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Today we got the chance to visit the friendly folks at MSI and they showed us some of their upcoming products.
We got a chance to see their working Intel X38 Diamond motherboard but since it is not quite ready yet and waiting to be suited up with a new heat pipe cooling solution, we will hold off on showing you the board we saw today.
The board was a combo version with DDR2 and DDR3 DIMM slots but MSI has decided to remove the DDR2 slots due to RAM compatibility and performance issues. MSI commented that they may produce a combo board based on the X38 at a later date but they are still unsure when and if they will even do it or not.
The star of this news post is their K9A2 Platinum motherboard based on AMD's upcoming RD790 chipset which will support among other things their new range of processors and PCI Express 2.0 graphics cards - whenever they become available.
The shots of the K9A2 Plat you will see today are of a board which is basically done, there will just be some minor adjustments to the silent operating heat pipe running from the Northbridge to Southbridge - it is sitting up a little too high right now and MSI intend on changing so it is sitting lower to the PCB.
You will notice that the rollercoaster type heat pipe which we saw on MSI P35 boards has gone and been replaced with a more placid looking design which cools the PWM area, Northbridge and Southbridge via its copper material. There are a total of four PEG slots and when all are in use, they are at x8 but when only two are in use they run at x16 each.
We asked the need for so many PEG x16 slots and asked if it had anything to do with Quad Crossfire and were told that we will see three-way Crossfire first and Quad version later (we would assume next year). There are a total of six SATA 2.0 slots (four onboard and two eSATA on the I/O panel) from the SB600 Southbridge and an extra two are added through a Promise add-on controller (they are colored blue).
Release date and pricing was unable at time of publishing but we suspect the board will be ready and shipping late September or sometime in October.
A little birdie sent us along some Foxconn marketing shots of the final revision of their X38A "Digital Life" motherboard based on Intel's soon to be released X38 chipset.
It is basically the same as the one we saw a few months ago at Computex in Taipei but here for the first time you get a first look at the final shipping revision.
We did not get a spec sheet, so we will just need to let the pictures do the talking and here they are...
Our little birdie spy is working on more shots from different companies as we speak!
The Dailytech have managed to get both details and a nice image of ASUS' upcoming P5E3 Deluxe motherboard, this based around Intel's next big gun chipset, the X38.
ASUS claim that this baby will begin shipping early next month, great news for people holding out for X38.
What's interesting (and perhaps a little dissapointing) to note though is that rather than ASUS going with three PCIe x16 slots they've stuck with two x16 slots and used the additional space for standard PCI slots (and a couple PCIe x1 slots).
Apart from that it all looks pretty tidy though. More details here.
ASUS is finalizing its X38 Express based motherboard for shipping early next month. The upcoming P5E3 Deluxe supports all LGA775 socket processors, including the upcoming Penryns. The board only accepts DDR3 memory.
ASUS opted to implement two PCIe x16 slots for ATI CrossFire multi-GPU support. Unlike some other X38 Express based boards with three PCIe x16 slots, the ASUS P5E3 Deluxe is unable to take advantage of three-way or even four-way ATI CrossFire configurations. However, in exchange for less PCIe x16 slots, the ASUS P5E3 Deluxe has three standard PCI slots. The P5E3 Deluxe also has two PCIe x1 slots.
With Computex now just around the corner, ECS are excited to tell everyone about their full-range of Bearlake motherboards they plan to display at their booth.
The press announcement provided from them today details two boards, the G33T-M variant which incorporates Intel GMA 3100 graphics, and also the fully-fledged P35T-A model which boasts 2x PCI Express x16 slots for CrossFire goodness.
Both boards are said to be DDR2 based only, though i'm sure ECS will bring a model out with DDR3 support once the memory itself reaches down to earth prices.
Grab the PR here for full details.
ECS Bearlake motherboards have improved performance and efficiency thanks to the Northbridge chipset they feature. The only chipset supporting the forthcoming 45nm-process microarchitecture CPU, the Northbridge chipset ensures that users are future proofed for future technology upgrades. These chipsets feature a 1333 MHz Front Side Bus (FSB) to work seamlessly with Intel's new ICH9 Southbridge I/O chip. The ICH9 Southbridge will have at least three different versions, the ICH9R with added support for RAID storage, the ICH9DH which supports an additional 2 SATA ports and the ICH9 which will offer a useful new feature called 'Intel® Robson Technology', which not only improves system responsiveness while saving power but also allows users to boot and quickly system recover. The Bearlake chipset also allows support for DDR3 Memory.
An update from GIGABYTE brings more success after having already achieved a world record 2080MHz overclock using some Micron DDR3 memory in conjunction with their new P35T-DQ6 motherboard.
They've managed to squeeze some more out of the platform, with the memory now at 2200 Mhz, and also the FSB hammering along at 549.99 MHz.
VIA recently unveiled a new "Pico-ITX" form factor standard which measures just 10cm x 7.2cm in size. A short time later and we now see the first actual product released based around this very miniature design.
Dubbed the VIA EPIA PX mainboard, this is the world's smallest full-featured x86 based motherboard to date. It can be powered by VIA's 1GHz C7 processor and supports up to 1GB Of DDR2 533 SO-DIMM memory.
Other features include an integrated VIA UniChrome Pro II IGP 3D/2D graphics core with MPEG-2/-4 and WMV9 hardware decoding acceleration, SATA and IDE, VIA VT1708A HD Audio and up to 4 USB ports.
