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Chaintech VNF4 Ultra

Budget and high end rarely go hand to hand but that's what Chaintech has managed to do with the VNF4 Zenith based on NVIDIA's immensely popular nForce 4 chipset. Find out if they manage to deliver on the implementation or if the old adage 'you get what you pay for' kicks in.
April 14th, 2005

Gigabyte GA-K8VT890-9

The move to Socket 939 and PCIe is not a cheap one but Gigabyte's GA-K8VT890-9 may allow the end user to save an extra few bucks for a better processor or video card with a budget board based around VIA's K8T890. Come take a look at how it performs.
March 30th, 2005

DFI LanParty nF4 SLI-DR

DFI's engineering department has been working overtime to put together this beauty of a board based around NVIDIA's nForce 4 SLI chipset. Overclockers and tweakers need to look no further than the nF4 SLI-DR for a board that will define the first generation of Socket 939 PCIe motherboards.
March 21st, 2005

Gigabyte K8N Ultra-SLI

Gigabyte once again pumps out a compelling motherboard, this time giving us bucketloads of features and SLI capability. Come see how this baddy stacks up against the competition, including its older cousin, the K8NXP-SLI!
March 16th, 2005

Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D

Enthusiasts cant do much better than a 925X board on the Intel side and today we take the Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D for a spin and see how it stacks up.
February 25th, 2005

DFI LanParty UT nF4 Ultra-D

DFI works their magic with NVIDIA's nForce 4 Ultra chipset with the LanParty UT nF4 Ultra-D. Enthusiasts looking for a PCI Express solution probably do not need to look a lot further than this.
February 22nd, 2005

Soltek SL-K890Pro-939

Soltek proved that it could deliver a fine product without making you break the bank with the K8TPro-939. Read on to find out whether they manage to do the same with the PCI-Express-based K890Pro-939!
February 1st, 2005

Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI nForce 4 SLI

Gigabyte does their take on NVIDIA's nForce 4 SLI. The GA-K8NXP-SLI comes with all the bells and whistles and rivals any other SLI board in terms of features and performance. Come take a look at what will surely be one of the hottest motherboards in the coming months.
January 20th, 2005

Soltek SL-K8TPro-939

Soltek once again proves that it can deliver a fine product, without making you break the bank. Read all about Soltek's VIA PCI-based Socket 939 board in today's review.
January 17th, 2005

Soltek SL-915GPro-FGR

Soltek has always been known to perform above expectations especially since they almost always manage to come in at a value price point on their goods. Today we take a look at one of Soltek's first boards based on the LGA-775 platform, the Intel 915G-based SL-915GPro-FGR
December 13th, 2004

NVIDIA nForce 4 Series Preview

NVIDIA updates their K8 platform with not one but three new chipsets all supporting PCIe. The dark horse in the race is undoubtably the nForce 4 SLI. The Athlon 64 marketplace will see a lot of PCIe boards soon. What else does the nForce 4 bring to the table?
October 19th, 2004

Soltek K8AN2E-GR NForce 3 250Gb

VIA move over because the 250Gb has made an entry into the value segment with the K8AN2E-GR. Taking a page from AOpen's AK86-L, Soltek comes out with a feature filled yet bare bone high end solution with their 250Gb based board. See how it squares off against the MSI K8N Neo and our previous budget champ, the AK86-L
August 19th, 2004

DFI Lan Party NFII Ultra B

Like the Terminator, the Socket A platform just refuses to die and it does not look like it is going the way of the dodo anytime soon with AMD releasing the Sempron series of processors today. Enthusiasts today know of the Mobile series of chips and this is where the DFI Lan Party NFII Ultra B and Socket A really shine. DFI has released a high end NForce 2 board with Soundstorm and we see how well it holds up against an Athlon 3400+. The results may surprise you
July 28th, 2004

Gigabyte K8NSNXP

Gigabyte updates their speedy NForce 150 based K8NNXP with a NFroce 250 based chipset. The same high-end features found on the K8NNXP and quality that Gigabyte traditionally brings to the table are found on the K8NSNXP also. Can the strength of the Gigabyte board make up for the lack of a hardware firewall and Nvidia's highly efficient Gbe? Check out the review to find out
June 8th, 2004

