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Subject: Motherboards | July 7, 2008 - 02:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA does have one market in which it holds an advantage over AMD, assuming that it's hardware problems are under control with the 8300. In The Tech Report's testing of the Zotac built mATX-sized board with the new GeForce 8300, the nVIDIA offering beats the AMD 780G in almost all tests, including HD playback. There are some heat and CPU utilization differences beween the two onboard graphics solutions, but if all you are concerned about is great HD from onboard, check this review out.
Subject: Motherboards | June 30, 2008 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Foxconn BlackOps X48 Express has a lot of features bearing the name Quantum for some reason, but don't let the cheesy naming fool you, this board is rather impressive. It will support DDR3-1600, 8 phase power, and has a rather interesting cooling design which will support cooling with dry ice. That may not be the most useful feature, but it is certainly unique. Drop by TechARP for a closer look.
Subject: Motherboards | June 24, 2008 - 02:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new ASUS Crosshair II Formula is a 780a SLI chipset, with a GeForce 8 onboard and a PCIe 1x add in card for sound, as opposed to an onboard chip. The sound card makes sense on two levels, it can be physically removed if a XiFi or other card is purchased and it saves a lot of space on the PCB. Techspot took a look at this Phenom board, a
Subject: Motherboards | June 19, 2008 - 03:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASRock K10N750SLI-WiFi nForce 750a Motherboard manages to do a lot for not very much money. As far as setting up an inexpensive Phenom system goes it is hard to beat. With power saving features, a powerful northbridge cooler and even a ASRock OC Tuner. Drop by Think Computers for a closer look.
Subject: Motherboards | June 16, 2008 - 03:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
So what if Intel claims the P45 only supports 800MHz DRR2 and 1333MHz DDR3? That hasn't stopped manufacturers from selling 1600MHz capable P45 boards. Add PCI Express 2.0 to that support, and the ability to evenly split lanes between AMD cards in Crossfire setup and you have a solid update to the P35. The Tech Report didn't find huge performance increases, but as the P45 is simply an update, not a complete revamping, the stability of the technology may be a big factor for some.
Subject: Motherboards | June 9, 2008 - 05:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS P5Q3 Deluxe uses the P45 chipset, aimed at a less demanding crowd than the X series from Intel. ASUS has still packed a lot of features and extras into the board which has had two major effects. The good is that it is almost as flexible as the enthusiast versions, but the bad is the price, which reflects those extras.
Subject: Motherboards | June 5, 2008 - 11:27 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
City of Industry, CA - MSI, a leading manufacturer of mainboard products, proudly unveils its latest high-end P45 series mainboard which is powered by Intel P45 Express chipsets. MSI has recently developed the mainboard with a server-class 'DrMOS" which delivers highest efficiency, zero noise, and best performance into the P45 series. The MSI P45 series mainboards come with several unique technologies, including Circu-Pipe Liquid and Circu-Pipe 2 cooling solutions. It offers a perfect combination of ECO-friendly features and overclocking performance.
Subject: Motherboards | June 5, 2008 - 11:19 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
XFX's new GeForce 8200 motherboard introduces a new feature on motherboards HybridSLI with GeForce Boost Technology. XFX claims that it will increase graphics performance by 45%, hopefully that will show up in reviewers benchmarking.
Subject: Motherboards | June 4, 2008 - 02:36 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 - 02:02 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 - 03:57 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 - 03:40 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 - 11:50 AM | 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 - 04:52 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 - 06:00 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 - 02:31 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 - 01:09 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 - 04:17 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 - 11:53 AM | 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 - 02:57 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