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MSI P67A-GD65 Intel Socket 1155 Motherboard Performance Review
     Tue, Feb 15 2011 | 6:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Whether you are an experienced overclocker or just getting into overclocking, the MSI P67A-GD65 should satisfy your urges for speed. Starting out with the OC Genie, which will overclock your system in only one second, we had a system that was overclocked to 4.2GHz, and was rock solid. Nothing like a little free performance with zero work. When I first started overclocking manually I was running an older version of the BIOS. With this version I was able to hit the same overclock with the Intel Core I5 2500K as we were able to previously in the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe article. Our previous best was 4824MHz on both of the ASUS boards that we have tested. Since then a new feature has been added within the BIOS for both the ASUS boards as well as for the MSI P67A-GD65. You can now have the Internal PLL Voltage either enabled or disabled. Once we enabled it within the MSI P67A-GD65 BIOS, things started to get just a little more interesting..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

GIGABYTE E350N-USB3 Fusion Benched, Overclocked and Examined
     Tue, Feb 15 2011 | 5:37P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"I'm going to be honest here when I say that I wasn't on the Fusion bandwagon from the start. I liked the idea behind it, but I wasn't sure if we would actually ever see it eventuate, or at least eventuate to a product that we would want to own. Fusion is here, though, and it's time to decide if this is something that's going to line AMDs pockets with money, or will be a good idea that hasn't been executed well. Our first look at Fusion is going to come in the form of a retail board which will be hitting shelves soon. The GIGABYTE E350N-USB3 is as you might've guessed a Fusion board based on the E Series of Fusion APU from AMD. They tell us that this is the "Value & Essential" series. We're going to get into all of that in just a few moments, though, as we take a look at the motherboard to see what's on offer. What we'll first do is check out the package that GIGABYTE has got going on. Once that's done we'll have a closer look at the board itself, the features it offers and get a bit more technical with what Fusion is and what AMD wants it to do."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Zotac's H67-ITX Mini-ITX motherboard
     Mon, Feb 14 2011 | 5:19P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Zotac's H67-ITX is the first Mini-ITX motherboard capable of hosting Intel's new Sandy Bridge CPUs. We pit it against a stack of desktop boards to see whether the latest Mini-ITX midget can keep up.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

ZOTAC ZBOXHD-ID34BR-U
     Mon, Feb 14 2011 | 4:04P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Considering the latest 3D features and better image quality that new HDTVs offer, many consumers seem to look for a nice compact solution allowing them to watch their Blu-Ray and Blu-Ray 3D videos while also having the functions of a Desktop PC. The ZOTAC ZBOXHD-ID34BR-U is a small form factor All-in-One Mini-PC or HTPC (Home Theatre Personal Computer) that allows users to easily play Blu-Ray videos with the included Cyberlink PowerDVD software. This PC is designed to be very simple and easy to use: the owner need only plug in their wireless keyboard and mouse, and the ZOTAC ZBOX to the HDMI port on the TV. For different audio inputs, the user also has the option to use a standard headphone jack or a Digital Optical Output S/PDIF-Out connector. When a Blu-Ray disk is inserted into the PC, PowerDVD will automatically launch and start loading the movie. Within several seconds of loading the Blu-Ray disk into the ZOTAC ZBOXHD-ID34BR-U, the movie starts playing without any lags.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

Zotac IONITX-P-E Mini-ITX Motherboard Review
     Mon, Feb 14 2011 | 4:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Today you see more and more home media servers and HTPC’s being sold on the market, along with the parts to build your own. I use a home media server for my PS3 and my other computers so that I can transfer and watch movies all over my house. This also gives me the ability to stream music to all of the PC’s and other wireless Devices. With all of our home electronics becoming more and more connected it’s convenient to have a media server. It allows me to control the music and movies in any of the rooms with PC’s on them with either my Android phone or my iPad. The possibilit ies are endless. In this review we will be taking a look at the Zotac IONITX-P-E which is an Mini-ITX motherboard with the processor embedded in to the motherboard. Mini-ITX is a very small form factor about half the size of a mATX setup.
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Zotac IONITX-P-E Integrated Motherboard
     Mon, Feb 14 2011 | 3:49P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Quote: "As far as the CPU is concerned, I was only able to squeeze a bit extra bringing up the cores to 1.35GHz each. While not a crazy overclock, any extra speed that is free is definitely a bonus. Since this processor has a locked multiplier I started by pushing up the voltage a bit and raising the FSB until i hit my wall of 225MHz which with a six times multiplier, yielded the 1350MHz overall clock speed."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

