t-break today checks out Gigabyte's new 7VAXP motherboard driven by VIA's new KT400 chipset.
The race for KT400 boards is on and we've already looked at the ASUS and MSI solutions- and neither one of them managed to get us excited about the performance. Today, Gigabyte enters our lab with their 7VAXP sporting "AGP 8X" and "DDR400" on its box. Now based on our past experience- Gigabyte has produced boards that have ranged from average to excellent. Lets see if the 7VAXP can finally take off the KT400 chipset with the performance we're looking for.More information at t-break
Today Tech PC takes us on a tour of the VIA EPIA Mini-Itx motherboard.
Unlike most motherboards available today the EPIA boards have the CPU soldered to the board, so upgrading the CPU is not an option. The Eden CPU is unique as it is passively cooled. That's to say it is cooled by a great looking heatsink and does not have a cooling fan. The Motherboard is therefore completely silent. Via have been able to achieve this by opting for a relatively slow, by today's standards, CPU speed of 533Mhz and using their ultra low power Eden core. The CPU runs at a mere 1.2v. Because of it's low power consumption I have been running the EPIA using a tiny 107 Watt power supply and despite powering the Motherboard, CPU, Hard drive and CD Rom, the setup ran flawlessly throughout the four day test period.More information at Tech PC
Overclockers New Zealand has posted a shoot out of five KT333
Today, we bring you the round up of five contemporary AMD DDR boards based on VIA's KT-333 chipset. The collection includes: Albatron KX-400+, Asus A7V-333, Chaintech Apogee, Epox 8K3A+ and Soltek DRV5. Unfortunately, Abit's KX-333 and AT7 are missing from the scene. This is due to a technical difficulty we had with both boards. We've emailed Abit regarding the problem (three weeks ago), however we never received any responses, except automated ones.More information at Overclockers New Zealand
AthlonXP has just released two reviews on dual Athlon motherboards.
The first is on the Gigabyte GA-7DPXDW.
We are going to first setup the system as a single drive system. Installation of Windows 2000 Professional and the necessary platform, peripheral drivers and associated updates was smooth and painless. With the system up and running we headed into the installation of Unreal Tournament. Mini-Bite has become my official system pre-test tester. With the game installed and updated she setup for several hours of gaming. The system performed flawlessly and it is time to really push this thing to the edge. Running two separate instances of Folding while looping the Unreal Tournament entry movie the system was left to run overnight. The next morning the GA-7DPXDW was folding away and the Unreal Tournament entry movie was looping away. With the stability test out of the way it was time to start our first round of benchmarking.
While the second is on the Iwill MPX2
The stability of the Iwill platform has been outstanding. Even when pushed by hours of gaming, Image editing and normal everyday usage the MPX2 was rock solid. At this point it is time to turn our focus toward what has become the test bed for the hardware enthusiasts of the Dual AMD platforms. Wondering what I am talking about? Overclocking!!! Iwill has been kind enough to include in the Bios the ability to up the FSB in one Mhz increments. Having made a quick trip into the Bios we start with a run at 140MHZ FSB. After several rounds of UT and a few benchmarks the platform looks to be solid. So this calls for another trip into the Bios and we head for what has been the upper limit with the Dual AMD platforms we have tested so far. Setting the FSB to 145Mhz we ran another round of stability testing. The MPX2 again passes the stability with flying colors.
Octools has just posted their review of Fastfame's KT333 motherboard offering, the 6VQK.
The Fastfame 6VQK KT333 motherboard is definitely not for the enthusiast. It is not the target market of the manufacturer anyway. It would pass as an excellent budget entry for the KT333 crowd. As a budget board though, it easily gets our approval here at Octools. Its performance and stability at stock speed is no doubt solid performing a high end board at most of the benchmark tests at stock speed.More information at Octools
t-break give us our fist real look at ASUS's new A7V8X motherboard powered by VIA's new KT400 chipset.
VIA lauched the KT400 motherboard at QuakeCon 2002 today which is definiteley one of the coolest ways to introduce a product. Along with other things, the KT400 brings DDR400 and AGP8X support to the Athlon platform. Now, what we have for you today is not a detailed look at the chipset, rather, a first look at one of the motherboards featuring this chipset- the ASUS A7V8X. The board that we have with us is probably not the final version and the BIOS is definitely beta- so do expect the performance to differ.More information at t-break
VR-Zone has done up a review on the Chaintech APOGEE 7VJL board based on the VIA KT333 chipset.
