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VIA K8T800 Performance Motherboard Shootout - Gigabyte, MSI and ABIT

VIA K8T800 Performance Motherboard Shootout - Gigabyte, MSI and ABIT

It's time for the battle of the big guns in the AMD Athlon 64 motherboard department. We've collected three high-end performance motherboards from Gigabyte, MSI and ABIT which are all based on VIA's K8T800 chipset and tossed them all in the ring to fight it to the death with our still shiny Athlon 64 3200+ processor. Let the fight begin ladies and gentleman! | Dec 28, 2003 at 11:00 pm CST

Soyo KT600 Dragon Ultra Platinum Motherboard Review

Soyo KT600 Dragon Ultra Platinum Motherboard Review

Don't be fooled, the Athlon XP processor is still going strong despite the release of the expensive and not yet mainstream Athlon 64 processor by AMD. Today we've got the Soyo KT600 Dragon Ultra Platinum motherboard on the test bed which is based on VIA's KT600 chipset for the Athlon XP. If you cannot afford the Athlon 64 platform, pay very close attention to this motherboard! | Dec 20, 2003 at 11:00 pm CST

Gigabyte 8S655FX Ultra Motherboard Review

Gigabyte 8S655FX Ultra Motherboard Review

It wasn't too long ago that we looked at SiS with their 655 based chipset for the Intel processor line. While it performed fine, the folks over at SiS didn't kick back and relax, but have now come out with a new chipset. Join us as we take a look at the Gigabyte 8S655FX, which uses the latest SiS 655FX chipset and we'll find out if it can handle the workload we throw at it! | Dec 14, 2003 at 11:00 pm CST

AMD Athlon 64 Motherboards Head to Head - Albatron vs. EPoX

AMD Athlon 64 Motherboards Head to Head - Albatron vs. EPoX

In the first of our AMD Athlon 64 Motherboard Head to Head articles we put the Albatron K8X800 Pro II up against the EPoX 8HDA3 which are both based on VIA's K8T800 chipset with the VT8237 Southbridge. | Dec 9, 2003 at 11:00 pm CST

Soltek SL-87CW-EL Motherboard - Canterwood on a budget

Soltek SL-87CW-EL Motherboard - Canterwood on a budget

Soltek are a company who are known for producing many different value-end motherboards. Today we have their SL-87CW-EL motherboard based on the Intel Canterwood chipset for the Pentium 4 on the test bed which offers great value for money. | Dec 4, 2003 at 11:00 pm CST

DFI LANPARTY B Canterwood and Springdale - Head to Head

DFI LANPARTY B Canterwood and Springdale - Head to Head

We've got two very capable Pentium 4 based chipsets under the spotlight today from Intel based on DFI's new line of LANPARTY "B" motherboards for the enthusiast. We compare the more expensive Canterwood to the cut-down Springdale chipset but tweaked up by DFI. The results may surprise! | Dec 2, 2003 at 11:00 pm CST

ABIT AI7 Springdale Motherboard - Pure Intelligence by ABIT

ABIT AI7 Springdale Motherboard - Pure Intelligence by ABIT

ABIT's latest motherboard is the value-orientated AI7 for the Pentium 4 based on Intel's Springdale chipset. We put it right up against the IC7 MAX3 based on the more expensive Canterwood chipset and it doesn't fair too badly at all. | Nov 20, 2003 at 11:00 pm CST

Gigabyte GA-7VT600-1394 Motherboard - AMD 32-bit processing not dead yet

Gigabyte GA-7VT600-1394 Motherboard - AMD 32-bit processing not dead yet

While AMD's Athlon 64 has taken much spot light over the past while, AMD 32-bit central processing is far from dead. Read on as we take a look at the Gigabyte GA-7VT600-1394 motherboard based on VIA's KT600 chipset. | Nov 12, 2003 at 11:00 pm CST

VIA EPIA M1000 Mini-ITX - Tiny yet Mighty

VIA EPIA M1000 Mini-ITX - Tiny yet Mighty

When you think of Small Form Factor the first company you probably think of is Shuttle. Though, VIA Technology is another company up the top of the pack leading the new frontier with their EPIA Mini-ITX series. | Nov 2, 2003 at 11:00 pm CST

