Details of two new, so-far unannounced ASUS mainboards have emerged, with one apparently tipping the imminent arrival of the AMD 890GX chipset expected to be part of AMD's upcoming Leo platform. The ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 not only supports the new six-core Thuban processors, but squeezes in two USB 3.0 ports alongside its Radeon HD 4290 integrated graphics and two PCI Express Gen2 x16 slots.
A shortage of Intel G41 chipsets have supposedly pushed motherboard manufacturers to AMD’s competing products, according to a DigiTimes report, with a spate of unexpected orders overwhelming the 8-inch fab plant responsible for their production. According to motherboard manufacturers, attempts to encourage Intel to maintain the cheaper G31 chipset failed, and as such companies have been forced to switch to the newer G41.
Is there anything the humble Bluetooth cellphone can't do? ASUS have announced their latest Republic of Gamers mainboard, the ROG Maximus III Extreme, and the Core i5/i7 'board not only supports all the usual high-speed gubbins but allows you to control the system settings from your cellphone.
VIA have announced their latest embedded device mainboard, and if you thought Pico-ITX had been spending too much time among the pie-aisles then the VIA Mobile-ITX form factor should please you. Measuring 6 x 6 cm - 50-percent smaller than Pico-ITX, in fact - the board is a computer-on-system module incorporating CPU, memory and chipset, and is intended to be paired with IO boards offering various degrees of connectivity.
MSI teased us with a few tidbits on that awesome Big Bang mainboard at the end of September, and I really want one. MSI has issued a new press release that gives more details on the mainboard and promises that it will launch soon, but MSI gives no specific date for the board to hit market.
VIA's Nano-ITX boards have already acquired something of a following among people building tiny embedded computers, HTPC-style media streamers or other compact gadgets, but what happens if you want to take your media-PC-in-a-toaster to the nearest desert or mountain top? Step forward the VIA EPIA N700-10EW, an unassuming name for a low-power board capable of running in temperatures from minus 20-degrees centigrade to plus 70-degrees.
In case you can't read the helpful legends in the image below, you're looking eye-to-port at what promises to be the first motherboard with dual SuperSpeed USB 3.0. The ASUS P6X58 Premium is designed for Intel's Core i7 CPU range, and has six DDR3 memory slots, three PCI Express 2.0 slots and the usual bevy of USB 2.0 ports and headers; however, ASUS have also thrown in a pair of USB 3.0 ports capable of a theoretical 4.8Gbps transfer rate.
Motherboards may not often be the most exciting of components, but you won't get far with your PC build without one. ASUS have announced their latest "Xtreme Design" series 'board, the P6TD Deluxe, and while the box design may be sober the spec-sheet certainly isn't. Core i7 and Core i7 Extreme CPU compatibility, up to 24GB of DDR3 2000 RAM supported over six DIMM slots and three PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots make for a capable, compact motherboard.
VIA have announced a new media server Mini-ITX board, the VIA VB8002, running the company's 1.6GHz Nano processor and offering HDTV output and 7.1 HD surround sound. The VB8002 uses VIA's CX700M2 media system processor, and should be able to connect with pretty much any display you have, digital or analog: ports include DVI, S-Video, component and composite, together with coaxial and optical S/PDIF for digital audio.
VIA have announced the VIA IVP-7500 board, what it's calling the first in a series of dedicated x86-based in-car PC platforms. Based on a fanless 1.0GHz VIA Eden CPU and supporting up to 1GB of DDR2 memory, the IVP-7500 measures 114 x 185.5mm and can be embedded in the dashboard, fitted to a one- or two-DIN radio-sized box, or hidden in the seat or headrest.