Motherboards

When we learned that Intel would be restricting Skylake based Xeon E3 CPUs to motherboards using server chipsets only, there was a small outcry from a community that has routinely picked the E3 processors over the consumer counterparts. This is because server chipset based motherboards come with very specialized feature sets, are not concerned with looks or things such as bundles or software packages, and are often limited in XMP support. A few motherboard manufacturers have released server motherboards in the consumer style to fill the gap, but first up we wanted to look at one of the ‘typical’ server products before hitting the new hybrids. This review focuses on the MW31-SP0, a GIGABYTE Server motherboard using the C236 chipset.

MSI Big Bang -Trinergy

MSI continues their quest to become one of the top high-end motherboard makers with the P55 Trinergy, with a price to match.

15 by Rajinder Gill on 12/23/2009

Biostar TPower i55 – Super Middle Weight Contender

We take a look at Biostar's top end P55 motherboard and find that it really is a heavyweight contender with a middle range price tag.

49 by Rajinder Gill on 11/25/2009

P55 Overclocking Showdown - ASUS, Gigabyte, and EVGA at the OC Corral (Page 6 Updated)

In our first P55 Overclocking showdown we take a look at the top boards from ASUS, EVGA, and Gigabyte. One failed, the other three made it through our torture...

58 by Rajinder Gill on 11/6/2009

P55 Extreme Overclockers: Check your sockets!

If you plan on overclocking your P55 past current 4.3GHz limits on air or water, you need to be aware of potential problems with current socket designs.

275 by Rajinder Gill on 10/15/2009

MSI P55-GD65 - Mid-Range P55 for the Masses

We provide an in-depth review of MSI's midrange P55 offering and find a great board in need of a few adjustments.

45 by Gary Key on 10/10/2009

Budget Micro-ATX P55 Faceoff: Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2 and ASRock P55M Pro

We take our first look at two of the budget micro-ATX P55 offerings from Gigabyte and ASRock. Who wins, who loses, does it really matter if both boards are...

57 by Gary Key on 10/5/2009

ATI HD 5870 Scaling Performance: X58 vs P55 Showdown

We compare the performance of AMD's latest HD 5870 GPU on Intel's latest Core i7/P55 platform to see if it can keep up with the Core i7/X58 platform.

88 by Gary Key on 9/29/2009

i5 / P55 Lab Update - Now with more numbers

We take a quick look at clock for clock comparisons against the Core i7/920 and Phenom II x4 965 BE when overclocked.

80 by Gary Key on 9/15/2009

Two New Ions: ASUS AT3N7A-I and ASRock Ion 330

ASUS and NVIDIA gave us a chance to preview the world's second mini-ITX Ion motherboard: the AT3N7A-I. We took this opportunity to round up the three DIY Ion...

64 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/28/2009

Intel P55 Launch Activities - We want your opinion!

As the P55 platform release (official) date fast approaches, we want to know your opinion on a few subjects.

63 by Gary Key on 8/25/2009

Preparing for P55: Motherboards, Memory and NVIDIA

We're less than a month away from the biggest deployment of Intel's Nehalem architecture ever. Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon, motherboard manufacturers, memory vendors and even NVIDIA...

60 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/20/2009

Phenom II X4 965 - Can it be Undervolted?

We provide a first look at undervolting AMD's latest and greatest processor. Will our initial results make Al Gore proud?

44 by Gary Key on 8/14/2009

AMD's 785G Chipset - Revolutionary or Evolutionary?

We provide our initial analysis on AMD's update to the venerable 780G chipset. Does it provide a generational leap in performance or just a new paint job and...

47 by Gary Key on 8/4/2009

Zotac's Ion Rev 2: Wake on USB Fixed

Two months after the launch of Zotac's Ion motherboard we have a new revision that properly enables wake-on-USB support. HTPC enthusiasts rejoice!

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/27/2009

Gigabyte's GA-MA785GPMT-UD2H - AMD's 785G is Here, Sort of...

We discuss AMD's upcoming IG release since the platform is not ready for testing.

33 by Gary Key on 7/14/2009

ASRock X58 Extreme - $169.99 is not too Extreme

We take an early look at ASRock's new X58 budget offering and find a board full of features and performance to boot.

44 by Gary Key on 7/2/2009

MSI X58M - Mighty Mouse

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.

26 by Gary Key on 5/23/2009

Zotac's Ion: The Follow Up

At your request I dove deeper into wake on USB issues, overclocking, Flash video performance and power consumption with Zotac's Ion.

29 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/19/2009

EVGA X58 Classified - Trophy Board

We tie up some loose ends as we examine the final retail version of the EVGA X58 Classified.

43 by Rajinder Gill on 5/8/2009

Phenom II X3 720BE & CrossFire X Performance - Does it Compete?

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...

61 by Gary Key on 3/28/2009

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