Chaintech has their new APOGEE series of motherboards displayed during June Computex and has aroused much interests because of the nice board features and goodies. This time, Chaintech has their 7VJL board based on VIA KT333 chipset which is among the first board produced with the APOGEE branding. Therefore the APOGEE 7VJL has a newly designed box packed with so many goodies like the Body Theatre, CBox, CD Box as well as the popular rounded cables. We shall check out in details the board features, BIOS settings, overclockability as well as its performance.More information at VR-Zone
AusPCWorld is pleased to announce another review this time of the Albatron KX400+ Pro motherboard.
Today we look at the new KX400+Pro motherboard offering from Albatron, the first DDR 400 motherboard on the market! This board features FSB 533Mhz, Dual Bios and more. You may not have heard of Albatron before but this company appears to me emerging as a strong Motherboard manufacturer.More information at AusPCWorld
AMDWorld has a motherboard comparison up pitting the Leadtek K7N415DA against the ASUS A7V333.
With much talk of the next generation of mainboards and memory specifications to run alongside the next family of AMD silicon's the current scene of KT333 and Nforce boards may quickly get lost in a media explosion one normally sees when a new generation comes into the picture. However whilst current chipset manufacturers like VIA remain a dominant player in the current scene and continue to make availability at lower costs the current crop of AMD supporting mainboards may be around for a bit longer than one would imagine.More information at AMDWorld
LostCircuits just came through with the review of the Soltek SL-85MIR (i845G-based microATX) motherboard.
The Intel i845G chipset featuring a real AGP interface instead of relying exclusively on integrated graphics has made a splash as the one size fits all wonder amongst contemporary chipsets. With official support only for PC2100 but the back orifice into the realm of DDR333, the i845G is an unlimited playground for the mainboard manufacturers to build ATX boards, and micro-ATX boards and ATX 2.03 boards (required anyway by Intel). While most other manufacturers are shooting for the most colorful presentation of their boards, Soltek goes with the pure albino look of white on white. Silver components such as capacitors blend in perfectly with the surrounding PCB and any rework borders on the impossible. But then, who needs reworks, we did not and we don't expect anyone else.More information at LostCircuits
Legion Hardware has just finished a review on Soltek's latest P4 motherboard the SL-85ERV featuring the P4X400 chipset!
The SL-85ERV is a typical Soltek motherboard slightly lacking in the features department due to the incredibly low price tag. Easily one of the better features of the SL-85ERV board is the $110 US est price tag. Apart from the Soltek board featuring the VIA P4X400 chipset you do get quite a few other goodies for that $110 US, as you would expect.More information at Legion Hardware
Overclockers New Zealand has posted a review on Asus P4B533 I845E Motherboard.
P4B533 packs with some heavy overclocking features. With BIOS version 1006, the highest selectable system FSB is 400 Mhz (in 1Mhz increment)!! I doubt anyone can hit 400 FSB at moment but it's good to know the option is there. CPU/Memory ratio can be set 1:1 or 4:3 when the CPU FSB is set to 133 and above. There is no 3:4 ratio in BIOS to pump the RAM speed up. However, there is a workaround for getting the 3:4 ratio ...More information at Overclockers New Zealand
Octools has just posted a their review of Iwill's i850E Pentium 4 RDRAM PC1066 motherboard offering, the P4R533-N.
The Iwill P4R533-N truly showed that it can pump out ultra performance by utilizing a P4 533mhz cpu coupled with the newest Dual Channel PC1066 Rambus memory technology. Benchmark scores derived out of this combination showed that for the person whose after top performance, the Iwill P4R533-N can deliver it. We have seen memory scores that we have never seen before in our labs. All other tests showed marked increase when compared to other P4 setups. And all of this achieved with just a cheap Pentium 4 1.6A Northwood easily overclocked to 133mhz fsb. What more a P4 2.53Ghz chip or higher?More information at Octools
ClubOC checks out the Iwill P4R533-N P4 motherboard to see what PC1066 running at an overclocked bus speed will do.
