Zotac doesn't believe in overcompensation

Subject: Motherboards | April 2, 2009 - 05:58 PM |

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.

Tips for the non-disgustingly techy

Subject: Motherboards | March 27, 2009 - 01:55 PM |

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.

Source: Extremetech

The second wave seems a little lower

Subject: Motherboards | March 24, 2009 - 06:48 PM |

Looking at the pricing for the

It doesn't have to be deluxe

Subject: Motherboards | March 18, 2009 - 02:17 PM |

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

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Why engineers are more interesting than marketers

Subject: Motherboards | March 13, 2009 - 04:06 PM |

As Ryan posted earlier, there is a page to advertise the new ASUS Rampage II Gene Micro-ATX motherboard that is more than a little strange.  Hit that page and you might think that you are actually buying a genetically engineered supersoldier that supports LGA1366 CPUs.  On the other hand, if you are curious as to what the actual product is, you may be happier at ExtremeTech where they have an actual board in for review, supersoldier not included.

Source: Extremetech

ASUS Rampage II GENE Motherboard is Core i7 mATX

Subject: Motherboards | March 13, 2009 - 01:40 AM |

The gang over at HardOCP has some cool pictures of an upcoming motherboard from ASUS, the Rampage II GENE.  What makes it so damn special?  Its an X58-based mATX motherboard with all the features and options you'd expect on a full sized enthusiast motherboard. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

VIA Unveils Em-ITX, the First Form Factor Standard with Dual I/O Coastlines

Subject: Motherboards | March 3, 2009 - 11:39 AM |

Taipei, Taiwan, 3 March 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced its latest board form factor for embedded system developers; the Em-ITX form factor.

Shh, it's a secret

Subject: Motherboards | February 27, 2009 - 12:24 PM |

EVGA's Classified X58 motherboard is still being kept in a secure location, which AnandTech managed to get admitted to.  When it is eventually released it will be EVGAs hard core gamer motherboard, with four x16 PCI Express slots as well as a single x1 slot.  Some of the features will be 10-phase Volterra CPU power, 3-phase memory power, and 3-phase VTT all of which will help those trying to hit huge overclocks with sub zero cooling.  AnandTech crossed the 5GHz mark while testing, as well as proving th

Source: AnandTech

ASUS ROG Rampage 2 GENE micro ATX Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | February 26, 2009 - 12:45 PM |

FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (Feb 25th, 2009)- ASUS, the world's leading motherboard manufacturer today released the X58-based ROG (Republic of Gamers) Rampage II GENE in response to increased demand for a micro ATX gaming and enthusiast motherboard. Hailing from ASUS' world record-breaking Rampage II lineage, the Rampage II GENE boasts premium features such as MemOK!

Source: ASUS

X58 for under $300? *

Subject: Motherboards | February 24, 2009 - 01:48 PM |

You can currently pick up ASRock's new X58 based SuperComputer motherboard on NewEgg for $294.99, making it the cheapest way to build a Core i7 system using the X58 chipset*.  On paper, the motherboard looks like any other X58 board, it can handle four PCIe cards in CrossfireX or HybridSLI, it has 7.1 audio outputs, handles DDR3 up to 2000 MHz, dual LAN ports with teaming and it can even support ECC RAM i

Source: TweakTown

Don't hold it's IGP against it

Subject: Motherboards | February 18, 2009 - 03:16 PM |

Sapphire's new 780G board is built to offer gamers a relatively inexpensive way to set up a gaming rig.  A Socket AM2+
board with Hybrid CrossFireX support and an AMD SB700, a built in ATI Radeon HD 3200, support for up to 16GB of dual channel DDR2-1066 and a single PCIe 2.0 x16 slot
give you a good opportunity to populate this board with some serious hardware.  Bjorn3D was quite impressed with the boards overclocking abilities, they hit a stable 245MHz bus speed, and figured a little more tweaking might have them all the way to 250. 

Source: Bjorn3D

It's a gothic motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | February 13, 2009 - 01:53 PM |

Foxconn's Quantum Force X58 BloodRage has a rather interesting red, grey and black theme as well as some serious enthusiast level features.  The 4 PCIe slots can run in 2 x 16 lanes or 4 x 8 lanes and a single bank of triple channel DDR3 slots.  A force reset button works both as a reset button as well as a system tuner, though NinjaLane found the voltages that it chose to be a little high for their liking.  Read the full review to see just why this board deserves the name 'BloodRage'.

Source: NinjaLane

NVIDIA SLI Technology NOW AVAILABLE for Intel Branded X58-Based MOTHERBOARDs

Subject: Motherboards | February 11, 2009 - 01:31 PM |

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 11, 2009 - NVIDIA Corporation today announced that Intel Corporation has licensed NVIDIA SLI technology for inclusion on the Intel DX58SO motherboard for the Intel Core i7 processor.

Source: NVIDIA

Gigabyte's multi-tiered X58 series

Subject: Motherboards | February 9, 2009 - 03:09 PM |

The top of the line X58 motherboard from Gigabyte is the GA-EX58-UD5, and the lower end is the P45 based GigaByte GA-EP45-UD3P.   Now their is a middle brother in the series, the new EX58-UD4 which has almost all the extras that the UD4P model has except support for multiple nVIDIA graphics cards, basic Crossfire will work just

Source: CPU3D

A very flexible platform

Subject: Motherboards | February 4, 2009 - 01:41 PM |

Finally AMD fans are seeing some action, with the new chipset accompanying the release of the Phenom II.  Based around the 790GX, the GX indicating an integral graphics core, the

Source: CPU3D

The thrill is gone

Subject: Motherboards | January 29, 2009 - 12:43 PM |

Motherboard makers are in for a bit of a tough year, thanks to Intel and AMD moving the memory controller on die, and taking away the most individualistic
component of most chipsets.  The plethora of models that most companies offered previously had varied controllers, or paths to the controllers; now it is solid state capacitors, 8-phase power and intricate cooling over the motherboard components that differentiate the various models.  A perfect example is the

Source: Overclock3D

MSI's new BIOS

Subject: Motherboards | January 19, 2009 - 06:33 PM |

Fans on MSI motherboards may be interested to read about their new Click BIOS, a UEFI BIOS which allows the use of a mouse, among other things.  It has taken until Vista x64 SP1 to make a Windows machine work with a UEFI BIOS, previously only found in Apples.  The MSI P45D3 Platinum is the first motherboard to feature this BIOS, head over and take a look.

Source: bit-tech

Gigabyte shows Ultra Durable 3 with Intel and AMD Overclocking contest

Subject: Motherboards | January 15, 2009 - 08:30 PM |

Gigabyte just passed over this information to us today about its event around CES including a great overclocking competition that saw new records with both AMD and Intel platforms and the Build Your Own PC Race during CES!

City of Industry, Calif., United States, Jan. 15, 2009 – GIGABYTE today is pleased to announce the success of its product showcase at this year’s CES 2009, January 8 to January 11, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Too good to be true?

Subject: Motherboards | January 13, 2009 - 03:10 PM |

nVIDIA has been spouting a line about "True 3 way SLI" and how without the nForce 200 MCP present on a motherboard, you are not getting the real deal.  [H]ard|OCP had a chance to test out an X58 board with the nForce 200 MCP on it and compared the performance to one without the MCP.  As you can clearly see in the video and the chart that they have posted there is a difference, though probably not what nVIDIA was expecting.  Any takers on a bet about rushed driver revison?

Source: [H]ard|OCP