Quiet, but not so cool

Subject: Motherboards | December 4, 2006 - 03:14 PM |
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HotHardware reviews MSI's K9N SLI board, and really liked the RAID solution, the high speed onboard NIC and the peace and quiet provided by the chipset cooling.  On the other hand, the heat that builds up on the chipset may be one of the things holding this board back for overclockers.

Source: HardwareHell

ECS and the 680i

Subject: Motherboards | November 28, 2006 - 05:54 PM |
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Motherboards.org looks at the very inexpensive KN3-SLI2 from ECS.  The performance is on par with other 680i motherboards, apart from one minor anomaly.  If you are looking to set up an inexpensive SLI system with an AM2 processor, this review may get you started.

Foxconn is for Quads

Subject: Motherboards | November 23, 2006 - 03:50 PM |
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HEXUS reviewed the Foxconn P9657AA-8EKRS2H, an LGA 775 board that will support any Intel chip with the same pinout currently on the market.  While it may be lacking in general features, the selling price can really help you put together a Core 2 Duo system on the cheap.

Source: Hexus

VIA Announces SPI Support Across All Processor Platforms

Subject: Motherboards | November 21, 2006 - 11:52 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 21st November 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced support for the advanced SPI bus in all new VIA South Bridge chipsets.

ECS jumps into the enthusiast market

Subject: Motherboards | November 20, 2006 - 06:07 PM |
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The ECS PX1 Extreme is built with gamers in mind, instead of their usual target, the budget conscious.  [H]ard|OCP gives them credit for trying, but the board lacks features a hardcore gamer requires, like a tweakable BIOS.  They are also still unable to find one for sale on their usual web retailers.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ECS PN1-SLI2 nForce 590 SLI Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | November 15, 2006 - 04:53 PM |
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The gang at t-break has gotten a new ECS PN1-SLI2 motherboard that uses the new 680i chipset from NVIDIA.  You can also check out my initial review of the 680i chipset here

It's also one the few boards that will allow you to run an SLi setup under Intel's Core 2 as a lot of older nForce 5xx based boards don't work with Core 2 and require a refresh as far as we know.

Source: t-break

abit moves onto AM-2

Subject: Motherboards | November 14, 2006 - 05:27 PM |
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The newest board from the newly revived abit is the FATAL1TY AN9 32X.  [H]ard|OCP recently reviewed their Core 2 Duo board, which gave some issues when installing an OS on a RAID.  This new nVIDIA board had none of those problems, and in addition, it performed very well.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

2 takes on the CrossFire Xpress 3200

Subject: Motherboards | November 10, 2006 - 03:42 PM |
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On one side, the ASUS M2R32-MVP and on the other, the ECS KA3 MVP.  Both use the same chipset, and the basic performance is essentially the same.  HotHardware takes on the challenge of determining which board's feature set will decide victory.

'Looking at the two boards for overall value, the first place to start is price. Using various price search engines, we

found the ASUS M2R32-MVP being offered for anywhere from $144 - 159.

Source: HotHardware

ECS Elitegroup Named NVIDIA Authorized Board Partner

Subject: Motherboards | November 9, 2006 - 02:08 PM |
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Fremont, CA (November 8, 2006) — Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECS®), the world's leading motherboard, notebook and desktop PC manufacturer, today announced it has been named NVIDIA's authorized board partner. To be recognized by NVIDIA and invited to join the program, it means ECS Elitegroup has designed and manufactured a substantial number of NVIDIA based motherboards over the years.

Source: Email

nForce 680i - made for Intel's Core2 Duo and Quad

Subject: Motherboards | November 8, 2006 - 04:35 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the brand new nForce 680i SLI board, and were impressed right off the bat.  With no tweaking, they  and were able to reach a 1900MHz Quad Pumped speed with 475MHz FSB on an E6300, and in another test using Corsair's 1200MHz modules they were stable at 1066 bus with the 1200MHz RAM.  Kyle has found an nForce chipset he likes.

Ryan is on top of all this too, of course!

Source: [H]ard|OCP