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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.

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.

VIA Pico-ITX EPIA P700 motherboard for low-profile installs

VIA Pico-ITX EPIA P700 motherboard for low-profile installs

VIA have done a little extra shaving and come up with their latest Pico-ITX motherboard, the EPIA P700.  By replacing the traditional ports with in-line I/O header pins, there's been enough room for VIA to include an integrated power adaptor, while still keeping the whole thing down to just 10cm x 7.2cm.  Accessory boards add normal ports, or you can simply wire up whichever connections you need.

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