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January 17, 2006 - 11:06 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
January 16, 2006 - 10:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
January 10, 2006 - 01:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
January 3, 2006 - 08:03 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
December 28, 2005 - 02:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
December 23, 2005 - 01:04 PM | Ryan Shrout
Lost Circuits has posted a review of the latest motherboard out of Sapphire, the RD480-based Pure CrossFire.
That does not mean that even a homogenous platform is trouble free, on the contrary, there were initial problems with nVidia's SLI platform and there are certainly some issues with ATI's Crossfire. We got our hands on a sample of Sapphire's Pure Crossfire PC-A9RD480 board, based on ATI's Radeon Xpress 200 Crossfire chipset, and the road to success was somewhat rocky.
December 22, 2005 - 07:30 AM | Jonathan Hung
Hoping for a motherboard in your stocking or under the tree this Holiday? Bit-tech takes a look at the well-endowed Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe. In typical Asus fashion, the A8N32-SLI Deluxe comes with a whole whack of accessories including a turbine style fan.
Not to be forgotten is EPoX and their latest Intel 945P offering.
December 20, 2005 - 12:00 PM | Jonathan Hung
Seems like a lot more GeForce 6100 reviews are hitting the web. Today TweakTown has a review of the Foxconn 6150K8MA-8EKRS (try saying that three times quickly!) which uses NVIDIA GeForce 6150 chipset and comes in a mATX form-factor. If you're looking for a budget HTPC, this Foxconn may be what you're looking for!
If that Foxconn is a bit "ghetto" for you, then maybe the DFI NF4 SLI-DR Expert board reviewed at TBreak is more your style.
December 19, 2005 - 11:00 AM | Jonathan Hung
Legit Reviews has an article on the DFI RDX200 CF-DR motherboard posted. This motherboard is probably one of the more important CrossFire motherboard releases since DFI has been consistently setting the standard for enthusiast features. How does it stack up against the venerable DFI NF4 SLI-DR?
"Dropping the memory divider to 166 and the CPU multiplier to x8 allowed me to push the board all the way to 309FSB, not too shabby at all. One issue I'd like to point out is the heat generated by the chipsets.
December 9, 2005 - 03:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DFI has once again delivered a motherboard with more options and extras than most even knew existed. If you can't stop playing with settings, head to PC Stats to get a look at all the features you can tweak on the LANParty UT NF4 SLI-DR.
"Like the previous model, the DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert motherboard is based on the nvidia nForce4 SLI chipset. It supports all Socket 939 AMD Athlon64/FX/X2 processors on the market, and is geared for gaming performance.
December 6, 2005 - 03:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS reviews the Gigabyte GA-Gi975X motherboard, an Intel motherboard with a nifty new idea. This isn't just northbridge cooling, but fully integrated ducting and 40mm fans seperating the CPU from the rest of the mobo.
"Gigabyte has decided that overclocking should play a large part in the GA-G1975X's makeup, and a
couple of plastic ducts are designed and implemented to cool the hot-running components in and
around the CPU socket area."
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November 25, 2005 - 02:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech received a nice surprise whe reviewing the entrance level ATI chipset based A8R-MVP from Asus. While this board is farily inexpensive and targeted at entrance level users, the features on the mobo and it's overclocking ability are impressive. The likely suspect in this case being the use of the ULi M1575 southbridge.
"If we always went with our assumptions, there would be no reason at all to test motherboards, and
thankfully, our first opinions are often proven wrong in the actual testing.
November 22, 2005 - 09:00 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA's new K8T900 chipset is making the rounds today, so if you can pull yourself away from that shiny new Xbox, take a look at what they've included. Legion Hardware is a great place to start, to get a good idea how inclusive VIA made this chipset.
Don't forget to come back and read Ryan's review as well.
"The K8T900 is one of the best chipsets VIA has produced in quite some time and as it stands,
could be one of the best AMD64 chipsets available.
November 21, 2005 - 09:13 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has a look at one of the latest AMD motherboards from ASUS, the A8N32-SLI. One of the neatest features is the integrated heatpipe, to keep your northbridge happy.
Then, check out John's review of the EPoX 8NPA SLI, see which fits you better.
"Asus' A8N32-SLI Deluxe is the first nForce4 SLI X16-based Athlon 64 motherboard to hit the
market, and it's more than just a simple refresh of Asus' nForce4 SLI design.
November 17, 2005 - 08:59 AM | Alex Marsters
The Sapphire Pure Innovation PI-A9RX480 is a very distinctive looking board, built around the
ATI 200P chipset. With one x16 PCIe slot, 2 normal PCIe, 2 PCI 2.2 slots, and built in audio, LAN and firewire, this board seems to have everything you would need. Read the full review at BigBruin.
"Tell me, isn't that one of the purdiest boards you've seen seen since the Soyo Dragon KT400
November 11, 2005 - 02:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Foxconn WinFast 761GXK8MC-S includes the newly released IGP from SIS, The Mirage. Read the full review at PC Stats to see how it stacks up to the N4 boards, both in price, and performance.
Don't forget to read Ryan's review of the A8N32-SLI either.
"The Foxconn WinFast 761GXK8MC-S motherboard is based upon a new chipset from
SiS which has a couple media-friendly assets.
November 9, 2005 - 10:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's been a while since a batch of motherboards with Integrated Graphics Processors has been released. However, with the new nForce boards, we are seeing quite a few boards with a 6100 built in, like the Biostar GeForce 6100-M9 TForce reviewed by TweakTown. Consider it the next time you are putting together a system for a non-gamer.
"The integrated desktop graphics market is often one which is overlooked by many users.
November 3, 2005 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Anandtech visited Taiwan and wandered into several motherboard manufacturers to see what is coming up for 2006, why don't you join them.
"We recently had the opportunity to visit some manufacturers in Taiwan, and with that opportunity,
we spent a lot of time previewing new motherboards and graphics products.
November 2, 2005 - 10:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Think Computers reviews the Biostar M7VIG-400 Combo micro ATX board, that comes with a Mobile Athlon XP 2600+ Barton. Just because it's tiny doesn't mean it lacks power. It's able to run
Athlon, Athlon XP, Duron, and Sempron at 200, 266 and 333 FSB speeds, has built in video (with an AGP expansion slot as well), built in audio, and a NIC as well. This might be the board to base your first HTPC on.
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October 28, 2005 - 10:27 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has a comprehensive review of the Asus P5N32-SLI: Dual x16. It has many innovations on it, and one of the main focuses on this board seems to be improving the quality of power that the system recieves. You night wonder what that means to you? It means better overclocking potential ... that's what!
"The Asus P5N32-SLI Deluxe is outstanding and deserves serious consideration if you are an Intel