When you hear the words Big Bang many things come to mind. If you are between the ages of 9-14 you might start laughing (I know I still do), older than that you might have thoughts of galaxies and stars. If you are a computer enthusiast (pronounce that Geek) then you will probably think about MSI and their new Hydra sporting motherboards.
Well MSI is finally releasing one of the Big Bang Series. Unfortunately this one will be without Hydra. The new Hydra-Less board will be called the Trinergy and will have some nice consolations to the lack of the Hydra Chip.
The LGA 1156 board will have support for 4 DDR3 2133 Slots, Active Phase Switching, SuperPipe cooling, a PCI-e x1 Quantum Wave Audio card, dual GbE and true 3 way x16 SLI and Crossfire support. This last one is through the use of an NF200 chip to provide the extra PCI-e lanes.
There is no word on pricing yet and of course no word on when we might see a Hydra version yet. Still this looks like an interesting board to be sure and one that will have the SLI/Crossfire crowd excited about the P55/Lynnfield.
ASRock has just announced its new P55DE3 motherboard for LGA 1156 Core i5 and Core i7 processors which looks to be a well rounded fully featured offering and hopefully very competitively priced.
Some of ASRock's inclusive features on the P55DE3 are OC DNA, C.C.O. (Combo Cooler Option), Multi-Speed Fan Control, Good Night LED, Intel Turbo Boost Monitor and EuP (Energy Using Product).
You can learn more about each of these features and other specifications within the official press release here.
ASRock has also provided a slide which shows the new P55DE3 up against GIGABYTE's highly popular GA-P55-UD6 in the performance stakes - indicating a win under both 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage.
GIGABYTE has today announced seven new P55 based Intel motherboards which include a trio of the latest technologies that GIGABYTE refers to as GIGABYTE 333 Onboard Acceleration.
GIGABYTE's 333 Onboard Acceleration is seen on GIGABYTE's P55 series boards with USB 3.0, SATA 3.0 and 3X USB Power features.
"GIGABYTE is excited to be able to introduce our latest 333 onboard acceleration technologies on our market leading P55 platform," commented Tony Liao, Associate Vice President of Marketing at GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. "Through close cooperation with several industry leaders including NEC Electronics Corporation, Marvell, and Seagate, GIGABYTE is able to provide our customers with several next generation data transfer and storage technologies that will have a far reaching impact on how people interact with their digital media for many years to come."
You can learn more about the seven new P55A-series boards from GIGABYTE in the official announcement, located here.
Late last week we gave you an exclusive look at GIGABYTE's upcoming P55A motherboards. We promised this week we would also give you a look at the upcoming GIGABYTE EX-58 EXTREME2 motherboard.
As with the refreshed P55A motherboards, the EX-58 EXTREME2 motherboard carries the same "333" theme. The triple three theme means that SATA3, USB3 and triple power USB has been added to the new version of the popular EXTREME motherboard for the high-end Core i7 processors.
We covered the three new additions to a lot of detail (with pictures) in our post last week about the new P55A motherboards, so we won't go over all that again here. Instead, just visit the news post here.
Below you can watch our exclusive video review of the GIGABYTE EX-58 EXTREME2 motherboard.
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Zotac is improving their ION line up by offering a high-end ION based Mini-ITX board.
The new board will be dubbed the ITX-F will have the inclusion of a PCI-E x16 slot. It also includes an Atom 330 CPU which should give you enough power to run your Nettop or HTPC. The NVIDIA ION features HDCP outputs through VGA, DVI and HDMI, 802.11n WiFi, Gigabit Lan and two slots for RAM. There is no word on pricing just yet and no mention of any overclocking features that might be hidden in the BIOS but this still looks like it might be an excellent choice for an HTPC.
In our most recent poll, we asked our readers who their favorite motherboard maker was and we had tremendous feedback.
We had a very good number of voters totaling around 9,100 votes. Out in front, 40% of our readers prefer ASUS motherboards, while 28% of our readers prefer GIGABYTE motherboards.
Next up we saw MSI getting 7% of the votes with eVGA coming in at 6%. DFI and ASRock share 4% of the votes.
For the actual numbers, go here.
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Asus loves its high-end customers. First they dropped out the "RoG (Republic of Gamers)" line as their high-end products, now they have their "The Ultimate Force" (TUF) boards.
The first of this new line of board is being called the Sabertooth 55i. This is going to be a P55 with quite a few unique features and improvements over even their RoG boards. The first is the implementation of what Asus is calling E.S.P. this stands for Efficient Switching Power. This is intended to provide clean power to the CPU and memory as well as the PCI-e Slots and controller (now on the CPU). According to the hard-sell from Asus it raises the efficiency of power conversion from 60% to an impressive 90%.
But the fun does not stop there.
Asus has stuffed in extra goodies like ceramics based heatsinks, direct memory cooling (with an optional cooling fan), "military-certified" MOSFETs, and more.
