Subject: Motherboards | October 9, 2007 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS motherboards that come with Linux embedded in them have gained a name, SplashTop. Phoronix points out some interesting benefits you can gain from this 'Instant On' addition to the motherboard, and a bit of speculation as to whether we will finally see an update to something that really has seen any major changes in over a decade, the system BIOS.
Subject: Motherboards | October 8, 2007 - 01:42 PM | Ryan Shrout
Embedded operating systems have long been the one way to get super-fast boot up times and looks like Asus might be allowing upcoming X38 motherboards to take advantage of them.
Subject: Motherboards | October 2, 2007 - 01:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown managed to get a sneak preview of the two X38 board that ASUS is working on, the Maximus. It will come in two flavours, just like the P35 Blitz series did. Some of the nicer features include 2 full x16 PCI Express 2.0 slots, and a third that can be used, although it will cause the second 16x to reduce to 8x and give the other 8x to that 3rd slot. There is also an new and interesting feature called Express Gate, a 512MB flash drive soldered onto the motherboard that runs a compact version of
Subject: Motherboards | September 27, 2007 - 01:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has published a full review of the Foxconn MARS P35 motherboard, touted as a high performance board with a value price. The cooling system on the motherboard will keep the Northbridge happy for all but the most extreme overclocking, and should still give enough space around the socket to allow a large CPU heatsink. The general overclocking settings in the BIOS gave them some problems, but once AnandTech got the hang of it, this turned into a board that is great for overclocking Quads.
Subject: Motherboards | September 26, 2007 - 06:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ontario, CA, Sept. 25, 2007 - XFX welcomes the most affordable and graphically intense triplets ever delivered. The XFX nForce 630i with GeForce 7150, nForce 630i with GeForce 7100, and nForce 610i with GeForce 7050 motherboards are genetically programmed to deliver a premium graphics experience on Windows Vista, including Flip 3D, translucent window panes and taskbar preview.
Designed for Intel-based PCs, these motherboards support a full range of Intel CPUs (from Core2 Quad to Celeron) and DDR2-800 memory.
Subject: Motherboards | September 21, 2007 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP broke in their new testing OS, Vista Ultimate 64, on the abit IP35 Pro. With solid metal capacitors, a good layout and decent cooling, this board shows off what abit can do when they put their minds to it. It didn't take first place when it came time to overclock, but the overall solid build of this motherboard makes it a good choice to build a system with.
The Blitz Formula motherboard is the latest from Asus' Republic of Gamers lineup and offers up some fancy features not yet seen on a P35-based solution. How does having the highest overclock we've yet seen as well as having an optional watercooled north bridge sound to you?
Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2007 - 01:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
... but still no benchmarks! Hardware Zone has a preview of the Foxconn X38A board, with a good look at the board and the features it will sport. The northbridge cooling solution is rather unique, but it doesn't seem likely that too many people will be suffering from overheating, at least in that particular area.
Subject: Motherboards | September 11, 2007 - 10:53 AM | Ryan Shrout
In a rather confusing news post, Digitimes seems to be reporting that NVIDIA's Drew Henry has said the "Designed by NVIDIA" motherboard program is going to come to an end. I don't know if the reasoning behind this is anger from the Taiwan-based motherboard makers that have taken the time to design their own boards or just a lack of sales with partners like EVGA, XFX and BFG.