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Everything you have seen reviewed on Pro-Clockers lately has been about bigger, badder and ever-voracious power hungry PC equipment. It's our fault. Power is what most of us are looking for in a computer. This was even the case with laptops for a long time as well. We always looked for the most powerful laptop our money could afford. The birth of the net-top changed all that. No longer is the world looking to fork out $1000 for a desktop replacement or even a 15" dual core notebook. With the introduction of the netbook came the era of ITX based integrated motherboards with the Intel Atom processor. Our next review sample is based on this setup and we are ready to tackle nailing down its performance.
The Asrock M3A785GMH/128M is a prime example of what a media board needs to offer: numerous SATA ports, high quality on-board graphics, decent memory supports good audio. The M3A785GMH/128M has all of this and the Asrock name standing behind it. Centered around the Radeon HD 4200 iGPU, it has access to 512MB of video memory, support for DirectX 10.1 and if for some reason you need more video power, then hybrid Crossfire is a option.
Jetway was nice enough to send over to us their top board based on the new iGPU chipset. The M3A785GP-LF is a beautiful looking motherboard with its orange and white connections and slots on a bronze color PCB. Immediately, out of the box I felt we had a special board in the M3A785. Jetway did their research and introduced a solid looking motherboard with a great layout. We can talk all day about how nice the board looks, but how well does it perform? Well, we are about to find out.
If you are one to lean towards the overclocking and gaming aspect of the motherboard then you will be happy to know that there is still support for the hybrid Crossfire with mated with a Radeon compatible video card. AMD was really looking out for the enthusiast when developing this chipset. To add to the excitement of the 790GX chipset we will see if we can get more performance unlocking the rest of the cores in our X2 550 processor.
The P55-UD6 has just what the enthusiast will be looking for with a BIOS that is meant to allow the best and highest overclocks. For the person willing to pay a little extra, this is what he or she is looking for: a motherboard that allows high BLK at the highest possible multiplier. Add in the dual GPU configurations in Crossfire and SLI, we can see Gigabyte adding to its awards and world record collection. One feature that I like about the new Gigabyte motherboard is that it is pretty. So, lets take the P55 and the new Intel i7 860 for a spin and see if it is worth your time and money.
Jetway has contacted us to see if we would like to take their HZ01 and put it on our test bench. Always wanting to do business with a new company I would not turn them away. The HZ01 is based on the ATI 790GX boasting all the features we discussed earlier, but also some surprises as well. The first thing we saw that was unique about the HZ01 is that it utilized SO-DIMMs DDR2 vice standard 240 pin DIMM. Yes, you heard it right laptop ram. PC6400 of the 200-pin variation. Another Jetway feature is G.P.I. Just what does this mean? Well, you will have to read on.
It has been a short while since we have had an Asrock motherboard on our test bench. Today, we are ending that dwelt with the X38TurboTwins-WiFi. We know that the X38 is almost a thing of the past but for some of us it is the best priced way to get 16x across two slots when wanting to run a Crossfire setup. So read along as we take the X38TurboTwin for a ride.