Crossfire on a budget

Subject: Motherboards | December 13, 2006 - 05:36 PM |

The majority of budget boards, if they support dual graphics cards, tend to have SLI. reviews the ABIT IL9, a budget board for ATI fans based on Intel's 945p.  Head over to find out how well this board can compete in it's target market.

If you are looking for more power, and want to stay with ABIT, consider Wes Patison's review of the AB9 Pro 965P.

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Abit

Introduction and Specifications

The Abit AB9 Pro Motherboard Is a feature laden P965 board, including no less than 9 Internal Sata 3Gb/s ports and one external 3Gb/s eSata port. Also rounding out a large feature list is Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Can VIA get back in the game

Subject: Motherboards | December 12, 2006 - 06:07 PM |

With the introduction of nForce2, VIA has an immense hurdle to overcome to position itself as attractive to gamers.  The Foxconn motherboard that TweakTown recently reviewed implies that they may be thinking in a different direction.  The board is as stable as it is inexpensive, and with an AM2 Sempron, you almost have most of a system built without breaking the $100 mark.

Source: TweakTown

ASUS' new motherboard is up to bat

Subject: Motherboards | December 7, 2006 - 01:20 PM |

[H]ard|OCP reviews the 680i based Striker Extreme from ASUS.  While it is based around a very good chipset, there is a lot of competition using the same setup.  Read on to find out if ASUS can compete with other Intel nForce boards.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Quiet, but not so cool

Subject: Motherboards | December 4, 2006 - 03:14 PM |

HotHardware reviews MSI's K9N SLI board, and really liked the RAID solution, the high speed onboard NIC and the peace and quiet provided by the chipset cooling.  On the other hand, the heat that builds up on the chipset may be one of the things holding this board back for overclockers.

Source: HardwareHell

ECS and the 680i

Subject: Motherboards | November 28, 2006 - 05:54 PM |
Tagged: looks at the very inexpensive KN3-SLI2 from ECS.  The performance is on par with other 680i motherboards, apart from one minor anomaly.  If you are looking to set up an inexpensive SLI system with an AM2 processor, this review may get you started.

Foxconn is for Quads

Subject: Motherboards | November 23, 2006 - 03:50 PM |

HEXUS reviewed the Foxconn P9657AA-8EKRS2H, an LGA 775 board that will support any Intel chip with the same pinout currently on the market.  While it may be lacking in general features, the selling price can really help you put together a Core 2 Duo system on the cheap.

Source: Hexus

VIA Announces SPI Support Across All Processor Platforms

Subject: Motherboards | November 21, 2006 - 11:52 AM |

Taipei, Taiwan, 21st November 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced support for the advanced SPI bus in all new VIA South Bridge chipsets.

ECS jumps into the enthusiast market

Subject: Motherboards | November 20, 2006 - 06:07 PM |

The ECS PX1 Extreme is built with gamers in mind, instead of their usual target, the budget conscious.  [H]ard|OCP gives them credit for trying, but the board lacks features a hardcore gamer requires, like a tweakable BIOS.  They are also still unable to find one for sale on their usual web retailers.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ECS PN1-SLI2 nForce 590 SLI Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | November 15, 2006 - 04:53 PM |

The gang at t-break has gotten a new ECS PN1-SLI2 motherboard that uses the new 680i chipset from NVIDIA.  You can also check out my initial review of the 680i chipset here

It's also one the few boards that will allow you to run an SLi setup under Intel's Core 2 as a lot of older nForce 5xx based boards don't work with Core 2 and require a refresh as far as we know.

Source: t-break