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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%.
Sapphire has just posted up the full product page of its latest "PURE" branded motherboard, this one based around AMD's 790GX+SB750 chipset and AM3 socket.
The "Dragon" approved PC-AM2RS790GX looks to be quite the well-rounded piece of kit with CrossfireX support via its two PCIe x16 slots as well as two PCIe x1 and two legacy PCI slots. It supports up to 16GB of DDR2 (1066MHz) memory via its four banks and the CPUs power is provided by six phases whilst one phase is dedicated to the NB.
For the full rundown on the PURE CrossFireX 790GX's specifications/feature-set, check out the official product page here folks.
MSI has just pulled covers from its latest AMD 790FX and GX powered motherboards supporting the AM3 (941-pin) socket, which is backwards compatible with current 45nm Phenom II processors.
The 790FX-GD70 is more so suited to gamers and enthusiasts who want to make use of Crossfire or CrossfireX via its four residing PCI-E x16 slots, whilst the 790GX-G65 includes the Radeon HD3300 IGP (with sideport memory) as well as two PCI-E x16 slots for the possibility of Hybrid Crossfire. Its IGP offers both VGA and DVI outputs as well as HDMI in the instance it's used in a HTPC.
Both motherboards feature DDR3 1333MHz memory support and boast a full set of features exclusive to MSI such as DrMOS, APS (Active Phase Switching), OC Dial and Max FSB.
For full details and specifications on each, you can view the official press release here.
[Taipei, Taiwan] MSI, the world's leading mainboard manufacturer, today unveils its AMD AM3 mainboard 790FX-GD70 and 790GX-G65. MSI AM3 mainboard fully supports AMD latest 45nm Phenom II processor and DDR3 memory. In addition, it comes with the AM3 processor which is optimized for the "second-generation DrMOS technology" and "APS (Active Phase Switching) technology", both in high and low loading, MSI AM3 series mainboard offers the highest power conversion efficiency and effectively reduces the heat. Not only that, Gaming series mainboard even comes with OC Dial and MAX FSB advanced overclocking technologies, as well as M-Flash BIOS update mechanism protection.
It's been reported that both ASUS and GIGABYTE have become well overstocked with Intel 4-series chipset motherboards which are losing value very quickly and due to lower demand they literally cannot be shifted.
ASUS dropped pricing across its P45 series motherboards back in September to help speed up the sales, but the giant mobo manufacturer is apparently still stuck with an inventory of 4-series boards somewhere around the vicinity of 6-7 million units, equating to around NT$6 biliion ($180.57 million USD), whilst GIGABYTE isn't fairing much better, holding an inventory of around NT$4-5 billion.
More info over at Digitimes.
The lads at Tech Connect have acquired a photo of the first Socket AM3 motherboard to come out from GIGABYTE. The GA-MA790FXT-UD5P is also one of GIGABYTEs first AMD motherboards that is built around their Ultra Durable 3 construction.
Features wise, this board carries two PCI-E x16 slots, four DDR3-1600+ memory slots, 10 SATA-II ports (six from the SB750 Southbridge and another four provided by an additional controller), two Gigabit ports, two eSATA connectors, 7.1 channel audio, FireWire and GIGABYTE's own DualBIOS setup.
It's expected the board will be launched somewhere near the end of Q1 and will likely be accompanied by two other slightly cut-down boards to kick off their AM3 lineup; the GA-MA770T-UD3P and the GA-MA790X-UD4P.
More info here.
Update: GIGABYTEs official press release introducing Ultra Durable 3 to their latest AMD range of motherboards can now be located here and below is a picture of their new UD3 equipped MA790GP-UD4H offering which accompanies the PR.
ASRock has entered the high-end X58 board race with what looks like a very nice board.
Dubbed the SuperComputer it will offer four x16 slots for Crossfire or SLI (no word in if these are x16 mechanical with lower data rates yet though), Six DDR3-2000 Triple Channel slots for memory, Six SATA 3.0 Gbps ports and a host of other features. General availability is expected later this month
Read more at TechConnect Magazine.
Fast forward two months and ASRock has finally introduced the product, with a few tweaks here and there.
Still named 'SuperComputer' the motherboard features support for LGA 1366 Core i7 processors, has six, triple channel-ready DDR3-2000 memory slots and four PCI-Express x16 slots for CrossFireX and SLI setups. The board also comes with six SATA 3.0 Gbps ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 channel audio, and the InstantBoot feature.
Sometimes being first out with a product is not a good thing. ECS in a rush to get back in the limelight has just announced an AMD AM3 DDR3 mainboard.
This board that will feature the 790GX chipset and the SD750 will be in a class by itself for some time as there are not going to be any DDR3 capable Phenom IIs for a couple of months.
Still ECS can claim they had it first.
Read the press release here.
Inheriting the advantages of AMD 790GX chipset, the A790GXM-AD3 Black Series motherboard incorporates the support for the latest 45nm AMD Phenom II processors to deliver the next generation computing capabilities. In addition, ECS A790GXM-AD3 comes with the feature of dual channel memory architecture that supports DDR3 1333MHz memory up to the capacity of 32GB which is capable to provide faster data throughput for memory-intensive applications. To meet hardcore overclockers' requirements, the latest exclusive BIOS utility, M.I.B. II, is included to provide various detailed tweaking options. Paired with AMD SB750 south bridge controller supporting the function of ACC (Advanced Clock Calibration), ECS A790GXM-AD3 allows users to push the overall system performance to another higher scale. As the key factors that eventually decide the stability while overclocking, the 5 phase power design with unique cooling system leads users to reach the limit without suffering any issues of overheating. With all these innovations of evolution in structure, ECS A790GXM-AD3 is capable of bringing a revolutionarily optimized gaming platform to every extreme gamer.
Another reminder from ASRock: With the great launch of ASRock Instant Boot, ASRock offers you, the TweakTown readers, a special chance of winning free ASRock high-end motherboards!
Just make a creative "Instant Boot" themed video on the YouTube, and post your video on TweakTown Forums section by using the YouTube embed feature or just include the URL to the video on YouTube.
You don't need to use an ASRock motherboard, you can use your system to time how long it takes to boot, for example. The more creative you get, the better chance you have of winning!
ASRock will choose three lucky winners from the candidates at the end of the contest, and hope that you would be the lucky one!