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Subject: Motherboards | April 8, 2005 - 02:11 PM | Ryan Shrout
*UPDATE* I just got this photo in an email from Asus.
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A quick once over of this board shot shows some interesting stuff, like the external, rear SATA channel by the audio output connectors. The passive heastsink on the north bridge is pretty dang big, as is probably needed for the heat the NVIDIA NF4 Intel chipse
Subject: Motherboards | April 7, 2005 - 06:36 PM | Ryan Shrout
HardOCP has reviewed the Fatal1ty AN8 motherboard, based on the NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra (AMD Edition) chipset. Have a gander at what they have to say, and if you need a comparison, you can look at my review as well.
However, the lack of integrated peripherals on the board itself was disappointing.
Subject: Motherboards | April 7, 2005 - 10:28 AM | Ryan Shrout
It seems that reviews on Intel-based motherboards are still harder to come by than AMD solutions, but here is one for you based on the Intel 925XE chipset.
Abit Fatal1ty AA8XE â€” is specially designed for professional gamers who have heard of Johnathan Wendel.
Subject: Motherboards | April 7, 2005 - 10:26 AM | Ryan Shrout
VIA Arena is taking a very brief look at the features and layouts of 9 different K8T890 motherboards. What is even more odd about this is that fact that I haven't seen a SINGLE retail board come to me from any vendor.
The K8T890 of course features support for PCI Express video cards. All of the boards feature one 16x PCIe slot and at least one PCIe x 1 slot for PCIe peripheral cards like networking, audio etc.
Subject: Motherboards | April 7, 2005 - 10:19 AM | Ryan Shrout
PCStats seems to have the first production motherboard reviewed based on the NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipset.
The physical layout of the Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal motherboard is excellent but we've come to expect that from Gigabyte. It's nice to see that Gigabyte includes everything end users would need with the motherboard as well, why can't more manufacturers follow Gigabyte's lead?
Subject: Motherboards | March 29, 2005 - 01:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
HardOCP has reviewed the Epox 9NPA+ motherboard based on the nForce4 Ultra chipset. I actually had a review of this board ready for print this morning, and it should go live tomorrow some time.
However, there was one strange thing I encountered with the 9NPA+ ULTRA — its lack of overclocking ability. In testing the board, I only was able to get it to a 250MHz FSB and at that speed, the board wasn't as stable as I would've liked.
Subject: Motherboards | March 29, 2005 - 01:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
The Tech Report has reviewed a Gigabyte VIA K8T890 motherboard with PCI Express support for under $90.
Despite the fact that GA-K8VT890-9 offers a fair bit of value at its bargain-basement price point, enthusiasts will no doubt be frustrated by the BIOS's lack of a PCI Express clock lock and temperature-driven fan speed control. Those features could perhaps be added in a BIOS update, as Gigabyte has done with more extensive memory timings, but they're not available yet.
Subject: Motherboards | March 25, 2005 - 10:32 PM | Ryan Shrout
Epox sent over a PR release on their upcoming nForce4 SLI Intel Edition motherboard. You can see the image below, or see all the specs that I posted in our forums to avoid the long post here.
Subject: Motherboards | March 25, 2005 - 10:04 PM | Ryan Shrout
Viperlair has reviewed the Winfast NF4 Ultra motherboard from PC manufacturering giant, Foxxcon.
This board is priced significantly cheaper however than many other nForce 4 boards, somewhere in the region of $103 US as compared to many boards with SLI that cost at least $60 more.
Subject: Motherboards | March 23, 2005 - 07:59 PM | Ryan Shrout
I guess Abit sent out quite a lot of these boards, eh? Here' is yet another Fatal1ty AN8 Motherboard reviewed.
The rundown of the Fatal1ty's performance and overclocking potential is definitely exceptional. While the board lacks great VDIMM options, the BIOS allows other great voltage ranges and many memory adjustments. I'm pretty sure that most of you are interested in the comparison against DFI's Ultra-D, and our review of that motherboard will arrive soon.
Subject: Motherboards | March 23, 2005 - 07:56 PM | Ryan Shrout
All in all, ABIT Fatal1ty AN8 mainboard makde a very good impression.
