Subject: Motherboards | May 12, 2008 - 05:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DFI's LanParty series has been going strong for years, and their newest board, the LT X48 T2R is no disappointment. You can see in bit-tech's review that this X48 based board has a lot of extras, including one very impressive passive chipset cooler.
Subject: Motherboards | May 7, 2008 - 08:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan has polished off his review of the new nVIDIA chipset for AMD processors, the 780a, specifically the ASUS M3N-HT. Go read the full review, so that when the PC Perspective Podcast is posted, you can follow along with our discussion of hybrid SLI and onboard graphics turning off discrete graphics cards completely, and taking over for the less 3D intensive applications, such as anything that is not gaming. That way you will have some great questions to leave for us on the podcast voicemail; which we can play and answer duri
Subject: Motherboards | May 6, 2008 - 03:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP's take on the 780a based ASUS M3N-HT is that it needs a bit more work before it's ready for Prime Time. That is not to say this chipset and board do not show promise; they certainly do, but a bit more work needs to be done before this board can show off what it is capable of. As [H] will be getting a new BIOS later today, you can be guaranteed the ASUS BIOS team is hard at work trying to solve some of the issues mentioned in their article.
The NVIDIA 700a Series of Chipsets
The nForce 780a SLI chipset has been on the verge of release many times over the past several months but there was always something pushing it back. Now NVIDIA is finally ready to unveiling their first updated AMD-platform chipset in years and the ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe is the first board on the chopping block.
Subject: Motherboards | May 5, 2008 - 06:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The motherboard market has gone through some big changes in the last few quarters. We have seen entire chipsets appear and hit end of life (officially or unofficially) for both AMD and Intel processors. The newer chipsets do offer some new features, but the releases just haven't been as awe inspiring as even a few years ago when chipsets lived a lot longer, and the next installment had huge benefits. The latest nVIDIA chipset is up for a preview at HEXUS, the 780a and they even have a board to show
Subject: Motherboards | May 1, 2008 - 06:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Asus Rampage Formula and Intel DX48BT2 are up for review at The Tech Report. Both are x48 chipset based, with the Rampage Formula using DDR2 and the Intel using the newer DDR3, offering a chance to compare the performance of RAM on similar chipsets.
Subject: Motherboards | April 25, 2008 - 07:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS' P5K PRO claims to be a green board, having three different modes in which you can run and save power. While the claims that ASUS makes are upwards of 50% savings, the total system power draw doesn't actually dip by that much. It does certainly save power when compared to the P5KC, especially when placed into the
Subject: Motherboards | April 24, 2008 - 10:20 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 - 05:27 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 - 05:09 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