Mobo's & Processors & Chipsets, Oh My!

Subject: Motherboards | September 26, 2005 - 06:43 PM |
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Surprise, its the nForce4 SLI Intel Edition from Biostar.  If you love nForce, but need to go with Intel, it's no longer a problem.  The board has all you'd expect from nForce 4, with the nice simplicity of setup that BioStar tends to prefer, according to Bjorn3D.  If it's not a motherboard you want, 4 new chips were announced today, one Intel and 3 AMD.

"For years, NVIDIA fans and general enthusiasts wondered if NVIDIA would ever release an Intel chipset.

Source: Bjorn3D

ECS' s939 Budget SLI Board

Subject: Motherboards | September 23, 2005 - 12:38 PM |
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Just because the ECS' Nforce 4 board, the KN1 SLI is touted as a discount board, doesn't mean they skimped on the layout of the board, or the package it comes with.  Read the full review at InsaneTek.

"The KN1 SLI Extreme is the latest AMD flagship motherboard from ECS. The motherboard performs well and has great overclocking potential.

Source: InsaneTek

Gigabyte's Newest Mobo's & More

Subject: Motherboards | September 21, 2005 - 07:20 PM |
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The Intel 945 chipset is taking it's time hitting the store, but Techniz got their hands on an offering from Gigabyte that uses it.  See how well it performs with a Prescott, DDR2 and SATA2.

"The GA-8I945P Pro was featuring the new Intel® 945P Express chipset with Hyper-Threading Technology delivers significant performance gains with variety of new generation architectures including the DDR2 main memory, PCI-Express interface, and Serial-ATA 2 interface for improving storage performa

Source: 3DCenter

Abit AN8 Ultra Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2005 - 05:46 PM |
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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.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Mobo Shipments for Big Four Up

Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2005 - 05:39 PM |
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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,

Source: Digitimes

ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 ULi 1695 Review

Subject: Motherboards | September 7, 2005 - 03:14 PM |
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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.

Source: AnandTech

ASRock and ULi Announce M1695-based Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | August 31, 2005 - 03:10 PM |
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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)—August 31, 2005-- ULi Elect

ECS Editor's Day

Subject: Motherboards | August 30, 2005 - 04:27 PM |
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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.&nbsp

ECS Shows Off CrossFire Board Readiness

Subject: Motherboards | August 26, 2005 - 02:55 PM |
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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

Epox EP-9NPA+ SLI Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards | August 25, 2005 - 08:56 PM |
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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.

Source: PCStats

Secret Overclocking In ASUS Motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | August 18, 2005 - 01:22 PM |
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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?

Source: Tech ARP

Dual-core-capable Platforms Reviewed

Subject: Motherboards | August 17, 2005 - 04:38 PM |
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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.

ECS Shows the PF88 Dual Platform Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | July 28, 2005 - 04:08 PM |
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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

ECS KN1 Extreme nForce4 Ultra Review

Subject: Motherboards | July 26, 2005 - 02:03 PM |
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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.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Chaintech VNF4 Zenith VE Review

Subject: Motherboards | May 26, 2005 - 05:39 PM |
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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.

Source: MBreview

Gigabyte K8N-SLI AMD Review

Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2005 - 09:54 AM |
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The gang at Sudhian has reviewed the Gigabyte nForce4 SLI AMD chipset motherboard and seemed to be pretty impressed.  You can see my review of a similar Gigabyte SLI board with more features here

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

Source: Sudhian

Asus Breaks Ground on Another China Plant

Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2005 - 09:49 AM |
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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.

Source: Digitimes

MSI P4N Diamond nForce SLI Intel Board Review

Subject: Motherboards | May 23, 2005 - 05:49 PM |
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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.

Source: Hexus

VIA DualGFX SLi

Subject: Motherboards | May 22, 2005 - 09:51 AM |
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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

Source: HKEPC

EPoX EP-9NPA+ SLI nForce 4 SLI AMD Review

Subject: Motherboards | May 20, 2005 - 12:26 PM |
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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.