Looks like Zotac is really going to jump on the ION bandwagon after all. EXpreview brings us news that Zotac is hard at work on their new Mini-ITX Ion based mainboard.
The new board looks like it will have everything needed for the small ION Based Nettops that could be cluttering the shelves soon. Wireless, the nVidia 9400M G, Three SATA ports, Two RAM slots and HDMI/DVI/VGA ports.
The interesting thing is no expansion slots, not even a single PCI-e 1x port. Makes for a very closed system. Many have asked if this is really a feasible platform as you can get a full C2D E6350 on a Mini-ITX board with a lower (and half-height) GPU with more power and for less than these initial ION systems will cost.
Either way the introduction of ION into the Netbook/Top waters will be interesting to watch.
Read more here.
Zotac IONITX-A-U and IONITX-B-E will be available first in Japan at Yen29980 (US$303) and Yen19980 (US$202) respectively.
The ASRock X58 SuperComputer motherboard has driven the Core i7 to new heights, setting a new overclocking record for the Core i7 950 processor.
According to the Overclocking World Record Database, George Hsu has managed to overclock the Core i7 to 4431.75 MHz. The 44.5% overclock was acheived on air cooling using 2GB of G.Skill DDR3-2000 and an ASUS 9800GT video card.
VIA has stated that it plans on showing off the first Em-ITX form factor motherboard at ESC Silicon Valley 2009 next week. Until then they've been kind enough to give some pictures and information on the upcomming motherboard.
The EITX-3000 will be available with either a 1.0/1.3 GHz Nano or a 500MHz Eden ULV processor. It will be paired with a DDR2 SO-DIMM up to 2GB in size.
VIA has integrated Chrome9 graphics, Vinyl VT1708 HD audio, two SATA 3.0 ports, dual gigabit eithernet, one D-SUB and two LVDS outputs, and two USB connectors into the tiny EITX-3000 motherboard. Although there is no price or availability on the board yet, more information should be available next week.
"VIA has repeatedly pushed the thermal design envelope with innovative form factor specifications that allow ever more compact, slim and versatile device designs," said Daniel Wu, Vice President, VIA Embedded. "The VIA EITX-3000 adds the performance-per-watt advantages of the VIA Nano processor to create a truly compelling embedded board for high-end digital media systems."
Now that Intel and NVIDIA are butting heads in a legal battle, NVIDIA is focusing a little more on their offerings for AMD fans.
TechPowerUp found out that NVIDIA somewhat silently made the nForce 980a reference board official by adding the board to their product page. The 980a doesn't seem to be anything groundbreaking from NVIDIA, but it does bring AM3 and DDR3 support
What it does bring is yet another choice for AMD processors. Intel has the Core i7 locked down. If you want a Core i7 chip in your PC, you have but one choice, and thats an X58 motherboard.
The nForce 980a SLI motherboard has everything you've come to expect from NVIDIA. Dual gigabit LAN, 3-Way SLI support, lots of USB, and onboard video via the built in GeForce 8300 IGP.
The board pictured is just that of the refernce design. Once NVIDIA's partners get their hands on it, you can bet that their own cooling solutions will make it into the mix.
NVIDIA nForce® 980a SLI® media and communications processors (MCPs) power the most feature rich, high performance motherboards for AMD AM3 CPUs. As a premier enthusiast platform, nForce 980a features SLI technology for maximum graphics performance and are specifically designed to harness the power of GeForce® GPUs for gaming and beyond.
Foxconn has announced another Intel X58 based motherboard, the Renaissance II.
As far as specifications are concerned, the Renaissance II is identical to that of the first iteration of the board. It still has 4 PCIe X16 slots with support for CrossFireX and 3-Way SLI, still has room for 24GB of triple channel DDR3, and still has the same black and orange layout.
The few changes that Foxconn has made are simply those that are irrelevant to all but the most avid enthusiasts. The cooling solution has been changed and the heapipe has been removed. Also removed are the onboard power, reset, and clear CMOS buttons, the two SAS ports, and the debug LED, all of which should have absolutely no effect on performance.
ECS announced the G43T-M3 motherboard which they are touting "delivers the best HD experience."
The new mATX motherboard features the Intel G43 Express chipset and Intel GMA X4500 graphics, which includes built-in support for HD video decoding without the need for any add-on graphics cards.
Should more graphics power be required, the board has a PCIe 2.0 slot. The G43T-M3 has support for up to 12 USB 2.0 ports, 6 SATA ports, and sports DVI and VGA onboard. Unfortunately there is no HDMI or optical/coaxial SPDIF on the back I/O panel, which would make the board welcomed by many HTPC users.
There was no mention of price or availability in the full press release, which is available here.
We discovered an article in Taiwanese magazine PC Home Advance that is sure to get NVIDIA's knickers in somewhat of a knot.
The article explains how to enable SLI support on a motherboard without official NVIDIA SLI certification.
