Too much of a bling thing?

Subject: Motherboards | March 20, 2007 - 12:07 PM |
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On one hand you have the full featured ASUS Striker Extreme, with blinking LEDs and LCDs, more features than you can shake a stick at and heat pipes running every which way.  On the other hand is the ASUS P5N-E SLI, without the fancy add-ons and the same solid chipset at less than 1/2 the price.

Peeking into Bearlake

Subject: Motherboards | March 16, 2007 - 12:15 PM |
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DigiTimes now has Part 1 and Part 2 of their look at the upcoming chipset family from Intel, Bearlake.  In Part 1 they look at the main chipset, the P35 which supports DDR3 memory up to 1333MHz and will be the chipset for the soon to appear 45nm CPUs, Wolfdale (C2D) and Yorkfield who will be the quad core version.  In part 2 they look at the G33, similar to the P35 but with DX9 onboard graphics, the X38 which will replace the
Source: Digitimes

The M2N32-SLI Premium has everything but a kitchen sink

Subject: Motherboards | March 13, 2007 - 11:14 AM |
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Motherboards.org has posted their review of the M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition, and the only bad thing they can say about it is that it doesn't support CrossFire, as it's an nForce board.  It comes with more extras than any board on the market, including a flash drive that you can use to set up Vista's ReadyBoost.  Head over to see all the o

IA EPIA NX-Series Nano-ITX Mainboard @ VIA Technologies

Subject: Motherboards | March 13, 2007 - 10:47 AM |
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Designed for ultra compact embedded systems with demanding digital media requirements, such as slimline LCD PCs and digital signage, small yet powerful set top boxes and next generation car PCs, the VIA EPIA NX-series Nano-ITX mainboard boasts the latest generation 1.5GHz VIA C7 processor, or 1.2GHz VIA Eden processor for the fastest fanless configuration.

Well laid motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | March 8, 2007 - 12:31 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP really likes the ASUS Commando, calling it "probably the best laid out motherboard I've seen to date".  They leer at it's big RAM slots, handling up to 8GB and leaving space for a big graphics card to slip in as well.  They found the heatpipe setup got warm, but they didn't burn themselves playing with it.  Head over to check out this fully loaded board, but keep an eye o

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The 690 runs again

Subject: Motherboards | March 1, 2007 - 03:27 PM |
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Today we get more looks at the soon to be released AMD 690 chipset, starting off with Legit Reviews.  They find the reference boards they reviewed perfect for HTPC applications as it is the only chipset that supports simultaneous independent outputs of DVI and HDMI.   The gamers are not going to be impressed by the performance of the IGP but it certainly outperforms the old NVIDIA 430 chipset.

AMD jumps back into the chipset game

Subject: Motherboards | February 28, 2007 - 01:42 PM |
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Join The Tech Report in a look at a new board based on the new 690G chipset from AMD, MSI's K9AGM2.  These new boards won't be for sale for a few weeks yet, but you can get a good look at what to expect.  Among the features you will see are 24 PCIe lanes, although 4 are dedicated to the chipset interconnect.  As well, the integrated graphics take a big jump, they use the X1250 graphics core, based on the Radeon X700.

New AMD Platform Integrates ATI Graphics for The Ultimate Visual Experience(TM) For Windows Vista

Subject: Motherboards | February 28, 2007 - 11:47 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. -- February 28, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the AMD 690 series chipset, the company's first chipset to bring together the combined strengths of AMD CPU and platform technology with the industry-leading features of the ATI Radeon™ X1250 GPU.

Source: AMD

Sequels work better with motherboards than they do with movies

Subject: Motherboards | February 22, 2007 - 06:21 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has the new incarnation of the P5N32, utilizing the nForce 6 chipset.  The newest and most interesting feature of this board is that whiel it is a 650i chipset, it functions as a 680i chipset. You get x16 SLI mode, SLI memory support, GPU Ex support, and LinkBoost.  Check out this stellar performer, and maybe even pick one up instead of the EVGA 680i board.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Fully loaded motherboard from ASUS

Subject: Motherboards | February 19, 2007 - 02:23 PM |
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The ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP P965 Express has a name as long as the list of features on the board.  Based around the Intel P965 Express and ICH8R, with 'Azalia' audio, dual Gigabit LAN plus 802.11b/g, Firewire, optical SP/DIF audio output, and Serial ATA II RAID support.  It also has two 16x PCIe and one 1x slot, head over the PC Stats to see what else they included.

