When a motherboard manufacturer develops a product, it has to consider which third party controllers are going to be used. When we discuss network controllers, there are several entrants in the market that satisfy a range of prices and marketing opportunities although I perhaps would not call the motherboard network controller market competitive or crowded. When an engineer/sales rep has to choose the controller, depending on the NIC manufacturer there may also be firmware and software additions which add value.
The main entrants in the network controller market for end-users are Intel, Realtek and Killer.
Intel has a range of models in use, such as the I210, I217 and I218 families separated by features but also offer –LM and –V models to differentiate server or enterprise...
We discuss AMD's upcoming IG release since the platform is not ready for testing.
Gary Key on 7/14/2009
We take an early look at ASRock's new X58 budget offering and find a board full of features and performance to boot.
Gary Key on 7/2/2009
We provide a first look at MSI's impressive $169 X58 motherboard based on the uATX form factor. Does MSI have a winner here? We think so.
Gary Key on 5/23/2009
At your request I dove deeper into wake on USB issues, overclocking, Flash video performance and power consumption with Zotac's Ion.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/19/2009
We tie up some loose ends as we examine the final retail version of the EVGA X58 Classified.
Rajinder Gill on 5/8/2009
Has the Phenom II X4 940 met its match when it comes to CrossFire X performance at resolutions that most of us use on a daily basis? Let's...
Gary Key on 3/28/2009
We take a quick look at the EVGA X58 Classified and provide an early BIOS guide for getting the most out of this X58 board and others.
Rajinder Gill on 2/27/2009
We take Gigabyte's latest P45 board out for a spin and find Ferrari performance at a Mustang price.
Gary Key on 2/3/2009
We take a quick look at CrossFireX results with the Phenom II X4 940 and find it competitive with similar Intel offerings.
Gary Key on 2/2/2009
The Blood Rage is one of the hottest looking X58 boards to grace our test bench, but what lies beneath the surface beauty?
Rajinder Gill on 1/2/2009
We take a look at the mid-range X58 motherboards from ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI.
Gary Key on 12/5/2008
We preview EVGA's X58 based motherboard that is capable of 3X SLI as advertised but also handles CrossFire X quite well.
Gary Key on 11/18/2008
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?
Rajinder Gill on 11/5/2008
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...
Anand Lal Shimpi & Gary Key on 10/15/2008
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...
Gary Key on 10/14/2008
We take a first look at the latest ROG board sporting the Intel X58 chipset. However, we cannot provide performance numbers yet. Boo!!!
Gary Key on 10/9/2008
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...
Anand Lal Shimpi & Gary Key on 9/24/2008
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!
Rajinder Gill on 7/30/2008
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.
Kris Boughton on 5/13/2008
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).
Gary Key on 4/30/2008