ROG's Formula for success with AMD

Subject: Motherboards | October 30, 2009 - 02:28 PM |

Not having quite as many features as the Extreme Series, the ASUS Crosshair III Formulamotherboard is still one of the better implementations of the 790FX chipset from AMD.  The biggest feature for most will be the dual PCIe 16x slots, giving you some serious potential for multi-GPU setups.  [H]ard|OCP does recommends using AMD's OverDrive utility as opposed to the TurboV from ASUS,

Source: [H]ard|OCP

MSI to Unleash Big Bang Gaming Series Mainboards

Subject: Motherboards | October 30, 2009 - 11:23 AM |

[City of Industry, CA] MSI, a leading high-performance mainboard company, unveil its first gaming series mainboards in Intel P55 platform featuring awe-inspiring graphics and audio functionality to offer serious gamers immersive gaming experience.

The state-of-the-art gaming line is inspired by the mighty Big Bang. Unique and innovative, the all-new Big Bang series will deliver the shock and awe of unprecedented experiences and expand into its own collection of galaxies.

Source: MSI

ASUS previews upcoming MBs with USB 3.0 and SATA 6G

Subject: Motherboards | October 26, 2009 - 06:06 PM |

ASUS has a couple of new motherboards coming down the pipeline very soon that introduce new features including support for SATA 6G storage and USB 3.0 devices.  Both SATA 6G and USB 3.0 technologies are awaiting actual devices that utilize them to hit the streets, but it is good to see ASUS taking the high ground and offering these options on motherboard for users that want future-proof their new builds. 

Two contentious little P55 boards

Subject: Motherboards | October 23, 2009 - 02:43 PM |

Gigabyte's GA-P55M-UD4 and MSI's P55M-GD45 are in a head to head battle at The Tech Report. 
Both are microATX boards giving you the advantages and drawbacks to picking a smaller board, the power draw is lessened and the price is lower, but you miss out on a few expansion slots.  There was no clear winner in this

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means...

Subject: Motherboards | October 20, 2009 - 07:22 PM |

The ASRock P55 Deluxe sports quite a few
features including the ability to use most LGA775 coolers thanks to some interesting thinking on the part of their engineers.  There are enough high end features to make you question what ASRock is intending in the marketplace as they have tended towards the value end of the spectrum.  Unfortunately, the glow only lasted until the first POST, after that X-bit Labs found the BIOS to be a rather difficult beast to deal with.  In the end tha

Source: X-Bit Labs

MSI Big Bang Fuzion motherboard to offer THX TruStudio, EAS Advanced 5.0

Subject: Motherboards | October 8, 2009 - 02:46 AM |

You know that we at PC Perspective are very excited to get our hands on the upcoming MSI Big Bang motherboard, the first motherboard to utilize the Lucid HYDRA chip for vendor-agnostic mulit-GPU scaling.  We have been covering the technology for the past year or so and actually saw the motherboard at work at the most recent Intel Developer Forum. 

10 AMD boards for under $100

Subject: Motherboards | October 6, 2009 - 02:22 PM |

Picking up a motherboard and CPU for a total cost of $200 really makes putting together a budget AMD system easier, but the question of which motherboard to choose remains.  As the majority of AM2/AM2+ boards have onboard video as well as sound, the list of components you need to purchase to finish the build is relatively short.  InsideHW looks to help you with your decision by gathering together 10 AMD boards from 4 different manufacturers to see how they compare in terms o

Source: InsideHW

AMDs collection of choices for the 785G

Subject: Motherboards | October 2, 2009 - 02:56 PM |

Neoseeker has gathered a five 785G based AMD motherboards, all of which are priced under $100 to see which board shall rule.  For the IGP, it seems that it is the existence of DDR3 sideport memory
that makes all the difference in performance.  Power consumption and overclockability are manufacture based and with ASUS, Gigabyte, ECS and MSI boards to choose you have a choice of different blends.  It will take you a while to get through but if you plan on building an AMD system with integrated graphics,

Source: Neoseeker

Lynnfield ho!

Subject: Motherboards | September 29, 2009 - 03:03 PM |

One of the bigger arguments right now concerns Intel's two current chipsets, the P55 and the X58.  With the X58 comes support for LGA1366 processors, a family that holds the performance crown, a separate PCIe controller and support for triple channel DDR3.  All of those features come at a premium, making the X58 series of motherboards the most expensive to purchase.  The younger P55 board supports the new LGA1156 chips, which have an integral PCIe controller and can only support dual channel RAM setups.  That does save some cost, though most companies have gone all out pack

MSI and LucidLogix Form Technology Partnership to Develop Big Bang Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | September 23, 2009 - 05:54 PM |

[City of Industry, CA] World-leading graphics card and mainboard manufacturer, MSI, has announced a technology partnership with LucidLogix at IDF to expand its high-end product line design to deliver a more advanced gaming experience for enthusiasts.

