Tag teaming Gigabyte

Subject: Motherboards | June 24, 2009 - 03:34 PM |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 motherboards.org 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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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If the words 'microATX' discouraged you from checking out the

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ECS Showcases the Latest Intel P55 Chipset Motherboard at Computex 2009

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

VIA Nano Processor Brings Higher Performance to Media Servers

Subject: Motherboards | April 30, 2009 - 11:12 AM |
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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.

If Khorne was shopping for motherboards ...

Subject: Motherboards | April 24, 2009 - 02:43 PM |
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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

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ASUS' new 750a board

Subject: Motherboards | April 20, 2009 - 05:59 PM |
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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,

Source: Bjorn3D

Four ways to an AM3

Subject: Motherboards | April 13, 2009 - 05:12 PM |
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The Asus M4A78T-E, Gigabyte's GA-MA790FXT-UD5P, a Jetway HA08 and MSI's 790FX-GD70 are all compared in a big motherboar

Upgrade as painlessly as possible

Subject: Motherboards | April 6, 2009 - 03:19 PM |
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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