The normal route for workstation level motherboards is from the server business unit of a motherboard manufacturer, which then works its way into full systems rather than being sold separately. The other, less used alternative is for the mainstream end-user motherboard business units to develop their own and sell directly to end-users building their own workstation. While some of the motherboard manufacturers are slowly jumping on this bandwagon, ASUS has been at it for a number of generations now, with enough success to continue into their new Haswell-E designs which have just been announced. ASUS X99-E WS The X99-E WS follows on from the X79-E WS and the X58-E WS, and the most obvious thing to notice is the seven full-length PCIe slots. ASUS’ workstation line...

Soltek K8TPro-939: Moving A64 to 939

Soltek is the latest to introduce a Socket 939 board, but this one is value-priced with full features. How does the K8TPro-939 stack up with other Athlon 64...

21 by Wesley Fink on 10/28/2004

Epox 9NDA3+: A New Socket 939

The Epox 9NDA3+ arrives just in time for all the new 939 processors. How does the Epox compare to the best Socket 939 boards that we have tested?

36 by Wesley Fink on 10/25/2004

Socket 754 Roundup, Part 3: Asus, Soltek & DFI

New Socket 754 boards from Asus, Soltek and DFI have appeared for the Athlon 64. We compare these boards based on the latest nVidia nF3-250 chipset to other...

39 by Wesley Fink on 9/14/2004

DFI LANParty UT nF3-250Gb: Overclocker's Dream

The performance community has been eagerly awaiting DFI's latest design for Athlon 64. Is the shipping board all that was expected?

54 by Wesley Fink on 9/8/2004

FIRST LOOK: Soltek 865Pro-775

Soltek introduces a very interesting motherboard that combines LGA 775 with the Intel 865 chipset, AGP 8X, and DDR memory? How does this hybrid board compare to the...

21 by Wesley Fink on 8/16/2004

Intel 925X Roundup: Creative Engineering 101

The 925X sits at the top of the new Socket 775 line. So, how do these five top boards compare in performance? We take a closer look at...

30 by Wesley Fink on 8/12/2004

nForce3-250: Which Boards Have On-Chip LAN?

There is huge confusion about which motherboards have nVidia's on-chip Gigabit LAN. We have been working with nVidia to provide a list of boards that have nVidia on-chip...

24 by Wesley Fink on 8/6/2004

Socket 939 Roundup: Battle at the Top

UPDATE: The new Asus A8V Deluxe Revision 2 is tested and six top 939 motherboards are compared in the Socket 939 Athlon 64 roundup.

83 by Wesley Fink on 7/30/2004

The Birth of an Abit NF7 - A Factory Tour

We take you behind the scenes of Abit's Suzhou manufacturing facilities outside of Shanghai. Pictures, primers and new products are inside.

19 by Kristopher Kubicki on 6/11/2004

Fall 2004 Motherboard Preview: A Sea of New

New processors are coming from all directions and all of these new sockets need a home. We give you the low down on new motherboards featuring Intel 915/925X...

17 by Wesley Fink on 6/4/2004

AGP on Intel 9xx chipsets? We explain how.

At Computex we saw at least two Intel 9xx based motherboards that featured an AGP slot, contrary to Intel's claims of no AGP support in their 9xx chipset line...

15 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/4/2004

Socket 754 Roundup: Comparing Generation 2

The updated boards based on the new nVidia nForce3-250 and Via K8T800 Pro are now appearing in the retail channel. We compare boards based on the latest VIA...

30 by Wesley Fink on 5/28/2004

FIRST LOOK: Foxconn 755-A01 for Athlon 64

When we found out that Foxconn was also shipping an Athlon 64 motherboard based on the SiS 755 chipset, we wanted to take a closer look. How does...

9 by Wesley Fink on 5/10/2004

MSI K8N Neo Platinum: First nForce3-250Gb

MSI is first to market with a motherboard based on the nForce3-250 chipset. Does the shipping nF3-250 measure up to the great expectations of our chipset review?

26 by Wesley Fink on 4/26/2004

AOpen AK89 Max: From Ugly Duckling to Swan

AOpen's second motherboard for the Athlon 64 delivers an nForce3-150 chipset with a long list of features. After recent BIOS updates, it also proved to be one of...

23 by Wesley Fink on 4/21/2004

AOpen AK86-L UPDATE: Uncommonly Good

AOpen delivers a well-priced Athlon 64 board with uncommonly good tweaking adjustments, a great selection of features, and the options to deliver blistering performance. Is the AOpen AK86-L...

22 by Wesley Fink on 3/30/2004

Soltek SL-PT880Pro-FGR: VIA Dual-Channel for the Pentium 4

Soltek launches a top-of-the-line board based on the new VIA PT880 chipset. How does VIA Dual-Channel performance compare with Intel and SiS chipsets? Is the new Soltek...

5 by Wesley Fink on 2/23/2004

ECS 755-A2: Performance and Value for the Athlon 64

ECS is the first to deliver an Athlon 64 motherboard based on our Editor's Choice SiS 755 chipset. How does the latest Revision A2 compare to the best...

14 by Wesley Fink on 1/30/2004

Socket 940 Roundup: Motherboards for the Athlon64 FX

The Socket 940 Athlon64 FX is the fastest processor that you can buy. With both nVidia nForce3 150 PRO and VIA K8T800 motherboards available, which is the best...

10 by Wesley Fink on 12/18/2003

Asus P4S800D-E Deluxe & Gigabyte 8S655TX Ultra: SiS 655TX Challenges Intel's Best

Since the introduction of the 800FSB Pentium 4 processors, the Intel 875/865 chipsets have dominated the motherboard market with their outstanding performance. The SiS 655FX didn't cut it...

24 by Wesley Fink on 12/9/2003

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