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- 2010-Mar-11: An article that looks at how the various components of a desktop PC contribute to power consumption. 
- 2009-Oct-09: Google has released a study that finds that RAM errors are more common than expected. 
- 2009-Sep-19: DFI will be releasing a motherboard that contains two systems, a conventional socket 775 Pentium system and an Atom-ION low power system, on the same motherboard. They also include a built in LAN and switch (so the two can communicate without additional hardware) and a KVM and USB port switcher. The general idea is that you can keep the low-power system always powered up to do long downloads and provide network services, and save on your power bills by only having the high-performance system powered up when needed. 
- 2009-May-15: Pheonix Technologies are working on a Linux distro that includes virtualization technology built right into the BIOS. 
- 2009-Jan-21: Ever wondered what that TPM header was for on your motherboard? This article explains a bit about how this is used to create and store encryption keys for drives you attach to the motherboard. It can be used in such a way that the data on the drive is only accessible when attached to the motherboard that was used to format it.  
- 2008-May-20: ASUS's new P5E3 Deluxe motherboard (reviewed here) will include an instant-on Linux desktop environment built into the BIOS so the computer can even be used for web browsing and VoIP without booting into a full operating system. Earlier attempts at this sort of thing have been limited to CD Audio and DVD play back. Discussed here on Slashdot. Engadget has some more information about this. In mid-2008 ASUS announced that it intends to start shipping Splashtop on all its motherboards. 
- 2008-Apr-15: The Chinese are starting to produce counterfeit DFI motherboards. 
- 2008-Mar-29: CNet's list of 10 most obsolete computer interface ports. It includes a reference to the Red Dwarf robot Kryton too. Most of this makes sense except, perhaps, for the inclusion of FireWire. Discussed here on Slashdot. 
- ArsTechnica on BIOS
A motherboard is about the hardest thing to choose for a PC, there are a lot of manufacturers, and each seems to have a wide range of products to select from. The motherboard is the component that most limits your chances of expanding and upgrading the system in the future.
- 2008-Sep-04: Abit may be leaving the motherboard market at the end of 2008. 
Wikipedia's article on the ACPI system
With some high end dual processor motherboards you can install
two of the new quad-core CPUs to get a total of 8 processors.
Here's a review of Intel's
Looks like Intel
may be the winner of the first round in the quad-core battle, what
with better performance, lower power consumption and more motherboard
choices than AMD.
The new (Nov'06) Intel
Core 2 Extreme QX6700 is the first quad-core CPU
Info on the new quad-core
Opterons from AMD
When will we have enough CPU for real-time
ray tracing, perhaps by 2010?
In Aug'06 ABIT
launched their AW9D
motherboard, based on the Intel 975X chip set that is said to be quad
core (Kentsfield) ready. Apparently these chips
will be available in Nov'06.
Tom's Hardware has updated their CPU
comparison chart to include the dual core CPUs that were introduced
of all the different types of current (2005) CPUs
The Pentium 4 Socket 478 is discussed here
Motherboards - The
Designing Process discusses the chipsets that go into motherboards
AMDBoard focuses on the
AMD based motherboards
4 way memory
on VIA motherboards.
The Register reports that VIA chipset based motherboards may
have problems keeping up with full PCI speed data bursts, and that
this could hurt the performance of high speed (like ATA133 and U160
SCSI) disk controllers. And this
article documents a similar problem with the Intel 850 and 860 chip
According to this
Register article the AMD 760MPX chipset (which is used in some of
these new dual boards) will not ship in volume until Q2 of 2002! AnandTech
has this article
on the 760MPX chip set. Around
then the newest Athlon XP should be the 2500+.
K7 Master-S (MS-6341) seems to be the only Athlon single processor
mother board with built in SCSI (U160).
More dual Athlon boards are due out soon (start of 2002?), this
picture is the MS-6501 (or K7D
Master I from MSI) and is reviewed
here and here
and mention of the ASUS
A7M266-D (which is also to be seen here
and reviewed here).
The Tyan Tiger S2466 is an AMD dual-cpu MPX chipset mother board,
A7N266 is an nVidia nForce 420 based single Athlon motherboard, its
a bit odd since ASUS went with the basic audio and for some reason did
not connect up the built-in ethernet port...
KT266A is an Athlon board that does include overheat shutdown,
although it might not save you if your heat sink detaches completely from the
KR7A looks like a nice Athlon board, but for some reason does not
use the Athlon's thermal diode
It appears that if a CPU
fan dies on an AMD Athlon chip that the chip itself could die, as
of 30 Oct 01 AMD is issuing new design guidelines to motherboard
manufacturers to help prevent this in future board revisions.
AnandTech's overview of Value
Dual Socket 370 motherboards
a round up of current Athlon
mother board chip set solutions
a round up of current (summer 2001) VIA
Apollo KT266 based main boards
reviews five of the VIA chip set based dual processor motherboard
amdmb.com is a
site that specializes in AMD motherboard news
2cpu.com a dual processor
An AMD Motherboard
review site - the first dual processor Athlons should soon be among us, maybe
by March 2001
ABIT VP6 motherboard
Tyan makes some nice
motherboards, their Thunderbolt S1837 makes a great workstation or server box. Tyan so far
is the only manufacturer to make a dual Athlon mother board, their
first model was very high end and required an expensive custom power supply,
this new Tyan Tiger MP S2640
too, and here and here
as well, and at AnandTech
too) looks like it could open the flood gates for AMD.
Gigabyte only limited
experience with these, had some problems with the Celeron II until the BIOS was
updated, still having some problems with the USB port though.
Micro Star (MSI)
I have not had any experience with these, but they have been favorably
reviewed in the past.
IWill again, no personal
experience with these but they often have a nice feature set
FIC I have not
experience with these, but they have been favorably reviewed in the
ECS EliteGroup. ECS and PC
Chips have merged and produced a new motherboard, the ECS PF88,
that allows you to add different CPU sockets to it via a set of custom
Soyo has a good
seems to make
some pretty good mother boards, their BP6
(although quite dated today) is a nice unit
AOpen one of my clients
uses a number of AOpen's highly integrated motherboards for management and
secretarial machines, seems to be a good solution unless you need to push the video
beyond 1280x1024 resolution. They had some problems installing the NT
drivers, but that's pretty common. In late 2004 AOpen introduced a motherboard
that uses the Pentium-M (mobile) chip, this allows one to build a much
more power-efficient workstation as one of these chips uses between 3W
and 20W when running instead of the more typical 100W of the current
Pentium-4 and Athlon processors.
experience with these, but no problems
- ASUS all the experience I
have had with ASUS motherboards has been good. Good single and dual processor
solutions, generally quite expandable and well supported. ASUS even provided
free BIOS upgrades to address Y2K problems with a motherboard that was
about 5 years old (and had been out of production for 4 years).