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.
The next evolution in storage technologies and interfaces are upon us! SATA has now reached 6Gbit/s transfer rate while USB 3.0 brings a tenfold increase in speed. These two new features are the highlights of a new breed of P55 motherboards, including the two from ASUS and Gigabyte that we'll be looking at.
BIOSecure - DFI's new feature to restore and update your BIOS via another system. DFI's latest motherboard based on the mainstream Intel P55 chipset has this feature, along with the typical DFI DNA that proclaims its enthusiast roots. We find out more with the LANParty DK P55-T3eH9.
With its updated integrated graphics core, AMD's 785G chipset has been embraced wholeheartedly by vendors looking to capitalize on its mainstream appeal. MSI for instance has four variants available and today, we'll be looking at an AM3 version, the MSI 785GM-E51.
ASUS' new series of motherboards, 'The Ultimate Force' or TUF, gets its first member with the SABERTOOTH 55i. Featuring military grade components and an unique ceramic-based heatsink coating, this is a rugged premium board using the Intel P55 Express chipset. We find out just how tough it is.