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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
With DDR2 based memory having been the standard for quite some time now (and didnt that take a while to happen, sheesh!), DDR3's now starting to get some attention and isnt all that far away either; So much so that GIGABYTE have already prepped up a range of DDR3 motherboards, these being based on Intel's next-gen "Bearlake" platform powered by the P35 and G33 Express chipsets.
These will get an official introduction during Computex next month. In the meantime, check out some nice photos of them with more details over at the Dailytech.
Gigabyte United is set to introduce its next generation Ultra Durable 2 series motherboards in early June. The new motherboards features ferrite core choke coils, low RDS MOSFETs and all-solid capacitors for increased reliability and longevity. Gigabyte United claims the ferrite core choke coils offer higher frequency operation for improved overclocking capabilities, lower temperatures, lower electromagnetic interference and resistance to rust.
RDS MOSFETs minimize conduction and gate charge switching losses while delivering lower temperatures, in a small package. All solid capacitors solve capacitor leakage problems that plagued previous motherboards from all motherboard manufacturers. The solid capacitors promise higher heat resistance and performance while being more environmental friendly than electrolytic capacitors.
Loyal DFI fans looking to move to Core2 will be glad to hear that DFI have just served up a board based on NVIDIAs nForce 680i LT chipset.
Typical of DFI, they've polished this board up very nicely, providing it with their highest-end 6 phase digital PWM technology, an all-copper cooling solution for the southbridge (whilst sporting a unique heat pipe arrangement for the northbridge) and stacks of other bells and whistles.
NVIDIA never ceases to stride to make a better and faster Chipset. Not long ago, they have released their best chipset to date, the NForce 680i LT. It is regarded as the highest spec. with the best performance in the industry. This chipset is a dedicated design for the enthusiast. It is versatile and has tremendous functionality; SLI support, Teaming, RAID and has a lot more functions for hard-core gamer and enthusiasts alike. These features allow the NF680i LT to set the standard for one of the highest gaming chipsets in the industry now. This high-grade chipset matches well with the best motherboard designer, in order to fully unleash the potential of the NF680i. DFI, the most enthusiast-oriented motherboard designer announces the self-designed and manufactured LANParty UT NF680I LTSLI-T2R and has launched it into the market with a brand new package design.
VIA have announced their tiny VT6047 Pico-ITX form factor reference mainboard design today, this thing measuring just 10cm x 7.2cm (more than 75% smaller then Mini-ITX).
Taipei, Taiwan, 19 April 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA VT6047 Pico-ITX form factor reference design, the smallest full-featured x86 mainboard in the industry designed for a new world of ultra compact embedded PC systems and appliances.
The Pico-ITX form factor is the latest advance in VIA's proven record on platform miniaturization. The Mini-ITX mainboard, at 17cm x 17cm, which recently celebrated its 5th anniversary as an industry standard form factor with wide market adoption, was followed by the Nano-ITX form factor at 12cm x 12cm, exactly 50% of the size of the Mini-ITX. Now, the Pico-ITX, at 10cm x 7.2cm and 50% of the size of the Nano-ITX form factor, truly embodies VIA's "Small is Beautiful" technology design strategy of shrinking the form factor to drive the x86 platform into ever smaller systems and whole new device categories.
DFI have extended their Infinity lineup of motherboards today with a new variant based on the Intel P965/ICH8R chipset.
Get the full rundown on it via their announcement here folks.
As always DFI has always been known to push technology to its outer limits and the Infinity P965 is no exception. This Intel based motherboard provides users with a perfect solution that not only offers tremendously high performance and "over-clockablity" but also boosts an extremely attractive price. DFI has chosen to use the Intel P965 + ICH8R chipsets to allow the board to support the most advance processors (including Core 2 Quad), DDRII-800 and Crossfire functions.
Following the release of NVIDIA's cut-down 680i LT chipset a couple days ago, EVGA have announced details of their motherboard based on this chipset, this to be shipped with an RRP of $199.99. techpowerup posted the PR here, and you can also get more details about the board over at EVGA's website.
Brea, California and Munich, Germany - March 26, 2007 - EVGA Corporation, one of the leading-edge 3D processor and motherboard manufacturers, announces the latest addition to its line of high-performance SLI-ready motherboards, the EVGA nForce 680i LT SLI. En-gineered for the Extreme Gamer, this motherboard features the powerful NVIDIA® 680i LT SLI MCP which is specified to run up to 1333MHz front side bus (FSB) and beyond. Award winning NVIDIA® overclocking tools provide a complete kit of tools giving everyone from the most veteran enthusiast to the novice overclocker the ability to unleash the hardware in their PC. Available March 26th, 2007, the EVGA nForce 680i LT SLI motherboard brings performance and x16 SLI power at a $199.99 retail price.
Another announcement surfaces from ECS in line with CeBIT, letting us know they intend to showcase their full range of AMD-ATI Socket AM2 motherboards at their booth.
This press release goes into detail on the full lineup.
Milton Keynes, England, 14th March - Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), the world's leading motherboard, barebone system and notebook manufacturer, will display ATI's re-named chipset motherboards for AMD Socket AM2 Processors at CeBIT 2007 in Hanover, Germany.
ECS brings three excellent products for AMD's latest 940-pin port Socket AM2 based on AMD-ATI chipsets. With Socket AM2 support, these motherboards not only support current 64-bit architecture AMD Athlon 64FX, Ahtlon 64 X2 Dual-Core, Athlon 64 and Sempron CPUs, they also provide full support for advanced DDR2 memory and dual-channel technology to deliver high-speed responsiveness between the CPU and memory, as well as Windows Vista Premium.
VIA have just released their new EPIA NX-series Nano-ITX mainboard which can be paired up with a 1.5GHz VIA C7 processor, or the 1.2GHz VIA Eden for fanless operation, also sporting their new VIA CX700M2 system media processor which is an all-in-one IGP solution with UniChrome Pro II 2D/3D graphics.
Grab the official PR here for full details.
Taipei, Taiwan, 13 March 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of PC platform solutions, today introduced the 12cmx12cm VIA EPIA NX-series mainboard, the highest performance, most power efficient and feature-rich Nano-ITX platform ever.
Designed for ultra compact embedded systems with demanding digital media requirements, such as slimline LCD PCs and digital signage, small yet powerful set top boxes and next generation car PCs, the VIA EPIA NX takes the Nano-ITX mainboard to the next level, boasting the latest generation VIA processors based on the 'Esther' core offering the VIA V4 bus, highly effective power management and the world's most advanced hardware security.
ECS' have issued out an announcement leading up to CeBit which talks about a couple of new motherboards to go on display there. These not just any old boards however, they're based on the next-gen Intel Bearlake platform.
The P35T-A model (left thumbnail) is the performance/gaming focused offering, whilst the G33T-M is IGP based and designed more so for the "digital home".
Get the full scoop on 'em within the press material here peeps.
Milton Keynes, England, 13 March, 2007 - Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECS), the world's leading computer hardware and notebook manufacturer, will reveal their first Intel Bearlake-based motherboards at CeBIT 2007. The new P35T-A, G33T-M and Q35T-M motherboards feature the next generation chipsets and will be continued by the current P965, G965 and Q965 Broadwater-based motherboards, offering across-the-board performance benefits. All these new motherboard chipsets are validated to perform flawlessly with the latest Intel® Core2 Duo and Intel® Core2 Quad processors. The P35T-A is designed for gaming and performance users, the G33T-M and its integrated graphics core is designed for the digital home and the Q35T-M brings more functionality to enterprise and office users. Come see these new motherboards at Hall 21, Booth C07.