CrossFire Grows Up - New XPress 3200 for Enthusiasts

Subject: Motherboards | March 1, 2006 - 10:11 AM |
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This morning begins a new chapter for ATI's CrossFire technology! The new CrossFire XPress 3200 chipset is hitting the web like rubber balls in San Francisco and we have a MASSIVE 21 page article to give you all the details!


As if that isn't enough, the review of the Asus A8R32-MVP premieres Ryan's new testing suite.

Gigabyte provides Quad SLI for Intel chips

Subject: Motherboards | February 28, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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Motherboards.org has reviewed the GA-8N Quad Royal SLI from Gigabyte, and it is a truly impressive board.  With 4 PCIe 16x slots and support for both nVIDIA's SLI and ATI's Crossfire, this board will be the base of some truly impressive systems in the near future.  It also supports pretty much every LGA775 processor out there, including the new Presler chips, if you upgrade the BIOS first.

"GIGABYTE has done a wonderful job with the GA-8N Quad Royal SLI motherboard and it stands out

among the cr

Correction: EPoX EP-5NVA+ SLI

Subject: Motherboards | February 27, 2006 - 04:41 PM |
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In the EPoX 5NVA+ SLI review  there was an error that was published. I incorrectly stated that a SATA-to-PATA adapter was included with the 5NVA+ SLI, but this is incorrect. The adapter is actually a PATA-to-SATA adapter which allows you to connect your old drives to the SATA interface. Please see this link for the update.

ECS tries out extreme motherboarding

Subject: Motherboards | February 23, 2006 - 06:43 PM |
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ECS KA1 MVP Extreme is a Radeon Xpress based board, with quite a few features.  The Tech Report puts it to the test, to see if it deserves the title Extreme.

"The latest of ECS's Extreme offerings is the KA1 MVP, a Socket 939 motherboard that combines

ATI's Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire Edition chipset with PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet and Serial ATA

RAID.

New and improved, or just new

Subject: Motherboards | February 15, 2006 - 04:49 PM |
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t-break wanted to know what improvements came about when nVIDIA switched from it's original SLI to SLI X16.  They tested 4 games, and several benchmarking tools with a pair of 7800GTX's, and have came to a pretty solid conclusion.

"We initially started out by conducting tests at only 0X and 4X AA however we really didnt see any

difference at all. We contacted nVidia about this and they suggested doing tests using 8X and 16X

AA and thus we went back and benched all four games using that setting as well.

Source: t-break

A mobo review of a different colour

Subject: Motherboards | February 10, 2006 - 05:45 PM |
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Silent PC Review has posted a review of the ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe that strays a little from the norm, but is perfect for this unique heatpipe using mobo.  By focussing on heat and power, the review covers more than just performance, but helps to explain the 8 phase power the motherboard uses, and reveals a quirk about how it deals with SLI.

"Arguably the most full-featured single CPU desktop motherboard ever produced, this high

performance A64-939 board is also cooled with heatpipes and features a complex chi

Power in a puny package

Subject: Motherboards | February 9, 2006 - 06:42 PM |
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Built for Pentium "M"s, the AOpen i915GMm-HFS microATX that Hardware Zone reviews is a great starting place for an HTPC.  With built in audio, a 16x PCIe slot, DDR2 support and SATA with RAID capabilites, you can even get some good gaming out of it.

"Not just another desktop Pentium M motherboard, the AOpen i915GMm-HFS is a cleverly designed motherboard specifically targeted at those who are looking to get on the media center PC craze.

SLI and Sempron together

Subject: Motherboards | February 6, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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TweakTown reviews a sweet little s754 board from EPoX, the 8NPA-SLI.  Now you can get an SLI setup, without having to upgrade your CPU, memory and everything else at the same time.  You get to save some money on the CPU as well.


Also from EPox, the EP-5NVA is an LGA775 board, and our own Jon Hung has posted a fresh review of it.


"Socket 754 has now made a comeback for AMD in the form of the budget line of Sempron processors.
Source: TweakTown
Subject: Motherboards
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Introduction & Specifications

EPoX unleashes a nicely packaged Intel SLI motherboard that overclocks easily. Should you look at upgrading your Pentium-based rig at a time like this?

ASUS' hybrid Crossfire board

Subject: Motherboards | February 2, 2006 - 02:42 PM |
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The Tech Report reviews the ASUS A8R-MVP, a very inexpensive motherboard that combines 2 chipsets, ATI's Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire Edition and ULi's M1575 southbridge.  Head over to see what advantages that gains over a motherboard that uses ATI's SB450.


"Fortunately, the CrossFire Edition chipset has an ace up its sleeve. Its north bridge is capable

of interfacing with alternative south bridge chips, including those built by ULi.