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Motherboard from $200 Everex Wal-Mart PC

Motherboard from $200 Everex Wal-Mart PC

Its on sale, in a dev kit, sort of, it comes with the motherboard, as you see it in the picture, and a copy of the gOS Linux distribution that was meant to be run on the motherboard. The best part, it’s a mere $60.

That $60 gets you a motherboard with a 1.5GHz VIA C7 CPU, and it’s a mini-ITX motherboard, which means you can stuff it in any number of places or items. The RAM and the hard drive storage are up to you, but I would recommend a large CF card for storage.

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Does ASUS’ P5E3 Deluxe motherboard live up to flagship billing?

Does ASUS’ P5E3 Deluxe motherboard live up to flagship billing?

ASUS' P5E3 motherboard turned some heads when it launched in September, bringing onboard WiFi 'n' and a quick-boot Linux distro that gave easy access to media and internet browsing without needing to load up Windows.  It's neither cheap nor simple, but ASUS was counting on their target audience of enthusiasts and power users to recognise the benefits of having Intel’s X38 chipset, Dual PCI Express 2.0 x16 lanes and support for DDR3 1800MHz dual-channel memory.  HEXUS picked one up and set to work running it through its paces to see whether this really is a fitting flagship for the interminable tinkerer.

 

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OCZ partners with NVIDIA to release SLI Certified memory

OCZ partners with NVIDIA to release SLI Certified memory

It’s a 4GB RAM kit with a pair of 2GB PC2 6400 DDR2 sticks of RAM. They also have NVIDIA EPP.

EPP stands for Enhanced Performance Profiles and is built into the RAM chips so that they work far better with nVidia’s nForce SLI-based motherboards. They operate at a mere 800MHz which is kind of said with all the new chipsets offering an FSB of 1333MHz and GeIL offering up DDR3 modules that operate at the same speed.

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Video of ASUS’ instant-on Linux dual boot distro shows Skype VOIP

Video of ASUS’ instant-on Linux dual boot distro shows Skype VOIP

In their latest high-end motherboard ASUS has slapped a cute little Linux multi-boot distro in there, called Express Gate, to give access to media functionality without needing to load Windows.  Now It's conjured up by DeviceVM and originally called Splashtop, and its unique selling point is that it not only features a media player or even an internet browser, but almost instant access to Skype for VOIP calls.  Now there's a video of the system in action.

  

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ASUS add WiFi-N, quick-boot Linux to P5E3 motherboard

ASUS add WiFi-N, quick-boot Linux to P5E3 motherboard

In ye olden days your motherboard was made of cheese and was really just a place for the RAM to sleep; now you can't move inside a computer without bumping into dual-channels, PCI-express slots and random little surface-mounted chips with their own tiny fans.  ASUS have stepped up the game (if the game you're playing is "build a complicated circuitboard") with their P5E3 Deluxe WiFi-AP@n motherboard, which not only boasts such niceties as Intel's X38 chipset, Dual PCI Express 2.0 x16 lanes and support for DDR3 1800MHz dual-channel memory, but integrated 802.11N wireless and embedded Linux.

 

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Access I/O NANO I/O Server CD is small, but powerful

Access I/O NANO I/O Server CD is small, but powerful

The NANO board is just a motherboard that is being touted as Nano-ITX even though one of its dimensions is 2mm larger than the Nano-ITX form factor allows for. The motherboard has an IDE port, a CF card slot, and gets its processing power from an ETX module.

Other ports include Ethernet, VGA out, 4 USB ports, 3.5mm jacks for both audio in and out, and PS/2 ports for keyboard and mouse. There are also a couple of serial ports and PC/104-Plus expansion with both ISA and PCI bus stacking connectors.

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VIA EPIA SN features 1.8GHz Processor

VIA EPIA SN features 1.8GHz Processor

VIA has launched another mini-ITX motherboard with an integrated CPU. This one however is the fastest motherboard they have ever launched that fits in a mini-ITX footprint.

The full model name is the VIA EPIA SN18000G, and it uses the CN896 IGP chipset. That means it has integrated graphics that are DX9 compatible and can do MPEG-2 acceleration with hardware. However there is a PCIe x16 slot should you choose to upgrade to a better graphics card.

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