When a motherboard manufacturer develops a product, it has to consider which third party controllers are going to be used. When we discuss network controllers, there are several entrants in the market that satisfy a range of prices and marketing opportunities although I perhaps would not call the motherboard network controller market competitive or crowded. When an engineer/sales rep has to choose the controller, depending on the NIC manufacturer there may also be firmware and software additions which add value.
The main entrants in the network controller market for end-users are Intel, Realtek and Killer.
Intel has a range of models in use, such as the I210, I217 and I218 families separated by features but also offer –LM and –V models to differentiate server or enterprise...
We take a look at two midrange performance boards from MSI and ECS that trade enthusiast level overclocking performance for features.
Gary Key on 12/6/2006
We take a look at two budget boards from Biostar and Gigabyte that offer surprising performance when compared to their more expensive fraternal twins.
Gary Key on 11/9/2006
first in a series of three P965 performance guides features the mid-range performance motherboards from Abit, Asus, Biostar, and Gigabyte.
Gary Key on 10/20/2006
We take a quick look at the overclocking improvements in the soon to be released F7 BIOS.
Gary Key on 10/11/2006
Will Intel's upcoming quad core processor work with your existing motherboard? If you are planning for Kentsfield we have a list of boards that will support the new CPU.
Wesley Fink on 9/29/2006
We take a quick look at EPoX's 945P based motherboard and discover very good budget performance from a standard design.
Gary Key on 9/11/2006
Our preview of the AW9D-MAX shows great performance potential in an unusual package.
Gary Key on 9/8/2006
Our first look at ASRock's 945G based motherboard reveals that very good budget performance can come in a small package.
Gary Key on 9/1/2006
A new official BIOS for the P5B unlocks Core 2 Duo chips and promises much improved overclocking.
Wesley Fink on 8/24/2006
Our early look at the affordable ASUS P5NSLI motherboard based on the NVIDIA nForce 570SLI for Intel chipset.
Gary Key on 8/22/2006
AM2 Motherboards based on the ATI RD580 chipset finally arrive in the retail channel.
Wesley Fink on 8/21/2006
We determine if there is a performance penalty when using AGP graphics cards on the ASRock 775Dual-VSTA motherboard with an Intel Core 2 Duo.
Gary Key on 8/15/2006
We provide additional memory benchmarks with comparative chipsets and see how well the VIA PT880 Pro based ASRock 775Dual-VSTA performs against the competition.
Gary Key on 8/14/2006
DDR is compared to DDR2 on ASRock's value Core 2 Duo motherboard to determine if your DDR memory is worth keeping.
Gary Key on 8/8/2006
We take a quick second look at Abit's AB9-Pro, now armed with a production level BIOS and Core 2 Duo results.
Gary Key on 7/24/2006
We're taking an early look at Intel's P965 chipset courtesy of Universal Abit's AB9 Pro as we continue our preview of Core 2 Duo capable boards.
Gary Key on 7/3/2006
The impressive ASUS M2N32-SLI and value-packed Epox MF570SLI race through Part 3 of our AM2 Motherboard Roundup.
Wesley Fink on 6/28/2006
The transition of motherboard manufacturers to socket AM2 is in full swing, and Gigabyte and Foxconn sent us their premium nForce 590 SLI models for review. Could one...
Jarred Walton on 6/22/2006
Our first look at Biostar's nForce 590-SLI and the MSI nForce 570-SLI for the new AMD AM2.
Gary Key on 6/8/2006