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With the launch of Intel's new mainstream Lynnfield platform based around the P55 chipset and LGA1156 processors just around the corner, we're seeing more in the way of sneak previews and info as far as the various upcoming P55 motherboards from well known manufacturers goes.
eVGA's P55 motherboard lineup has been disclosed to the folks over at HardwareCanucks who have managed to get a bunch of snaps of their P55 Classified, P55 FTW 200, P55 FTW, P55 SLI, P55 LE and P55 Micro mATX boards along with a heap of info on their respective feature-sets. Quite an opening line-up, indeed.
If you are one of those people that loves to stick as much power into a little space as possible then Asus may have a great board for you. This is the Maximus III Genie. It is a P55 microATX board that is still part of the high-end Maximus ROG line.
There are some early pictures out of the board and it is looking to be a great package. The new Maximus III Gemie will have two x16 PCi-e slots with enough room for some decent sized GPUs for SLI or Crossfire.
The Maximus III Genie will also have 10 phase power, four DDR3 slots, 6 SATA II ports and the Supreme FX X-Fi sound codec built onto the board.
It should be a lot of performance in a small package.
We have more Intel rumors today. This one is surrounding the Turbo Memory successor Braidwood. Intel Turbo memory was a method of increasing I/O performance through the use of an NVRAM module. This feature showed up in a few notebooks but never really took off. On the whole the performance gain was not measureable so it was deemed as un-needed by many people that tested it.
Braidwood was supposed to bring this technology to the P55 in the form of the P57 chipset.
All of that is out the window if the rumors being reported are true. You see they claim that Intel is shelving the whole Braidwood project until a later date. This means that since the P57 is not much more than a P55 with Braidwood there is no reason to release the P57.
Of course again the problem with Turbo Boost (Much like Ready Boost) did not have any real measurable effect on performance. Did they help? Yes, they did but not in a way that was visible to the consumer. This coupled with rumored problems with the software side of Braidwood could be the main reason for shelving it for now. It is possible that like HyperThreading Turbo Memory will reappear when the technology is viable and the platform it is run on can really benefit from the technology.
Many people have heard of Lucid Technologies Hydra chip. Most have discounted it as vapor ware or nothing more than an interesting demo.
They cited a lack of any real adoption of this chip into any existing product. Well those doubters will not have much of an argument anymore.
Microstar International has announced that they are going to put a Lucid Hydra on to an upcoming P55 board for the Core i5. The board will be dubbed the "Big Bang". The MSI Big Bang will join ELSA's HPC rack system that also utilizes Hydra.
According to Lucid by using the Hydra you can achieve an almost linear scaling by adding multiple GPUs. The technology does not use the standard AFR or even ALR. Instead it dynamically allocates the render load across the GPUs.
Also unlike SLI and Crossfire you do not need identical GPUs you, in threory, could even use one GPU from ATi and one from nVidia.
We will be keeping an eye open for this new board to hit so we can see what it can really do.
With the lifting of the NDA on the 785 is not s surprise to see everyone announcing mainboards with this new chipset from AMD on it.
So it is no surprise at all that Asus has let slip what they have planned.
According to the Asus Website (and a small blur on Fudzilla) There will be three 785 boards that have support for the AM3 and one with AM2+ support two of the boards are the same model except for the memory and CPU support.
The models are as follows
M4A785D-M Pro (both AM2+ and AM3)
This is a microATX board that features the AMD HD 4200 IGP but no extra sideport memory. CPUs of up to 125W TDP are supported.
M4A785TD-M EVO (AM3)
This is a microATX board that has the additional 128MB DDR3 sideport memory and also support for up to 140W TDP CPUs.
M4785TD-V EVO (AM3)
This is a full sized ATX board that is identical to the M4A785TD-M except for its size and additional slots.
All of these boards look to be pretty good, but as we found out earlier today they will not have full 7.1 Surround from the HD 4200IGP. This means they will lose out over existing Intel and nVidia based boards for the high-end HTPC and SFF market.
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.