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ASUS P5N-T Deluxe Motherboard Raises the Bar for Enthusiasts Motherboards -- The latest NVIDIA 3-way SLI capable motherboard is complemented by the energy-saving ASUS Energy Processing Unit -- FREMONT, CA – ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the ASUS P5N-T Deluxe motherboard. This cutting-edge motherboard takes full advantage of the NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI MCP (media communication processor) and supports the new ESA (Enthusiast System Architecture). ESA is a new open standard to allow real-time monitoring, communication and control of system thermal, electrical, acoustic and operating characteristics to achieve highest system performance.... Read more...
Our friends at Asus sent over a board that we thought you all might like to drool over a bit.  Though this is an early sample and we're expecting a new revision, Asus comes out swinging here with a board that is jam-packed with features and setup with the enthusiast in mind.  Notice this is a full retail bundle as well, so things are very close to being ready for prime time.This is the first NVIDIA nForce 780i board to hit our labs.  Upon close inspection, it does look as though rumors that NVIDIA has bolted a Gen2 bridge (or switch perhaps) up to the 680i chipset, are  fairly accurate, though the architecture merits a bit more analysis before casting judgment. ... Read more...
We've gotten more than a few inquiries from readers, since we launched our Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 (aka Yorkfield) article, about whether or not the new 45nm quad-core chip from Intel will play nice in legacy motherboards.  The party line from Intel is that while technically, Yorkfield quad-core processors are not supported by chipsets like the 975X and P965, some motherboard manufacturers may choose to validate and support the product.  We've recently been able to prove out that on at least one 975X board, the Asus P5W64WS Pro, using one of Intel's new 45nm Core 2 Extreme QX9650 processors and more than likely any 45nm quad-core Intel processor is a go... Read more...
Just in case you're the type who likes to jump right down to the news, we’re here to let you all know that we’ve just posted a new article at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features and performance of MSI’s nForce 680i SLI-based P6N Diamond motherboard.  In addition to a slew of integrated peripherals, the MSI P6N Diamond has a couple of unique features, like quad PEG slots and integrated Creative Labs X-Fi audio.  Click the link below and check it out...MSI P6N Diamond Motherboard... Read more...
abit Introduces I-N73H Series Motherboards Live Your Way and Enjoy the Digital Home Environment abit today announced their brand new Entertainment and Gaming Platform motherboards, the I-N73H Series. Based on the nVIDIA GeForce 7100/nForce 630i single chip the I-N73H series support next generation 45nm multi-core processors and Intel Core 2 Extreme/Quad/Duo processors with up to 1333 MHz FSB. Despite the small mATX form factor, the I-N73H Series provides a maximum of 4GB memory capacity for DDR2 800 modules. With the integrated GeForce 7 Series graphics comes support for DirectX 9 and Shader Model 3.0 as well as nVIDIA’s nView Technology.  Last but not least, the abit engineeredTM 4-Phase-PWM... Read more...
We've been living in a world where a spilled beverage too close to a laptop could result in disaster, but for some unknown reason those people at StarBucks continue to sell untold numbers of drinks to laptop users.  It looks like Intel engineers may have been putting in some time at the local StarBucks as well, because they've got an answer: A spill-proof keyboard for your laptop.“Traditionally, a laptop computer has its air inlets on the underside. Fans use the drawn-in air to cool the computer's inner working.However, at home, many owners work with their laptop on their lap, blocking the vents, causing the microprocessor to overheat and stressing the fan.”Intel's new approach involves... Read more...
Abit introduces the IX38 QuadGT motherboard Get in the Driver’s Seat with Extreme Performance October 12, 2007 – abit today announced their brand new enthusiast Intel® X38 chipset based IX38 QuadGT Speedster motherboard. With the IX38 QuadGT Speedster you are prepared for the latest 65nm and next generation 45 nm Core 2 Extreme/Quad/Duo processors with up to 1600 FSB. A total of 8 GB high-end DDR2 1066 MHz system memory offers sufficient expandability for all your needs. Dual X16 PCI-E 2.0 offer highest bandwidth for hardcore gaming. The uniquely abit engineered electrical design including next generation digital PWMs and 100% solid state capacitors warrant best power characteristics resulting... Read more...