Gigabyte 8IPE1000 Pro 2 GT2004 - Springdale at Full Speed

Gigabyte 8IPE1000 Pro 2 GT2004 - Springdale at Full Speed

Gigabyte's 8IPE1000 Pro 2 GT2004 motherboard is the first to introduce their new C.I.A and M.I.B automatic acceleration technology. Read on and see how Gigabyte takes the Intel Springdale chipset to full speed. | Oct 31, 2003 at 11:00 pm CST

ABIT IC7 MAX3 - Taking Canterwood to the MAX

ABIT IC7 MAX3 - Taking Canterwood to the MAX

AMD Athlon 64 has taken most of the spotlight over the past month but we shouldn't forget about Intel Pentium 4. One such motherboard to support it is ABIT's IC7 MAX3, which takes the Canterwood chipset to the MAX. | Oct 27, 2003 at 11:00 pm CST

MSI vs. Chaintech: Tier 2 i865PE Head to Head

MSI vs. Chaintech: Tier 2 i865PE Head to Head

It's time for Tier 2 of our Intel 865PE Springdale Head to Head articles which this time compares two Pentium 4 based motherboards from MSI and Chaintech. | Oct 21, 2003 at 11:00 pm CDT

DFI nForce 2 Lanparty Motherboard Review

DFI nForce 2 Lanparty Motherboard Review

Sure, the AMD64 series of 64-bit mainstream processors are starting to become a hit among enthusiasts around the world before its official worldwide launch later this month. For the time being though AMD fans will need to stick with Athlon XP and one of the chipsets available to power this CPU: nForce 2 from nVidia. Today Cameron "Sov" Johnson takes a look at the DFI nForce 2 Lanparty motherboard. Can't afford or wait for Athlon 64? Then take a look at this! | Sep 8, 2003 at 11:00 pm CDT

Abit vs. Gigabyte: Tier 1 i865PE Head to Head

Abit vs. Gigabyte: Tier 1 i865PE Head to Head

Many folks are not aware that component manufacturers are broken down into groups. These groups, called "Tiers", are a means to tell us how high a company ranks on the food chain. The upper levels will be those generating the most revenue and generally having a larger market share, but that doesn't always mean they have the best product. Come join Cameron "Sov" Johnson as he begins a journey of comparison. He'll start off with a pair of Tier 1 motherboard manufacturers in a head to head contest. Later articles will compare Tier 2 and Tier 3 companies so we can see the entire spectrum of the playing field. So sit back and enjoy as we begin this quest with Abit vs Gigabyte. We shall see firsthand who has what it takes to be considered the best of the best! | Aug 17, 2003 at 11:00 pm CDT

EPoX 4PCA3+ Canterwood Motherboard Review

EPoX 4PCA3+ Canterwood Motherboard Review

EPoX are a smaller Taiwanese motherboard manufacturer who have been known for years for their high performing, highly overclockable AMD based motherboards. Does this trend follow over to the Intel side with their newest motherboard, the 4PCA3+ which is based on Intel's high-end Canterwood chipset? Read on as Cameron "Sov" Johnson tells us all about EPoX's newest motherboard and how it stands up to its competition. | Aug 3, 2003 at 11:00 pm CDT

Soltek SL-KT600-R (VIA KT600) Motherboard Review

Soltek SL-KT600-R (VIA KT600) Motherboard Review

We've been hearing about the latest and greatest from VIA, the KT600 chipset. Now its time to find out if it can handle the load and earn a coveted spot in your own performance rig. With native support for SATA RAID, DDR400 compatibility and a whole lot more, it looks appealing. Come join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he takes a look at the Soltek variety of the new chipset; namely the SL-KT600-R. Its in the kitchen, so let's find out if it can stand the heat! | Jul 27, 2003 at 11:00 pm CDT

