TweakTown NewsRefine News by Category:
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
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.