The Maximus III Gene is a real charmer

Subject: Motherboards | February 1, 2010 - 12:20 PM |

The new revision of the ASUS Maximus III Gene has landed at [H]ard|OCP and they loved this little trooper.  It can handle both Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs, a pair of PCIe x16 slots as well as 7 SATA ports, 1 eSATA port, 14 USB ports
and a more; all on a uATX board measuring slight less than 10" square.  They described the manual overcloc

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Anyone want dual LGA1366 sockets?

Subject: Motherboards | January 28, 2010 - 03:03 PM |

EVGA hit the motherboard market with nVIDIA's chipset but they are not suffering from nVIDIA's licensing woes.  Newest is their W555, set up to handle two LGA1366 processors on a board designed for overclocking, not server applications.  Now, this may cause some problems as consumer level dual processor board are not always the most forgiving and stable platforms, but they are worthwhile once set up.  Drop by Overclock3D for a preview.

Source: Overclock3D

P6T gets an update

Subject: Motherboards | January 26, 2010 - 06:55 PM |

Don't let the name fool you, the Asus P6X58D is nought
but a P6T with support for USB 3.0 and SATA3 as well, not much else has changed.  There are a few extra features but the main reason to want this board is native support for the new transport buses.  Bjorn3D did some benchmarking with a SATA 2 SSD so the differences in file transfer performance do not stand out as much as they

Source: Bjorn3D

A new board for the new Intel lineup

Subject: Motherboards | January 21, 2010 - 12:33 PM |

Intel launched several new Core i3 and i5 processors earlier this month, but the only motherboard that came out with them were based on the low end H55 chipset.  We know that there will be an Q57 and an H57 chipset soon arriving, but until now we have not seen what one can do.  Hardware Secrets changes that with their review of the MSI H57M-ED65, the first H57 board seen in the wild. 

ASUS's new AT3N7A-I; an HTPC should be seen, not heard

Subject: Motherboards | January 15, 2010 - 12:24 PM |

The tiny ASUS AT3N7A-I motherboard is home to an Intel Atom 330 with an active cooling system, not that you are going to get to overclock the Atom; but iXBT Labs warns that you may want to modify it as it is quite noisy.  As well you will find Bluetooth, HDMI, eSATA, 3 x SATA-II (300 MB/s), 10 x USB, a legacy PCI slot and a pair of DIMM slots.  If you ar

CES 2010: ASUS unveils new ROG motherboards, graphics cards

Subject: Motherboards | January 11, 2010 - 12:26 AM |

The guys at ASUS pulled out all the stops on their massive booth at CES this year and brought with them tons of new netbooks, notebooks, motherboards, graphics cards, and even some conceptual products from their Waveface line.

CES 2010: Gigabyte motherboard product line preview

Subject: Motherboards | January 10, 2010 - 03:00 PM |

UPDATE: We have posted a video walk through of the Gigabyte product lineup hosted by Gigabyte's Tim Handley.

A new chip needs a new chipset

Subject: Motherboards | January 8, 2010 - 02:40 PM |

The new Core i3 chips from Intel have necessitated the release of a new motherboard chipset and as usual Intel is using a tiered offering, the H55, H57 and X57 chipsets to Intel's line up with the H55, H57 and X57 to choose between.  So far it is the H55 based boards which are appearing on reviewers test benches, such as the ASRock H55M Pro board at Elite Bastards.  The performance is very similar to the previous P55, perhaps the biggest bonu

CES 2010: New Motherboards from EVGA, ECS, and Gigabyte

Subject: Motherboards | January 7, 2010 - 11:13 PM |

While CES has been dominated by hot new mobile devices and notebooks, many of your favourite motherboard manufacturers are announcing new products too. Most new boards are Clarkdale based (Intel H55 to be exact), there are some AMD releases too. Here's today's round-up of new motherboard releases from ECS, EVGA, and Gigabyte.


  • Three new motherboards - H57, H55, and H55V all using the Intel H55 chipset.
Source: EVGA

EVGA H55/H57 Spotted

Subject: Motherboards | January 4, 2010 - 12:52 PM |

Hot on the heels of the Clarkdale announcement, EVGA lets loose on two upcoming motherboards based on the H55 and H57 chipsets. Not much information is known at this point, but Jacob of EVGA hints "More details very soon".

