CES 2010 - ASUS had on display at CES a new Pine Trail based Mini-ITX motherboard designed for use in nettop systems.
ASUS calls it the AT5NM10-I which sports one of Intel's new Atom D510 processors and supporting NM10 chipset.
The board supports single channel DDR2 667 memory (up to 4GB) with two slots. There's only one expansion slot which is a legacy PCI slot. Other features include 6 channel audio, 10/100 Ethernet, four USB 2.0 ports (and four via headers), D-Sub for display, serial and parallel ports, a PS/2 port and two SATA 3Gbps ports.
Pricing and availability hasn't yet been disclosed.
CES 2010 - One of the standout items being showcased at ASUS' booth is a final sample of the company's next flagship LGA1366 X58 motherboard, the Rampage III Extreme.
Some radical changes have been made to this board over its predecessor, the Rampage II Extreme. The biggest and most useful performance oriented change is this board's ability to run up to four double slot NvIDIA or ATI graphics cards with its well spaced out PCI-e 2.0 x16 slots. ASUS ensures there'll be no hindrance in the way of available PCIe lanes by including NVIDIA's nForce 200 chip and PCI bridge to assist in taking on four-card SLI and CrossFire.
Other enhancements include ROG Connect with the ability to overclock using Bluetooth (mobile phones etc.), discrete SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 controllers which won't affect graphics performance when used unlike other boards, thanks to ASUS' PCI-E 2.0 bridge implementation, a superior CPU VRM setup with super-ML capacitors being used for both the CPU and memory power circuits and slimmer low-profile heatsinks said to be made of ceramic composite which help make the board more adaptable to larger CPU cooling solutions.
The Rampage III Extreme is expected to arrive to market sometime this quarter, with pricing, while not confirmed, sure to be sky high.
CES 2010 - On display at ASUS' booth was a new ATX form-factor motherboard based on AMD's 890G chipset, a known successor to 790GX with its performance oriented IGP.
Dubbed the M4A89GTOD PRO, the board supports 2-way CrossFireX (x8 / x8) discrete graphics, but also has an integrated DX10.1 compliant IGP (DX11 would have been nice, when's that coming AMD?).
The feature-set on this board is very nice thanks to the AMD SB800 Southbridge. This is potentially the first motherboard chipset that gives native SATA 6Gb/s support with the ability to control up to six of them (which the M4A89GTOD PRO makes full of). Further to those six ports is another (black) SATA 3 Gb/s port, an IDE port and an eSATA port which is controlled by an external JMicron storage controller.
The AM3 CPU socket is given a 5-phase VRM and there's four DDR3 DIMM slots for dual-channel memory support. Other features include a VIA made 8+2 channel HD audio codec with optical S/PDIF support, FireWire, a bunch of USB 2.0 ports (hmm, USB 3.0 please) and both DVI and D-Sub display connectivity for the IGP.
Whilst not confirmed, rumour has it the board will surface a bit later in the year, likely sometime during Q2.
CES 2010 - We caught up with MSI this afternoon at its suite here at CES where they were showing off its much spoken about Big Bang Fuzion motherboard that uses the Lucid Hydra chip to create some pretty special video card options.
We finally got to see the motherboard in action with a pair of GeForce and Radeon video cards that are able to run together in a SLI or Crossfire type mode. Watch the video now and you will even see the 3DMark06 benchmark results!
While details are still unconfirmed at this stage, this board should be on shop shelves by the end of Q1.
With Intel's new 32nm Clarkdale officially unveiled yesterday, details of supporting H55 and H57 motherboards from various manufacturers are beginning to surface. Yesterday we took a look at one of ASRock's initial H55 models in the H55M Pro which impressed us.
Details have surfaced in relation to two new offerings from eVGA, one using the H55 chipset and the other, H57.
As you can see from the pictures above, both are full ATX sized, each with a pair of x16 slots for CrossFire(X) use. Other features include eight SATA ports, Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire, 7.1 audio and in conjunction with the in-built IGP on the CPUs themselves, there's a D-Sub, DVI and HDMI output on the rear I/O.
Shouldn't be long before eVGA make more noise about the new boards including pricing and availability.
In what seems to be a flashback to the Lynnfield/P55 launch we now hear that H57 boards from at least one manufacturer are showing up for sale in the Taipei computer market. The culprit this time is the Asus P7H57D-V EVO, the problem? Well the launch for this and the CPUs that support it are not until sometime in January.
