The much riled and awaited Sandy Bridge platform and Cougar Point chipset were released at the beginning of January, signalling the start of a dominant new era for Intel. Indeed, with AMD’s upcoming Bulldozer lineup still in the process of rolling out, Intel theoretically had six months to saturate and hold a firm grip in the consumer market. The timing could not have been better; a new year, the start of a new decade, and a new architecture released during the holiday season, a time when most consumers are ready to spend their saved up money on a new build, or upgrade. The pieces were in place...but not all of them fell in the right places.
The Cougar Point chipset turned out to be the culprit of the woes that were to follow for Intel. Cougar Point, the backbone of P67 and H67 motherboards, was revealed to have had issues with the SATA 3GBPS ports, the primary problem being faster degradation of the ports/controller. This led to mass recalls of the P67 and H67 motherboards, a move which not only cost Intel billions of dollars upfront, but also cost three months’ worth of obtaining a significant lead over Bulldozer. Not only that, but by the time the new “B3” revisions started making their way out to retailers in March, the beefier, upgraded Z68 motherboards were starting to expose themselves for the same 1155 socket.
"Today we will take a look at the ECS HDC-I and combine it with a case designed for cool and silent running, the Fractal Design Define Mini.Â We will show the build process, components paired with these two items and performance in tasks such as Blu-Ray playback and video streaming. If you are thinking about building a low power, quiet HTPC or all-purpose system this article should help in the decision making process."
"Today we will be taking a look at two AMD 990FX boards and comparing them to a similarly spec'd Z68 system to find out what the new boards offer in today's marketplace. As always we will be focusing on motherboard specific tests such as USB3, PCIe and SATA 6Gb/s tests with a few more general benchmarks thrown in for good measure."
The G1.Assassin offers all that one could want or need in a gaming system, all on one motherboard. It starts with very uniquely styled heats inks that would make any first person shooter very happy. For the audio freaks out there you'll be extremely pleased with this next feature, as Gigabyte has embedded Creative's own X-Fi based (CA20K2) gaming sound card. Yes that's right, Gigabyte has quite literally stuffed a complete X-Fi card onto the Assassin and Sniper motherboards! This will push your speaker system to the limits, or even up to 150O headphones thanks to onboard amplifier. To keep you fragging online till all hours of the night and with a very low latency, a Bigfoot Killer 2100 NIC is also featured. That is barely even touching on what all this board packs. So join us as we dig into this truly killer board and provide you all the juicy details!
"Alongside the launch of the new AMD 990FX chipset, I think most people would like to be seeing the next generation of AMD CPUs come with it. As AMD don't hop around changing the socket every 5 minutes like Intel, though, the interesting thing is, that while we've got a delay in the Bulldozer line of CPUs the 990FX based motherboards can still be released.
What's interesting is that AMD and its partners don't seem all that keen on getting the new 990FX based boards reviewed. There are two major features that the new 990FX chipset offer; SLI and Bulldozer CPU support, neither of which we'll be looking at today. The reason for this is because one isn't released, and the other isn't going to be nearly appreciated as much using CPU architecture that has been around for ages now."
The ASUS P6X58-E WS is today's sample, and is designed to be the center of your workload, providing you with all the power and reliability needed to run a workstation. Similar to the Sabertooth P67 we recently reviewed, this new motherboard is built with all the highest quality components to insure a long and reliable operating lifespan. Rather, it is the long days in the office or the long dark night sitting behind the monitor in which ASUS is hoping to be the rock to get that next project done.
Amongst a long line of reviews on motherboards based on this chipset we have checked out premium brands mostly. There's always more in the market, Jetway for example ... a company making a lot of OEM products for other businesses, but they do have their own retail production line.
Though hard to find in the stores these product promise good quality, features and often an excellent price, yep allow me to repeat that -- always an excellent price.
