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Well if you were waiting for a new PCIe standard before upgrading you are in for a long wait. If you did not know that a new standard was due out and has now been delayed, well you are not alone. The PCI-Special Interest Group has announced that they are going to delay PCI 3.0 until sometime next year.
The new protocol would have enabled faster data rates (32Gigbits/second) and better (lower) power consumption. According to the PCI-SIG the new protocol is a bit more work than expected, but that is ok as, well apparently we do not even need it yet.
You have to wonder about these new standards that keep getting delayed. After all USB 3.0 got dropped for now, SATA 6Gb/s had stability issues and now PCIe 3.0 is being pushed back. One possibility is that slow economic times could delay development of products that can actually support the new interfaces. This would realistically delay adoption of the new standards by OEMs, but that is just speculation on our part.
There is some new information on the Asus ROG Board the Maximus III Formula. For those of you that do not know the name the Maximus has been the name of one of Asus' top end enthusiast boards for some time.
The newest is the third generation (hence the III in the name). If the information we are reading is correct this board should have external overclocking controls.
Other nice features are 19 phase power, SLI and Crossfire support, SupremeFX sound (just like others in the line) and san EZRAID type setup.
This board should be quite a performer if it is anything like its two older brothers. There is no word on availability or pricing yet. But I would say that this one will hit alongside the Core i5 release.
Picture courtesy of Fudzilla
News of Biostar's P55 line up has hit the internet. As with most other vendors Biostar will have more than one board ready at launch. There will be two mid-range products (T-Series T5 XE and T-Series TP55XE) and one high-end (T-Power I55) offering.
At the mid-range level the T5 XE is going to be a run of the mill offering with not much extra thrown in. While the TP55 XE will offer a little more with angled SATA ports, 4+4 phase power, firewire, and digital outputs.
The top end will feature a lot more with overclocking features, three phase power for the memory, CrossfireX and SLI, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, e-SATA, and 12-phase power for the CPU.
The Biostar products should be available by the end of September.
Check out more here.
One of our forum members, windwithme, has posted a picture preview of the P55-GD65 motherboard over in our forums.
What is probably most interesting about this board is that it has overclocking buttons - yep, you heard right. There are plus and minus buttons which allows you to adjust the base clock speed of the Core i5 processor.
You can see all the pictures of the mobo right here.
Those looking for a Core i7 motherboard in something other than a full ATX format will be pleased to know that EVGA has just launched X58 SLI Micro.
The EVGA X58 SLI Micro is an Intel X58 chipset based motherboard shrunk down to the mATX size, yet doesn't lose much in the process. The board still packs enough features to satisfy many enthusiasts' needs, providing triple channel DDR3 and two-way SLI support.
It also has six SATA ports so that you can pack a case full of hard drives and optical drives. EVGA has also left a single PCI slot for expansion should users require something beyond the options that are available on the board itself.
The X58 SLI Micro motherboard also supports EVGA's E-LEET tuning utility software and EZ Voltage for easy overclocking and power testing. EVGA is backing the board by a two year warranty and it retails for $199.99.
Today we visited the Foxconn Channel office in Taipei and got a look at its upcoming range of motherboards to be released in the coming future. We got a look at what was being shown behind closed doors during Computex. You've already seen the Foxconn Cinema 785G board, now we get a look at a couple upcoming Intel boards.
Zach Ko, Quantum Force & Digital Life motherboard product manager, gave us an early look at its upcoming Quantum Force Socket 1156 boards based around Intel's P55 Express chipset for the upcoming range of Core i5 mid-range processors.
The Inferno Katana is the big daddy and comes loaded with all the features. There is a slightly cut-down version called the Inferno Katana GTI. The main difference being that the GTI only has eight CPU power phases and the Inferno Katana has 12. Each board has two dedicated power phases for the dual channel DDR3 memory. Both boards support NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossfireX.
Watch our video below:
We got no details on price or availability, but you can expect Foxconn to begin selling these one Intel starting selling the compatible processors to match the boards. There are plenty of exciting features on this board, especially to do with power. We look forward to testing it fully when it comes out.
Today we visited the Foxconn Channel office in Taipei and got a look at its upcoming range of motherboards to be released in the coming future.
First up Zach Ko, Quantum Force & Digital Life motherboard product manager, gave us an early look at its Cinema motherboard. It is part of the popular Digital Life line and is based on the upcoming AMD 785G chipset, which includes the DX10.1 ATI Radeon HD 4200 GPU. Overclocking is one of the features which hasn't been forgotten on this small board and there is an option in the BIOS to increase the graphics core up to 1100MHz - and that enables it to hit a 3DMark06 score of around 2700 3DMarks. On the Deluxe version of the board, 128MB DDR3 1333MHz onboard SidePort memory is included for an extra performance boost.
Watch our video below:
It's capable of supporting both AM2+ and AM3 based AMD processors and comes with Dual Channel DDR2 667/800/1066 support. There are a total of five CPU power phases to keep things stable and 100% solid capacitors are used as well as ferrite choke power delivery for basic overclocking and increased reliability.
Audio is a strong point with this board and that makes sense since it is targeted at users wanting to build a home theater PC. Surround sound 7.1 channel audio is added along with DTS CONNECT and Dolby Digital Live certification.
As far as price goes, Foxconn reckon it will go on sale at a little under $100 USD and it will go online in early August first in China and then around the rest of the world at the end of August.
Just because Foxconn didn't attend Computex this year doesn't mean that they didn't have anything new to show off. Foxconn has just unveiled their high end P55 based motherboard, the Inferno Katana.
The Inferno Katana is the latest entry to the Quantum Force series of motherboards from Katana. Other than the usual three PCIe slots, four DIMM slots, and six SATA ports, Foxconn has included a 12 phase Hybrid PWM and passive cooling with a heatpipe to keep things chilled.
Some pictures of the ASUS ROG Maximus III motherboard have started circulating around the web and it is probably one of the sharpest looking P55 based boards seen so far.
Almost everything seems like your typical P55 motherboard, however the red and black color scheme from ASUS really lets the board stand out. One thing that is different is that ASUS wants to keep plenty of power going to the CPU and have plenty of caps around it to make that happen.
It comes loaded with tons of USB and SATA, four DIMM slots, three PCI Express slots, and two PCI slots. Follow the link for tons of pictures including many shots of what the BIOS will have to offer.
Core i7 owners and prospects will be pleased to know that MSI has added more options for those that wish to go with SLI along with the Core i7.
MSI says that their entire line of X58 based motherboards now feature support for NVIDIA SLI, from the cheapest of X58 boards to the most expensive. This includes the X58M, X58 Platinum, X58 Eclipse SLI, X58 Eclipse Plus, and X58 Pro-E.
Just as GIGABYTE did a few months ago, the update for existing boards is a simple BIOS update. MSI says that you can either use their Windows-based Live Update utility or the motherboard's built-in M-Flash tool to apply the new update and then enjoy the benefits of being able to choose between SLI or CrossFire as you please.