Handy dandy diagnostic card

Subject: Motherboards | June 7, 2007 - 05:39 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 - 01:54 PM |
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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 - 06:20 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 - 11:50 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 - 04:20 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 - 03:04 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 - 02:28 PM |
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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 - 05:08 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 - 04:16 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 - 01:44 PM |
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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 - 02:36 PM |
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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

A pair of C2D motherboards, hold the fixins'

Subject: Motherboards | April 26, 2007 - 02:32 PM |
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Abit's Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI and MSI's P6N SLI Platinum are both based on the new 650i nVidia chipset, although the implementation is different.  Abit's board is less expensive, though that comes at the cost of Firewire and eSATA while the MSI gives you those few extras that many people want.  The problem is that MSI's is also one of the most expensive 650i boa

Do you trust this platform?

Subject: Motherboards | April 25, 2007 - 05:41 PM |
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Based around the I965P and ICH8R chipset the ASUS P5B Premium sports all the features you would expect, and it claims to be fully compliant with TPM.  As there really isn't a way to test compliance with TPM yet, [H]ard|OCP couldn't include that test in their review, but they've more than made up for that with a slew of benchmarks.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A budget board with a bit more

Subject: Motherboards | April 23, 2007 - 05:30 PM |
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The ECS 965PLT-A board isn't available yet, but it won't be too long before you start to see it on the shelves.  As TweakTown notes in their review, the board is misnamed, as it is built around the 946GZ chipset, not the 965.  Although it's onboard graphics are lack luster, they have included 2 PCI Express x16 slots, so it can easily be the basis of a decent gaming rig.

Source: TweakTown

A preview of the new Pico-ITX standard

Subject: Motherboards | April 19, 2007 - 11:08 AM |
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The Pico-ITX platform is just 3.9 x 2.8 inches or 100 x 72 mm. That's half the size of Nano-ITX and that's half the size of Mini-ITX. My wireless router is bigger. My portable CD folder is larger. Video cards are longer and wider. A DVD cover is close to being twice as large. It's really quite incredible that so much functionality can fit on such a small PCB.

Source: VIA Arena

The ASUS Commando is anything but brief

Subject: Motherboards | April 17, 2007 - 02:19 PM |
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Not only is it one of the fastest Intel P965 Express ICH8DH based boards out there, you get a full copy of GRAW and 3DMark06 with the ASUS Commando.  With a fully featured BIOS, it is good for overclocking, but the lack of support for 1333MHz FSB processors needs to be addressed.  Head to motherboards.org for the full review.

Fatal1ty's new economical product line

Subject: Motherboards | April 12, 2007 - 05:53 PM |
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Fatal1ty branded products tend to be much more expensive than ones that do not bear his name.  The new RX700 Universal abit F-190HD motherboard is a huge exception, offering many features including onboard HDMI.  A great all in one solution for all but the hardcore gamer, as motherboards.org points out the integrated ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 does not support Pixel Shader 3.0 or 4.0.

BootDaily Gives away Two Asus Mobos

Subject: Motherboards | April 6, 2007 - 05:38 PM |
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Looking for either an Asus P5N32-E SLI or an Asus Commando P965 motherboard?  Looking to pay $0 for it?  Well then BootDaily has a contest for you!

We've partnered with leading motherboard maker, ASUS, to give away a P5N32-E SLI an ASUS Commando P965. Both of these products are at the top of their class and support Quad-Core Core2Duo CPUs from Intel.

Source: General

You got Intel on my AMD!

Subject: Motherboards | April 2, 2007 - 06:39 PM |
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The DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200 is first AMD RD600 based motherboard around, and it is for Core 2 Duos!  Strange as it sounds, this is an AMD chipset running an Intel processor and it does it fairly well.  It offers 3 PCI3 16x slots, allowing Crossfire and a PPU to run at the same time.  The major downfall is the lack of overclocking ability, but it is a solid performer with a lot of other good features.

Trimming the fat, but leaving the meat

Subject: Motherboards | March 30, 2007 - 03:11 PM |
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Drop by motherboards.org for another look at the newly released 680i LT based motherboard from EVGA.  It is a good implementation of simplicity, offering a solid board with great overclocking potential.  Even for those who don't want to delve into the intricacies of OCing can get good results, Doc managed 14% with the bundled nTune software.