nVIDIA takes on Intel, Round 2

Subject: Motherboards | January 8, 2008 - 05:43 PM |
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The new nVIDIA 780i chipset is appearing on some motherboards, like the ASUS Striker II Formula up for review on Overclock3D.  As you would expect from the Republic of Gamers line, this motherboard comes bundled with a huge amount of accessories, including a removable sound card in case you want to upgrade from the onboard sound, and an astronomical price.  nVIDIA is up against some stiff competition from the P35 and X38 chipsets, especially when i

Source: Overclock3D

GIGABYTE Online Overclocking Contest

Subject: Motherboards | December 19, 2007 - 06:07 PM |
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GIGABYTE Online Overclocking Contest

Honor Hardcore PC Enthusiasts at Overclocking Hall of Fame

-    Over $12,000 in Cash & Prize to be Awarded –

ASUS P5N-T Deluxe Motherboard Raises the Bar for Enthusiasts Motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | December 18, 2007 - 03:22 PM |
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ASUS P5N-T Deluxe Motherboard Raises the Bar for Enthusiasts Motherboards 

-- The latest NVIDIA 3-way SLI capable motherboard is complemented by the energy-saving ASUS Energy Processing Unit --

 

The Puzzling Existence of the AMD 770 Chipset

Subject: Motherboards | December 17, 2007 - 05:45 PM |
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One thing I am rather confused about is why AMD and its partners are not pushing the AMD 770 based boards more than they currently are.  There are six manufacturers that have AMD 770 based boards available (or at least will be available shortly).  So far only ECS has chosen to send out review samples, while the rest of the manufacturers are sitting back and letting the more expensive 790X and 790FX boards take all the limelight.

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