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Subject: Motherboards | August 8, 2008 - 11:46 AM | Josh Walrath
Some weeks ago AMD quietly introduced a new motherboard part without many people noticing. The 740G was not released to make some big waves as the previous 780G did, or the very new 790GX is doing. Instead the 740G is positioned as an extreme value part which brings quite a few nice features to the scene. The heart of the 740G is essentially the same as the previous 690G. The X700 based integrated part is SM 2.0 compliant, and it has the newer Avivo HD/UVD portion fused onto the design. All of this is then rolled up in one 55 nm package. The 690G broke new g
Subject: Motherboards | August 7, 2008 - 12:58 PM | Josh Walrath
A few days ago AMD officially released the 790GX chip combined with the brand new SB750 southbridge. This combination is aimed at pleasing enthusiasts around the globe, and the products that were released by four major manufacturers certainly appear to be nicely placed (Asus, Gigabyte, Biostar, and Foxconn). The 790GX is basically a 780G on steroids, upping the core clock speed of the graphics portion from 500 MHz to a near blistering 700 MHz (though the chip really does not get all that hot in the solution I have been testing). But unlike the 780G, the inclusion of SidePort
Subject: Motherboards | July 29, 2008 - 05:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS M3N78 Pro has a fair number of features on it for a $130 motherboard. Native support for 1066MHz DDR2, HDMI support, Hybrid SLI, solid capacitors, Express Gate technology, and HD audio and video decoding thanks to the GeForce 8300 chipset. On the other hand, Overclockers Club had some difficulty when trying to get an overclock going on the machine, limitations in the RAM settings, the multiplier and the CPU core voltage being limited t
Subject: Motherboards | July 25, 2008 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS has expanded their Republic of Gamers line with the P45 based Maximus II Formula; which is sporting an incredibly large and complex cooling system including a clip on fan. The pair of 16x PCIe 2.0 slots will support CrossfireX, DDR2 and it can handle any LGA775 processor out there. Check out it's other features, including the impressive overclock
Subject: Motherboards | July 22, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has been doing a lot of work on AMD's brand new revision to their SB700 southbridge, the SB750.
They've changed the BIOS to allow Advanced Clock Calibration to be included in the AMD Overdrive Utility and that update seems to have changed AnandTech's minds about the usefulness of that utility. They haven't finished all of their testing yet, but as they managed to get a Phenom 9850BE to 3.0GHz on on stock voltages, you can expect a positive conclusion.
Subject: Motherboards | July 17, 2008 - 05:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechARP would love to share the information they managed to get out of Foxconn about the upcoming X58 chipset from Intel. Drop by for a look at some of the specs you can expect to see on boards with this chipset; unfortunately this is not a final revision nor do they know if the NVIDIA nForce 200 SLI processor will be included, or not.
Subject: Motherboards | July 15, 2008 - 05:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you want to set up a great Crossfire system, choosing the graphics cards to put in it is only half the battle. You also have to choose between four different chipsets; the P35, X38, P45 and X48 all support Crossfire. Legion Hardware set out to determine which is the best to use to build your PC on, a task made more difficult because some use PCI Express 1.0 and others the new 2.0.
Subject: Motherboards | July 14, 2008 - 02:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA - JULY 14, 2008 - PC enthusiasts, manufacturers, and developers around the world have a lot to be excited about today with NVIDIA Corporation's announcement that it will be bringing the power and performance of its SLI multi-GPU technology to Intel's upcoming line of Bloomfield CPUs.
Subject: Motherboards | July 11, 2008 - 01:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legit Reviews has decided to find out for themselves whether ASUS or Gigabyte produces the most power efficient motherboards. They have copies of the FUD filled slides produced be Gigabyte which started this whole fiasco, so if you didn't see them before, you can now. Read the full review to see why Gigabyte decided to apologize.
Subject: Motherboards | July 9, 2008 - 02:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There isn't all that much to go on, just a pair of slides from an AMD presentation, but if the tests were not too terribly biased AMD's 790GX chipset is going to be quite impressive. Just scroll down from the top of the page on CHW to see the slides.
Subject: Motherboards | July 7, 2008 - 02:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA does have one market in which it holds an advantage over AMD, assuming that it's hardware problems are under control with the 8300. In The Tech Report's testing of the Zotac built mATX-sized board with the new GeForce 8300, the nVIDIA offering beats the AMD 780G in almost all tests, including HD playback. There are some heat and CPU utilization differences beween the two onboard graphics solutions, but if all you are concerned about is great HD from onboard, check this review out.
Subject: Motherboards | June 30, 2008 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Foxconn BlackOps X48 Express has a lot of features bearing the name Quantum for some reason, but don't let the cheesy naming fool you, this board is rather impressive. It will support DDR3-1600, 8 phase power, and has a rather interesting cooling design which will support cooling with dry ice. That may not be the most useful feature, but it is certainly unique. Drop by TechARP for a closer look.
Subject: Motherboards | June 24, 2008 - 02:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new ASUS Crosshair II Formula is a 780a SLI chipset, with a GeForce 8 onboard and a PCIe 1x add in card for sound, as opposed to an onboard chip. The sound card makes sense on two levels, it can be physically removed if a XiFi or other card is purchased and it saves a lot of space on the PCB. Techspot took a look at this Phenom board, a
Subject: Motherboards | June 19, 2008 - 03:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASRock K10N750SLI-WiFi nForce 750a Motherboard manages to do a lot for not very much money. As far as setting up an inexpensive Phenom system goes it is hard to beat. With power saving features, a powerful northbridge cooler and even a ASRock OC Tuner. Drop by Think Computers for a closer look.
Subject: Motherboards | June 16, 2008 - 03:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
So what if Intel claims the P45 only supports 800MHz DRR2 and 1333MHz DDR3? That hasn't stopped manufacturers from selling 1600MHz capable P45 boards. Add PCI Express 2.0 to that support, and the ability to evenly split lanes between AMD cards in Crossfire setup and you have a solid update to the P35. The Tech Report didn't find huge performance increases, but as the P45 is simply an update, not a complete revamping, the stability of the technology may be a big factor for some.
Subject: Motherboards | June 9, 2008 - 05:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS P5Q3 Deluxe uses the P45 chipset, aimed at a less demanding crowd than the X series from Intel. ASUS has still packed a lot of features and extras into the board which has had two major effects. The good is that it is almost as flexible as the enthusiast versions, but the bad is the price, which reflects those extras.
Subject: Motherboards | June 5, 2008 - 11:27 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
City of Industry, CA - MSI, a leading manufacturer of mainboard products, proudly unveils its latest high-end P45 series mainboard which is powered by Intel P45 Express chipsets. MSI has recently developed the mainboard with a server-class 'DrMOS" which delivers highest efficiency, zero noise, and best performance into the P45 series. The MSI P45 series mainboards come with several unique technologies, including Circu-Pipe Liquid and Circu-Pipe 2 cooling solutions. It offers a perfect combination of ECO-friendly features and overclocking performance.
Subject: Motherboards | June 5, 2008 - 11:19 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
XFX's new GeForce 8200 motherboard introduces a new feature on motherboards HybridSLI with GeForce Boost Technology. XFX claims that it will increase graphics performance by 45%, hopefully that will show up in reviewers benchmarking.
Subject: Motherboards | June 4, 2008 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechARP's sharp eyes have spotted some fairly detailed info on the new Eaglelake chipset that Intel shold be spawning soon. You will have a lot to choose from with this chipset family, the five members include the P45,
G43 and the