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While we are still many months away from seeing Lynnfield chips on the shelves, PC Games Hardware managed to get a bunch of pictures of upcomming ASUS boards.
ASUS has two boards with the LGA 1160 socket: the P7U and P7U Pro. The only notable difference between the two appears to be the second PCIe x16 slot on the Pro, while the P7U has a PCIe X1 slot in place of it.
The latch on the LGA 1160 socket has undergone a slight redesign, perhaps to make it a little more secure. It is also a little odd that both of the boards still have the LGA 1160 socket, as Intel removed four pins from the chip back in October to make it LGA 1156
MSI is also showing off a P55 motherboard, the G9P55-DC. This board will support tri-SLI and as the board is pre-production, the cooling solution shown on the board will be upgraded before release.
The CPU is fuelled by two independent 6-phase power circuits. Four DDR3 DIMM slots support dual-channel memory. Storage comes in the form of six SATA II ports routed to the P55 chip, with four (blue) SATA II ports and an IDE connector courtesy of an additional controller. The board features two PCI slots, a PCI-E x1 slot to hold a "hardware" sound card (part of the package), an open-ended PCI-E x4 slot and three PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots. In case you're wondering how the 16 PCI-E lanes the CPU ends up sparing for graphics ends up into a 3-Way SLI supportive solution, take a look at what would trick you for a southbridge. That, infact is the NVIDIA BR-03 chip. It can provide two PCI-E x16 links, or PCI-E x16, x8, x8 connections to the three slots, much like in the nForce 780a SLI solutions for the AMD platform.
ASUS has leaked some pictures of a concept motherboard they will be showing off at CeBIT this year, the Marine Cool.
Little is known about the board but some assumptions can be made from the pictures. The board has dual PCI-E x16, x1, and legacy PCI slots as well as two SO-DIMM slots for memory. It seems quite odd that a motherboard that would clearly be targeted towards enthusiasts would resort to utilizing SO-DIMMs despite the lack of space required to implement them.
The bottom of the board has a unique micro-porous ceramic backplate that is said to provide better cooling and improved stability.
Hot on the tail of yesterday's news reporting that GIGABYTE made numerous boards ready for new AMD processors, MSI has done the same. In total they have a list of 31 different boards that are AM3 ready via a BIOS update. Check the picture for the full list.
We were sent a video produced by Kingston which demonstrates a massive 24GB of DDR3 ValueRAM running on a GIGABYTE EX58 UD5 motherboard.
The technology demo produced by the biggest memory company in the world shows the type of power 24GB of memory on a single system is able to produce. Kingston demonstrated VMware workstation and 9 VM's to almost fully use all system memory (only 3GB to spare), proving that it works, it's stable and just what the system is capable of.
The memory intensive Crysis game was also loaded briefly, which basically emulated the equivalent of 10 computers running on one desktop computer.
The GIGABYTE mobo had its DDR3 DIMM slots completely maxed out with a total of six 4GB ValueRAM memory modules that will set you back over $2000 USD once they are released later this year.
Will you be saving up for this extreme memory upgrade?
SLI is finally coming to the Intel DX58SO "Smackover" mainboard. It seems that at the launch of the board Intel and nVidia could not agree on something (I am guessing price) so that prevented SLI from being implemented on the DX58SO at launch.
But things have changed and nVidia and Intel are all smiles across the board. There is no doubt that for the most part nVidia Combined with an Intel Core i7 is a great combination and now Intel will have its very own desktop board complete with both Crossfire and SLI.
Alongside the release of their X58 SuperComputer motherboard for the Core i7 platform, ASRock has just added another X58 based offering into its lineup which is calls the X58 Deluxe.
This variant is a more cost-friendly alternative to the SuperComputer with very slight trimmed down features and accessories that many people probably wouldn't use anyway. The changes include just a single Gigabit Ethernet interface and no (2S) SLI interconnect bridge which is now redundant for common two-card SLI setups anyway.
However, all the important features are left in place including full CrossFireX and up to 3-Way / Quad SLI graphics support via its four PCI Express x16 slots, up to 24GB of DDR3 memory and 8-channel HD Audio.
Although it's yet to be officially released by ASRock, you can already see a listing for it on their website here.
Digitimes has an interesting read on the state of motherboard and graphics card sales in January.
According to market watchers, GIGABYTE shipped more Mainboards than Asus in the month of January. However if you read the story carefully you will see that some of that 1.6 Million was left over sales that could not be delivered in December "due to the delay of some orders to January"
No matter the reason though GIGABYTE's revenue was up by 77.23% over the previous month while Asus' was down 16.5%.
Sapphire has just posted up the full product page of its latest "PURE" branded motherboard, this one based around AMD's 790GX+SB750 chipset and AM3 socket.
The "Dragon" approved PC-AM2RS790GX looks to be quite the well-rounded piece of kit with CrossfireX support via its two PCIe x16 slots as well as two PCIe x1 and two legacy PCI slots. It supports up to 16GB of DDR2 (1066MHz) memory via its four banks and the CPUs power is provided by six phases whilst one phase is dedicated to the NB.
For the full rundown on the PURE CrossFireX 790GX's specifications/feature-set, check out the official product page here folks.
MSI has just pulled covers from its latest AMD 790FX and GX powered motherboards supporting the AM3 (941-pin) socket, which is backwards compatible with current 45nm Phenom II processors.
The 790FX-GD70 is more so suited to gamers and enthusiasts who want to make use of Crossfire or CrossfireX via its four residing PCI-E x16 slots, whilst the 790GX-G65 includes the Radeon HD3300 IGP (with sideport memory) as well as two PCI-E x16 slots for the possibility of Hybrid Crossfire. Its IGP offers both VGA and DVI outputs as well as HDMI in the instance it's used in a HTPC.
Both motherboards feature DDR3 1333MHz memory support and boast a full set of features exclusive to MSI such as DrMOS, APS (Active Phase Switching), OC Dial and Max FSB.
For full details and specifications on each, you can view the official press release here.
[Taipei, Taiwan] MSI, the world's leading mainboard manufacturer, today unveils its AMD AM3 mainboard 790FX-GD70 and 790GX-G65. MSI AM3 mainboard fully supports AMD latest 45nm Phenom II processor and DDR3 memory. In addition, it comes with the AM3 processor which is optimized for the "second-generation DrMOS technology" and "APS (Active Phase Switching) technology", both in high and low loading, MSI AM3 series mainboard offers the highest power conversion efficiency and effectively reduces the heat. Not only that, Gaming series mainboard even comes with OC Dial and MAX FSB advanced overclocking technologies, as well as M-Flash BIOS update mechanism protection.
It's been reported that both ASUS and GIGABYTE have become well overstocked with Intel 4-series chipset motherboards which are losing value very quickly and due to lower demand they literally cannot be shifted.
ASUS dropped pricing across its P45 series motherboards back in September to help speed up the sales, but the giant mobo manufacturer is apparently still stuck with an inventory of 4-series boards somewhere around the vicinity of 6-7 million units, equating to around NT$6 biliion ($180.57 million USD), whilst GIGABYTE isn't fairing much better, holding an inventory of around NT$4-5 billion.
More info over at Digitimes.