What does this mean for Clarkdale and the new H5x chipsets? Well it can go one of two ways really. The first is the worse of the two scenarios as we start seeing Clarkdale Core i5 CPUs hitting the shelves in the same stores in Taipei. At the time of this writing that is not the case. The other is one where the boards hang out and are picked up by those wanting to get an early start on Clarkdale Core i5 and i3 CPUs.
But no matter which way it goes the Asus H57 board is a little higher priced that it should be. It runs for about $240. This is more than many P55 boards will run, but I suppose they are banking on the IGP on the CPU to make the cost seem more logical. The issue still remains that we do not yet know if the IGP on Clarkdale is worth the extra money or not.
For that we will have to wait for the official Clarkdale launch, or for some brave and enterprising website to push out a review early to get some extra page hits before the end of the year.
Word's now entered the rumour mill that DFI are going the way of Abit, looking to pull out of the motherboard market, which would be a real shame for the niche of avid DFI LANParty fans that look to no other when it's time to purchase their next enthusiast oriented motherbord.
If website SemiAccurate are onto anything solid with regard to this story, we could see DFI make an official announcement as early as next month saying their goodbyes as they exit the mobo market and put sole focus into the 'industrial PC business'.
As it stands now, Newegg only have stock of two DFI motherboard models across their inventory of 21 Intel boards and five AMD boards, so signs sure aren't looking good.
Come the official launch of Intel's new Atom processor range earlier today, ECS are one of the first out the gate with an Intel NM10 Express chipset based mini-ITX board and embedded Atom D510 processor designed for fan-less systems, small form factor PCs and the like.
The TIGT-I's features include integrated GMA3150 DX9 graphics, two DDR2-800 memory slots, one PCIe x1 slot, Gigabit Ethernet, HD audio, 2 x SATA 3Gbps, 1 x PATA and 4 x USB 2.0.
For further info, check out the official PR here.
Intel's value positioned desktop chipset for LGA-1156, H55 Express is set for launch in Q1 2010 and a trio of H55 boards from GIGABYTE have been spotted online. These include the GA-H55M-S2H and GA-H55M-UD2H, both of which are mATX based, and also a full sized ATX board, the GA-H55-UD3H.
Where the GA-H55M-S2H has only two DDR3 DIMM slots, no eSATA or FireWire and the lack of Ultra Durable 3 (which includes all solid-state capacitors and a 2 oz copper PCB), the GA-H55M-UD2H has four DDR3 slots and makes welcome these other additional features.
Both of these mATX boards use a 7-phase CPU VRM, have two PCI-E x16 slots (with the lower electrically at x4), two legacy PCI, six SATA 3 Gbps ports (the sixth on the GA-H55M-UD2H is routed to an eSATA port on the rear I/O), and DVI / D-Sub / HDMI connections.
As for the full sized ATX model, the GA-H55-UD3H. Running the same CPU VRM setup as the H55M boards, this board is equipped with equivilent features to the GA-H55M-UD2H, only its larger physical size gives it seven expansion slots; two x PCI-E x16 (x16 / x4), one x PCI-E x1, and four legacy PCI slots. This board does not have eSATA, however, with all six ports internally on the board like the GA-H55M-S2H.
An interesting bit of news has surfaced in regards to ASUS' plans for its motherboard and GPu products in July of next year. ASUS feels it's a more beneficial business decision in the long term to spin off these segments to subsidiary mob, Pegatron.
The split is motivated with intent to bolden its ASUS branding and continue stronger competition against the likes of big guns HP and Dell whilst still collecting ODM and motherboard orders from those companies.
Once Pegatron have full grasp, it's expected that this will in turn push ASRock up from the entry-level position and well into the mainstream (and possibly high-end) market segment.
I'm sure a lot of people are a bit sour at the idea of seeing the name "ASUS" dissapear off motherboard boxes in replacement for Pegatron, but at the end of the day it shouldn't really affect the top notch quality and range of which ASUS' has proven itself to be capable of for a long time running.
AMD have a successor to its current Dragon platform due out in Q2 of next year; this known as Leo. Two of the three individual components that make up this platform are the Thuban six-core processor and RD890 chipset (using the SB850 Southbridge).
A picture of MSI's first RD890 offering has already surfaced on the web which it calls the 890FX-GD70. What we can learn from the picture is that it looks to sport MSI's 5-phase DrMOS, four DDR3 slots, a very extensive set of PCIe x16 slots (six!), six SATA 6Gbps ports along with a seventh blue one which may or may not also be SATA 6Gbps.
