PC Motherboard And Chipset Reviews And News

There's nobody quite like Mom and when it comes to performance desktop computers or business class workhorse machines, motherboards are always what bring the computing family together. Motherboards house all PC components from the processor, to memory and storage. Here you'll find our coverage on big motherboard brands and products from ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, EVGA, ASRock and many more, along with the chipsets from AMD and Intel that power the PC Master Race.

  When we look at the Small Form Factor platform's relative size and shape, it is easy to see why these systems are becoming extremely popular as dedicated living room or home theater PC's. With the gradual adoption of Media Center PC's in the home, Shuttle is now trying harder than ever to ensure that those systems are small... Read more...
Over the last couple of years, we've evaluated quite a number of socket 939 motherboards for AMD Athlon 64 processors. The vast majority of these motherboards were based on NVIDIA's very popular nForce 3/4 chipsets, although a smattering were based on chipsets from SiS or VIA as well. In November of last year though, ATI also chimed in with... Read more...
When we last checked in with Shuttle back in April, we took a look at their current entry for the Intel platform, which was based on the latest chipset at the time, the i925XE.  Our introduction for that piece went something along the lines of how the SFF market typically lags behind the full-sized board market, but how Shuttle was right... Read more...
  Once the dominant player for chipsets compatible with AMD's Athlon, VIA has fallen out of favor lately, it seems. The company introduced its K8T890 chipset with PCI Express support way back in November of last year. Yet, we've heard very little about retail products centering on the platform until recently. The PT-series, destined for... Read more...
With the release of each new processor platform comes the inevitable wait for "enthusiast-class" motherboards to support them.  We've seen the same scenario play out time and again.  When Intel released its Socket 478 Pentium 4 processors, for example, it was a few months before tricked-out motherboards, with a full complement... Read more...
  While the AMD Athlon XP still remains popular, it is no longer the sought after enthusiast part it once was. This isn't because the Athlon XP is a poor performer, but rather it's because a new era of AMD processors are now in the limelight.  Regardless, there are still plenty of reasons to consider a system based on the Athlon... Read more...
  Soyo's SY-CK8 Dragon Plus Motherboard A New Enthusiast Board for the Athlon 64 By: Jeff Bouton January 29, 2004 If all goes as planned for AMD, 2004 will be the year of the Athlon 64.  They gave us a taste of their new product line in the last quarter of 2003, with a limited supply of Athlon... Read more...
  Intoducing the SiS655FX Chipset An Overview of Functionality and Performance By: Jeff Bouton October 2, 2003 By now you all know the drill, Intel or AMD release a new chipset for their processor platform and the other third party manufacturers, like VIA, NVIDIA, ALi, and SiS, are soon to follow.  This time around we are talking... Read more...
SOYO Mini DRAGON 651 A New Pentium 4 Small Form Factor PC In The Crowd By: Chris Angelini July 28th, 2003 SFF PCs are all the rage it seems and we're as much a fan of small form-factor systems as any, here at HotHardware.  My personal desktop system tucks away neatly under my desk.  I've also got a PC-based PVR system that could... Read more...
  Soltek SL-75MRN-L Motherboard Soltek takes a crack at Nforce2 By, Tom Laverriere April 20, 2003 Motherboard - check, graphics card - check, sound card - check, ethernet card - check...  Oh sorry, you caught me making a list of hardware one would need for a new system and that doesn't even cover the half of it.  If you're building... Read more...
Soyo SY-KT400 Dragon Ultra vs. Shuttle AK37GTR Showdown at the KT400 Corral! By, Robert Maloney November 6th, 2002 As another season comes upon us and another new chipset from VIA technologies is released into the market.  It seems like only yesterday (OK, January) that we were building our latest powerhouses based on the KT266A chipset. ... Read more...
The SiS 648 Chipset Debuts A Comprehensive Look at a Pre-Production Shuttle AS45GT/R By, Marco Chiappetta August 12, 2002    In early 2002 Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. (SiS) released their 645 chipset.  Initially, many analysts were skeptical that SiS could deliver a high-performing DDR chipset for the Pentium 4.  They... Read more...
The Soyo P4X400 DRAGON Ultra Platinum Edition VIA's Rogue Chipset Has Arrived! By, Marco Chiappetta October 31, 2002 Tonight on HotHardware.Com we're going to take a look at a motherboard from Soyo that is powered by VIA's controversial P4X400 DDR chipset for the Pentium 4.  If you've been on top of the hardware scene, you may know that... Read more...
  The Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra Motherboard Review The Best That Soyo Has To Offer! By, Jeff Bouton June 23, 2002 Since the KT333 chipset was first released, we've seen a steady improvement in what Athlon-based motherboards have to offer.  With the new USB 2.0 and ATA133 standards, as well as 333MHz DDR PC2700 DRAM support, system... Read more...
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