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

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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

A pair of C2D motherboards, hold the fixins'

Subject: Motherboards | April 26, 2007 - 11:32 AM |
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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 - 02:41 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.

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A budget board with a bit more

Subject: Motherboards | April 23, 2007 - 02:30 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.

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A preview of the new Pico-ITX standard

Subject: Motherboards | April 19, 2007 - 08:08 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.

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The ASUS Commando is anything but brief

Subject: Motherboards | April 17, 2007 - 11:19 AM |
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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 - 02:53 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 - 02:38 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.

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You got Intel on my AMD!

Subject: Motherboards | April 2, 2007 - 03:39 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 - 12:11 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.

Watering down the nForce 680i SLI

Subject: Motherboards | March 27, 2007 - 10:57 AM |
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The new motherboard chipset from nVidia, the 680i LT is not really a new chipset.  It is even reported as a 680i SLI, no LT in CPU-Z.  Trimmed off are the second onboard NIC, 2 USB ports, and the BIOS going to 1200MHz for EPP automatically, though it can certainly reach that manually.  However, this trimming did allow them to reduce the price to around $200, significantly lower than the price of a Striker Extreme.  Learn more about the capabilities of this board at The Tech Report.

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MSI's quiet Platinum motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | March 23, 2007 - 01:17 PM |
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MSI's P6N SLI Platinum incorporates some nice features into a fairly inexpensive board.   With solid state capacitors, there is little chance of a leak, the supported 8GB of RAM helps this board run Vista, and it supports a FSB of up to 1333MHz, which gives it some future proofing.  Gigabit NIC, 2 Firewire ports and a 7.1 HD onboard audio by Azalia round out those features.  4 3GB/s SATA channels, 2 IDE channels and an eSATA port on the back give you plenty of ch

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Too much of a bling thing?

Subject: Motherboards | March 20, 2007 - 09:07 AM |
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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 - 09:15 AM |
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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
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The M2N32-SLI Premium has everything but a kitchen sink

Subject: Motherboards | March 13, 2007 - 08:14 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 - 07:47 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 - 09:31 AM |
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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

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The 690 runs again

Subject: Motherboards | March 1, 2007 - 12:27 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.