With the release of the 939-pin processors from AMD, the motherboard begin to creep out of the woodwork. We look at two retail boards as well as an NVIDIA reference board.
Subject: Motherboards | May 29, 2004 - 04:07 PM | Geoff Baker
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.
Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2004 - 02:42 PM | Geoff Baker
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?
Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2004 - 11:24 AM | Sean Pelletier
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.
Subject: Motherboards | May 9, 2004 - 09:53 PM | Geoff Baker
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.
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.