Source: PCStats

The AMD 690G chipset makes an appearance

Subject: Motherboards | February 12, 2007 - 03:23 PM |
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The ECS AMD690GM-M2 motherboard features the AMD 690G Chipset with an AMD RS690G Northbridge, an AMD SB600 Southbridge and an ATI A-Link.  It's onboard ATI Radeon X1250 graphics chip offers a nice feature, it can use up to 512MB of system memory for its frame buffer.  With only 1 PCIe 16x slot, the board is aimed at the price concious consumer, and you can find out a lot more about it on TweakTown.

Source: TweakTown

Exhibitionist BIOS

Subject: Motherboards | February 7, 2007 - 02:22 PM |
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One of the most interesting things about DFI's ICFX3200-T2R/G, based on the RD600 chipset is that it has 3 PCIe x16 slots.  The first 2 run at x8 speeds when used in Crossfire mode, as you might expect, and
the third slot operates at x2 speed making it handy for a Physics processor.  [H]ard|OCP was also intrigued by the system's BIOS which allows far more control than most and you can save four different BIOS configurations which can be bound to hot keys.  Head on over to find out the rest

Source: [H]ard|OCP

DFI's new CrossFire Xpress 3200 LANParty board

Subject: Motherboards | February 1, 2007 - 02:35 PM |
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nVIDIA seems to be taking the world of chipsets by storm, with only Intel's newer chipsets for Core 2 competing.  There is another player trying to make it's name though, and is mostly due to scarcity that it hasn't.  The RD600 chipset supports Crossfire, and as X-bit Labs discovers, it likes overclocking just fine.  Head on over for the full review of the DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200-T2R/G.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Putting the P5W DH Deluxe on a diet

Subject: Motherboards | January 26, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews a new 975X board from ASUS.  The P5B-E is much like the Deluxe version that is out already, especially when it comes to overclocking.  With 450MHz FSB within reach, this motherboard offers a lot for a small price.  Even without a second PCI-E 16x slot, there are a lot of extras on this board, so give it a look.  There were some oddities during the testing stage, keep an eye on this thread in their forums

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Exclusive ASUS Motherboard Technologies Maximize Vista Enjoyment

Subject: Motherboards | January 24, 2007 - 03:35 PM |
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Fremont, CA, January 23rd, 2007 - ASUS, the world's motherboard leader, is now offering 4 motherboard models that are designed especially for the new operating system.

Source: ASUS

Gigabyte revises their 965P board

Subject: Motherboards | January 23, 2007 - 03:13 PM |
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Over at Tech Spot, you will find a review of the Gigabyte 965P-DS3P, Rev 2.  With more reliable capacitors, and a few more improvements, this board gives a much better experience than the original revision.  Even more impressive, it's overclocking potential is much better, as well as easier to set up.

Source: Tech Spot

Quad SLI from Gigabyte and ASUS

Subject: Motherboards | January 16, 2007 - 01:07 PM |
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Gigabyte United, which is a joint venture from Gigabyte and ASUS, have announced the GA-N680SLI-DQ6, a board that natively supports Quad SLI and Core 2 Quad-Core processors.  There isn't  a lot of information, but you can glean a little more from this Gigabyte press release.

Source: Digitimes

HEXUS captures the ASUS Commando

Subject: Motherboards | January 9, 2007 - 04:15 PM |
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HEXUS has managed to get a glimpse of the newest member of ASUS' Republic of Gamers motherboard.  The Commando is based around a P965 chipset, and includes some very nice features, like a reset CMOS button (not a jumper).  Tied in with these features is support for blazing fast bus speeds, in the neighbourhood of 2.28GHz!  Head over and take a long look at these pictures.

Source: Hexus

It looks pretty, but you can't push it too hard

Subject: Motherboards | January 4, 2007 - 03:34 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews abit's AW9D-MAX for Core 2 Duo.  It is compatible with CrossFire, and the layout is very well thought out, including the cooling for the chipset.  However, they discovered one little flaw that may cause disinterest among hard core users.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

abit Brings AB9 QuadGT Motherboard to CES

Subject: Motherboards | January 3, 2007 - 04:09 PM |
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What does the "quad" mean exactly?  Support for quad-core Intel processors, and, um.... stuff.

The AB9 QuadGT is geared towards extreme performance.