Category: Motherboards

Computer motherboard reviews from manufacturers like Abit, Asus, DFI, ECS, and Gigabyte.

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Gigabyte GA-K8N51PVMT-9

Gigabyte is pretty much the first to announce the use of Nvidia's new chipset featuring onboard video graphics. Gigabyte has been making great boards lately and their new C51 offering looks mighty promising.

DFI NF4 SLI Infinity

Introduction Nvidia's SLI performance can be beneficial depending on your system setup.  If you are running two low end video cards, there will definitely be a performance boost.  If you run two high end video cards, there will also be a performance boost, but not as much as you would like.  Video cards are so powerful these days that the CPU and display...

Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal

Introduction Although Intel's 955X chipset did not bring much performance improvement over the 925XE, I did find the release quite pleasing.  The major reason is the option of the 1:2 memory divider, allowing the memory to run at insanely high speeds even if the FSB was only overclocked by just a tad.  The second reason is that, to me, I feel the chipset...

DFI NF4 Ultra Infinity

Introduction DFI has certainly made quite a big bang in the AMD world with their LANParty motherboards.  The fact that I still own the LANParty UT nF4 Ultra-D is one big surprise.  I never keep hardware for more than 2 months.  DFI does not stop with just the LANParty series though.  They realize the huge success of the great motherboard, but continue to...

Abit NI8 SLI

Introduction Nvidia's announcement of their C19 chipset for the Intel platform brought quite the buzz.  For quite a period of time, Intel fans were stomped and had to sit in the corner while AMD fans were flying by with their nForce4 SLI motherboards.  The C19 chipset changed all that.  It allowed Intel enthusiasts the ability to finally combine two graphics cards into one...

Abit Fatal1ty AN8 SLI

Introduction Abit's release of the Fatal1ty line started out pretty well.  It overclocked to great speeds and was stacked with cool features.  The only thing bad about the Fatal1ty AN8 was the lack of VDIMM options.  2.8v to memory simply wasn't enough.  Enthusiasts with TCCD based memory can get away with just 2.8v but sometimes 2.8v won't be enough.  Then there are the...

ECS KN1 SLI Extreme

Introduction Over the past few years, ECS has built up a reputation of producing extremely affordable motherboards.  In all of my years of experience, ECS motherboards have been quite adequate for basic computing use.  However, they have never excelled in the overclocking department and carry a reputation as a poor overclocker.  Often times, consumers would have trouble running the motherboard stably while tinkering...

Abit AL8

Introduction We all know that Abit has been fairly quiet over the past couple of years.  When they finally introduced some new toys, they walked in with plenty of ammo to challenge everyone in the motherboard field.  The Intel side has not been extremely exciting for Abit other than the Fatal1ty AA8XE and the recently reviewed AW8.  Abit fans who want to go...

Abit AW8

Introduction There is nothing really exciting about the release of the Intel 955X chipset.  The two key points behind the new release are the support for Intel's dual core processors and the ability to run a 1:2 memory divider.  Personally, the memory divider pulls my main interest.  With such a divider, overclocking enthusiasts can really push their high speed DDR2 to the limits....

ECS RS480-M

Introduction If you’re a frequent reader of the LA Times or the Orange County Register, you are probably well aware of Fry’s Electronics’ sales ads.  You’ll have also probably purchased an ECS board once in your lifetime, whether for yourself or for a friend.  ECS is the most inexpensive solution for do-it-yourself systems.  Who can resist the great deals Fry’s advertises for ECS...