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Phenom II: AMD pulls closer

AMD hopes to wipe the slate clean and re-draw the desktop processor battlefield with its new Phenom II. The X4 940 is a 45nm 125W processor with 6MB of L3 cache and a clock speed of 3.0GHz - much higher than the original Phenoms. Does it compete with Intel Core i7?

Zotac GeForce 8200-ITX WiFi: A Compact AM2 Solution

Finally, an affordable mini-ITX motherboard for the AM2/AM2+ socket. The Zotac GeForce 8200-ITX is priced well, powered by the formidable GeForce 8200 chipset and they even threw in WiFi. Does it deserve your hard earned lucre?

Asus P5N7A-VM: Geforce 9300 IGP

nVidia has been the laggard in chipsets for Intel processors, but their GeForce 9300 may help them turn things around. We checked out the 9300-based Asus P5N7A-VM, and we liked what we saw.

Asus P5Q-EM G45 mATX motherboard

The PG35 chipset P5E-VM HDMI was one of the best LGA775 mATX boards of the last generation. With so many features it made an excellent ATX replacement and stood alone in its class for almost a year. Now, poised to replace it is the Asus P5Q-EM. Sporting a similar feature-set, but based around the new G45 chipset, it has some big shoes to fill.

Intel Core i7: Nehalem Launched

Core 2 has dominated desktop processors for the last couple of years. Now comes Core i7, Intel's next gen architecture with the capacity to scale up to eight Hyper-threaded cores. What does the new platform bring to silent computing?

Asus M3A78-T: AMD's IGP Gets Another Boost

The oddly named M3A78-T is yet another in a recent line of ATX boards from Asus with onboard graphics. Along with the 790GX northbridge chip, the M3A78-T also features the improved SB750 southbridge that brings RAID-5 support to AMD's SATA controller for the first time. The board also has a whack of other features including CrossFire and Hybrid CrossFireX, FireWire, eSATA, HDMI and S/PDIF outputs. This isn't your grandmother's motherboard.

Intel DG45FC: Loaded LGA775 Mini-ITX Board

HDMI and DVI video outputs, along with 4 SATA, eSATA, gigabit ethernet, S/PDIF and the G45 Express chipset featuring X4500 graphics make this new Intel C2D LGA775 mini-ITX board quite a loaded package at a pretty reasonable price.

Intel DG35EC: G35 mainstream mATX board

We take a look at another G35-based socket-775 m-ATX board, this time directly from Intel. How does it fare against other small boards with integrated graphics?

Intel D945GCLF m-ITX: Atom For The Desktop

Intel's second generation embedded-processor mini-ITX board features the Atom 230, which boasts one of the lowest TDP of any CPU in years. How does the new D945GCLF fare against its predecessor and other mini-ITX boards?

Zotac NF610i-ITX: Compact, low cost, Core 2 solution

Zotac's offers a low-cost mini-ITX board with removable socket-775 CPU options using the nForce 610 chipset. Is it suitable for the DIY system builder? The answer depends on your objectives.

Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2: AMD 690G, Take 2

The new AMD 740G chipset is a refresh of the popular 690G. Gigabyte's budget priced GA-MA74GM-S2 shows us what the die shrink has done by giving us the lowest idle power draw for any micro-ATX board to date.

Asus P5E3 Premium: A Mean, Green Motherboard?

The super-high end Asus P5E3 Premium, a socket 775 motherboard based around the Intel X48 chipset, has an incredibly long list of features, one of which is called Energy Processing Unit. Does EPU make this loaded board green?

Asus M3A78 Pro: An ATX 780G Motherboard

The AMD 790G chipset is here now, and a board review is underway, but in the meanwhile, we thought it would interesting to revisit the previous generation AMD chipset. The Asus M3A78 Pro is an ATX board based on AMD's 780G chipset, widely applauded as possibly the best to date. Has it changed much since the intro in early spring?

Asus M3N78 Pro: Geforce 8300 & HybridPower Explored

nVidia's 8300 chipset can be seen as a response (albeit a delayed one) to AMD's groundbreaking 780G chipset. It, too, boasts higher power efficiency, an improved IGP and Hybrid Power, an answer to the 780G's ATI Hybrid Crossfire. We tried it with an X2 4850e, as well as a new low power 65W Phenom, and with a Geforce GTX 260 graphics card for HybridPower.

AMD 780G: Best Ever Integrated Mainstream Chipset?

AMD 780G: Best Ever Integrated Mainstream Chipset? A close look at AMD's DX10 IGP chipset through the amazingly full-featured Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H micro-ATX board along with a new speed-bumped (2.5 GHz) 45W AMD A64 X2 processor, the 4850e.


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