How much RAM can you handle

Subject: Motherboards | March 17, 2006 - 12:28 PM |
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The Inquirer spotted a server board form IWILL at CeBIT with 16 DIMM slots.  While the maximum number of DIMMs that can be used varies based on the speed, the addressable memory is only limited by the OS.  While a 32 bit OS maxes out at 4 GB, a 64 bit can handle 16 Terrabytes ...  now if only I could find a 1TB DIMM for sale.


If you want to see a more mainstream motherboard, check out Jon'

Source: The Inquirer

Last chance at the ULi M1697 chipset

Subject: Motherboards | March 15, 2006 - 12:56 PM |
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Since nVIDIA has aquired ULi, it is likely that the Epox EP-9U1697 will be one of very few motherboards using the ULi1697 chipset.  The performance of this board is quite good, especially when attempting overclocks, though there are fewer features than on other boards in the same price range.  Read the full review at AnandTech.

"Our initial impression of the Epox EP-9U1697-GLi upon opening the box was one of interest.

Source: AnandTech

The difference a driver can make

Subject: Motherboards | March 8, 2006 - 01:15 PM |
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X-bit Labs was not impressed with the A8N32-SLI the first time they looked at it.  Once they fixed the settings in the BIOS, and utilized the newest nForce4 drivers, their opinion changed.  Not only is the board worth a look, you get an idea just how difficult it is to ensure everything is tested right when you are reviewing a product. 

"In our recent review of the Nvidia nForce4 SLI X16 chipset and of the ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe

mainboard based on it we met a nu

Source: X-Bit Labs

AM-2 Motherboard Mockup from Gigabyte

Subject: Motherboards | March 3, 2006 - 12:42 PM |
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It's not a final product by any means, nor is it even a working beta, but it is likely to bear some resemblance to the final product.  TweakTown snapped some shots of Gigabyte's upcoming AM-2 motherboard in Taiwan.

"The pictures you are about to see are of a motherboard which is a 'dummy', meaning it doesn't

work and it is still very much a prototype, as the Chinese characters indicate in this article's

icon at the top (and no I cannot read Chinese characters, yet!).

Source: TweakTown

ABIT Launches AT8 32X Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | March 3, 2006 - 09:13 AM |
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March 1, 2006 — ABIT Computer Corporation, maker of high performance hardware and PC peripherals, is proud to announce the launch of its first ATI CrossFire™ Xpress 3200 motherboard solution. Based on the very latest ATI™ chipset technology, the AT8 32X delivers an unprecedented visual experience and total hardware control. With native support for full-bandwidth 2x16 PCI Express® graphics, the ABIT AT8 32X motherboard might just be the answer to all the dual graphics prayers of the ATI™ fans.

Source: ABIT

CrossFire Grows Up - New XPress 3200 for Enthusiasts

Subject: Motherboards | March 1, 2006 - 07:11 AM |
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This morning begins a new chapter for ATI's CrossFire technology! The new CrossFire XPress 3200 chipset is hitting the web like rubber balls in San Francisco and we have a MASSIVE 21 page article to give you all the details!


As if that isn't enough, the review of the Asus A8R32-MVP premieres Ryan's new testing suite.

Gigabyte provides Quad SLI for Intel chips

Subject: Motherboards | February 28, 2006 - 08:57 AM |
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Motherboards.org has reviewed the GA-8N Quad Royal SLI from Gigabyte, and it is a truly impressive board.  With 4 PCIe 16x slots and support for both nVIDIA's SLI and ATI's Crossfire, this board will be the base of some truly impressive systems in the near future.  It also supports pretty much every LGA775 processor out there, including the new Presler chips, if you upgrade the BIOS first.

"GIGABYTE has done a wonderful job with the GA-8N Quad Royal SLI motherboard and it stands out

among the cr

Correction: EPoX EP-5NVA+ SLI

Subject: Motherboards | February 27, 2006 - 01:41 PM |
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In the EPoX 5NVA+ SLI review  there was an error that was published. I incorrectly stated that a SATA-to-PATA adapter was included with the 5NVA+ SLI, but this is incorrect. The adapter is actually a PATA-to-SATA adapter which allows you to connect your old drives to the SATA interface. Please see this link for the update.

ECS tries out extreme motherboarding

Subject: Motherboards | February 23, 2006 - 03:43 PM |
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ECS KA1 MVP Extreme is a Radeon Xpress based board, with quite a few features.  The Tech Report puts it to the test, to see if it deserves the title Extreme.

"The latest of ECS's Extreme offerings is the KA1 MVP, a Socket 939 motherboard that combines

ATI's Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire Edition chipset with PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet and Serial ATA

RAID.

New and improved, or just new

Subject: Motherboards | February 15, 2006 - 01:49 PM |
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t-break wanted to know what improvements came about when nVIDIA switched from it's original SLI to SLI X16.  They tested 4 games, and several benchmarking tools with a pair of 7800GTX's, and have came to a pretty solid conclusion.

