Who said small-form-factor (SFF) or embedded PCs have to be puny weaklings? congatec have outed their latest SFF module, the conga-BM57, and rather than an Atom, Nano or ARM processor it's rocking a full Intel Core i7-620M running at 2.66GHz, paired with up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM. Impressive stuff, considering the whole board measures 95 x 125 mm and includes onboard graphics.
The number of new products unleashed at CES is staggering. So much new gear was unveiled at the show that we are still covering the devices even though the show is over. Asus has unveiled a new line of gear at the show including new mainboards, graphics cards, and more.
When it comes to mainboards, one of the largest companies in the business is Asus. Asus offers a full line of computer gear that is aimed at all user groups form the gamer/enthusiast to the mainstream user. Asus has announced a couple new mainboards today called the P7H57D and P7H55 series.
Is there anything the humble Bluetooth cellphone can't do? ASUS have announced their latest Republic of Gamers mainboard, the ROG Maximus III Extreme, and the Core i5/i7 'board not only supports all the usual high-speed gubbins but allows you to control the system settings from your cellphone.
VIA have announced their latest embedded device mainboard, and if you thought Pico-ITX had been spending too much time among the pie-aisles then the VIA Mobile-ITX form factor should please you. Measuring 6 x 6 cm - 50-percent smaller than Pico-ITX, in fact - the board is a computer-on-system module incorporating CPU, memory and chipset, and is intended to be paired with IO boards offering various degrees of connectivity.
One of the things that always bothered me about gaming mainboards was that most of them could only support multiple video cards from one brand, and all boards require the same type of card. That means that if you had a NVIDIA 9800 GTX sitting around when you got your new GTX 280 that 9800 GTX was no good to you.