ECS is best known for its low cost motherboard and the new 671T-M motherboard is no different. The board uses SiS671 chipset and claimed to be compatible with Vista. The board will support Intel Core 2 Duo/ Pentium D/ Pentium 4/ Celeron D processors, and DDR2-667/533 memory up to 4GB.
Asus has just introduced an interesting new motherboard that moves away from the traditional idea of RAM. Instead of giving you a set of DIMM slots, they just integrated 2GB of DDR3 1333 MHz memory onto their new P5K3 Premium motherboard.
Are you a hardcore gamer? Are you kept awake at night worrying about how your graphics data might be colliding with other data rushing through your PCIe channels? Well, you could either go see your doctor and be prescribed some serious strength sleeping tablets, or you could bite the bullet and invest in ASUS' latest gaming motherboard, the Blitz Extreme.
If you're in the market for a smaller-than-usual motherboard, chances are you'll end up with a Mini-ITX board, as it is increasingly growing in popularity. VIA has several different boards based on this form-factor, and have just recently released a new one.
The VIA EPIA LT features dual-LAN and dual LVDS and comes with either a 1.5GHz or 1.0GHz processor. If you're looking for a silent configuration, you'll want to go with the 1.0GHz model. It has a variety of I/O ports including four (yes four) COM ports, a PCI slot and 6 USB ports.
SFF enthusiast loves Shuttle. The maker of the famous XPC small form factor desktop has announces that it will be selling XPC’s motherboard as a standalone product. So if you own a Shuttle XPC, you can upgrade your system to a newer motherboard and CPU without having to buy a whole XPC barebones anymore. There are no information yet if these boards can be use in generic ATX cases (I don’t see why not with some case mods).
We wrote about the Pico-ITX form-factor back in January, calling Via's 100 x 72mm motherboard "the new standard" in micro computing; well, the first design to hit the shelves is the EPIA PX10000G, complete with a 1GHz C7 CPU and support for up to 1GB of SDRAM.
Looking at Intel's new mini-ITX board that Scott wrote about earlier, but disappointed by the Celeron 215 processor? Gigabyte might have the answer with their slightly-larger but still compact Churchill mini-DTX motherboard, capable of sporting CPUs from the Athlon 64 or Sempron single or dual-core ranges.
Mini ITX boards are great, especially for those that love to mod and build custom machines. Intel has taken an interest in the standard and will be releasing their own Mini ITX board named Little Valley D201GLY.
I know that all of you modders out there just can't wait for a smaller motherboard to cram into you newest custom-cases. It looks like the wait will be over soon. Via, who already makes some of the smallest boards around is gearing up for the release of their newest standard called pico-ITX. Measuring in at 3.9 x 2.8 inches, it only takes up half of space of their current Nano-ITX boards.
Looking at the picture, you can get a feel for the size by looking at how large the VGA and ethernet ports seem. Also, you will notice that those are the only two two ports that are built onto the board. Your other connections will be connected via pin headers, so be prepared to run plenty of cables.It is going to sport a C7 processor running at 1GHz, so it'll run about anything you'd expect to run off of a system this small.
So once again, VIA is setting the new standard in tiny computing, much to the delight of modders everywhere. Now the only thing left to do is figure out what to put it in.
Via's incredible shrinking mobo line spawns "pico-ITX" [via LinuxDevices]
Remember that ASUS could-be-a-SideShow gadget yesterday? Well, our predictions were confirmed with the news from the company that they're offering a selection of new motherboards specifically designed to work with Microsoft Vista.
In addition to the "ScreenDUO" SideShow module, which can synchronise information from the PC or websites, display RSS messages and meeting schedules (among other things), the 'boards come complete with a remote control for power, media control and quick-launching certain apps. Trusted Platform Modules and a start-up accelerator for use with Vista's ReadyBoot feature round out the package.