abit's P35 quality stands out

Subject: Motherboards | September 21, 2007 - 12:19 PM |
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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 - 12:16 PM |
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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 - 01:56 PM |
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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 - 10:53 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 - 03:08 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 - 02:44 PM |
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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 - 01:46 PM |
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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 - 05:06 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 - 05:50 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 - 01:32 PM |
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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 - 02:56 PM |
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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 - 12:07 PM |
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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.

Dolly, the motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | August 1, 2007 - 01:41 PM |
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ASUS is the next manufacturer to offer a pair of P35 motherboards, the Blitz Extreme which supports DDR3 and the Blitz Formula which is a DDR2 board.  These boards are essentially twins, in Techgage's review, they have a picture of the boards side by side, and there are no visual clues as to which board is which.  Check out the surprises these clones have!

Source: TECHGAGE

1333MHz FSB on the 680i

Subject: Motherboards | July 20, 2007 - 01:25 PM |
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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 - 02:24 PM |
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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 - 01:19 PM |
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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 - 05:29 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 - 02:28 PM |
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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 - 05:20 PM |
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Check out this look at five P35 boards featuring

Source: 3DCenter

Low profile bling

Subject: Motherboards | June 25, 2007 - 01:33 PM |
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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