Subject: Motherboards | October 13, 2006 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA has sent us a look at the reference board for the soon to be released nForce 680i SLI. Motherboard manufacturers have the actual board, so it should not be too long before we start seeing previews of their versions. Notice the passive cooling on the two chip north and south bridge combination, as well as the three PCIe x16 slots for graphics cards....what could NVIDIA be up to now?
Subject: Motherboards | October 11, 2006 - 03:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Abit may well be turning into the comeback kid. After fading to relative obscurity, these last few months have seen them releasing quite a few new boards. The newest are up for review at The Tech Report, the AB9 Pro, based around the P965 northbridge is a very solid board, and the AW9D Max with it's P975X offers support for Crossfire and also features solid state capacitors instead of electrolytic ones. That last feature may decide anyone who has had problems with leaking caps in the past.
Introduction and Specifications
The Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe has become one of the favorite AM2 motherboards since the processors launch this summer. We take some time to review the board and find out if it is worth all the discussion.
Subject: Motherboards | October 5, 2006 - 03:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has found a mini-ITX board from Albatron that seems to have a lot more power than most of the other boards that size. At $310, it does have a lot to prove though, so head over to find out how well it performs.
Subject: Motherboards | October 3, 2006 - 01:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DFI's new LanParty UT CFX 3200-DR is a feature rich CrossFire board. With 2 x16 PCI-E slots, 2 PCI Express x1 slots and three PCI slots, you have more room for cards than you will need, considering the onboard sound and gigabit ethernet. Hot Hardware pits it against the nVIDIA based ASUS A8N.
Introduction and Specifications
The Asus P5B Deluxe was one of the first motherboards to use the Intel 965 chipset. Just recently, a new ATI drive and BIOS from Asus have enabled CrossFire support on it, right as we were finishing up testing. Does this board have what it takes to make it as your Core 2 motherboard?
Subject: Motherboards | September 29, 2006 - 02:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCC has posted the steps to mod your non-SLI Ultra-D into and SLI-D. All you need is some time and
- Silver conductive paint
- Scalpel / X-Acto / craft knife
- A bright source of direct light
- Cotton buds / Q-tips
- IPA (Isopropyl alcohol, Isopropanol)
- 40mm spacer (optional)
Subject: Motherboards | September 25, 2006 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In fact, when [H]ard|OCP are talking about Core 2 Duo processors or motherboards, it is just short form. This motherboard, built on an Intel chipset, has everythign you want from dual Gigabit NICs, as well as a wireless connection that claims "g" speeds. Add to that respectable overclocking potential and Realtec's ALC882M 8 channel HD audio, and you have a pretty impressive board.
Subject: Motherboards | September 20, 2006 - 07:05 PM | Ryan Shrout
Asus just sent over some PR that details their upcoming release of the P5N32-SLI Premium motherboard based on the nForce 590 SLI chipset and support Core 2 Duo processors from Intel. Below is the PR and image. You can discuss this board, and the apparently lack of Intel-based 590 SLI solutions, in our newly enhanced PC Perspective Forums!
Source: PC Perspective
Subject: Motherboards | September 20, 2006 - 06:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In one corner you have the less expensive Foxconn board, with a slightly less powerful southbrigde. It does a little of everything, but doesn't provide as many extras in the way of SATA channels, RAID and PCI Express 16x. In the other corner you have Gigabyte, with the better southbridge that costs about double. The Tech Report gives you the lowdown on which board can give you the better value and why.