Biostar TF8200 A2+

Biostar TF8200 A2+ @ OCIA

“Today I have for review a new motherboard model from Biostar, the TF8200 A2+. This board is part of Biostar’s TForce lineup, which are upscale versions of their regular motherboard series, featuring better components and more options for enthusiasts and overclockers. The TF8200 A2+ uses the GeForce 8200 design, part of nVidia’s most recent release of 8000 and 700 series chipsets for AMD.”


ECS A780GM-A @ TweakTown

“AMD’s progress of late has been rather slow. With Phenom being initially delayed due to poor clocking, and then being bitten by the TLB bug in its B2 stepping core, AMD’s Phenom has been a late bloomer. Although it has now come out of its shell, it’s still not able to kick Intel off the performance ladder.”

Gigabyte MA-790FX-DS5

Gigabyte MA-790FX-DS5 @

“AMD has made the 790FX chipset their high-end chipset and as such, the Gigabyte MA-790FX-DS5 is designed to work with the newest Phenom B3 CPUs. Gigabyte has done an outstanding job outfitting this card with the features that you need and the performance to boot. The inclusion of features like 8 SATA ports and 2 Firewire ports make this board ideal for the HT enthusiast needing those features.”

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 @

“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!”