Introduction and Specifications
The Asus P5B Deluxe was one of the first motherboards to use the Intel 965 chipset. Just recently, a new ATI drive and BIOS from Asus have enabled CrossFire support on it, right as we were finishing up testing. Does this board have what it takes to make it as your Core 2 motherboard?
Subject: Motherboards | September 29, 2006 - 06:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCC has posted the steps to mod your non-SLI Ultra-D into and SLI-D. All you need is some time and
- Silver conductive paint
- Scalpel / X-Acto / craft knife
- A bright source of direct light
- Cotton buds / Q-tips
- IPA (Isopropyl alcohol, Isopropanol)
- 40mm spacer (optional)
Subject: Motherboards | September 25, 2006 - 08:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In fact, when [H]ard|OCP are talking about Core 2 Duo processors or motherboards, it is just short form. This motherboard, built on an Intel chipset, has everythign you want from dual Gigabit NICs, as well as a wireless connection that claims "g" speeds. Add to that respectable overclocking potential and Realtec's ALC882M 8 channel HD audio, and you have a pretty impressive board.
Subject: Motherboards | September 20, 2006 - 11:05 PM | Ryan Shrout
Asus just sent over some PR that details their upcoming release of the P5N32-SLI Premium motherboard based on the nForce 590 SLI chipset and support Core 2 Duo processors from Intel. Below is the PR and image. You can discuss this board, and the apparently lack of Intel-based 590 SLI solutions, in our newly enhanced PC Perspective Forums!
Source: PC Perspective
Subject: Motherboards | September 20, 2006 - 10:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In one corner you have the less expensive Foxconn board, with a slightly less powerful southbrigde. It does a little of everything, but doesn't provide as many extras in the way of SATA channels, RAID and PCI Express 16x. In the other corner you have Gigabyte, with the better southbridge that costs about double. The Tech Report gives you the lowdown on which board can give you the better value and why.
Subject: Motherboards | September 15, 2006 - 07:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has a review of ASUS' P5NSLI. It offers some good performance out of the box, but [H] discovered it is not a great overclocker, and both the north and south bridges run quite hot.
Subject: Motherboards | September 13, 2006 - 03:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
September 08, 2006 —abit is expanding their digital home series into AMD processor supported platforms with the nVidiaÂ® GeForceÂ®6150/nForce430 chipset based NF-M2 nView motherboard. 7.1 channel high definition audio and powerful integrated GeForceÂ®6150 onboard graphics with a DVI-connector for digital high definition graphics output are the ideal basis for a cost-effective home theater multimedia system.
Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2006 - 06:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP reviews the MSI K9A Platinum, based on the Radeon Xpress 3200, and with the new SB600. It proved to be a very stable board, though there were some slight problems that appeared when dealing with RAID and CrossFire.
Subject: Motherboards | September 7, 2006 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP reviews EPoX's Core 2 Duo board, the EP-5P945Pro. For less than $100 dollars, you get a motherbord with no frills, including no SLI support, but it handles Core 2 Duo chips perfectly well. A great base to build a PC that sees normal use, but not recommended for gamers or overclockers.
Introduction and Specifications
Both MSI and ECS have come out with motherboards based on the Radeon XPress 3200 chipset for the AM2 platform, but can either of them hold their own against the NVIDIA 590 chipset for the enthusiast?