Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
6,628 Reviews & Articles | 45,162 News Posts

TweakTown News

Refine News by Category:

Motherboards Posts - Page 30

ASRock P55 Extreme4 mainboard unveiled

ASRock makes all sorts of mainboards for enthusiasts and general computer users that take advantage of just about any platform and CPU option around. The company has announced its latest mainboard called the P55 Extreme4.

 

[img]3[/img]

 

This new board uses the Intel P55 chipset and features support for SLI and CrossFire X. It supports all manner of Intel CPUs including the Core i7 and more. It has four DR3 DIMM slots, two PCI-E x16 slots, 3 PCI-e x1 slots, and dual PCI slots.

 

Continue reading 'ASRock P55 Extreme4 mainboard unveiled' (full post)

Via EPIA-M840 embedded board breaks cover for industrial use

Via has announced a new embedded mainboard and CPU combination for industrial use in kiosks, automation, POI, and HMI applications. The new board is called the EPIA-M840.

 

news/1/5/15902_4.jpg

 

It packs in a Via NANO E-series CPU running at 1.6GHz. The machine also has a VIA VX800 media system processor and can support two DDR2 DIMMS for memory.

 

Continue reading 'Via EPIA-M840 embedded board breaks cover for industrial use' (full post)

J&W crams USB 3.0, SATA 6Gbps and Core Unlocking into Mini-ITX space

J&W are a quiet little motherboard maker that are proven to have talent when it comes to cramming impressive feature-sets into confined spaces.

 

Their latest number could well be their finest yet in this regard. The new Minix 890GX-USB3 has just been announced by the company and it really is quite an impressive little board with some nice future-proofing attributes.

 

news/1/5/15685_07.jpg

 

While being just Mini-ITX sized, this AMD 890GX chipset motherboard would be a terrific candidate for a HTPC or compact sleeper platform with such features as USB 3.0 support, SATA 6Gbps support and even Core unlocking support to squeeze an extra core or two out of your hindered AM3 processor.

 

Continue reading 'J&W crams USB 3.0, SATA 6Gbps and Core Unlocking into Mini-ITX space' (full post)

EVGA Motherboard Team Jumps to Sapphire

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - HardOCP the other morning had a breaking news post about EVGA's entire motherboard team leaving. Over the last couple of years EVGA has gained a very good reputation for their motherboards. Most if not all of these designs came from the same team that was at one point pumping out great designs for EpoX (remember the EpoX BP7+ 100 that was the only thing on the market to compete with ABIT and ASUS' designs?)

 

On our way out of the city today Cameron and I caught wind of where the team was headed. It's looking like the EVGA motherboard team will be setting up shop at Sapphire. With AMD Fusion coming in 2011 this has the potential to turn into a big deal for Sapphire who has been borrowing other teams for their motherboard product designs.

 

It looks like Lars and the boys over at Semi Accurate broke the story before we were able to get back to the Taiwan office. Hit the News Source button below to read their take on things.

 

ASRock develops world's first front USB 3.0 support with own I/O bracket

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Last week we visited ASRock who gave us an exclusive look at some of its new technologies including the Vision 3D HTPC and AIWI, but one thing we didn't have time to check out when we went to their office was an interesting new feature that will be bundled for free in ASRock's new P55 Extreme3 motherboard package.

 

 

ASRock has developed a simple yet smart little device that allows users to easily add two USB 3.0 ports to the front of their case. The device is really just a small bracket that fits into a spare FDD-sized opening at the front of your case and then a cable from the bracket runs to one of the USB 3.0 pin connectors on supported ASRock motherboards.

 

Something simple, but it's a great idea especially if you don't like fiddling around at the back of your system and besides, who doesn't like free? Chris Lee from ASRock told us in the video above that its P55 Extreme3 mobo will go on sale in next week or two.

 

ASUS Immensity concept mobo with discrete GPU and Hydra spotted

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - During an ASUS press event earlier today we ran into a brand new and unseen concept motherboard from the Taiwanese company called the Immensity.

 

 

It is an Intel X58 Express based ROG board for the latest Socket 1366 processors and what's real interesting about is that it comes with not only a Lucid Hydra processing chip onboard, but also a discrete GPU. And we aren't talking any standard Intel IGP, but a mid-range GPU from either NVIDIA or AMD, I don't think the actual choice has been made at this stage of the game, remembering what we saw was a very early concept mockup. I also doubt it is even working right now.

