The Intel P35 Chipset
Asus and Gigabyte sent over a couple of board each based on the new Intel P35 chipset and we take some time to open them up, test them, look at the features and compare DDR2 memory speeds to the new DDR3 memory.
Subject: Motherboards | May 18, 2007 - 06:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS M2A-VM HDMI offers a nice drop in power consumption and a more than adequate onboard graphics card, for those not looking to build the next greatest gaming rig. For it's price it offers a nice selection of extras, though don't expect to be able to place a second graphics card in it, that is not the aim of this board. HotHardware likes it as a step up from an nForce board in speed and a step d
Subject: Motherboards | May 15, 2007 - 09:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Through some odd timing, Legion Hardware managed to purchase a retail P35 board before getting a reference mobo from Intel and signing a NDA. So feast your eyes on the first review of the ASUS P5K Deluxe. They have tested fully with DDR2, and this board can overclock. Get on over and see what everyone else will be showing on the 21st.
Subject: Motherboards | May 11, 2007 - 08:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP picked the new sub $100 board, the EVGA 650i Ultra to find out how it compares to the 680i. By paring out almost every optional feature, including SLI, they have created a value class motherboard that is perfect for those consumers who just want a basic board and are unconcerned with overclocking or tweaking. If you know someone who wants a PC just for surfing, this may be per
Subject: Motherboards | May 7, 2007 - 05:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Gigabyte N680SLI-DQ6 is one of the most feature rich motherboards on the planet, with a price to match. It also has one impressive cooling system, even surpassing MSI's upcoming Circu-Pipe cooling for Bearlake in it's size, complexity and sheer impressiveness. The Tech Report has the full review, and you won't believe the feature list they have to test.
Subject: Motherboards | May 2, 2007 - 06:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Hardware Zone has a set of pictures detailing several of the upcoming Bearlake based motherboards from MSI. On the high P35 Platinum D3 can handle DDR3 and the P35 Platinum will work with DDR2, for those who don't want to move on yet. They are also releasing a pair of motherboards with less features than the Platinum series, called the Neo. The first is just called the P35 Neo, and is built to handle DDR2 and it's very similar cousin, the P35 Neo Combo will have a hybrid memory controller able t
Subject: Motherboards | April 26, 2007 - 06:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Abit's Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI and MSI's P6N SLI Platinum are both based on the new 650i nVidia chipset, although the implementation is different. Abit's board is less expensive, though that comes at the cost of Firewire and eSATA while the MSI gives you those few extras that many people want. The problem is that MSI's is also one of the most expensive 650i boa
Subject: Motherboards | April 25, 2007 - 09:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Based around the I965P and ICH8R chipset the ASUS P5B Premium sports all the features you would expect, and it claims to be fully compliant with TPM. As there really isn't a way to test compliance with TPM yet, [H]ard|OCP couldn't include that test in their review, but they've more than made up for that with a slew of benchmarks.
Subject: Motherboards | April 23, 2007 - 09:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ECS 965PLT-A board isn't available yet, but it won't be too long before you start to see it on the shelves. As TweakTown notes in their review, the board is misnamed, as it is built around the 946GZ chipset, not the 965. Although it's onboard graphics are lack luster, they have included 2 PCI Express x16 slots, so it can easily be the basis of a decent gaming rig.
Subject: Motherboards | April 19, 2007 - 03:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Pico-ITX platform is just 3.9 x 2.8 inches or 100 x 72 mm. That's half the size of Nano-ITX and that's half the size of Mini-ITX. My wireless router is bigger. My portable CD folder is larger. Video cards are longer and wider. A DVD cover is close to being twice as large. It's really quite incredible that so much functionality can fit on such a small PCB.