The Black Series X58B-A “Nehalem” Motherboard with LGA1366 socket support for Intel’s all-new “Core-i7″ processors is currently the flagship motherboard for ECS Elitegroup. With the Intel X58 Express chipset handling the North Bridge duties and the Intel Intel ICH10R South Bridge handling the rest of the board you know this will be a sound and stable platform. Read on to see how the ECS X58B-A motherboard does on the benchmarks and to see it overclocks.
ASRock has recently been including a feature called Instant Boot on their N7AD-SLI motherboards and clams that it only takes 3 to 4 seconds to boot up to Windows. ASRock also claims that Instant Boot consumes less power, but does it really work? That is what we intend to find out in our video review as we bring out the timer and put it to the test.
The ECS GF8200A motherboard is part of the ECS Black Series and uses an NVIDIA GeForce 8200 single chipset in order to support 95W TDP AMD Phenom quad-core processors up to HT 5200 MT/s with Hyper Transport 3.0 technology links. The board also supports DDR2 1066MHz memory kits and features like GeForce Boost. With the economy doing poorly the need for budget boards is higher than ever and this board can be found for just $69.99 at Newegg.
When eVGA launched the 790i SLI FTW motherboard a few months back, their non-reference design won them a lot of acclaim. Now they’ve taken something great and made it even better with the inclusion of an 8-phase digital PWM. The 790i SLI FTW already featured a solid PWM, so how does this new digital PWM match up? Read on to find out!
ASUS builds on the success of the M3A78-T by adding a new south bridge to a new board called the M3A79-T Deluxe. How will the new SB750 south bridge and the tried and true 790FX northbridge perform? This motherboard supports AMD Socket AM2+ multi-core processors and with Phenom processors dropping in price this platform is looking solid. Read on to see if the under-the-hood upgrade does anything for performance!
Every day there’s a good chance you use a Foxconn manufactured product without knowing it. The last two enthusiast boards from Foxconn were phenomenal but Foxconn is trying a different route with the Digita Life ELA P45. Instead of overclocking they are targeting the multi-media crowd. Read on to see how Foxconn manages to switch things up.
Asus has pulled out all the stops with the creation of its Rampage Extreme motherboard. Just when you thought all innovation was finished with the LGA775 platform, Asus pulls a fast one on you. The Rampage Extreme is a physical manifestation of an overclockers dream motherboard. Read on to see what makes this board one of the best motherboards of all time!
Gigabyte Technology is no stranger in the enthusiast hardware community. Today, we are taking a look at Gigabyte’s GA-EP45T-Extreme motherboard, designed from the ground up with the extreme enthusiast in mind. The GA-EP45T-Extreme features Intel’s new P45 chipset along with the new ICH10R southbridge. Let’s see what this extreme motherboard has to offer those that are looking an enthusiast board that won’t let them down.
The P45 chipset has proven to be a very capable chipset with boards based on it ranging from $300 overclocking behemoths to $100 budget boards. The ECS P45T-A Black Series motherboard is a budget minded board with some enthusiast capabilities that help it carve out a piece of the under $100 price segment thanks to rebates. Read on to see how this motherboard does in testing!
Asus tries their hand at the 790i SLi Chipset with the Striker II. How will it fair against the top boards in production today? Is it worth your hard-earned dollars? Will it straighten out the US economy? All that and more is what we intend to find out! This motheroard is part of the Republic of Gamers (ROG) series and is considered by ASUS to be the best of the best. Read on to see how the best NVIDIA chipset does on the premiere ASUS motherboard series.
AMD has finally released the AMD 790GX chipset for enthusiasts around the world. The AMD 790GX chipset is designed for performance gamers and multimedia enthusiasts alike, and promises to deliver outstanding gaming as well as full HD video performance. With the AM2+ processor in mind the AMD 790GX Chipset along with the ATI Radeon HD 3300 graphics core provides awesome gaming compatibility and fantastic multimedia capabilities right out of the box at an ultra competative price.
Designed for enthusiasts with extreme over-clocking and gaming performance in mind, the GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS5 is based on the killer combination of the newest Intel X48 chipset plus support for the latest 45nm multi-core processors. The GA-X48-DS5 is CrossFireX enabled with true dual PCI-E 2.0 x16 connectivity for the ultimate in extreme gaming performance and has a BIOS full of overclocking features. Read on to see if this board is right for you.
We recently compared the power consumption levels of an ASUS P5E3 Premium WiFi-AP@N Edition to the Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 motherboard. In the article we discovered that the ASUS P5E3 Premium was more efficient, but declared consumers the overall winner as both boards lower power usage. Since the review was posted we have gotten negative feedback about the boards we used for testing and have a new motherboard and new test results!
Asus and Gigabyte recently had a spat about power consumption a couple months back that got some people wondering which motherboard was really the most energy efficient. We took a look at the real numbers to see who comes out on top and the results might just shock you. Read on to see which motherboard maker comes out on top when we try out ASUS’s EPU and Gigabyte’s DES equivalent.