Motherboards

Last week MSI introduced its new X99A Workstation motherboard, part of the X99 refresh we've seen over the past couple of months following the launch of the Broadwell-E processor line. Despite the name 'workstation', this board is based on the consumer-grade Intel X99 PCH rather than the server oriented parts, and as a result it supports overclocking. Part of the 'Workstation' feature set means that it has qualified support for NVIDIA Quadro PCIe cards, compatibility with ECC memory, and a U.2 connector for storage. The manufacturer claims that the mainboard uses special components that can improve the endurance of the board, although the warranty is still listed as three years. Typically, workstation-class motherboards for Intel Xeon E5 v3/v4 processors in LGA2011-3 packaging are based on...

ASUS P5N-E SLI: NVIDIA's 650i enters with a Bang

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.

27 by Gary Key on 12/22/2006

DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200-T2R: ATI's, err, AMD's RD600 finally arrives

We provide a quick performance preview of DFI's latest LANParty motherboard and wonder what will become of the RD600.

42 by Gary Key on 12/16/2006

Intel P965: MSI P965 Platinum and ECS PX1 Extreme

We take a look at two midrange performance boards from MSI and ECS that trade enthusiast level overclocking performance for features.

13 by Gary Key on 12/6/2006

Intel P965: The Double Mint Twins Gone Wild

We take a look at two budget boards from Biostar and Gigabyte that offer surprising performance when compared to their more expensive fraternal twins.

23 by Gary Key on 11/9/2006

Intel P965: Mid-Range Performance Sector Roundup

first in a series of three P965 performance guides features the mid-range performance motherboards from Abit, Asus, Biostar, and Gigabyte.

62 by Gary Key on 10/20/2006

Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3: BIOS Mania

We take a quick look at the overclocking improvements in the soon to be released F7 BIOS.

29 by Gary Key on 10/11/2006

Motherboards that work with Kentsfield

Will Intel's upcoming quad core processor work with your existing motherboard? If you are planning for Kentsfield we have a list of boards that will support the new CPU.

18 by Wesley Fink on 9/29/2006

EPoX EP-5P945 PRO: Budget 945P Performance

We take a quick look at EPoX's 945P based motherboard and discover very good budget performance from a standard design.

23 by Gary Key on 9/11/2006

Abit AW9D-MAX: When "Beta" MAX is a good thing

Our preview of the AW9D-MAX shows great performance potential in an unusual package.

56 by Gary Key on 9/8/2006

ASRock ConRoe945G-DVI: Core 2 Duo goes mATX

Our first look at ASRock's 945G based motherboard reveals that very good budget performance can come in a small package.

33 by Gary Key on 9/1/2006

ASUS P5B: New BIOS Adds Unlocking & Improved Overclocking

A new official BIOS for the P5B unlocks Core 2 Duo chips and promises much improved overclocking.

84 by Wesley Fink on 8/24/2006

ASUS P5NSLI: Core 2 Duo and SLI on a Budget

Our early look at the affordable ASUS P5NSLI motherboard based on the NVIDIA nForce 570SLI for Intel chipset.

27 by Gary Key on 8/22/2006

AM2 Motherboards-Part 4: ATI Crossfire Xpress 3200

AM2 Motherboards based on the ATI RD580 chipset finally arrive in the retail channel.

28 by Wesley Fink on 8/21/2006

ASRock Core 2 Duo: AGP/PCI Express Graphics Performance, Part Tres

We determine if there is a performance penalty when using AGP graphics cards on the ASRock 775Dual-VSTA motherboard with an Intel Core 2 Duo.

43 by Gary Key on 8/15/2006

Intel Core 2 Duo: Memory Performance Part Deux

We provide additional memory benchmarks with comparative chipsets and see how well the VIA PT880 Pro based ASRock 775Dual-VSTA performs against the competition.

34 by Gary Key on 8/14/2006

ASRock 775Dual-VSTA: Does DDR2 matter?

DDR is compared to DDR2 on ASRock's value Core 2 Duo motherboard to determine if your DDR memory is worth keeping.

55 by Gary Key on 8/8/2006

Abit AB9-Pro: Mainstream P965 Performance and Pricing

We take a quick second look at Abit's AB9-Pro, now armed with a production level BIOS and Core 2 Duo results.

25 by Gary Key on 7/24/2006

Conroe Buying Guide: Feeding the Monster

Conroe requires new parts, and help through the Buying Jungle is here!

123 by Gary Key & Wesley Fink on 7/19/2006

Abit AB9 Pro: A sneak peek at Intel's new P965 chipset

We're taking an early look at Intel's P965 chipset courtesy of Universal Abit's AB9 Pro as we continue our preview of Core 2 Duo capable boards.

33 by Gary Key on 7/3/2006

ASUS M2N32-SLI & Epox MF570SLI: AM2 Wunderkinder

The impressive ASUS M2N32-SLI and value-packed Epox MF570SLI race through Part 3 of our AM2 Motherboard Roundup.

23 by Wesley Fink on 6/28/2006

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