Subject: Motherboards | January 21, 2008 - 04:19 PM |

The Intel Skulltrail will probably beat the pants off of any AMD Spider platform you can build, but on the other hand Gigabyte's GA-MA790FX-DQ6 will only set you back about $300, half the price of the Skulltrail motherboard.  It will also be much easier to find, as it is not limited to 2000, total.  [H]ard|OCP checks out this Spider platform board and it'

Source: [H]ard|OCP
Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: XFX

Introduction and Specifications

NVIDIA is updating their Intel-platform chipset series with the nForce 780i SLI. It offers 3-Way SLI, ESA support, great overclockability but still uses DDR2 memory. This makes for a slightly less exciting platform, but definitely a cheaper one.

My motherboard can phase change

Subject: Motherboards | January 15, 2008 - 06:01 PM |

Gigabyte has introduced their newest feature for motherboards, Dynamic Energy Saver, which switches power phases on or off, on the fly.  With a high end 12 phase motherboard, you can expect to see idle mode running as if it were a three phase board.  Tweaktown explains DES in more detail here, and if you want an example of what the power consumption of a DES board is like, check out their review of the

Source: TweakTown

nVIDIA takes on Intel, Round 2

Subject: Motherboards | January 8, 2008 - 05:43 PM |

The new nVIDIA 780i chipset is appearing on some motherboards, like the ASUS Striker II Formula up for review on Overclock3D.  As you would expect from the Republic of Gamers line, this motherboard comes bundled with a huge amount of accessories, including a removable sound card in case you want to upgrade from the onboard sound, and an astronomical price.  nVIDIA is up against some stiff competition from the P35 and X38 chipsets, especially when i

Source: Overclock3D

GIGABYTE Online Overclocking Contest

Subject: Motherboards | December 19, 2007 - 06:07 PM |

GIGABYTE Online Overclocking Contest

Honor Hardcore PC Enthusiasts at Overclocking Hall of Fame

-    Over $12,000 in Cash & Prize to be Awarded –

ASUS P5N-T Deluxe Motherboard Raises the Bar for Enthusiasts Motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | December 18, 2007 - 03:22 PM |

ASUS P5N-T Deluxe Motherboard Raises the Bar for Enthusiasts Motherboards 

-- The latest NVIDIA 3-way SLI capable motherboard is complemented by the energy-saving ASUS Energy Processing Unit --


The Puzzling Existence of the AMD 770 Chipset

Subject: Motherboards | December 17, 2007 - 05:45 PM |

One thing I am rather confused about is why AMD and its partners are not pushing the AMD 770 based boards more than they currently are.  There are six manufacturers that have AMD 770 based boards available (or at least will be available shortly).  So far only ECS has chosen to send out review samples, while the rest of the manufacturers are sitting back and letting the more expensive 790X and 790FX boards take all the limelight.

NVIDIA's 780i Release

Subject: Motherboards | December 17, 2007 - 10:33 AM |

I originally posted this on my site, but figured it would do just as nicely here.

Can you build yourself a spider with ECS?

Subject: Motherboards | December 14, 2007 - 01:38 PM |

The ECS A770M-A isn't really the motherboard you want if you are putting together a Spider platform.  The new AMD 770 northbridge will give you support for Phenom, Athlon FX, Athlon64, and Sempron processors, and support for HT 3.0 and PCI-E 2.0 make it an attractive board, but the lack of 4 PCIe slots might put a damper on your plans.  Even so, Overclockers Club d

Circuit Maximus

Subject: Motherboards | December 10, 2007 - 02:56 PM |

The incredibly difficult to find, or afford, ASUS Maximus Extreme is the DDR3 supporting, top of the line X38 based, packed full of extras flagship of ASUS' Intel boards.  AnandTech took on the task of testing all that it is capable of, including running Vista stably with 4GB at DDR3 1800 and a FSB of 450MHz.  When they broke out the extreme cooling, they could boot at 5GHz or more the first time, but after that they saw some interesting behaviour.

Source: AnandTech