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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.
Subject: Motherboards | October 20, 2008 - 03:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newest Intel mATX board is the DG45ID, built for s775 processors and sporting a single x16 PCI-E slot; the big feature is the x4500HD graphics featuring HDMI and DVI-I output ports.
As far as CPU usage goes, you are far better off with NVIDIA's PureVideo HD or AMD's ATI Avivo HD. If you aren't too concerned about CPU usage, for instance if you are building a dedicated Blu-ray player that will never do anything else, then the G45 is a good choice, especially when you discover it is capable of sending a 1920x1080 analog signal to CRTs and LCDs that are not technically HD display
Subject: Motherboards | October 15, 2008 - 02:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel's G45 Express chipset hit the market right after AMD's 790GX, and it also lags behind in performance. Now nVIDIA has joined the three way battle to provide the most graphical power for the least amount of electrical power. Their integrated graphics chipset is the GF9300 and GF9400. The Guru of 3D had a chance to test out ECS' take on this chipset and from the benchmarks it looks like AMD has a contender worth worrying about.
Subject: Motherboards | October 14, 2008 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Integral video is rising to new heights of importance over the past year. Previously only found in machines that run Office applications and maybe a little light surfing, the new AMD and nVIDIA solutions can handle 3D games and HD video. Intel is countering with the G45 Express chipset and it's Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD, a model number that sounds far more like an AMD product than an Intel one. Check out The Tech Report to see how it fares against AMD's 780G and Nvidia's GeForce 8300.
Subject: Motherboards | October 10, 2008 - 04:14 PM | Ryan Shrout
Subject: Motherboards | October 7, 2008 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Josh's look at the 790GX chipset covered it's performance in Windows, concentrating on it's gaming performance as well as it's abilities to power an HTPC. Most PCPer readers are Windows users on their main rig, or their gaming rig at the very least; our HTPC users and general Linux fans are not. That's the perfect cue for Phoronix to step in and see just how well the 790GX chipset works, specifically on Ubuntu 8.04 with the Catalyst 8.9 driver, Linux 2.6.24 kernel, and X Server 220.127.116.11.
Subject: Motherboards | October 6, 2008 - 01:37 AM | Ryan Shrout
I saw this post in our forums over the weekend and thought it deserved a little front page love: AudioFreak39 posted up some pictures of a test bed configuration running one of the upcoming Nehalem Core i7 965 processors, Intel X58 Smackover motherboard with lots of images of the BIOS on the board as well!
Subject: Motherboards | October 3, 2008 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The EVGA nForce 780i SLI FTW is an attempt to compete against Intel's historically more powerful chipsets. Unfortunately, it fell short in a few key areas; it is a DDR2 board in a DDR3 world and it really doesn't offer
much improvement over the original version of the 780i. Add to that it's less that stellar performance on [H]ard|OCP's torture testing and you can see why
Subject: Motherboards | October 2, 2008 - 03:11 PM | Ryan Shrout
While photos of motherboards might not get everyone revved up, I think you'll find this pictorial view of the Gigabyte X58-based EX58-EXTREME to be pretty impressive. The board includes an absolutely massive heatpipe add-on, six DDR3 memory slots, three PCI Express x16 slots, ten SATA ports, eight USB 2.0 connections and is really, really shiny.
Subject: Motherboards | September 29, 2008 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD based motherboards tend to take second place on the reviewers bench, behind the various models and chipsets that run Intel processors. That is too bad in a way, as the new 790G chipset is a rather impressive step forward for AMD. Don't take my word for it though, read through what Josh has to say and see how his benchmarking turned out.
Subject: Motherboards | September 24, 2008 - 04:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
City of Industry, CA, September 24th, 2008 - GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today is pleased to introduce their revolutionary Ultra Durable 3 technology, the industry’s first consumer desktop motherboard design to feature 2 ounces of copper for both the Power and Ground layers, delivering a dramatically lower system temperature, improved energy efficiency and enhanced stability for overclocking.
GIGABYTE once again leads the motherboard industry
Subject: Motherboards | September 23, 2008 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you like BIOSes that go on for miles with more options than you can reasonably keep straight and gleefully spend days tweaking them all, there is a good chance you are a fan of DFI's motherboards. TweakTown takes a look at their new Auto Boost System, which is sort of a social network for overclockers.
You can use the ABS to share your overclocks with the world, and use the settings that other tweakers have used. It is sorted out by processor, so you can
Subject: Motherboards | September 17, 2008 - 02:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Phoronix has done an incredibly comprehensive review of the Asus M3A78-T, a 790GX based motherboard. Everything from overclockability to Crossfire performance is covered in their 28 page review. If you are looking at building a Phenom based system that won't cost too much and gives you a good experience out of the box, this review is for you. Even more attractive is how this platform can be improved to give performance that is better than you might expect.
Subject: Motherboards | September 9, 2008 - 03:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Three different motherboard companies, three different solutions to making their motherboards greener. Tweaktown tests out how these different energy management systems effect overclocking, as well as the difference in system power consumption when their energy saver technology is turned on.