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.
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.