Subject: Motherboards | September 30, 2005 - 06:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's nice to have choices, and the nForce chipset certainly offers that. The newest one to be reviewed at PCStats is the ECS KN1-SLI Extreme, with all the functionality you'd expect, and switchless SLI. Check it out.
"The ECS KN1-SLI Extreme looks like a pretty sweet motherboard for anyone on a budget who wants good performance, and the all important option of running dual PCI Express x16 SLI-compatible videocards.
Subject: Motherboards | September 28, 2005 - 08:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This board has everything, good looks, gobs of functionality and speed, in fact the only limitation that nV News could find was FSB overclocking. Not because of a specific problem with the board, but because the PCI Express bus, SATA, and the link between north & south bridges all use the same clock generator. You can't (yet) lock those frequencies in the BIOS, so you get problems with SATA and PCI Express devices if you push it too far.
"The MSI P4N Diamond has a great list
Subject: Motherboards | September 26, 2005 - 10:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Surprise, its the nForce4 SLI Intel Edition from Biostar. If you love nForce, but need to go with Intel, it's no longer a problem. The board has all you'd expect from nForce 4, with the nice simplicity of setup that BioStar tends to prefer, according to Bjorn3D. If it's not a motherboard you want, 4 new chips were announced today, one Intel and 3 AMD.
"For years, NVIDIA fans and general enthusiasts wondered if NVIDIA would ever release an Intel chipset.
Subject: Motherboards | September 23, 2005 - 04:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just because the ECS' Nforce 4 board, the KN1 SLI is touted as a discount board, doesn't mean they skimped on the layout of the board, or the package it comes with. Read the full review at InsaneTek.
"The KN1 SLI Extreme is the latest AMD flagship motherboard from ECS. The motherboard performs well and has great overclocking potential.
Subject: Motherboards | September 21, 2005 - 11:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Intel 945 chipset is taking it's time hitting the store, but Techniz got their hands on an offering from Gigabyte that uses it. See how well it performs with a Prescott, DDR2 and SATA2.
"The GA-8I945P Pro was featuring the new IntelÂ® 945P Express chipset with Hyper-Threading Technology delivers significant performance gains with variety of new generation architectures including the DDR2 main memory, PCI-Express interface, and Serial-ATA 2 interface for improving storage performa
Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2005 - 09:46 PM | Ryan Shrout
HardOCP has reviewed the Abit AN8 Ultra motherboard today based on the nForce4 Ultra chipset. Looks like the guys didn't find the fanless design all that appealing...
Remember that you are hearing all of this from a person that has been a huge fan of ABIT motherboards since their introduction of the "soft bios" in the mid-90s. Based on the ABIT motherboards that I have experienced over the last year, I have to wonder if ABIT has simply lost its grip on their marketing and engineering teams.
Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2005 - 09:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
Digitimes is reporting that the motherboard shipments for the "big four" have gone up for the month of August, a good sign for the industry as a whole.
First-tier motherboard makers Asustek Computer, Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), Gigabyte Technology, and Micro-Star International (MSI) shipped a combined 8.93 million motherboards in August, up 25.8-27.6% from the 7-7.1 million units they shipped during the same period last year.
As demand picked up in the traditional peak season,
Subject: Motherboards | September 7, 2005 - 07:14 PM | Ryan Shrout
Wesley over at Anandtech has posted a review of the ASRock board featuing the ULi 1695 chipset that sports both PCIe and AGP video card slots.
Many have been looking forward to the arrival of the first ULi chipset retail motherboards since our review of the ULi Reference boards. In the first Reference board review and the updated second ULi Reference, we found the performance of the on-board PCIe and AGP 8X to be both uncompromised.
Subject: Motherboards | August 31, 2005 - 07:10 PM | Ryan Shrout
I got this in my email box this morning from both ULi and ASRock. The ULi 1695 chipset supports both PCI Express x16 and native AGP 8x graphics interfaces. This particular board from ASRock also supports CPU upgrade modules and they are touting support for future M2 processors next year via one of these modules. Below is the full release I received.
Taipei, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)â€”August 31, 2005-- ULi Elect
Subject: Motherboards | August 30, 2005 - 08:27 PM | Ryan Shrout
This is just a post to point you all to my quickie coverage of the recent ECS Editor's Day that I posted in my blog yesterday.
Their other, even more daring offering, is something called Scalable Dual Graphics Engine. SDGE is an attempt to make dual GPUs a more affordable and more open platform. Theoretically, you can buy a motherboard based on any chipset that comes with two x16 PCIe slots, one of which has no PCIe actually going to it.