AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition

AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition @ Guru3D

“It’s now April 2008 and AMD released their Phenom X4 50-series processors, with an all new fixed B3 core, hopefully they can now leave the past behind them and move forward with a processor that can actually start competing with the competition. The leading ‘flagship’ processor is the Phenom X4 9850 BE runs at a 2.5 GHz clock frequency at a full 2.0 GHz HT 3.0 speed at a 1.2-1.3V voltage and 125W TDP.”

Gigabyte EP35-DS4

Gigabyte EP35-DS4 @ Bjorn3D

“For this article we will put one of these new Gigabyte Dynamic Energy Saver (DES) motherboards to the test with a power hungry Q6600 QuadCore processor. We will see if you can really save power without compromising your computers performance or more importantly its stability. By the end of this review we will find out if DES shows any appreciable value or is just more marketing hype to take advantage of the greener marketplace.”

DFI LanParty UT ICFX3200-T2R/G

DFI LanParty UT ICFX3200-T2R/G @ Think Computers

“Back when Socket A, and later Socket 939, were the preferred platforms for enthusiasts, one motherboard company emerged as the king of overclocking, DFI. DFI’s LanParty boards had it all: colorful UV reactive components, excellent BIOS conducive to overclocking, rock-solid stability, and excellent reliability.”

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 @ OC CLub

“Am I disappointed in the overclocking headroom available from this processor. Not in the least! With the insane speeds being offered up by the dual core variants, I was still searching for a bit more than the 3.7GHz I was able to pull from this quad core processor. But even though I was expecting more, a greater than 1 GHz overclock is nothing to laugh at.”

Foxconn MARS

Foxconn MARS @ Digit-Life

“The MARS motherboard is currently the only product in the Quantum Force series, which Foxconn announced for gamers and overclockers. And we are nearly 100% sure that it is an overhauled Foxconn P35A-S.

abit AX78

abit AX78 @ 3DGameMan

“The Abit AX78 Socket AM2 Motherboard is based on the AMD 770 / SB600 chipset and supports the AMD Dual and Quad Core processors. It accepts up to 8GBs of Dual channel DDR2 1066/800/667 un-buffered non-ECC memory. This motherboard also comes with passive cooling using just heatsinks and a heatpipe, so it’s completely silent.”

ASUS P5K Pro

ASUS P5K Pro @ Think Computers

“Today I will be looking at the Asus P5K Pro, a DDR2 P35 board. Though the X38 boards have been out a while, and the X48 boards are finally hitting the market, the P35 chipset is still very popular, with its maturity and excellent performance. The P5K Pro is an economy-minded board, filling in the fairly sizable gap between the P5K Deluxe and the stripped down P5K SE. How will the P5K Pro size up against its big brother?”

ASUS M3N-HT 780a SLi

ASUS M3N-HT 780a SLi @ OC Club

“So what do we say about the ASUS M3N-HT? It performs as well as, or sometimes better than, AMD’s flagship chipset, the 790FX. The scores were marginally better for the newer 780a chipset. The option for AMD processor users to finally have a great choice of motherboard chipsets and designs is a plus. No longer are you stuck with certain options, like only being able to use Crossfire.”

MSI P35 Platinum

MSI P35 Platinum @ Hot Hardware

“We’re writing to let you all know that we have just posted a new article at HotHardware.com in which we evaluate the features and performance of MSI’s P35 Platinum Combo motherboard. As its name implies, this board is based on the P35 chipset for the Intel platform. But what makes it interesting is its somewhat unique ability to work with both DDR3 and DDR2 memory types and its funky “Circu-Pipe” cooling apparatus.”

Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6

Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 @ OC Club

“The Gigabyte X38-DQ6 performed pretty well overall. While the performance it put out in the benchmarks were very comparable to the P965 board it was tested against, it still had a lot more room ahead if it had been paired with a better CPU and GPU. It also allows the user to have a second video card in Crossfire, which would boost performance up a lot.”