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EVGA launched the X58 Classified Edition motherboard, raising the bar on enthusiast level motherboards.
The new board features never before seen features such as 3-way SLI + PhysX + 1x PCIe device on a single board, 2 8pin +12V connectors capable of delivering 600 watts of power, and 10 phase Digital PWM with a switching frequency of up to 1333KHz.
The board has ten SATA 300 connections, four PCIe X16 slots with support for 3-way SLI and CrossFire, and six DDR3 slots for up to 12GB of triple channel memory, as well as many more enthusiast grade features. Expect to drop US$449.99 on the board once it becomes available.
Many Manufacturers are stuffing the CPU Core Power Circuitry with endless phases without looking at the big picture. We take a very first to very last approach instead." said Peter "Shamino" Tan, Overclocking Evangelist for EVGA. "First the +12v comes into the board through the 8 pin CPU Power Connector. We remove the bottleneck here by doubling the current input capability with dual +12v. Next, the +12v is processed through a beefy 10 phase Digital PWM with a switching frequency of up to 1,333KHz, twice the speed of typical Digital PWMs and three times the speed of typical Analogue! Furthermore, you can adjust the switching frequency through the BIOS from 800KHz to 1,333KHz, deciding between power efficiency and heavy overclocking or benching.
Next, a super-low ESR and ESL film capacitor placed right behind the CPU socket ensures the cleanest power goes into your CPU. This finally passes on to a high quality CPU socket with three times the normal amount of gold content for the lowest impedance and highest current transfer, and of course, the socket is anodized a slick shiny black!
Until now, users with AMD's AM3 processors have been forced to choose between motherboards that supported only DDR2 or DDR3. Now you can choose both. MSI showed their 790GX-8D motherboard at CeBIT, which is aimed to give users an easier upgrade path with AM3 CPU's.
The 790GX-8D has four DDR2 slots as well as four DDR3 slots, two PCIe X16 slots, two PCIe x1 slots, and a single PCI slot. The new board supports CrossfireX and Hybrid CrossfireX using the onboard graphics.
It also featurs MSI's APS power saving technology and DrMOS voltage converters.
Folding@Home and Multi-GPU users rejoice. Asus in a fit of creativity has created a mainboard based on the X58 chipset with...Seven PCI-e slots, that's right I said Seven.
This board which will be called the P6T7 WS Supercomputer, is related to the amazing P6T6 WS Revolution. It will have a whopping four x16 PCI-E slots and three x8 Electrical slots.
Other specifications are similar to the P6T6 WS.
Pricing is not mentioned but with the P6T6 WS running at almost $400 you can bet the P6T7 will be quite expensive.
Read a little more here at Fudzilla.
The ASUS P6T7 WS Supercomputer is a newly announced X58 motherboard that sports no less than seven PCI-E 2.0 slots controlled by two nForce 200 SLI chips. More specifically, four of these slots are x16 and three are x8 electrical, and 3-way SLI and CrossFire are also supported.
Additional features of this board include six memory slots for up to 24GB of DDR3, six SATA II ports, two SAS ports supporting RAID 0, 1, 10, two eSATA ports and the usual 7.1 onboard sound and dual Gigabit Ethernet.
Obviously, this board brings some optimistic hope for Folding@home enthusiasts, as it has been said to be the "best choice for intensive parallel computing demand."
While we are still many months away from seeing Lynnfield chips on the shelves, PC Games Hardware managed to get a bunch of pictures of upcomming ASUS boards.
ASUS has two boards with the LGA 1160 socket: the P7U and P7U Pro. The only notable difference between the two appears to be the second PCIe x16 slot on the Pro, while the P7U has a PCIe X1 slot in place of it.
The latch on the LGA 1160 socket has undergone a slight redesign, perhaps to make it a little more secure. It is also a little odd that both of the boards still have the LGA 1160 socket, as Intel removed four pins from the chip back in October to make it LGA 1156
MSI is also showing off a P55 motherboard, the G9P55-DC. This board will support tri-SLI and as the board is pre-production, the cooling solution shown on the board will be upgraded before release.
