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Subject: Motherboards | July 11, 2008 - 01:34 PM |
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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.

Sparse info, but promising

Subject: Motherboards | July 9, 2008 - 02:20 PM |
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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.

Source: CHW

nVIDIA leaps onboard, knocks AMD off

Subject: Motherboards | July 7, 2008 - 02:07 PM |
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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.

It only works when unobserved

Subject: Motherboards | June 30, 2008 - 01:41 PM |
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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.

Source: Tech ARP

Crosshair II; now even more expensive

Subject: Motherboards | June 24, 2008 - 02:10 PM |
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The new ASUS Crosshair II Formula is a 780a SLI chipset, with a GeForce 8 onboard and a PCIe 1x add in card for sound, as opposed to an onboard chip.  The sound card makes sense on two levels, it can be physically removed if a XiFi or other card is purchased and it saves a lot of space on the PCB.  Techspot took a look at this Phenom board, a

Source: Tech Spot

ASRock knows how to stick to a good thing

Subject: Motherboards | June 19, 2008 - 03:35 PM |
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The ASRock K10N750SLI-WiFi nForce 750a Motherboard manages to do a lot for not very much money.  As far as setting up an inexpensive Phenom system goes it is hard to beat.  With power saving features, a powerful northbridge cooler and even a ASRock OC Tuner.  Drop by Think Computers for a closer look.

The manufacturer's specs are really just suggestions

Subject: Motherboards | June 16, 2008 - 03:36 PM |
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So what if Intel claims the P45 only supports 800MHz DRR2 and 1333MHz DDR3?  That hasn't stopped manufacturers from selling 1600MHz capable P45 boards.  Add PCI Express 2.0 to that support, and the ability to evenly split lanes between AMD cards in Crossfire setup and you have a solid update to the P35.  The Tech Report didn't find huge performance increases, but as the P45 is simply an update, not a complete revamping, the stability of the technology may be a big factor for some.

Is an X really better than a P?

Subject: Motherboards | June 9, 2008 - 05:32 PM |
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The ASUS P5Q3 Deluxe uses the P45 chipset, aimed at a less demanding crowd than the X series from Intel.  ASUS has still packed a lot of features and extras into the board which has had two major effects.  The good is that it is almost as flexible as the enthusiast versions, but the bad is the price, which reflects those extras. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

MSI Unveils The P45 Series Mainboards

Subject: Motherboards | June 5, 2008 - 11:27 AM |
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City of Industry, CA - MSI, a leading manufacturer of mainboard products, proudly unveils its latest high-end P45 series mainboard which is powered by Intel P45 Express chipsets. MSI has recently developed the mainboard with a server-class 'DrMOS" which delivers highest efficiency, zero noise, and best performance into the P45 series. The MSI P45 series mainboards come with several unique technologies, including Circu-Pipe Liquid and Circu-Pipe 2 cooling solutions. It offers a perfect combination of ECO-friendly features and overclocking performance.

Source: MSI

The brand new XFX GeForce 8200 socket AM2 board

Subject: Motherboards | June 5, 2008 - 11:19 AM |
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XFX's new GeForce 8200 motherboard introduces a new feature on motherboards HybridSLI with GeForce Boost Technology.  XFX claims that it will increase graphics performance by 45%, hopefully that will show up in reviewers benchmarking.

Source: XFX