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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.
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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.
Computex Taipei 2009: We caught up with Chris Lee from ASRock today out at their Nangang booth and he was kind enough to provide us with a video booth tour of all their latest and upcoming products.
As you can see, ASRock is well prepared for the upcoming Intel P55 Express chipset launch and is also actively getting into other market segments with the NVIDIA Ion platform and other Intel Atom based solutions.
While many motherboard manufacturuers are taking the time at Computex to show off motherboards based upon Intel's P55 chipset, ASUS is showing off a little bit more.
Dubbed the P7P57 motherboard, it is based upon Intel's P57 express chipset and is ready to support Lynnfield and Clarkdale CPUs when they arrive. ASUS didn't shed too much light on the motherboard, but we did learn that it will support Intel's Braidwood technology as well as dual-channel DDR3 support.
ASUS also said that the board wil have an 8-phase power design and EPU for system level energy efficiency. It is a little interesting how ASUS brags about more phases giving the board more power then immediately points out that it will be energy efficient.
Some very early AMD G34 motherboards were spotted at Computex this year that will be filled with AMD's upcomming six-core and twelve-core derivitives of Istanbul.
The two boards differ in application as the first from Inventec seems to be more server oriented with its 24 DIMM slots supporting quad-channel memory. Each socket on the G34 HPC motherboard has twelve DIMM slots of its own.
The second board is from Quanta it appears to be more oriented to the workstation market with only eight DIMM slots per socket but room for a few PCI-Express slots. Quanta's G34 should also support quad-channel memory as well.
EVGA has released another X58 based motherboard, this time for the not-quite-enthusiast crowd needing a few less ammenities onboard.
EVGA's X58 SLI LE motherboard still features Intel's X58 chipset paired with the ICH10R south bridge. It features four PCI-Express x16 slots what will support 3-way SLI or Crossfire depending on your needs.
While the board still features 12 USB ports, it has moved four of them from the back panel to headers on the motherboard. There are also only six SATA ports on the X58 SLI LE, however that should still be enough for most. EVGA also dropped one of the ethernet ports leaving only a single LAN connection so there won't be any teaming going on with this board.
The board is currently available and Newegg has the board currently listed for $US240.
Computex Taipei 2009: We made a stop at the Intel booth out at Nangang earlier today and what got our attention was its wall of P55 Express based motherboards for the upcoming Lynnfield "Core i5" processors, if they'll even end up being called that.
We asked Intel to give us a rundown of P55 and the partner boards on display, but it seemed like they were all too scared to talk us. I guess Intel has too many rules when it comes to talking to media. That was a bit of a shame, but we managed to produce a short video of the mobo wall and you get a look at a range of upcoming boards from the likes of ASUS, GIGABYTE, DFI, MSI and so on.
Coming up shortly we have a bit of a hands-on demo with the upcoming Clarkfield processor based system from Intel (using an MSI pre-production motherboard) which includes an onboard graphics chip.
Intel and NVIDIA haven't said anything official about SLI support on upcomming P55 motherboards, however motherboard manufacturer J&W seems to have brought forth some confirmation of their own.
Just like the X58 motherboards, the P55 motherboards will not have an NVIDIA chip, however board makers will be paying a per-board fee for the SLI license. J&W is showcasing their P55 motherboard. While it looks similar to many other P55 based motherboards, it does have one difference. It bears the NVIDIA SLI logo on the motherboard.
On top support for dual NVIDIA GPUs, the board will also support CrossFireX ensuring that ATI is not left out of the mix. J&W's board has four DDR3 DIMM slots, 8 SATA 3.0 ports, Gigabit LAN, and more. There was no word on pricing or availability.