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The lucky folks at bit-tech were given a final retail sample of MSI's next stab at a board using the X58 chipset for them to check out in detail.
Dubbed the Xpower X58 which is part of MSI's new Big Bang line-up of enthusiast oriented motherboards, this one brings all the latest tricks to the table, including USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps support, as well as support for Gulftown (six-core Core i7s).
Looking at a full shot of the board, what will quickly catch your eye is the six PCI-E x16 slots. However, there's no NF200 chip on the board so it would seem that at best, four of the slots each give eight lanes of bandwidth for multi-GPU setups.
Also standing out physically on the board is the use of MSI's "SuperPipe" branded cooling system, curving around the CPU socket to heatsinks covering the MOSFETs and X58 Northbridge. Another separate large heatsink is seated over the ICH10R Southbridge.
The CPU VRM uses a 16-phase PWM circuit that draws power from two 8-pin power connectors, using MSI's DrMOS chips and High-C capacitors. MSI of course includes a whole bunch of exclusive features and technologies such as OC Genie, OC Dashboard module, V-kit (for manual voltage monitoring) and more.
No word on exact pricing or availability as yet, only that we know it's going to be released very soon.
ASUS has just officially lifted the curtain on its latest rendition of an X58 powered ROG series motherboard in the form of the Rampage III Extreme.
The board of course comes out of the box with six-core support and includes a plethora of overclocking and enthusiast oriented features that will please the most demanding of users. Alongside ASUS' exclusive features such as ROG Connect, RC Bluetooth, ROG Extreme OC Kit, Extreme Engine Digi+ and much more, the board also comes equpped with SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 support via additional controllers.
The overall list of features and advantages of running a system with this board is so extensive, it's easier to point you in the direction of the press release that paints the full picture.
We first saw the use of the Lucid Hybrid chip on MSI's new Big Bang P55 based motherboard which is a ground breaking bit of tech that gives the ability to mix up your graphics cards from different makers (NvIDIA + ATI) and still be able to harness the power of them both in a bastardized SLI/Crossfire type fashion.
MSI once again decide to implement it on a board, this time one based on the AMD 870 + SB850 chipset for AM3 processors. MSI calls this board the MSI 870A-GD60 Hydra. While AMD 870 has no PCI-E external switching and only one PCI-E 2.0 x16 link, MSI connected this link to the Hydra chip which in turn gives two full-bandwidth 2.0 x16 links for some mix and matching goodness.
Other specs of the board include a 10-phase DrMOS VRM, four DDR3 slots for dual-channel operation, SATA 6Gbps support thanks to SB850 as well as NEC controlled USB 3.0 ports, FireWire, eSATA and 8 channel HD audio w/ S/PDIF connections.
The board is expected to launch just before AMD rolls out its upcoming Phenom X6 (six-core) processors.
Some images have surfaced on the web of a couple upcoming 890FX based boards from ASUS which go the full hog in features and power under its ROG series.
Dubbed the Crosshair IV Formula and Extreme, these two boards give the best ASUS has to offer in conjunction with the 890FX chipset; this including its own OC buttons, iROG and ROG Connect overclocking features and a specially designed cooling system to give better stability across the board.
Both boards also include four PCIe x16 slots for CrossfireX configs, six SATA 6Gbps ports thanks to the SB850 Southbridge (plus one or two SATA-II ports), Gigabit Ethernet and 7.1 audio.
Both boards should make their debut not long before AMD introduces its Phenom II X6 processors.
As well as the two well presented front on images at the source, you can view more angles of the Formula variant over at TechSweden.
Details of GIGABYTE's first 890GX + SB850 motherboards have come about thanks to a listing that showed up on Newegg.
Dubbed the GA-890GPA-UD3H, this board carries with it both native SATA 6Gbps support and USB 3.0 using NEC's controller. The use of AMD's 890GX chipset gives integrated Radeon HD 4250 graphics and support for existing AM3 socket Athlon II and Phenom II processors as well as the upcoming Phenom II X6 six-core processors.
GIGABYTE gives two PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots on this board for CrossfireX support (electrically running at x8/x8 when both are in use), as well as three PCI-E x1 and two legacy PCI slots.
As you can see from the screenshot above, the IGP can be connected to using D-Sub, DVI and HDMI. You can also see the two blue NEC controlled USB 3.0 ports in the above shot.
Newegg were said to be advertising the GA-890GPA-UD3H at a $139.99 price point, but have since pulled down pricing info until further notice.
Boards based on AMDs new 890GX chipset are starting to show up in final retail form on the web and ASUS has two models in its lineup readied up; the M4A89GTD Pro and M4A89GTD Pro USB3 (with the latter obviously including USB 3.0 connectivity).
