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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.
We've heard a whisper of a new top-end X58 powered motherboard from GIGABYTE. The first sign was when a pre-release version was displayed in the specs list of a 3DMark Vantage run on the Orb that managed to break a world record a short while back.
The name? GA-X58A-UD9! A few tid bits have leaked out in recent weeks indicating GIGABYTE have been working on something pretty special here, but we'd never seen one in the flesh...... until NOW!
As you can see, the image sourced by the folks at EXPreview is delibately provided in black and white-only form, but it's enough to paint a clearer picture on what we have going on with this new de-throning model GIGABYTE has in store.
With overclocking being the main point of focus in the build of the UD9, you can see the board wants two x 8-pin power for those extra watts of power to ensure solid stability / a higher ceiling.
In typical GIGAYTE fashion, the board boasts a 2oz copper PCB and the cooling system looks very serious with added support for watercooling on the Northbridge.
Another eye-catcher is the large array of x16 slots; seven of them in fact. There's also 10 SATA ports on the board, four of which are presumed to be SATA 6Gbps ports. Other features include 7.1 audio, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 support and GIGABYTE's proprietory DualBIOS and DebuLED features.
This is our first actual sighting of the GA-X58A-UD9 and while it's lacking color, it gives a nice taste of what GIGABYTE have on the cards; we already know from early pre-production runs that it's going to be a killer performer.
No pricing or availability to share, yet.
ASRock have just given us the heads up that their holding a global event via Facebook they call "Become as ASROck fan on Facebook, win a Free ASRock motherboard" - which as the title says, becoming a fan of ASRock's Facebook page puts you in a lucky draw for the possible winning of one of three ASRock motherboards using the AMD 890GX, 880G and 870 chipsets.
The event will expire on May 16 and the three lucky winners will be announced the following day on ASRock's Facebook page and on their official website. So become a fan today and try your luck - you could well be very greatful next month that you did.
In our most recent poll, we asked our readers what they thought was the most important new motherboard technology. We have had over 5,000 people vote on the poll and the numbers are in for us to go over and examine.
Among TweakTown readers a rather large 29% of the respondents voted that SuperSpeed USB 3.0 was the most important new motherboard tech. The likes of ASUS and GIGABYTE are pushing USB 3.0 on many of their new boards, so it's a good sign for all of you and those interested in replacing aging USB 2.0.
Upgradability to upcoming processors just edged out SATA 3.0 (6Gbps) by one percent and both are clearly important new motherboard features for TweakTown readers as well. Overclockability managed to obtain 12% of the votes with the other voting options being less favored.
For the actual numbers, go here.
In our latest poll, we want to know, Has NVIDIA lost its edge? Let us know! Please go here to vote!
The folks over at GIGABYTE just clued us into this news and probably won't be happy we are breaking it before them, but that's news folks.
Using an upcoming motherboard known as the X58A-UD9 according to the ORB database, GIGABYTE were able to break the 3DMark Vantage performance world record by around 500 points and get itself right to the top of the list. GIGABYTE claimed in a recent phone call that they now have the "fastest desktop system on the planet". You can see the results at this page, which we managed to hunt down pretty easily.
The feat was naturally achieved with Intel's latest Core i7 six-core processor, the 980X. According to the ORB database, the processor was only clocked at 3818MHz, but that was no doubt a reporting error as I'm sure plenty of high octane LN2 and overclocking was involved. The video card used was a GIGABYTE HD5870 SOC, no doubt also running at insane clock speeds. More reporting issues were noticed with the video card with no clock speeds being reported and the card supposedly only having 1MB of memory - obviously another error there, too.
So, congratulations to GIGABYTE for breaking the world record. We want to know what this new surprise UD9 motherboard is all about. Is it some special new board focused just for overclockers? One would guess that would be the case with it being used to break the Vantage world record. We'll push GIGABYTE to invite us to their HQ to take a closer look.
With new AMD processors on the market, it's time for a new high-end mainboard to go along with the processors from Gigabyte. The company is getting a new board based on the AMD 890FX + SB850 chipset.
The new board is the GA-890FXA-UD5 and supports socket AM3 CPUs. The board also supports 4-way ATI CrossFireX. The board features a 10-phase VRM for CPU power and a 2-phase memory VRM setup.
The board will use the Hybrid Silent-Pipe cooler that connects to the CPU VRM, 890FX Northbridge, and SB850 Southbridge. The board also has six SATA 6Gb/s ports, dual USB 3.0 ports, and much more. The board is expected in about a month's time.
The lucky folks at bit-tech were given a final retail sample of MSI's next stab at a board using the X58 chipset for them to check out in detail.
Dubbed the Xpower X58 which is part of MSI's new Big Bang line-up of enthusiast oriented motherboards, this one brings all the latest tricks to the table, including USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps support, as well as support for Gulftown (six-core Core i7s).
Looking at a full shot of the board, what will quickly catch your eye is the six PCI-E x16 slots. However, there's no NF200 chip on the board so it would seem that at best, four of the slots each give eight lanes of bandwidth for multi-GPU setups.
Also standing out physically on the board is the use of MSI's "SuperPipe" branded cooling system, curving around the CPU socket to heatsinks covering the MOSFETs and X58 Northbridge. Another separate large heatsink is seated over the ICH10R Southbridge.
The CPU VRM uses a 16-phase PWM circuit that draws power from two 8-pin power connectors, using MSI's DrMOS chips and High-C capacitors. MSI of course includes a whole bunch of exclusive features and technologies such as OC Genie, OC Dashboard module, V-kit (for manual voltage monitoring) and more.
No word on exact pricing or availability as yet, only that we know it's going to be released very soon.
ASUS has just officially lifted the curtain on its latest rendition of an X58 powered ROG series motherboard in the form of the Rampage III Extreme.
The board of course comes out of the box with six-core support and includes a plethora of overclocking and enthusiast oriented features that will please the most demanding of users. Alongside ASUS' exclusive features such as ROG Connect, RC Bluetooth, ROG Extreme OC Kit, Extreme Engine Digi+ and much more, the board also comes equpped with SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 support via additional controllers.
The overall list of features and advantages of running a system with this board is so extensive, it's easier to point you in the direction of the press release that paints the full picture.