“One of the first to the plate with the newest 990FX chipset is ASUS with their latest release the Crosshair V Formula. ASUS has diligently worked and planned the release perfectly in anticipation to the long waited release of AMD's Bulldozer re-engineered architecture. Previous versions of the Crosshair have been power packed with the ultimate features both gamers and enthusiasts love so without due await, let's see if the ASUS Crosshair V Formula lives up to its past predecessors' potential, bringing among other things, SLI to AMD motherboards.”
MSI, the world-renowned mainboard and graphics cards manufacturer, has officially launched their AMD 9-Series chipsets products: the 990FXA-GD80 and 990FXA-GD65 mainboards, supporting the latest AMD native octa-core AM3+ CPUs. The high-end 990FXA-GD80 mainboard has been equipped with MSI’s two outstanding award-winning technologies: Military Class II components with MIL-STD-810G Certification and OC Genie II one-touch overclocking technology. Complemented with a number of practical and convenient features, MSI 9-Series mainboards are enabled to satisfy the requirements of extreme overclockers, gaming enthusiasts and entry-level users alike.
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards,
graphics cards and computing hardware solutions today announced their latest EZ
Smart Response utility that allows users to install Intel® Smart Response
Technology with the click of a mouse, even if their system is set to IDE mode,
without having to reinstall their Windows operating system.
“One of the key benefits of GIGABYTE’s new Z68 Express chipset enabled
motherboards is support for Intel’s Smart Response Technology, which delivers an
exceptional performance boost for our customers,” commented Henry Kao, VP of
Worldwide Sales and Marketing at GIGABYTE. “We hope that the majority of our
customers enable this technology, and therefore we have developed our own unique
EZ Smart Response utility that allows users to effortlessly set up Intel Smart
Response technology so they can quickly experience the all performance benefits
it has to offer.”
GIGABYTE is once again leading the industry for their support of Intel® Smart
Response Technology with the recent announcement of the world’s first range of
Z68 mSATA enabled motherboards as well as the soon-to-be available GIGABYTE
Z68XP-UD3-iSSD motherboard that comes pre-bundled with the 20GB Intel® SSD 311
Series. With the launch of the EZ Smart Response utility, GIGABYTE is the only
motherboard manufacturer to give their customers, whether using a standard SSD
or onboard mSATA, the ability to quickly set up and install Intel® Smart
Response technology with the simple click of a mouse.
About GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response
The GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response utility is a simple application that allows
users to quickly and easily configure their system for Intel® Smart Response
Technology. In the past, enabling Intel® Smart Response meant users needed to
enter the BIOS in order to configure their system for RAID mode, which then
required a complete reinstall of the operating system. Once that processes was
complete, users then needed to install the Intel® Rapid Storage Utility as well
as configure Intel’s Smart Response Technology. GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response does
all of this automatically, without users having to perform a complicated install
This allows them to quickly and effortlessly enjoy a significant boost in
Intel® Smart Response Technology
GIGABYTE Z68 series motherboards are equipped with the much anticipated
Intel® Smart Response Technology, allowing users to experience system
performance similar to SSD only systems. Intel® Smart Response technology works
by using intelligent block-based caching of frequently used applications to
improve system performance and
responsiveness. In fact, GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards with Intel® Smart Response
Technology are able to outperform hybrid drive systems by more than 2X (PC Mark
Vantage HDD test) and HDD-only systems by as much as 4X (PC Mark Vantage HDD
test) and deliver a 60% performance improvement over HDD-only systems in PC Mark
To see the GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response utility in action, watch Colin Brix:
Bulldozer-based Zambezi CPUs are coming but motherboard makers can`t be bothered to wait. We take a detailed look at a pair of Bulldozer boards from Asus and MSI that sport AMD`s new Socket AM3+ and 990FX chipset."
Intel has finally launched the last chipset in the Cougar Point family, which should meet all the needs of enthusiasts who prefer LGA1155 processors. This core logic set has full overclocking functionality, supports Intel Quick Sync, Intel Smart Response and Lucid Virtu technologies. Looks like Sandy Bridge becomes even more appealing...