ASUS E35M1-I Deluxe Review @ Neoseeker
     Sat, Feb 12 2011 | 7:15P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ASUS E35M1-I Deluxe motherboard features an onboard AMD E-350 dual-core processor and Radeon HD 6310 GPU for an all-in-one HTPC solution, complete with USB 3.0. It opts for completely fanless cooling with one serious heatsink aboard, now hit our review to see how serious its performance can get for its market:"
  FULL STORY @ NEOSEEKER.COM

 
Asus E35M1-M PRO Micro ATX
     Sat, Feb 12 2011 | 4:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we test one of the first motherboards to sport the AMD Fusion APU
  FULL STORY @ MAINBOARD

MSI Big Bang P67 Marshal review
     Sat, Feb 12 2011 | 4:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Powered by Intel's P67 chipset, the MSI Big Bang Marhal comes with MSI's latest Military Class II design that makes use of a 24 phase (!) power SFC choke setup alongside the best quality Hi-c CAP's and Japanese made solid capacitors. Added to the mix for additional PCIe lanes is a Hydra chip, which also can be utilized to combine mix and match graphics cards in a multi-GPU setup. The board comes with 24-phase DrMOS power design, voltage monitoring points, an external overclock device called the OC dashboard, that all new EFI BIOS, dual-BIOS selectable with a simple button, and OC genie button that allows you to have say a 2500K processor run at 4200 with the flick of a switch. I'm not done though, we spot integrated audio with SoundBlaster X-Fi application (software) layer, ten SATA ports of which four are based on the all new SATA 6G. Thick heatpipe (passive and thus silent) cooling and more and more.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7 LGA1155 “Sandy Bridge” Motherboard
     Fri, Feb 11 2011 | 4:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last year at IDF 2010, we were honored to give computer enthusiasts an exclusive look at INTEL’s new Sandy Bridges motherboards starring GIGABYTE’s early production P67A motherboards. Today, we’re moving up from wishing we had one to physically presenting you with the GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7 motherboard in all its glory. The question is whether or not all that preliminary drooling was worth the mess. Grab your napkins and lets find out.
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS

ASRock P67 Extreme4 Motherboard Review
     Fri, Feb 11 2011 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Extreme4 P67 motherboard from ASRock is a feature-rich product which incorporates the latest technologies like USB 3.0/SATA3/eSATA3, supports the Sandy Bridge CPUs from Intel and comes with a very easy to use UEFI BIOS; the motherboard comes with a 8+2 power phase design and is offered at a competitive price. In this review we use the board to push our 2500K CPU to 4.8Ghz with air cooling.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

MSI E350AI-E45 AMD Fusion Motherboard Review
     Thu, Feb 10 2011 | 9:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"One of the first manufacturers to announce their APU based system was MSI and today we have that very product, the E350IA-E45, on our test bench. In a selection of predominantly real world tests including media encoding, gaming and HD playback we will look at the performance of the new platform and find out who the consumers are who will benefit most from the first Fusion models."
  FULL STORY @ MOTHERBOARD

Gigabyte P67A-UD4 Review
     Wed, Feb 09 2011 | 4:56P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the P67A-UD4 Gigabyte presents its cheapest P67 motherboard that features the new matte black design. In the past the UD4 used to be a good choice for people who were looking for a Gigabyte board with a reasonable price/performance ratio.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

Sandy Bridge, Part 2: Intel DH67BL & Asus P8H67-M EVO H67 Motherboards
     Tue, Feb 08 2011 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The second portion of our Sandy Bridge examination focuses on the budget H67 chipset which enables use of the Sand Bridge CPU's internal HD 2000/3000 graphics, and more specifically, the Intel DH67BL and Asus P8H67-M EVO motherboards. http://www.silentpcreview.com/Intel_DH67BL_Asus_P8H67-M_EVO_H67_Motherboards
  FULL STORY @ SILENTPCREVIEW

P8P67 Deluxe is a LGA1155 Socket motherboard
     Mon, Feb 07 2011 | 4:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASUS comes from the last four letters of the word Pegasus. A mythical winged horse that they have chosen for their company name; it represents Strength, Creative Spirit and Purity. Flying Horse Experience is not something you will find in droves here at TechREACTION, but rigorous testing and evaluation of manufacturers PC related products is. Strength is definitely an attribute ASUS brings to the table, being the largest motherboard manufacturer in the world. Creative Spirit is epitomized both by being early to market with new exciting technologies as well as the aesthetics that they put into their product designs. Purity is exemplified by the total package experience. Products that go above and beyond what one expects, and a knowledgeable staff to help get you working and playing beyond your expectations. The P8P67 Deluxe is a LGA1155 Socket motherboard supporting Crossfire and SLI in a x8/x8 configuration, or a single GPU with up to 16 Lanes of PCIE 2.0 bandwidth at its disposal. 16+2 phase power supplies more than enough clean power to the CPU to max out the capabilities of the Sandy Bridge architecture, and 4 additional phases will handle the DRAM slots for pushing modern 2000+ MHz DDR3. The board features a UEFI BIOS, Bluetooth, Power Over E-SATA, and an Intel Network IC. Two integrated USB 3.0 ports with 2 more added through the included front panel expansion device, and 4 SATA 3 (6 Gbps) ports provided by the PCH and Marvell controller.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION

