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Asus A7M266-D

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This piece should be prefaced with the comment that this is a commentary on user experience with the Asus A7M266-D motherboard, not a full blown review. I’ve always been a fan of dual CPU designs: the prospect of all that extra power just captivated me. Being a fan of AMD as well the Athlon MP line was too good to pass up. The draw of dual AMD CPUs and 64 bit 66 MHz PCI was strong: the focus of the site was moving to ATA RAID controllers and those PCI slots were…read more

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Asus A8V-E SE

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I picked this board up as I had a socket 939 Athlon x2 3800+ processor and needed to use it somewhere.  I checked around for a “cheap and cheerful” motherboard; something around $50, which usually means a Via chipset and limited features.  Picked up the Asus A8V-E SE and was delighted with the feature set of the Via K8T890 chipset; my only complaint was two SATA connectors instead of the standard four. Installation was straight forward, as everything is well positioned on the board and the manual gave all the pertinent…read more

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SME Servers: Motherboard

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Back in the day it was clear what a server motherboard was: it has two CPU sockets, onboard SCSI, onboard NIC, 64 bit PCI (later PCI-X) slots, extended ATX form factor and lots of fan headers.  You needed a server motherboard to take advantage of those high bandwidth PCI slots, because you couldn’t get them on a regular motherboard.  Same with the second CPU: for serious computing you needed two cores, and that meant two physical processors. That started to change, but very slowly with the concept of a workstation motherboard…read more

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MSI MS-6103

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Let’s take a look at the MicroStar MS-6103 Socket 8 motherboard. I know the first thing you’re going to say; why bother with a motherboard from 1995? My main reason is the number of search hits I get looking for information on this model, plus the emails requesting information. I’ve been using this board with two Pentium Pro 180 MHz processors and 128 MB of RAM in a variety of situations and have made a few discoveries that may help those who are still using it. The board is your…read more

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Asus A7Pro

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Motherboards are a difficult item to review, for good reason. After listing the features from the manufacturer’s web site, what do you discuss? Installation is pretty well the same for all boards, depending on form factor. Benchmarks are difficult unless you have a lot of different boards to test. This is best left to dedicated motherboard sites like Anandtech, which does and excellent job and covers most of the boards on the market. What’s left are the idiosyncrasies and odd bits that make an impression. That’s what we’ll review at…read more

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MSI K8N Neo-FSR

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Like all my motherboard reviews, this isn’t a review per se but my collected experiences with a particular piece of hardware. My uncle had a socket 754 motherboard that had received a power surge and fried.  Everything else was still good ( except the power supply ) so he needed a new motherboard, so I picked up an MSI K8N Neo-FSR ( MS-7030-020 ).  I don’t really understand why MSI uses product names and product numbers interchangeably but they do.  I installed this board and reinstalled everything and ran Passmark’s Burn In…read more

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