You may have heard that AMD's resurrecting its "FX" brand for top flight processors, which the chip maker promises will "enable an over-the-top experience for PC enthusiasts." Cost could be a barrier, but if it's any consolation for power users on a budget, Gigabyte claims it's the first to bring AM3+ CPU support to entry level motherboards, providing do-it-yourself system builders with an affordable foundation for AMD's upcoming FX series.
Have you ever dreamed of a future where you could hold fully functional x86 computer in the palm of your hand capable of playing back not just one, but two 1080p video streams at once? We can’t imagine why you would, but hey it certainly makes for an awesome tech demo right? A little known company by the name of Habey has released the SOM-6670 E6XX, a post it note sized computer module sporting the Atom E600 1.0 Ghz CPU, along with an integrated GMA600 GPU.
You can't get enough Three's Company reruns, your lucky number is 3, and this one time back in college you and two other co-eds, well, never mind on that last bit. The point is some of the best things often come in threes, but Gigabyte has a different magic number in mind. The motherboard maker just launched its Super4 mobo series, the latest range of next-generation motherboards based on Intel's H61 chipset "equipped with the very best components and a comprehensive range of unique features that raise the bar for mainstream desktop PCs."
Does Asus have a chip on its shoulder? The company showed up swinging at the Computex expo in Taiwan with the official announcement of the PadFone yesterday, and today, it unleashed a torrent of PC-related products upon the drooling crowds. Souped-up notebooks, motherboards, graphics cards, peripherals and full-blown gaming PCs – most sporting the Republic of Gamers brand – were on display as Asus tried to offer a solution for every gamer who ever even thought about playing Crysis.
Gigabyte has no intention of being caught short handed once AMD's Bulldozer platform rolls into town. Getting a jump on the new CPUs, Gigabyte just added three more AM3+ boards to its lineup, all of which sport AMD's AM3+ socket. These include the rather plain-named GA-990FXA-UD3, GA-990FXA-D3, and GA-990XA-UD3.
Having a Maximum PC mindset might not always mesh with what's left in your bank account at the end of the month, and so sacrifices have to be made. Do you raid the kids' piggy banks to fund that swank solid state drive upgrade, or try and get by with a mechanical hard drive that offers a fraction of the performance but tons more space per dollar? Thanks to Gigabyte, the latter option looks a little more attractive when paired with its new Z68XP-UD3-iSSD motherboard than it otherwise would be.
Don't you hate it when leaked pictures of future products pop up on the web, but they turn out all blurry like a kid with a $10 Kodak snapped the photos? Yeah, we do too, but luckily that isn't what we have here. Mysteriously manifesting out of the deepest corners of cyberspace are several closeups of MSI's upcoming Bulldozer board, the 990FX-GD6A.
Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) is doing its best to shed its old reputation as strictly a budget board maker by focusing on higher end chipsets. That includes AMD's upcoming 990FX chipset, the one built for Bulldozer sporting a new AM3+ socket. This is the chipset enthusiasts will reach for when popping in new four-, six-, and even eight-core processors.
And off we go! Now that Intel has officially outed its Z68 Express chipset, the announcements from hardware vendors pitching new products are rolling in. One of those is from MSI who just unveiled a couple of Z68 motherboards (socket 1155), one of which features support for both CrossFireX and SLI.
On the surface, it’s easy to shrug your shoulders and say “meh” at Intel’s new Z68 chipset.
It doesn’t, for example, add any more than the two SATA 6GB/s ports that the P67 had nor does it add native USB 3.0. The single x16 PCI-E 2.0 isn’t improved either (nor can it be because those are within the CPU). But that’s doesn't mean the Z68 isn't an important step forward.
In fact, the improvements it brings to the table are actually uniquely compelling. Read on for our analysis of Intel's latest chipset.