Motherboards

Two things jumped out at me when I received this press release. Firstly the name, which comes out as a mouthful – it isn’t something you could casually mention in conversation, even if you worked closely with the motherboard. The second is the amount of DRAM slots, which is ultimately what the EP2C612D24 and EP2C612D24-4L are catering for. The Haswell-EP/Xeon E5 v3 DDR4 memory controllers are designed for up to three DIMMs per channel, similarly to Ivy Bridge-EP (E5 v2) and Sandy Bridge-EP (E5), although in all cases it is usually reserved for more niche systems. With 16GB UDIMMs, this allows for a maximum of 384GB, although moving up to RDIMM, LRDIMMs or 64GB NVDIMMs pushes the max to 1.5TB in a dual socket motherboard...

Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P - P45 at its Finest

We take Gigabyte's latest P45 board out for a spin and find Ferrari performance at a Mustang price.

75 by Gary Key on 2/3/2009

CrossFireX and the Phenom II X4 940 – Competitive or Not?

We take a quick look at CrossFireX results with the Phenom II X4 940 and find it competitive with similar Intel offerings.

69 by Gary Key on 2/2/2009

Foxconn Blood Rage - If Looks Could Kill (UPDATE)

The Blood Rage is one of the hottest looking X58 boards to grace our test bench, but what lies beneath the surface beauty?

68 by Rajinder Gill on 1/2/2009

Intel X58 Motherboard Roundup - What does $300 Get You?

We take a look at the mid-range X58 motherboards from ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI.

80 by Gary Key on 12/5/2008

EVGA X58 SLI - First Look

We preview EVGA's X58 based motherboard that is capable of 3X SLI as advertised but also handles CrossFire X quite well.

23 by Gary Key on 11/18/2008

EVGA 790i FTW

The 790i MCP surfaces yet again, this time in the guise of a board touted to be an out-of-box winner. Does EVGA go for the win or come up short?

16 by Rajinder Gill on 11/5/2008

The IGP Chronicles Part 3: NVIDIA's GeForce 9300

Don't call it a comeback, NVIDIA has been here for years. But today's launch of the GeForce 9300 is aimed squarely at Intel. This is the chipset...

50 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Gary Key on 10/15/2008

The IGP Chronicles Part 2: AMD 780G vs. Intel G45 vs. NVIDIA GeForce 8200

Part two of our IGP series pits the best of the best against each other. We're crossing platforms and party lines to find the perfect IGP solution for...

41 by Gary Key on 10/14/2008

ASUS Rampage II Extreme - First Look

We take a first look at the latest ROG board sporting the Intel X58 chipset. However, we cannot provide performance numbers yet. Boo!!!

36 by Gary Key on 10/9/2008

The IGP Chronicles Part 1: Intel's G45 & Motherboard Roundup

Today we have the first part of a three part series on the current state of chipsets with integrated graphics. This first part looks closely at Intel's G45, presently...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Gary Key on 9/24/2008

Foxconn Black Ops - Raw, Unadulterated Power

Foxconn continues its push for the enthusiast dollar with their Black Ops board. Fire up the cascades, as we have a board built for extreme benchmarking!

36 by Rajinder Gill on 7/30/2008

ASUS P5Q3 Deluxe: An Early Preview of P45 Express Performance

ASUS provided us with an early sample of their new P45-based motherboard. Join us for a first look at Intel's latest and greatest mainstream chipset.

31 by Kris Boughton on 5/13/2008

AMD 780G - The Three Amigos and a 9850BE

Our 780G boards from Jetway, ASRock, and Gigabyte all survived unharmed after coming face to face with the 9850BE (disclaimer - read fine print on cooling requirements).

22 by Gary Key on 4/30/2008

DFI X48 LT T2R: Floats like a Butterfly…

We put the latest DFI offering to the test. What does their X48 offering bring to the competitive enthusiast market?

25 by Rajinder Gill on 4/28/2008

ASUS Striker II Extreme: Mucho Bang, Mucho Bucks

Once again, ASUS is first to market, this time with their custom-designed NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra-based motherboard, the Striker II Extreme. We bring you a critical first look at...

24 by Kris Boughton on 4/11/2008

Post Cards from the Edge - AMD 780G, NVIDIA 790i, Gigabyte 680i

Our Weekend Rant Session is here and we take a look at a few subjects that are currently hot topics in the lab.

82 by Gary Key on 4/5/2008

ASUS Striker II Formula under the Microscope

We provide a first look at ASUS' latest motherboard, a custom design sporting the NVIDIA nForce 780i chipset.

19 by Rajinder Gill on 3/19/2008

ASUS P5E3 Premium: One to Rule them All…

We bring you our first look at the latest ASUS Ai LifeStyle motherboard, the P5E3 Premium, based on Intel's upcoming X48 chipset with DDR3 memory. We'll show you why...

32 by Kris Boughton on 2/20/2008

ASRock Penryn 1600SLI-110dB : Penryn on the 650i, are you kidding me?

We take a first look at ASRock's latest technical feat and see if Penryn really works or not on their new NV 650i board.

29 by Gary Key on 2/15/2008

MSI X48 Platinum: Four PCI Express x16 Slots to go Please....

MSI shows off their take on X48, with a lower price and four physical x16 PCI-E slots. Sounds impressive, but is it? Join us for this first look.

22 by Kris Boughton on 1/31/2008

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