VIA Announces SPI Support Across All Processor Platforms

Subject: Motherboards | November 21, 2006 - 11:52 AM |
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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.

ECS jumps into the enthusiast market

Subject: Motherboards | November 20, 2006 - 06:07 PM |
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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.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ECS PN1-SLI2 nForce 590 SLI Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | November 15, 2006 - 04:53 PM |
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The gang at t-break has gotten a new ECS PN1-SLI2 motherboard that uses the new 680i chipset from NVIDIA.  You can also check out my initial review of the 680i chipset here

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.

Source: t-break

abit moves onto AM-2

Subject: Motherboards | November 14, 2006 - 05:27 PM |
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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.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

2 takes on the CrossFire Xpress 3200

Subject: Motherboards | November 10, 2006 - 03:42 PM |
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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.

Source: HotHardware

ECS Elitegroup Named NVIDIA Authorized Board Partner

Subject: Motherboards | November 9, 2006 - 02:08 PM |
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Fremont, CA (November 8, 2006) — Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECS®), 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.

Source: Email

nForce 680i - made for Intel's Core2 Duo and Quad

Subject: Motherboards | November 8, 2006 - 04:35 PM |
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[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!

Source: [H]ard|OCP

New ASUS Intel Motherboard: Stiker Extreme

Subject: Motherboards | November 8, 2006 - 03:46 PM |
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Fremont, CA; November 9, 2006 — ASUS, the worldwide motherboard leader, today introduced the Striker Extreme, a motherboard specifically designed to simplify the DIY process and add style to gaming systems.  
 

Source: ASUS

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES THE BFG NVIDIA® NFORCE® 680i SLI(TM) MOTHERBOARD

Subject: Motherboards | November 8, 2006 - 03:03 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (November 8, 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 the BFG NVIDIA® nForce® 680i SLI™ performance motherboard.

3 way i975X battle

Subject: Motherboards | November 6, 2006 - 03:46 PM |
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DriverHeaven takes a Intel Core2 X6800 and benchmarks it on motherboards from Abit, DFI and Intel.  Read their review to see if sticking with Intel's own board is still the way to go, or if one of the other 2 manufacturers can do better.

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Four PCI Express x16 Slots on a Core 2 Duo motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | October 30, 2006 - 05:15 PM |
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The ASUS P5W64 WS Professional is a very unique board, based around the i975X, which means it could support Crossfire.  The board itself seems designed for a different use, as it seems the 8 monitor trick is being used a selling feature more than some kind of 4 card Crossfire, although it does leave space for a PCI-Express PPU.  The overclocking potential was not huge, at least not from the perspective of the tests X-bit Labs performed.

Source: X-Bit Labs

ABIT version 2: Universal abit

Subject: Motherboards | October 27, 2006 - 01:53 PM |
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[H] has always been a fan of ABIT, and now that ABIT has returned as Universal abit, they put the new Core 2 Duo AB9  Pro motherboard.  Find out if it can live up to their old standards.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

nForce 590 up for examination

Subject: Motherboards | October 25, 2006 - 03:48 PM |
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Three different AMD nForce 590 motherboards are getting the complete work over at HotHardware.  If you are not thinking about jumping to Intel's Core 2 Duo, these are the top contenders for AMD based platforms.  Find out which boards top out their list.

Source: HotHardware

nFORCE 590 SLI and Core 2 Duo, together at last

Subject: Motherboards | October 23, 2006 - 02:49 PM |
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The Tech Report is pinching themselves, just to make sure they really do see a 590 SLI for Conroe.  The previous nForce, the 570 SLI was not really anything to get excited about, it was essentially an nForce4 board.  Now they have their hands on ASUS' P5N32-SLI, so drop by to see how this implementation worked.

Dual video with an onboard graphics card

Subject: Motherboards | October 16, 2006 - 03:50 PM |
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The ASUS M2NPV-VM is very handy for putting together a simple system.  With onboard audio, LAN and a graphics chip, it sets up very easily.  Even better, you can use monitors that require dual DVI, because the onboard graphics card can be used while another PCI Express card is running.  Don't plan on an SLI setup though, the onboard graphics isn't really designed for gaming.  Read all about this board at TweakTown.

"Added to this is the fact that the GeForce 6150's onboard graphics controller can be enabled at

Source: TweakTown

Sneak Peek at the upcoming nForce 680i SLI for Intel

Subject: Motherboards | October 13, 2006 - 02:49 PM |
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nVIDIA has sent us a look at the reference board for the soon to be released nForce 680i SLI.  Motherboard manufacturers have the actual board, so it should not be too long before we start seeing previews of their versions.  Notice the passive cooling on the two chip north and south bridge combination, as well as the three PCIe x16 slots for graphics cards....what could NVIDIA be up to now? 


Source: NVIDIA

Abits got a pair of Core 2 Duo boards

Subject: Motherboards | October 11, 2006 - 03:09 PM |
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Abit may well be turning into the comeback kid.  After fading to relative obscurity, these last few months have seen them releasing quite a few new boards.  The newest are up for review at The Tech Report, the AB9 Pro, based around the P965 northbridge is a very solid board, and the AW9D Max with it's P975X offers support for Crossfire and also features solid state capacitors instead of electrolytic ones.  That last feature may decide anyone who has had problems with leaking caps in the past.

Hot rodding Mini-ITX baord?

Subject: Motherboards | October 5, 2006 - 03:32 PM |
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The Tech Report has found a mini-ITX board from Albatron that seems to have a lot more power than most of the other boards that size.  At $310, it does have a lot to prove though, so head over to find out how well it performs.

Crossfire on a LanParty

Subject: Motherboards | October 3, 2006 - 01:56 PM |
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DFI's new LanParty UT CFX 3200-DR is a feature rich CrossFire board.  With 2 x16 PCI-E slots, 2 PCI Express x1 slots and three PCI slots, you have more room for cards than you will need, considering the onboard sound and gigabit ethernet.  Hot Hardware pits it against the nVIDIA based ASUS A8N.

Source: HotHardware

Get SLI on a DFI nForece Ultra-D

Subject: Motherboards | September 29, 2006 - 02:27 PM |
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OCC has posted the steps to mod your non-SLI Ultra-D into and SLI-D.  All you need is some time and

  • Silver conductive paint
  • Scalpel / X-Acto / craft knife
  • A bright source of direct light
  • Cotton buds / Q-tips
  • IPA (Isopropyl alcohol, Isopropanol)
  • 40mm spacer (optional)

Get over there and check it out.