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  • unclebud - Monday, December 05, 2005 - link

    wondering what's the requirement to go on a tour or at least get an asus pin Reply
  • Zoomer - Friday, November 04, 2005 - link

    quote:

    a $200 price tag, the DFI LanParty UT RDX200 is almost double the price of the original ATI Crossfire motherboard roadmap predictions. MSI and Gigabyte also have Crossfire boards slated for immediate release, so perhaps we will see more price adjustments here.

    Does that mean that we'll soon be seeing sub $100 ATi boards?

    Wow! I'm definately buying one if that's the case.

    Btw, dual x16 slots are overrated. Will it be possible to use a x1 or x4 card in a x16 slot?
    Reply
  • KristopherKubicki - Saturday, November 05, 2005 - link

    quote:

    Btw, dual x16 slots are overrated. Will it be possible to use a x1 or x4 card in a x16 slot?


    Yes and Yes.

    Kristopher
    Reply
  • vailr - Friday, November 04, 2005 - link

    Just curious: has Apple made a determination yet, which company will be making their new Intel CPU based motherboards? Has the chipset been pre-determined as being "Intel only", or could NVIDIA, ULi, ATI or VIA chipsets still be a possibility for Apple's new x86 CPU based architecture?
    That is: the official Apple products, to be released in 2006.
    Reply
  • BigLan - Thursday, November 03, 2005 - link

    Does this comment mean that nvidia have stopped working on intel boards? If so, when did this happen?

    "When NVIDIA was still on board with Intel, 975X Yonah would have meant an SLI Pentium M desktop, but now it looks like we’ll just have to settle for a Crossfire MOD board instead."
    Reply
  • KristopherKubicki - Thursday, November 03, 2005 - link

    No. NVIDIA is actually going to get more agressive with Intel boards. It just means there won't be any Yonah based SLI motherboards except the one ECS is working on -- that we know of anyway....

    Kristopher
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  • stmok - Thursday, November 03, 2005 - link

    ASRock had a few other unique products on display, including those wonderful ULi based boards. The yellow riser on this motherboard is actually for a Socket 754 expansion card. ASRock also had M2 socket kits available, but since M2 will require DDR2, we weren’t exactly sure how that riser would work.

    How it works is: the Northbridge, CPU and DDR2 memory slots will be on the CPU upgrade
    card. The jumpers will tell the mobo to use the stuff on the CPU upgrade card.
    Think of the jumpers as a junction thingie on train tracks, a flick on a switch will
    shift you to the next line over.

    So all you do is...

    (1) Buy an ASRock mobo now (on with the CPU upgrade slot...The yellow slot)
    (2) When Socket M2 arrives, buy the Socket M2 CPU upgrade card, your prefered
    Scoket M2 CPU...It doesn't matter what it is : Sempron, A64, A64 X2, Opteron 1xx
    series AND some DDR2 RAM.
    (3) Set the jumpers on the mobo according to manual, point it to use CPU upgrade
    card.
    (4) Install CPU, HSF and DDR2 RAM on upgrade card.
    (5) Install upgrade onto mobo.
    (6) Turn on and fingers crossed... It should work. :)
    Reply
  • yacoub - Thursday, November 03, 2005 - link

    What's the ETA on that silently-cooled 7800GT?? That is EXACTLY what I want for my next build! I bet it doesn't come out until next year! :( :( :( Reply
  • yacoub - Thursday, November 03, 2005 - link

    Actually while we're at it, what's the ETA to the A8N32-SLI Deluxe hitting store shelves as well?

    I'd love a passively cooled motherboard and GPU since those two items tend to have the smallest, noisiest fans. I can barely imagine the joy of cutting out those two noise sources and just having a CPU fan and the PSU fan. mmmmmm!
    Reply
  • KristopherKubicki - Thursday, November 03, 2005 - link

    http://labs.anandtech.com/search.php?q=A8N32-SLI+D...">http://labs.anandtech.com/search.php?q=A8N32-SLI+D...

    Soon soon :(

    Kristopher
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  • yacoub - Thursday, November 03, 2005 - link

    Thanks! Any idea when we'll see that passively-cooled 7800-series card though?

    I'd love me some 7800GT passive aggressiveness.
    Reply
  • nserra - Thursday, November 03, 2005 - link

    I guess I will have to buy the ASROCK then. Reply
  • notposting - Thursday, November 03, 2005 - link

    That was the only thing I read the article for myself, was anyone else doing an AGP/PCIe ULi board?

    I might be getting that Asrock board pretty soon if not.
    Reply
  • KristopherKubicki - Thursday, November 03, 2005 - link

    ECS Reply
  • gunblade - Thursday, November 03, 2005 - link

    So, DFI is getting into the Graphic card market now?

    Good for them I guess, since they can push the Ati card together with the Crossfire MOBO. However, too bad Ati doesn't allow pre-OC the graphic card or else driver will reject it.
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  • Ledu RF - Thursday, November 03, 2005 - link

    First of all, i think that your article is very good but not complete, i can't understand how can you make a review about mobo makers like "ECS" and not make a review about others like Aopen who realy deserve to be in this place :-(.thanks Reply
  • KristopherKubicki - Thursday, November 03, 2005 - link

    Well the problem was that I didn't really spend a lot of time there. ECS is actually a lot larger than AOpen too - I tried to get as many of the big guys in at once. There will be some more follow ups in the next couple days.

    Kristopher
    Reply
  • imaheadcase - Thursday, November 03, 2005 - link

    I wonder why did they put all the PCI/AGP/PCIx cards unside down? I always seemed like being on top was better for airflow. Was it from a old old case design or something? Nothing more annoying that when a website asks for a serial number is having to take card out instead of looking on top for SN :D Or cleaning PC out having to take out card to clean the fan on graphics card better.

    Anyway, asus is on right track putting GPU on top, will make watercooling installing much smoother to :D
    Reply
  • SpatulaCity - Thursday, November 03, 2005 - link

    The expansion cards are not upside down, your case is upside down. Just flip your case on it's head and everything should be good. :p Reply
  • Brian23 - Thursday, November 03, 2005 - link

    ISA cards were right side up. PCI cards were made backwards so you couldn't accidently stick them in an ISA slot and short it out. Then when AGP came, they just moved the connector so it was physically impossible to put a PCI card in an AGP slot. AGP cards were made upsidedown because They didn't want to limit the number of PCI slots a system could have. At the time, mobos had ISA, PCI, and AGP all on the same board. With PCI in the middle, an extra slot would be lost if the AGP card was made right side up. Who would want a mobo with only 2 PCI slots? Anyways, now ISA is gone giving more space for more PCI slots so it's not that big a deal to give one up to flip the card over. Just make sure the mobo doesn't have parts in the way on that side of the card. Reply
  • ViRGE - Wednesday, November 02, 2005 - link

    There's really nothing new about Gigabyte's enhanced cooling mechanism(and the removal of legacy ports). Abit has done it off and on for a couple of years now on their MAX/Fatality boards with OTES cooling. Reply
  • PeteRoy - Wednesday, November 02, 2005 - link

    Taiwan better not fall to China Reply
  • Zoomer - Friday, November 04, 2005 - link

    Yeah. Can't imagine what these CCP idiots would do to it. Reply

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