CHiL digital controllers highlighted in newly launched Sandy Bridge-based perfor
     Mon, Feb 07 2011 | 12:07P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

www.pcstats.comCHiL Semiconductor Corporation, a leading developer of high-performance, mixed-signal power management integrated circuits for the server, personal computer and high-volume computing market segments, announces that its digital controllers are highlighted in motherboards containing Intel’s newly launched P67 “Sandy Bridge”-based performance motherboards from Asus, Intel and ASRock. 

The new motherboards reflect the CPU voltage regulator’s (VR’s) key role in both performance and energy savings. The customized power solution showcases performance in overclocking, stability, and features, while at the same time providing exceptional power efficiency. CHiL’s well proven digital power management is at the core of the power solution.

The CHiL VR solutions are found in ASUS high end motherboards, overclocking gaming motherboards, and workstations like the Maximus 4 Extreme and the P8P67. They are also in Intel motherboards like the Intel DP67BG (Burrage) Extreme Series, manufactured by Mitac and the BA 3+0, manufactured by Pegatron, as well as ASRock’s high end motherboards, P67 Extreme 4 and P67 Extreme 6.

Voltage regulator modules are considered among the most essential motherboard design components. According to ASUS, the use of the new digital power design empowers users with superior flexibility and perfect precision to ensure optimized performance, extreme system stability and greater power efficiency.

Anandtech, a leading industry source for hardware analysis and news, notes that these new motherboards have lower power consumption than virtually any other available platform under load.

“The introduction of Intel’s Sandy Bridge processor family brings brand new power requirements to the VR industry,” said CHiL chief executive officer Ram Sudireddy. “These requirements, known as VR12, implement a new, highly digital communication SVID bus between the CPU and the VR in order to optimize efficiency and performance. Implementing this highly digital content means that an all-digital VR solution is definitely the best choice.”

The CHiL VR is extremely efficient, which is of greater concern than ever in the marketplace. When high power use is not needed, many of the phases can be turned off. Unlike analog solutions, which have difficulty maintaining a stable voltage with some or most of the phases disabled, the new digital VR ensures that under any voltage and current, with any version of the Sandy Bridge CPU, the optimum number of phases is chosen, while the voltage is always guaranteed to be stable. At very low power levels, the VR’s digital algorithm automatically senses that power is low and places the VR into a very low power state, called discontinuous mode, which saves even more power, so the user saves power in idle state as well.

The system’s telemetry reports back all critical information to the system with extremely high accuracy, including voltage, current, power and temperature.  The VR can change switching frequency on the fly, to reduce system noise and help with efficiency. When the voltage is changed significantly, or the current increased significantly in an overclocking board, the digital solution’s stability parameters can simply be changed, something impossible with an analog solution.

The CHiL VR also features new circuit protection features. As the voltage changes in overclocking, or as the current increases, overcurrent protection and voltage protection set points can be updated in real time, ensuring the circuit is always protected.

With the P67 family of processors comes a new way to achieve overclocking. The VR solution extends the Sandy Bridge voltage range to reach higher voltage levels with extreme accuracy, stability and voltage and current protection, all managed by CHiL’s digital engine. The VR also allows the motherboard to remain in turbo-mode safely, protecting the CPU with exceptional thermal performance, allowing a much richer, but safe overclocking experience. 

The all-digital VR is also extremely reliable. Analysis using Mil-HDBK-217F, a military quality technique for determining reliability, showed that the digital VR is two times less likely to fail than an analog solution, primarily because the digital solution uses far fewer external components and pins than an analog solution.

The new CHiL VR has a uniquely engineered spread spectrum technique, where the VR switching frequency is changed as it operates, reducing board level noise, ensuring safe, low noise operation.

Besides saving energy, the CHiL VR uses fewer external components and comes in a smaller, fully RoHS-compliant package, thus reducing the number of electronic parts that may someday require disposal in a landfill.

  FULL STORY @ CHIL SEMICONDUCTOR

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