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  1. Asus P7P55-M review

    Asus P7P55-M review

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    This P55 mobo offers DDR3 and Core i7 support for under a ton

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    Asus M4A79XTD EVO review

    Asus M4A79XTD EVO review

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    A super speedy AM3 board for those wanting something overclocking friendly

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    Asus P6TD review

    Asus P6TD review

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    A deluxe X58 motherboard for the overclockers

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    MSI P55M-GD45 review

    MSI P55M-GD45 review

    8  

    The MSI's pint-sized P55 micro-ATX Core i5 motherboard has landed

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    Asus M4A785D-M Pro review

    Asus M4A785D-M Pro review

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    A micro-ATX mobo for that media centre you said you were going to build

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    MSI 790FX-GD70 review

    MSI 790FX-GD70 review

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    This motherboard offers support for the forthcoming 6 core AMD chips, but is it worth it now?

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    Zotac Ion Mini-ITX with Atom N330 review

    Zotac Ion Mini-ITX with Atom N330 review

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    Amidst the gloom of global economic meltdown and tumbling PC sales, Intel's plucky little Atom processor has provided a glimmer of hope.

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    Foxconn Quantum Force BlackOps review

    Foxconn Quantum Force BlackOps review

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    Black Ops traditionally refers to a group of soldiers who answer to no government and are unidentifi able. Which is kind of bad news if you've just bought a BlackOps motherboard – who do you return it to if it goes wrong? There's probably a secret BIOS setting that sends Jason Bourne crashing into your house, only for him to shoot you in the head and make off with your beloved mobo. Well, actually it just goes through the normal channels. Missed opportunity there – nil points for marketing.

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    Intel Atom 230 review

    Intel Atom 230 review

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    Darn you, Intel; darn you all to heck and back, you melon farmer. You’ve got this horrible, annoying habit – every time you conquer the market and we think you’ve turned into a bloated, complacent shilly-shallier, you go and make up for it with something genuinely exciting.

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    MSI X48 Platinum review

    MSI X48 Platinum review

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    Intel has a nasty habit of killing off relatively new chipsets and leaving buyers in the lurch. So it was with the X48 chipset, which appeared within months of the X38.

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    Asus Striker II Extreme review

    Asus Striker II Extreme review

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    Some of NVIDIA’s recent mobo chipsets haven’t been that clever. The nForce 780i is a case in point. Despite the 7 Series moniker, it was little more than a rehash of the 680i chipset with PCI Express 2.0 unconvincingly glued on.

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    MSI P35 Platinum review

    MSI P35 Platinum review

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    The Intel P35 chipset’s status as the weapon of choice for overclocking slaps on it perilously lofty expectations. It’s easy to forget that it’s a mainstream chipset. The same logic applies to MSI’s P35 Platinum board.

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    Gigabyte GA-MA780GM-S2H review

    Gigabyte GA-MA780GM-S2H review

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    It’s a relief to see a new AMD product that’s bang on target. We speak, of course, of the 780G chipset. It really is the killer home cinema solution that we’ve been waiting for.

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    Foxconn DigitalLife P35AP-S review

    Foxconn DigitalLife P35AP-S review

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    We're not usually convinced by boards which support two memory types, like this Foxconn effort. But coming in at the top of our benchmarks is quite an achievement - proving that that the P35 remains competitive against its bigger brother.

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    MSI X38 Diamond review

    MSI X38 Diamond review

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    The sad truth is that there's really no need to spend nearly £200 on a motherboard. Especially when the RAM to drive it is going to be double that. But bless MSI for trying all the same.

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    Asus P5E3 review

    Asus P5E3 review

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    The X38 chip commands the price premium here, but Asus has tried to soften the blow by loading this board with more extras than Ben Hur. Of course, since this is a DDR3 board, it's going to be tough to make any kind of value judgement out of it, but at least it shows willing.

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    Foxconn Mars review

    Foxconn Mars review

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    They mean the god of war, not the chocolate bar, obviously. That’d be silly. And this is not a silly board at all. It’s definitely pitched at the fiddler, with a giant heatsink and fan on the northbridge, and controls for boot, reset and CMOS clearly present as micro-switches on the board itself – very handy indeed.

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    Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L review

    Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L review

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    If we were less careful, this budget offering from Gigabyte might have slipped through the net. The slim board doesn't support multiple GPUs and only has a four-pin power connection for the CPU and a relatively small northbridge heatsink - which should mean it's not so hot for overclocking, if you'll pardon the pun.

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    XFX NFORCE 680i SLI review

    XFX NFORCE 680i SLI review

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    The board itself is a standard NFORCE 680i job. That means it's stable and overclocks well, but runs hot compared to the latest Intel boards at similar speed. It does have an LED read-out for troubleshooting, though, which few of the P35 boards have.

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    ASRock 4Core1333-Viiv review

    ASRock 4Core1333-Viiv review

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    Once again Asrock has done some of us a favour and taken last year's chipset and made it compatible with this year's technology.

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    Gigabyte MA790FXDQ6 review

    Gigabyte MA790FXDQ6 review

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    Here it is, then, the real deal. Without a quad core Phenom to test it with, it's a little hard to draw any conclusions about Spider, but Gigabyte's board is good value for money nonetheless.

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    MSI K9A2 CF review

    MSI K9A2 CF review

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    There are two versions of AMD's latest chipset in this test - the 790X and the slightly higher specced 790FX. The only real difference is that the FX has more options for overclockers, as this features a slightly crippled version of Overdrive.

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    Asus Maximus review

    Asus Maximus review

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    One of the very few X38 boards to feature solely DDR2 slots, Asus' Maximus is otherwise fully tricked out in the standards of its Republic of Gamers brand.

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    Palit N78S review

    Palit N78S review

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    The Palit N78S can't even handle a moderately demanding title like Call of Duty4 at 800x600 with no anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering. And that's with the texture detail crushed into a blurry mush. So much for the sparkly newness of the 8200m's DX10 feature set. It's of interest only on paper.

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