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Whilst doing the rounds in Taiwan at the moment, Hexus have been lucky enough to enter the doors of abit headquarters where they were allowed to grab some details and images of a very slick looking high-end motherboard abit are set to release early 08.
This is in fact a 'cherry-picked' X38 chipset motherboard (officially known as X48) which abit call the IX48-MAX. X48 brings with it official support for 1600MHz FSB Yorkfield processors, 2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots, support for XMP memory and no doubt more BIOS tweaking options than the most hardcore of overclockers will ever need.
The size of that northbridge cooler is truely something, isn't it?
Check out the full scoop on it here.
As many of you would now know, Palit recently entered the motherboard industry with some budget oriented motherboards designed for the AMD platform. Today they expand their lineup with a couple of new boards based around NVIDIA's MCP73 line for Intel LGA775, these being the N73V with integrated GeForce 7050 GPU, and N73PV with integrated GeForce 7100 GPU.
Palit Microsystems, the leading PC components manufacturer, today presents Nvidia's MCP73 line of chipsets - N73V and N73PV. These two motherboard art pieces are Nvidia's first line of integrated graphics solutions for Intel platforms. Do you always feel the embedded graphics of your Intel platform doesn't work on 3D game or cannot satisfy your request towards digital home life? Now, it is time to change the myth.
With built in GeForce 7050, Palit N73V provides you immersive experiences on the latest application and 3D games. You may also enjoy Windows Aero features such as Flip 3D, taskbar preview, etc. For your digital home life, Palit N73PV with the embedded GeForce 7100 mGPU creates brings playback ability of HDCP protected digital content directly from the PC to high-definition televisions and other display.
With X38 now officially unleashed, Foxconn are quick to let everyone know about their piece of work based on this new flagship desktop chipset from Intel. Foxconn call it the X38A "Digital Life" series motherboard and it packs more features than you can poke a stick at.
The first and most eye-catching aspect of it though is the unique and beefy chipset cooling solution implemented, particularly that mass of copper and aluminum sitting over the northbridge, Foxconn call this their "Cool Pipe" motherboard cooling system.
For the full scoop on it, grab Foxconn's announcement here folks.
Beijing, China, October 10th 2007 - FOXCONN today officially announced the launch of the X38A motherboard, based on the enthusiast-class Intel® X38 chipset. This high-end desktop motherboard is the latest product in Foxconn's Digital Life segment, which aims to bring more connectivity and digital entertainment capability to enthusiast motherboards.
MSI have issued out a PR today which highlights the release of their new P6NGM series of motherboards, these based on Nvidia's recently introduced MCP73 series chipsets with integrated GeForce 7 graphics and support for 1333MHz Core2 processors.
To learn more about their fresh lineup grab the announcement here.
Taipei, Taiwan - Micro-Star International (MSI), one of the leaders in motherboard manufacturing has launched its latest P6NGM series motherboards based on the new generation NVIDIA® MCP73 series chipset integrated GeForce 7 graphics for Intel® processors. The new MSI P6NGM motherboards feature the first HDMI interface and offer its customer to experience the advantage of "Ready for PC2008".
With Intel's X38 chipset just around the corner, motherboard makers are getting more eager to show everyone what they have in store for us. As such, we're beginning to see press releases emerge on their latest works of art based around this new chipset.
MSI have issued out a press release on their X38 Diamond motherboard which uses their unique "Circu-Pipe" cooling solution for enhanced fanless cooling and also carries integrated X-Fi 7.1 Xtreme audio.
Taipei, Taiwan (techmessenger.com) -- Micro-Star International (MSI), one of the leaders in motherboard manufacturing, launches its latest X38 Diamond motherboards based on Intel® X38 Express chipset and DDR3 structure. The new MSI X38 Diamond motherboards include the most exclusive features designed for PC enthusiast and offer users to experience the amazing advantage of "Ready for PC2008".
The new MSI X38 Diamond motherboards support the latest FSB1333 and 45nm multi-core Intel® processors to bring the most powerful performance at the end of 2007. The X38 Express chipset will replace the 975X in the enthusiast segment. MSI X38 Diamond has combined the basic advantage and complete-tweaking BIOS design to emerge as the best motherboard ever. It is also equipped with several overclocking-friendly design such as LED POST, instant button, and others to match the precise demand of overclockers.
Spotted over at PCStats today, they've also scored a look at an upcoming X38 motherboard, this one from ABIT dubbed the IX38-MAX.
There are two or three motherboard companies whose names are synonymous with overclocking, and ABIT is certainly one of them. The company sent out some shots of the new ABIT IX38-Max motherboard for us to preview.
As motherboards go the ABIT IX38-MAX is standard ABIT stuff - a heavy dose of chipset cooling, digital VRM, lots of space between the PCI Express 2.0 slots, right angle SATA connectors, eSATA, an HDMI audio header and Port 80 card.
ASUS have announced their new P5NT WS motherboard today, this the first motherboard from them to make use of NVIDIA's 680i LT chipset.
The motherboard supports Intel's upcoming 45nm CPUs, DDR2 800/667/533 memory and of course SLI. Some other highlights are the three residing x16 PCI-e slots, one PCI-X slot, six SATA 3.0Gbps ports, one ATA port, two Gigabit ethernet adapters and integrated Realtek ALC888 8-channel HD audio.
