Maingear is a new company to me, but apparently they make boutique, one off custom gaming PC’s. Word on the streets is they are pretty good at it too since NVIDIA entrusted them to make the computers that they sent around to the press to show off their new 3-way SLI system.
There are two, the P5E3 Premium WiFi-AP @n, and the Rampage Formula motherboard. They both feature the X48 chipset with the ICH9R Southbridge and Intel Fast Memory access, they both also accept Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Quad, and Core 2 Duo processors, they both have dual gigabit Ethernet, 8-channel HD audio, and system bus’ up to 1600MHz as well as DDR3 support.
Many companies went green last year, and Asus is being more innovative on their Green initiative. Asus’s new P5E3 Premium motherboard uses a new solution to make it more energy efficient - this solution is called ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit).
So it looks like SlashGear just got their first MacBook Air, although I don’t foresee Vincent taking it apart anytime soon, at least not to this extent. So instead we have the pics from the folks over at iFixit as they slowly take apart the computer.
Once you get the initial bottom cover and battery off, everything else seems to be object oriented. What I mean by that is that there is the motherboard, but from there on, everything else is broken down into modules based on what they do, and then they all just connect to the motherboard.
With this new chipset you’ll see the C73 northbridge and the MCP55 southbridge chipset. As far as what that means, it means the motherboard will be able to support up to a 1600MHz front side bus.
For those that don’t know, eSATA is a version of the SATA connector that works externally, allowing you the same speeds of an internal drive with all the hassle of USB, except it requires a separate power cord. Bus powered refers to ability to transfer the necessary amount of power to operate the drive over the single connection, much like a lot of the newer bus-powered external USB hard drives.
This is about as cutting edge as I’ve seen a motherboard in a long time, lets start with the fact that it supports the Intel Yorkfield CPUs. From there we’ll move on to the 3-way SLI capability (can’t you see the 3 PCIe x16 slots?) and the 1333MHz FSB speed.
To do this you need 5 things, the first, an nVidia nForce 850 SLI MCP motherboard, 3 8800 GTX or Ultra cards and a near endless budget to afford all of that. So, up until now, you had your choice of dual-card SLI or quad-SLI, the latter was really just a dual-card SLI setup, but with 2 double cards, now you have the choice of 3 cards.
Making a new motherboard with some old-ass technology should be against the law. I mean this thing supports AGP video cards and has an nForce chipset that four series’ old.
They combined the M1695 PCI Express bridge and the nForce 3 chipsets on one motherboard and called it the AliveDual eSATA2. That basically means it will support almost all AMD processors still available on the open market, and you have your choice of PCI or AGP graphics.
Both are sporting HDMI, a new Intel graphics chipset, the 1333MHz FSB, DDR2 800MHz (up to 8GB) and so much more. They matched the new G35 chipset with the also new ICH9R chipset, which isn’t what was intended to be paired with the G35 chipset, instead it was supposed to use the ICH8-series chips.
The G35 chipset is what brings us the GMA X3500 integrated Intel graphics that support DX10, OpenGL 2.0, and Shader Model 4.0. The P5E-VM model is a mATX motherboard while the other one is a standard ATX motherboard. The full size ATX board also appears to have support for Crossfire if you are interested, the mATX board has one x16 PCIe slot, the other one is x1 or x4.