nVIDIA's attempt to ingratiate itself into the integrated market

Subject: Motherboards | October 15, 2008 - 02:43 PM |
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Intel's G45 Express chipset hit the market right after AMD's 790GX, and it also lags behind in performance.  Now nVIDIA has joined the three way battle to provide the most graphical power for the least amount of electrical power.  Their integrated graphics chipset is the GF9300 and GF9400.  The Guru of 3D had a chance to test out ECS' take on this chipset and from the benchmarks it looks like AMD has a contender worth worrying about.

Source: Guru of 3D

Integral to Intel's success?

Subject: Motherboards | October 14, 2008 - 02:48 PM |
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Integral video is rising to new heights of importance over the past year.  Previously only found in machines that run Office applications and maybe a little light surfing, the new AMD and nVIDIA solutions can handle 3D games and HD video.  Intel is countering with the G45 Express chipset and it's Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD, a model number that sounds far more like an AMD product than an Intel one.  Check out The Tech Report to see how it fares against AMD's 780G and Nvidia's GeForce 8300.

Anandtech investigates the Core i7 VDIMM issue

Subject: Motherboards | October 10, 2008 - 04:14 PM |
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So earlier this week we pointed you to a potential problem with the upcoming Core i7 Nehalem-based processors involving voltages.  Apparently, because the memory controller on the new processor is directly associated with the voltage of the entire processor, DDR3 DIMMs that are reaching over the 2.0v mark could be potentially hazardouse to the CPUs.  This is because the CPU voltage and VDIMM voltages are linked in some fashion.
Source: AnandTech

Open source and the 790GX

Subject: Motherboards | October 7, 2008 - 02:44 PM |
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Josh's look at the 790GX chipset covered it's performance in Windows, concentrating on it's gaming performance as well as it's abilities to power an HTPC.  Most PCPer readers are Windows users on their main rig, or their gaming rig at the very least; our HTPC users and general Linux fans are not.  That's the perfect cue for Phoronix to step in and see just how well the 790GX chipset works, specifically on Ubuntu 8.04 with the Catalyst 8.9 driver, Linux 2.6.24 kernel, and X Server 1.4.0.90. 

Source: Phoronix

Pics of X58 Smackover and BIOS, Core i7 965

Subject: Motherboards | October 6, 2008 - 01:37 AM |
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I saw this post in our forums over the weekend and thought it deserved a little front page love: AudioFreak39 posted up some pictures of a test bed configuration running one of the upcoming Nehalem Core i7 965 processors, Intel X58 Smackover motherboard with lots of images of the BIOS on the board as well!

Those extra letters don't seem to help that much

Subject: Motherboards | October 3, 2008 - 11:49 AM |
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The EVGA nForce 780i SLI FTW is an attempt to compete against Intel's historically more powerful chipsets.  Unfortunately, it fell short in a few key areas; it is a DDR2 board in a DDR3 world and it really doesn't offer
much improvement over the original version of the 780i.  Add to that it's less that stellar performance on [H]ard|OCP's torture testing and you can see why

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Gigabyte X58 Extreme motherboard pics show up online

Subject: Motherboards | October 2, 2008 - 03:11 PM |
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While photos of motherboards might not get everyone revved up, I think you'll find this pictorial view of the Gigabyte X58-based EX58-EXTREME to be pretty impressive.  The board includes an absolutely massive heatpipe add-on, six DDR3 memory slots, three PCI Express x16 slots, ten SATA ports, eight USB 2.0 connections and is really, really shiny.  

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Asus
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Introduction

ASUS has long been on the forefront of stable high performance motherboards. ASUS then stepped it up a notch and released their “Republic of Gamers” series. The branding is supposed to offer up extreme levels of performance and system control. Does the ASUS X48 Rampage Formula fall in line with these ideals, or does it fall short of its lofty goals? Read on to find out…

AMD's Advanced Clock Calibration

Subject: Motherboards | September 29, 2008 - 02:53 PM |
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AMD based motherboards tend to take second place on the reviewers bench, behind the various models and chipsets that run Intel processors.  That is too bad in a way, as the new 790G chipset is a rather impressive step forward for AMD.  Don't take my word for it though, read through what Josh has to say and see how his benchmarking turned out.

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Manufacturer: AMD
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690G Til Now

The AMD 790GX chipset is aimed at creating a new enthusiast level of product that should be far more accessible to regular people, both in terms of price and the ability to wring every spare MHz of performance out of the latest generation of AMD processors. While it succeeds in some areas, it is weighed down by some extraneous baggage that may not make it as appealing as AMD hoped to its targeted market.