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Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2005 - 05:46 PM | Ryan Shrout
HardOCP has reviewed the Abit AN8 Ultra motherboard today based on the nForce4 Ultra chipset. Looks like the guys didn't find the fanless design all that appealing...
Remember that you are hearing all of this from a person that has been a huge fan of ABIT motherboards since their introduction of the "soft bios" in the mid-90s. Based on the ABIT motherboards that I have experienced over the last year, I have to wonder if ABIT has simply lost its grip on their marketing and engineering teams.
Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2005 - 05:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
Digitimes is reporting that the motherboard shipments for the "big four" have gone up for the month of August, a good sign for the industry as a whole.
First-tier motherboard makers Asustek Computer, Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), Gigabyte Technology, and Micro-Star International (MSI) shipped a combined 8.93 million motherboards in August, up 25.8-27.6% from the 7-7.1 million units they shipped during the same period last year.
As demand picked up in the traditional peak season,
Subject: Motherboards | September 7, 2005 - 03:14 PM | Ryan Shrout
Wesley over at Anandtech has posted a review of the ASRock board featuing the ULi 1695 chipset that sports both PCIe and AGP video card slots.
Many have been looking forward to the arrival of the first ULi chipset retail motherboards since our review of the ULi Reference boards. In the first Reference board review and the updated second ULi Reference, we found the performance of the on-board PCIe and AGP 8X to be both uncompromised.
Subject: Motherboards | August 31, 2005 - 03:10 PM | Ryan Shrout
I got this in my email box this morning from both ULi and ASRock. The ULi 1695 chipset supports both PCI Express x16 and native AGP 8x graphics interfaces. This particular board from ASRock also supports CPU upgrade modules and they are touting support for future M2 processors next year via one of these modules. Below is the full release I received.
Taipei, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)â€”August 31, 2005-- ULi Elect
Subject: Motherboards | August 30, 2005 - 04:27 PM | Ryan Shrout
This is just a post to point you all to my quickie coverage of the recent ECS Editor's Day that I posted in my blog yesterday.
Their other, even more daring offering, is something called Scalable Dual Graphics Engine. SDGE is an attempt to make dual GPUs a more affordable and more open platform. Theoretically, you can buy a motherboard based on any chipset that comes with two x16 PCIe slots, one of which has no PCIe actually going to it.
Subject: Motherboards | August 26, 2005 - 02:55 PM | Ryan Shrout
Here at an ECS Editor's Day in San Jose, motherboard partner ATI was on hand to showcase their upcoming CrossFire technology. We were able to get some information on ECS' upcoming CrossFire motherboards. For the Intel platform, there is the PA1 MVP and for the AMD platform there is the KA1 MVP. We also saw the first mention of the upcoming ATI R580 chipset. Here are some quick specs:
- PA1 MVP
- ATI RD400 + SB450 chipsets
- 1066 MHz FSB
- Dual channel DDR2-667 and
Subject: Motherboards | August 25, 2005 - 08:56 PM | Joe White
PC Stats put together a review of the Epox-9NPA+ SLI motherboard based on the nForce4 SLI chipset. Check it out.
"The Epox 9NPA+ SLI supports any current and future socket 939 AMD Athlon64 processor and is based on the Nvidia nForce4 SLI chipset with support for up to 4GB of PC3200 DDR memory. The Epox EP-9NPA+SLI motherboard adds on to this capability with an on board PCI Express-based Silicon Image SiI3132 Serial ATA II controller.
Subject: Motherboards | August 18, 2005 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Rojakpot examines why exactly the ASUS P5AD2 Premium, based on the old i925X chipset, constantly out performs the A
BIT AW8-MAX, based on the new i955X chipset.
"It's no secret that ASUS motherboards perform very well. But what's their secret to success? Great engineering? Or something more than that?
Subject: Motherboards | August 17, 2005 - 04:38 PM | Ryan Shrout
The gang at Tech Report has posted up an article that looks at various motherboards based on the 955X and nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipsets for dual core Intel processors.
With our summaries complete, it's clear that none of the boards in this round-up are perfect. Each has high points and drawbacks, but a couple stand out as better options than the rest. Our first Editor's Choice recipient is an easy pick.
