1333MHz FSB on the 680i

Subject: Motherboards | July 20, 2007 - 10:25 AM |
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Trying to get a QX6850 to work, at full speed, on a 680i motherboard proved a challenge for many, including AnandTech.  Using an EVGA 680i board and the brand new P30 BIOS, as well as the new ASUS Blitz and P5K Deluxe, they tested the overclocking ability for the CPU and RAM.  One of the key points in the article is that this new BIOS makes it very easy to push a 1066 processor to 1333, but they have much more than that to report on.

Source: AnandTech

One G33 Express mobo, hold the IDE

Subject: Motherboards | July 17, 2007 - 11:24 AM |
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The ECS G33T-M2 has an onboard Intel GMA 3100 graphics chipset, a Gigabit NIC and 7.1 HD Azalia, as well as 1 PCI Express x16, a PCI Express x1 slot a pair of PCI slots and 4 SATA slots.  What it doesn't have is any IDE channels.  It also supports 1333MHz FSB and DDR2.  Read on to find out what PC Stats thought of this all inclusive entry level motherboard.

Source: PCStats

Make mine a Gigabyte

Subject: Motherboards | July 13, 2007 - 10:19 AM |
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Gigabyte's GA-N680SLI-DQ6 has everything you would expect from a 680i motherboard.  Support for 1333MHz FSB, SLI and solid capacitors, along with a bright colour scheme and copper heatpipes for the chipset.  The testing Hot Hardware put it through proves that this motherboard can compete with any of the other enthusiast class motherboard on the market, both in speed and features.

Source: HotHardware

Another graphics company moves to motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | July 10, 2007 - 02:29 PM |
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Hot on the heels of eVGA, XFX has released a pair of motherboards, the 680i LT and the 650i Ultra.  Both are C2D boards, and are capable of supporting a 1333MHz FSB, and have all the onboard goodies you would expect, although only the 680i supports SLI.  The full review at Legit Rev

A motherboard for all operating systems

Subject: Motherboards | July 4, 2007 - 11:28 AM |
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Phoronix revisits the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe WiFi, with a focus on open source OSes.  We have seen how this board performs under various flavours of Windows, but this is a new look that we don't get too often.  Read on to see just how well ASUS has allowed these two OSes to recognize and use all of the extra hardware onboard.

Source: Phoronix

P35 Smorgasbord

Subject: Motherboards | June 28, 2007 - 02:20 PM |
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Check out this look at five P35 boards featuring

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Low profile bling

Subject: Motherboards | June 25, 2007 - 10:33 AM |
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Gigabyte has kept the tradition of P35 boards with the P35T-DQ6.  Featuring solid state capacitors cooled with enormous, but low profile copper heatsinks.  They have gone for a passive solution, allowing silence from you chipset cooling, and leaving you enough space for a titanic CPU cooler.  [H]ard|OCP found the supported DDR3 allowed them to reach a synchronous CPU FSB of 400MHz @ 1600MHz<

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A proper copper ... motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | June 19, 2007 - 10:43 AM |
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It seems easy to spot a P35 based motherboard from afar, just look for the board with the copper roller coaster on it.  In the case of the ASUS P5K3 Deluxe, look for the heatpipes that embrace the LGA775 socket, which are low profile enough not to interfere with any of the monstrous heatsinks needed to cool the C2Quads or C2DExtreme chips.  Join [H]ard|OCP as they put this motherboard thr

Source: [H]ard|OCP

DDR2 on a P35 from MSI

Subject: Motherboards | June 14, 2007 - 09:11 AM |
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The MSI P35 Platinum offers all the advantages of the P35 chipset like the 1333MHz FSB but it is built to use DDR2, saving you from paying the current premium on DDR3, assuming you can find it for sale.  The passive cooling solution on this board is very unique, and may be what gives this board it's overclocking ability.  Although this is the first P35 on the market, HotHardware found it very sta

Source: HotHardware

Handy dandy diagnostic card

Subject: Motherboards | June 7, 2007 - 02:39 PM |
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BIOS beep codes driving you nuts?  Even worse, is your system speaker dead, and you don't even know what beep code is playing?  OCIA has posted a review of Soyo's TechAID, a PCI card with LEDs that is supposed to display the error code associated with whatever is traumatizing your motherboard.  Read on to find out if it does it's job well, or if it's just better to invest in a motherboard that has a display built into it.

