Posts Tagged ‘Motherboards’

We have all now seen the latest offerings for P55 chipset Motherboards and for many it was the best board for their needs and they upgraded. I found that there are still many undecided folks still delaying the decision to upgrade their computers.

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Since the release of Intel’s P55 platform, a seemingly endless number of motherboards have been popping up, ranging from under $100 for basic entry-level boards to close to $300 for feature-packed overclocking powerhouses.   MSI’s top end 1156 motherboard, right around the middle of the P55 price range, is the P55-GD80.  With all of the features and overclocking options, I was very excited when MSI sent me this board for testing. 

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Since the introduction of the P55/Lynnfield platform a few months ago, I’ve had the opportunity to test several P55 motherboards.  Each has had it’s own advantages, as well as it’s own quirks and bugs.  But every time I test a new board, I always come back to this one: Gigabyte P55 UD6.

 

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Intel’s attempt to make Core i7/i5 accessible at a budget price.

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Gigabyte Japan asked me to look at their entry level board, the GA-P55-UD3R.

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Intel Says, "No Room In The Inn"

nVidia finds out Intel doesn’t want to share.

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ASUS P5K Capacitor Mod

Today, we will be looking at a capacitor mod of an ASUS P5K. Let me state at the outset that there is no compelling need to take the soldering iron to this board if you don’t plan on extreme overclocking or pushing a Quad to its max. Frankly, I did it because I had the time and because I wanted to give a pesky ROHS (lead-free solder process) board a shot.There is lot of conjecture and educated guesswork involved and I could not test the board with a quad-core. So, there are no quantitative or qualitative results available. This article is intended to be

Why Mod?

The motivation is to prepare this board for a quad-core CPU. There have been reports of caps blowing up with the P5K series of boards when pushing a quad-core CPU to the max. In most cases the caps that blow up are either on the CPU VRM side or on the source ATX 12V connector side.

There can be two possible reasons booth which have a cascading effect.

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ECS P32T-A2 Motherboard Review

Jeremy’s take on this motherboard

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XFX 680i LT Motherboard Review

In-depth review – Kyle Lunau

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VIA EPIA SP-13000

Small form factor motherboard review – Charles Gilliatt

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