VIA's K8V890 chipset keeps going

October 11, 2005 - 10:49 AM |
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If the high price of nForce4 boards are keeping you from moving to 64 bit computing, consider Gigabyte's GA-K8V890-9.  It isn't going to outshine a comparable nVidia bases board, but it is also significantl cheaper.  Head to HardwareZone for the full review of this boards capabilities.

"VIA may have become the underdogs in the chipset race, but we find out that the old dog still has some bite in it.

ASRock Motherboard with a split personality

October 6, 2005 - 08:44 AM |
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T-break has a review of the ASRock 939Dual SATA2 up, the board with a dual personality. It will take dual core CPU's, it has Dual Channel Memory, both IDE (3) and SATA (2), an odd slot labeled "future CPU slot" and the ability to accept either an AGP 8x card, or a PCIe 16x, although not both at the same time.  All that and a price that is under $100.

"The ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 has a decent set of features supporting the 939 pin based Athlon64/Dual Core CPUs with dual channel memory controller as well a

Source: t-break

ECS nForce4 comes with everything, barring a sink

September 30, 2005 - 11:09 AM |
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It's nice to have choices, and the nForce chipset certainly offers that.  The newest one to be reviewed at PCStats is the ECS KN1-SLI Extreme, with all the functionality you'd expect, and switchless SLI.  Check it out.

"The ECS KN1-SLI Extreme looks like a pretty sweet motherboard for anyone on a budget who wants good performance, and the all important option of running dual PCI Express x16 SLI-compatible videocards.

Source: PCStats

4 NForce4 SLI Mobo's for your consideration

September 28, 2005 - 01:57 PM |
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This board has everything, good looks, gobs of functionality and speed, in fact the only limitation that nV News could find was FSB overclocking.  Not because of a specific problem with the board, but because the PCI Express bus, SATA, and the link between north & south bridges all use the same clock generator.   You can't (yet) lock those frequencies in the BIOS, so you get problems with SATA and PCI Express devices if you push it too far.

"The MSI P4N Diamond has a great list

Source: NVnews

Mobo's & Processors & Chipsets, Oh My!

September 26, 2005 - 03:43 PM |
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Surprise, its the nForce4 SLI Intel Edition from Biostar.  If you love nForce, but need to go with Intel, it's no longer a problem.  The board has all you'd expect from nForce 4, with the nice simplicity of setup that BioStar tends to prefer, according to Bjorn3D.  If it's not a motherboard you want, 4 new chips were announced today, one Intel and 3 AMD.

"For years, NVIDIA fans and general enthusiasts wondered if NVIDIA would ever release an Intel chipset.

Source: Bjorn3D

ECS' s939 Budget SLI Board

September 23, 2005 - 09:38 AM |
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Just because the ECS' Nforce 4 board, the KN1 SLI is touted as a discount board, doesn't mean they skimped on the layout of the board, or the package it comes with.  Read the full review at InsaneTek.

"The KN1 SLI Extreme is the latest AMD flagship motherboard from ECS. The motherboard performs well and has great overclocking potential.

Source: InsaneTek

Gigabyte's Newest Mobo's & More

September 21, 2005 - 04:20 PM |
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The Intel 945 chipset is taking it's time hitting the store, but Techniz got their hands on an offering from Gigabyte that uses it.  See how well it performs with a Prescott, DDR2 and SATA2.

"The GA-8I945P Pro was featuring the new Intel® 945P Express chipset with Hyper-Threading Technology delivers significant performance gains with variety of new generation architectures including the DDR2 main memory, PCI-Express interface, and Serial-ATA 2 interface for improving storage performa

Source: 3DCenter

Abit AN8 Ultra Motherboard Review

September 12, 2005 - 02:46 PM |
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HardOCP has reviewed the Abit AN8 Ultra motherboard today based on the nForce4 Ultra chipset.  Looks like the guys didn't find the fanless design all that appealing...

Remember that you are hearing all of this from a person that has been a huge fan of ABIT motherboards since their introduction of the "soft bios" in the mid-90s. Based on the ABIT motherboards that I have experienced over the last year, I have to wonder if ABIT has simply lost its grip on their marketing and engineering teams.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Mobo Shipments for Big Four Up

September 12, 2005 - 02:39 PM |
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Digitimes is reporting that the motherboard shipments for the "big four" have gone up for the month of August, a good sign for the industry as a whole. 

First-tier motherboard makers Asustek Computer, Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), Gigabyte Technology, and Micro-Star International (MSI) shipped a combined 8.93 million motherboards in August, up 25.8-27.6% from the 7-7.1 million units they shipped during the same period last year.


As demand picked up in the traditional peak season,

Source: Digitimes

ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 ULi 1695 Review

September 7, 2005 - 12:14 PM |
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Wesley over at Anandtech has posted a review of the ASRock board featuing the ULi 1695 chipset that sports both PCIe and AGP video card slots.

Many have been looking forward to the arrival of the first ULi chipset retail motherboards since our review of the ULi Reference boards. In the first Reference board review and the updated second ULi Reference, we found the performance of the on-board PCIe and AGP 8X to be both uncompromised.

Source: AnandTech