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 take an early look at the features of the X38-based ASUS P5E3 Deluxe and provide a couple of quick benchmarks.
Gary Key on 9/18/2007
We take an early Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 engineering sample out for a quick test run before the retail product arrives.
Gary Key on 9/4/2007
We compare AMD's orphaned RS600 chipset against Intel's G33 chipset and wonder if ATI should have stayed in the Intel platform chipset business.
Gary Key on 8/28/2007
Our µATX extravaganza is finally here, and it has grown to epic proportions. Here's a quick look at what we've been dealing with and an overview of the future...
Gary Key on 8/7/2007
We take a quick glance at Biostar's TF560 A2+ to see how well it overclocks a couple of budget level AM2 processors. We've also got some comparisons with Intel's...
Gary Key on 8/2/2007
We provide a first look at ASRock's update to their VIA PT880 Ultra based Core 2 motherboard, now with SATA 3.0Gbps capability.
Gary Key and Jarred Walton on 6/29/2007
We take an updated look at the MSI P35 Platinum with a new BIOS that promises to bring this board's performance up to par with ASUS and Gigabyte.
Gary Key on 6/26/2007
We take a quick look at a couple of new features ASUS will be releasing shortly in their new 0504 BIOS update.
Gary Key on 6/18/2007
We preview Gigabyte's latest flagship board based on the P35 chipset and sporting DDR3 capability. Does it provide enough performance to catch ASUS?
Gary Key on 5/30/2007
We provide a first look at NVIDIA's 650i Ultra chipset that offers Jolly Green Giant performance in a Leprechaun package.
Gary Key on 4/10/2007
We provide our first impressions of ASUS's 650i based hybrid board that offers an alternative to the new 680i LT SLI.
Gary Key on 4/2/2007
We provide our first impressions of MSI's impressive P6N SLI Platinum that raises the bar on stock performance with decent overclocking to boot.
Gary Key on 3/13/2007
We provide our first impressions of Gigabyte's new nForce 680i board that provides not only the bling-bling factor but performance to back it up.
Gary Key on 2/24/2007
We follow up on abit's AB9 QuadGT to see what difference a beta BIOS can make in resolving issues and improving performance.
Gary Key on 2/21/2007
We review our test results from 12 different yet not so different P965 motherboards and find a few products that stood out from the rest.
Gary Key on 1/26/2007
Our first impressions of the abit AB9 QuadGT reveal some surprising performance results, new design ideas, and some lingering concerns about abit engineering.
Gary Key on 1/22/2007
We take a quick look at the overclocking capabilities in the new F9 BIOS.
Gary Key on 1/4/2007
We take a quick look at one of the best budget priced P965 motherboards that offers surprisingly solid performance in a quality oriented package.
Gary Key on 12/28/2006
We provide our first impressions of ASUS' new P5N-E SLI that uses the NVIDIA 650i SLI chipset and once again come up with more questions than answers.
Gary Key on 12/22/2006
We provide a quick performance preview of DFI's latest LANParty motherboard and wonder what will become of the RD600.
Gary Key on 12/16/2006