Citing un-named sources who mingle behind the scenes at motherboard makers, DigiTimes claims first-tier mobo manufacturers are keeping conservative with third-quarter shipping estimates. Blaming a drop in the worldwide economy, Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI are expecting to maintain sequential shipments growth of just 15 percent while focusing on the mid- to high-end markets.
The forecast gets even bleaker in the entry-level to mid-range segments. Both ECS and Foxconn have been suffering through a shipments decline since the beginning of the year, and DigiTimes reports it will be more of the same in the second half of 2008.
Asus and MSI both expect the continued expansion of their notebook business to pick up the slack and result in a surge in third quarter performance.
Decide for yourself which is more impressive - that someone managed to set a new frontside-bus world record, or the fact that it was achieved using a Biostar motherboard. In Biblical speak, this would be like David taking on not only Goliath, but several giants with names like Asus and DFI. But this time it wasn't one of the usual suspects, and an overclocker who goes by the name Youngpro managed to maneuver the Biostar TPower I45 board's FSB all the way up to 725MHz, or an effective 2,900MHz quad-pumped. It took a healthy dose of LN2 to get there, making the achievement impractical for anything other than setting records, but Biostar? Also impressive (though not record setting), Youngpro pushed his Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 up from 3.16GHz to 5.07GHz in the process.
We knew something was up when Nvidia officials were light on details concerning its 780i chipset during a recent press briefing. Normally quite happy to toot its hardware horn, Nvidia practically skipped the PowerPoint slide on the chipset. Why? Like Intel’s x48, the 780i isn’t really that new. In fact, those familiar with the 680i are well acquainted with the 780i, which is pretty much a 680i with an extra chip (interestingly named the Nforce 200) thrown in to add PCI-E 2.0 support and a full x16 tri-SLI mode.
Motherboard naming conventions have never been easy to follow, but Asus threw us for a loop with its P5E3 Premium board. Is it an even better version of the stellar P5E3 Deluxe that we reviewed in January? Nope. The board actually features Intel’s newest enthusiast x48 chipset, which is, umm, 10 more than the x38 used in the P5E Deluxe board.