Monday, June 8th 2009

MSI Makes First M-ATX LGA-1156 Motherboard, Shuttle Slants the Socket

Most motherboard vendors chose Computex as the ideal platform to showcase their upcoming products for the upcoming Intel LGA-1156 processors. The Intel booth was decked up wall-to-wall with Intel 5-series motherboards, some of which, made it to cameras for their unusual designs. Take for instance, the Shuttle SP55H7. This board uses a custom form-factor to fit into the company's bare-bones systems. The socket is slanted, and surrounded with an unusual mount-hole arrangement for the cooler, which again, could be of Shuttle's own design. This is, perhaps to make the most out of the available PCB area.

A more popular motherboard vendor, MSI showcased the first M-ATX motherboard for the platform we have seen so far, the H57-ED65. Based on the Intel H57 chipset. The socket is powered by an 8-phase DrMOS power circuit. MSI takes care of the basics for this platform, providing a PCI-E 2.0 x16, one PCI, and two PCI-E x1 slots. The dual-channel DDR3 memory slots neighbour one NVRAM slot. Apart from the six SATA II ports the H57 provides, a second controller drives the IDE connector, and perhaps, one or more eSATA ports. The rest of the 'wall' can be viewed here. By the looks of it, Intel made sure a full-fledged lineup of motherboards are available to the consumers when it kicks off the series of LGA-1156 processors, and there is every indication that the new platform won't have much trouble replacing the current LGA-775 series.
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7 Comments on MSI Makes First M-ATX LGA-1156 Motherboard, Shuttle Slants the Socket

#1
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
I like the slight accumulation of dust on the Shuttle board.

:D
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#2
h3llb3nd4
There is a tiny "Ram slot" like object on the bottom left of the Shuttle Mobo, what is it for?
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#4
h3llb3nd4
by: InnocentCriminal
I believe it's for NVRAM, Braidwood support apparently. Supports up to 16GB flash memory. NordicHardware.
OK, but I'm still not sure what it does:(
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#5
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
Braidwood is Intel's flash memory technology - I doubt I'm hitting the nail on the head here, but I believe its for faster boot times and application loading. Similar to Microsoft's "SpeedUp My PC" you get when you plug in your flash based USB memory stick.

Don't know if you remember TurboMemory but this is the next step, well 2nd attempt.
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#7
freaksavior
To infinity ... and beyond!
nice, this is gonna be crazy good performance from i5 it looks lke
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