Subject: Motherboards | March 20, 2008 - 03:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's nice to see that nVIDIA has finally caught up to Intel in motherboard features. The new nForce 790 chipsets support 1600MHz FSB, DDR3 memory and PCI Express 2.0, as Intel has been offering for almost a year now. They did surpassed Intel's X38 boards in one area, check out th
Introduction and 790i Features
NVIDIA is on a tear with new product releases this month and their next offering is a new core logic chipset for Intel processors called the nForce 790i Ultra SLI. Yes, both Ultra and SLI. Adding DDR3 and native PCI Express support this new chipset from NVIDIA could be the best yet.
Subject: Motherboards | March 18, 2008 - 04:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Paired with the launch of the 9800 GX2 is the 790i SLI chipset. Unlike the update from the 680i to the 780i, we actually have a new northbridge. The southbridge is still the 570 MCP, although it has learned a new trick. The brand new northbridge brings DDR3 support, up to 2000MHz and support for Intel's new 1600Mhz FSB. Lowered memory latencies and 32 lanes of PCI Express 2.0 have helped this board unseat the X48 as the top chipset for performance. See what else is new over at The Tech Report.
Subject: Motherboards | March 13, 2008 - 03:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Newest in the Republic of Gamers line of motherboards from ASUS is the X48 based Rampage Formula. One of the most noticeable features are the heatpipes and sinks on the motherboard itself, they are even bigger than what you would see on a 6/780i board. When you tie that effective cooling with some powerful overclocking features, you get performance that earns respect; as it did over at [H]ard|OCP. There is a darker side to the ROG series though; they are almost impossible
Subject: Motherboards | March 10, 2008 - 09:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tyan has just released the Tempest i5400XT, a server class motherboard for the Quad-core Xeons based on the Intel 5400 MCH chipset. Support for 64Gb of fully buffered RAM is included, as is a pair of PCI Express 16x slots, in case you want SLI on your server. Phoronix can tell you all about Tyan's newest in their full article.
Subject: Motherboards | March 4, 2008 - 05:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has come through in a big way with the 790G chipset, although not by taking a performance crown as many enthusiasts would have preferred. Instead, they have totally destroyed the competition in integrated graphics. Currently available(ish) at $100, the board's price will drop and setting up an HTPC or just a general PC for $300 or less is easy with this board, and it will perform well enough that you d
Subject: Motherboards | March 4, 2008 - 03:14 PM | Ryan Shrout
While the world is focused on computer hardware at the CeBit show in Hanover, Germany ASUS took the opportunity to launch their new Z7S WS motherboard based on Intel's
Skulltrail 5400 chipset platform. The board used the Intel 5400 chipset, supports dual LGA771 processors and has three PCIe x16 slots for graphics expansion. Yes, the board still requires DDR2
Subject: Motherboards | February 29, 2008 - 08:09 PM | Ryan Shrout
This is a pretty interesting design idea: taking the heat that is generated by the motherboard chipset and using it to power the very fan that cools it. Pic and description from engadget.
Subject: Motherboards | February 20, 2008 - 07:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
780i based motherboard reviews are still fairly rare, and we haven't really seen a representative sample yet. [H]ard|OCP's review of the XFX nForce 780i SLI board proves that point, the overclocking results they saw were very different from the EVGA board they tested earlier. This board also has a new version of the nVIDIA system monitor, aka Enhanced System Architecture. Read on for the full review of this triple SLI capable board.
Subject: Motherboards | February 18, 2008 - 07:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASRock Penryn 1600SLI-110dB is a budget board that packs some surprises. The 650i chipset isn't usually associated with SLI, but this board has 3 PCI-E slots, one that is full 16x for running single cards and a pair that will run at 8x if two cards are plugged in. Placing the single slot solution between the paired PCI-E slots is a good idea, as it gives you space for oversized coolers. Check out the surprise AnandTech received when they started to overclock.