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Intel's value positioned desktop chipset for LGA-1156, H55 Express is set for launch in Q1 2010 and a trio of H55 boards from GIGABYTE have been spotted online. These include the GA-H55M-S2H and GA-H55M-UD2H, both of which are mATX based, and also a full sized ATX board, the GA-H55-UD3H.
Where the GA-H55M-S2H has only two DDR3 DIMM slots, no eSATA or FireWire and the lack of Ultra Durable 3 (which includes all solid-state capacitors and a 2 oz copper PCB), the GA-H55M-UD2H has four DDR3 slots and makes welcome these other additional features.
Both of these mATX boards use a 7-phase CPU VRM, have two PCI-E x16 slots (with the lower electrically at x4), two legacy PCI, six SATA 3 Gbps ports (the sixth on the GA-H55M-UD2H is routed to an eSATA port on the rear I/O), and DVI / D-Sub / HDMI connections.
As for the full sized ATX model, the GA-H55-UD3H. Running the same CPU VRM setup as the H55M boards, this board is equipped with equivilent features to the GA-H55M-UD2H, only its larger physical size gives it seven expansion slots; two x PCI-E x16 (x16 / x4), one x PCI-E x1, and four legacy PCI slots. This board does not have eSATA, however, with all six ports internally on the board like the GA-H55M-S2H.
An interesting bit of news has surfaced in regards to ASUS' plans for its motherboard and GPu products in July of next year. ASUS feels it's a more beneficial business decision in the long term to spin off these segments to subsidiary mob, Pegatron.
The split is motivated with intent to bolden its ASUS branding and continue stronger competition against the likes of big guns HP and Dell whilst still collecting ODM and motherboard orders from those companies.
Once Pegatron have full grasp, it's expected that this will in turn push ASRock up from the entry-level position and well into the mainstream (and possibly high-end) market segment.
I'm sure a lot of people are a bit sour at the idea of seeing the name "ASUS" dissapear off motherboard boxes in replacement for Pegatron, but at the end of the day it shouldn't really affect the top notch quality and range of which ASUS' has proven itself to be capable of for a long time running.
AMD have a successor to its current Dragon platform due out in Q2 of next year; this known as Leo. Two of the three individual components that make up this platform are the Thuban six-core processor and RD890 chipset (using the SB850 Southbridge).
A picture of MSI's first RD890 offering has already surfaced on the web which it calls the 890FX-GD70. What we can learn from the picture is that it looks to sport MSI's 5-phase DrMOS, four DDR3 slots, a very extensive set of PCIe x16 slots (six!), six SATA 6Gbps ports along with a seventh blue one which may or may not also be SATA 6Gbps.
Further to that are buttons directly on the board for Power, Reset and OC'ing on the fly as well as Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 audio, eSATA, FireWire and two USB 3.0 ports controlled by NEC's chip.
If you're seeking P55 on a budget, eVGA has a new model out dubbed the P55 V which shaves a good amount of dollars off by being micro ATX based and carrying less in the way of overclocking specific goodies.
The P55 V is only around the $120 mark but still has all that's required for a decent P55 rig. Along with four DDR3-1333+ memory slots, two PCie x16 slots for SLI/Crossfire and five SATA 3.0Gbps ports, features also include eSATA, Gigabit Ethernet and 7.1 audio.
For further details and images of the board, check out the official product page here.
I am really looking forward to the MSI Big Bang mainboard hitting the market. I have a couple older video cards lying around here and with that board, I can actually use them. The board allows the user to run ATI and NVIDIA cards at the same time.
MSI and SteelSeries have announced special edition of the board called the Big Bang-Trinergy. The board has the same features as the normal Big Bang with a few interesting additions. The Trinergy version will have a 8-year limited warranty.
The board will also ship with a special messenger bag for carrying your gear. Speaking of gear, the board will also come with a SteelSeries KINZE mouse and the SteelSeries QCK+ mouse pad. Exactly how much the board will cost is unknown.
A little birdy has kindly passed on some nice clean images of some various upcoming ASRock H55 Express based motherboards which are due for launch early next year when CES kicks off.