Source: OCIA

A tale of two 965s

Subject: Motherboards | June 1, 2007 - 10:54 AM |
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There is showdown today at HotHardware, between MSI's P965 Platinum and the Asus P5B-E.  The ASUS board may be lacking in some features, like CrossFire support, but the BIOS is perfect for tweakers, as there are lots of settings you can adjust to get the syst

Source: HotHardware

System on the cheap

Subject: Motherboards | May 29, 2007 - 03:20 PM |
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The ECS AMD690GM-M2 is available for under $100.  With the price cuts on AM2 processors, it's onboard Radeon Xpress 1250 and LAN, all you need is a case and a monitor and you are ready to go.  It even has a 16X PCI Express slot if you want to upgrade your graphics.  All in all, PC Stats was rather impressed at what this board delivers.

Source: PCStats

MSI's manageable mid-range motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2007 - 08:50 AM |
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MSI's P6N-SLI Platinum is based on the nForce 650i SLI MCP, and also sports Realtek ALC888HD audio.  While the BIOS doesn't sport many features and limits your chance to overclock, it is more the job of it's big brother the 680i to satisfy users with those needs.  [H]ard|OCP found it to be a solid board for those looking at price and basic functions, not overclocking and a dozen USB p

Source: [H]ard|OCP

More on the P35

Subject: Motherboards | May 22, 2007 - 01:20 PM |
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Legit Reviews managed to get a hold of 2GBs of Kingston's PC3-11000 HyperX that runs 1375Mhz @ 7-7-7-20 and 1.7V.  They also tried Corsair's PC3-10600 XMS3 DHX, 1333MHz @ 9-9-9-24 and 1.5V.  They tested their DDR2 modules on an ASUS P5K Deluxe and the DDR3 on an ASUS P5K3 Deluxe.  It seems that even with these high speed DDR3 modules, there isn't any overwhelming gain to be received by switching from DDR2.

The P35 has come

Subject: Motherboards | May 21, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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While we have seen hints of what Intel's new chipset can do, until today we have not seen enough to really judge.  Now that the NDA has expired, you can get a lot more information.  Start off at [H]ard|OCP and get information on both the P35 that is targeted more for gamers, and the G33 with it's integrated graphics. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

More play for less power

Subject: Motherboards | May 18, 2007 - 11:28 AM |
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The ASUS M2A-VM HDMI offers a nice drop in power consumption and a more than adequate onboard graphics card, for those not looking to build the next greatest gaming rig.  For it's price it offers a nice selection of extras, though don't expect to be able to place a second graphics card in it, that is not the aim of this board.  HotHardware likes it as a step up from an nForce board in speed and a step d

Source: HotHardware

P35 Express board found in the wild

Subject: Motherboards | May 15, 2007 - 02:08 PM |
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Through some odd timing, Legion Hardware managed to purchase a retail P35 board before getting a reference mobo from Intel and signing a NDA.  So feast your eyes on the first review of the ASUS P5K Deluxe.  They have tested fully with DDR2, and this board can overclock.  Get on over and see what everyone else will be showing on the 21st.

Just the bare necessities

Subject: Motherboards | May 11, 2007 - 01:16 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP picked the new sub $100 board, the EVGA 650i Ultra to find out how it compares to the 680i.  By paring out almost every optional feature, including SLI, they have created a value class motherboard that is perfect for those consumers who just want a basic board and are unconcerned with overclocking or tweaking.  If you know someone who wants a PC just for surfing, this may be per

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Gigabyte goes all out with 680i

Subject: Motherboards | May 7, 2007 - 10:44 AM |
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The Gigabyte N680SLI-DQ6 is one of the most feature rich motherboards on the planet, with a price to match.  It also has one impressive cooling system, even surpassing MSI's upcoming Circu-Pipe cooling for Bearlake in it's size, complexity and sheer impressiveness.  The Tech Report has the full review, and you won't believe the feature list they have to test.

Roller coaster inspired cooling

Subject: Motherboards | May 2, 2007 - 11:36 AM |
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The Hardware Zone has a set of pictures detailing several of the upcoming Bearlake based motherboards from MSI.  On the high P35 Platinum D3 can handle DDR3 and the P35 Platinum will work with DDR2, for those who don't want to move on yet.  They are also releasing a pair of motherboards with less features than the Platinum series, called the Neo.  The first is just called the P35 Neo, and is built to handle DDR2 and it's very similar cousin, the P35 Neo Combo will have a hybrid memory controller able t