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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

MSI gets cute with their motherboard line up

Subject: Motherboards | August 20, 2009 - 03:55 PM |

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

Source: Neoseeker

The ASUS Superhighway

Subject: Motherboards | August 17, 2009 - 04:46 PM |

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

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The EVGA P55 FTW motherboard takes a bow

Subject: Motherboards | August 12, 2009 - 03:42 PM |

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. 

Source: AnandTech

Lucid HYDRA chip could be coming on high-end MSI motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | August 12, 2009 - 03:03 PM |

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. 

Source: techPowerUp!

DFI irons out the kinks from the P45

Subject: Motherboards | August 11, 2009 - 12:28 PM |

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.

AMD is not a one chip(set) pony

Subject: Motherboards | August 6, 2009 - 06:27 PM |

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.

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The difference $30 makes

Subject: Motherboards | August 4, 2009 - 03:22 PM |

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,

If you are playing Crysis on it ... you're doing it wrong

Subject: Motherboards | August 3, 2009 - 02:53 PM |

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

The price is relative

Subject: Motherboards | July 27, 2009 - 12:21 PM |

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

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Gigabyte isn't the only LGA1156 board around

Subject: Motherboards | July 22, 2009 - 01:22 PM |

In amongst all the

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