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Subject: Motherboards | January 2, 2007 - 01:41 PM | Ryan Shrout
The guys at HardOCP have taken the new Asus P5N-E SLI motherboard for a test run.
However, there are a few areas of improvement that became more apparent during the overclocking test runs. My biggest complaints center on the board cooling mechanisms, or lack thereof. The northbridge passive chipset cooler was barely adequate for stock running, but quickly became too hot to handle when any overclocking was attempted. This was easily remedied with a low speed fan.
Subject: Motherboards | December 29, 2006 - 02:10 PM | Ryan Shrout
I got an email from BFG mentioning an updated BIOS for their 680i branded motherboard to help with the SATA disk problems users are reporting.
Some BFG customers using the BFG nForceÂ® 680i SLI motherboard have reported experiencing disconnect or write error issues with SATA disk drives. To address this, we have worked with NVIDIA to release a BIOS update for this motherboard that eliminates this bug.
Subject: Motherboards | December 28, 2006 - 03:59 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you are on the prowl for a new AMD-based nForce 590 SLI motherboard, you should definitely check out Tech Report's round up.
Picking our Editor's Choice from this lot is tough, but we can prune a few options right away. The KN3 SLI2 is out of the running for obvious reasons, and while the M2N32 WS Pro is a great single-socket workstation board, it's too expensive for enthusiasts who don't need PCI-X.
Subject: Motherboards | December 22, 2006 - 02:28 PM | Ryan Shrout
NVIDIA seems to have gotten an answer to those users that were complaining of problems with the first wave of 680i motherboards.
This morning, NVIDIA and its partners released a new system BIOS for the NVIDIA nForceÂ® 680i SLI "Designed by NVIDIA" motherboards. These are the motherboards designed by NVIDIA and sold by EVGA, BFG, Biostar, and ECS.
This BIOS update eliminates a bug related to the operation of SATA hard disk drives experienced by some customers.
Subject: Motherboards | December 21, 2006 - 05:43 PM | Ryan Shrout
HardOCP has posted a review up today of the MSI P965 motherboard.
Essentially, the P965 is a great motherboard, especially at stock speeds, but unremarkable. Overclocking is mediocre, but not horrible. The layout is excellent, and the board has a solid feature set, and isn't over burdened with an excessive amount of features that most users will likely never touch. Some issues I experienced were annoying, but should easily be fixed with BIOS and driver updates.
Subject: Motherboards | December 19, 2006 - 01:42 PM | Ryan Shrout
Lost Circuits has sent over news of a new review they posted for the Asus M2R32-MVP motherboard that uses the AMD/ATI Radeon Xpress 3200 chipset.
As the MVP moniker alludes to, the M2R32 MVP does not feature the most opulent bundle in the world, in fact, if ASUS had named it "Spartan" instead of MVP, it would have been just on target as well.
Subject: Motherboards | December 13, 2006 - 05:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The majority of budget boards, if they support dual graphics cards, tend to have SLI. Motherboards.org reviews the ABIT IL9, a budget board for ATI fans based on Intel's 945p. Head over to find out how well this board can compete in it's target market.
If you are looking for more power, and want to stay with ABIT, consider Wes Patison's review of the AB9 Pro 965P.
Subject: Motherboards | December 12, 2006 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the introduction of nForce2, VIA has an immense hurdle to overcome to position itself as attractive to gamers. The Foxconn motherboard that TweakTown recently reviewed implies that they may be thinking in a different direction. The board is as stable as it is inexpensive, and with an AM2 Sempron, you almost have most of a system built without breaking the $100 mark.
Subject: Motherboards | December 7, 2006 - 01:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP reviews the 680i based Striker Extreme from ASUS. While it is based around a very good chipset, there is a lot of competition using the same setup. Read on to find out if ASUS can compete with other Intel nForce boards.
Subject: Motherboards | December 4, 2006 - 03:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware reviews MSI's K9N SLI board, and really liked the RAID solution, the high speed onboard NIC and the peace and quiet provided by the chipset cooling. On the other hand, the heat that builds up on the chipset may be one of the things holding this board back for overclockers.
Subject: Motherboards | November 28, 2006 - 05:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Motherboards.org looks at the very inexpensive KN3-SLI2 from ECS. The performance is on par with other 680i motherboards, apart from one minor anomaly. If you are looking to set up an inexpensive SLI system with an AM2 processor, this review may get you started.
Subject: Motherboards | November 23, 2006 - 03:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS reviewed the Foxconn P9657AA-8EKRS2H, an LGA 775 board that will support any Intel chip with the same pinout currently on the market. While it may be lacking in general features, the selling price can really help you put together a Core 2 Duo system on the cheap.
Subject: Motherboards | November 21, 2006 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 21st November 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced support for the advanced SPI bus in all new VIA South Bridge chipsets.
Subject: Motherboards | November 20, 2006 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ECS PX1 Extreme is built with gamers in mind, instead of their usual target, the budget conscious. [H]ard|OCP gives them credit for trying, but the board lacks features a hardcore gamer requires, like a tweakable BIOS. They are also still unable to find one for sale on their usual web retailers.
Subject: Motherboards | November 15, 2006 - 04:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
It's also one the few boards that will allow you to run an SLi setup under Intel's Core 2 as a lot of older nForce 5xx based boards don't work with Core 2 and require a refresh as far as we know.
Subject: Motherboards | November 14, 2006 - 05:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newest board from the newly revived abit is the FATAL1TY AN9 32X. [H]ard|OCP recently reviewed their Core 2 Duo board, which gave some issues when installing an OS on a RAID. This new nVIDIA board had none of those problems, and in addition, it performed very well.
Subject: Motherboards | November 10, 2006 - 03:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On one side, the ASUS M2R32-MVP and on the other, the ECS KA3 MVP. Both use the same chipset, and the basic performance is essentially the same. HotHardware takes on the challenge of determining which board's feature set will decide victory.
'Looking at the two boards for overall value, the first place to start is price. Using various price search engines, we
found the ASUS M2R32-MVP being offered for anywhere from $144 - 159.
Subject: Motherboards | November 9, 2006 - 02:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (November 8, 2006) — Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECSÂ®), the world's leading motherboard, notebook and desktop PC manufacturer, today announced it has been named NVIDIA's authorized board partner. To be recognized by NVIDIA and invited to join the program, it means ECS Elitegroup has designed and manufactured a substantial number of NVIDIA based motherboards over the years.
Subject: Motherboards | November 8, 2006 - 04:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP reviews the brand new nForce 680i SLI board, and were impressed right off the bat. With no tweaking, they and were able to reach a 1900MHz Quad Pumped speed with 475MHz FSB on an E6300, and in another test using Corsair's 1200MHz modules they were stable at 1066 bus with the 1200MHz RAM. Kyle has found an nForce chipset he likes.
Ryan is on top of all this too, of course!