 

Kris from ASUS claimed that by adding in the onboard discrete GPU, users should see up to about a 20% increase in performance by combining it with your traditional discrete GPU in form of a usual PCI Express video card. Also since Lucid's much talked about Hydra chip is installed, you'll be able to mix and match any video card from ATI and NVIDIA and run them in Hydra dual or triple graphics mode.

 

Continue reading 'ASUS Immensity concept mobo with discrete GPU and Hydra spotted' (full post)

eVGA updating X58 lineup with USB 3.0/SATA 6Gbps support

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - In keeping up with the times eVGA are rolling out a couple new X58 chipset motherboards. For the most part they're highly similar to the existing X58 SLI LE and X58 Classified boards, but the most notable additions include both USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps support with 3rd party controllers from NEC and Marvell placed onboard.

 

news/1/5/15514_02.jpg

 

Would have been nice if they'd tacked on an NF200 bridge to the new Classified for further measure. We can only hope they'll introduce another model with this in the not too distant future.

 

Continue reading 'eVGA updating X58 lineup with USB 3.0/SATA 6Gbps support' (full post)

MSI unveils i-Charger utility for iPad/iPhone/iPod charging

The number of Apple gadgets like iPods, iPads, and iPhones that are in the hands of consumers today is massive. Many of these devices are connected to computers for charging and MSI has announced a new application that makes charging the devices more efficient.

 

[img]2[/img]

 

The application is called i-Charger and it is compatible with any computer using a MSI mainboard. The app lets the machine provide fast and safe USB charging for the gadgets.

 

Continue reading 'MSI unveils i-Charger utility for iPad/iPhone/iPod charging' (full post)

ECS A890GXM-A(U) V2.0 Black Series motherboard exclusive hands-on

Yesterday we stopped by the ASRock headquarters in Taipei to check out a couple of their new goodies ahead of Computex next week and today we dropped into ECS who showed us a couple new motherboards that they will be showcasing at the big show next week.

 

 

In our second video from the visit we got an exclusive look at the ECS A890GXM-A(U) V2.0 Black Series motherboard that supports 140 watt AMD Socket AM3 processor by way of the AMD 890GX chipset. This is a similar product to the original A890GXM except it sees some changes with the most notable being the ability to unlock cores hidden in AMD Phenom II and Sempron 140 processors. Additionally this is done without the need of adding in additional chips like its competitors, and it is done without advanced clock calibration (or ACC).

 

This mobo also ushers in a new ECS feature and that is called 15u Gold Contact technology. Basically extra bits of gold are added to the pins on the CPU, memory and PCI Express x16 slots and sockets to increase reliability and performance through improved conductivity. In theory this sounds great, but in practice we are not sure about its full effectiveness. We will have to get one in for a full review.

 

Continue reading 'ECS A890GXM-A(U) V2.0 Black Series motherboard exclusive hands-on' (full post)

ECS P55H-AK Black Series motherboard exclusive hands-on

Yesterday we stopped by the ASRock headquarters in Taipei to check out a couple of their new goodies ahead of Computex next week and today we dropped into ECS who showed us a couple new motherboards that they will be showcasing at the big show next week.

 

 

First up we got a look at the ECS P55H-AK Black Series motherboard. It is a brand new board part of its P55 family that supports Intel Socket LGA-1156 processors with thanks to the Intel P55 Express chipset. The P55H-AK will be ECS' top gaming board with lots of bells and whistles to boost performance. It supports full speed SLI and Crossfire by way of the included NVIDIA NF200 chipset that provides additional PCI Express lanes. Adding to the gaming side, ECS also uses the Realtek ALC899 chip for what they call excellent audio and they have also worked with Creative to add in Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2 support.

 

Topping things off, ECS added not only one, but two NEC USB 3.0 controller providing four USB 3.0 ports - two on the back I/O panel and included is a cable that allows two USB 3.0 ports to be added to the front of your case or at the back of the case, depending on your preference. There is also not only one, but two SATA 6G controllers providing two onboard SATA 6G ports and two eSATA capable SATA 6G ports on the back I/O panel.

 

Continue reading 'ECS P55H-AK Black Series motherboard exclusive hands-on' (full post)

Latest News Posts

View More News Posts

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases
Subscribe to our Newsletter
Or Scroll Down