As motherboard vendors prepare to launch updated chipsets like the 890FX and 880G from AMD at the end of the month, we managed to snag a couple of ASUS' upcoming models for this sneak preview.
As AMD prepares its own 6-core desktop processor for launch, we take on another bunch of AMD 890GX motherboards from ASUS, ECS and Jetway to find out which mainstream 890GX board is for you.
MSI gets into the SATA 6Gbit/s and USB 3.0 game with the P55-GD85, an upgrade to the P55-based GD-80. Besides its auto-overclocking OC Genie feature, what else can you expect from this board?
The AMD 890GX chipset launched in March is just the first of AMD's chipset refresh for the year. Next up, expect the enthusiast class 890FX and the more mainstream 880G. Here's a quick preview of what's coming from Gigabyte.
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.