You'd better look twice

Subject: Motherboards | July 7, 2009 - 01:50 PM |

The last motherboard we saw for review by Steve and Josh was a huge hit with both of them and now Steve returns to look at Gigabyte's AM3 MA770T-UD3P AMD 77.

When you are this good you don't need a fancy name

Subject: Motherboards | July 3, 2009 - 05:15 PM |

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

Source: X-Bit Labs

Everything you'll need but for the 2TB of storage

Subject: Motherboards | June 30, 2009 - 05:21 PM |

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

Does that colouring affect performance?

Subject: Motherboards | June 26, 2009 - 01:43 PM |

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

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ASUS and Intel tussle over motherboards, markets

Subject: Motherboards | June 25, 2009 - 04:47 PM |

A very interesting and detailed editorial over at The Inquirer seems to be shining some light on an internal, inside baseball type fight raging behind the scenes of the Intel motherboard market.  The story can be summed up like this: Intel apparently isn't fond of how big ASUS has gotten in terms of OEM (to HP, Dell, etc) and ODM (ASUS-branded boards) sales and that the motherboard giant can push back when proded by Intel.  Intel doesn't like being pushed at all - we

Source: The Inquirer

Tag teaming Gigabyte

Subject: Motherboards | June 24, 2009 - 03:34 PM |

With the amount of hardware flowing through PC Perspective it is inevitable that the same product can end up on two different review benches, as was the case with the GA-MA790FXT-UD5P 790FXmotherboard.  In this instance Steve got to do a lot of the initial hard work, with a Phenom X3 780 BE and 2x2GB of OCZ's DDR3-1600.  The testing went well and covers storage, gaming, graphics and overall system performance.  His overclocking saw al

One motherboard does not a market make

Subject: Motherboards | June 19, 2009 - 02:16 PM |

Currently there is one motherboard available, the ASUS M4N82 Deluxe, which uses nVIDIA's 780a 980a chipset.  That is it, there are no others for sale and it seems very unlikely as that board is an AM2+ board, not even an AM3 and we have heard in an interview with Jen-Hsun Huang that nVIDIA has abandoned the AMD platform completely.  That may not affect you as a gamer directly, but it certainly af

ASUS Motherboards First to Enable Energy Star 5.0 Compliance

Subject: Motherboards | June 16, 2009 - 11:18 AM |

Taipei, Taiwan; June 15, 2009- ASUS, the leading manufacturer of innovative motherboards, today achieved another industry first by enabling PC system builders to meet Energy Star 5.0 compliance with its energy-efficient motherboards.

Industry's First Energy Star 5.0 Compliance through Innovations in Motherboard Efficiency
ASUS enables PC system builders to comply with Energy Star 5.0 standards with its leading motherboard designs. ASUS motherboards optimize savings from energy-efficient operations and contribute to global energy conservation. Initiated in 1992 by the U.S.

Source: ASUS

The high end of AM3 motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | June 15, 2009 - 03:01 PM |

The price of the ASUS M4A79 Deluxe might seem a little steep compared to some AM3 boards at around $180 when other boards sell for about 1/2 as much, which prompted to investigate.  The build is solid, with four PCI-Express x16 slots, 8+2 phase power and the bundled tools are nothing to sneer at either.&n

Sneak Peek: MSI P55-GD65 motherboard spotted

Subject: Motherboards | June 12, 2009 - 03:29 PM |

Earlier this week I received some interesting spy shots of an upcoming MSI P55 motherboard that was NOT on display anywhere at Computex last week.  The MSI P55-GD65 looks like it could be a very compelling option for users upgrading to a new Intel Lynnfield system this fall.

MSI hosting Master Overclocking Arena contest

Subject: Motherboards | June 12, 2009 - 02:50 PM |

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:

Watch out for the Quantum Force

Subject: Motherboards | June 8, 2009 - 02:29 PM |

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

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Worth a second look

Subject: Motherboards | June 1, 2009 - 05:26 PM |

If the words 'microATX' discouraged you from checking out the

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ECS Showcases the Latest Intel P55 Chipset Motherboard at Computex 2009

Subject: Motherboards | May 26, 2009 - 01:54 PM |

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.

Source: ECS

This new AM3 board has a few tricks up its heatpipes

Subject: Motherboards | May 25, 2009 - 12:21 PM |

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

Smaller and less expensive but no missing features

Subject: Motherboards | May 15, 2009 - 05:00 PM |

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

nVIDIA continues to split the Atom

Subject: Motherboards | May 12, 2009 - 04:27 PM |

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.

MSI eclipses the competition

Subject: Motherboards | May 8, 2009 - 12:59 PM |

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.

AMD sure loves its car analogies

Subject: Motherboards | May 5, 2009 - 04:15 PM |

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. 

Source: Guru of 3D

One of these things is not like the other

Subject: Motherboards | April 30, 2009 - 12:10 PM |

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? 

Source: TweakTown