Subject: Motherboards | March 23, 2005 - 12:21 PM | Ryan Shrout
Gamer's Depot has put up an article comparing four SLI motherboards today. They look at options from Asus, MSI, Gigabyte and DFI. You can also check out my reviews by looking in our motherboard section.
We firmly believe that the importance of SLI has been properly communicated amongst many gamers and certainly ATI — I guess it's easy to talk-down a technology you don't have out on the market eh?
Subject: Motherboards | March 21, 2005 - 11:59 PM | Ryan Shrout
The DFI NF4 Ultra has been getting a lot of play recently, this time in the overclocking arena.
The DFI will run very stable at 300 x 8 using TCCD 512x2 @1T, achieving 300 x 9 with simple air-cooling credits to how well the BIOS, memory controller and the quality of this board to work in concert with each other. This board is simply splendid in reaching the best possible performance.
Subject: Motherboards | March 18, 2005 - 07:07 PM | Ryan Shrout
DFI really set the stage for tweakers and overclockers with this board and are now reaping the benefits of its hard work and research. As of today (March 18), fifteen of the top twenty systems in the 3DMark05 hall of fame use DFI SLI systems!
Subject: Motherboards | March 17, 2005 - 02:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
Geoff (that's pronounced "Jeff" for us Americans) of The Tech Report has posted his review of the Abit Fatal1ty AN8 motherboard today. In case you also want to read what I had to say about it, you can read my review as well.
In addition to OTES exhaust coolers, Abit also bundles an OTES RAMFlow memory cooler with the board.
Subject: Motherboards | March 16, 2005 - 11:43 AM | Ryan Shrout
Hardcoreware.net has reviewed the Gigabyte K8VT890 board based on the VIA PCI Express chipset. They seem to find problems with the overclocking optins in the BIOS, but I wonder if they know the "Alt F2" Gigabyte trick?
Here is the "Advanced Chipset" section, this is where the memory tweaks SHOULD be. Nothing to be found; in fact, I just set up the benchmarking platform to double check that I had the CMOS is "Advanced Mode" when I took these pictures. Sure enough, these are all the tweaks you'll get.
Subject: Motherboards | March 15, 2005 - 12:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
Ever wonder what some of the basic components on a motherboard actually are? Ever looked at a board layout and been confused? Then you should check out the motherboard basics article at Big Bruin today.
Many motherboards now include features onboard that were once only available as expansion cards to be purchased separately. A typical motherboard will now include stereo sound capabilities, a 10/100 LAN connection, and a few USB 2.0 ports on the back panel connection.
Subject: Motherboards | March 15, 2005 - 12:43 AM | Ryan Shrout
VIA Arena has just sent out news of an article they have on the new VIA EPIA-SP mini-ITX motherboard.
Take a reasonably large hard drive, a stick of DDR400 memory, a tiny ITX case along with a wireless keyboard and mouse and there you have it, the ultimate home theater system. Of course you will need to back this flashy little computer up with some impressive audio and a killer television, but I will leave that part of the buying process up to you.
Subject: Motherboards | March 14, 2005 - 02:26 PM | Ryan Shrout
Geoff of The Tech Report has a review up on the new VIA K8T890-based Soltek motherboard. This board is the first retail K8T890 board I have ever seen, and the gang at TR concurr. What do they have to say about the board?
Unfortunately, the SL-K890PRO-939 doesn't have the luxury of living in a vacuum. Its world is populated with nForce4 motherboards that serve up faster chipset-level Gigabit Ethernet and more robust RAID capabilities than VIA's dated VT8237 chipset provides.
Subject: Motherboards | March 13, 2005 - 02:55 AM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like ECS is going to try to bridge the gap between Intel and AMD motherboards by allowing a user of their PF88 board to use...BOTH. I have a couple of Asrock boards here sporting both 754-pin and 939-pin Athlon 64 sockets, and the results have been somewhat lacking, but we'll see what ECS has to offer.
The mainboard has 4 slots for DDR2 667, a 1066FSB, SATA2, GigaLAN and 1394a Firewire.