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.
Remember MSI's Big Bang Fuzion the company announced a couple of weeks ago during CES? If you've been holding out for this board, the wait is over, because it's now available for purchase. The caveat? Newegg's selling it for about $380 shipped, or about half a tank gas short of four C-notes.
Part of the reason for the high price probably has to do with the Lucid Hydra 200 chip. Unlike the regularly used NF200 bridge chip, this one allows users to mix and match different brands of videocards for a multi-GPU gaming boost, as well as cards from different generations. For example, you could combine a GTX 285 with a GTX 250, or run an ATI HD 4890 with Nvidia's GTX 260+ (both of these scenarios were benchmarked at PCPerspective).
Aside from the multi-GPU goodness, the P55-based Fuzion brings to the table Core i7/i5/i3 support, four DDR3-2133(OC) memory slots for up to 16GB of RAM, three PCI-E x16 slots, 8 USB 2.0 ports, Firewire, a pair of eSATA ports, and the usual assortment of goodies (RAID 0/1/5/10, dual LAN ports, etc).
It’s no secret that we haven’t exactly had great love for Intel’s motherboards of late. Heck, we once openly wondered why the hell Intel even bothered to make enthusiast boards anymore.
Intel’s LGA1156 DP55KG, aka Kingsberg, board doesn’t erase all of our misgivings, but it does make us think that Intel is at least trying rather than phoning it in.
Take the SATA-port placement. Most enthusiast boards use forward-facing SATA ports to get around today’s honking-big graphics cards. But Intel’s X48 and X58 boards had all SATA ports pointing straight up. It was as though Intel was in denial over the size and importance of today’s GPUs. The DP55KG finally remedies that flaw by aiming all eight SATA ports forward. Want more proof that Intel is learning? The DP55KG even includes an Intel-branded SLI bridge—something we thought we’d never see.
Other nice enthusiast touches include a surface-mounted power-on switch and a decorative skull backlit by blue LEDs. Even cooler, the skull’s eyes are lit by red LEDs that indicate drive access. We also like the PCI-E slots Intel selected. The slot size corresponds to the signaling, so you can easily figure out that the x4 slot is x4, and the x8 is x8. Those same slots, however, also accept a full-length physical x16 card. Most boards use full-length x16 physical slots with x4 or x8 electrical plumbing, which leaves you guessing about which is which.