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ASUS are doing something very different to anything we've seen before with their premium X58 offering, the Rampage III Extreme. The board in itself is nothing all that unusual for a high calibre enthusiast offering of today; all the goodies and then some are in place; albeit, the lack of additional NF200 bridge chips for 4-way SLI action is a bit of a minus if a rich geek is looking to go all out.
However, that's where ASUS is doing something very different in conjunction with a separately sold ROG series product suited specifically to this motherboard which it calls the 'ROG Xpander'.
We've heard a fair bit of hype leading up to this FutureMark Orb eating monster and finally it gets a full view showing with the official press release handed out today. GIGABYTE has finally let loose its latest masterpiece based on the X58 chipset; this being the GA-X58A-UD9.
GIGABYTE has left no stone unturned during development of this board. The whopping 24 phases of power on tap for monstrous overclocking support is just the beginning.
Some of the initial eye catching features include the seven PCI-E x16 slots (given even more credit thanks to the implementation of not one, but two NVIDIA NF200 bridge chips), a water block on the Northbridge and super duper cooling system with large heatsinks, one of which is a monstrous detachable upstanding unit.
You can a true 4-way CrossfireX and SLI supporting platform with the GA-X58A-UD9 and a large host of GIGABYTE exclusive technologies. They've thrown everything they can at this one including DualBIOS, an innovative power switching design, 333 onboard acceleration with USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps support, 3X USB power, Smart6 PC management tools and stacks more.
For the full rundown on GIGABYTE's mighty GA-X58A-UD9 including additional images, check out the press release here.
Details and pics of Sapphire's new Pure CrossfireX 890GX motherboard have surfaced. The board is full ATX sized and uses the 890GX+SB850 combination.
It's interesting that Sapphire has done away with its iconic white PCB this time around.
The AM3 socket is given 10-phase VRM power and is wired to four DDR3 slots. The integrated Radeon HD 4290 IGP is given 128MB of Sideport memory alongside the ability to share system memory.
Expansion slot wise, there are two x16 PCI-E slots (which operate at x8 electrically when both are used), a single PCI-E x1 and legacy PCI slot.
Other features include six SATA 6Gbps ports (thanks to the SB850 Southbridge), additional controller for an IDE connector, 8 channel audio with optical and coaxial S/PDIF, USB 3.0 support and DVI, D-Sub and HDMI display connectivity.
While the board will be available very soon now, we're not sure at what price point just yet.
Looking out for the cream of the crop when it comes to choosing an 890FX powered motherboard for your new six-core Phenom II? - ASUS have quite the candidate in store with the Crosshair IV Extreme which the folks at Slashgear managed to get a bunch of pictures and info about.
In case you're a little confused in thinking this board was already released last month, that was the Formula; the Extreme is similar in many aspects, but it gives one main advantage. This board sports LucidLogix's Hydra chip which gives much more flexible multi-GPU support and does away with cross-vendor restrictions.
There are no less than five PCIe x16 slots on this board to further add to the multi-GPU flexibility this board provides and it comes with a stack of other overclocking and enthusiast oriented trinkets. These include support for ASUS RoG Connect (with Bluetooth remote control), hardware buttons on the motherboard to control BIOS settings on the fly, one touch automatic overclocking with Turbo Key II and of course, ASUS' Core Unlocker feature that will unlock more cores on dual, triple and quad core processors.
Rounding out the feature set, you also get six SATA 6Gbps ports (and another three SATA 3Gbps ones), USB 3.0, Gigabit ethernet and 7.1 audio.
No word on pricing or availability just yet.
Looking out for a cheap microATX sized motherboard for your trusty little AM2/AM2+ processor? MSI are readying up a suitable one to market in the 740GM-P25 which is based around AMD's 740 and SB710 chips.
This would likely be the kind of board many would dedicate to the purposes of a work horse or HTPC setup. For 49 Euro (around $63) you get a board with APS (Active Phase Switching), a couple DDR3-1333 memory slots, integrated Radeon HD 2100 GPU, a PCIe x16 slot for the option of more powerful discrete graphics solutions, Gigabit ethernet, six SATA 3.0Gbps ports, D-Sub for video output from the IGP and 7.1 channel audio. MSI even includes some Core unlocking software with this little entry level number.
The board is available for pre-order now. More pictures over at the source.
For the purposes of next-gen kiosk, POI and POS applications, VIA has just unveiled its first Nano E-Series Mini-ITX motherboard which it calls the EPIA-M830.
This board supports the new 64-bit capable Nano E-series processors whilst confining itself to a Mini-ITX form factor. There's a mini-PCie socket onboard as well as a PCIe x4 slot for further expansion possibilities.
