Tom's New Reference System
Dec 21, 2007 - in Reviews
In 2008, Tom's Hardware will be using a Reference Test System to standardize its test platform across multiple international test labs. Here's your chance to learn all about it before it goes live.
CrossFireX Still A Go On Intel P45 Chipsets
Dec 20, 2007 - in News
Intel has received an license to support CrossFireX on its upcoming P45 chipsets, according to sources at motherboard makers.
AMD RS780 Chipset To Launch In January
Dec 11, 2007 - in News
AMD will launch the performance/mainstream RS780 next-generation IGP chipset and value segment RS740 in January next year, while in the second quarter, the company will launch the high-end RS780D and mainstream RS780C, according to sources at motherboard makers.
Intel To Release Dual-core Celeron E1000 On January 20
Dec 7, 2007 - in News
Intel will release its first desktop dual-core Celeron series, E1000, on January 20, according to sources at motherboard makers.
ASRock Creates New Motherboards Out Of Old Parts
Dec 6, 2007 - in News
ASRock's latest AliveDual eSATA2 motherboard combines the M1695 chipset, originally designed by ULi, with Nvidia's nForce 3 250, which launched in 2003, to create a modern mash-up that may sound bizarre, but is also strangely compelling.
Intel Adds Low-end Member To 4 Series Chipsets
Dec 5, 2007 - in News
Intel is planning to add one more member to its 4 series (Eaglelake) chipsets which will be launched in the second quarter of 2008, according to sources at motherboard makers.
X38 Comparison Part 2: DDR3 Motherboards
Nov 26, 2007 - in Reviews
In our earlier DDR2 motherboard comparison, we found that features, not raw performance, mark the big improvements of Intel's X38 Express chipset compared to the previous P35. Can DDR3 further its improvements?
X38 Comparison Part 1: DDR2 Motherboards
Oct 31, 2007 - in Reviews
Enhanced features separate Intel's X38 from its acclaimed P35 Express, but last-minute revisions have delayed final-revision boards for several weeks. Was it worth the wait?
Game on with Asus, DFI and Foxconn Mobos
Oct 2, 2007 - in Reviews
Formula, LANParty and Mars: these are Asus, DFI and Foxconn's newest and baddest P35-chipset gaming motherboards. All of them are packed with features, but which one rocks the boat?
Intel X38 Chipset: A Porsche with the Handbrake On
Sep 26, 2007 - in Reviews
Intel successfully introduced the P35 chipset not long ago. Now it is touting the newly released X38 chipset as the high end leader of the Series 3 chipset family. But is X38 a significant step up from P35?
Can MicroATX Boards Do the Job?
Jul 31, 2007 - in Reviews
Many users will find that low-cost motherboards have everything they need. We take a look at three MicroATX boards for Intel Core 2 processors, and see that they perform alike, but their features and power consumption vary quite a bit.
MSI P35 Platinum Makes a Comeback
Jul 31, 2007 - in Reviews
Performance leader MSI P35 Platinum Revision 1.0 made a big splash in our P35-DDR2 motherboard comparison but lost the gold due to poor overclocking capabilities. With Revision 1.1, MSI hopes to settle the score.
Biostar's 'New-and-Improved' P35-DDR3 Motherboard
Jul 18, 2007 - in Reviews
We revisit our P35-DDR3 motherboard comparison by analyzing a new-and-improved Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe. Our tests show how well the new version compensates for past problems.
Eight P35-DDR2 Motherboards Compared
Jun 19, 2007 - in Reviews
With DDR3 platform testing behind us, we look forward to boards that support current-generation DDR2 performance RAM and next-generation FSB1333 processors. How do these stack up vs. older solutions?
Pipe Dreams: Six P35-DDR3 Motherboards Compared
Jun 5, 2007 - in Reviews
Intel's P35 Express chipset represents next-generation processor and memory compatibility. While other media outlets consider the "DDR2 v DDR3" debate...
Seven 650i SLI Motherboards Compared
May 24, 2007 - in Reviews
The 650i SLI chipset is Nvidia's solution for buyers who want SLI on the cheap. We benchmark a bunch of 650i boards against the high-priced 680i SLI reference mobo.