The new color scheme for the board gives it a decidedly military feel. I am sure this is to allow it to compete (in advertising) against Foxconn's military themed products. No word yet on retail availability or pricing but, given its redesign and high-end components you can bet it will not be cheap.
One major complaint with modern computers is the time it takes to get them to a working state. Even the fastest system takes time to boot up and get all the devices in the system checked and working.
Pheonix is working on a BIOS that can speed up the POST time by a considerable marign. How fast? Well according to some of the reports it can actually cut the POST (Power on Self Test) down to one second.
That means that if you combine Windows 7 and its speed up boot time you could be ready and working in around 10-20 seconds. This is extremely fast and something to be seen in action.
What is it I keep saying? The future of computing is looking awfully bright.
Last week we told showed you a couple of CPUz results for AMD's Magny-Cours K10 CPU. These had some interesting information but in reality did not tell us anything more than what we already knew (although there are rumors of thermal issues at full speed and 100% load).
Today we have a picture of the board that was used for the testing. This is a dual socket board that showed up as Dinar2 (Dinar is a form of currency used in the Middle East).
The picture does not show us much other than the name and the edges of the CPU sockets and RAM slots.
I have to wonder if the name is in anyway representative of the money that AMD received for the purchase of their foundry operations. If so that would be odd after all the money can from Abu Dhabi, a country that uses the Dirham as currency.
During the Intel Lynnfield and P55 Express chipset launch press conference earlier today in Taipei city, we managed to spot what we believe is an unseen motherboard from ASUS.
The ASUS Sabertooth 55i motherboard is obviously based on Intel's recently launched P55 Express chipset for the Socket LGA-1156 Core i5 and Core i7 processors and includes dual channel DDR3-1333 memory support.
What is interesting about this board is that it is part of the Ultimate Force brand from ASUS, which we have heard little about in the past. Sadly we couldn't find any ASUS reps during the event, so we are a little unclear on details, but you can get a good look at the upcoming motherboard in the video below.
That concludes our Intel Lynnfield and P55 Express chipset launch video coverage - we hope you enjoyed it!
Ok we all know about the ACC trick to enable locked cores on Phenom II X3 and X2. But what would you say if you found out that ACC could be used to enable L3 cache on some Althon II (Propus) Quad Cores?
According to some interesting news out it seems that although the current pictures of the Athlon II X4 Propus does not show any L3 cache there is a person that claims they have found a way to enable it.
Xtreme Systems forum member Chinook has posted some screen shots of an Althon II X4 620 with the L3 cache enabled and disabled. It is interesting as if this is true it would give credence to the rumors that the Athlon II X4 is simply a failed Phenom II X4 with the L3 disabled somehow.
There are some odd things about this though; the first is the missing L3 in the die shots. The second is the very odd date that shows on the HIS for the CPU Chinook used. It shows as 2008, this is odd as the date should be 2009.
DFI has a new P55 board that looks to be specially designed for Halloween.
The Lanparty Dark P55-T3eH9 is decked out in all orange and black with an eye watering design on the heat-pipe covers. However the rest of the board despite its aesthetic challenges looks to be pretty nice.
The CPU is powered by a 6+2 Phase VRM, four DDR3 Dimm slots, three x16 Mechanical PCI-e slots (these could be dual x16 or dual x8 with an additional x4 electrical slot)
There are eight SATA II ports, a single PATA port and the usual items you would expect on a an ATX board. One nice item is the large amount of room between the two main SLI/CrossFireX ports.
It should be interesting to see how this performs once Lynnfield hits the streets.
With the launch of Intel's new mainstream Lynnfield platform based around the P55 chipset and LGA1156 processors just around the corner, we're seeing more in the way of sneak previews and info as far as the various upcoming P55 motherboards from well known manufacturers goes.
eVGA's P55 motherboard lineup has been disclosed to the folks over at HardwareCanucks who have managed to get a bunch of snaps of their P55 Classified, P55 FTW 200, P55 FTW, P55 SLI, P55 LE and P55 Micro mATX boards along with a heap of info on their respective feature-sets. Quite an opening line-up, indeed.
If you are one of those people that loves to stick as much power into a little space as possible then Asus may have a great board for you. This is the Maximus III Genie. It is a P55 microATX board that is still part of the high-end Maximus ROG line.
There are some early pictures out of the board and it is looking to be a great package. The new Maximus III Gemie will have two x16 PCi-e slots with enough room for some decent sized GPUs for SLI or Crossfire.
The Maximus III Genie will also have 10 phase power, four DDR3 slots, 6 SATA II ports and the Supreme FX X-Fi sound codec built onto the board.
It should be a lot of performance in a small package.
We have more Intel rumors today. This one is surrounding the Turbo Memory successor Braidwood. Intel Turbo memory was a method of increasing I/O performance through the use of an NVRAM module. This feature showed up in a few notebooks but never really took off. On the whole the performance gain was not measureable so it was deemed as un-needed by many people that tested it.