The shipping department had a nice surprise for us today, courtesy of Asus.  It seems indeed Intel's X38 Express chipset has arrived.  Below are pics hot off the press of the new Asus P5E3 Deluxe Motherboard - WiFi AP edition.  Emblazoned on the box is a hot pink "supports 45nm CPU" symbol suggesting Penryn is also just around the corner...... Read more...
VIA Introduces New pc3500 Mainboard Enables OEMs and SIs to build most energy-efficient Windows Vista PCs that draw over 50% less power than the latest Energy Star requirements Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday 21 August 2007 - Further strengthening its leadership in providing the world's most energy-efficient computing platforms, VIA Technologies, Inc. today announced the VIA pc3500 Mainboard, a low power, feature-rich platform that enables OEMs and System Integrators to build Windows Vista desktop PCs that draw less than 24 watts in Idle State - less than half the requirement of the U.S. EPA's latest Energy Star Program Requirement for Computers:... Read more...
If you're a PC hardware enthusiast - and chances are pretty good that you are if you're reading HotHardware - Asus is a company that needs no introduction.  Asus' track record for building quality products targeted squarely at power users is well known and documented, so we'll forego the history lesson here and get right to the point. A couple of motherboards recently landed in the lab that filled a large void in the marketplace.  Just after the introduction of Intel's new Core 2 Duo and Extreme processors with 1333MHz front side bus frequencies, if you wanted a motherboard that officially supported one of the new CPUs, that also had a balanced (and flexible) PCI Express lane configuration... Read more...
Everybody seems to want to take a bite out of Apple these days. If it isn't a law suit over battery life it's apparently a law suit over the keyboard. This time it isn't a customer filing the law suit, but rather a patent-infringement case filed by SP Technologies. SP Technologies is claiming that Apple is infringing upon a patent that they filed, which covers: "a method of providing a user interface for receiving information from a user using a user immutable graphical keyboard linked to an input area." “Patent suits, of course, are a dime a dozen, and Apple's not exactly the first company to ever use a touch-screen style input method. But this one will probably require more effort... Read more...
New VIA Nano-ITX Mainboard for Healthcare, Retail and Industrial Applications VIA EPIA NR Nano-ITX mainboard offers unrivalled storage and I/O flexibility and native dual LVDS support in a low profile, fanless package for highly tailored embedded systems Taipei, Taiwan, 24 July 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA EPIA NR Nano-ITX mainboard, powered by a fanless 1.0GHz VIA C7 processor and VIA CX700 system media processor for ultra compact, quiet and durable embedded systems. Measuring just 12cm x 12cm , the VIA EPIA NR... Read more...
We’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware, in which we evaluate the features, overclockability, and performance of two Abit-built motherboards, the IP35 Pro (P35) and AB9 QuadGT (P965) for Intel LGA775-based processors.  Here’s a snip from the piece... “The dilemma is, if you wanted a mid-range to high-end Intel powered system using an Intel-built chipset, which is the best choice? While most enthusiasts gravitate towards the latest and greatest, there is definitely something to be said for new products which are based on more mature chipsets like the 965. The kinks have been worked out,... Read more...
It’s been almost one year since Intel launched the 965 series of chipsets, which were originally designed to be packaged with Intel’s Core 2 Duo series of processors. While the 965 series didn't perform quite as well as Intel’s flagship 975x chipset in some cases, most notable in multi-GPU configurations, it made a name for itself due to its more flexible nature along with lower power consumption and heat output, and strong overclocking, which were made possible due to the more refined manufacturing process used to build the chipset. Not only was the 965 series a great overclocking chipset for the money, but over time, it’s evolved to support the changing needs of the market. While this chipset... Read more...
Just in case you're the type who likes to scroll right down to the news, we wanted to let you know that we've just posted a new article in which we evaluate the features, layout, overclockability and performance of MSI's brand-new P35 Platinum motherboard for Intel LGA775-based processors. We tested the board at both 1066MHz and 1333MHz front side bus frequencies and compared its performance to an nForce 680i SLI throughout.  This board is worth checking out just to see the funky-shaped heatsink / heat-pipe cooling aparatus.  Click the link below and take a look...MSI P35 Platinum... Read more...