Through the formation of this technology partnership, MSI and LucidLogix demonstrate how inventive collaboration can extend capabilities and create product innovation. The all-new premium line is inspired by the “Big Bang” in astronomy, and is dedicated to unique innovation.

Source: MSI

A P55 two-fer

Subject: Motherboards | September 22, 2009 - 03:50 PM |

You can catch a review of two P55 based motherboards, the $150 Asus P7P55D and the $170 Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P over at The Tech Report.  The capabilities and
compatibilities of
the two boards are very similar, with the Gigabyte having a bit of an advantage in its onboard audio, the real difference shines ou

Revisiting the P55 family

Subject: Motherboards | September 14, 2009 - 02:48 PM |

Now that the NDA is lifted, [H]ard|OCP is revisiting the P7P55D Deluxe
for the new Lynnfield based chips.  We already have a good idea of the features and abilities of the board but now it is time to get down to the actual results of benchmarks and overclocking.  If you are a manual overclocker, then this board might be attractive, as the auto-overclocking did not work as well as MSI's implementation.  The BIOS may not be as comprehensive as an ROG C58 boar

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ASUS Hybrid Motherboards Deliver Fast Performance and Uncompromised Stability

Subject: Motherboards | September 9, 2009 - 03:34 PM |

Fremont, CA, Sept. 8th, 2009 - ASUS, the leading innovator of advanced motherboard solutions, today launches the ASUS P7P55D Series motherboards. Featuring the Intel P55 Express chipset, the P7P55D Series supports the latest LGA 1156 socket for Intel Core i7/Core i5 Processors for maximum performance.

Source: ASUS

At last we can see the numbers

Subject: Motherboards | September 8, 2009 - 06:10 PM |

P55 based motherboards have been previewed all across the web over the past few weeks, Ryan has a stack almost as tall as himself.  We have become quite familiar with their capabilities to over clock easily, the features they carry depending on manufacturer and series, but until today we have not seen performance numbers.  The secret is out, expect all the P55 reviews you see from here on out to sport solid benchmarking data from at least one of the three Lynnfield processors. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

GIGBAYTE P55 to Take Mainstream Platform to the Extreme

Subject: Motherboards | September 8, 2009 - 05:39 PM |

City of Industry, September 08, 2009 – GIGABYTE Technology CO., LTD., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is pleased to launch their latest generation P55 series motherboards, based on the Intel P55 chipset, GIGABYTE P55 motherboards build upon the success of their Ultra Durable 3 design featuring 2oz copper PCB and deliver a host of cutting-edge features including the industry’s first 24 phase VRM design, innovative Smart6 PC management tools and Dynam

I could tell you about this motherboard, but then I would have to kill you

Subject: Motherboards | September 4, 2009 - 01:50 PM |

Instead of an FTW or a Rampage, EVGA has opted to name its new motherboard the X58 SLI Classified.  This is their flagship board, with 4 PCIe 16x slots, a total of 9 SATA channels and 1 eSATA and 8 channel Realtec Audio along with a host of other extras.  It does lack 2oz copper shielding, 32 phase power and other features we have seen with the competitors high end x58 boards, something which may have contributed to the host of problems [H]ard|OCP encountered with this board.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The Charles Atlas program for tiny motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | August 31, 2009 - 03:08 PM |

The subject of the newest review here at PC Perspective is a tiny little AMD 785G based board with some impressive features. 

The second most expensive motherboard you aren't allowed to buy yet

Subject: Motherboards | August 26, 2009 - 02:15 PM |

P55 based motherboards have been teasing enthusiasts for over a week and from every possible direction.  While you cannot yet buy them, and no site is supposed to publish actual performance benchmarks with numbers of the new P55 and i5 combo so we aren't quite sure how it will measure up to the x58 and i7 combo we are familiar with.  A quick guess can tell you what it will be like; the programs that can use hyperthreading and take advantage of the extra memory bandwidth of triple channel RAM are next to zero.  Almost directly next to zero.  That leaves clock speed, and thos

AMD SLI Enthusiasts Rejoice!

Subject: Motherboards | August 24, 2009 - 05:57 PM |

Some months ago I wrote up a little article talking about how it seems that NVIDIA is no longer all that interested in competing with the chipset division at AMD.  While the 980a/780a/750a are all very nice chipsets, we have yet to see a true AM3 motherboard featuring an NVIDIA chipset and sporting SLI support.  Well, the day has finally come.  MSI is stepping up to the plate with one of the first new 980a designs in some time, and AM3 to boot.  That's right, Phenom II X4 and DDR-3 combined with SLI.  About damn time.

ASUS Maximum III Gene mATX P55 Motherboard shots

Subject: Motherboards | August 20, 2009 - 09:37 PM |

Though this motherboard was shown for the first time in public at the PC Perspective Hardware Workshop at QuakeCon last week, we thought we post up a couple of photos of it since they were handed our way.  The ASUS Maximum III Gene motherboard is a mATX board based on the P55 chipset, ready for the upcoming Lynnfield processor launch.  For a mATX motherboard, this offereing DEFINITELY has a lot of unique and high-end features.