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As enthusiasts, we aren't too fond of the idea of running a PC with integrated video. Like many of you, we prefer a discreet video card for the performance benefits, even if it has to be an entry-level solution. Despite that fact, though, most of the monitors in homes and offices across the world are connected to IGPs, and not to dedicated video cards. We love the latest flagship graphics cards as much as the next enthusiast, but we aren't completely impractical. We realize that integrated video is more than sufficient for the majority of users who spend 99% of their time surfing the web, e-mailing, blogging, shopping or playing 2D games like Solitaire. Today, we are going... Read more...
If you’re looking to buy a motherboard from DFI then be on the lookout for signs of a fake board.  Apparently an unknown company has decided to rebrand a few of their own motherboards, and even ship them in boxes that resemble authentic DFI boxes.“Two models have been discovered so far; MCP73V and MCP68V.  They are not made by DFI and will not be covered by any kind of warranty or support, and we can only recommend you to stay away from these boards.”Currently the boards are circulating around Indonesian vendors, but they may already be on their way to other markets.... Read more...
We're writing to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features and performance of ASUS' AMD 780G-based M3A78-EMH HDMI motherboard.  The M3A78-EMH HDMI defies ASUS’ usual habit of packing in every add-on available at a premium price by sticking to the basics, consequently driving down the price of this motherboard.  Head on over to the site and check it out...ASUS M3A78-EMH HDMI Motherboard... Read more...
AMD made it very clear in our sneak peek at the 780G integrated chipset and Athlon X2 4850e processor that its platform aspirations were coming to pass. Not only did the company introduce a complementary hardware ecosystem, complete with processor, chipset, and graphics solution, but it succeeded in trumping the best effort of its principal rival. Intel’s G35 simply couldn’t keep up with the 780G’s alacrity in gaming and video decoding.   The 780G chipset demonstrated somewhat playable frame rates—a boast most built-in GPUs cannot make. We heard grumblings that the built-in Radeon HD 3200 graphics weren’t enough to give mainstream gamers the high resolutions and detailed textures today’s... Read more...
DDR3 is the future of desktop PC memory in the near term, no question about it.  Nonetheless, the transition to the next level of memory technology will be a gradual one, much like we saw when we advanced from DDR to DDR2.  With higher latencies and higher price tags, the argument for migrating to DDR3 in its current state isn't a strong one, but as the technology matures, that argument will become increasingly strong as the benefits and costs of DDR3 become more tangilble and affordable.One issue facing system builders today is how to approach a new build if they want to future-proof it as much as possible.  Does one go with a DDR3 board and pay a premium for... Read more...
Just in case you jumped right down to the news this afternoon, we wanted to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, overclockability, and performance of MSI's P35 Platinum Combo motherboard.  As its name implies, this board is based on the P35 chipset for the Intel platform.  But what makes it interesting is its somewhat unique ability to work with both DDR3 and DDR2 memory types and its funky "Circu-Pipe" cooling apparatus.  Click the link below and check it out...MSI P35 Platinum Combo Motherboard... Read more...
When ASUS unveiled their Republic of Gamers (ROG) series of products, they stated their mission clearly: "deliver the most innovative and best performing PC solutions to enhance the usage experience for power users".  There's a lot in that statement to live up to, but ASUS was confident in their abilities.  Over the years that we have covered many of their products, and we've seen a fair share of hardware that performed at or exceeded our expectations.  Thus, when NVIDIA upped the core-logic ante last year with the introduction of the 780i chipset, one of the first boards we checked out was the ASUS P5N-T, which can be viewed here.   Although the P5N-T didn't... Read more...
New peripherals bring stylish and affordable options for the digital lifestyle. REDMOND, Wash. - March 11, 2008 - Microsoft Corp. brings the beauty of Windows Aero from the PC to the devices that surround it with its latest keyboard and mouse desktop set, the Wireless Laser Desktop 7000, designed to complement the Windows Vista operating system with its striking design. The new desktop set includes an ultrathin Comfort Curve keyboard and rechargeable mouse, delivering ultimate performance and comfort. The keyboard features a Windows Aero-inspired translucent design, floating Hot Keys and instant access to Windows Flip 3D, making this desktop a perfect companion for today’s Windows Vista-based... Read more...