Further to that are buttons directly on the board for Power, Reset and OC'ing on the fly as well as Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 audio, eSATA, FireWire and two USB 3.0 ports controlled by NEC's chip.
If you're seeking P55 on a budget, eVGA has a new model out dubbed the P55 V which shaves a good amount of dollars off by being micro ATX based and carrying less in the way of overclocking specific goodies.
The P55 V is only around the $120 mark but still has all that's required for a decent P55 rig. Along with four DDR3-1333+ memory slots, two PCie x16 slots for SLI/Crossfire and five SATA 3.0Gbps ports, features also include eSATA, Gigabit Ethernet and 7.1 audio.
For further details and images of the board, check out the official product page here.
I am really looking forward to the MSI Big Bang mainboard hitting the market. I have a couple older video cards lying around here and with that board, I can actually use them. The board allows the user to run ATI and NVIDIA cards at the same time.
MSI and SteelSeries have announced special edition of the board called the Big Bang-Trinergy. The board has the same features as the normal Big Bang with a few interesting additions. The Trinergy version will have a 8-year limited warranty.
The board will also ship with a special messenger bag for carrying your gear. Speaking of gear, the board will also come with a SteelSeries KINZE mouse and the SteelSeries QCK+ mouse pad. Exactly how much the board will cost is unknown.
A little birdy has kindly passed on some nice clean images of some various upcoming ASRock H55 Express based motherboards which are due for launch early next year when CES kicks off.
As you can see below, there's both mATX and full sized ATX motherboards being prepared by the company, and by the looks of it they're all in final form here.
The H55DE3 is a full-sized ATX variant with dual PCI-E x16 slots, a couple x1 slots and a couple legacy PCI slots.
The H55M is an mATX model with dual x16 slots, a x1 slot and a legacy PCI slot. The overall layout is quite well thought out here with plenty of room around the CPU socket.
The H55M Pro appears to be near identical at first glance, but sports a couple extra SATA ports, FireWire connectivity, what looks to be a superior power management system and likely a couple other small adjustments and additional features.
Of course, all of ASRock's signature functions will also be included on these upcoming boards such as OC DNA, OC Tuner, Intelligent Energy Saver, Instant Boot, Instant Flash and Good Night LED.
We'll be allowed to talk a lot more about these H55 Express based boards as launch nears.
We first laid eyes on MSI's upcoming H57M-ED65 motherboard last week which makes use of Intel's H57 Express chipset. This is a microATX based motherboard which is ready for Intel's 32nm Clarkdale processors (likely to be dubbed the Core i3 series).
Now bit-tech have managed to get their hands on the board and provide some very clean images along with details about its feature-set and general design characteristics.
You can view more angles of the board via the source folks.
Swedish website TechSweden has managed to get hold of images and details showing off a H57 chipset based motherboard from MSI. The H57 Express chipset is designed to support the Flexible Display technology which talks directly with the on-die graphics on Intel's upcoming range of LGA-1156 based dual-core processors in Q1 2010.
The H57M-ED65 from MSI is of the micro-ATX form factor with enthusiast oriented features. the CPU gets a 10-phase VRM to play with and what looks to be very adequate cooling all over the DrMOS chips.
The board exclusively supports PCI-Express with no residing legacy PCI slots. The arrangement is two x16 slots (electrically at x16 / x4) and two x1 slots.
Storage wise, the board includes six SATA 3Gb/s ports controlled by the chipset, with two more also resident via a seperate controller and also an eSATA port on the rear I/O. Also included is an IDE connector on the board.
Speaking of the rear I/O, you'll see the board includes DVI, D-Sub, HDMI and also DisplayPort connectivity options. All the other expected features are in place as well; a stack of USB ports, Gigabit ethernet, 8-channel audio with S/PDIF, FireWire and more.
For more images, check out the source link below.
Details with pics have shown up on the web of ASUS' upcoming ROG series P55 board which they call the Maximus III Extreme. The board will make a showing by ASUS at DreamHack at the end of this month in Jφnkφping, Sweden where some of the best overclockers in the world get together and battle it out for supremacy.
The Maximus III Extreme is a special P55 chipset board not just because of the typical extensive feature-set that comes with ASUS ROG range of boards, but in that it includes an additional PCI-Express bridge chip that allows for dual x16 lanes or the use of x8 lanes across four of the five residing x16 slots on the board, with the fifth being wired to the PCH, electrically operational at x4.
