Over the last couple of years, the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) has emerged as one of the bright spots in the troubled PC market. Kickstarted by Intel's NUC (Next Unit of Computing) designs, it has been successfully cloned by other vendors such as GIGABYTE (BRIX), Zotac (C-series nano) and ASRock (Beebox). With platform performance increasing every generation, and performance requirements getting tempered by the rise of the not-so-powerful smartphones and tablets, Intel could pack a heavy punch with their 102x102mm NUC motherboards.
Atom-based units (using Bay Trail) could provide very good performance for most users. Intel tried to shrink the PC even further by releasing a Compute Stick based on the Bay Trail Atom Z series SoCs earlier this year. ECS, with their LIVA designs...
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
ATI introduces the RD580 chipset for AM2 processors. RD580 was designed from the ground up for high speed overclocking and dual X16 CrossFire. How does it compare?
Wesley Fink on 6/1/2006
DFI launches their ATI RD580 chipset motherboard with every tweak an enthusiast can imagine. How does the first DFI dual X16 compare with other top Athlon 64 boards?
Wesley Fink on 5/8/2006
Looking for a great Core Duo Mobile on Desktop motherboard? AOpen's uniquely designed and performance oriented i975Xa-YDG features the Intel 975X chipset and shows impressive performance.
Gary Key on 5/4/2006
We do an overclocking double take with the Asus A8R32-MVP and the new 0404 bios. Is there improvement or will the hardcore enthusiast remain disappointed?
Gary Key on 4/20/2006
Our take on MSI's Diamond series motherboard featuring the NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 chipset.
Gary Key on 4/11/2006
An ECS motherboard sets a new AMD Overclocking record for AnandTech! A closer look at the amazing ECS KA1 MVP Extreme motherboard featuring the ATI Radeon Xpress 200...
Gary Key on 4/4/2006
We review ECS's affordable performance-oriented board based on the recently introduced nForce4 SLI XE chipset for the Intel platform.
Gary Key on 3/23/2006
A quick look at Biostar's new budget based Intel board featuring the VIA PT880 PRO chipset.
Gary Key on 3/20/2006
Our first look at EPoX's value based performance board utilizing the ULi M1697 chipset and offering dual x8 SLI operation.
Gary Key on 3/15/2006
Our look at Abit's first ATI CrossFire-capable motherboard featuring the ATI Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire chipset.
Gary Key on 3/10/2006
Our first look at ASRock's value performance board based on the ULi M1697 and M1695 chipsets offering dual x16 SLI operation.
Gary Key on 3/2/2006
Asus has an RD580 at launch that upgrades the top-selling A8R-MVP with Dual x16, more features, and better performance.
Wesley Fink on 3/1/2006
ATI launches RD580 today, and Socket 939 boards from Asus, DFI, Abit, and Sapphire will be coming your way.
Wesley Fink on 3/1/2006