Source: EVGA

Two very capable board brothers

Subject: Motherboards | December 15, 2009 - 12:49 PM |

The Asus M4A785TD-V EVO and M4A785TD-M EVO AM3
share very similar designs; the "V" is a full ATX board while the "M" is a mATX.  Both use the AMD 785G
chipset with an SB710
southbridge and support up to 16GB of DDR3-1800; perhaps the most noticable difference is the lack o

VIA Brings Enhanced Windows 7 Desktop to Life with World's Most Power Efficient DX10.1 Chipset

Subject: Motherboards | December 10, 2009 - 01:44 PM |

Taipei, Taiwan, December 10, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA VN1000 digital media chipset for next generation desktop and all-in-one PCs, offering a world-class HD multimedia entertainment platform compatible with the advanced desktop features of Microsoft Windows 7.

The VIA VN1000 is the most power efficient DX10.1 digital media chipset available today, making it the perfect solution for next gener

The Trinergy in High Def

Subject: Motherboards | December 9, 2009 - 04:03 PM |

If you can overcome the disappointment of the non-launch of the MSI Big Bang motherboard featuring Lucid Hydra Engine you can take a look at the Big Bang Trinergy motherboard.  Ryan does the review of this board a little differently, it is an HD video review that gives you a chance to actually examine the board and see it in action.  Check it out here.

Variations on a theme

Subject: Motherboards | December 4, 2009 - 12:56 PM |

The P55 chipset really doesn't have to do a lot.  The Lynnfield processor controls the PCIe and the memory, two chores that used to be the responsibility of the motherboard chipset.  That responsibility was the key to the diversity of the motherboard market in previous generations.  Now it is about the number of features that can be placed on the board, or the lowest price the board can be sold for. 

No diamond, but still a gem

Subject: Motherboards | November 30, 2009 - 05:51 PM |

Sapphire has stuck with their motherboard division to compliment their graphics business and their new board is the 785G based PI-AM3RS785G.  As you would expect from a board using this chipset your motherboards back panel is quite crowded, with PS/2 ports, an SPDIF Out port, an HDMI port, a VGA port and a DVI port along with four USB 2.0 ports, one LAN port,
and 6 channel audio.  There is only one PCIe slot, a full 16x but no 1x or 4x slots at all, simply a pair of legacy PCI slots. 

ASUS is prepping phone-based PC overclocking for future motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | November 30, 2009 - 12:00 AM |

The chipset could boil water but the system remains rock solid

Subject: Motherboards | November 26, 2009 - 02:22 PM |

If you are looking to set up a low end LGA1156 system, the

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ASRock H55DE3 motherboard spotted early

Subject: Motherboards | November 26, 2009 - 01:53 PM |

A new motherboard from ASRock is making the rounds today for the upcoming Intel Clarkdale processors.  If you don't have any background on the Clarkdale CPU and what it offers that is new, you should definitely check out the preview we posted from back in September that looks at both the Clarkdale and Arrandale (mobile version) cores. 

GIGABYTE Launches Industry's First USB 3.0, SATA 6Gbps Solution on AMD Platfor

Subject: Motherboards | November 23, 2009 - 02:56 PM |

City of Industry, November 24, 2009 – GIGABYTE Technology CO., LTD., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today is pleased to introduce their latest 333 Onboard Acceleration technology featuring support for USB 3.0, Serial-ATA Revision 3.0 (6Gbps) and a 3x USB Power Boost, as well as 8+2 power phases, Ultra Durable 3 (UD3) and Easy Energy Saver (EES) on AMD 700 series chipset motherboards including the GA-790FXTA-UD5, GA-790XTA-UD4 and GA-770TA-UD3.

“By extending our 333 Onboard Acceleration technologies to the AMD platform, GIGABYTE is enabling more of our

A home for that unused LGA775 CPU

Subject: Motherboards | November 23, 2009 - 02:36 PM |

The socket775 Intel G43 chipset doesn't get a lot of coverage, mostly because of the poor graphical performance associated with the Intel GMA X4500.  The ASRock G43Twins-FullHD
is available for under $80, a big difference in price from X48 based boards, which may garner the attention of anyone with a C2D or C2Q sitting in a box somewhere.  A quartet of D