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Subject: Motherboards | June 12, 2009 - 06:50 PM | Ryan Shrout
MSI is gearing up for a summer overclocking contest known as the MOA - Master Overclocking Arena! While the gears are still in motion for the official debut of the rules and regional sites, it looks like it is shaping up to be a very interesting event.
Here's how the event will break down for time lines:
Subject: Motherboards | June 8, 2009 - 06:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are two members to Foxconn's Quantum Force so far, their equivalent to series like ASUS' RoG. The first is the BloodRage and the second is called the FlamingBlade. The FlamingBlade is slightly cheaper and is missing some features, like support for triple SLI/CrossfireX, though it will hand
Subject: Motherboards | May 26, 2009 - 05:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) announces the latest Intel P55 chipset based Black Series motherboard in Computex 2009 held in Taipei, Taiwan June 2-6. The brand new Intel P55 chipset based Black Series motherboard, ECS P55H-A, is designed to deliver Intel's first mainstream performance platform supporting the revolutionary Nehalem architecture.
Subject: Motherboards | May 25, 2009 - 04:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In case you missed it while preparing for the weekend Steve's review of the solid ECS A790GXM-AD3
went up on Friday. For a hair over $100 you can pick up a board with support for AM3 chips and DDR3 up to 1333MHz, HD audio, a pair of PCIe2.0 16x slots and quite a few SATA channels. Perhaps one of the most interesting features is the new AMD OverDrive utility, which allowed him to soar past his old record on
Subject: Motherboards | May 15, 2009 - 09:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS Rampage II Gene is a very odd duck, it is an X58 board that supports Core i7 processors, has six DDR3 DIMM slots, and dual PCI-E 16X expansion slots for either CrossFireX or SLI, but it is a micro ATX board. It is only 9.6" by 9.6", shorter than a GeForce GT
Subject: Motherboards | May 12, 2009 - 08:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA's experiments with the Atom processor have come a long way since the reference model that appeared back in January. That reference model has birthed 4 models, the IONITX-A-U the IONITX-B-E the IONITX-C-U
and the IONITX-D-E. Ryan had the luck to test out the IONITX-A-U, the flagship of this fleet of all in one motherboards. See what new tricks it can do in his full review.
Subject: Motherboards | May 8, 2009 - 04:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MSI Eclipse SLI X58 LGA 1366 is the top of the line board from MSI, with a long list of features to make enthusiasts green with envy. Three PCI-E 16x slots for whatever SLI or Crossfire setup you could wish for, 6 DDR3 slots, a Creative SB X-Fi Xtreme H/W Audio Card, support for 10 SATA drives and a lot more.
Subject: Motherboards | May 5, 2009 - 08:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Choosing to name a motherboard after a large SUV seems odd, but that is exactly what Jetway did with their Hummer HA08 LF 790GX motherboard. It is a board that supports DDR3 which limits you to AM3 chips, no AM2 or AM2+ chips allowed, they lack the DDR3 memory controller. In addition to the support for new memory is HDMI, DVI, VGA, 8-channel sound, Gigabit Ethernet, dual PCIe graphics ports for Crossfire, seven SATA ports, debug diagnostic LED and many more which the Guru of 3D covers in their review.
Subject: Motherboards | April 30, 2009 - 04:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X58 naming schemes have gotten a little aggressive, for instance the Foxconn Blood Rage. They have also released a hot new X58 bearing the moniker Flaming Blade, which TweakTown is pitting against it's older brother and meekly named ASUS OC Palm. Does the fierce naming scheme
translate into savage performance, or can ASUS perform some sleight of hand?
Subject: Motherboards | April 30, 2009 - 03:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, April 30, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announces the VIA VB8002 Mini-ITX board targeted at media server markets.
Subject: Motherboards | April 24, 2009 - 06:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Foxconn Bloodrage certainly has a powerful name, one almost as powerful as the hype that has been spread about the power of the board. It is an X58 that is going it alone, no NForce 200 MCP to be found but you do get a SONAR X-Fi card to give a little more audio power to the board. [H]ard|OCP were looking forward to seeing the test
Subject: Motherboards | April 20, 2009 - 09:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For just $135 you can pick up the Asus M4N72-E 750a which handles DDR2-1200, has a pair of PCIe 2.0 x16 slots and a long list of enhancements to the power and thermal characteristics of the board. Bjorn3D found that the overclocking potential of the board may not be as strong as others from ASUS, which can be an important factor in some peoples decisions. On the other hand, if you are looking for a solid,
Subject: Motherboards | April 6, 2009 - 07:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Starting with the good news, the MSI X58 Platinum LGA 1366 motherboard can be had for $220 and you might even beat that if you find a combo deal. The better news is that this is not a stripped down motherboard, all the features you expect from an X58 board are there, from 6 SATA ports to Crossfire support. Steve did have some problems when he started overclocking, which has made him suggest that if you plan to overclock then this board may not be your best choice.&n
Subject: Motherboards | April 3, 2009 - 06:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Version 5.23A of the Hyperion Pro drivers has just been released. These are the drivers recommended for all VIA chipset based devices and PC. They include the following components:
V-RAID V5.80F and RAID Tools v5.85
VIA IDE Falcon Storage Device driver v2.70A
Subject: Motherboards | April 2, 2009 - 09:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Xotac GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi might look like it is a board for the Nano processor, but don't let it's small size fool you, that is a full LGA775 socket. Sure, the board is so small that the backplate runs the entire length, but that also implies a lot of extras included in a tiny package. If you are curious to see how 16 1.2GHz CUDA processors with a 450MHz graphics core perform, drop by The Tech Report.
Subject: Motherboards | March 27, 2009 - 05:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Pulling out and replacing motherboards stands near the top of the list of time consuming and fiddly tasks upgrading or repairing PCs will give you, right up there with swapping heatsinks. ExtremeTech want's to share the benefit of their long experience of playing with motherboards by offering up 30 tips to keep in mind while working with your motherboard. Having a container handy to put the screws in may not sound like a huge revealation, but it can really help.
Subject: Motherboards | March 18, 2009 - 06:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The plain old ASUS P6T is a solid board and a great example of why not everyone needs the deluxe motherboard models. 8+2 phase power, solid state capacitors and a well thought out layout are all present on this board, ASUS didn't sacrifice quality on their lower end X58 motherboard. If you are just planing on a hefty overclock, say pushing a Corei7 920 to 4GHz and not trying to break overclocking records then there really isn't anything you