Just around this time three years ago, Intel launched their 925X and 915 motherboard platforms, bringing to market a new microprocessor socket, support for DDR2 memory, and support for PCI Express. Although the chipsets were decent performers and had good features, Intel was criticized for forcing the adoption of these new technologies when the market wasn’t really demanding it. At that time, Intel’s NetBurst processors trailed AMD’s and the company caught a lot of criticism from motherboard partners, OEM computer manufacturers, and press alike.   Fast forward to today, and we are in a completely different situation.... Read more...
Hello Everyone.  We've got some more pre-show coverage from Computex to share with you. We've got more details regarding Shuttle's upcoming Intel-based XPCs, pics and info regarding X38-based motherboards from Abit, DFI, and Gigabyte, and a number of other pics from booths still under construction. You'll especially like a couple of the pics from XFX. Click the link below and check 'em out...Computex 2007 Preview... Read more...
Yesterday we ran through the Taipei convention center to see how construction of the booths for this year’s Computex trade show were progressing. When we walked by Shuttle’s booth in hall 2 of the convention center, we saw pictures of three un-announced barebone small form factor systems, the X38 based SX38P3 Deluxe, the G33 based SG33P3, and the P35 based SP35P3 Deluxe. Although the show is still one day away, we came back to the Shuttle booth and were able to see all three of these new systems.         The first system we looked at was the SX38P3 Deluxe, Shuttle’s new flagship barebone system. The SX38P3 will replace the SD37PV2 as the Shuttle’s... Read more...
Size isn't everything. At least when it comes to electronics. Driven by popular demand and semiconductor process technology, cell phones, MP3 players, motherboards, and other devices have evolved to become smaller, more powerful, and more portable. At just 10cm x 7.2cm, the pico-ITX VIA EPIA PX10000 motherboard is currently the smallest commercial motherboard available. Of course, it seems that one must always sacrifice performance for a smaller package, and the PX10000 does indeed have many ups and downs. It supports the VIA C7 NanoBGA2 Processor, which runs at just 1.0 GHz. Moreover, the board only has 1 x SATA input, 1 x 10/100 LAN input, and 1 x IDE (UltraDMA) input. UniCrome Pro II AGP graphics... Read more...
These days, we expect our motherboards to come loaded with onboard features. It has become increasingly rare for a motherboard not to include features like integrated audio and LAN. It's also easy to find boards sporting integrated video and built-in processors (ie. VIA EPIA). Abit's IN9 32X-MAX even has 802.11b/g wireless support. But, have you ever heard of a motherboard with built-in phone capability? "Micro-Star International (MSI) has been in cooperation with Skype in order to add Skype functions into its new Intel P35 (Bearlake) motherboard, according to sources at the companies.The new functions allow both traditional telephone and Internet phone (Skype) capabilities together... Read more...
Palm's latest offering, the Foleo, was much anticipated. They unveiled it yesterday, and now Palm's sale to another company is much anticipated. The Foleo is a laptop sized digital device for reading your e-mail, synching with your smart phone and --not much more. The main selling point is a large qwerty keyboard. Jeff Hawkins of Palm, in a fit of giddiness at odds with the capabilities of the product, offered: "This is the most exciting product I've worked on in a long time -- in fact, ever," Okay, then. But some analysts were skeptical, saying the company, which has been hard-pressed to follow up on the success of its Treo line of phones, seems to have struck out... Read more...
VIA Brings Pico-ITX Mainboard to Market with the VIA EPIA PX World's smallest full-featured x86 mainboard now available, along with specialized I/O add-in card to aid system developers Taipei, Taiwan, 22 May 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA EPIA PX mainboard, the first commercial mainboard based on VIA's recently unveiled Pico-ITX form factor measuring just 10cm x 7.2cm. Powered by the 1GHz VIA C7 processor and supporting up to 1GB of DDR2 533 SO-DIMM system memory, the tiny 10-layer VIA EPIA PX mainboard is based... Read more...
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