In conjunction with the new 890GX chipset, these boards are of course AM3 socket based and use a 10-phase CPU VRM and 2-phase memory VRM with four DDR3 slots resident. 890GX also brings with it integrated DirectX 10.1 compliant graphics and AMD's SB800 Southbridge which gives SATA 6Gbps support (six ports). ASUS also includes a JMicron controller on the board that gives IDE support and an eSATA port on the rear I/O.
As you can see in the picture above, there are two PCI-E x16 slots (electronically running at x8/x8 mode when the two are in use together). Further to those are two legacy PCI slots and a PCIe x4 and x1 slot.
Rounding out the features list, the M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 includes 8+2 HD audio, Gigabit Ethernet and FireWire. Display connectivity includes DVI, D-Sub and HDMI.
Word has it ASUS plans to launch these two boards just before AMD kicks out its new six-core Phenom II X6 CPUs.
Gigabyte makes a ton of mainboards for just about every platform on the market. The company makes some very popular boards for enthusiasts and gamers that want lots of features and stability for overclocking.
Gigabyte has announced the GA-P55A-UD7 mainboard using the Intel P55 chipset. The board is the flagship of the Gigabyte 7 series and uses a 24 Phase power design for stability when overclocking. The board supports both three-way SLI and CrossFireX.
Other features include USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps support. The board features 3x USB power boost to deliver more compatibility and extra power to USB devices that are connected. Support for LGA 1156 Intel processors includes Core i7, i5, and i3 parts. DDR3 up to 2600+ MHz is supported as well. Pricing and availability are unknown.
ASRock has announced a new P55 motherboard today which has it all. Dubbed the P55 Deluxe3, this board is one of ASRock's new True 333 series models which means it has SATA3, eSATA3 and USB 3.0 support.
Both SLI and Crossfire(X) are of course supported on this full ATX sized motherboard via the two residing PCI-E x16 slots. Also, what's nice to see here is that ASRock recognise the P55 chipset taxes needed bandwidth from the x16 PCI-E slots for SATA3 and USB 3.0 operation, so they have incorporated an additional bridge to take care of it so there are no tradeoffs no matter what your configuration is.
Along with P55's usual six SATA-II connectors, there are two additional white connectors controlled by Marvell's 6Gbps controller, and also a third powered eSATA-III/USB2.0 connector on the rear I/O.
You can also see the two blue USB 3.0 sockets which typically run off an NEC controller.
For further details on the board, check out ASRock's full PR here.
BIOSTAR today revealed details of its upcoming TA980GXE motherboard for AMD AM3 CPUs, this based on the new 890GX chipset.
Whilst they haven't provided any images of the board yet, we can get a bit of a picture in our mind from the information outlaid in their press release.
With support for AMD's upcoming Thuban 6 core processor, this 890GX/SB850 full ATX sized board includes four DDR3 memory slots, an integrated DirectX 10.1 graphics processor clocked at 700MHz linked to 128MB of SidePort memory and support for CrossFireX and Hybrid Crossfire with its two residing PCI-E x16 slots.
Other features include SATA 6Gbps, Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 channel audio and FireWire. However, there is no USB 3.0 on this particular model.
For added measure, BIOSTAR also includes some of its own technologies including GPU II - Green Power Utility, DPU - Digital Power Unit and BIO-Remote Utility, all of which you can read more about in the official press release.
We should be hearing (and seeing) more on this board come CeBIT next month, with a proposed launch date sometime in Q2.
With MSI's Big Bang enthusiast oriented mainboards fast gathering attention, MSI chose to keep riding the wave with the series and have thus introduced yet another model into the Big Bang lineup, the XPower.
As the folks at VR-Zone have learned, this model is even meaner and richer in features than the previous offerings. It's using Intel's LGA-1366 based X58 chipset and gives graphics card junkies all they desire and more with six PCI-E x16 slots onboard for CrossFireX and SLI support whilst leaving plenty of room for other PCI-E devices.
Of course, MSI has made sure to put all the latest technologies on this variant with both SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 support. Meanwhile, overclocking should prove to give excellent results with a 16-phase DrMOS PWM (drawing power from two 8-pin connectors for added stability) and the use of High-C capacitors for superior durability. Meanwhile, the six DDR3 memory slots are powered by a 3-phase VRM.
The included audio is also impressive on this mode, based off a "Quantum Wave Audio card" it nestles into the residing PCI-E x1 slot and gives 7.1 audio with support for THX TruStudio PC Suite and EAX 5.0 HD.
Rounding out the features list, as mentioned before, it includes two USB 3.0 ports (along with a bunch of USB 2.0 ports), FireWire, two Gigabit ethernet ports, two power eSATA ports and eight SATA ports (six being 3Gbps from the ICH10R and two 6Gbps ports from a separate controller).
The board is said to become available by sometime in March, but at what hefty price tag exactly, we're not yet sure.