Subject: Motherboards | July 29, 2008 - 05:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS M3N78 Pro has a fair number of features on it for a $130 motherboard. Native support for 1066MHz DDR2, HDMI support, Hybrid SLI, solid capacitors, Express Gate technology, and HD audio and video decoding thanks to the GeForce 8300 chipset. On the other hand, Overclockers Club had some difficulty when trying to get an overclock going on the machine, limitations in the RAM settings, the multiplier and the CPU core voltage being limited t
Subject: Motherboards | July 25, 2008 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS has expanded their Republic of Gamers line with the P45 based Maximus II Formula; which is sporting an incredibly large and complex cooling system including a clip on fan. The pair of 16x PCIe 2.0 slots will support CrossfireX, DDR2 and it can handle any LGA775 processor out there. Check out it's other features, including the impressive overclock
Subject: Motherboards | July 22, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has been doing a lot of work on AMD's brand new revision to their SB700 southbridge, the SB750.
They've changed the BIOS to allow Advanced Clock Calibration to be included in the AMD Overdrive Utility and that update seems to have changed AnandTech's minds about the usefulness of that utility. They haven't finished all of their testing yet, but as they managed to get a Phenom 9850BE to 3.0GHz on on stock voltages, you can expect a positive conclusion.
Subject: Motherboards | July 17, 2008 - 05:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechARP would love to share the information they managed to get out of Foxconn about the upcoming X58 chipset from Intel. Drop by for a look at some of the specs you can expect to see on boards with this chipset; unfortunately this is not a final revision nor do they know if the NVIDIA nForce 200 SLI processor will be included, or not.
Subject: Motherboards | July 15, 2008 - 05:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you want to set up a great Crossfire system, choosing the graphics cards to put in it is only half the battle. You also have to choose between four different chipsets; the P35, X38, P45 and X48 all support Crossfire. Legion Hardware set out to determine which is the best to use to build your PC on, a task made more difficult because some use PCI Express 1.0 and others the new 2.0.
Subject: Motherboards | July 14, 2008 - 02:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA - JULY 14, 2008 - PC enthusiasts, manufacturers, and developers around the world have a lot to be excited about today with NVIDIA Corporation's announcement that it will be bringing the power and performance of its SLI multi-GPU technology to Intel's upcoming line of Bloomfield CPUs.
Subject: Motherboards | July 11, 2008 - 01:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legit Reviews has decided to find out for themselves whether ASUS or Gigabyte produces the most power efficient motherboards. They have copies of the FUD filled slides produced be Gigabyte which started this whole fiasco, so if you didn't see them before, you can now. Read the full review to see why Gigabyte decided to apologize.
Subject: Motherboards | July 9, 2008 - 02:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There isn't all that much to go on, just a pair of slides from an AMD presentation, but if the tests were not too terribly biased AMD's 790GX chipset is going to be quite impressive. Just scroll down from the top of the page on CHW to see the slides.
Subject: Motherboards | July 7, 2008 - 02:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA does have one market in which it holds an advantage over AMD, assuming that it's hardware problems are under control with the 8300. In The Tech Report's testing of the Zotac built mATX-sized board with the new GeForce 8300, the nVIDIA offering beats the AMD 780G in almost all tests, including HD playback. There are some heat and CPU utilization differences beween the two onboard graphics solutions, but if all you are concerned about is great HD from onboard, check this review out.
Subject: Motherboards | June 30, 2008 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Foxconn BlackOps X48 Express has a lot of features bearing the name Quantum for some reason, but don't let the cheesy naming fool you, this board is rather impressive. It will support DDR3-1600, 8 phase power, and has a rather interesting cooling design which will support cooling with dry ice. That may not be the most useful feature, but it is certainly unique. Drop by TechARP for a closer look.