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Subject: Motherboards | August 26, 2009 - 02:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Motherboards | August 24, 2009 - 05:57 PM | Josh Walrath
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.
Subject: Motherboards | August 20, 2009 - 09:37 PM | Ryan Shrout
Subject: Motherboards | August 20, 2009 - 03:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sticking the Intel X58 chipset on a mATX board seems to be rather popular, both for motherboard manufacturers as well as the enthusiast crowd. The Asus Rampage II GENE
was first, but MSI has followed up with their new $169 X58M microATX motherboard. Even with its small size, it can still
Subject: Motherboards | August 17, 2009 - 04:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS P6T7 WS SuperComputer motherboard sports an incredible seven PCIe 16x slots along with a $450 price tag, making it attractive to only a few of the most driven enthusiasts. In order to manage that feat ASUS placed two NF200 chipsets
on the board to provide the extra PCIe lanes. The gaming performance of those NF200s did not impress [H]ard|OCP overly, what
Subject: Motherboards | August 12, 2009 - 03:42 PM | Ryan Shrout
The gang over at Anandtech have posted a preview of the EVGA designed P55 FTW motherboard for the upcoming Lynnfield platform. I'm going to just post a single picture here to wet your appetite but you should over to their site for all the details.
Subject: Motherboards | August 12, 2009 - 03:03 PM | Ryan Shrout
The gang over at techPowerUp! got some VERY interesting images of an upcoming motherboard from MSI codenamed "Big Bang". This motherboard not only sports the upcoming Intel P55 chipset for Lynnfield processors, but also includes the LucidLogix HYDRA chip that we have discussed many times before.
Subject: Motherboards | August 11, 2009 - 12:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While other sites are previewing P55 motherboards that support the currently unobtainable i5 processor series. Hardware Canucks is instead reviewing a new take on an old chipset. The Blood Iron P45-T2RS Elite
is for those still using LGA775 chips like the C2D Xeon E3110 they used to benchmark the board.
Subject: Motherboards | August 6, 2009 - 06:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 785G is rightly making headlines all over the tech review community, but do not let this interesting new chipset and its IGP overshadow the chipset many AMD enthusiasts are using. The 790FX, specifically the MSI 790FX-GD70is a sub-$200 motherboard with a boatload of features and a rather snazzy design.
Subject: Motherboards | August 4, 2009 - 03:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new 785G chipset is bringing a lot of fun to the low cost, IGP bearing motherboard market. The specific target for Josh's testing was the MSI 785G-E65, chock full of 55 nm based parts manufactured by TSMC. Designed with the low cost system builder in mind, more specifically the HTPC builder, this board has eight PCM audio streams for true 7.1 audio
as well as the new version of their Universal Video Decoder and accelerated video transcode, it is incredible what the 785G chipset has to offer. You have to see it to believe it,
Subject: Motherboards | August 3, 2009 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new 785GM-E65 AMD board matches the 790G with one big exception, the presence of an integrated graphics processor. This is no old and busted IGP, this is a DX10.1 & SM4.1 compliant Radeon HD 4200 running at 500MHz with 4 ROPs, 8 Texture address units, 4 Texture filtering units
and some new tricks with its shared memory. Motherboards.org tried it out on some new games and the performance was bang on with an HD 3200, maybe a smidgen better thanks to the memory changes. Those not loo
Subject: Motherboards | July 27, 2009 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While it is slightly painful to refer to a $193 motherboard as a budget board, when you are talking about an X58 based board like the Gigabyte EX58-UD3R it is reasonably accurate. Some trimming has been done, most noticeably on the RAM as there are only 4 slots, limiting the total capacity of RAM to 12GB but keeping support for triple channel. A pair of PCI-E x16 slots support both flavours of multiple GPUness and the back plate still sports
Subject: Motherboards | July 17, 2009 - 02:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The DFI LANPARTY DK X58-T3eH6 comes with some rather interesting extras, like fluorescing PATA and SATA cables to go with the bright green and yellow. The CPU has 6-phase power and all the capacitors are solid state and both the south and north bridge sport heatsinks. In the end, it is the performance profiles. X-bit Labs found that this board would either run with a high power efficiency at the cost of performance or with
Subject: Motherboards | July 14, 2009 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is really a bit of a tease, but a preview of an upcoming Gigabyte board that will power Core i5 processors is still worth looking at. We know some of the stats, like the 24 power phases feeding the CPU, SATA 6Gbs and the mega back plate, but for now you can't see any benchmarks. There are plenty of pretty pictures at The Tech Report to feast your eyes on.
Subject: Motherboards | July 10, 2009 - 02:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASRock has released the P45X3 Deluxe, a $100 Intel P45 motherboard. It has four DDR3 DIMMs that can support up to 1600MHz in dual channel, the Intel ICH10
handle sound and there are two PCI-Express 2.0 16x slots and a host of PCI-E 1x and PCI slots as well. The performance met or beat other P45 boards; the onl
Subject: Motherboards | July 3, 2009 - 05:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Opting for a less extravagant name, Intel's new extreme motherboard for the Core i7 is called the DX58SO. As well they went with no box art and a minimum of connectors and adaptors. The extras are on the motherboard as well as the driver CD which comes with a long list of software. One of the most noticeable features when you first look at this board are the DIMM slots, which are located at the top of the board. Less obvious is the w
Subject: Motherboards | June 30, 2009 - 05:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ZOTAC IONITX-A-U Atom N330 WiFi N
is a little different than most motherboards, in that it comes with Atom N330 CPU attached along with an onboard 9400M GPU all on a Mini-ITX board that supports up to 4GB of DDR2-800. Thanks to nVIDIA's 9400M it is capable of displaying Blu-Ray content up to 1920x1440 at 75MHz on an external HDMI display. If you are looking for a great base to build an HTPC off of, you could do much worse that this bo
Subject: Motherboards | June 26, 2009 - 01:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DFI's newest X58 boards is the DFI UT X58-T3eH8, packed with all the little extras that have earned DFI such a devoted following. It is becoming difficult to stand out with extra features, most motherboard manufacturers are including a lot of them, such as power and reset buttons on the motherboard that can also clear the CMOS or much more efficient onboard cooling systems. Perhaps one way that DFI distinguishes its self is that their p