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Subject: Motherboards | June 4, 2008 - 06:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechARP's sharp eyes have spotted some fairly detailed info on the new Eaglelake chipset that Intel shold be spawning soon. You will have a lot to choose from with this chipset family, the five members include the P45,
G43 and the
Subject: Motherboards | May 30, 2008 - 06:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For a look at how well ASUS has implemented the 780i chipset, take a look at the ASUS P5N-T which was under review quite a while ago at [H]ard|OCP. The delay occurred thanks to many problems that [H] encountered during testing, which soured their enthusiasm and made the review process significantly longer than normal. You can see where thi
Subject: Motherboards | May 28, 2008 - 07:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bjorn3D managed to get their hands on an ASUS PQ5 Deluxe, a P45 Eaglelake motherboard, a little earlier than most. It seems that ASUS is really going all out on this new chipset, including a new southbridge and support for newer processors and RAM. Not only that but the features included with this board are just incredible. Read the full list at Bjorn3D.
Subject: Motherboards | May 28, 2008 - 07:40 AM | Ryan Shrout
Rumors are circulating that long time enthusiast motherboard brand "abit" might be on the ropes, this time from the previous "savior" corporate parent, Universal. According to the source the company will determine if staying in the motherboard business makes sense after seeing how Intel's
Subject: Motherboards | May 23, 2008 - 03:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new P45 Express chipset, at least the ASUS P5Q and P5Q3 Deluxe, monitor the reductions in you CO2 emissions when you enable their Energy Processing Unit. Now, as a benchmark, that may not catch on for most hardware sites, nor do I know of a single user that has bragged about lowering their PCs carbon footprint, but there must be some out there, somewhere. That is not the high point of The Tech Reports review; Intel and ASUS have both included much more interesting features on their new mid-range platform.
Subject: Motherboards | May 19, 2008 - 08:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Gigabyte EP45-DQ6 has an almost obscene amount of connectors, from 10 SATA ports to four PCIe based Realtek 8111C Gigabit LAN ports and triple RAID. It's not ready for retail yet, but you can see this incredible board at Hardware Zone.
Subject: Motherboards | May 16, 2008 - 10:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
While we are very used to seeing bickering between companies like NVIDIA and ATI, AMD and Intel and Microsoft and Sony, one segment of the PC market that has been surprisingly quiet over the years has been the manufacturing vendors like MSI, ASUS and Gigabyte. Well that all seems to be behind us now as a "day time melo-drama" of sorts has broken out between two companies that were at one point last on the brink of merging.
Subject: Motherboards | May 15, 2008 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The XFX 790i Ultra is up for review at [H]ard|OCP, and they are impressed. The new MCP made overclocking a breeze, and totally changed their opinion on recent nVIDIA chipsets. If you are planning on a new system with DDR3 and support for 3 way SLI, this board will give Intel's newer chipsets a real run for their money.
Subject: Motherboards | May 12, 2008 - 05:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DFI's LanParty series has been going strong for years, and their newest board, the LT X48 T2R is no disappointment. You can see in bit-tech's review that this X48 based board has a lot of extras, including one very impressive passive chipset cooler.
Subject: Motherboards | May 7, 2008 - 08:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan has polished off his review of the new nVIDIA chipset for AMD processors, the 780a, specifically the ASUS M3N-HT. Go read the full review, so that when the PC Perspective Podcast is posted, you can follow along with our discussion of hybrid SLI and onboard graphics turning off discrete graphics cards completely, and taking over for the less 3D intensive applications, such as anything that is not gaming. That way you will have some great questions to leave for us on the podcast voicemail; which we can play and answer duri
Subject: Motherboards | May 6, 2008 - 03:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP's take on the 780a based ASUS M3N-HT is that it needs a bit more work before it's ready for Prime Time. That is not to say this chipset and board do not show promise; they certainly do, but a bit more work needs to be done before this board can show off what it is capable of. As [H] will be getting a new BIOS later today, you can be guaranteed the ASUS BIOS team is hard at work trying to solve some of the issues mentioned in their article.
Subject: Motherboards | May 5, 2008 - 06:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The motherboard market has gone through some big changes in the last few quarters. We have seen entire chipsets appear and hit end of life (officially or unofficially) for both AMD and Intel processors. The newer chipsets do offer some new features, but the releases just haven't been as awe inspiring as even a few years ago when chipsets lived a lot longer, and the next installment had huge benefits. The latest nVIDIA chipset is up for a preview at HEXUS, the 780a and they even have a board to show
Subject: Motherboards | May 1, 2008 - 06:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Asus Rampage Formula and Intel DX48BT2 are up for review at The Tech Report. Both are x48 chipset based, with the Rampage Formula using DDR2 and the Intel using the newer DDR3, offering a chance to compare the performance of RAM on similar chipsets.
Subject: Motherboards | April 25, 2008 - 07:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS' P5K PRO claims to be a green board, having three different modes in which you can run and save power. While the claims that ASUS makes are upwards of 50% savings, the total system power draw doesn't actually dip by that much. It does certainly save power when compared to the P5KC, especially when placed into the
Subject: Motherboards | April 24, 2008 - 10:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
InsideHW looks at the BIOSTAR TF8200 A2+ which has an nVidia GeForce 8200 and Realtek's ALC888S, and a classic BioStar look. We really haven't seen many boards from BioStar recently, but that does not mean they've forgotten how to make a good one. Check it out if you are looking for an HD compatible board that can support 4 displays, or want to try a little onboard SLI.
Subject: Motherboards | April 18, 2008 - 05:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech is testing three chipsets with integrated graphics, the 780G, GF8200, and G35, to see which deserves to claim the title of greenest motherboard. You might assume that with nVIDIA's usually power hungry chipsets they would not even be in the running against AMD and Intel, both of whom are pushing power consumption as a major factor in computing. The test results may surprise you.
Subject: Motherboards | April 15, 2008 - 05:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 780a chipset from nVIDIA has been a long time coming, but finally we are seeing some up for review. The name implies that it is simply a re-do of the 780i chipset for AMD, but Hardware Secrets has found that a lot of work went into the chipset to make it more than that. The ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe/Mempipe board looks physically similar to the 780i boards, with additional cooling around the memory and HybridSLI. The features you would expect are there as well, PCI Express 2.0, solid state capacitors and Ex
Subject: Motherboards | April 11, 2008 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MSI's P7N SLI Platinum motherboard is based on nVIDIA's 750i SLI chipset, with a 430i SPP. [H]ard|OCP found that overclocking this board was a little tricky, it is rather choosy about the combinations it will run stably with, but it is rewarding with a 1900MHz FSB being reachable as well as the memory being able to hit 1275MHz. This
Subject: Motherboards | April 10, 2008 - 10:56 PM | Ryan Shrout
It would seem that not all is well in the world of AMD's newest processors, the Phenom X4 9850. Apparently quite a few people are finding that their motherboards based on the 780G and 770 chipsets, also from AMD, might not support the power levels that the X4 9850 and Athlon X2 6400+ require.
Subject: Motherboards | April 9, 2008 - 04:17 PM | Ryan Shrout
Interesting information has filtered out about NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI chipset recently on the subject of cost and how NVIDIA's pricing scheme is forcing board vendors to charge extremely high prices for 790i solutions. According some reports NVIDIA is charging as much as $115 per chipset for the 790i Ultra SLI - for comparison Intel apparently charges about $60 for their super-end product, the X48 chipset. That is a HUGE difference of more than 90% and we