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Subject: Motherboards | April 24, 2008 - 06:20 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 - 01:27 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 - 01:09 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 - 02:33 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 - 06:56 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 - 12:17 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
Subject: Motherboards | April 8, 2008 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The once envied P35 chipset has fallen fast, with the X48 and P45 taking it's place of honor. It isn't completely phased out yet, it is enjoying a lengthened lifestyle on value priced boards, like the
Subject: Motherboards | April 2, 2008 - 01:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There really hasn't been that many reviews done of AMD's new chipset, the X48 and other Intel parts are still stealing the limelight. That didn't scare off Overclockers Club though, they've finished a review of the ECS A780GM-A. It suffers from the odd back panel problems that most of it's brethren do, for some reason you can only seem to have a maximum of two of the following, SP/DIF out, DVI out or HDMI out. In this case there is only an HDM
Subject: Motherboards | March 31, 2008 - 03:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 28 March 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of embedded silicon and platform technologies, today announced the VIA NAS 7800 board, specifically designed to meet the needs of thin server and NAS segment system builders.
Thin servers such as network attached storage are proving increasingly popular with small and medium sized enterprises looking for secure, energy-efficient data storage without investing in large, expensive and power-h
Subject: Motherboards | March 26, 2008 - 03:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS P5E3 Premium is built with Intel's new X48 chipset, and is premium in price as well as name. Neoseeker found a big difference in the overclocking ability when compared to it's predecessor, the X38. The technique that worked best for them differed, so you can't really expect to use the same settings you might on an X38. Read
Subject: Motherboards | March 20, 2008 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's nice to see that nVIDIA has finally caught up to Intel in motherboard features. The new nForce 790 chipsets support 1600MHz FSB, DDR3 memory and PCI Express 2.0, as Intel has been offering for almost a year now. They did surpassed Intel's X38 boards in one area, check out th
Subject: Motherboards | March 18, 2008 - 12:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Paired with the launch of the 9800 GX2 is the 790i SLI chipset. Unlike the update from the 680i to the 780i, we actually have a new northbridge. The southbridge is still the 570 MCP, although it has learned a new trick. The brand new northbridge brings DDR3 support, up to 2000MHz and support for Intel's new 1600Mhz FSB. Lowered memory latencies and 32 lanes of PCI Express 2.0 have helped this board unseat the X48 as the top chipset for performance. See what else is new over at The Tech Report.
Subject: Motherboards | March 13, 2008 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Newest in the Republic of Gamers line of motherboards from ASUS is the X48 based Rampage Formula. One of the most noticeable features are the heatpipes and sinks on the motherboard itself, they are even bigger than what you would see on a 6/780i board. When you tie that effective cooling with some powerful overclocking features, you get performance that earns respect; as it did over at [H]ard|OCP. There is a darker side to the ROG series though; they are almost impossible
Subject: Motherboards | March 10, 2008 - 05:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tyan has just released the Tempest i5400XT, a server class motherboard for the Quad-core Xeons based on the Intel 5400 MCH chipset. Support for 64Gb of fully buffered RAM is included, as is a pair of PCI Express 16x slots, in case you want SLI on your server. Phoronix can tell you all about Tyan's newest in their full article.
Subject: Motherboards | March 4, 2008 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has come through in a big way with the 790G chipset, although not by taking a performance crown as many enthusiasts would have preferred. Instead, they have totally destroyed the competition in integrated graphics. Currently available(ish) at $100, the board's price will drop and setting up an HTPC or just a general PC for $300 or less is easy with this board, and it will perform well enough that you d
Subject: Motherboards | March 4, 2008 - 10:14 AM | Ryan Shrout
While the world is focused on computer hardware at the CeBit show in Hanover, Germany ASUS took the opportunity to launch their new Z7S WS motherboard based on Intel's
Skulltrail 5400 chipset platform. The board used the Intel 5400 chipset, supports dual LGA771 processors and has three PCIe x16 slots for graphics expansion. Yes, the board still requires DDR2
Subject: Motherboards | February 29, 2008 - 03:09 PM | Ryan Shrout
This is a pretty interesting design idea: taking the heat that is generated by the motherboard chipset and using it to power the very fan that cools it. Pic and description from engadget.
Subject: Motherboards | February 20, 2008 - 02:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
780i based motherboard reviews are still fairly rare, and we haven't really seen a representative sample yet. [H]ard|OCP's review of the XFX nForce 780i SLI board proves that point, the overclocking results they saw were very different from the EVGA board they tested earlier. This board also has a new version of the nVIDIA system monitor, aka Enhanced System Architecture. Read on for the full review of this triple SLI capable board.
Subject: Motherboards | February 18, 2008 - 02:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASRock Penryn 1600SLI-110dB is a budget board that packs some surprises. The 650i chipset isn't usually associated with SLI, but this board has 3 PCI-E slots, one that is full 16x for running single cards and a pair that will run at 8x if two cards are plugged in. Placing the single slot solution between the paired PCI-E slots is a good idea, as it gives you space for oversized coolers. Check out the surprise AnandTech received when they started to overclock.
Subject: Motherboards | February 12, 2008 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MSI K9A2 Platinum seems to have displayed a split personality when it underwent testing at [H]ard|OCP. It is designed to support Crossfire-X, but the slots are so close together you wouldn't manage to fit 4 double height cards. The chipset heatsinks are small, but they are positioned so close to the CPU that it is very hard to fit a large cool