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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.
XFX has joined the Core i7/X58 game with its new X58i Mainboard.
The XFX X58i will sport the usual features that we have come to expect from an X58 board as well as the coveted Three-Way SLI for the crazed and money heavy.
The board will face some heavy competition but it looks like XFX are up to the task with the features they have piled in.
Read the Press Release here.
The XFX X58i motherboard supports Tri-Channel DDR3 Memory Architecture delivers up to 32.1 GB/s (10.7 GB/s per channel with DDR3 1333) of bandwidth and 12 GB memory addressability to ensure that data and information is transferred throughout the system as quickly as possible.
Additional features include Silent Heatpipe Cooling Technology, PCI Express 2.0, Dual BIOS, and Premium 8-Channel High Definition Audio (HDA).
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!
GIGABYTE is the latest motherboard company to announce support for AMD's range of upcoming Phenom II 45nm based processors.
There is a very long list of motherboards from GIGABYTE ranging from the AMD 790FX, 790GX as well as nForce 750 SLI and GeForce 8200 that with a new BIOS update, will support the new processors from AMD which are due out early in Q1 next year.
Here is the actual list - so, is your board good for AMD 45nm?
You can read the full press release, over here.
Today Intel will "officially" begin selling its range of Core i7 processors after the paper review launch earlier this month.
In perfect timing, DFI has just announced the release of its first Intel X58 Express based motherboard called the UT X58-T3eH8. We got an exclusive early look at it back in early October and you can see how it is has changed.
While the layout hasn't changed an awful lot, we now get our first look at DFI's fancy cooling setup called "Flame Freezer". It is one of the most extreme cooling setups we've seen put on a motherboard to date with heat being dissipated out the back of the case near the I/O panel.
While it doesn't support Quad-SLI, it does fully support three-way SLI with an x16, x8, x8 expansion slot configuration. ATI CrossfireX is also of course support via an x16, x 16, x4 expansion slot configuration.
"Flame Freezer" is a heat dissipation system, which designed for top platforms. It works for heat dissipation of south and north bridges and the PWM and leads waste heat out of the casing with a special external module. To guarantee the best heat dissipation effect for the motherboard even under extreme high frequency, LANParty adopts the best materials in cooling system from sintered heat-pipe to soldering material.
In the power management, LANParty also adopts Volterra PWM solutions as the standard outfit with cost ignorance. While multi-phase PWM is being pursued blindly in the market, LANParty care more about energy efficiency and current stability of each phase. With the Volterra server PWM, Full digital MOSFET & multi-layer ceramic capacitors, LANParty UT X58-T2eH8 can perform even stable in both standard mode and overclocking mode.
You can read more over at the press release, which we uploaded here.
Most of us would agree that one of the most tedious aspects of using a PC these days isn't so much tapping our fingers on our desk during application or game load times, as modern PCs can do this fairly quickly; rather, it's turning it on each day and watching it step through the BIOS and boot phases, followed by some HDD thrashing and pausing as it makes its way into Vista or XP over a 30 to 50 second period (which feels a lot longer, ugh).
Purchasing a solid state disk certainly helps a lot, providing you don't mind the fact that they still cost a hell of a lot more over traditional mechanical drives, yet carry with them significantly less storage capacity. However, even the use of an SSD isn't as effective as one other option that a lot of you may not even know about.
ASRock is now promoting the technology as their own exclusive 'Instant Boot' feature, but after reading over their official news release, I struggle to see how it differs to what some of us already know as being S3/STR mode, or Suspend To RAM. This power saving mode is available on nearly all modern day motherboards and combined with Vista or XP it allows the user to put their system into 'sleep' mode which effectively shuts the system down almost instantly.
But the best bit comes when you turn it back on, a small trickle of power keeping the RAM modules alive with the data held in place allows the system to quickly wake up again, bypassing the BIOS altogether and bringing up the desktop almost straight away, just like turning on a household electrical device and being ready for action. I have been using this feature on my ROG Blitz Formula for several months now and it is a true god send. I only wish I knew about its existance earlier.
I can also report from experience that there are no ill side effects in using this method to start up your system each time. You just have to make sure the power hasn't been cut to the PSU whilst in sleep (S3/STR) mode, otherwise the necessary data held in your system RAM gets wiped and a full restart is then required.
Why a lot of you may not have heard of this mode before is because oddly, to this day a lot of motherboard BIOS' seem to come shipped with their default power save mode set to S1 standby, preventing the ability of putting the system into a complete sleeping state where power is cut off to everything bar the memory on the motherboard which retains an exact image of what's needed to wake the system up promptly and near instantly.
ASRock has put together a neat little video with two systems side by side; one booting from scratch and the other booting with their Instant Boot feature. You can see just how beneficial it is to make use of this technology if you find yourself shutting your system down a few times a day. Though, there are those of us that leave our PCs on 24/7 just to avoid the waiting when it comes time to fire it back up, but maybe you'll consider changing your habits and saving some power once you see how well it works.
If you haven't already noticed, today is Intel day - Core i7 and X58 Express to be exact.
While ASUS jumped the gun well and truly launching its boards a week or two ago, GIGABYTE waited for the actual launch day. Today GIGABYTE is taking the covers off three brand new Socket 1366 motherboards based on the fresh new X58 Express chipset.
The big daddy of them all is the EX58-EXTREME and it is designed to be the best overclocker of the pack with plenty of overclocker friendly features.
The next on the list coming in a little cheaper is the EX58-UD5, which is quite similar as far as features and ports and what-not go but it lacks the fancy cooling.
The cheapest X58 board from GIGABYTE is the EX58-DS4 and it drops off some features to lower the price tag such as less SATA ports and only a single Gigabit LAN port.