The CPU is fuelled by two independent 6-phase power circuits. Four DDR3 DIMM slots support dual-channel memory. Storage comes in the form of six SATA II ports routed to the P55 chip, with four (blue) SATA II ports and an IDE connector courtesy of an additional controller. The board features two PCI slots, a PCI-E x1 slot to hold a "hardware" sound card (part of the package), an open-ended PCI-E x4 slot and three PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots. In case you're wondering how the 16 PCI-E lanes the CPU ends up sparing for graphics ends up into a 3-Way SLI supportive solution, take a look at what would trick you for a southbridge. That, infact is the NVIDIA BR-03 chip. It can provide two PCI-E x16 links, or PCI-E x16, x8, x8 connections to the three slots, much like in the nForce 780a SLI solutions for the AMD platform.
ASUS has leaked some pictures of a concept motherboard they will be showing off at CeBIT this year, the Marine Cool.
Little is known about the board but some assumptions can be made from the pictures. The board has dual PCI-E x16, x1, and legacy PCI slots as well as two SO-DIMM slots for memory. It seems quite odd that a motherboard that would clearly be targeted towards enthusiasts would resort to utilizing SO-DIMMs despite the lack of space required to implement them.
The bottom of the board has a unique micro-porous ceramic backplate that is said to provide better cooling and improved stability.
Hot on the tail of yesterday's news reporting that GIGABYTE made numerous boards ready for new AMD processors, MSI has done the same. In total they have a list of 31 different boards that are AM3 ready via a BIOS update. Check the picture for the full list.
We were sent a video produced by Kingston which demonstrates a massive 24GB of DDR3 ValueRAM running on a GIGABYTE EX58 UD5 motherboard.
The technology demo produced by the biggest memory company in the world shows the type of power 24GB of memory on a single system is able to produce. Kingston demonstrated VMware workstation and 9 VM's to almost fully use all system memory (only 3GB to spare), proving that it works, it's stable and just what the system is capable of.
The memory intensive Crysis game was also loaded briefly, which basically emulated the equivalent of 10 computers running on one desktop computer.
The GIGABYTE mobo had its DDR3 DIMM slots completely maxed out with a total of six 4GB ValueRAM memory modules that will set you back over $2000 USD once they are released later this year.
Will you be saving up for this extreme memory upgrade?
SLI is finally coming to the Intel DX58SO "Smackover" mainboard. It seems that at the launch of the board Intel and nVidia could not agree on something (I am guessing price) so that prevented SLI from being implemented on the DX58SO at launch.
But things have changed and nVidia and Intel are all smiles across the board. There is no doubt that for the most part nVidia Combined with an Intel Core i7 is a great combination and now Intel will have its very own desktop board complete with both Crossfire and SLI.
Alongside the release of their X58 SuperComputer motherboard for the Core i7 platform, ASRock has just added another X58 based offering into its lineup which is calls the X58 Deluxe.
This variant is a more cost-friendly alternative to the SuperComputer with very slight trimmed down features and accessories that many people probably wouldn't use anyway. The changes include just a single Gigabit Ethernet interface and no (2S) SLI interconnect bridge which is now redundant for common two-card SLI setups anyway.
However, all the important features are left in place including full CrossFireX and up to 3-Way / Quad SLI graphics support via its four PCI Express x16 slots, up to 24GB of DDR3 memory and 8-channel HD Audio.
Although it's yet to be officially released by ASRock, you can already see a listing for it on their website here.
Digitimes has an interesting read on the state of motherboard and graphics card sales in January.
According to market watchers, GIGABYTE shipped more Mainboards than Asus in the month of January. However if you read the story carefully you will see that some of that 1.6 Million was left over sales that could not be delivered in December "due to the delay of some orders to January"
No matter the reason though GIGABYTE's revenue was up by 77.23% over the previous month while Asus' was down 16.5%.