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Subject: Motherboards | October 10, 2007 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The reviewers have had their gags removed and we can finally see some real testing of Intel's brand new chipset, the X38 Express. The Tech Report has a pair, the ASUS P5E3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @n and Gigabyte's GA-X38-DQ6. Both boards offer the new features of the X38 chipset, 32 PCI Express Lanes, with PCI Express 2.0 support, as well as DDR3. The ASUS board comes with embedded Linux, WiFi and a higher price while the Gigabyte board skips some of the extras, but is still priced close to $300.
Subject: Motherboards | October 9, 2007 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS motherboards that come with Linux embedded in them have gained a name, SplashTop. Phoronix points out some interesting benefits you can gain from this 'Instant On' addition to the motherboard, and a bit of speculation as to whether we will finally see an update to something that really has seen any major changes in over a decade, the system BIOS.
Subject: Motherboards | October 8, 2007 - 01:42 PM | Ryan Shrout
Embedded operating systems have long been the one way to get super-fast boot up times and looks like Asus might be allowing upcoming X38 motherboards to take advantage of them.
Subject: Motherboards | October 2, 2007 - 01:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown managed to get a sneak preview of the two X38 board that ASUS is working on, the Maximus. It will come in two flavours, just like the P35 Blitz series did. Some of the nicer features include 2 full x16 PCI Express 2.0 slots, and a third that can be used, although it will cause the second 16x to reduce to 8x and give the other 8x to that 3rd slot. There is also an new and interesting feature called Express Gate, a 512MB flash drive soldered onto the motherboard that runs a compact version of
Subject: Motherboards | September 27, 2007 - 01:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has published a full review of the Foxconn MARS P35 motherboard, touted as a high performance board with a value price. The cooling system on the motherboard will keep the Northbridge happy for all but the most extreme overclocking, and should still give enough space around the socket to allow a large CPU heatsink. The general overclocking settings in the BIOS gave them some problems, but once AnandTech got the hang of it, this turned into a board that is great for overclocking Quads.
Subject: Motherboards | September 26, 2007 - 06:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ontario, CA, Sept. 25, 2007 - XFX welcomes the most affordable and graphically intense triplets ever delivered. The XFX nForce 630i with GeForce 7150, nForce 630i with GeForce 7100, and nForce 610i with GeForce 7050 motherboards are genetically programmed to deliver a premium graphics experience on Windows Vista, including Flip 3D, translucent window panes and taskbar preview.
Designed for Intel-based PCs, these motherboards support a full range of Intel CPUs (from Core2 Quad to Celeron) and DDR2-800 memory.
Subject: Motherboards | September 21, 2007 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP broke in their new testing OS, Vista Ultimate 64, on the abit IP35 Pro. With solid metal capacitors, a good layout and decent cooling, this board shows off what abit can do when they put their minds to it. It didn't take first place when it came time to overclock, but the overall solid build of this motherboard makes it a good choice to build a system with.
Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2007 - 01:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
... but still no benchmarks! Hardware Zone has a preview of the Foxconn X38A board, with a good look at the board and the features it will sport. The northbridge cooling solution is rather unique, but it doesn't seem likely that too many people will be suffering from overheating, at least in that particular area.
Subject: Motherboards | September 11, 2007 - 10:53 AM | Ryan Shrout
In a rather confusing news post, Digitimes seems to be reporting that NVIDIA's Drew Henry has said the "Designed by NVIDIA" motherboard program is going to come to an end. I don't know if the reasoning behind this is anger from the Taiwan-based motherboard makers that have taken the time to design their own boards or just a lack of sales with partners like EVGA, XFX and BFG.
Subject: Motherboards | September 4, 2007 - 03:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While the EVGA 680i SLI Black Pearl sounds like it has something to do with Jack Sparrow, it's only link to that series is that is has been designed with watercooling in mind. These boards are extremely rare, as EVGA inspects their A1 line and only takes the best to be promoted to the Black Pearl line. That promotion involves the addition of compression fitted waterblocks, specifically a VREG block, CPU block, SPP Block, and MCP Block.
Subject: Motherboards | August 29, 2007 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We still don't know when AMD will announce their upcoming RD790 chipset, but TweakTown managed to get a sneak peak at it at the World Cyber Games. This is a big step for AMD, as this is the chipset that will run Phenom processors, and add support for PCI Express 2.0.
Subject: Motherboards | August 23, 2007 - 01:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H is an AMD 690 based microATX board. As [H]ard|OCP points out, you will be doing this board an injustice if you think it's small size will hold it back. This board is as feature rich as it's larger cousins, and just wait until you see how well it overclocks.
There is also some interesting news about XFX's nForce 680i, which Ryan shares with you here.
Subject: Motherboards | August 20, 2007 - 05:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When HotHardware reviewed ASUS' P5K3 Deluxe and the Gigabyte P35T-DQ6, they found that the benchmarks lined up with each other, with only a 1 or 2% difference. When two boards perform so similarly it comes down to the features each manufacturer can get on the board, and how far you are able overclock it. Find out what these two boards can offer you.
Subject: Motherboards | August 14, 2007 - 05:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown has gathered 5 motherboards based on the P35 chipset. ASUS, ABIT, ECS, Foxconn and Gigabyte are all represented, so read the full review to get a look at who has implemented the P35 chipset best, and of course; who gives the best extras.
Subject: Motherboards | August 10, 2007 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS Blitz Extreme is almost a clone of the Blitz Formula, the difference lying in the memory controller. The Blitz Extreme is the DDR3 version of the P35 based board, giving early adopters the ability to use the new type of memory. Find out if [H]ard|OCP found it to be a better choice than the Formula.
Subject: Motherboards | August 7, 2007 - 02:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS' new addition to the Republic of Gamers lineup is the P35 based DDR2 Blitz Formula motherboard. [H]ard|OCP was amazed by the overclocking ability that this board possesses, eclipsing the Commando and the P5K Deluxe WiFi-AP Edition that previously impressed them. Add the LCD and LED informational displays and the feature set, and you have a very nice high end board.
Subject: Motherboards | August 2, 2007 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The AMD 690G chipset is undergoing a revision, specifically it's the BIOS that is being tweaked. The onboard graphics will have proper support for HD quality video and significant improvements to the overclocking potential. The Tech Report has some pictures of a new Gigabyte board, and a bit more details on what to expect from this chipset's second wave.
Subject: Motherboards | August 1, 2007 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS is the next manufacturer to offer a pair of P35 motherboards, the Blitz Extreme which supports DDR3 and the Blitz Formula which is a DDR2 board. These boards are essentially twins, in Techgage's review, they have a picture of the boards side by side, and there are no visual clues as to which board is which. Check out the surprises these clones have!
Subject: Motherboards | July 20, 2007 - 01:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Trying to get a QX6850 to work, at full speed, on a 680i motherboard proved a challenge for many, including AnandTech. Using an EVGA 680i board and the brand new P30 BIOS, as well as the new ASUS Blitz and P5K Deluxe, they tested the overclocking ability for the CPU and RAM. One of the key points in the article is that this new BIOS makes it very easy to push a 1066 processor to 1333, but they have much more than that to report on.