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Intel is not due to officially release their P45 chipset until sometime in April but that hasn't stopped information being leaked early.
Pictures and details of Foxconn's upcoming "ELA" P45 motherboard have appeared on the Internet. This particular board will included three PCI-E x16 slots but it is unclear whether or not they will all run electronically at x16 or not - we would assume not since it is a cheaper chipset.
Based on the Intel ICH10R southbridge there are a total of eight SATAII ports with six being on the board and two routed as eSATA.
It has official support for all Intel 45nm processors up to 1333MHz FSB, at least officially - we know this board and others should at least do 400MHz FSB OC.
Timed for release as CeBIT closes in, BIOSTAR has issued an announcement today supporting the release of their latest Micro-ATX motherboard; the T-Series TA780G M2+.
Based on AMD's 780G / SB700 chipset, this board carries support for AMD's Phenom series of CPUs as well as the Athlon X2/64/FX/Sempron lineup. ATI Hybrid Technology is also one of the motherboard's major highlights.
You can learn more about the TA780G M2+ within this press release.
BIOSTAR Microtech Int'l Corp., a professional manufacturer of motherboards has launched in China TA780G M2+, which is an integrated graphics motherboard with amazing performance. T-Series TA780G M2+ has created unique extra value for both end-users who don't want to buy a discrete graphics card and those who need a discrete graphics card. TA780G M2+ offers a powerful graphics performance, which is about 70% better than current generation models available on the market. On the other hand, TA780G M2+ can also increase the performance of ATI graphics cards by ATI Hybrid Technology.
Based on the Intel G31/ICH7 chipset with integrated GMA 3100 graphics support, abit have announced their latest I-G31 motherboard today.
Full details on it including a specifications listing can be found within the official PR here.
Today, abit launches the latest Multimedia Platform motherboard, the I-G31. With the Intel?R G31 chipset, the abit I-G31 supports Intel?R Core 2 Extreme/Quad/Duo & Pentium® Dual-Core processors. With Intel's integrated Graphics Media Accelerator (Intel?R GMA 3100), the abit I-G31 not only offers advanced Clear Video Technology but also supports DirectX 9.0, Shader Model 2.0 and OpenGL 1.4. The abit I-G31 is compatible with next generation 45nm processors allowing for up to 1333FSB.
A recent event held in Taiwan which ASUS attended allowed an onlooker of the Xfastest forum to take a few shots of ASUS' upcoming P5N64 WS Pro motherboard, this based on NVIDIA's latest flagship desktop chipset; the 790i.
The board demo'd at the event is a workstation oriented version, so there will inevitably be a few subtle changes to the mainstream consumer variants I would imagine.
Thanks to Fudzilla for the heads up.
If you've been holding out for a feature-rich 780i motherboard to hit the market look no further; ASUS has just expanded upon their Republic of Gamers lineup with a new addition based on this chipset which they call the Striker II Formula.
The full press release on the board can be located over at ASUS' website.
FREMONT, CA (January 21, 2008) - ASUS®, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the Striker II Formula motherboard. This cutting-edge motherboard is the latest in ASUS´ Republic of Gamers line and takes full advantage of the NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI MCP (Media Communications Processor). To deliver the most immersive PC gaming experience, the new Striker II Formula motherboard provides support for 3-way SLI technology, resulting in amazingly fast game-play.
Details of MSI's new X48 based motherboards have surfaced on the web. There are two versions known to be released thus far; the X48 Platinum which is DDR3 only and also an X48C Platinum with support for both DDR3 and 2. Both motherboards feature MSI's exclusive Dual-Channel PWM power management and "Circu-Pipe" cooling solution.
You can read more about their feature-sets along with a couple of images over at VR-Zone.
Micro-Star International (MSI) today launched its latest X48 Series motherboards based on Intel X48 Express chipset. Coming in two versions: X48 Platinum DDR3 only and X48C Platinum DDR3 & DDR2 combo, these new motherboards feature "Dual-Channel PWM", enhanced fanless cooling design "Circu-Pipe" and numerous exclusive features such as Quad graphics slots, MSI SkyTel VoIP, and all Made-in-Japan solid capacitors. Water-cooling versions of the boards are also set to come in the future.
With NVIDIA's official unveiling of the 780i chipset a short while ago, a slew of manufacturers are coming out with boards based on this new flagship nForce chipset for Intel users. Below are three 780i boards we've spotted so far.
We begin with an offering from EVGA :-
And here's a look at one from XFX. Notice anything different to the picture of the EVGA board? I sure as hell can't. :-
Finally we come to a couple of boards from MSI, with one being based on the slightly lower spec'd 750i SLI chipset.
Though NVIDIA's highly anticipated "nForce 780i" flagship desktop chipset is yet to be unleashed for the Intel platform, ASUS took it upon themselves to put details of their upcoming 780i motherboard on their website which will be known as the "P5N-T Deluxe".
With 3-Way SLI support, an 8-phase power design and support for the 45nm Penryn processors, this board will no doubt find it's way into many enthusiast's and gamer's systems once it hits the market; which surely won't be too much longer given ASUS have already set up the official product page on it.
The folks over at BCC Hardware managed to get their hands on an upcoming Nvidia nForce 780i SLI reference motherboard.
As you may know, this is the upcoming chipset to replace the aging 680i SLI chipset which lacks proper support for new 45nm processors from Intel.
It is quite debatable how successful the 780i SLI will be but one of the key features it is touting is 3-way SLI with its three full-speed x16 PEG slots. Nvidia kind of screwed up the whole 3-way SLI thing as only graphics cards with two SLI bridge connectors (that's only GeForce 8800 GTX and Ultra) will be able to support it. It would have surely been more popular and accessible if it were not limited to just those two cards.
Nevertheless, BCC Hardware has a stack of pictures and even get as far as showing you parts of the BIOS. Check it out here.
Ok, ok, we tricked you, it's not actually Christmas lights, but we can't exactly tell you what the lights in the video below are for as yet, but this is an exclusive preview of a new technology that will be featured on just about every new motherboard from Gigabyte starting with their X48 boards which will arrive in Q1 2008.
It might not look like much in the video and we're sorry about the lens glare, but the conditions where we shot this video were far from ideal, as the room was some 40-odd degrees warm as the boards were being stress tested. The first board is revision 1.1 of Gigabyte's X48 board and we're not quite sure what the second board was, as it was too dark to make out the model name, but it's a combo board as you can see from the ammount of memory slots.
As cool as the lights might be, they're not the actual feature, they're just there to give you an idea of how it works and no, it's not a CPU load indicator. The whole thing is really cool and Gigabyte is getting it patented and it's taken them about a year to develop it. Sorry for the large amounts of non-information here, but we had to swear not to divulge anything too early to be able to post this exclusive video.
So please bear with us and everything will be revealed in due time here at TweakTown. For now, enjoy the light show and good luck with trying to guess what it's really all about. Answers on a post card please...
Here's a quick update with a picture of the X48 board, see the little row of lights? Sorry about the odd looking cropping there just had to cut out some messy cables and a few things that didn't look too great in the picture, so don't think there was something top secret that we had to remove. Well, at least that's our story and we're sticking to it.
Note that this was set up in Gigabyte's lab and that the components in the board was strictly unrelated to performance testing of this board.