Subject: Motherboards | February 15, 2006 - 09:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
t-break wanted to know what improvements came about when nVIDIA switched from it's original SLI to SLI X16. They tested 4 games, and several benchmarking tools with a pair of 7800GTX's, and have came to a pretty solid conclusion.
"We initially started out by conducting tests at only 0X and 4X AA however we really didnt see any
difference at all. We contacted nVidia about this and they suggested doing tests using 8X and 16X
AA and thus we went back and benched all four games using that setting as well.
Subject: Motherboards | February 10, 2006 - 10:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Silent PC Review has posted a review of the ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe that strays a little from the norm, but is perfect for this unique heatpipe using mobo. By focussing on heat and power, the review covers more than just performance, but helps to explain the 8 phase power the motherboard uses, and reveals a quirk about how it deals with SLI.
"Arguably the most full-featured single CPU desktop motherboard ever produced, this high
performance A64-939 board is also cooled with heatpipes and features a complex chi
Subject: Motherboards | February 9, 2006 - 11:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Built for Pentium "M"s, the AOpen i915GMm-HFS microATX that Hardware Zone reviews is a great starting place for an HTPC. With built in audio, a 16x PCIe slot, DDR2 support and SATA with RAID capabilites, you can even get some good gaming out of it.
"Not just another desktop Pentium M motherboard, the AOpen i915GMm-HFS is a cleverly designed motherboard specifically targeted at those who are looking to get on the media center PC craze.
Subject: Motherboards | February 6, 2006 - 04:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown reviews a sweet little s754 board from EPoX, the 8NPA-SLI. Now you can get an SLI setup, without having to upgrade your CPU, memory and everything else at the same time. You get to save some money on the CPU as well.
Also from EPox, the EP-5NVA is an LGA775 board, and our own Jon Hung has posted a fresh review of it.
"Socket 754 has now made a comeback for AMD in the form of the budget line of Sempron processors.
Introduction & Specifications
EPoX unleashes a nicely packaged Intel SLI motherboard that overclocks easily. Should you look at upgrading your Pentium-based rig at a time like this?
Subject: Motherboards | February 2, 2006 - 07:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report reviews the ASUS A8R-MVP, a very inexpensive motherboard that combines 2 chipsets, ATI's Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire Edition and ULi's M1575 southbridge. Head over to see what advantages that gains over a motherboard that uses ATI's SB450.
"Fortunately, the CrossFire Edition chipset has an ace up its sleeve. Its north bridge is capable
of interfacing with alternative south bridge chips, including those built by ULi.
Subject: Motherboards | January 19, 2006 - 07:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP reviews EVGA's latest s939 motherboard, the K8-NF41, a very feature rich board. Give them a moment of your time, and see just what this board can do.
"The K8-NF41 is EVGA's latest motherboard for the Athlon 64 socket 939 line of processors.
Subject: Motherboards | January 17, 2006 - 07:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As the review on Bjorn3D explains, the Gigabyte GA-8I955x qualifies as royalty because of the support for 888MHz DDR2, Gigabyte's patented Universal-Plus Dual Power System, dual gigabit LAN and IEEE 1394b.
Subject: Motherboards | January 16, 2006 - 06:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MSI K8N Diamond Plus Limited Edition that Hardware Zone has up for review is a blend of old and new technology. It contains everything you would expect from an N4 board, with the addition of an OEM version of the Coolermaster Musketeer 3, an audio front panel with a vacuum tube.
"Since we last reviewed the MSI K8N Diamond Plus, things have been going on behind the scenes.
Subject: Motherboards | January 10, 2006 - 09:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASRock's 939NF4G-SATA2 motherboard does a lot of the work for you, if you are shopping for a value system. On board
nForce 410MCP audio, a built-in Geforce 6100 and ethernet as well means that just picking up a CPU and some memory is all you need to get an upgrade running. You could also build a complete system from scratch just by adding a case with a PSU, a SATA harddrive, and a monitor to the list.