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ASRock P67 Pro3
     Mon, Mar 28 2011 | 9:02A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"When it comes to Intel's Sandy Bridge, lately we have been looking a lot at the Linux graphics performance with the H67 chipset as it has been an interesting journey but now at least the OpenGL performance is good and VA-API video acceleration is working. Now that the B3-stepping Cougar Point motherboards are beginning to ship that address the original SATA issues for this chipset that led to a recall, we are back to looking at this magical CPU, the supported motherboards, and its overall Linux performance. In this review we are taking a Linux look at the ASRock P67 Pro3."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

AMD Fusion E-350 Linux Performance
     Sat, Mar 26 2011 | 12:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"By now you have likely seen the AMD Fusion E-350 APU showcased on a number of Windows web-sites, but how is this AMD Accelerated Processor working in the Linux world? At Phoronix today are the first in-depth Ubuntu Linux benchmarks being published from this promising, low-power solution designed to compete with Intel's Atom."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55
     Fri, Mar 25 2011 | 12:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASUS brings the P55 chipset an update in the form of the P7P55D-E PRO, with USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gbps. The P7P55D-E looks to rival other boards on the market, and even potentially some of the up and coming P67-based products. In the face of Intel's latest release, is it still a viable option?
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Asus E35M1-M Pro Review: A Look at AMD's
     Fri, Mar 25 2011 | 9:02A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD Fusion is the marketing name for a series of APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) that have been in development since 2006. The final design is the result of AMD's merger with ATI, combining general processor execution as well as 3D geometry processing and other functions of modern GPUs into a single chip. AMD's ultrathin platform, code-named "Brazos", was introduced early this year as the company's fourth mobile platform targeting the ultra-portable notebook market. It features the 40nm AMD Ontario APU, a 9-watt chip for netbooks and small form factor desktops, and Zacate, an 18-watt APU for ultrathin, mainstream, and value notebooks and desktops. The Asus E35M1-M Pro motherboard we are testing today is an implementation of the AMD Fusion/Brazos platform that packs a dual-core AMD Zacate 18W processor (formally known as the E-350 APU), DirectX 11 graphics support along with USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s, making for a relatively inexpensive bundle at $140.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Gigabyte P67A-UD4, ASUS P8P67 Deluxe, and MSI P67A-GD65
     Fri, Mar 25 2011 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"In this roundup we are going to be looking at three high-end motherboards using the P67 Express chipset. The new P67 option includes enthusiast grade features such as support for CrossFireX/SLI, Intel Extreme Tuning, SATA 6Gb/s and native RAID support."
  FULL STORY @ ROUNDUPS

Sapphire Pure Black X58 LGA1366 motherboard
     Thu, Mar 24 2011 | 4:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Around here, we usually see motherboards from the like of ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI. Even EVGA makes an appearance every now and then but there is one other company which is trying to break into this market once again: Sapphire. With their new Pure Black X58, they hope to once again make an entry into enthusiast circles but is this board too little, too late? We’re going to find out.
  FULL STORY @ MOTHERBOARD

P67 Motherboard Roundup
     Thu, Mar 24 2011 | 4:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The overclocking on the Pro gives you many options as to how you would like to go about it. There are software based options, BIOS based automatic options and manual BIOS options to choose from. We chose the manual BIOS based option to fine tune the overclock for our tests. The i7 2600K in the ASUS Pro overclocked with relative ease to a mind bending 4.951 Ghz clock speed with a controllable heat output. The vcore voltage was elevated to 1.48v in the BIOS and the core temperatures never exceeded the low 60's during the testing. This is quite remarkable seeing as how the last generation of Intel processors were known for their enormous heat output that required high-end cooling solutions when overclocking, not even to their maximum potential."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

 
Gigabyte E350N-USB3
     Thu, Mar 24 2011 | 4:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Gigabyte E350N-USB3 was very strong in terms of performance, beating the Asus E35 M1-M Pro at almost every turn. Furthermore the overclocking performance was also very good, as it is possible to push the processor as high as 1.92GHz providing you have sufficient case cooling.
  FULL STORY @ LEGIONHARDWARE

Asus Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Review
     Thu, Mar 24 2011 | 12:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We know several overclockers that swear by Asus products and turn their noses up at even considering a different motherboard brand. After having used the Rampage III Extreme for what it was intended we can see where this comes from.
  FULL STORY @ MOTHERBOARDS

