2 takes on Core 2 motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | September 20, 2006 - 06:02 PM |
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In one corner you have the less expensive Foxconn board, with a slightly less powerful southbrigde.  It does a little of everything, but doesn't provide as many extras in the way of SATA channels, RAID and PCI Express 16x.  In the other corner you have Gigabyte, with the better southbridge that costs about double.  The Tech Report gives you the lowdown on which board can give you the better value and why.

NForce and Core 2 Duo

Subject: Motherboards | September 15, 2006 - 03:38 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has a review of ASUS' P5NSLI.  It offers some good performance out of the box, but [H] discovered it is not a great overclocker, and both the north and south bridges run quite hot.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

abit Launches NF-M2 nView Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | September 13, 2006 - 11:19 AM |
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September 08, 2006 —abit is expanding their digital home series into AMD processor supported platforms with the nVidia® GeForce®6150/nForce430 chipset based NF-M2 nView motherboard. 7.1 channel high definition audio and powerful integrated GeForce®6150 onboard graphics with a DVI-connector for digital high definition graphics output are the ideal basis for a cost-effective home theater multimedia system.
 

Source: ABIT

MSI and the new ATI SB600

Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2006 - 02:06 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the MSI K9A Platinum, based on the Radeon Xpress 3200, and with the new SB600.  It proved to be a very stable board, though there were some slight problems that appeared when dealing with RAID and CrossFire.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

EPoX's no-frills Core 2 Duo motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | September 7, 2006 - 12:02 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews EPoX's Core 2 Duo board, the EP-5P945Pro.  For less than $100 dollars, you get a motherbord with no frills, including no SLI support, but it handles Core 2 Duo chips perfectly well.  A great base to build a PC that sees normal use, but not recommended for gamers or overclockers.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Gigabyte adds speed to their reputation

Subject: Motherboards | August 31, 2006 - 11:40 AM |
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[H] notices something new in the way Gigabyte put together their new Core 2 Duo mobo.  They have always been a company that makes stable boards, but haven't had a history of good overclockability.  That changes with the GA-965P-DQ6, they got a Core 2 Duo E6300 1.87GHz to run at 3.3GHz, with a 472MHz FSB, but they did need to break out a few waterblocks to do so.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Crossfire's new and improved southbridge

Subject: Motherboards | August 28, 2006 - 05:47 PM |
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The main achilles heel for ATI's motherboards have been the lack of features incorporated on the board.  The Crossfire issues of the first runs seem to have been fixed, but compared to the features found on nForce boards, they just can't compete.  The Tech Report looks at the Crossfire Xpress 3200, and the new SB600 southbridge, to see what ATI has done to remedy the situation.

ASUS makes a triple play with Core 2

Subject: Motherboards | August 24, 2006 - 11:46 AM |
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The Tech Report contrasts three Core 2 motherboards from ASUS.  The P5B Deluxe Wifi-AP Edition (Intel 965), P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe (nForce4 SLIX16) and P5W DH Deluxe (Intel 975X) are all present.  They all have differences, one of the biggest for gamers being that the Intel965 board doesn't support SLI or CrossFire, though it does have WiFi, the nVIDIA board supports SLI, and the 975X supports CrossFire.

SLI is the only thing this board doesn't have

Subject: Motherboards | August 21, 2006 - 06:01 PM |
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The ASUS P5B Deluxe WiFi-AP has everything you could possibly want in a motherboard, if you are not planning on buying 2 video cards.  From the layout of the board, to the onboard features, [H]ard|OCP can't really find anything wrong with it.  Head over to check out this overclocking friendly board.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES NFORCE 590 SLI MOTHERBOARD - COMING IN OCTOBER

Subject: Motherboards | August 21, 2006 - 12:10 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (August 21, 2006) — BFG Technologies®, Inc., the leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today that their new BFG nForce® 590 SLI™ motherboard will be available in October at leading retailers and e-tailers.

abit launches AW9D Series - Intel 975X Chipset motherboards built for Core(TM) 2 Duo and beyond

