just wait until you see how well it overclocks.

There is also some interesting news about XFX's nForce 680i, which Ryan shares with you here.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A tale of two P35s

Subject: Motherboards | August 20, 2007 - 02:06 PM |
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When HotHardware reviewed ASUS' P5K3 Deluxe and the Gigabyte P35T-DQ6, they found that the benchmarks lined up with each other, with only a 1 or 2% difference.  When two boards perform so similarly it comes down to the features each manufacturer can get on the board, and how far you are able overclock it.  Find out what these two boards can offer you.

Source: HotHardware

Best of five P35's

Subject: Motherboards | August 14, 2007 - 02:50 PM |
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TweakTown has gathered 5 motherboards based on the P35 chipset.  ASUS, ABIT, ECS, Foxconn and Gigabyte are all represented, so read the full review to get a look at who has implemented the P35 chipset best, and of course; who gives the best extras.

Source: TweakTown

Coming to terms with DDR3

Subject: Motherboards | August 10, 2007 - 10:32 AM |
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The ASUS Blitz Extreme is almost a clone of the Blitz Formula, the difference lying in the memory controller.  The Blitz Extreme is the DDR3 version of the P35 based board, giving early adopters the ability to use the new type of memory.  Find out if [H]ard|OCP found it to be a better choice than the Formula.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Better the RAM you know

Subject: Motherboards | August 7, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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ASUS' new addition to the Republic of Gamers lineup is the P35 based DDR2 Blitz Formula motherboard.  [H]ard|OCP was amazed by the overclocking ability that this board possesses, eclipsing the Commando and the P5K Deluxe WiFi-AP Edition that previously impressed them.  Add the LCD and LED informational displays and the feature set, and you have a very nice high end board.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD's new chipset strikes again

Subject: Motherboards | August 2, 2007 - 09:07 AM |
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The AMD 690G chipset is undergoing a revision, specifically it's the BIOS that is being tweaked.  The onboard graphics will have proper support for HD quality video and significant improvements to the overclocking potential.  The Tech Report has some pictures of a new Gigabyte board, and a bit more details on what to expect from this chipset's second wave.