As you can see below, there's both mATX and full sized ATX motherboards being prepared by the company, and by the looks of it they're all in final form here.
The H55DE3 is a full-sized ATX variant with dual PCI-E x16 slots, a couple x1 slots and a couple legacy PCI slots.
The H55M is an mATX model with dual x16 slots, a x1 slot and a legacy PCI slot. The overall layout is quite well thought out here with plenty of room around the CPU socket.
The H55M Pro appears to be near identical at first glance, but sports a couple extra SATA ports, FireWire connectivity, what looks to be a superior power management system and likely a couple other small adjustments and additional features.
Of course, all of ASRock's signature functions will also be included on these upcoming boards such as OC DNA, OC Tuner, Intelligent Energy Saver, Instant Boot, Instant Flash and Good Night LED.
We'll be allowed to talk a lot more about these H55 Express based boards as launch nears.
We first laid eyes on MSI's upcoming H57M-ED65 motherboard last week which makes use of Intel's H57 Express chipset. This is a microATX based motherboard which is ready for Intel's 32nm Clarkdale processors (likely to be dubbed the Core i3 series).
Now bit-tech have managed to get their hands on the board and provide some very clean images along with details about its feature-set and general design characteristics.
You can view more angles of the board via the source folks.
Swedish website TechSweden has managed to get hold of images and details showing off a H57 chipset based motherboard from MSI. The H57 Express chipset is designed to support the Flexible Display technology which talks directly with the on-die graphics on Intel's upcoming range of LGA-1156 based dual-core processors in Q1 2010.
The H57M-ED65 from MSI is of the micro-ATX form factor with enthusiast oriented features. the CPU gets a 10-phase VRM to play with and what looks to be very adequate cooling all over the DrMOS chips.
The board exclusively supports PCI-Express with no residing legacy PCI slots. The arrangement is two x16 slots (electrically at x16 / x4) and two x1 slots.
Storage wise, the board includes six SATA 3Gb/s ports controlled by the chipset, with two more also resident via a seperate controller and also an eSATA port on the rear I/O. Also included is an IDE connector on the board.
Speaking of the rear I/O, you'll see the board includes DVI, D-Sub, HDMI and also DisplayPort connectivity options. All the other expected features are in place as well; a stack of USB ports, Gigabit ethernet, 8-channel audio with S/PDIF, FireWire and more.
For more images, check out the source link below.
Details with pics have shown up on the web of ASUS' upcoming ROG series P55 board which they call the Maximus III Extreme. The board will make a showing by ASUS at DreamHack at the end of this month in Jönköping, Sweden where some of the best overclockers in the world get together and battle it out for supremacy.
The Maximus III Extreme is a special P55 chipset board not just because of the typical extensive feature-set that comes with ASUS ROG range of boards, but in that it includes an additional PCI-Express bridge chip that allows for dual x16 lanes or the use of x8 lanes across four of the five residing x16 slots on the board, with the fifth being wired to the PCH, electrically operational at x4.
The board runs an 11 phase digital PWM circuit which uses a SuperML capacitor, whilst the four DDR3 slots use a 3-phase circuit.
All the other expected goodies are also in place such as SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 support, 10 channel HD audio and even the ability to overclock on the fly using Bluetooth.
We're yet to hear of its availability and pricing, but obviously expect a big figure for this one. It's expected we'll be hearing a lot more about it in around two weeks from now.
The folks over at XFastest have acquired both details and images of ASUS' first P57 powered motherboard in which they share with us all today.
Due in the first quarter of next year, as expected, this Ibex Peak based chipset has a bit more on offer over Intel's current mainstream variant; P55. Such additions include Braidwood support, Coral Harbor volume cache tuning and the return of Quiet System technology.
ASUS' P7H57D-V EVO which gets some spotlight treatment today is said to include both SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 support. You can get a good idea of the board's feature-set by checking out the screenshots below from differing angles :-
With P57 still under NDA, there's little else we can say about it at this point. We'll keep you posted as more substantial P57 tidbits come in.