Socket 775 Alderwood / Grantsdale & more

Subject: Motherboards | June 23, 2004 - 03:16 AM |
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X-Bit labs has posted this article comparing the new Intel socket and Alderwood/Grantsdale chipsets to the competition. Be sure and check out our review for comparison.

Quote: "During this test session we will study the performance of the new LGA775 platform from Intel and will compare the speed of new LGA775 processors running on i925T Express platform with that of the Socket 478 processors running on an i875P platform.

Source: X-Bit Labs

More on the death of the BIOS

Subject: Motherboards | June 18, 2004 - 06:16 PM |
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The Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) is being proposed as the new alternative to the old BIOS.  The BIOS sufferes from many limitations, which have been spotlighted by the advent of more readily available 64bit proccessors.  kernelthread.com takes a look at the issues and benefits of this new firmware interface for motherboards.

 

In a "modern" setting, the old-fashioned BIOS has severe limitations, even though it has seen numerous tweaks, impr

Source: kernelthread

Socket 754 roundup &more

Subject: Motherboards | June 11, 2004 - 01:07 AM |
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If the initial prices on 939 boards and chips has you scared off, you might take a look at this roundup of 5 of the more affordable socket 754 boards. Going through the review you'll no doubt notice the similar performance on benchmarks.

Computex Motherboards &more

Subject: Motherboards | June 7, 2004 - 02:41 AM |
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Anandtech has put together this photo review of what was on display at Computex. You might be seeing a lot of these systems for sale this year. Don't forget to check out our coverage of the Via Technology Forum that took place as well.

Quote: "...As the showcase for all the stuff that's coming, Computex is a sea of new motherboards.

Source: AnandTech

Why everyone hates BTX @ anandtech

Subject: Motherboards | June 2, 2004 - 06:47 PM |
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Conspracy theories surround the proposed new format for motherboards, BTX or Balanced Technology eXtended.  It is not very popular with many people, and this article gives some of the reasons.


There are other complaints about BTX, one major one being that Intel seems to be the only one interested in pushing it, which further supports the conspiracy theory that it's just a way to deal with their extremely hot p

Source: AnandTech

MSI K8N Neo Platinum Edition &more

Subject: Motherboards | May 29, 2004 - 04:07 PM |
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Hexus has put up a review of the MSI version of the Nforce3 250 GB. Some may want to wait for the next socket, but for the value conscious, there is no time like the present. Check out this review for the story.

Quote: "MSI's K8N Neo is the second motherboard retail nForce3 250Gb motherboard to pass through HEXUS. Reference board examination hinted that NVIDIA had finally gotten it right. The K8N Neo shows just how potent a default performer the chipset can be.

Source: Hexus

Nforce3 Southbridge Performance &more

Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2004 - 02:42 PM |
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With the Nforce3 GB, Nvidia has finally caught up with Via and integrated RAID support into the Southbridge chip. The remaining question is whether or not the Nvidia performance will be up to the standard set by Via. Ace's attempts to answer this question and more in this K8T800 vrs. Nforce3 GB shootout. Good news or bad?

IWill's ZMAXdp Pics

Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2004 - 11:24 AM |
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The guys over at Hexus have somehow managed to take some exclusive photos of the dual-processor SFF from Iwill which has received so much attention as of late. Regardless of how the system fares in the marketplace, it is certainly exciting to see a vendor take a chance on a wild product like this.

"Firstly, a little information on the custom form-factor ZMAX-DP motherboard.

Source: Hexus

ECS 755-A2&more

Subject: Motherboards | May 15, 2004 - 04:57 PM |
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Moving up to the newest hardware isn't always expensive. This T-Break review shows that you can get the high performance basics without selling the family car.

Source: t-break

5 Way Athlon64 VIA K8T800 Roundup &more

Subject: Motherboards | May 9, 2004 - 09:53 PM |
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If you've waited long enough, might check out this roundup of K8T800 boards. In this review, the Techseekers not only give you the benchmarks, but some good shots of the boards including the backplanes. Compare their Abit KV8 Max results with our review.

Quote: ""It is pretty evident from the performance tests, that the K8T800
performs equally well no matter what board its on.

Source: Techseekers

Gigabyte K8NSNXP (nF3-250Gb) &more

Subject: Motherboards | May 3, 2004 - 08:51 PM |
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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

Source: t-break

VIA KT880 Chipset &more

Subject: Motherboards | April 30, 2004 - 02:36 AM |
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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.

MSI K8N Neo nForce3-250Gb Review &more

Subject: Motherboards | April 26, 2004 - 05:29 PM |
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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:


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Source: AnandTech

ASUS A7V880 Mainboard Review &more

Subject: Motherboards | April 20, 2004 - 01:56 PM |
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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.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Chaintech Zenith ZNF3-250 Motherboard Review &more

Subject: Motherboards | April 14, 2004 - 08:31 PM |
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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.

Source: X-Bit Labs

NVIDIA's nForce3 250Gb chipset

Subject: Motherboards | April 9, 2004 - 01:30 PM |
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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.

Dual Opteron Workstation Motherboards Compared

Subject: Motherboards | April 7, 2004 - 04:34 AM |
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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.

Abit KV8-MAX3 for Athlon64 and other Reviews

Subject: Motherboards | April 2, 2004 - 04:08 PM |
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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?

Source: PCStats

Motherboard and Processor Reviews

Subject: Motherboards | March 30, 2004 - 03:31 AM |
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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.

Source: General

Gigabyte K8N Pro Review

Subject: Motherboards | March 26, 2004 - 03:48 AM |
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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.

Source: OCFAQ