It was just a matter of time. CPU speeds kept going up, bus speeds were going up and RAMBUS stayed the same. Now that has all changed. Even though Intel still hasn't given their "official" support for PC1066 RDRAM, it's here in the Iwill P4R533-N motherboard. If you've been going ga ga over the DDR400 memory scores, you haven't seen anything yet. Is this a motherboard review or an RDRAM review? This is definitely a motherboard review. It's just that the RDRAM is one of its strongest assets.More information at ClubOC
t-break takes a look at Epox's latest and greatest KT333CE chipset motherboard, the 8K5A2+.
Epox's 8K5A2+ features VIA's new Southbridge- the VT8235 which brings USB 2.0 right onto the chipset. There are four USB ports on the back panel with an onboard header for additional two. The back panel also houses an RJ45 port powered by the VIA VT6103 chip for networking. Audio is powered by the Realtek's 650 chip that adheres to the AC'97 2.2 codec specifications and supports six channel audio, however, if you want to use six speakers, you'll have to sacrifice the line-in and microphone ports.More information at t-break
t-break today checks out DFI's latest NB76-EA (i845G) motherboard.
DFI is well-known in the OEM market but when we met up with them at Computex this year, they informed us that they've setup a new division in the company that'll specifically deal with the retail segment. This is definitely good news as DFI is known for their stability and now with them moving on to the retail segment, we can expect their boards to be feature rich along with providing good performance and overclocking.More information at t-break
Tweakers Australia check out Soltek's i845G-based SL-85MIR-L Micro-ATX motherboard.
The most eye-catching feature of the Soltek SL-85MIR-L microATX motherboard is, in my opinion, the great looking silver PCB. Many manufacturers are now starting to market the 'revolutionary' silver PCBs for their increased reliability, enhanced performance, and reduced EMI. I'm not too sure whether or not any of this is true, but if there is one thing I'm certain of, that would that silver PCB looks truly awesome. The back of the board has a special strengthening plate for the CPU bracket, which will prevent the board from warping when using high-pressure CPU coolers.
More information at Tweakers Australia
AusPCWorld checks out Gigabyte's i845E based Ga-81EXP motherboard.
Founded in 1986 Gigabyte is noticeably one of the most well known motherboard manufacturers in the world. Today we have a look at the Gigabyte GA-81EXP socket 478 motherboard based on the 854E chipset, featuring some great features like Dual Bios, onboard RAID, USB 2.0, Firewire and more.More information at AusPCWorld
Heatseekerz posted a review on Biostar's KT333 motherboard, the Biostar M7VIF v2.0.
'The Biostar has many great features, such as the CNR and ACR slots, but also the four DDR333 slots are an advantage to other mainboards. There is the presence of the PS/2 and parallel connectors, but on the other side I missed the possibility for a RAID configuration, firewire and certainly more standard USB ports!! Another thing that could improve this board are some extra fan connectors. 2 connectors are good, but when I look at the Soyo K7V Dragon, which has in total 4 connectors, I think the Biostar should have at least 3!More information at Heatseekerz
Octools has just posted a "world exclusive" review of Chaintech's i845E Pentium 4 motherboard, the 9EJL P4 APOGEE.
With the cheap P4 1.6A Northwood partnered with this P4 APOGEE from Chaintech, we overclocked the 1.6GHz chip up to 2.463GHz at 154MHz fsb ROCK SOLID. That's an 863MHz overclock! At that speed, it was running at 616mhz quad with the memory at 410MHz DDR. We were getting scores that were spectacular for such a combination of its price. Memory scores were the highest we have seen using DDR in our testbenches. Truly an overclocking king.More information at Octools
Active-Hardware today looks at the AOpen AX4B Pro 533 i845E motherboard.
The previous generation of this motherboard -- the AX4G Pro -- was based around the "G" series of the Intel i845 chipset, who's only remarkable feature was an integrated graphics card. The biggest difference between this board and the last, however, is support for DDR333 memory. With the introduction of the AX4G Pro, AOpen's engineers had seen fit to tweak the chipset's settings in order to allow for the 166MHz memory bus required by the DDR333 standard.More information at Active-Hardware