Soltek SL-86SPE-L Springdale Motherboard Review

Soltek SL-86SPE-L Springdale Motherboard Review

It's often hard to find a motherboard which offers great performance at an affordable price. Today Shawn "Toxic" Baker takes a look at the Soltek SL-86SPE-L motherboard which is based on Intel's mainstream focused Springdale chipset. It carries all the same features as the high-end Intel Canterwood chipset besides PAT which offers increased memory performance. Does PAT make any real world difference? Read on as we discover the answer! | Jul 23, 2003 at 11:00 pm CDT

DFI LANPARTY Pro 875 Motherboard Review

DFI LANPARTY Pro 875 Motherboard Review

Ever since Intel introduced the hallowed two words, "Dual Channel", with their Granite Bay chipset towards the end of last year, the tides have turned from AMD controlling the enthusiast crowd to strongly in favour of the 35 year old Intel Corp with their brilliantly maturing Pentium 4. Today Shawn "Toxic" Baker checks out DFI's Pro 875 LANPARTY motherboard with Intel's Dual Channel DDR-400 supporting Canterwood chipset. Is performance not an issue for you? Maybe the retail package is of more importance... If so, DFI have the perfect product for you! | Jul 15, 2003 at 11:00 pm CDT

8-Way nVidia nForce 2 Motherboard Roundup

8-Way nVidia nForce 2 Motherboard Roundup

Since its announcement from nVidia, nForce 2 has been one of the most hyped up chipsets the industry has seen. Roughly six months ago nVidia brought this chipset to life with a huge bang, with many motherboards sporting the chipset and its many variants. Today Cameron "Sov" Johnson takes a look at 8 of the most popular nForce 2 motherboards on the market putting them all head-to-head to see who has the force. | Jul 2, 2003 at 11:00 pm CDT

Gigabyte 8KNXP I875P Motherboard Review

Gigabyte 8KNXP I875P Motherboard Review

Intel's I875P Canterwood Dual Channel DDR-400, 800MHz FSB Pentium 4 chipset has been out for a while now. Many companies have produced motherboards based on this chipset, one company is Gigabyte with their 8KNXP. It has more features than you would want to poke a stick at, but with stick in hand Cameron "Sov" Johnson gives us his impressions and bench tests against Intel's reference Canterwood motherboard. | May 28, 2003 at 11:00 pm CDT

Chaintech 9CJS Canterwood Motherboard Review

Chaintech 9CJS Canterwood Motherboard Review

Intel's new flagship Dual Channel, 800MHz FSB desktop chipset, the 875P aka Canterwood, has been met with rave evaluations by the review community as a whole. Chaintech are offering one of the first retail Canterwood motherboards which we have taken a look to date. Read on as Cameron "Sov" Johnson gives us all the dirt on the feature-packed Chaintech 9CJS motherboard. | May 9, 2003 at 11:00 pm CDT

Gigabyte 7VAXP-A Ultra - Retail VIA KT400A

Gigabyte 7VAXP-A Ultra - Retail VIA KT400A

Our first VIA KT400A retail motherboard to hit the TweakTown labs comes from the folks at Gigabyte. Over the past two years Gigabyte has done a fantastic job in improving their products to please enthusiasts' users. Today Cameron "Sov" Johnson takes a look at the Gigabyte 7VAXP-A Ultra based on the new, single channel KT400A chipset. How does it perform against the older KT400 and nVidia's nForce2? Read on and find out if it deserves your attention or not! | Apr 30, 2003 at 11:00 pm CDT

ABIT SI7-G R658 Motherboard - RDRAM return to Pentium 4

ABIT SI7-G R658 Motherboard - RDRAM return to Pentium 4

In the Pentium 3 and early Pentium 4 days RDRAM by the Rambus Company was greeted with heavy skepticism and in the end, criticized by many generally for its high asking price and high latency times. Intel now refuses to touch RDRAM with a ten foot pole but SiS on the other hand has decided to give it ago with their new R658 chipset for the Pentium 4. Does RDRAM deserve a second chance? Read on as Cameron "Sov" Johnson endeavors to give us an answer! | Apr 28, 2003 at 11:00 pm CDT

