ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe

ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe @ Au-Ja!

“NVIDIA waited a long time before releasing a new premium chipset for AMDs AM2+ plattform and the Phenom CPUs. And now the nForce 780a SLI is here and it’s unlike every other chipset we’ve ever seen before. NVIDIA combined an IPG, a typical feature of low cost motherboards, with Tri-SLI, a high end feature for enthusiasts.”

ASUS Rampage Formula

ASUS Rampage Formula @ TweakTown

“Today we have one of the latest ROG boards to come from ASUS, this particular board based on the new X48 Express chipset. It packs in as many features as you can possibly imagine, so with little time to spare let’s see how it stacks up.

Today we have the ASUS Rampage Formula up against the Maximus Extreme and X38-DQ6 motherboards. The X38-DQ6 supports DDR2 while the Maximus Extreme uses DDR3 memory.”

AMD Phenom X3 8750

AMD Phenom X3 8750 @ Digit-Life

“Frankly speaking, considering test results of Phenom X4 9850, we were not keen to test a lower-clocked Phenom X3 8750 with fewer cores. However, our initial negative thinking served the good turn, because we were not disappointed. On the contrary, we decided that some people may seriously like this curiosity.”

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 @ Motherboards.org

“Performance on the QX9770 was exemplary, easily the fastest CPU or system I have ever tested with the exception being the dual QX9775 SkullTrail system which is faster, but of course that is with two CPUs that are virtually identical to the single QX9770 here. The QX9770 easily beats the Phenom X4 9850 CPU, but the two CPUs are in completely different price leagues and not a fair comparison as the person wanting a QX9770 will not likely look at an AMD CPU for their high-end computer.”

ASUS Rampage Formula

ASUS Rampage Formula @ Au-Ja!

“We really liked Intel’s X48 chipset when we first reviewed it using DDR3 memory. But DDR2 is still cheaper and plenty of customers would like to take their old memory onto their new mainboard. The ASUS Rampage Formula combines Intel’s X48 chipset with DDR2 memory and this combination looks very promising.”

MSI P45 Platinum

MSI P45 Platinum @ TweakTown

“Today we have an early market sample of MSI’s P45 Platinum which is their top of the range board, this designed to compete with both ASUS’ and GIGABYTE’s ultra high-end P45 offerings. While it doesn’t have the full retail packaging included, we’ve confirmed with MSI that it’s the final revision board in our labs.”

Gigabyte GA-EP31-DS3L

Gigabyte GA-EP31-DS3L @ Hardware Secrets

“We took a look on GA-EP31-DS3L, a motherboard from Gigabyte based on Intel P31 chipset targeted to the mainstream market, coming with a lot of features and a relatively low cost. Check it out!”

Intel P45 Vs. X48 Crossfire

Intel P45 Vs. X48 Crossfire @ TweakTown

“While there are a few differences between the two, we only cared about one of them. We wanted to know the performance difference between the X48 and the P45 when running Crossfire. While both boards carry two physical x16 slots, when two cards are installed the electronics behind the slots on the P45 tune back to x8 on both slots.”

ASUS Crosshair II Formula

ASUS Crosshair II Formula @ OC Club

“While going over this review I tried to think of something that I disliked about the Crosshair II and for once, I cannot find anything that is a negative about it. The price is on the high side, but considering the performance the Crosshair II showed and the wealth of utilities, extras, and addons, it is justifiable since you do get what you pay for.”

MSI P45 Platinum

MSI P45 Platinum @ OC Club

“A song from the group Disturbed comes to mind here, “Down with the Sickness.” The P45 Platinum is the first and only motherboard I have been able to get a Quad core processor over 500MHz. In fact, 515MHz was achieved and was stable enough to run some of our benchmark suite. 515MHz is a great validation screen shot but I wanted to find out where I could gain a measure of stability without having to cook my little piece of silicon.”