Introduced back on May 23, 2006 was AMD's Socket AM2. While these processors really did not bring too much to the table other then a DDR2-800 memory controller several motherboard vendors began offering up their new AM2 supportive products. One of the manufacturers that had began offering new products in late May and early June during Computex Taipei 2006 was ASUSTek Computer Inc. ASUS is certainly no newcomer to Phoronix as we have had their products in our labs in the past, and they are renowned with computer enthusiasts and gamers. While the AM2 processors at this time do not deliver too many direct benefits over Socket 939, in front of us today is the M2N32-SLI Deluxe WiFi motherboard, which does deliver on several new ASUSTek enhancements. Not only does this motherboard come with all the usual ASUS innovations we have been accustom to seeing for some time now on their enthusiast products, but also they are now making it more versatile than ever before. Of the extras is an array microphone, 802.11g WiFi-AP Solo, Q-Connector Kit, and the ATX motherboard being powered by an NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI Chipset. With all of the features as well as the price tag for this beast ASUS is certainly targeting the high-end enthusiast market. However, is it a hit or a miss for this award winning company?
6 July 2006
After looking at the Tyan Tempest i5000XL yesterday, today we are featuring a small preview of the Tiger i7520SD S5365. Rather than taking the Woodcrest LGA-771 route, the Tiger i7520SD features the Lindenhurst Chipset and wields dual mPGA479 sockets for use with Intel's Xeon LV Sossaman processors.
11 June 2006
With Computex Taipei 2006 wrapping up today, Tyan Computer Corporation was again a heavy-hitter at this year's expo. If you will recall from our coverage last year, Tyan was first to launch an 8-way server solution that was capable of handling up to eight AMD Opteron's in a 4+4 board configuration. This June, Tyan once again has a slew of new products reaching the market. In fact, Tyan has seven new Xeon motherboards based upon the LGA-771 socket that are compatible with Intel Dempsey and Woodcrest processors. Today we have a preview of the Tempest i5000XL.
10 June 2006
Back on May 23, we had delivered our launch-day preview of the AMD Socket AM2, and with that, we had also taken a quick look at ASRock's AM2NF4G-SATA2 motherboard. Now that we have had the time to complete our testing of this nForce 410 motherboard, we have the remainder of our results available today.
4 June 2006
With the AM2 launch this morning, AMD's partners have been quick to jump on this bandwagon with a whole arsenal of new motherboards. Of the products to be shown at this year's Computex Taipei event is the ASRock AM2NF4G-SATA2. Not only does price differentiate this motherboard from the newly established Socket AM2 competition, but also the ASRock AM2NF4G-SATA2 relies upon the already existing GeForce 6100 and nForce 410.
23 May 2006
The ECS C19-A SLI is an all-around great SLI motherboard for Intel users. The board formally supports Scalable Link Interface using the NVIDIA C19XE + MCP51 Chipset. Other features for this budget solution include Gigabit LAN, and Realtek 8-channel audio. The overclocking abilities are also surprising.
15 May 2006
When looking at some of ASRock's recent motherboard offerings, we at Phoronix have been stunned by their budget yet creative products. These motherboards range from the 939SLI32-eSATA2 to the 775XFire-eSATA2. Here at Phoronix we have the 939NF4G-SATA2 motherboard. The ASRock 939NF4G-SATA2 motherboard uses NVIDIA's GeForce 6100 and nForce 410 MCP Chipset.
27 April 2006
At the beginning of last month we published our preview of the ASRock 939SLI32-eSATA2, however, now that Fedora Core 5 was released two weeks ago, and we have in our hands the NVIDIA 1.0-8751 Beta Linux display drivers, we are prepared to deliver the remainder of this article. This portion of the article includes the Linux compatibility, overclocking, and of course, its performance by means of benchmarks.
2 April 2006
What we have our hands on today is the first publicly released motherboard that not only boasts support for AMD's future AM2 Socket, but also is also supportive of NVIDIA's Scalable Link Interface with both of the contenders running at their full PCI Express x16 speeds. In addition, it also packs in an IEEE-1394 Firewire controller as well as a Gigabit ethernet controller! You ask who is the manufacturer of the motherboard? None other than ASRock surprisingly makes this product. Has ASRock clearly broken its "budget" motherboards seal when it comes to the new 939SLI32-eSATA2? We have the ASRock 939SLI32-eSATA2 at our Phoronix facilities today as we investigate this ULI M1697 + M1695 solution.
1 March 2006
ECS Elitegroup has been in the motherboard business since 1987, and their design quality certainly shows with their PF5 Extreme. The ECS PF5 Extreme packs in dual PCI Express slots, dual LAN interfaces, ECSonic II, and a wealth of other exclusives with this Socket LGA-775 solution, which is powered by Intel's 945 Chipset. However, just how well will it fair against alternative Glenwood and Lakeport products? Today we have the ECS PF5 Extreme today to look at how well this multi-colored solution performs.
24 February 2006
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