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 - 02:57 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 - 02:48 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 - 03:29 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 - 06:20 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 - 01:27 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 - 01:09 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
Subject: Motherboards | April 11, 2008 - 02:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MSI's P7N SLI Platinum motherboard is based on nVIDIA's 750i SLI chipset, with a 430i SPP. [H]ard|OCP found that overclocking this board was a little tricky, it is rather choosy about the combinations it will run stably with, but it is rewarding with a 1900MHz FSB being reachable as well as the memory being able to hit 1275MHz. This
Subject: Motherboards | April 10, 2008 - 06:56 PM | Ryan Shrout
It would seem that not all is well in the world of AMD's newest processors, the Phenom X4 9850. Apparently quite a few people are finding that their motherboards based on the 780G and 770 chipsets, also from AMD, might not support the power levels that the X4 9850 and Athlon X2 6400+ require.
Subject: Motherboards | April 9, 2008 - 12:17 PM | Ryan Shrout
Interesting information has filtered out about NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI chipset recently on the subject of cost and how NVIDIA's pricing scheme is forcing board vendors to charge extremely high prices for 790i solutions. According some reports NVIDIA is charging as much as $115 per chipset for the 790i Ultra SLI - for comparison Intel apparently charges about $60 for their super-end product, the X48 chipset. That is a HUGE difference of more than 90% and we