Subject: Motherboards | September 20, 2006 - 10:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In one corner you have the less expensive Foxconn board, with a slightly less powerful southbrigde. It does a little of everything, but doesn't provide as many extras in the way of SATA channels, RAID and PCI Express 16x. In the other corner you have Gigabyte, with the better southbridge that costs about double. The Tech Report gives you the lowdown on which board can give you the better value and why.
Subject: Motherboards | September 15, 2006 - 07:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has a review of ASUS' P5NSLI. It offers some good performance out of the box, but [H] discovered it is not a great overclocker, and both the north and south bridges run quite hot.
Subject: Motherboards | September 13, 2006 - 03:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
September 08, 2006 —abit is expanding their digital home series into AMD processor supported platforms with the nVidiaÂ® GeForceÂ®6150/nForce430 chipset based NF-M2 nView motherboard. 7.1 channel high definition audio and powerful integrated GeForceÂ®6150 onboard graphics with a DVI-connector for digital high definition graphics output are the ideal basis for a cost-effective home theater multimedia system.
Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2006 - 06:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP reviews the MSI K9A Platinum, based on the Radeon Xpress 3200, and with the new SB600. It proved to be a very stable board, though there were some slight problems that appeared when dealing with RAID and CrossFire.
Subject: Motherboards | September 7, 2006 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP reviews EPoX's Core 2 Duo board, the EP-5P945Pro. For less than $100 dollars, you get a motherbord with no frills, including no SLI support, but it handles Core 2 Duo chips perfectly well. A great base to build a PC that sees normal use, but not recommended for gamers or overclockers.
Introduction and Specifications
Both MSI and ECS have come out with motherboards based on the Radeon XPress 3200 chipset for the AM2 platform, but can either of them hold their own against the NVIDIA 590 chipset for the enthusiast?
Subject: Motherboards | August 31, 2006 - 03:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H] notices something new in the way Gigabyte put together their new Core 2 Duo mobo. They have always been a company that makes stable boards, but haven't had a history of good overclockability. That changes with the GA-965P-DQ6, they got a Core 2 Duo E6300 1.87GHz to run at 3.3GHz, with a 472MHz FSB, but they did need to break out a few waterblocks to do so.
Subject: Motherboards | August 28, 2006 - 09:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The main achilles heel for ATI's motherboards have been the lack of features incorporated on the board. The Crossfire issues of the first runs seem to have been fixed, but compared to the features found on nForce boards, they just can't compete. The Tech Report looks at the Crossfire Xpress 3200, and the new SB600 southbridge, to see what ATI has done to remedy the situation.
Subject: Motherboards | August 24, 2006 - 03:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report contrasts three Core 2 motherboards from ASUS. The P5B Deluxe Wifi-AP Edition (Intel 965), P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe (nForce4 SLIX16) and P5W DH Deluxe (Intel 975X) are all present. They all have differences, one of the biggest for gamers being that the Intel965 board doesn't support SLI or CrossFire, though it does have WiFi, the nVIDIA board supports SLI, and the 975X supports CrossFire.
Subject: Motherboards | August 21, 2006 - 10:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS P5B Deluxe WiFi-AP has everything you could possibly want in a motherboard, if you are not planning on buying 2 video cards. From the layout of the board, to the onboard features, [H]ard|OCP can't really find anything wrong with it. Head over to check out this overclocking friendly board.