Gigabyte is apparently taking this whole USB 3.0 thing pretty seriously and is stoked that two of its P55-based motherboards -- GA-P55A-UD7 and GA-P55A-UD5 -- have passed official certification by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF).
But the SuperSpeed buck doesn't stop there. Gigabyte says it is "aggressively adopting USB 3.0" on all of nearly its platforms, including the Intel X58, P55, H57, P45, and P43 chipsets, as well as AMD 790FX, 790X, 770, and 785G chipsets.
"We are investing heavily in developing the USB 3.0 ecosystem and are overjoyed to see that the majority of motherboards listed on the SuperSpeed USB Compliance Web page are from GIGABYTE," said Henry Kao, Senior Vice President, Motherboard Business Unit, GIGABYTE Technology Co. Ltd. "As the Windows® 7 upgrade cycle progresses, we are finding that onboard USB 3.0 is a powerful deal clincher as consumers look to future-proof their new purchases with the very latest technologies and specifications. As such, the timing for the introduction of USB 3.0 could not be better, and we are excited about working with the USB-IF to ramp up SuperSpeed adoption and explore the new possibilities that it has to offer."
Gigabyte is getting a bit of help from NEC, which is providing the uPD720200 host controller for all of the company's USB 3.0 compliant boards. In addition, a handful of models also feature 3x USB power boost, which you can read more about here.
ASRock recently stated it wanted to start targeting the enthusiast crowd, and making good on that intention, the company will start slapping a new UCC chip onto its motherboards.
So what's the big deal? UCC stands for Unlock CPU Core, and as you might have guessed, it's designed to make easy-work out of turning AMD's triple-core processors into unlocked quad-core parts. All you do is go into the BIOS, enter one of the options, and if the parts play nice together, you'll be sitting pretty with four cores where previously there were three.
The best part about this is ASRock said it intends to plop the UCC chip onto entry-level motherboards too. This tactic of putting high-end features onto lower-priced parts has helped ASRock build a following, and something like this could go a long way in upping the company's geek cred.
Wasting very little time, Gigabyte today announced what it claims is the first AMD 6-core CPU-ready motherboard, the socket AM3 GA-890GPA-UD3H.
This is the first board to feature AMD's 890GX chipset paried with the new SB850 southbridge, resulting in native support for SATA 6Gbps, up to six devices in all. The southbridge also allows for SATA 6Gbps RAID support, another industry first according to Gigabyte.
"Giving users power over their high definition content is really at the heart of what the GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H is all about," commented Tim Handley, Deputy Director of Motherboard Marketing at GIGABYTE Technology Co. Ltd. "Not only does the GA-890GPA-UD3H deliver the industry’s highest performing integrated graphics solution with flawless HD video playback, but enabling SATA 6 Gbps with RAID functionality, USB 3.0 support and GIGABYTE 3x Power Boost means that users are able to spend less time waiting for their content to transfer, and more time to actually enjoy it."
Other features include USB 3.0 support, integrated ATI Radeon HD 4290 graphics with 128MB DDR3 sideport memory, two PCI-E 2.0 x16 graphics slots, dual-channel DDR3-1866+ support, 3X USB power delivery, HDMI, and a few other odds and ends.
Who says you have to sacrifice functionality when putting together a micro-ATX build? Not MSI, who just unveiled its 890GXM-G65 motherboard.
MSI's latest board includes a bevy of higher-end and forward-thinking features, including SATA 3.0 support. Perhaps more usable in the short-term, the 890GXM-G65 also boasts native support for USB 3.0.
You'll also find a few goodies of interest to overclockers that aren't often found on mATX boards. MSI touts "military-grade" electronics components, all solid caps, solid state choke to reduce noise, a heatpipe design MSI claims can result in average operating temps of 52C, and the company's latest OC Genie Lite overclocking technology.
Other features include HDMI and DVI outputs, integrated ATI Radeon HD 4290 graphics, and lossless 24-bit/192kHz HD audio.
My motherboard will not read dual-channel memory. It’s a Biostar TForce 4; the CPU is an AMD 64 X2 dual-core at 3.2GHz with 4GB of DDR/400 RAM. On boot it only reads single-channel RAM. Is my motherboard going bad?
Read the Doctor's answer for Richard after the jump.
ASRock's aggressive strategy to build upon its branded motherboard business appears to be working, and in a big way. The second-tier mobo maker reported net profits of about $34.8 million on consolidated revenues of a little over $300.1 million. That's a jump of 62.7 percent in sales and 65.2 percent in profits, DigiTimes reports.
The numbers are promising for ASRock, to the say the least, but even more so considering the company recently said it wanted to start targeting the high end market. And it has the production to do so. ASRock shipped about 7 million of its own-branded motherboards in 2009, putting the company on par with MSI and ECS, both of which have been jockeying for the No. 3 spot in global branded mobos.
According to previous reports, ASRock has a good chance of doing even better in 2010 and could ship 9 million motherboards.
The 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) introduced a bunch of new SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) peripherals with more to come. With USB 3.0 promising performance as much as ten times faster than USB 2.0, you'll want to add USB 3.0's digital goodness to your system as soon as you can. So, what do you need to know to make it work? Whether you have a desktop or mobile PC, we survey your options and help you zero in on your best choices.
You've heard of the saying about aiming for the moon, so that even if you miss, you'll still be among the stars. For ASRock, that means trying to ship 9 million motherboards this year, or 7 million more than the company shipped in 2009.
Should the company meet its goal, ASRock would become the third largest mobo vendor behind Asus and Gigabyte, stars in their own right. That's an appealing notion to ASRock chairman Ted Hsu, who said his company is currently working on building its brand recognition.
In addition to motherboards, ASRock also plans to expand its branded PC business, mostly in Europe, as well as introduce a smart surveillance system product line. But unlike some of its competitors, ASRock says it has no intention of jumping into the highly competitive graphics card market.
I’m planning my next build, and I’m having a hard time deciding between a motherboard with the X58 chipset or one with P55. Is triple-channel RAM worth paying extra for? I plan to keep this PC for three years (until the motherboard warranty expires) and I’m worried that in three years there’ll be 9x-channel RAM or something crazy like that. I’m a heavy gamer but I don’t do anything else that requires a ton of memory—I don’t use AutoDesk or Maya.
The EVGA W555 made a brief cameo appearance at CES but the guys at bit-tech managed to get some fantastic tidbits of information about the new workstation/server board. Notably, that it was designed with overclocking and enthusiast level performance in mind.
The quick and dirty facts are that it features dual overclockable LGA1366 sockets, each with a dedicated bank of six DDR3 slots. To top it off, it features seven PCI-E 2.0 slots with dynamic lane configurations and will be certified for SLI and CrossFire. Underneath the massive heatsink/fan are reportedly two nForce 200 controllers as well as an Intel 5520 chip. Further, it features eight SATA ports, 6 running on a 3Gb/sec and two running at 6Gb/sec.
Basically, you couldn’t really ask for too much more out of a motherboard of this caliber. Unfortunately, pricing and other model configurations haven’t been released. The board itself is to be released later this year.