Over the last couple of years, the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) has emerged as one of the bright spots in the troubled PC market. Kickstarted by Intel's NUC (Next Unit of Computing) designs, it has been successfully cloned by other vendors such as GIGABYTE (BRIX), Zotac (C-series nano) and ASRock (Beebox). With platform performance increasing every generation, and performance requirements getting tempered by the rise of the not-so-powerful smartphones and tablets, Intel could pack a heavy punch with their 102x102mm NUC motherboards.
Atom-based units (using Bay Trail) could provide very good performance for most users. Intel tried to shrink the PC even further by releasing a Compute Stick based on the Bay Trail Atom Z series SoCs earlier this year. ECS, with their LIVA designs...
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...
Wesley Fink on 9/14/2004
The performance community has been eagerly awaiting DFI's latest design for Athlon 64. Is the shipping board all that was expected?
Wesley Fink on 9/8/2004
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...
Wesley Fink on 8/16/2004
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...
Wesley Fink on 8/12/2004
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...
Wesley Fink on 8/6/2004
UPDATE: The new Asus A8V Deluxe Revision 2 is tested and six top 939 motherboards are compared in the Socket 939 Athlon 64 roundup.
Wesley Fink on 7/30/2004
We take you behind the scenes of Abit's Suzhou manufacturing facilities outside of Shanghai. Pictures, primers and new products are inside.
Kristopher Kubicki on 6/11/2004
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...
Wesley Fink on 6/4/2004
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...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/4/2004
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...
Wesley Fink on 5/28/2004
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...
Wesley Fink on 5/10/2004
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?
Wesley Fink on 4/26/2004
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...
Wesley Fink on 4/21/2004
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...
Wesley Fink on 3/30/2004
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...
Wesley Fink on 2/23/2004
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...
Wesley Fink on 1/30/2004
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...
Wesley Fink on 12/18/2003
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...
Wesley Fink on 12/9/2003
Abit’s latest in their top-of-the-line MAX series is an Athlon64 motherboard based on the VIA chipset with the new uGuru overclocking and control chip. The KV8-MAX3 is loaded...
Wesley Fink on 11/6/2003
Gigabyte delivers an Athlon64 Enthusiast board with support for the Socket 940 Athlon64 FX51. With built-in Multiplier Unlocking, Dual-Channel Registered Memory, and 6-phase power, we take an in-depth...
Wesley Fink on 10/9/2003