With Intel’s introduction of its second generation Core processors the main chipsets you have been hearing about and we have been covering are the P67, H67 and Z68. These chipsets are the mainstream and enthusiasts chipsets that give you everything you would ever want on a motherboard, but what if you are trying to save money? Or just build a simple machine? ASRock has you covered with the H61iCafe motherboard. This board is of course based on the Intel H61 Express Chipset. This board features USB 3.0 connectivity, Graphical UEFI BIOS, and support for Intel’s second generation processors. Let’s check it out!
Storage is something we can never have too much of, I myself have over 4TB of space and it is running out! Most of my storage is external though, so it’s a pain to take with me to LAN parties or other events. Most cases these days have room for 4-6 hard drives, but for some people that still is not enough. How many optical drives do you have? I don’t even use them anymore so I have 4 open spots in my case for nothing really. Well not nothing, ICY DOCK has a great device that will allow me to fit four more hard drives in three 5.25-inch drive bays. The device is the MB974SP-B, let’s see if it is the perfect device for you to add more storage to your system.
Today we get the chance to check out a full featured motherboard without all of the bloat. The MSI 890FXA-GD65 motherboard with AMD’s 890FX chipset offers a whopping 10 USB ports, 2 of which are USB 3.0. It also includes support for SATA 6GB/s and is AM3+ ready, for those looking to buy the processors coming out later this year. This affordable motherboard is easy to overclock with the provided software and will surely give you your money’s worth. Read on further to get the fully detailed review.
I’m sure you have been loaded with Intel Sandy Bridge news and reviews all this month. We posted our first Sandy Bridge review on the CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 4000 Intel P67 Sandy Bridge System, then the Intel Core i5-2500K LGA 1155 “Sandy Bridge” Processor, so check those our if you haven’t already. Today we are going to be taking a look at our first Sandy Bridge motherboard the P67A-GD55 from MSI. This is also our first MSI motherboard review so we are pretty excited. This motherboard is Sandy Bridge ready and features the P67 chipset, 2 SATA 6GB/s ports, 4 USB 3.0 ports, the OC Genie II feature, ClickBIOS and Military Class II high stability components. Let’s take a look…
OCZ had quite a lot to show us at CES this year. We all know them for making quality memory, solid state drives and power supplies. It seems OCZ is updating each one of these product lines with new more powerful products! They even had a solid state drive in one of their demo’s that broke 1GB/s in ATTO! So without further ado lets see what OCZ has for you in 2011.
With all of the solid state hard drives that came out this year it seems like traditional hard drives sort of took a back seat, unless you were looking to get a large capacity drive. One thing that many people may have overlooked was the availability of SATA 6GB/s drives. A SATA 6GB/s drive has double the transfer rate (6GB/s compared to 3GB/s) as the SATA II drive that is currently in your system. Today we will be taking a look at the Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6GB/s Hard Drive and see how it compares to some other SATA drives. Let’s check it out!
Up until this point the solid state drives we have looked at have been limited to the SATA 3Gbps standard. While solid state drives are still much faster than normal hard drives we haven’t been able to really push them to their limits. There is where SATA 6Gbps comes in; basically you are getting 2X the speed of SATA 3Gbps. We have already seen ASUS and Gigabyte make SATA 6Gbps standard on some of their motherboards and I’m sure others will follow. Crucial is the first to come out with a SATA 6Gbps solid state drive. The drive is the C300 and it features the new Marvell 88SS9174-BJP2 Solid State Drive controller and boasts speeds of 355MB/s read and 215MB/s write. This drive also is one of the first to use ONFI 2.1 synchronous NAND flash. Read on as we test one of the fastest solid state hard drives available!
The problem is the other new technologies that have just emerged, SATA 6 Gb/s and USB 3. Most of us had no idea that either was in the works when the Core i7/X58 emerged. Going to the expense of buying the new Core i7 980X, you definitely want the latest data transfer technologies, and with an older X58 board, the only way you will get them is with PCI expansion cards. But, the motherboard manufacturers are ready for this, and some have already released new models of X58 boards supporting SATA 6 Gb/s and USB 3. Today I will be looking at the ASRock X58 Extreme 3, their new top-of-the-line board. It not only supports SATA 6 Gb/s and USB 3, but also supports eSATA 6Gb/s. Read on to check out the ASRock X58 Extreme3!