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Subject: Motherboards | May 3, 2004 - 08:51 PM | Geoff Baker
T-Break has a review of another Nforce3 250 GB, the Gigabyte K8NSNXP. Interesting how different vendors are configuring their boards. For example, looks like this 250 GB is not using the Integrated Gigabit functionality. Appears that they have decided to use it on the PCI bus to simplify the production of their various models of Nforce3. Not as though you are likely to be able to use Gigabit much anyway, but still...
Quote: "What made us wonder was why Gigabyte chose the lower-end version of thenF
Subject: Motherboards | April 30, 2004 - 02:36 AM | Geoff Baker
In contrast to X-Bits earlier report of the new Via dual channel memory board for 32 bit XP, the Tech Report has the KT880 winning the review over the venerable Nforce2. Many are waiting for these to hit the shelves...
Quote: "Simply being a viable alternative to the nForce2 wasn't good enough for VIA, itseems. The company has rolled out a new KT880 chipset for Socket A processors, andthis one features a dual-channel memory controller.
Subject: Motherboards | April 26, 2004 - 05:29 PM | Geoff Baker
You may have seen Hardocp's review earlier on this much anticipated board. MSI is leading the way this time and by all accounts they certainly have something to show off.
Quote: "Since the MSI K8N Neo is the first shipping board with the nVidia nForce3 chipset, we don't know whether it is the harbinger of the great things to come, or whether the K8N Neo Platinum is just a unique and stunning motherboard..."
Here are some more Motherboard reviews from around the web:
Subject: Motherboards | April 20, 2004 - 01:56 PM | Geoff Baker
Here is X-Bits first look at an actual retail product based upon the Via KT880, the Asus A7V880. This board has a lot for your 32 bit XP CPU: native SATA, 8 USB ports, native Gigabit, dual channel memory controller, overclocks nicely. If you were waiting for Via to finally put out the Nforce2 killer, they didn't quite do it, but it's close.
Quote: "VIA KT880 chipset with the dual-channel memory proves the fact that Athlon XP shouldn't be pushed into oblivion yet.
Subject: Motherboards | April 14, 2004 - 08:31 PM | Geoff Baker
The results are in on the Nforce3 250 GB and it is looking pretty good. The working PCI locks, Integrated LAN and SATA, they are all making it from the reference boards to the retail shelves. Here is the X-Bit Labs review of the Chaintech.
Quote: "So, we have checked out the new chipset from NVIDIA for the Socket 754 platform in practice. Although nForce3 250 seems to be very similar to the previous product, nForce3 150, at least in the name, it actually inherited very little from the predecessor.
Subject: Motherboards | April 9, 2004 - 01:30 PM | Geoff Baker
The Tech Report has a review of a sample Nforce3 250Gb board. With Gigabit LAN and SATA integrated in the chipset as well as a real working PCI lock, this one is eagerly anticipated. PCI Express will have to wait.
Quote: "ALTHOUGH NVIDIA'S nForce2 chipset was a darling of the enthusiast and gaming community, the
company's nForce3 150 didn't fare so well. The nForce3 150 for was available as early as the
Opteron launch, but the chipset's comparably weak feature set and initially uninspired performance
drove many to VIA's faster and more feature-rich K8T800 chipset.
Subject: Motherboards | April 7, 2004 - 04:34 AM | Geoff Baker
If it is part of your job to spec a new workstation down at the office, might want to look over this thorough comparison at the Tech Report. The most hardcore enthusiasts among you might actually be interested in picking one of these up for home. Mmm, Numa :)
Quote: "IT TOOK what seemed like forever for AMD to release its Opteron processor for servers and workstations.
Subject: Motherboards | April 2, 2004 - 04:08 PM | Geoff Baker
While the Socket 939, 754 Debate rages on, you just want a new fast system. If you want the best bang for the buck right now, This PCStats article is an example of what is available. With top gaming power, features and stability being the norm, as well as reasonable prices, not much reason not to go Socket 754. The incoming sockets likely still won't give the buyer on a budget anything more than you can get today, and you can bet they will be pricey.
Quote: "So what exactly makes Abit motherboards special?
Subject: Motherboards | March 30, 2004 - 03:31 AM | Geoff Baker
Some motherboard reviews for you today. Here is an Epox with an 865PE Northbridge and the ICH4 Southbridge, and some Aopen A64 boards, both Nforce3 and K8T800, with looks by Hexus and Overclocker Cafe.
For processor articles we have an A64 vrs.
Subject: Motherboards | March 26, 2004 - 03:48 AM | Geoff Baker
OCFAQ has reviewed the Nforce3 board fom Gigabyte, the K8N Pro. They take a look at the package, run the benchmarks, then overclock it some and run some more. Give it a look.
The main theme behind what Gigabyte has done is to take a less than
spectacular chipset and make the best of it. Through excellent overclocking,
solid reliability, and every onboard option one could desire, the K8N Pro
goes a long way torwards distinguishing itself as a leader in what is a
mostly leader-less platform. The usual Abit/Asus domination is not present,
blame first generation technology.