It's an obvious move, but one that removes a looming deadline from the horizon.[Yahoo] has amended the Company's bylaws to extend the deadline for nominating directors to Yahoo's board from March 14th to 10 days following the public announcement of the date for Yahoo!'s 2008 annual meeting of stockholders. As the Company has not yet announced the date of this year's annual meeting, the amendment will give stockholders who want to nominate one or more directors, including Microsoft Corporation, more time to do so. The amendment does not preclude any party from nominating one or more directors at any time prior to the new deadline.Translation: employees, Microsoft, shareholders and analysts continue... Read more...
By now, we suspect most of you are aware of Intel’s extreme enthusiast platform – a.k.a. Skulltrail – that couples a pair of quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX9775 processors with the dual-socket D5400XS motherboard, for a total of eight cores of high-performance goodness.  We recently evaluated Skulltrail and have our thoughts on the platform posted for you all available right here. What you may not be aware of at this point is that some of Intel’s partners also plan to introduce enthusiast-class motherboards complete with dual LGA771 sockets, similar to the D5400XS.  Asus, for example is prepping the Z7S WS motherboard you see pictured below...       Asus Z7S WS Motherboard... Read more...
AMD just sent over an update on the progress of motherboard support for AMD Phenom processors for those inerested in more than just the latest AM2+ motherboards.  AMD also sent info on how to check for processor support from different motherboard vendors.AMD now has 17 motherboards listed that are recommended for use with a Phenom processor.  And there are more than just the latest socket AM2+ boards on the list. Here are the boards listed on AMD's site:   Chipset Motherboard Revision Form Factor Socket View Detail AMD 790FX Asus M3A32-MVP deluxe 1 ATX AM2 View Detail AMD 790FX MSI K9A2 Platinum (MS-7376) 1 ATX AM2 View Detail AMD 790X MSI K9A2 CF (MS-7388)... Read more...
Just in case you missed the new link at the top of the page, we're here to lety you that we have just posted a new article in which we take a look at the latest AMD 790FX based motherboard to hit our test bench, the MSI K9A2 Platinum.  Built around AMD's 790FX chipset, the K9A2 Platinum offers four-way CrossFireX support, in addition to support for HyperTransport 3.0 and PCI Express 2.0, while MSI also throws in some additional customizations of their own to raise the board to "Platinum" status.  Whether users are looking to upgrade the foundation of a current Athlon-based system or want to go all out for the full Spider experience, MSI thinks it has a solid candidate on its... Read more...
In mid-Q4 2007, AMD released their 790FX, 790X and 770 chipsets, the final pieces required to complete their Spider platform.  As the backbone of the new platform, the 700 series chipsets were designed with new feature sets to take full advantage of the Phenom processor's capabilities.  With up to 42 PCI Express lanes, support for four-way graphics, and lower power consumption then previous chipsets, AMD delivered a competitive new chipset to back their new CPUs and graphics cards.In November, we took a detailed look at the Spider platform coupled with a Phenom processor to see how it compared to its peers.  In the end, Intel still had a leg up on AMD in... Read more...
ASUS Launches High Performance Dual-Processor Server Motherboards -- The latest Intel 5400MCH-based server motherboards boast high performance and energy efficiency; resulting in improved speed and increased stability -- FREMONT, CA (January 17, 2007) – ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released two dual-processor server motherboards based on the next generation Intel® 5400MCH platform to support the new 45nm Intel Xeon 5400/5200 processors. Designed for enterprise-class computing environments where efficiency and stability are critical, the ASUS DSEB-D16/SAS and DSEB-DG/SAS server motherboards feature an eco-friendly architecture that lowers... Read more...
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