GIGABYTE produces several models with the P45 chipset. For this particular review, we will be taking a look at the GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3R (DDR2) version. This is one of GIGABYTE’s mainstream P45 variants. The board is stuffed full of hardware and software features, including their DES (dynamic energy saver) with 6-gears. There's the standard “Ultra Durable 2” moniker, which according to GIGABYTE stands for excellent stability and longevity. Does this board stack up in the current mainstream market? Read on to find out.
Subject: Motherboards | August 21, 2008 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is not that BioStar has been guilty of making bad motherboards, it is more that they have tended to focus on motherboards with minimal features and low prices. The
Subject: Motherboards | August 19, 2008 - 06:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (August 19, 2008) - ASUS, a leading name in high quality computer components and solutions, received an Intel Server and Storage Innovation Award for the Z7S WS workstation motherboard. Positioned for power users, the Z7S WS features dual socket 771 and utilizes the Intel 5400 chipset to deliver high speed performance and wide expansion capabilities.
Subject: Motherboards | August 18, 2008 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the introduction of the 780a chipset came Hybrid SLI, a way to turn off your video card when you are not using it. Unfortunately it only works with the new 9800s as well as GT200s, both of which are relatively good at not using much power when in an idle state. [H]ard|OCP's reviewers had very different experiences with this Phenom board, so read through carefully before you think about running out and buying one.
Today we will be looking at ECS’s P45 powerhouse, the ECS Black Series P45T-A. The board arrives in a fantasy themed box, and features a nice slick black PCB. The “Black Series” is the ECS moniker that is supposed to stand for ECS’s new focus on an enthusiast product line. ECS has long been a OEM powerhouse, but they have often failed to crack the DIY enthusiast level market. Does this board succeed? Read on to find out.
Subject: Motherboards | August 14, 2008 - 01:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gigabyte's flashy X48T-DQ6 board gives you a great way to set up a stable PC and have some pretty colours to point out in your case. The stock performance of this board impressed [H]ard|OCP, as did it's ability to stay rock solid even when the case temps headed north of 61C. On the other hand, don't try pushing this board into overclocking territory,
Subject: Motherboards | August 13, 2008 - 02:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
Results are in, and there are some big winners and some not-so-big winners in the world of motherboard manufacturers. Looking at ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and ECS, everyone saw good month to month growth with ASUS taking the lead with 15% over June results. Looking year to year, the only company to take a backwards step in units sold was Gigabyte with a 4.28% drop in sales. ASUS on the other hand grew 36% - obviously they are big winner.
Subject: Motherboards | August 12, 2008 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel has positioned their DX48BT2 motherboard as the board for enthusiasts looking to get the most from their hardware. [H]ard|OCP's testing shows a different side to this board. Miserable overclocking and a death due to tweaking RAM settings have caused them to recommend that you give this board a pass.
Subject: Motherboards | August 8, 2008 - 11:46 AM | Josh Walrath
Some weeks ago AMD quietly introduced a new motherboard part without many people noticing. The 740G was not released to make some big waves as the previous 780G did, or the very new 790GX is doing. Instead the 740G is positioned as an extreme value part which brings quite a few nice features to the scene. The heart of the 740G is essentially the same as the previous 690G. The X700 based integrated part is SM 2.0 compliant, and it has the newer Avivo HD/UVD portion fused onto the design. All of this is then rolled up in one 55 nm package. The 690G broke new g
Subject: Motherboards | August 7, 2008 - 12:58 PM | Josh Walrath
A few days ago AMD officially released the 790GX chip combined with the brand new SB750 southbridge. This combination is aimed at pleasing enthusiasts around the globe, and the products that were released by four major manufacturers certainly appear to be nicely placed (Asus, Gigabyte, Biostar, and Foxconn). The 790GX is basically a 780G on steroids, upping the core clock speed of the graphics portion from 500 MHz to a near blistering 700 MHz (though the chip really does not get all that hot in the solution I have been testing). But unlike the 780G, the inclusion of SidePort