Subject: Motherboards | March 24, 2004 - 09:33 PM | Geoff Baker
Over at myWorld Hardware there is a new review posted of the Gigabyte board using the SIS 655FX chipset. Take a look as the performance is compared to an Abit IC7 and an Epox Epox 4PCA+.
"The GA-8S655FX Ultra is an excellent performing board and it does
threat to Intel's mainstream i865 platform with its value pricetag.
benchmark results, SIS's 655FX Chipset does hold some solid ground
Pentium 4 platform. It's about time that an alternative showed up
Intel some deserving competition."
Subject: Motherboards | March 24, 2004 - 09:08 PM | Geoff Baker
Motherboards.org takes up two slots on the News page today as they submit another of their dual reviews. First up is the Albatron 875 Pro.
So what do I like about the Albatron PX 875P PRO motherboard? It's
based upon Intel's 875P chipset which fully supports Prescott and
Extreme Edition CPUs without need for BIOS upgrade like some early
875 motherboards might.
Subject: Motherboards | March 24, 2004 - 09:05 PM | Geoff Baker
The second of two reviews today from Motherboards.org. This one has the Gigabyte 865 with Wifi.
Today we take a look at the GA-8IPE100 Pro2-W one of the latestboards for the P4 platform to be released from the folks at GIGABYTEthat once again features the most recent technologies builton-board. One of the excellent features of this new board is itsWi-Fi function that enables user's access to a wireless netenvironment. This technology is something that should really starttaking off this year as more and more people make the switch form awired to a wireless LAN.
Subject: Motherboards | March 24, 2004 - 08:57 PM | Geoff Baker
The Tech Report takes a look at the Abit AN7 and all the uGuru flash. Paired up against an A7N8X, the benchmarks are all here.
IT MAY NOT HAVE THE FLASH of its 64-bit brethren, but there's still
performance potential left in the Athlon XP. This point was certainly proven
by our recent look at overclocking the Athlon XP-M 2500+, in which we managed
2400MHz without much difficulty.
Of course, taking advantage of that potential requires the right equipment,
and that starts with the motherboard.
Subject: Motherboards | March 21, 2004 - 04:30 PM | Geoff Baker
3DXtreme has posted a review of the Albatron K8T800 board for your 754 A64 cpu. If you are looking at trying out an alternative player in the motherboard market, take a look. Albatron has garnered quite a gathering in the Forums.
"Today 3DXtreme has the pleasure of reviewing the latest AMD64 motherboard from Albatron. Albatron has always produced some of the best quality products in their respective product lines, will the K8X800 Pro II provide a motherboard worthy of the Albatron name? "
Subject: Motherboards | March 17, 2004 - 03:48 AM | Geoff Baker
GruntvillE is looking at the Albaton K8T800 board for A64. they've run it through the benchmarks, and do a little (very little) overclocking at the end.
"The K8X800 Pro II uses the same blue PCB we liked so much in both of our
past Albatron reviews. The overall layout of the board is much better than
the KX18D Pro II. The ATX power connector is in the upper right hand corner
of the board allowing for much better wire management but the 4-pin 12V
connector is still located on the left hand side of the board.
Subject: Motherboards | March 17, 2004 - 03:41 AM | Geoff Baker
Aselabs is checking out the SiS655TX and liking it.
" With a new memory controller andsome tweaks, this evolution to the 655FX proves to
be faster indeed. This is the new chipset to buy for the Pentium 4 boards. Find out
Subject: Motherboards | March 15, 2004 - 03:09 AM | Ron Goldin
Here's TECH-PC tasking a look at an Albatron i875 board. Let's see if it they think it can stand out in a crowd.
Overall the Albatron doesn't put in a bad showing, beating the IC7 in a few instances and not too far behind in others. The SiSoft Sandra Arithmetic results are slightly odd but don't seem to be reflected in any other test results so can just be put down as one of those things, perhaps a new BIOS will sort things out
Subject: Motherboards | March 15, 2004 - 03:02 AM | Ron Goldin
Here's R & B's first write up on a Chaintech board, check it out.
This is our first Chaintech motherboard review. It's nice to review a new brand and to see what it goes for. Chaintech has made themselves very known lately for quality boards that perform very well. We have one of their P4 boards called 9PJL apogee that we will have a closer look at so stay tuned.
Subject: Motherboards | March 15, 2004 - 02:34 AM | Ron Goldin
Asus offers a Athlon64 series CPU board for the FX series processors from AMD. Here is a review of that board.
There is very little to wish for apart from the already included features and this makes the SK8V a very good base for a high-end PC. In terms of BIOS and software features Asus has added a few tweaks of its own including voice diagnostics (yes, the motherboard will tell you what has gone wrong), automatic fan adjustment and you can even create your own BIOS logo.
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