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.
With the new mainstream Lynnfield processors lowering the price of entry for Intel's current platform, it's time to look at the rest of the supporting cast. Today, we bring together five of the top P55 motherboards from major vendors to find out which one deserves to be in your next PC.
Showing off its latest mainstream P55 motherboards, MSI took the opportunity to demonstrate to local hardware enthusiasts the new features on these motherboards. Key among them is an auto overclocking utility - OC Genie, that looks to have succeeded beyond our expectations.
NVIDIA's Ion continues to thrive thanks to HTPC enthusiasts who value the onboard GeForce 9400M's performance. ASUS wants a piece of the action too and this is the ASUS AT3N7A-1, touted as a value for money option for movie lovers who want to set up a simple and inexpensive HTPC. We check it out to see if it's time to bust out the popcorn yet.
The heir to the popular mainstream AMD 780G chipset, the 785G has arrived but it appears to have kept with the status quo. Can these three new motherboards from ASUS, ECS and Gigabyte convince us otherwise? We take these boards for a spin in our lab and paint the results for you.
Gigabyte's new Intel P55 motherboards promise smart and efficient computing with their new optimized functions and utilities in addition to the new hardware platform. We give you a sneak peek of its hardware, BIOS and several new utilities you can expect with your next Gigabyte motherboard upgrade.
AMD's 780G chipset took the integrated graphics scene by surprise last year, blowing away its rivals. But it's time for an update and with the AMD 785G, the chipset gets upgraded to the newest features like DX10.1 and UVD 2.0. We examine if these features add anything significant in this performance update.