Furthermore, this board also sports solid state capacitors and a unique heatpipe cooling solution.
For full details check out the official PR here folks.
Taipei, Taiwan, September 12, 2007 - The ASUS P5NT WS is built on the NVIDIA nForce 680i LT SLI chipset structure which supports a LGA775 Socket for running Intel Dual-core/Quad-core CPUs and two NVIDIA SLI graphic cards with Dual x16 speeds on the same platform. With NVIDIA's Quadro certification, this motherboard is able to let the user to enjoy the best CPU and graphics. With the addition of the PCI-X interface, the P5NT WS provides much more options in I/O configurations for SOHOs and power users to custom-build their ideal working or entertainment environment.
We also made time to visit our friends at ECS today who showed us their upcoming AMD motherboard based on the RX780 chipset - a cheaper and cut down version of the RD790 with a single PEG slot running at x16 full speed.
The RX780M-A is expected to launch after the first bunch of RD790 boards sometime mid October with a street price of around $100 - $110 USD. Pretty good for a brand new motherboard with Socket AM2+ supporting AMD's upcoming bunch of processors.
One thing we quickly noticed was that ECS finally decided to ditch the FDD (floppy) connector on this board and depending on how you look it could be either good or bad.
Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure! Take note that while the board is almost finished, the capacitors around the CPI area will be changed to 100% Japanese solid types and the Southbridge heatsink color will be changed to match the other cooler.
Not too shabby at all for the price!
During our visit to the ABIT HQ today, we managed to snap photos of their upcoming Intel X38 chipset based motherboards. These shots are of boards which are almost ready for mass production.
First up is the IX38-MAX Tiger Force which is the high-end motherboard fully loaded with some impressive features - this one is DDR3 only. Besides the options offered by the X38 chipset, ABIT have included 100% Japanese solid capacitors, Dolby Digital Live and DTS sound via optical connection, improved digital PWM, external clear CMOS button, two eSATA ports along with very impressive copper cooling.
They are even bundling additional RAM and dual graphics card coolers called RAM Flow and SLIP Stream.
Let's allow the pictures to do the talking, shall we? Take note that the fan included on the PWM heatsink is not included - you will need to buy that separately.
Now we move onto the cheaper of the two, the IX38 QuadGT and this one is DDR2 only. It is a cut down version of the MAX Tiger Force but still packs some pretty good features.
For starters, it features a completely silent cooling design which is rather impressive considering we are talking about X38 here. This motherboard is not fully finished yet and will have some refinements to do with the onboard reset and power off switches as well as the clear CMOS button on the I/O panel.
Like the Tiger Force, it included five power phases which may not sound like a lot but each phase is rated at 1MHz whereas most of the competition is only at 250KHz. So while some companies may have 12 phases total (3000KHz), ABIT is able to produce 5000KHz with fewer components.
ABIT expect to start shipping these motherboards at the end of this month - exact pricing was unknown at press time.
As many of you now know, Palit have decided to start producing motherboards as well as graphics cards; they introduced their first motherboard just a few days ago which is based around Intel's 945GC all-in-one combo chipset. We made mention of it here.
Just a short time later, and now they kick off another new board, the N61S. This too is a lower-end budget oriented board but it's for the AMD AM2 platform, it relies on the NVIDIA MCP61S chipset which carries with it an embedded GeForce 6100 DX9 graphics solution and integrated 7.1 channel HD audio. The board is also compatible with future AM2+ based processors.
Let's hope it won't be too long before Palit start to shift some high-end / enthusiast motherboards at the uber-competitive prices we're used to seeing slapped on their graphics cards.
Palit Microsystems, the leading graphics card manufacturer, today presents another art piece with incredible economical all-in-one AMD solution with great hardware and software compatibility- Palit N61S. It supports not only all AM2 based processors, but even provides a forward compatibility with the future AM2+ based processors.
The embedded GeForce 6100 hardware DX9 graphics engine and integrated 7.1 channel HD audio assure you to meet the requirement of the Microsoft Vista requirement without extra cost of add on card.
Anandtech has got its hands on a Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 motherboard and has run some benchmarks on it. This is an early engineering sample and we're not quite sure why they bothered testing it, as looking at the benchmark results, the board is hardly any faster than the Abit P35 board that they've compared it to.
Although the board apparently was happy to run all the tests they threw at it, it wasn't a good overclocker and had to be run at stock speed. Although they managed to get some tests to run at a 510MHz bus, it wasn't stable enough, so the best they could do for a complete run of benchmarks was 400MHz.
It looks like Gigabyte is almost ready with its X38 boards though and it's good to see that even an early engineering sample is up and running without any major problems. Oddly enough, Anandtech tested the board with a single GeForce 8800GTX and considering that the X38 should be every Intel CPU owners Crossfire dream board, well, you get the idea.
If you're considering buying one of these boards and you live in the UK, you'll be happy to know that Overclockers is listing stock availability for the 14th of September. It's not a cheap board though at £187.99, that's close to US$378, which is a steep price for a motherboard.
You can check out the Anandtech preview and benchmark figures here