If you recall back a little, NVIDIA made a policy that if motherboard makers wanted to add SLI support to their Intel X58 chipset based motherboards, they would need to pay for certification to enable support in NVIDIA's ForceWare drivers.
PC Home Advance in Taiwan managed to work out if you flash GIGABYTE's EX58-UD4 motherboard with the latest F6 GIGABYTE UD4P BIOS (this board has official SLI support) from the GIGABYTE website, it will enable SLI support on the cheaper UD4 model.
Since you are flashing your board with a different model BIOS, you cannot just use the BIOS QFlash utility or the Windows based @BIOS. Instead, you need to flash your UD4 board with a DOS BIOS flashing program called SPIFLASH - a quick Google reveals it is readily available online. Once you've downloaded the utility, you need to enter DOS mode with a boot disk and simply type in the command "SPIFLASH EX58UD4P.F6", then the BIOS flash update will proceed. Once you've rebooted and gone back into Windows, you'll have SLI support.
Remember that flashing your board with a different BIOS will more than likely void your warranty and do take care if you wish to try it out. Leave your results and comments over at our GIGABYTE tech support forum.
ASUS sent HardOCP some information on the ASUS Rampage II GENE motherboard.
Besides supporting SLI and CrossFireX on the microATX board, it also has five fan connectors, six DIMM slots, seven SATA ports, and onboard X-FI audio.
ASUS says that the Rampage II GENE will hit the shelves with a $259 price tag.
ASUS sent along a handful of pictures of the ASUS Rampage II GENE X58 socket 1366 Core i7 motherboard that supports SLI and CFX in a microATX form factor for your viewing pleasure. We also have a complete list of specs and features to go with the pictures for those of you interested in what ASUS has packed onto this board. MRSP on the Rampage II GENE will be $259.
EVGA launched the X58 Classified Edition motherboard, raising the bar on enthusiast level motherboards.
The new board features never before seen features such as 3-way SLI + PhysX + 1x PCIe device on a single board, 2 8pin +12V connectors capable of delivering 600 watts of power, and 10 phase Digital PWM with a switching frequency of up to 1333KHz.
The board has ten SATA 300 connections, four PCIe X16 slots with support for 3-way SLI and CrossFire, and six DDR3 slots for up to 12GB of triple channel memory, as well as many more enthusiast grade features. Expect to drop US$449.99 on the board once it becomes available.
Many Manufacturers are stuffing the CPU Core Power Circuitry with endless phases without looking at the big picture. We take a very first to very last approach instead." said Peter "Shamino" Tan, Overclocking Evangelist for EVGA. "First the +12v comes into the board through the 8 pin CPU Power Connector. We remove the bottleneck here by doubling the current input capability with dual +12v. Next, the +12v is processed through a beefy 10 phase Digital PWM with a switching frequency of up to 1,333KHz, twice the speed of typical Digital PWMs and three times the speed of typical Analogue! Furthermore, you can adjust the switching frequency through the BIOS from 800KHz to 1,333KHz, deciding between power efficiency and heavy overclocking or benching.
Next, a super-low ESR and ESL film capacitor placed right behind the CPU socket ensures the cleanest power goes into your CPU. This finally passes on to a high quality CPU socket with three times the normal amount of gold content for the lowest impedance and highest current transfer, and of course, the socket is anodized a slick shiny black!
Until now, users with AMD's AM3 processors have been forced to choose between motherboards that supported only DDR2 or DDR3. Now you can choose both. MSI showed their 790GX-8D motherboard at CeBIT, which is aimed to give users an easier upgrade path with AM3 CPU's.
The 790GX-8D has four DDR2 slots as well as four DDR3 slots, two PCIe X16 slots, two PCIe x1 slots, and a single PCI slot. The new board supports CrossfireX and Hybrid CrossfireX using the onboard graphics.
It also featurs MSI's APS power saving technology and DrMOS voltage converters.
Folding@Home and Multi-GPU users rejoice. Asus in a fit of creativity has created a mainboard based on the X58 chipset with...Seven PCI-e slots, that's right I said Seven.
This board which will be called the P6T7 WS Supercomputer, is related to the amazing P6T6 WS Revolution. It will have a whopping four x16 PCI-E slots and three x8 Electrical slots.
Other specifications are similar to the P6T6 WS.
Pricing is not mentioned but with the P6T6 WS running at almost $400 you can bet the P6T7 will be quite expensive.
Read a little more here at Fudzilla.
The ASUS P6T7 WS Supercomputer is a newly announced X58 motherboard that sports no less than seven PCI-E 2.0 slots controlled by two nForce 200 SLI chips. More specifically, four of these slots are x16 and three are x8 electrical, and 3-way SLI and CrossFire are also supported.
Additional features of this board include six memory slots for up to 24GB of DDR3, six SATA II ports, two SAS ports supporting RAID 0, 1, 10, two eSATA ports and the usual 7.1 onboard sound and dual Gigabit Ethernet.
Obviously, this board brings some optimistic hope for Folding@home enthusiasts, as it has been said to be the "best choice for intensive parallel computing demand."
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.