"Motherboard makers Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology and Micro-Star International (MSI) have all recently unveiled new technologies for their motherboards to compete for market share.
Asustek has support for IEEE 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) on a number of its new motherboards. The standard is capable of increasing energy savings up to 81.3% by reducing power delivery during periods of low network activity, Asustek claims.
Gigabyte is also promoting the fact that the USB Power feature, which it has been adding to its motherboards released over the past few months, enables re-charging the Apple iPad without the need for a power adaptor.
Gigabyte also noted that the company's Intel X58, P55, H55 and H57-based motherboards as well as existing and upcoming AMD 800 chipset-based motherboards all support the technology.
MSI also recently released a major Hydra driver update for its Big Bang-Fuzion motherboard. Hydra technology supports up to 3-way cross-vendor multi-GPU processing and DirectX 11 offering flexibility over platform choices."