Grab VIA's all-official on it here for further information.
Taipei, Taiwan, 22 May 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA EPIA PX mainboard, the first commercial mainboard based on VIA's recently unveiled Pico-ITX form factor measuring just 10cm x 7.2cm.
Powered by the 1GHz VIA C7 processor and supporting up to 1GB of DDR2 533 SO-DIMM system memory, the tiny 10-layer VIA EPIA PX mainboard is based around the single-chip VIA VX700 system media processor, which features the VIA UniChrome Pro II IGP 3D/2D graphics core, MPEG-2/-4 and WMV9 hardware decoding acceleration and display flexibility, including support for higher display resolutions of up to HDTV for HD DVD playback.
GIGABYTE have just announced a new range of motherboards based on Intel's P35 series chipset which seperate themselves from the competition with a number of distinguishing features.
This new P35 series from GIGABYTE are the first to include their "Ultra Durable 2" design which brings such features as optimized power savings, ultra cooling and extended system durability, all-solid capacitors for enhanced overall stability. The chipsets are cooled by GIGABYTE's latest Silent Pipe thermal solution which covers both the north and south-bridges as well as the CPU power MOSFETs.
Seven different models make up the lineup, varying in relation to the type of memory sockets available (some using DDR3 whilst others allowing for either DDR2 or 3), and also ATI Crossfire support on select models.
For full details on 'em grab the announcement here.
Taipei, Taiwan, May 21, 2007 - GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today announced its next generation, high performance platforms, the GIGABYTE P35 Series of motherboards, based on the highly efficient Intel® P35 chipset and introducing the latest GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 2 design, featuring top quality, highly efficient components for enhanced system reliability, cooling working temperatures, longer durability and exceptional overclocking abilities.
The GIGABYTE P35 Series of motherboards promises to revolutionize the way you work, live and play. Delivering the very latest in high performance computing, the GIGABYTE P35 Series features the Intel® P35 chipset, with optimized system memory capabilities and chipset overspeed protection removed for extreme levels of overclocking performance. The GIGABYTE P35 Series also supports the latest multi-core processors up to FSB 1333MHz, including the upcoming 45nm platform, with its record breaking performance and greater energy efficiency.
Details on one of the first motherboards released which is based on NVIDIA's latest IGP chipset has surfaced today. Biostar have introduced their new "TF7050-M2" motherboard, a microATX sized offering which is built around the (MCP68) GeForce 7050PV / nForce 630a chipset.
This chipset is designed for the AMD AM2 platform and boasts integrated GeForce 7-series derived graphics with HDMI output.
The board is said to be available as of now at a quite reasonable RRP of $89 USD. For further information head over to the Dailytech.
Biostar equips the TF7050-M2 with an HDCP compatible HDMI output for Blu-ray and HD DVD video playback. The native HDMI output allows the GeForce 7050PV and nForce 630a to deliver video output resolutions up to 1080p and high-definition audio from a single cable. TV and VGA outputs are also available on the Biostar TF7050-M2.
A Realtek ALC888 audio codec delivers high-definition audio capabilities. The Biostar TF7050-M2 supports eight analog audio output channels in addition to the HDMI audio output capabilities. Other notable features of the Biostar TF7050-M2 include one PCIe x16, one PCIe x1, two PCI, four SATA 3.0 Gbps ports, one IDE and Gigabit Ethernet.
Spanning across the enthusiast, mainstream and entry level performance market segments Albatron have just announced three new motherboards based on NVIDIAs 680i SLI, 680i LT SLI and 650i Ultra chipsets.
There doesnt appear to be anything exceptional about these particular boards over offerings from other vendors, but as is generally the case with Albatron i'm sure the quality is right up there.
Albatron Technology has announced the 680i SLI, 680i LT SLI and 650i Ultra Mainboards as part of a joint project with chipset giant NVIDIA to deliver a new generation of performance-class boards spanning all market segments: Enthusiast, Mainstream and Entry Level. These Mainboards, boasting new technologies, are based wholly on NVIDIA designs that take advantage of NVIDIA's expertise in chipset and graphics technology. Albatron was one of only a few select companies that were chosen by NVIDIA for its strong branding and deep marketing channels. Albatron, an NVIDIA "Authorized Board Partner", has high expectations that market segments already familiar with NVIDIA technology will help to spur sales activity especially in the European sector where Albatron has already established a significant customer base.
OCWorkbench has got hold of some early information about ECS' plans for the upcoming Intel P35 and G33 chipsets. The board names are P35T-A and G33T-M, the A and M in the model names are for full ATX and microATX form factors. The P35T-A features dual x16 PCIe slots, although the 2nd slot only offers x4 bandwidth as with the P965 chipset. It also officially supports 1,333MHz bus speed and DDR3 as well as DDR2 memory. Other features include eSATA, onboard FireWire and 7.1-channel audio.
The microATX G33T-M appears to be DDR2 only and has onboard DVI output, as well as a D-Sub. It lacks eSATA, but features onboard FireWire and 7.1-channel audio. Although the information posted talks about Robson technology, neither board appears to actually feature a Robson module. Rather interestingly from the information posted on OCWorkbench, it seems like the 1,333MHz bus speed is at least for now reserved for the Core 2 Duo, while the Core 2 Quad is left at 1,066MHz. However, this could be specific to the ECS boards, so don't read too much into this.
You can find the full story and a couple of pictures of the boards here