Subject: Motherboards | April 8, 2005 - 02:11 PM | Ryan Shrout
*UPDATE* I just got this photo in an email from Asus.
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A quick once over of this board shot shows some interesting stuff, like the external, rear SATA channel by the audio output connectors. The passive heastsink on the north bridge is pretty dang big, as is probably needed for the heat the NVIDIA NF4 Intel chipse
Introduction and Specs
Three reviews in one! We take an in-depth look at three SiS760GX mATX motherboards from ECS, Foxconn, and AOpen. There's more to consider than meets the eye in these small packages.
Subject: Motherboards | April 7, 2005 - 06:36 PM | Ryan Shrout
HardOCP has reviewed the Fatal1ty AN8 motherboard, based on the NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra (AMD Edition) chipset. Have a gander at what they have to say, and if you need a comparison, you can look at my review as well.
However, the lack of integrated peripherals on the board itself was disappointing.
Subject: Motherboards | April 7, 2005 - 10:28 AM | Ryan Shrout
It seems that reviews on Intel-based motherboards are still harder to come by than AMD solutions, but here is one for you based on the Intel 925XE chipset.
Abit Fatal1ty AA8XE â€” is specially designed for professional gamers who have heard of Johnathan Wendel.
Subject: Motherboards | April 7, 2005 - 10:26 AM | Ryan Shrout
VIA Arena is taking a very brief look at the features and layouts of 9 different K8T890 motherboards. What is even more odd about this is that fact that I haven't seen a SINGLE retail board come to me from any vendor.
The K8T890 of course features support for PCI Express video cards. All of the boards feature one 16x PCIe slot and at least one PCIe x 1 slot for PCIe peripheral cards like networking, audio etc.
Subject: Motherboards | April 7, 2005 - 10:19 AM | Ryan Shrout
PCStats seems to have the first production motherboard reviewed based on the NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipset.
The physical layout of the Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal motherboard is excellent but we've come to expect that from Gigabyte. It's nice to see that Gigabyte includes everything end users would need with the motherboard as well, why can't more manufacturers follow Gigabyte's lead?
Introduction and Specifications
The Epox 9NPA+ Motherboard based on the nForce4 Ultra chipset looks to be a surprisingly good board from a manufacturer many thought were never going to be in the US again. See if maybe this board is going to be in your next upgrade.
Subject: Motherboards | March 29, 2005 - 01:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
HardOCP has reviewed the Epox 9NPA+ motherboard based on the nForce4 Ultra chipset. I actually had a review of this board ready for print this morning, and it should go live tomorrow some time.
However, there was one strange thing I encountered with the 9NPA+ ULTRA — its lack of overclocking ability. In testing the board, I only was able to get it to a 250MHz FSB and at that speed, the board wasn't as stable as I would've liked.
Subject: Motherboards | March 29, 2005 - 01:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
The Tech Report has reviewed a Gigabyte VIA K8T890 motherboard with PCI Express support for under $90.
Despite the fact that GA-K8VT890-9 offers a fair bit of value at its bargain-basement price point, enthusiasts will no doubt be frustrated by the BIOS's lack of a PCI Express clock lock and temperature-driven fan speed control. Those features could perhaps be added in a BIOS update, as Gigabyte has done with more extensive memory timings, but they're not available yet.
Subject: Motherboards | March 25, 2005 - 10:32 PM | Ryan Shrout
Epox sent over a PR release on their upcoming nForce4 SLI Intel Edition motherboard. You can see the image below, or see all the specs that I posted in our forums to avoid the long post here.