Intel Intros 3-Series Chipsets with FSB1333 and DDR3
May 21, 2007 - in Reviews
Intel will launch its beefed-up P35 chipset next month, which will support yet-to-be-launched 45 nm processors at FSB1333 speeds, DDR3 memory and an improved ICH Southbridge. We have all the benchmarks today.
Is nForce 650 the Mainstream Master?
Mar 19, 2007 - in Reviews
How good is Nvidia's mainstream nForce chipset? The 650i SLI takes on the competition by AMD and Intel.
Albatron claims KI690-AM2 is most powerful Mini-ITX
Mar 1, 2007 - in News
Albatron Technology has unveiled what it claims is the first Mini-ITX motherboard based on AMD's AM2 socket technology.
680i Motherboard Comparison Part 2
Feb 22, 2007 - in Reviews
A broader selection of high-end NForce 680i SLI chipset platforms is finally beginning to surface, but was it worth the wait? We compare the performance, overclocking potential and other features of three newcomers to Part 1 entries.
AMD publishes DTX guidelines for small form factor PCs
Feb 19, 2007 - in News
AMD has released its proposed motherboard design guidelines for DTX small form factor (SFF) PCs. The company said that the specifications should enable "smaller, quieter, desktop-friendly" computer systems.
AMD Crossfire Xpress 3200 Chipset for Core 2 Rolls, But Doesn't Rock
Feb 13, 2007 - in Reviews
The new AMD chipset, also known as RD600, keeps pace with Intel's P965/975X and Nvidia's nForce 680i SLI, but is lacking in terms of features. Great overclocking results and a superb motherboard by DFI save the day, fortunately.
Intel moves up schedule for Pentium E2000 and Celeron 400
Jan 30, 2007 - in News
According to sources familiar with Intel's plans, the company plans to move forward its production schedule for the 65nm Pentium E2000 dual-core series and Celeron 400 series (430 and 440) processors from the third quarter of this year to the second quarter, and Intel will increase its 65nm processor production ratio to over 90% by the end of the year.
With Intel increasing its technology lead, will AMD become more creative?
Jan 29, 2007 - in News
On the heels of Intel announcing breakthroughs in transistor design, Taiwan-based motherboard makers indicated that Intel should be able to increase its technology lead over AMD, and in order not to further endanger its market position, AMD should look to develop innovative solutions instead of competing head to head with Intel.
Intel to push development of Mini-ITX form factor mini PCs, say sources
Jan 23, 2007 - in News
Intel plans to push the market for mini PCs by promoting sales of motherboards based on the Mini-ITX form factor developed by VIA Technologies, starting in the second quarter of this year, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers.
The Southbridge Battle: nforce 6 MCP vs. ICH7 vs. ICH8
Jan 3, 2007 - in Reviews
The nforce 680i may be the enthusiast's darling, but what about the chipset's interface capabilities? We scrutinize its RAID and USB 2.0 performance and compare it to other chipsets from Intel as well as Nvidia.
VIA announces EPIA Mini-ITX platform for x86-based consumer electronics
Dec 29, 2006 - in News
VIA Technologies has announced VIA EPIA EX-Series Mini-ITX motherboards, the company's first series of platforms featuring the new VIA CX700M2 system media processor.
More Than Just a 'Paper Launch': 680i Motherboard Comparison, Part 1
Dec 21, 2006 - in Reviews
Over a month has passed since Nvidia announced the official release of its long-awaited 680i chipset to support Intel's Core 2 desktop processors. Part 1 of our comparison features a few early motherboard examples, as we continue to wait for the release of other products.
Intel or Nvidia? nForce 680i Challenges Intel P965 and 975X
Dec 19, 2006 - in Reviews
Motherboards with Nvidia's nForce 680i chipset are now hitting the shelves, so we decided it was time for a chipset battle. The goal? To find out what is the best solution for your Core 2 Duo system.
Non-Vista-supporting motherboards and VGA card inventories now a headache
Dec 13, 2006 - in News
With Windows Vista up and coming, makers of motherboards and VGA cards are now worried they will incur losses from their inventory of low-end products that do support Microsoft's new operating system (OS), according to industry sources.