Gigabyte X48-DQ6

Gigabyte X48-DQ6 @ TweakTown

“Today we have a look at the Intel X48 chipset for the first time. While it has a new name, things haven’t changed; in fact, X48 is essentially an X38 chipset that has been hand picked to run higher clock speeds and to support the 1600MHz FSB CPU when Intel finally releases it sometime this year.”

XFX nForce 780i SLI

XFX nForce 780i SLI @ Bit-Tech

“There are less partners involved in the reference design this time around, unlike with the nForce 680i SLI which had half a dozen typically graphics companies joining the motherboard fold to sell the same board. Instead, we have a far greater differentiation from a range of Tier 1 motherboard manufacturers like Asus, Gigabyte, MSI and Foxconn with nForce 780i SLI.”

ASUS P5K3 Premium Black Pearl Edition

ASUS P5K3 Premium Black Pearl Edition @ OC Club

“When the time comes to purchase a new system, one of the things that you will purchase is a new motherboard. The dilemma you face is which one to get, and how much will it cost. AMD or Intel? Chipset? Manufacturer? Features? Oooohh, so many questions that it makes your head spin. New technology always brings along new hardware. That leads us to the subject of this article.”

XFX nForce 780i SLI

XFX nForce 780i SLI @ PC Per

“Despite the unique naming conventions of NVIDIA chipset division, you can clearly see that from a feature stand point not much has changed from the 680i block diagram we saw in 2006. We are still connected to the Intel CPU with a 1333 MHz front-side bus while the two chips in the 780i communicate via a HyperTransport connection. The chipset’s memory controller is still rated at DDR2-800 MHz memory though with SLI Memory it can automatically overclock as high as 1200 MHz.”

Foxconn X38A Digital Life

Foxconn X38A Digital Life @ TweakTown

“Foxconn has been one of the first to give an X38 based motherboard both DDR2 and DDR3 support on the same board. In total you get four DDR2 memory slots which are coloured dark blue and yellow. Two light blue DDR3 memory slots are also included to allow you to upgrade to DDR3 later down the track if you so desire.”

Foxconn DigitaLife X38A

Foxconn DigitaLife X38A @ PCStats

“In this review PCSTATS is testing out Foxconn’s DigitaLife X38A motherboard, an Intel X38 Express and Intel ICH9R platform that supports both DDR2 and DDR3 memory formats. The Foxconn X38A works with 45nm Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors, and every other socket 775 CPU that runs on a 800/1066/1333MHz Front Side Bus.”

ASUS P5K3 Deluxe WiFi-AP

ASUS P5K3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @ Benchmark Reviews

“Market forecasts predict DDR3 memory poised to replace its predecessor DDR2 as the main volume product for 2008. Already aware of this, memory chip manufacturers like Micron, Samsung, Hynix, and Qimonda have begun tooling up for mass production. As a result we should finally start to see the dizzying prices of DDR3 come down – being affordable will no doubt help to spur adoption in the market.”

ASUS Blitz Extreme

ASUS Blitz Extreme @ OC Club

“I never thought I would be able to pull more performance out of my existing hardware. My CPU has hit walls from 440 to 470 FSB on other boards but usually I could coax another 5 FSB from it with extreme voltages. As it turns out, the old Quad had a little more life left in it after all. 490 x 7 was stable in Memtest 1.70 but would crash upon loading Windows.”

Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L

Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L @ X-Bit Labs

“We were very pleased with Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L mainboard: smart PCB design, pretty rich set of connectors, features and functions. We admired easy and quick processor overclocking procedure. Read more in our review!”

ASUS Maximus Formula (Non-SE)

ASUS Maximus Formula (Non-SE) @ Bjorn3D

“Today we intend to not only review the ASUS® Maximus Formula but perform the review using a somewhat different approach that we hope is a precursor to something really unique and exciting for our readers. We’ll detail the changes we’ve made when we get to the ‘Testing Methodology’ section of the review where the change actually are implemented.”