ASUS Maximus Extreme

ASUS Maximus Extreme @ PCStats

“The Asus Maximus Extreme motherboard PCSTATS is testing today is based around Intel’s X38 Express and ICH9R chipsets. It comes absolutely loaded with features, almost too much in fact. The Maximus Extreme motherboard supports Socket 775 Intel processors running on an 800/1066/1333/1600 MHz FSB, which means and is compatible with Intel Celeron D, Pentium 4/D/XE and Core 2 Duo/Quad processors, including the new 45nm Penryn.”

MSI X48 Platinum

MSI X48 Platinum @ TweakTown

“We have already tested the X48 chipset in its DDR2 variant (that’s right, because it’s a direct descendant of the X38 it keeps the dual mode memory controller); the DDR2 version has already managed to produce some better scores than the X38 DDR2 thanks to its increased FSB support. Today we are moving onto X48 in DDR3 form.”

MSI K9A2 Platinum

MSI K9A2 Platinum @ Digit Life

“The central feature of this motherboard, which can be used by MSI as a competitive advantage, is alternating graphics and non-graphics slots. So you can build a Quad CrossFire system even with two-slot graphics cards, for example, Radeon HD 3870 with the reference cooler.”

Foxconn P35AP-S

Foxconn P35AP-S @ Madshrimps

“In our latest P35 motherboard round-up we had the Foxconn P35AP-S to test. It featured both ddr2 and ddr3 memory compatibility, which introduced a few unknown problems. We asked Foxconn if they planned to fix the problem, not long afterwards we got a response.”

ASUS P5K Deluxe/WiFi-AP

ASUS P5K Deluxe/WiFi-AP @ Gamepyre

“Intel has done an excellent job with their P35 chipset and it supports virtually every feature on the market with the exception of 1600MHz FSB CPUs and PCI Express 2.0 bandwidth, both of which are new to the market with the X38 chipset from Intel. The P5K Deluxe Wi-Fi AP Edition board is an excellent example of the P35 chipset with enough features to suit the enthusiast and enough expansion room to grow for even the hardest core enthusiast.”

Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6

Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 @ PCStats

“The Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 board supports 800/1066/1333/1600 MHz Intel Celeron D, Pentium 4/D/XE and Core 2 Duo/Quad processors. This platform comes equipped with DDR2 memory slots, and can be installed with a maximum of 8GB of DDR2-1066 MHz memory. Gigabyte went this route because the price premium on DDR3 memory is still pretty heavy. By choosing to pair the X38 Express with DDR2, early adopters can use their current memory instead of spending a fortune on all new DDR3 modules like these.”

ASUS Maximus Formula

ASUS Maximus Formula @ Think COmputers

“If you know what a motherboard is, chances are pretty good that you have heard of Asus. Between their enthusiast and OEM motherboards, they have built a significant number of the motherboards in PCs throughout the world. They also build nearly every other component found in a PC…video cards, sound cards, power supplies, LAN and WLAN products, chassis, optical drives, and whatever else.”

Gigabyte GA-X38T-DQ6

Gigabyte GA-X38T-DQ6 @ TweakTown

“Today we have a new candidate in our labs for consideration, GIGABYTE’s X38T-DQ6. The “T” series of the GIGABYTE boards denotes that it is a DDR3 variant of an already existing DDR2 model.

X38 based motherboards are soon to take a nose dive in price since the chipset is due to be replaced as the enthusiast offering by the X48 which we have already managed to get our hands on and test in both DDR2 and DDR3 flavours.”

Foxconn Mars

Foxconn Mars @ OC Club

“One area that I was especially impressed with was the ease with which a failed overclock recovered. I found myself pushing so far out of bounds that the hardware had no chance of booting. Boot to a few warning beeps, a shut down and presto, a perfect boot at the default processor and memory settings. Not once did it fail to recover.”

MSI K9A2 Platinum

MSI K9A2 Platinum @ Neoseeker

“I was quite pleased with how well the MSI K9A2 Platinum overclocked – it managed to reach 270MHz HT speed stably; granted this is lower than the 300MHz the M2N32-SLI can reach, but it is very good for a Socket
AM2 motherboard nonetheless.”