"We initially started out by conducting tests at only 0X and 4X AA however we really didnt see any

difference at all. We contacted nVidia about this and they suggested doing tests using 8X and 16X

AA and thus we went back and benched all four games using that setting as well.

Source: t-break

A mobo review of a different colour

Subject: Motherboards | February 10, 2006 - 02:45 PM |
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Silent PC Review has posted a review of the ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe that strays a little from the norm, but is perfect for this unique heatpipe using mobo.  By focussing on heat and power, the review covers more than just performance, but helps to explain the 8 phase power the motherboard uses, and reveals a quirk about how it deals with SLI.

"Arguably the most full-featured single CPU desktop motherboard ever produced, this high

performance A64-939 board is also cooled with heatpipes and features a complex chi

Power in a puny package

Subject: Motherboards | February 9, 2006 - 03:42 PM |
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Built for Pentium "M"s, the AOpen i915GMm-HFS microATX that Hardware Zone reviews is a great starting place for an HTPC.  With built in audio, a 16x PCIe slot, DDR2 support and SATA with RAID capabilites, you can even get some good gaming out of it.

"Not just another desktop Pentium M motherboard, the AOpen i915GMm-HFS is a cleverly designed motherboard specifically targeted at those who are looking to get on the media center PC craze.

SLI and Sempron together

Subject: Motherboards | February 6, 2006 - 08:56 AM |
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TweakTown reviews a sweet little s754 board from EPoX, the 8NPA-SLI.  Now you can get an SLI setup, without having to upgrade your CPU, memory and everything else at the same time.  You get to save some money on the CPU as well.


Also from EPox, the EP-5NVA is an LGA775 board, and our own Jon Hung has posted a fresh review of it.


"Socket 754 has now made a comeback for AMD in the form of the budget line of Sempron processors.
Source: TweakTown

ASUS' hybrid Crossfire board

Subject: Motherboards | February 2, 2006 - 11:42 AM |
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The Tech Report reviews the ASUS A8R-MVP, a very inexpensive motherboard that combines 2 chipsets, ATI's Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire Edition and ULi's M1575 southbridge.  Head over to see what advantages that gains over a motherboard that uses ATI's SB450.


"Fortunately, the CrossFire Edition chipset has an ace up its sleeve. Its north bridge is capable

of interfacing with alternative south bridge chips, including those built by ULi.

EVGA's newest motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | January 19, 2006 - 11:18 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews EVGA's latest s939 motherboard, the K8-NF41, a very feature rich board.  Give them a moment of your time, and see just what this board can do.


"The K8-NF41 is EVGA's latest motherboard for the Athlon 64 socket 939 line of processors.
Source: [H]ard|OCP

Gigabyte gets the royal touch

Subject: Motherboards | January 17, 2006 - 11:06 AM |
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As the review on Bjorn3D explains, the Gigabyte GA-8I955x qualifies as royalty because of the support for 888MHz DDR2, Gigabyte's patented Universal-Plus Dual Power System, dual gigabit LAN and IEEE 1394b.

Source: Bjorn3D

Hi-tech with Vacuum Tubes

Subject: Motherboards | January 16, 2006 - 10:54 AM |
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The MSI K8N Diamond Plus Limited Edition that Hardware Zone has up for review is a blend of old and new technology.  It contains everything you would expect from an N4 board, with the addition of an OEM version of the Coolermaster Musketeer 3, an audio front panel with a vacuum tube. 

"Since we last reviewed the MSI K8N Diamond Plus, things have been going on behind the scenes.

Upgrading made easy by ASRock

Subject: Motherboards | January 10, 2006 - 01:11 PM |
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ASRock's 939NF4G-SATA2 motherboard does a lot of the work for you, if you are shopping for a value system.  On board 

nForce 410MCP audio, a built-in Geforce 6100 and ethernet as well means that just picking up a CPU and some memory is all you need to get an upgrade running.  You could also build a complete system from scratch just by adding a case with a PSU, a SATA harddrive, and a monitor to the list. 

Source: PCStats

Several nForce4 SLI Motherboard Tested

Subject: Motherboards | January 3, 2006 - 08:03 AM |
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Anandtech has put together a review of four nForce4 SLI motherboards that they consider to have "bargain" pricing. 

The Albatron K8SLI is a very interesting board as it offers good performance with a minimal feature set. The board layout is very compact while still providing SLI capability. If you want to set up a LAN party system with SLI, then this board will allow you to use the smaller ATX cases without issue.

Source: AnandTech

Asus P5N32-SLI vs Gigabyte's 975X Board

Subject: Motherboards | December 28, 2005 - 02:51 PM |
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t-break has combined two Intel motherboards into a single article and some good old fashioned chipset-bashing. 

Performance-wise, both boards are good as we saw in the previous pages, however, gaming AMD's baby at the moment and we're a bit skeptical about using that term to promote Pentium4 boards at the moment. With overclocking, ASUS managed to take the lead providing a higher overclock.

Source: t-break