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MSI X58 Pro ‘affordable’ Core i7 mainboard

MSI X58 Pro ‘affordable’ Core i7 mainboard

MSI have announced what they're calling the most affordable mainboard for Intel's latest Core i7 processors.  The MSI X58 Pro has Intel's X58 Express chipset, along with an ultra-high bandwidth QPI (Quick Path Interconnect) transmission system and support for high-speed 3-channel DDR3 RAM.  There's also a 3GB/s eSATA port for fast, easy storage expansion.

 

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MSI 790FX-GD70 and 790GX-G65 mainboards for AMD 45nm Phenom II

MSI 790FX-GD70 and 790GX-G65 mainboards for AMD 45nm Phenom II

MSI have announced a pair of new gaming mainboards, intended for use with AMD latest 45nm Phenom II processors and DDR3 memory.  The MSI 790FX-GD70 and 790GX-G65 both support up to 16GB of RAM, have four or two PCI-E x16 slots (supporting ATI CrossFireX) respectively, and 7.1 Blu-ray high-definition audio,together with the ability to load new BIOS settings from a USB thumbdrive, making testing out different overclocking settings straightforward.

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ZOTAC GeForce 8200-ITX WiFi mini-ITX motherboard

ZOTAC GeForce 8200-ITX WiFi mini-ITX motherboard

Motherboard manufacturer ZOTAC have unveiled the GeForce 8200-ITX WiFi, a mini-ITX 'board complete with integrated NVIDIA GeForce 8200 mGPU, WiFi b/g, an AMD Phenom, Athlon and Sempron-compatible AM2+ socket and support for up to 8GB of DDR2 memory.  Despite the compact size (mini-ITX boards measure 17cm square), the GeForce 8200-ITX WiFi is capable of playing back high-def video with hardware decoding together with upscaling regular-definition content.

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Foxconn might be leaving branded motherboards behind

Foxconn might be leaving branded motherboards behind

A new rumor is floating around about Foxconn that we just had to share. Apparently Foxconn Electronics might be leaving the branded motherboard industry and it's interesting to think about what that could mean.

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VIA VB8001 Mini-ITX board with Nano processor

VIA VB8001 Mini-ITX board with Nano processor

VIA have taken the wraps off of their first Mini-ITX board to use the company's Nano processor, the replacement to the low-power C7-M.  The VIA VB8001 board features the 1.6GHz processor itself, support for up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM, gigabit ethernet and two SATA ports.  There's also a mini-PC slot for adding wireless broadband cards. 

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ASUS P6T Deluxe Core i7 motherboard reviewed: blandly delivers

ASUS P6T Deluxe Core i7 motherboard reviewed: blandly delivers

Intel are gearing up to launch their new Core i7 processor, formerly known as 'Nehalem', and so manufacturers are starting to put out compatible motherboards.  Register Hardware have had the ASUS P6T Deluxe on the test bench, complete with six DDR3 RAM slots, 16+2-phase power design, three PCI Express 2.0 slots and onboard Crossfire and SLI.  However, because the Core i7 isn't actually officially released yet, they can't tell us exact processor performance figures.

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Portwell Nano-8044: first nano-ITX board with Intel Atom CPU

Portwell Nano-8044: first nano-ITX board with Intel Atom CPU

Motherboard manufacturer Portwell have begun shipping what they're calling the first nano-ITX 'board based on Intel's Atom processor.  The Nano-8044 is a 4.72-inch square that supports up to 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a CompactFlash drive via an onboard socket, an SD card and an IDE drive.  It's also apparently cool-running enough to be used fanless, and is offered with either the 1.6GHz Intel Z530 or the 1.1GHz Z510 CPU.

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Galaxy adds Atom to full-sized ATX motherboard

Galaxy adds Atom to full-sized ATX motherboard

Intel's Atom CPU might have been initially intended for netbooks and other low-power ultraportables, but that didn't stop desktop manufacturers eyeing up the efficient chip for use in stationary PCs.  ASUS' Eee Box is one such example: Atom's low heat output and mild thirst for electricity add up to an economical and compact desktop.  However what you see here certainly isn't compact; it's a full ATX motherboard, complete with five PCI slots, and an Atom CPU soldered on.

Dual-Core Intel Atom 330 back on track for September launch

Dual-Core Intel Atom 330 back on track for September launch

Intel have announced some good news for anybody looking for increased performance over the current single core Atom CPU.  The dual-core Atom 330, most recently reported delayed until Q4 2008, now looks to be close to its original launch estimate; Intel are suggesting the chip will be available in September this year.  More details of the motherboard/chip package have also been released.

VIA EPIA N700: lowest-profile Nano-ITX board yet

VIA EPIA N700: lowest-profile Nano-ITX board yet

VIA have taken the wraps off of another Nano-ITX board, the EPIA N700, the first with the company's VX800 unified all-in-one media system processor.  With a choice of 1.5GHz VIA C7 or 500MHz VIA Eden processors, what makes the N700 so compact is that video, graphics and connectivity are all handled by the VX800 chip.  Just 33 x 33m, it includes a VIA Chrome 9 graphics core and HD video processor.

VIA drop motherboard chipset arm to focus on CPUs

VIA drop motherboard chipset arm to focus on CPUs

VIA have confirmed that they will be abandoning their chipset business, concentrating instead on their own x86 processors and integrated motherboards.  The move comes, according to Richard Brown, vice president of corporate marketing in Taiwan, as the end-point of a long term transition to processors, prompted by the company's realisation that Intel and AMD would both corner the market in own-name chipsets and third-party offerings from VIA would be edged out.

NVIDIA rumored to exit chipset business

NVIDIA rumored to exit chipset business

NVIDIA are preparing to pull out of the motherboard business, according to a report by DigiTimes.  Citing "sources close to the situation", it's claimed that NVIDIA called a meeting with manufacturing partners earlier this week to examine what degree of support their ongoing chipset development would receive; the partners' response was apparently poor enough to prompt the company to cut its losses.

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