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Subject: Motherboards | February 22, 2007 - 06:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has the new incarnation of the P5N32, utilizing the nForce 6 chipset. The newest and most interesting feature of this board is that whiel it is a 650i chipset, it functions as a 680i chipset. You get x16 SLI mode, SLI memory support, GPU Ex support, and LinkBoost. Check out this stellar performer, and maybe even pick one up instead of the EVGA 680i board.
Subject: Motherboards | February 19, 2007 - 02:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP P965 Express has a name as long as the list of features on the board. Based around the Intel P965 Express and ICH8R, with 'Azalia' audio, dual Gigabit LAN plus 802.11b/g, Firewire, optical SP/DIF audio output, and Serial ATA II RAID support. It also has two 16x PCIe and one 1x slot, head over the PC Stats to see what else they included.
Subject: Motherboards | February 12, 2007 - 03:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ECS AMD690GM-M2 motherboard features the AMD 690G Chipset with an AMD RS690G Northbridge, an AMD SB600 Southbridge and an ATI A-Link. It's onboard ATI Radeon X1250 graphics chip offers a nice feature, it can use up to 512MB of system memory for its frame buffer. With only 1 PCIe 16x slot, the board is aimed at the price concious consumer, and you can find out a lot more about it on TweakTown.
Subject: Motherboards | February 7, 2007 - 02:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the most interesting things about DFI's ICFX3200-T2R/G, based on the RD600 chipset is that it has 3 PCIe x16 slots. The first 2 run at x8 speeds when used in Crossfire mode, as you might expect, and
the third slot operates at x2 speed making it handy for a Physics processor. [H]ard|OCP was also intrigued by the system's BIOS which allows far more control than most and you can save four different BIOS configurations which can be bound to hot keys. Head on over to find out the rest
Subject: Motherboards | February 1, 2007 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA seems to be taking the world of chipsets by storm, with only Intel's newer chipsets for Core 2 competing. There is another player trying to make it's name though, and is mostly due to scarcity that it hasn't. The RD600 chipset supports Crossfire, and as X-bit Labs discovers, it likes overclocking just fine. Head on over for the full review of the DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200-T2R/G.
Subject: Motherboards | January 26, 2007 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP reviews a new 975X board from ASUS. The P5B-E is much like the Deluxe version that is out already, especially when it comes to overclocking. With 450MHz FSB within reach, this motherboard offers a lot for a small price. Even without a second PCI-E 16x slot, there are a lot of extras on this board, so give it a look. There were some oddities during the testing stage, keep an eye on this thread in their forums
Subject: Motherboards | January 24, 2007 - 03:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA, January 23rd, 2007 - ASUS, the world's motherboard leader, is now offering 4 motherboard models that are designed especially for the new operating system.
Subject: Motherboards | January 23, 2007 - 03:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at Tech Spot, you will find a review of the Gigabyte 965P-DS3P, Rev 2. With more reliable capacitors, and a few more improvements, this board gives a much better experience than the original revision. Even more impressive, it's overclocking potential is much better, as well as easier to set up.
Subject: Motherboards | January 16, 2007 - 01:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gigabyte United, which is a joint venture from Gigabyte and ASUS, have announced the GA-N680SLI-DQ6, a board that natively supports Quad SLI and Core 2 Quad-Core processors. There isn't a lot of information, but you can glean a little more from this Gigabyte press release.
Subject: Motherboards | January 9, 2007 - 04:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS has managed to get a glimpse of the newest member of ASUS' Republic of Gamers motherboard. The Commando is based around a P965 chipset, and includes some very nice features, like a reset CMOS button (not a jumper). Tied in with these features is support for blazing fast bus speeds, in the neighbourhood of 2.28GHz! Head over and take a long look at these pictures.
Subject: Motherboards | January 4, 2007 - 03:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP reviews abit's AW9D-MAX for Core 2 Duo. It is compatible with CrossFire, and the layout is very well thought out, including the cooling for the chipset. However, they discovered one little flaw that may cause disinterest among hard core users.
Subject: Motherboards | January 2, 2007 - 01:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you have ever wondered exactly how a motherboard is made, PC Stats has a good article that will show you how.
Finally the motherboards undergo an 'in-circuit test' which involves testing each motherboard's circuit paths, electrical characteristics and the chips that have just been added by applying electrical current to certain specific test points on the board.
Subject: Motherboards | January 2, 2007 - 01:44 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tech Report has a review up that looks at the MSI P965 and 975X motherboards and how they compare with one another.
Apparent overclocking potential is one of very few differences between MSI's P965 and 975X Platinum. Price is another, and given just how similar the boards are, I'm not sure the 975X is worth the extra $20â€”not unless you really want Viiv support. That's not a knock against the 975X Platinum, mind you; it's the cheapest enthusiast-oriented 975X board on the market.
Subject: Motherboards | January 2, 2007 - 01:43 PM | Ryan Shrout
Speaking of Asus, Digitimes is reporting that Asus will be showcasing some new products at CES next week.
Asustek Computer will showcase its XG Station, an audio-visual workstation for notebooks at the upcoming 2007 International CES in Las Vegas, according to the company.
The XG Station, equipped with discrete graphics chips, Dolby output and USB 2.0, give users better graphics and audio-visual effects when co
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.