With the launch of the first 6-core processor, the Intel Core i7-980X, the spotlight is back on Intel's X58 Express chipset. What's different this time round is that vendors have updated the chipset with features comparable to newer ones like that on the Intel P55. We return to the X58 scene with two top boards from ASUS and Gigabyte and the Core i7-980X.
AMD has refreshed its 790GX chipset with the newer 890GX. On paper, it appears to be a minor upgrade similar to what AMD did with the 785G. We check out the chipset differences with two boards from Gigabyte and MSI.
Filling up our palm is the DFI LanParty MI P55-T36, a mini-ITX board that belies its dimensions by having Intel's mainstream P55 chipset onboard. It opens the way for mini-ITX systems powered by a quad-core processor. We check it out to see if it's as capable as its full-sized rivals.
The ECS H55H-CM is the company's take on Intel's latest mainstream H55 Express chipset.
With Intel's new dual-core processors, there will be Nehalem-based processors for almost every segment. The Intel P55 chipset remains the choice for Intel's mainstream quad-cores but what about the motherboards? What's a cheap but decent P55 motherboard? We find out if the Jetway Kuroshio BI-700 fits the bill.
A new wave of Intel processors hit the market earlier this month at the annual Consumer Electronics Show and along with these new Socket LGA1156, dual-core mainstream models for both the mobile and desktop, there are new chipsets to support them. Indeed, there are plenty of new model names to add to the jargon but here to shed some light, we present you with the MSI H57M-ED65, which is based on the Intel H57 Express.
Intel has unleashed a wave of low-power, 32nm dual-core processors with integrated graphics for the new year. To match these LGA1156 processors and unlock its graphics capabilities, you'll need a motherboard based on Intel's H55 Express chipset. We check out five such boards and give our verdict.
Mixing and matching two disparate graphics cards from different vendors becomes a reality with the Big Bang Fuzion, MSI's high-end P55 motherboard. Lucid's Hydra engine makes all this possible but does it work as well as it claims?
The micro-ATX form factor appears to be the choice for motherboards using the AMD 785G chipset, including this latest version from DFI. With some enthusiast-friendly features, including its Auto Boost System, can the DFI LANParty BI 785G-M35 stand out from the rest?
The Big Bang is here! MSI's latest high-end motherboard has reached our lab but it's just not what we had been expecting. There's no Lucid Hydra 200 chip on this board, though it does support 3-way SLI. Check out our preview of the other Big Bang motherboard, the MSI Trinergy.