MSI K8N Neo Platinum Edition

MSI is the first one out the door with a NForce 3 250Gb based board with the K8N Neo Platinum Edition. Featuring a hardware firewall, GbE (high throughput, low CPU utilization) and RAID that can span across both IDE and SATA drives, the K8N Neo is a force to be reckoned with and should be near the top of every list for a 754 based board.
May 21st, 2004

Epox 8HDA5+ Review

EpoX once the darling of the enthusiast crowd dropped off the radar for a period of time but is now back with a vengeance. The 8HDA5+, based upon VIA's K8T800 is looking to dethrone our current favorite, AOpen's AK86-L but does it have what it takes and does EpoX still have the uncanny ability to design a board that appeals to enthusiasts? Find out here
May 19th, 2004

AOpen AX4SG Max II

The kitchen sink and more is included with AOpen's AX4SG Max II. From 6 SATA ports to 7.1 sound to onboard graphics, this board has nearly everything. The 865G platform has taken a back seat to the newer 875 but is still able to pack a punch. This would be a good board for someone who is not concerned with cutting edge, but good speed and great features.
April 30th, 2004

AOpen AK86-L

AOpen produces a low cost, high performance K8T800 board. A little slim on the features side but for a amazingly low price, this just may be the K8T800 board to get. Goodies like AOpen's SilentTek make an appearance as usual.
April 2nd, 2004

Gigabyte GA-K8NNXP Review

Gigabyte's Socket 748, NForce150 solution is chock full to the brim with features and connectivity options that are not seen elsewhere. Take a look at what this Athlon 64 motherboard offers in terms of features and see if it is an enthusiast worthy board.
February 5th, 2004

Aopen AX4C Max II Review

AOpen's Flagship 875P board that's chock full of features running on the i875P, Intel's newest chipset. There is no questioning the impressive feature set but how does it stack against Intel's reference design in terms of speed?
November 30th, 2003

AOpen AK79D-400 MAX

If you think the Nforce2 is played out and tired, think again. AMD64 chips are expensive for us performance peasants so XP chips remain our mainstay. AOpen adds a couple new tricks to spice up the already excellent Nforce2 platform, including their very own silencing technology, adequately dubbed SilentTek.
November 12th, 2003

Chaintech 7NJS Ultra ZENITH Review

If you're looking for an Nforce 2 Ultra 400 based motherboard with a LOT of extras, Chaintech's got a board for you. Designed for the power user that has a need for virtually everything, the 7NJS Ultra Zenith reminds us of the very robust packages that made competitor SOYO a fan favourite.
October 20th, 2003

Gigabyte GA-7VT600 1394

Our review today gives us a chance to get our first look at VIA's newest chipset, the KT600. Gigabyte's GA-7T600 is one of the first boards to market with this chipset and we're really looking forward to putting it through it's paces. Featuring a 400MHz front side bus, a reworked memory controller and an integrated SATA/RAID controller VIA hopes to regain some ground for lost to NVIDIA's successful Nforce2 series. VIA also carries over some of the features from the KT400A Chipset, such as; Six-Trac (six channel) AC'97 audio, MC '97 modem and VIA MAC 10/100 LAN.
September 17th, 2003

i865PE: FIC and Gigabyte

Intel takes their latest chip architecture and adds the top performing MCHs to one set and the lesser MCHs to another. The top end group is labeled 875P with Performance Acceleration Technology (PAT) and the latter and lower performing group is labeled 865PE. As mentioned above, we've had a chance to look at the performance of the 875P chipsets; now we have a chance to look at two boards incorporating the lesser but lower cost 865PE chipsets.
July 29th, 2003

MSI 875P Neo Review

We're going to see some interesting overclocking features from MSI; such as CoreCell technology, and another lesser, but very interesting addition to the board that I'll keep under wraps until later in the article. Also for mod fans there is an interesting twist for the Northbridge cooling system.
July 18th, 2003
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