Subject: Motherboards | September 4, 2007 - 03:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While the EVGA 680i SLI Black Pearl sounds like it has something to do with Jack Sparrow, it's only link to that series is that is has been designed with watercooling in mind. These boards are extremely rare, as EVGA inspects their A1 line and only takes the best to be promoted to the Black Pearl line. That promotion involves the addition of compression fitted waterblocks, specifically a VREG block, CPU block, SPP Block, and MCP Block.
Subject: Motherboards | August 29, 2007 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We still don't know when AMD will announce their upcoming RD790 chipset, but TweakTown managed to get a sneak peak at it at the World Cyber Games. This is a big step for AMD, as this is the chipset that will run Phenom processors, and add support for PCI Express 2.0.
Subject: Motherboards | August 23, 2007 - 01:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H is an AMD 690 based microATX board. As [H]ard|OCP points out, you will be doing this board an injustice if you think it's small size will hold it back. This board is as feature rich as it's larger cousins, and just wait until you see how well it overclocks.
There is also some interesting news about XFX's nForce 680i, which Ryan shares with you here.
Layout and Features
XFX sent along their nForce 680i SLI to show off the support for Intel's new 1333 MHz FSB processors -- of course we had to overclock it and see how it performed. Should this be your next upgrade motherboard?
Subject: Motherboards | August 20, 2007 - 05:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When HotHardware reviewed ASUS' P5K3 Deluxe and the Gigabyte P35T-DQ6, they found that the benchmarks lined up with each other, with only a 1 or 2% difference. When two boards perform so similarly it comes down to the features each manufacturer can get on the board, and how far you are able overclock it. Find out what these two boards can offer you.
Subject: Motherboards | August 14, 2007 - 05:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown has gathered 5 motherboards based on the P35 chipset. ASUS, ABIT, ECS, Foxconn and Gigabyte are all represented, so read the full review to get a look at who has implemented the P35 chipset best, and of course; who gives the best extras.
Subject: Motherboards | August 10, 2007 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS Blitz Extreme is almost a clone of the Blitz Formula, the difference lying in the memory controller. The Blitz Extreme is the DDR3 version of the P35 based board, giving early adopters the ability to use the new type of memory. Find out if [H]ard|OCP found it to be a better choice than the Formula.
Introduction and Specifications
ECS produced products have widely been considered non-enthusiast market material for some time. Lately, ECS has moved to target the high end market, with improved products making them more attractive to the enthusiasts. The ECS KN3SLI2 is one of their products attempting to fit this mold for the AMD AM2 processors.
Subject: Motherboards | August 7, 2007 - 02:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS' new addition to the Republic of Gamers lineup is the P35 based DDR2 Blitz Formula motherboard. [H]ard|OCP was amazed by the overclocking ability that this board possesses, eclipsing the Commando and the P5K Deluxe WiFi-AP Edition that previously impressed them. Add the LCD and LED informational displays and the feature set, and you have a very nice high end board.
The AMD 690 Chipset Gets Updated
AMD has brought their 690G chipset back up with an updated BIOS that improves performance as well as overclocking ability. With an adequate CPU, you can also use this low-cost solution for HD-DVD and Blu-ray!