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. 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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How can fluorescent green SATA cables be wrong

Subject: Motherboards | July 17, 2009 - 02:10 PM |

The DFI LANPARTY DK X58-T3eH6 comes with some rather interesting extras, like fluorescing PATA and SATA cables to go with the bright green and yellow.  The CPU has 6-phase power and all the capacitors are solid state and both the south and north bridge sport heatsinks.  In the end, it is the performance profiles.  X-bit Labs found that this board would either run with a high power efficiency at the cost of performance or with

Source: X-Bit Labs

Sneaking a peek at an i5 motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | July 14, 2009 - 01:42 PM |

It is really a bit of a tease, but a preview of an upcoming Gigabyte board that will power Core i5 processors is still worth looking at.  We know some of the stats, like the 24 power phases feeding the CPU, SATA 6Gbs and the mega back plate, but for now you can't see any benchmarks.  There are plenty of pretty pictures at The Tech Report to feast your eyes on.

The P45 is not dead yet

Subject: Motherboards | July 10, 2009 - 02:39 PM |

ASRock has released the P45X3 Deluxe, a $100 Intel P45 motherboard.  It has four DDR3 DIMMs that can support up to 1600MHz in dual channel, the Intel ICH10
handle sound and there are two PCI-Express 2.0 16x slots and a host of PCI-E 1x and PCI slots as well.  The performance met or beat other P45 boards; the onl

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

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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