The board is sold in both active and passive cooled configurations. Its rear I/O delivers an RS-232 connector, four USB 2.0 ports, VGA out and line-in/line-out audio jacks.
The board is now available to project customers. You can find more details on it over at the official product page here and within the press release at the source link below.
MSI has just officially launched another fully featured enthusiast motherboard under its Big Bang line-up which sits right at the top end, using the X58 chipset.
Dubbed the Big Bang-XPower, being based on the X58 chipset it has support out of the box for the mighty Core i7-980X six-core CPU and is packed full of features from head to toe including USB 3.0 support, SATA 6Gbps support, CrossfireX and SLI support and much more.
The board uses a 16 Phase DrMOS PWM and can take additional power from dual 8-pin CPU power connectors for further overclock stability. All the best components are used including Hi-c/Solid caps and Icy Chokes for further stability and longetivity.
Other features include a bundled Quantum Wave sound card with built-in Creative EAX 5.0 and THX TruStudio PRO technology as well as several MSI exclusive technologies including OC Genie, OC Dashboard and also their V-Kit which provides system monitoring and voltage CPU VCore, VTT, DDR and PCH) adjustment on the fly.
Full details on the Big Bang-XPower can be found within MSI's official announcement here.
MSI has readied up its top-end 890FX based 890FXA-GD70 motherboard for the AMD AM3 platform with a bunch of final retail photos posted up by the folks over at Techpowerup.
Sporting the RD890 + SB850 chips, this tidy looking black and blue themed board should be quite the nice partner for a six-core Thuban and uses military class components (Hi-c CAPs, Solid CAPs, and Icy Chokes).
The board features several exclusive features to MSI including OC Genie overclocking, core unlocking, DrMOS, APS (Active Phase Switching) and Winki which is their version of Instant-On OS.
Other points of interest are the five PCI-e x16 slots for CrossfireX goodness, four DDR3-2133 memory slots, 1x eSATA + 6x SATA 6Gbps and 1x SATA 3GBps, dual Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports and 7.1 audio.
No definitives on pricing or availability just yet.
Earlier today we were invited down to the GIGABYTE Technology headquarters here in Taipei where we were given an exclusive demonstration of its new "On/Off Charge" technology for the Apple iPod and other Apple products such as the iPhone and iPod.
GIGABYTE quietly launched a software driver a little while ago that allowed its motherboards to charge Apple products via USB even when your computer was turned off. Now the Taiwanese motherboard heavyweight steps things up some more with its new On/Off Charge tech.
With this new hardware based solution, the engineers at GIGABYTE have programmed their motherboards to be able to detect what sort of Apple product needs charging and allows for Quick Charging by sending out more power over the 3x USB Power ports on some new GIGABYTE motherboards. This is done by detecting the Apple product device ID on a power supply database and sending out more power than a traditional motherboard (can) - that is, over 0.5 amps. We saw an iPad getting over 0.9 amps, in fact.
Another thing that is new and what GIGABYTE is calling a green technology is the second part of the On/Off Charge technology. Normally with an Apple product, when your computer is turned off, the device will keep charging. However, with your computer still turned off and once you remove the Apple device and plug it back in the same off system state, it will not start charging again.
In the video above that we produced, you can see that there is a new On/Off Charge USB port that will come on many new mid to high-end motherboards from GIGABYTE that allows for full (and quick) charging when your system is off, even when removing and adding the device from USB charging. Sadly not every USB port includes this ability, but probably most importantly, the two front panel ports do.
Boy, GIGABTE is taking this extra power over USB and Apple products very seriously. What do you think? Comment below!
The folks at bit-tech visited ECS' office in Taipei yesterday to see what the company has in store for budgeteers in the near future and caught a good glimpse of an AMD 880G based motherboard they've been working on.
Interestingly this board uses a full-ATX form factor, despite the lower-end market the chipset and this particular board is aimed toward. This was the first sign that ECS wasn't going as cheap as possible in the development of this board.
From there it was quickly discovered that they kept with the SB850 Southbridge as opposed to the cheaper/older SB750 some other mobo makers are still choosing to implement as another form of cost cutting, meaning this board gets native SATA 6Gbps support and a couple extra USB 2.0 ports.
Plus, while you won't find any onboard USB 3.0 support here, ECS is said to be bundling a lot of their new motherboards with separate PCI x1 USB 3.0 cards in certain regions.
While the 880G chipset is largely similar to the old 785G one including the minimal 3+1 power phase setup, it does give a superior IGP in the Radeon HD 4350 and ECS ensures the board will be able to support the upcoming six-core Phenom II X6 processors.
The final production model of this board will look much like the one captured in these photos, but it will also include heatsinks for the MOSFET area.
For further details and pics on this budget oriented offering from ECS, head over to the source.