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Subject: Motherboards | January 29, 2009 - 12:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Motherboards | January 19, 2009 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Motherboards | January 15, 2009 - 08:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Motherboards | January 13, 2009 - 03:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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?
Subject: Motherboards | January 13, 2009 - 02:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just days after Asus revealing its line-up of AM3 motherboards, Gigabyte's first AM3 motherboard gets ousted and although it doesn't come with too many surprises, it does at least indicate that Gigabyte is serious about bringing its 2-oz copper PCB to the AMD platform.
The GA-MA790FXT-UD5P as it's called, features the new UD3 design with blue and white slots and the new titanium and blue heatsinks. There's also a heatpipe helping to cool the chipset.
Subject: Motherboards | January 6, 2009 - 05:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The EVGA X58 3X SLI motherboard takes a while to say but it does tell you exactly what to expect; an X58 chipset capable of handling 3 video cards in SLI/CrossfireX. They do not use the nFORCE 200 MCP, which didn't seem to have had any appreciable effect on the performance during [H]ard|OCP's testing. Perhaps more interesting were two new featur
Subject: Motherboards | December 26, 2008 - 08:48 AM | Ryan Shrout
According to a story at Digitimes ECS is going through a restructuring in the new year that will allow it to focus on the channel portion (retail) of its motherboard business as well as there consumer PC and notebook divisions. An executive from Foxconn will be taking over control of the motherboard division. What will this mean for their products? Maybe a stark increase in overall quality we can hope!?!
Subject: Motherboards | December 12, 2008 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Foxconn has taught the P25 chipset a new trick by adding an additional IDT controller for the PCI Express bus. That gives you full x16 on a single card and full x8 for setups with 2 or 3 graphics cards. They've also moved the northbridge and rotated the CPU socket by 90 degrees. Read on at X-bit Labs to see why their positive impressions dissipated the second they stopped looking at the board and tried using it.
Subject: Motherboards | November 27, 2008 - 03:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As quite a few retailers and manufacturers are going to be stuck with P45 boards, there is an attempt to recover as much money as possible by making P45 based motherboards more attractive. GIGABYTE has released their GA-EP45-DS5 Energy Saver Motherboard, who's target market seems fairly obvious. The two biggest features are Dynamic Energy Saver Advanced, which reduces power usage at idle and Green Ethernet, that changes power consumption based on cable length. Futurelook
Subject: Motherboards | November 25, 2008 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (Nov 24, 2008) - For the customer and system builder seeking peace of mind with their motherboard investment, ASUS, the industry-leading motherboard manufacturer today announces the ASUS Premium Service (APS) program for their enthusiast-class motherboards.
Subject: Motherboards | November 18, 2008 - 03:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The odd name of the ASUS P6T Deluxe OC Palm Edition comes from the OC Palm that is bundled with the motherboard. It's a small LCD screen for showing widgets, and adds about $40 to the price of the motherboard; there is a non-Palm edition for those with no desire for the small screen. TECHGAGE's look at the board is very comprehenisive, and gives you
Subject: Motherboards | November 17, 2008 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
11/17/2008 - November 17, 2008 - EVGA Corporation, the leading-edge 3D processor and motherboard manufacturer, announces the first motherboard based on the next generation Intel X58 Express Chipset platform supporting the Intel Core i7 processors. The EVGA X58 SLI motherboard features 6 DIMMs of triple-channel memory, and a board layout optimized for the enthusiast including 2-way and 3-way SLI support.
Subject: Motherboards | November 12, 2008 - 04:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The introduction of the X58 chipset brought a lot of new features to the PC, none more desired than a board that can handle both SLI and Crossfire. The first X58 board to do so, the ASUS P6T Deluxe, ended up on Ryan's test bench recently. Not only does it have that advantage over the Intel DX58SO board, it also overclocks a lot better straight out of the box. Read on to see how the board tested against previous generations of board as well as the Intel X58 .
Subject: Motherboards | November 6, 2008 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The list of features on the ASUS P6T Deluxe are incredible, official support for triple channel DDR3 up to 1333MHz and 3 PCI-Express x16 slots which will allow either SLI or Crossfire, your choice. The new Marvell controller is also impressive, with a pair of gigabit NICs, 1 e-SATA and a pair of SAS capable SATA ports, on top of the 6 SATA ports from the Intel controller. Once [H]ard|OCP got the new BIOS, the features were nearly overshadowed by the overclocking potential of th
Subject: Motherboards | November 3, 2008 - 06:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One big factor that will differentiate Core i7 systems are the motherboard that it is run on. Quite a few previews have been shown, but the NDA on the i7 it's self guaranteed that you didn't get to see any benchmarking data. Now that they are allowed to share, The Tech Report has a pair of motherboards to show you, the Asus P6T Deluxe and Intel's own DX58SO. Both offer BIOS' you've never played with, that differ from each other, much like the card and memory layout. See which can gain the upper hand.
Subject: Motherboards | October 30, 2008 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Based around a P45 northbridge and ICH10R south bridge the Gigabyte GA-EP45T-Extreme is definitely aimed at the higher end of the market. Considering that [H]ard|OCP discovered that "Bar none this is the most overclockable motherboard I have ever worked with." you can safely assume they have positioned it correctly. Really, it's on
Subject: Motherboards | October 29, 2008 - 02:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA EPIA-P710Taipei, Taiwan, October 29 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA-P710, the world's first single board computer based on the new Pico-ITXe specification of the Small Form Factor Special Interest Group (SFF-SIG), providing a more rational approach to system design.
Supporting up to four customizable I/O expansion modules, the VIA EPIA-P710 Pico-ITXe enables a highly flexible and affordable implementation of serial connectivity options.
Subject: Motherboards | October 29, 2008 - 11:27 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HONG KONG - Oct. 29, 2008 - ZOTAC International, a leading manufacturer of NVIDIA-based graphics cards and motherboards, today unleashes its latest mini-ITX form factor motherboard -- the ZOTAC nForce 630i-ITX WiFi - a new high-performance platform that occupies minimal space.
Subject: Motherboards | October 24, 2008 - 01:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The X58 chipset is a great example of how not to do a product release. We have been seeing plenty of boards that use the new chipset, but we have yet to see a benchmark, for the i7 processor line is still under NDA. Overclock3D has that exact problem with their review of the ASUS Rampage II Extreme. You can read all about the various features available on the motherboard, but you won't see any performance numbers.