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Gigabyte are about to unleash motherboards that support Intel's upcoming second-generation Intel Core processors (codenamed Sandy Bridge):
First off, we have the P67-UD3R:
When it comes to HTPC and nettop computers, most people look for the smallest machines they can find that offer the most performance. A small HTPC that supports 1080p HD video is what many consumers are looking for and with the ION 2 packing machines on the market the number of options is growing all the time. Habey has unveiled a new mini ITX mainboard called the MITX-6564 that is aimed directly at nettop and HTPC use.
The mainboard is called the MITX-6564. The machine is a low profile mini-ITX mainboard with ION 2 Graphics and an Intel Atom D510 dual-core processor inside. The thin mainboard is under an inch thick and is designed to be very quiet during operation. The ION 2 GPU has 16 CUDA cores and supports resolution up to 2560 x 1600 and full 1080p HD video. Connectivity includes VGA and HDMI.
Biostar have some new boards coming out in their LGA1156 range.
The TH67XE is based on the H67 chipset, which supports the integrated graphics processor - when used on the correct Intel CPU. They give you USB 3.0 support and SATA 6 Gb/s. It also includes PCI-Express 2.0 x16 port, one PCI-Express x16, and PCI-Express x1, last but not least the older PCI slot. Extras include 8-channel HD audio, FireWire and Gigabit Ethernet. For displays, it comes with DVI and D-Sub.
Asus have finally let the ROG Crosshair IV Extreme board out of their secret, batman style hideout.
It was announced and shown in March of this year as the 'suped' up version of it's little brother the ROG Crosshair IV Formula. But, the Extreme board has some extra super powers it's little brother does not, in the name of Lucid's Hydra chip.
Lucid Hydra can allow users to use BOTH NVIDIA and AMD GPU's at the same time... yes, no more "SLI" and "Crossfire", but this little chip on the board can handle both - simultaneously, also, without the use of bridges or cables! Purely through the PCI-e slots.
The Extreme is a little different to it's little brother, but not by much (apart from the Hydra chip) it has thicker, bulkier heatsinks near the CPU VRM and IOMMU as well as a beefier one that keeps the Lucid Hydra chip cool.
Gigabyte has some of the most popular mainboards around for enthusiasts and gamers that like to roll their own computers. The company has been around for a long time and offers a lot more than mainboards. For many enthusiasts what hardware looks like is almost as important as how well that hardware performance.
Gigabyte has unveiled its first mainboards that use black PCBs. The black PCB looks a lot better than the old and boring green I typically see on a mainboard today or the blue Gigabyte usually offers. The new boards are the P67A-UD5 and the P67A-UD7. The boards are the new high-end LGA1155 parts from Gigabyte. To keep with the dark stealth look of the mainboard Gigabyte also uses dark graphite color heat sinks.
VIA has all sorts of products from mainboards for all manner of computer systems to CPUs and other offerings. The company has many embedded offerings that have the mainboard along with the CPU for various uses in the business and enterprise markets. VIA unveiled its newest embedded offering today called the EPIA-M850 aimed at commercial use.
The mainboard is a mini-ITX offering with the latest 64-bit VIA Nano E-series processor inside. The CPU is paired with a VIA VX900 media system processor to create a complete platform for commercial embedded multimedia and media center uses. The board can be had with two models of the Nano processor.
ASRock makes some nice mainboards for enthusiasts and gamers. The company has announced a new mainboard and has offered us the details of the board. The new offering is called the X58 Extreme6 and it uses the Intel X58+ ICH10R chipsets. The board is cool looking too with a black PCB with white and blue accents. The board has all sorts of nice features too like a front panel USB 3.0 port adapter.
The board supports Intel 1366 CPUs up to the Core i7 extreme edition processors. The board uses passive cooling with heat pipes and has six DDR3 DIMMS for system memory. Audio is supported up to 7.1 channel HD audio a Blu-ray playback is supported with the audio device along with THX. The chipset allows support for both NVIDIA SLI and CrossFire from ATI.
I think the thing that most gamers and computer enthusiasts expect from their hardware to start with is performance. If we have more than one option offering the same performance and one looks cooler, it's usually a no brainer to buy the good looking schwag. This is especially true if you are using a PC chassis with windows. ECS has unveiled a cool looking new mainboard called the P55H-AK.
The mainboard is aimed directly at the hardcore gamer and enthusiast and has a slick design that is black and white in color. This is one of the best looking mainboards I have seen. The big feature of the board isn't the good looks though; it's the performance and overclocking promise. The board is designed to deliver massive overclocking potential to the enthusiast.
Zotac has tossed a new mainboard onto the market for users looking for a very small system. The new board is called the H55-ITX WiFi Mini-ITX platform. The little board packs in USB 3.0 and more for small form factor machines.
The platform supports Intel Core i7 800 series CPUs and has a passive heat sink for cool temps and less noise production. The machine has a pair of external USB 3.0 ports and integrated WiFi. The board also supports Core i3 and Core i5 CPUs.
If you're an aussie who's purchased an ASUS H55 or P55 based motherboard between June 1st and now, or is planning to buy before July 31st, you're eligible to enter an AU only competition ASUS is running at the moment.
The luckiest of all involved will win an ASUS Gaming Pack valued at 7 Grand, whilst there will also be prizes handed out to 30 other folks; 10 x ASUS O!Play Air, 10 x ASUS EAH7750 Formula and 10 x ASUS Wireless N Router RT-N13U B1 products.
You can get to the official competition page here where you can sign up for a chance to win. Good luck fellow aussies!