Subject: Motherboards | August 18, 2006 - 11:18 AM |
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August 16 th , 2006 — Today Universal abit launched their much anticipated AW9D and AW9D-MAX motherboards based on the Intel 975X chipset. There has been much anticipation in the industry for this series and as far as looks go, these boards are built to please. The benchmarking has been exceptional in typical abit style and our tweakability and overclocking features have exceeded even our own expectations:

Source: ABIT

Tech Convergence in the new millenium

Subject: Motherboards | August 15, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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The recent purchase of ATI by AMD, and the merger of Gigabyte and ASUS are very much in the news.  DigiTimes has noticed another, much quieter deal.  It looks like Flextronics has purchased Iwill.  Just what could this all mean to the consumer?

Don't miss out on Ryan's review of the new Socket AM2 motherboard from ASUS, the Crosshair.

Source: Digitimes

DDR versus DDR2 on the same board

Subject: Motherboards | August 10, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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AnandTech utilizes the abilty for the ASRock 775Dual-VSTA to run either DDR or DDR2 to provide a good look at the benefits of moving to the new RAM.  Find out if the tighter timings on the slower DDR can keep up with the faster and looser DDR2.  Also, since this board supports AGP and PCI-E graphics cards, there is no easier way to move to Core 2 Duo.

Source: AnandTech

GIGABYTE and ASUS Announced their Joint Venture in Motherboard and Graphics Card Business

Subject: Motherboards | August 9, 2006 - 03:51 PM |
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In accordance with the relevant regulations according to Company Law,
Securities Law and Business Merger & Acquisition Law, a resolution
of the board of directors was passed on the 8th of August, 2006 for
GIGABYTE Technology Co., LTD (Stock Code: 2376) to transfer the
relevant assets and businesses of its own branded motherboards and VGA
cards to a newly established subsidiary.

Asus to Acquire Gigabyte??

Subject: Motherboards | August 7, 2006 - 09:44 PM |
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The title pretty much says it all, though we can file this under "rumor-mill" for the time being...

Asustek Computer is interested in acquiring another motherboard specialist Gigabyte Technology, which shows better strength in distribution, according to sources in the Taiwan motherboard industry.

Source: Digitimes

Biostar TForce 550 Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards | August 7, 2006 - 09:43 PM |
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The gang over at HardOCP has reviewed the Biostar motherboard based on the nForce 550 chipset; and they say it makes a decent budget motherboard. 

As Jake mentioned above that the power components would get hotter when water cooling, this is exactly what I saw. The VRMs on the board were at 250F without any airflow at stock settings with the FX-62.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

EPoX's affordable take on NForce500

Subject: Motherboards | August 4, 2006 - 01:05 PM |
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EPoX's new MF570SLI is based on the new nForce500 series, specifically the 570SLI.  With dual gigabit NICs, onboard Realtek sound, and lots of space around the CPU socket help make this board even more attractive.  [H]ard|OCP has all the info about it.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Sneak a peek at the new Radeon RD600 chipset

Subject: Motherboards | August 2, 2006 - 12:49 PM |
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TweakTown somehow managed to sneak into a lab working on the upcoming Radeon chipset for Core 2 CPUs.  90nm manufacture, three 16x PCI express slots, 2 X8s for graphics and one X2 for a PPU plus support for DDR3 ... just a few of the mysteries they reveal.

Source: TweakTown

Get your Intel compatible Radeon chipsets before they're gone

Subject: Motherboards | July 28, 2006 - 05:57 PM |
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Some of the fallout from the ATI-AMD merger has made itself apparent.  The ATI RD600 for Conroe will still be released, but as TweakTown discovered, it is likely to be the last Intel compatible Radeon chipset.

If you are looking for an Intel based board for Conroe, Ryan has reviewed the ASUS P5W DH Deluxe right here.

Source: TweakTown

Gigabyte's Core Duo motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | July 24, 2006 - 12:27 PM |
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The Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 Intel P965 offers support for the newest Conroe Core Duo chips from Intel.  Drop by Hexus to see how a 965 motherboard you can go out and buy performs.

Source: Hexus