Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2005 - 09:46 PM | Ryan Shrout
HardOCP has reviewed the Abit AN8 Ultra motherboard today based on the nForce4 Ultra chipset. Looks like the guys didn't find the fanless design all that appealing...
Remember that you are hearing all of this from a person that has been a huge fan of ABIT motherboards since their introduction of the "soft bios" in the mid-90s. Based on the ABIT motherboards that I have experienced over the last year, I have to wonder if ABIT has simply lost its grip on their marketing and engineering teams.
Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2005 - 09:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
Digitimes is reporting that the motherboard shipments for the "big four" have gone up for the month of August, a good sign for the industry as a whole.
First-tier motherboard makers Asustek Computer, Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), Gigabyte Technology, and Micro-Star International (MSI) shipped a combined 8.93 million motherboards in August, up 25.8-27.6% from the 7-7.1 million units they shipped during the same period last year.
As demand picked up in the traditional peak season,
Subject: Motherboards | September 7, 2005 - 07:14 PM | Ryan Shrout
Wesley over at Anandtech has posted a review of the ASRock board featuing the ULi 1695 chipset that sports both PCIe and AGP video card slots.
Many have been looking forward to the arrival of the first ULi chipset retail motherboards since our review of the ULi Reference boards. In the first Reference board review and the updated second ULi Reference, we found the performance of the on-board PCIe and AGP 8X to be both uncompromised.
Subject: Motherboards | August 31, 2005 - 07:10 PM | Ryan Shrout
I got this in my email box this morning from both ULi and ASRock. The ULi 1695 chipset supports both PCI Express x16 and native AGP 8x graphics interfaces. This particular board from ASRock also supports CPU upgrade modules and they are touting support for future M2 processors next year via one of these modules. Below is the full release I received.
Taipei, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)â€”August 31, 2005-- ULi Elect
Subject: Motherboards | August 30, 2005 - 08:27 PM | Ryan Shrout
This is just a post to point you all to my quickie coverage of the recent ECS Editor's Day that I posted in my blog yesterday.
Their other, even more daring offering, is something called Scalable Dual Graphics Engine. SDGE is an attempt to make dual GPUs a more affordable and more open platform. Theoretically, you can buy a motherboard based on any chipset that comes with two x16 PCIe slots, one of which has no PCIe actually going to it.
Introduction & Specs
Hot on the heels of ECS' Editor Day, they hit us back with the SLI model of the KN1 Extreme motherboard. They tell us that overclocking has improved, but is it really? More importantly does ECS manage to score with features and price again?
Subject: Motherboards | August 26, 2005 - 06:55 PM | Ryan Shrout
Here at an ECS Editor's Day in San Jose, motherboard partner ATI was on hand to showcase their upcoming CrossFire technology. We were able to get some information on ECS' upcoming CrossFire motherboards. For the Intel platform, there is the PA1 MVP and for the AMD platform there is the KA1 MVP. We also saw the first mention of the upcoming ATI R580 chipset. Here are some quick specs:
- PA1 MVP
- ATI RD400 + SB450 chipsets
- 1066 MHz FSB
- Dual channel DDR2-667 and
Subject: Motherboards | August 26, 2005 - 12:56 AM | Joe White
PC Stats put together a review of the Epox-9NPA+ SLI motherboard based on the nForce4 SLI chipset. Check it out.
"The Epox 9NPA+ SLI supports any current and future socket 939 AMD Athlon64 processor and is based on the Nvidia nForce4 SLI chipset with support for up to 4GB of PC3200 DDR memory. The Epox EP-9NPA+SLI motherboard adds on to this capability with an on board PCI Express-based Silicon Image SiI3132 Serial ATA II controller.
Introduction and Specifications
Abit has brought the Fatal1ty name to the AMD market with a new SLI product. With a great little bundle and lots of new and unique features.
Subject: Motherboards | August 18, 2005 - 05:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Rojakpot examines why exactly the ASUS P5AD2 Premium, based on the old i925X chipset, constantly out performs the A
BIT AW8-MAX, based on the new i955X chipset.
"It's no secret that ASUS motherboards perform very well. But what's their secret to success? Great engineering? Or something more than that?