Subject: Motherboards | July 28, 2005 - 04:08 PM | Ryan Shrout
Touting another industry first, ECS is still showing off their upcoming PF88 motherboard that allows users to use either an Intel Pentium processor based on the LGA775 socket or a 939-pin AMD processor at their choice. It does NOT allow for usage models like running both processors at the same time, but it does attempt to helps users deal with the constantly changing processor socket platforms from both Intel and AMD.
Using a technology they are calling the "Elite Bus", ECS has setup a serial connection between the processor bridge card and other components on the mainb
Subject: Motherboards | July 26, 2005 - 02:03 PM | Ryan Shrout
HardOCP has posted a review of the ECS KN1 Extreme board based on the nForce4 Ultra chipset for the AMD platform. We are working on a board review of this solution as well.
Let's preface this by saying that this is the first ECS motherboard review we have ever completed. In the past, we have tried to review ECS' boards but they have failed so miserably in our testing that we did not see the reason to spend the resources to complete a review on them. That was, however, several years ago.
Subject: Motherboards | May 26, 2005 - 05:39 PM | Mark McKee
For those of you looking for an Nforce 4 board, you might want to check out the review of the Chaintech VNF4 Zenith VE over at MBreview.
"Overall, we were pleased with the BIOS that Chaintech has chosen to utilize with the VNF4 Zenith VE. Given that the board really isn't geared towards the high-end crowd, I was slightly surprised to see the voltage adjustment capabilities that we found.
Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2005 - 09:54 AM | Ryan Shrout
It might sound odd coming from a reviewer, but I'd like to give this board a better score. I like the feature set, I like the price, and I like how Gigabyte is obviously t
Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2005 - 09:49 AM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like Asus is readying to see motherboard productions go even higher.
Asustek Computer yesterday broke ground for its new manufacturing site in Nanhui, Shanghai, with the plant set to be ready for volume production in the middle of 2006, according to the Chinese-language Commercial Times.
Subject: Motherboards | May 23, 2005 - 05:49 PM | Ryan Shrout
The gang at Hexus.net has a review up of the MSI motherboard powered by the Intel Edition of the nForce4 SLI chipset.
The SLI performance problem that the likes of Dell would inevitably gloss over, but has been graphically (pun intended) shown on the previous few pages is squarely down to Pentium 4s' relatively weak gaming performance that's exhibited at lower resolutions and/or with games that rely on masses of subsystem grunt.
Subject: Motherboards | May 22, 2005 - 09:51 AM | Chuck Smith
Here is a taste of what VIA will have to offer us in the SLI department. While the translation is a little shaky HKEPC has some early benchmarks to wet your whistle.
You can also discuss this in our forums VIA DualGFX SLi
Subject: Motherboards | May 20, 2005 - 12:26 PM | Chuck Smith
Our own Jonathan Hung has put together a review of the EPoX EP-9NPA+ SLI nForce 4 SLI AMD Motherboard If you are planning to build a new SLI system you will want to look this one over.
The EPoX EP-9NPA+SLI is a very strong contender in the increasingly crowded SLI market. What sets this board apart from the rest is the great feature set and the cheaper price.
Subject: Motherboards | May 17, 2005 - 11:40 AM | Ryan Shrout
I have yet to see the first AOpen 915-based motherboard that was "released" but the company is already planning a second one.
The i915GA-HFS will support a number of improved features over the recently released 915Mm-HFS motherboard, which is based on the mobile Intel 915GM Express chipset.
Subject: Motherboards | May 17, 2005 - 10:31 AM | Ryan Shrout
HardwareZone has a review up of the Gigabyte 955X motherboard, dubbed the "Royal".
Performance-wise, the GA-8I955X Royal was able to perform as well and in some cases outperform the Intel 925XE Express reference board, meeting our expectations for the new chipset. It also showed some exceptional performance in the hard drive subsystem testing.
Subject: Motherboards | May 15, 2005 - 10:59 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like some motherboard vendors are predicting a stagnant market even with both AMD and Intel pushing dual core processors to anyone and everyone. With the AMD X2's only needing a BIOS update and Pentium D platform pretty high on the price scale, this makes a lot of sense.
However, AMD's new dual-core Athlon64 X2 CPUs will be Socket 939 solutions, and can be supported by current K8 motherboards, which will only need to have their BIOS upgraded, the makers said.