First Look at Intel X38 and AMD RX780 & RD790 Motherboards
Patrick "MACMAC" MacMillan
TweakTown has managed to score some great pictures of five motherboards based on three highly anticipated chipsets. So without further ado, lets have a look!
Abit IX38-MAX Tiger Force.
First up is the IX38-MAX Tiger Force which is the high-end motherboard fully loaded with some impressive features this one is DDR3 only. Besides the options offered by the X38 chipset, ABIT have included 100% Japanese solid capacitors, Dolby Digital Live and DTS sound via optical connection, improved digital PWM, external clear CMOS button, two eSATA ports along with very impressive copper cooling.
Now we move onto the cheaper of the two, the IX38 QuadGT and this one is DDR2 only. It is a cut down version of the MAX Tiger Force but still packs some pretty good features.
- DFI Lanparty X38.
Lets start with the Lanparty X38, which has gone through some changes since Computex earlier this year. First of all the colours of the slots have changed from orange to green and yellow, just like the P35-T2R. The board we saw was still in development and some changes might still be done before the final board is ready. The chipset cooling wasnt decided upon as yet, although it will use a cooling solution similar to the one on the P35-T2R.
- DFI Lanparty RD790.
Next up we have the Lanparty RD790 which is still a very early sample, but its completely different to the board that was on display at Computex, as the board shown there was an AMD reference board. The new board looks really promising and the sample we saw was fully functional and Windows XP was being installed on it.
The RX780M-A is expected to launch after the first bunch of RD790 boards sometime mid October with a street price of around $100 - $110 USD. Pretty good for a brand new motherboard with Socket AM2+ supporting AMDs upcoming bunch of processors.
Looks like we have some exciting things to look forward to!
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