"AMD released the 900-series of chipsets this morning at Computex 2011 to show the world that they are preparing for the upcoming released of the AM3+ processors by releasing platforms with the new AM3+ socket. This is an evolutionary change or progression of the socket AM3 infrastructure, which means that this new socket will be backward compatible with existing AM3 processors. This is great news for existing AMD customers as you can upgrade your motherboard today well in advance of the Zambezi processors. So, the most important point of this entire launch is that the AMD 9-series of chipsets fully supports upcoming 8-Core AMD CPU's thanks to the AM3+ socket. The other main feature for AMD 9-series is the ability for motherboard partners to purchase NVIDIA SLI licenses for these boards...."
Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), the world's leading motherboard, graphics
card, barebone system, and notebook manufacturer is pleased to announce the
latest AMD AM3+ support motherboard - ECS Black Extreme A990FXM-A. Coming with
unbelievable gaming power, ECS Black Extreme A990FXM-A is going to bring about
the storm of next gaming generation.
AM3+ Platform, Gaming Power Overclock ECS Black Extreme A990FXM-A
motherboard support 8-Core AMD CPU with AM3+ socket enables users to experience
the most-core CPU of next generation. ECS Black Extreme A990FXM-A also supports
3-way AMD ATI CrossFireXTM and even 3-way NVIDIA® SLI® technology to support
NVIDIA® graphic cards to empower graphics ability firing up your gaming
accelerating speed. Moreover, ECS A990FXM-A supports DDR3 2133(OC) with two sets
of dual channel architecture up to 32GB.
QoolTechTM IV, Chameleon in Your PC ECS Black Extreme A990FXM-A
motherboard adopts the cutting-edge and exclusive technology-QoolTechTM IV,
using unique thermochromic dyes on heat sink which changes colors to identify
the temperature and including three heat pipes and innovative welding
technology, which help to achieve more heat dissipation up to 20% efficiency.
The thermochromic heat sink with unique dyes responds to heat and transfers
between solid and liquid forms to display different color, which is the first
time the technology is adopted in the industry. Three heat pipes with welding
technology help to connect the bottom of cooler with heat pipe; in this way, the
heat will directly transfer to heat pipe without the intermediary of a piece of
copper to achieve higher heat dissipation.
Black Extreme Equipment, Power up Every Possibility Beside AM3+ support
strength and QoolTechTM IV technology, as one of Black Extreme series, A990FXM-A
motherboard of course would be equipped with the best equipments to maximize its
power. 3333 technology includes 15?gold contact, USB 3.0, SATA 3.0, eSATA 3.0,
which not only enhances better system and plug-in stability but also provides
the fastest transportation technology. ECS Black Extreme A990FXM-A also supplies
Bluetooth on board to lift up the transportation ability of your PC in wireless
About ECS The Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has
been a pioneer in designing and manufacturing computer motherboards since 1987.
Today, the motherboard maker also designs and manufactures desktop PCs,
notebooks, servers, motherboards, video cards, wireless solutions and handheld
devices for distributors worldwide. Headquartered in Taiwan with operations in
North America, Europe and China, Korea and Japan, ECS also has ISO 9001 and ISO
14001 certified manufacturing facilities in China. For more information,
please visit ECS at www.ecs.com.tw.
This is the only LGA1155 mainboard from the Extreme series, which means that it has all the latest features and functionality that Intel can possibly get onboard: USB 3.0, Power On and Reset buttons, Diagnostic LEDs, POST-code indicator, discrete WiFi/Bluetooth module and a skull with blinking eyes.
"Zotac is a company that muscled their way onto the graphics card scene in 2006, but they’ve not stayed stagnant. In the past couple of years they opened up their market to mini PCs and even ITX motherboards. Today that’s what we’re taking a look at the, M880G which packs an AMD Turion CPU.
Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen Oct 02 | Beginners Guides Rating:
A broken or cracked LCD screen makes a laptop utterly useless, good thing
PCSTATS can show you how to replace that busted laptop screen with a minimum of fuss and for less money than a service center charges. PCSTATS will be fixing a cracked LCD screen on a Lenovo T530 ThinkPad notebook, the general procedures outlined here work for any notebook though.