BIOSTAR TP67XE Intel LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Review
     Thu, Mar 24 2011 | 9:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"BIOSTAR isn't one of the big names in motherboards today, frankly that's a shame. Throughout our testing today, the BIOSTAR TP67XE motherboard has kept me happy. It may not have been top performing board across all of our tests today. It did however, do a great job overall. What did impressed me the most was the overclocking ability of the BIOSTAR TP67XE. As we saw on the overclocking page we were able to overclock our Intel Core i5 2500K to 5GHz on this motherboard...:
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Plextor M2 Series 128GB SATA 6Gbps Marvell SSD Review
     Thu, Mar 24 2011 | 9:01A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Plextor is probably best known for their optical drives so it may come as a surprise to some that they also offer SSDs in their product line. Their most recent line is the M2 series which features a Marvell controller and a 6Gbps interface. We've got our hands on the 128GB version and we'll see how it stacks up against the other drives we have tested. At first blush, the specifications for read and write, 420 MB/s and 210 MB/s respectively, don't seem all that amazing compared to the newest SandForce drives emerging that hit above 500 MB/s on both fronts. However, as we have seen with SandForce controllers, they rely on data compression to boost speed so depending on the type of data being transferred, the data rate may vary dramatically. The benchmarks will paint this picture a little better..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

ASUS E35 M1-M PRO Atom based and Gigabyte
     Wed, Mar 23 2011 | 4:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It’s the factual state of affairs that integration is our imminent future, reinforced every day through announcements and presentation of various new technologies. The lack of upgrade options is something that we seem to be willing to renounce in order to get complete and efficient solutions. Intel’s latest CPU series has reduced overclocking to a lower level, thus announcing the direction that new products and technologies are about to take. Consequently, the hotly anticipated AMD Fusion, the first in the line of entirely integrated solutions, has finally reached us, in the form of ASUS E35 M1-M PRO model, carrying the currently strongest Zacate APU...
  FULL STORY @ INSIDEHW

MSI 890FXA-GD65 Motherboard Review
     Wed, Mar 23 2011 | 12:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Wow what can I say about the 890FXA-GD65 motherboard from MSI. If I had to put what I think into as few words as possible I would have to say that it would be “I need new pants because this motherboard is AWESOME!” The quality of this motherboard is one of the bests I have seen in my long career of building and testing computer components. Everything is well placed on the motherboard. It has plenty of heat sinks to make sure the system doesn’t have any heat issues. It comes fully loaded with all the bells and whistle that you will want and need in a motherboard.”
  FULL STORY @ GEEKINVADERS

ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 and M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 motherboards
     Tue, Mar 22 2011 | 4:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD has made it a point of marketing to concentrate upon adding value to certain price segments and their supporting motherboard manufacturers have really caught on. Today we will be taking a look at two products which take this mantra to heart: the sub-$110 ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 and M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3. Both use the 880G/SB850 chipset combination and are looking to offer consumers a broad range of features for a budget friendly price.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS

Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H Motherboard Review
     Tue, Mar 22 2011 | 4:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“After testing the 890GPA-UD3H motherboard from Gigabyte all I can say is WOW again this is another great motherboard! It has a ton of features in the BIOS for overclocking and tweaking you name it this thing has it. We had no problem at all with any of the hardware we tested with this motherboard. Everything ran smoothly. This board has almost the same amount of features as the MSI GD65 motherboard. It really comes down to what you’re really looking for or if you want a black or blue PCB board.”
  FULL STORY @ GEEKINVADERS

Asus Crosshair IV Extreme AMD 890FX Motherboard
     Tue, Mar 22 2011 | 4:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
One of the unfortunate consequences of AMD's inability to match Intel's performance at the ultra high-end of the CPU market over the past few years is that there's been a substantial decline in the number of high-end AMD motherboards. NewEgg presently stocks just two AMD motherboards in the $200-$300 price range compared to 36 Intel products. That's not to imply that you have to pay $200 or more for a quality motherboard but it clearly implies that when motherboard manufacturers are thinking about enthusiasts, they're also thinking about Santa Clara. With one exception. Both of the $200+ AMD boards are built by Asus and the company recently sent us its top-end AMD offering. The motherboard's retail price point of $299 dwarfs anything else anyone offers in an AMD flavor these days, but Asus has packed the Crosshair IV Extreme with every goody you can think of...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

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