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New Core i5 PlatformNew Core i5 Platform

Author: Ben Sun Date: 11-15-2009 Category: Tech-planations

To sum it up, we have revamped our test suite a bit to update the tests to the latest versions available for each test and added CineBench to the test suite. Updating the test system took a lot of time benchmarking but it is more ...

Intel Desktop Control CenterIntel Desktop Control Center

Author: Ben Sun Date: 11-15-2009 Category: Tech-planations

To the right is the temperature gauges for the Ambient, the CPU and the PCH. The Ambient temperature is the temperature of the system as a whole. The temperature for the CPU read 70C as the accompanying screenshot shows. This is w...

Mirror’s Edge PhysX ReviewMirror’s Edge PhysX Review

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 01-26-2009 Category: Tech-planations

Hardware based physics in a game has only been lightly touched by games like Unreal Tournament 3 and games based upon that engine. Mirror’s Edge takes full advantage of the PhysX physics engine with a persistent, physical world th...

Universe At War - PC ReviewUniverse At War - PC Review

Author: Vlad Mihaiescu 01/29/2008 Date: 01-29-2008 Category: Tech-planations

And now, SEGA is at it again, just releasing their latest title, Universe at War – Earth Assault. Partaking in the genre of RTSs (Real Time Strategy), Universe at War – Earth Assault will try to dominate all the other mediocre RT...

SEO is DeadSEO is Dead

Author: Randy Zlobec Date: 11-01-2007 Category: Tech-planations

In order to get around the dead horse of SEO standalone, you need to be ready to add links, backlinks and quality backlinks. You need to be able to do more than string three words together. Today’s readers are savvy. They want rea...

Enemy Territory Quake Wars  Limited Collectors EditionEnemy Territory Quake Wars Limited Collectors Edition

Author: Chris Gump Date: 10-23-2007 Category: Tech-planations

For the first game to be reviewed on Motherboards.org, Id Software’s Enemy Territory Quake Wars is a great choice. This product easily wins itself and Editor’s Choice award for being one of the best team-based shooters that I have...

INTEL DEVELOPERS FORUM 2007INTEL DEVELOPERS FORUM 2007

Author: Niso Levitas Date: 09-25-2007 Category: Tech-planations

This year Intel celebrated the 10th anniversary of IDF (Intel Developers Forum) with over 5000 visitors attending. Unfortunately for me, it was my eighth year attending to the forum. Since 1997, each year all the geekiest engineer...

Bapco's Sysmark 2007 Doesn't WorkBapco's Sysmark 2007 Doesn't Work

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 08-13-2007 Category: Tech-planations

At the moment SYSmark 2007 is a headache at best to techs/reviewers and a waste of money to those who have to purchase it. I would really feel bad for the poor soul who shelled out the $499.00 of hard earned cash for this only to ...

Tech Talk with Associate Vice President of Worldwide Marketing of GIGABYTE United, Inc.Tech Talk with Associate Vice President of Worldwide Marketing of GIGABYTE United, Inc.

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 07-30-2007 Category: Tech-planations

Every single Ultra Durable 2 Motherboard is equipped with quality components such as Low-RDS MOSFETs, Ferrite Core Chokes and Japanese All-Solid Capacitor to help reduce heat dissipation and significantly increase motherboard life...

CAS RAS Latencies ExplainedCAS RAS Latencies Explained

Author: Heather Skinner Date: 06-27-2005 Category: Tech-planations

Many factors contribute to a computer's performance. Beyond the processor speed, motherboard bus speed, and hard disk drive capacity (and speed, too), a system's memory plays an important role....

The Mobile Desktop ConvergenceThe Mobile Desktop Convergence

Author: D'arcy Lemay Date: 01-26-2005 Category: Tech-planations

Currently the high end 130 and 90nm chips have issues with outrageous heat dissipation, to the point where the fastest Pentium4 processors aren't capable of running their fastest speed under load without aftermarket cooling being ...

Understanding PCI ExpressUnderstanding PCI Express

Author: D'Arcy Lemay Date: 12-30-2004 Category: Tech-planations

The grand scheme of PCI Express is to be like the One Ring in JRR Tolkien's tale, "one bus to rule them all". In the end though, "one bus" isn't a really good descriptor of how PCI Express works. "One protocol" would be a more apt...

Form Factors Rev 1.3Form Factors Rev 1.3

Author: MoboCop Date: 11-12-2004 Category: Tech-planations

The form factor determines the general layout, size, and feature placement on a motherboard. Different form factors usually require different style cases....

Motherboard Basics Rev 1.1Motherboard Basics Rev 1.1

Author: MoboCop Date: 10-30-2004 Category: Tech-planations

Most computer users have probably heard the term motherboard, but if you are unfamiliar with the role of the motherboard within the overall PC architecture, or if you are not quite clear about the components that make up a motherb...

Expansion Slots Rev 1.3Expansion Slots Rev 1.3

Author: MoboCop Date: 10-06-2004 Category: Tech-planations

Expansion slots on a motherboard are designed to accept peripheral cards that add functionality to a computer system, such as a video or a sound card. Over the years the expansion slot bus has been a major system bottleneck, and j...

The History of the Motherboard Rev 1.2The History of the Motherboard Rev 1.2

Author: MoboCop Date: 08-25-2004 Category: Tech-planations

Take a quick tour on the history of the motherboard starting in 1924....

A Description of Common MemoryA Description of Common Memory

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 12-29-2000 Category: Tech-planations

DDR is a common term for Double Data Rate. This is a type of memory that has been used in different applications, but more frequently in the video card market. DDR as referred to here is a type of SDRAM that supports data transfer...

The Four Food Groups of Computer UsersThe Four Food Groups of Computer Users

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 09-24-2000 Category: Tech-planations

When considering the purchase of a new computer many questions will arise, but the type of user you are is the most important. There really are only about four different categories in the mainstream computer market....

BIOS BasicsBIOS Basics

Author: MoboCop Date: 01-01-2000 Category: Tech-planations

The BIOS (Basic Input Output System) is the program that enables a PC to boot after power-up. The BIOS is a built-in set of routines that serve as an interface between the computer's operating system and hardware devices....

CPU Sockets/SlotCPU Sockets/Slot

Author: MoboCop Date: 01-01-2000 Category: Tech-planations

The motherboard has one or more sockets or slots into which the processor is inserted. The type of processor that can be used is defined by the type of socket or slot present on the motherboard....

BIOS String IDBIOS String ID

Author: MoboCop Date: 01-01-2000 Category: Tech-planations

The BIOS String ID number is assigned to every motherboard made. It is not always unique but there is usually some good info hidden in the string. The most useful is the portion which identifies the manufacturer of the motherboard...

ChipsChips

Author: Billy Newsom Date: 01-01-1997 Category: Tech-planations

A list of chip manufacturers. From CPUs and chipsets to ICs and RTCs....

Introduction to ChipsetsIntroduction to Chipsets

Author: Billy Newsom Date: 01-01-1997 Category: Tech-planations

Those of you who know personal computers know that the most important major component in the PC is the motherboard. Not the hard disk, not the video card & the most important single component on the motherboard? The CPU, right...