NVIDIA's 780i Release

Subject: Motherboards | December 17, 2007 - 10:33 AM |
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I originally posted this on my site, but figured it would do just as nicely here.

Can you build yourself a spider with ECS?

Subject: Motherboards | December 14, 2007 - 01:38 PM |
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The ECS A770M-A isn't really the motherboard you want if you are putting together a Spider platform.  The new AMD 770 northbridge will give you support for Phenom, Athlon FX, Athlon64, and Sempron processors, and support for HT 3.0 and PCI-E 2.0 make it an attractive board, but the lack of 4 PCIe slots might put a damper on your plans.  Even so, Overclockers Club d

Circuit Maximus

Subject: Motherboards | December 10, 2007 - 02:56 PM |
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The incredibly difficult to find, or afford, ASUS Maximus Extreme is the DDR3 supporting, top of the line X38 based, packed full of extras flagship of ASUS' Intel boards.  AnandTech took on the task of testing all that it is capable of, including running Vista stably with 4GB at DDR3 1800 and a FSB of 450MHz.  When they broke out the extreme cooling, they could boot at 5GHz or more the first time, but after that they saw some interesting behaviour.

Source: AnandTech

Gaming to the Maximus

Subject: Motherboards | December 5, 2007 - 02:59 PM |
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The newest member of the Republic of Gamers is the ASUS Maximus Formula, based on the X38 chipset with an ICH9R southbridge.  With the new Intel chipset comes support for 1600MHz FSB and 45nm process chips.  [H]ard|OCP picked one up and their testing shows it to be a great board for overclockers, new or experienced, and they thought the choice t

Source: [H]ard|OCP

An odd mix of features

Subject: Motherboards | November 29, 2007 - 05:13 PM |
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The Abit IX38 Quad GT has a rally strange mix of features.  It supports a 1600MHz FSB, which is fairly rare; but it partners that with DDR2, skipping any chance you have of having synchronous RAM and CPU buses.  The motherboard certainly isn't cheap, so the use of the older RAM doesn't seem to have much to do with making this the basis of a cheap system.  CPU3D put the board through

Source: CPU3D

Bye bye 680i

Subject: Motherboards | November 23, 2007 - 01:29 PM |
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With what seems like confirmation of the inability of the 680i chipset to support 45nm processors, it's time to take a peek at the 780i.  HardwareXL steps up, and provides us with a look at a pre-retail ASUS P5N-T Deluxe nForce 780i motherboard.  It seems most a refresh of the 680i, with the major difference being PCI Express 2.0 support and Triple-SL

Source: HardwareXL

abit Introduces First AMD Phenom Ready Motherboard, the AX78

Subject: Motherboards | November 23, 2007 - 11:21 AM |
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20 November, 2007 - abit today announced their latest AMD 770 chipset-based motherboard, the abit AX78. This is abit's first motherboard with native support for AMD Phenom quad-core processors delivering best performance for true quad-core processors, HyperTransport 3, Dual Channel DDR2 1066 memory, PCI Express 2.0 and CrossFire X.

Source: ABIT

The chipset behind the music

Subject: Motherboards | November 19, 2007 - 04:23 PM |
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While everyone else was busy focusing on AMD's new processor, The Tech Report focused on the backbone of the Spider system, AMD's new 790FX chipset.  Supporting HyperTransport 3 and the next iteration of PCI Express, this chipset will likely be seeing a lot of use for quite a while.  Any new launch is not going to happen without a few kinks, in this case the outdated SB600 southbridge offers lackluster performance, and TR also found BIOS problems on both ASUS and Gigabyte's motherboards.

Choose your own P35 adventure

Subject: Motherboards | November 8, 2007 - 05:50 PM |
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Tech-Hounds has posted a review that is not short on choices by any means.  Seven P35 based boards are reviewed, with ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI all represented.  If the price of DDR3 and an X38 chipset is scaring you away from a Christmas upgrade, then peek through these boards, you are bound to find at least one that tempts you to pull out your wallet.

Source: Tech-Hounds

QX9650, QX9550 and QX9450 support on the P5E3 Deluxe is just a flash away

Subject: Motherboards | November 6, 2007 - 06:32 PM |
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The brand new P5E3-ASUS-Deluxe-0512 BIOS will allow you to run QX9x50 series processors from Intel on both the Deluxe and WiFi@n models.  If you are considering an upgrade to these impressive new processors, this new 0512 BIOS will get you up and running.

Source: ASUS

Lower middle class motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | October 25, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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Source: TweakTown

EVGA's new BIOS doesn't play nicely with others

Subject: Motherboards | October 22, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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The new P29 through P31 BIOSes from EVGA allow the use of 1333MHz FSB CPUs, and so they are really quite popular with owners of the boards.  On the other hand, they also make it impossible to use 3rd party RAID cards, although there was no problems doing so on the previous P28 BIOS.  According to what The Inquirer noticed on the EVGA boards, this problem has been known for over a year, but neither nVIDIA or EVGA have stepped up to the plate and provided a solution.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD makes HDMI easy

Subject: Motherboards | October 18, 2007 - 01:03 PM |
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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 - 02:40 PM |
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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 - 01:35 PM |
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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 - 02:32 PM |
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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 - 01:42 PM |
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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 - 01:36 PM |
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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 - 01:05 PM |
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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 - 06:23 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