Braidwood was supposed to bring this technology to the P55 in the form of the P57 chipset.
All of that is out the window if the rumors being reported are true. You see they claim that Intel is shelving the whole Braidwood project until a later date. This means that since the P57 is not much more than a P55 with Braidwood there is no reason to release the P57.
Of course again the problem with Turbo Boost (Much like Ready Boost) did not have any real measurable effect on performance. Did they help? Yes, they did but not in a way that was visible to the consumer. This coupled with rumored problems with the software side of Braidwood could be the main reason for shelving it for now. It is possible that like HyperThreading Turbo Memory will reappear when the technology is viable and the platform it is run on can really benefit from the technology.
Many people have heard of Lucid Technologies Hydra chip. Most have discounted it as vapor ware or nothing more than an interesting demo.
They cited a lack of any real adoption of this chip into any existing product. Well those doubters will not have much of an argument anymore.
Microstar International has announced that they are going to put a Lucid Hydra on to an upcoming P55 board for the Core i5. The board will be dubbed the "Big Bang". The MSI Big Bang will join ELSA's HPC rack system that also utilizes Hydra.
According to Lucid by using the Hydra you can achieve an almost linear scaling by adding multiple GPUs. The technology does not use the standard AFR or even ALR. Instead it dynamically allocates the render load across the GPUs.
Also unlike SLI and Crossfire you do not need identical GPUs you, in threory, could even use one GPU from ATi and one from nVidia.
We will be keeping an eye open for this new board to hit so we can see what it can really do.
With the lifting of the NDA on the 785 is not s surprise to see everyone announcing mainboards with this new chipset from AMD on it.
So it is no surprise at all that Asus has let slip what they have planned.
According to the Asus Website (and a small blur on Fudzilla) There will be three 785 boards that have support for the AM3 and one with AM2+ support two of the boards are the same model except for the memory and CPU support.
The models are as follows
M4A785D-M Pro (both AM2+ and AM3)
This is a microATX board that features the AMD HD 4200 IGP but no extra sideport memory. CPUs of up to 125W TDP are supported.
M4A785TD-M EVO (AM3)
This is a microATX board that has the additional 128MB DDR3 sideport memory and also support for up to 140W TDP CPUs.
M4785TD-V EVO (AM3)
This is a full sized ATX board that is identical to the M4A785TD-M except for its size and additional slots.
All of these boards look to be pretty good, but as we found out earlier today they will not have full 7.1 Surround from the HD 4200IGP. This means they will lose out over existing Intel and nVidia based boards for the high-end HTPC and SFF market.
Well if you were waiting for a new PCIe standard before upgrading you are in for a long wait. If you did not know that a new standard was due out and has now been delayed, well you are not alone. The PCI-Special Interest Group has announced that they are going to delay PCI 3.0 until sometime next year.
The new protocol would have enabled faster data rates (32Gigbits/second) and better (lower) power consumption. According to the PCI-SIG the new protocol is a bit more work than expected, but that is ok as, well apparently we do not even need it yet.
You have to wonder about these new standards that keep getting delayed. After all USB 3.0 got dropped for now, SATA 6Gb/s had stability issues and now PCIe 3.0 is being pushed back. One possibility is that slow economic times could delay development of products that can actually support the new interfaces. This would realistically delay adoption of the new standards by OEMs, but that is just speculation on our part.
There is some new information on the Asus ROG Board the Maximus III Formula. For those of you that do not know the name the Maximus has been the name of one of Asus' top end enthusiast boards for some time.
The newest is the third generation (hence the III in the name). If the information we are reading is correct this board should have external overclocking controls.
Other nice features are 19 phase power, SLI and Crossfire support, SupremeFX sound (just like others in the line) and san EZRAID type setup.
This board should be quite a performer if it is anything like its two older brothers. There is no word on availability or pricing yet. But I would say that this one will hit alongside the Core i5 release.
Picture courtesy of Fudzilla
News of Biostar's P55 line up has hit the internet. As with most other vendors Biostar will have more than one board ready at launch. There will be two mid-range products (T-Series T5 XE and T-Series TP55XE) and one high-end (T-Power I55) offering.
At the mid-range level the T5 XE is going to be a run of the mill offering with not much extra thrown in. While the TP55 XE will offer a little more with angled SATA ports, 4+4 phase power, firewire, and digital outputs.
The top end will feature a lot more with overclocking features, three phase power for the memory, CrossfireX and SLI, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, e-SATA, and 12-phase power for the CPU.
The Biostar products should be available by the end of September.
Check out more here.
One of our forum members, windwithme, has posted a picture preview of the P55-GD65 motherboard over in our forums.
What is probably most interesting about this board is that it has overclocking buttons - yep, you heard right. There are plus and minus buttons which allows you to adjust the base clock speed of the Core i5 processor.
You can see all the pictures of the mobo right here.