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  1. J&W IP35-PRO review

    J&W IP35-PRO review

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    Before this motherboard landed with a resolute thud in our labs, we had never heard of J&W, let alone knew it was a manufacturer of motherboards. However, with the promise of CrossFire support at a bargain price, we saw it our duty to see if it was worth considering.

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    AMD 790 FX chipset review

    AMD 790 FX chipset review

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    It's all about the platform. That's the most important single message AMD wants you to grasp regarding the simultaneous launch of its new graphics cards, CPUs and the new 790 FX motherboard chipset

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    MSI P35 Diamond review

    MSI P35 Diamond review

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    As a motherboard that actually supports DDR3, the P35 Diamond is something of an oddity anyway. But its elaborate cooler is the reason you'll be scratching your head as you get it out of the box, rather than the memory standard

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    Asus Blitz Formula SE review

    Asus Blitz Formula SE review

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    Asus produces an incredible number of motherboards, catering for just about every market, and its consistent appearance in machines we review shows that they know what they're doing.

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    Abit IP35 Pro review

    Abit IP35 Pro review

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    Abit has several motherboards based on the P35 chipset, with the 'Pro' model here being the most expensive and the one gathering most interest thanks to its impressive overclocking potential.

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    Asus Blitz Formula review

    Asus Blitz Formula review

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    There's a bit of confusion surrounding this. Have ASUS made PCFormat a bespoke motherboard? It seems tailor-made for our benchmark marathons. Hardwired buttons for power and reset are on the board, so we don't have to fit it inside a case to test chips, or resort to poking the power switch pins with a screwdriver.

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    Asus P5K3 Deluxe bundle review

    Asus P5K3 Deluxe bundle review

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    Asus doesn't make memory; it does makes a lot of components, but memory isn't one of them. This, then, is rebranded memory from Qimonda, which has been given the Asus lick of paint in order to help Asus shift its top-end P5K3 Deluxe motherboard

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    Asus P5B-E Plus review

    Asus P5B-E Plus review

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    When we first took a peek at this board, we came away extremely impressed. With an awesome overclocking ability that's second only to Intel's new P35 chipset, it's arguable whether you need any more headroom from your motherboard at all

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    Asrock Conroe XFIRE eSATA2 review

    Asrock Conroe XFIRE eSATA2 review

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    Conspicuous bargain or false economy? Just what to make of Asrock's slightly zany LGA775 socket motherboard? For starters, it's based on Intel's 945 chipset which in theory does not support the Core 2 family of CPUs

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    Asrock Alive NF5 sSATA2 review

    Asrock Alive NF5 sSATA2 review

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    AMD's Athlon chip sure makes life easy. By integrating many functions into the CPU die, there's a lot less to muck up. Which perhaps explains why this socket-AM2 board delivers such convincing performance.

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    Abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI review

    Abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI review

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    One of the more attractive abilities that Nvidia's Nforce 680i chipset for Intel CPUs offers is support for the upcoming 1333MHz bus spec. Shame, then, that this Abit board uses Nvidia's cheaper 650i chipset which lacks that feature

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    Abit Fatal1ty F-190HD ATI review

    Abit Fatal1ty F-190HD ATI review

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    This could be the last time you see an Intel-supporting motherboard based on an ATI chipset. Thanks to the acquisition of ATI by Intel's sworn enemy AMD, odds are its motherboard chipset roadmaps have been ruthlessly culled of Intel-compatible game

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    Gigabyte GAMA69VMS2 review

    Gigabyte GAMA69VMS2 review

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    With Intel's Core 2 Duo topping all the bench tables, the Athlon has been reduced to a supporting role as a value offering. In that context, this distinctly modest AM2 motherboard from Gigabyte makes a lot of sense

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    MSI K9A Platinum review

    MSI K9A Platinum review

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    We may have gone off NVIDIA's SLI dual-GPU technology in rather spectacular fashion. But when it comes to ATI's CrossFire platform we were never even on it. The number of CrossFire rigs in the wild is slim to none.

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    Gigabyte GA-P35SCDS3R review

    Gigabyte GA-P35SCDS3R review

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    This is one of the very first boards based on Intel's new mid-range chipset. But is it up to snuff? It delivers more future-proofing than any other Intel mobo on the market. At least until other P35 boards roll up.

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    Foxconn Winfast N570S review

    Foxconn Winfast N570S review

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    If it's value you seek from an Athlon motherboard, you can do an awful lot worse than Winfast's NVIDIA 570-powered offering. Each one of the six SATA hard drive ports is RAID enabled and there's a pair of gigabit LAN ports

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    Foxconn 9657AA-8EKRS2H review

    Foxconn 9657AA-8EKRS2H review

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    There are a lot of Intel 965-based boards out there. What chance of success can there possibly be, then, for Foxconn's take on the default LGA775-socket chipset for Core 2 processors?

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    Sapphire PL-AMZ RS690 review

    Sapphire PL-AMZ RS690 review

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    We don't usually concern ourselves with integrated graphics, but this is an intriguing proposition. It's a small form factor motherboard with an integrated HDMI out to connect it to a high-def TV.

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    ECS PN2 SLI2 plus Extreme review

    ECS PN2 SLI2 plus Extreme review

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    Nvidia had a rough time when Core 2 was first released. The NForce5 was late on to the market, lacking features present on the AMD versions and had ropey quad-core support.

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    Gigabyte GA-965G-DS3 review

    Gigabyte GA-965G-DS3 review

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    The Intel 965 chipset is best known in its P965 incarnation. The G965, where an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3000 has been added to the chipset's features, is the cornerstone for Intel's Viiv platform

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    Asus P5N32-E SLI review

    Asus P5N32-E SLI review

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    The Nvidia Nforce 680i chipset is well and truly out there now, and that's exactly what this board from Asus sports. Given the 680's legendary overclocking potential, we were intrigued to see what Asus' version could manage

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    Sapphire PE-AM2 RS485M review

    Sapphire PE-AM2 RS485M review

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    Spare a thought for this plucky little Sapphire socket-AM2 board. It's the only micro-ATX model in this gathering. Ironically, it's also the only board that comes complete with integrated graphics.

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    Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 review

    Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 review

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    If you're a card-carrying gaming enthusiast, it's all too easy to be seduced by the promise of SLI and CrossFire. So, the second physical 16-lane PCI-E socket on this Gigabyte board is a cruel temptation. But don't be fooled

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    Foxconn C51 XEM2AA review

    Foxconn C51 XEM2AA review

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    Better known as one the biggest suppliers of OEM boards to the likes of Dell, Foxconn has now set its sights on the retail market. And if this NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI-based Athlon AM2 board is anything to go by, big, established brands such as ASUS had better pay attention to this new heavyweight.

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    Foxconn 9657AA-8EKRS2H review

    Foxconn 9657AA-8EKRS2H review

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    The lack of support for SLI and CrossFire multi-GPU shenanigans aside, we had high hopes for this Intel 965-based Foxconn board. After all, the 965 chipset is pretty much the proven king of Core 2 overclocking.

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