The board runs an 11 phase digital PWM circuit which uses a SuperML capacitor, whilst the four DDR3 slots use a 3-phase circuit.
All the other expected goodies are also in place such as SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 support, 10 channel HD audio and even the ability to overclock on the fly using Bluetooth.
We're yet to hear of its availability and pricing, but obviously expect a big figure for this one. It's expected we'll be hearing a lot more about it in around two weeks from now.
The folks over at XFastest have acquired both details and images of ASUS' first P57 powered motherboard in which they share with us all today.
Due in the first quarter of next year, as expected, this Ibex Peak based chipset has a bit more on offer over Intel's current mainstream variant; P55. Such additions include Braidwood support, Coral Harbor volume cache tuning and the return of Quiet System technology.
ASUS' P7H57D-V EVO which gets some spotlight treatment today is said to include both SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 support. You can get a good idea of the board's feature-set by checking out the screenshots below from differing angles :-
With P57 still under NDA, there's little else we can say about it at this point. We'll keep you posted as more substantial P57 tidbits come in.
DFI has just unleashed a tidy looking mini-ITX sized P55 chipset motherboard as part of its feature-impressive LANParty series.
Dubbed the LANParty MI P55-T36, this board of course maintains focus on overclocking and runs dimensions of just 17cm x 17cm. A x16 PCI-E slot is resident for your graphics card of choice and the audio system onboard is better than your average joe with Creative X-Fi technology.
Also inclusive is DFI's proprietory ABSII CPU Auto Upgrade Technology, a digital PWM, Power eSATA support and more.
Whilst availability and pricing hasn't yet been disclosed, further information about the board can be located within the official announcement here folks.
We managed to get hold of exclusive pictures of the upcoming GIGABYTE P55A-UD7 motherboard. It's labeled as "EXTREME" at the moment, but that's because it's not the final shipping product.
From what we heard from our source, "UD7" is the new name to replace the "EXTREME Series" that GIGABYTE used with a couple of its recent products. Without knowing for sure, we would say that "UD7" is the new name because of the tremendous popularity of the new Windows 7 operating system. It's all about the number seven right now.
So, what's new here and why do we need yet another extreme high-end motherboard from GIGABYTE? Presently the P55A-UD6 is the top dog from the Taiwanese motherboard maker, but the UD7 will introduce some important features for those looking to get full performance out of their Intel P55 Express based Core i5 or i7 Lynnfield system.
Added onto the P55A-UD7, as we can see from the picture above, is a PLX and NF200 chip. Why? NVIDIA's NF200 chip provides an additional 32 PCI-E lanes and the PLX chip provides additional lanes for USB 3.0 and SATA 3 (6Gbps).
So, what is the need for all these additional PCI Express lanes? P55 is a crippled version of the high-end X58 chipset, which comes with loads of lanes. P55 is the cheaper version and hence comes with far fewer lanes. The NF200 chip allows for full speed three-way SLI and Crossfire and as we mentioned above, the PLX chip adds more lanes for the USB 3.0 and SATA 3.
As has been discussed, on the present P55A-UD6 motherboard, there are not enough lanes for the USB 3.0 and SATA 3 to work at full speed, so some lanes had to be diverted away from the video card slots, meaning that video cards will not work at full speed. The fix for users not liking his implementation was GIGABYTE coming out with the P55A-UD7 motherboard.
DFI has won the race when it comes to bringing out the first Mini-ITX sized P55 motherboard. UK website Clunk.org has managed to get hold of details and images of the upcoming LGA-1156 board.
With the PCB of the LANParty MI P55-T36 measuring in at 6.7 x 6.7-inch, the board is equipped with a decent array of specs and features :-
6 Phase PWM with Japanese made solid capacitors
High Frequency Multi Layer Inductors
2 connectors on board for 4 USB 2.0
One 16x PCI-E 2 slot
3x SATA II ports with RAID
2x DDR3 Slots Supporting Dual Channel
Realtek ALC 885 7.1 Audio
Intel GBe LAN
6x USB 2 Connectors
1x Powered e-SATA/USB
Dump-Proof Clear CMOS Button
LED Post Code Display
Availability of this board is said to be very near, but a definitive date has not yet been mentioned. Pricing is also yet to be disclosed.