Welcome to the world of motherboards! This is a place where cheap alternatives often beat the most expensive flagships. Creating a competitively priced but well performing product is the goal. With that in mind, here’s Gigabyte’s new AMD AM3+ socket motherboard, the GA-990FXA-UD7, based on the AMD 990FX chipset. The AM3+ socket is backwards compatible but is introduced rather early this year to be the base platform for the upcoming Zambezi CPU’s, based on the Bulldozer architecture.
Today we will be looking at the UD7 as a sneak-peak of the greatness this motherboard holds for the Zambezi CPU’s, as to date AMD has yet to release these [...]
Sapphire are GPU manufacturers at their heart, but they’ve been known to dip into other markets in the past few years; perhaps one of the most interesting ones being motherboards. Today I’m looking at their latest foray into the mobo game, the Sapphire Pureblack P67 Hydra. It’s got 4 PCIe ports, an onboard post and CPU temperature readout and some nice onboard power switches. Lets get investigating.Specifications
CPU: Intel LGA1155: Intel Core i7/i5/i3 Chipset: Intel® P67 Express Chipsatz BIOS: AMI BIOS, 16 MB Flash ROM Memory: 4 slots 240-Pin 240 800/1066/1333/1600+ Non-ECC Expansion Slots: 4 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 Storage: 4 x Serial ATA III 6 [...]
Zotac is a company that muscled their way onto the graphics card scene in 2006, but they’ve not stayed stagnant. In the past couple of years they opened up their market to mini PCs and even ITX motherboards. Today that’s what we’re taking a look at the, M880G which packs an AMD Turion CPU.
Let’s see how it holds up.SpecificationsModel M880GITX-A-EChipset AMD M880G + SB820MCPU Socket N/A (Integrated CPU)Dimensions 6.7in x 6.7in – 170mm x 170mmForm Factor Mini-ITXMemory Size Up to 8GBMemory Slots 2 x 240 pin DDR3-800 DIMMMemory Type DDR3Onboard Audio 1 HD Audio Port [...]