EPoX 4PEA800 Motherboard - 800MHz FSB on the cheap

EPoX 4PEA800 Motherboard - 800MHz FSB on the cheap

The launch of Intel Canterwood chipset which gives support to the new batch of Pentium 4 processors with 800MHz FSB has been meet mostly with open arms by the industry. However, for those users who cannot afford the high price for Canterwood, EPoX has developed a solution for you all. They've been clever enough to use the cheaper Intel 845PE chipset and unofficially support 800MHz FSB. Can it compete with the Canterwood? Read on as Cameron "Sov" Johnson gives us the answer! | Apr 27, 2003 at 11:00 pm CDT

Albatron PX845PEV-800 Anniversary Edition Motherboard Review

Albatron PX845PEV-800 Anniversary Edition Motherboard Review

EPoX were not the only clever Taiwanese engineers managing to trick the cost effective Intel 845PE chipset into operating at 800MHz FSB, just like the new and higher priced Canterwood chipset. Albatron is the second company Cameron "Sov" Johnson looks at today which managed the feat in the Albatron PX845PEV-800 Anniversary Edition motherboard. How does it stand up against Canterwood and EPoX 845PE? Read on and find out! | Apr 27, 2003 at 11:00 pm CDT

Asus P4G8X Granite Bay Motherboard Review

Asus P4G8X Granite Bay Motherboard Review

With the release of Intel's 800MHz FSB Canterwood chipset earlier this week, prices of the older yet still competitive Granite Bay chipset based motherboards should lower in price as shop shelves around the world fill with new Canterwood solutions. One such motherboard is the Asus P4G8X Granite Bay motherboard which Shawn "Toxic" Baker is taking for a spin today! Does it have what it takes to feature in your system? Read on and find out! | Apr 18, 2003 at 11:00 pm CDT

Soltek SL-75MRN-L Golden Flame Motherboard Review

Soltek SL-75MRN-L Golden Flame Motherboard Review

We have been hearing about these fancy new nForce2 boards for quite some time now, but do they really make that much a difference over the KT400 boards? Many of you will answer yes to this question, but we wanted to take a look at this new board from an overclockers point of view. So come join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he takes a look at the Soltek SL-75MRN-L Motherboard as it goes head to head with one of the industrys best KT400 boards. Let the contest begin! | Mar 26, 2003 at 11:00 pm CST

Gigabyte SINXP1394 (SiS655) Motherboard Review

Gigabyte SINXP1394 (SiS655) Motherboard Review

When SiS first began jumping into the Pentium 4 chipset race, some folks turned their heads the other way. But they have made a huge impact in this market niche and continue to do so today. Come join Cameron "Sov" Johnson as he takes a look at the Gigabyte SINXP1394 Motherboard based on the new SiS655 chipset. With such buzz words as Dual Channel DDR support and onboard Firewire, things are looking to get interesting! | Feb 24, 2003 at 11:00 pm CST

ABIT to the MAX - IT7 Max2 Rev 2.0

ABIT to the MAX - IT7 Max2 Rev 2.0

ABIT have had a very strong tradition of producing high quality motherboards with features right in the line of what enthusiasts want. Today Cameron "Sov" Johnson takes a look at their latest Intel based solution, the IT7 Max2 Rev 2.0 based on the i845PE with Hyper-Threading support for the Intel Pentium 4 platform. With future-proofing features for upcoming processors, does it have what it takes to be your next board? Read on and find out! | Feb 18, 2003 at 11:00 pm CST

EPoX 4PEA+ (i845PE) Motherboard Review

EPoX 4PEA+ (i845PE) Motherboard Review

It seems that the Intel crowd keeps getting bigger and the chipset market is up to the challenge with new designs all the time. But how can the end user know what works and what doesn't? Come join Cameron "Sov" Johnson as he answers these questions in regards to the EPoX 4PEA+ Motherboard. It uses the i845PE chipset and has a list of features that will make most folks drool, but can it cope with the stress that the enthusiast will put it through? There is only one way to find out, so come see for yourself! | Feb 2, 2003 at 11:00 pm CST