When building an HTPC, most look to achieve the HD standard at a minimal cost, so to accommodate this we are seeing more motherboard manufacturers produce boards with onboard HD video and sound. Some have HDMI capabilities, which will also carry sound, and some choose to use DVI as the way to transport the HD digital image. With straight DVI, these motherboards must have an additional sound source onboard since, at this time, DVI is incapable of transferring sound by itself. We are also seeing two formats of motherboards that are equipped with the HD qualities, Micro-ATX and ATX. Micro- ATX allows for a smaller system case which will be more compact, whereas ATX will require a normal sized case and may not fit in most entertainment centers.
OCC Review: Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H Motherboard
Posted 06 August 2007 - 04:08 AM
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHz / ASUS P5Q Deluxe / Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB PC2-9600 DDR2-1200MHz / 2x Seagate ST3160827AS 160GB RAID 1 / Seagate ST31000340AS 1TB
Corsair TX750W / Sapphire HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 / SilverStone TJ05 / Scythe Zipang 140mm CPU Cooler / ASUS VH202T-P 20" widescreen monitor (x2) / XP Pro SP 3
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Posted 06 August 2007 - 05:54 AM
Intel DZ77GA-70K - i7-3770 3.4GHz - 16GB DDR3 1866 HyperX Predator - PNY nVidia GTX 670 2GB SLI - 240GB Mushkin Chronos SSD -
700 Watt Thermaltake TR2 - CM Hyper 212 Evo Fan - Corsair Air 540 - Win 8.1 Pro x64 - QNix QX2710 27" 1440p @ 85 Hz (Samsung PLS)
HP Elitebook Workstation 8570w
2.6GHz Intel Core i7 3720QM - 16GB DDR3 1600 (4 x 4GB) - 512GB SSD RAID 0 (I live life on the edge!) - 1080p LED LCD
AMD FirePro M4000 1GB GDDR5 - Windows 8.1 Pro x64
Posted 06 August 2007 - 06:08 AM
Wait, so it has crossfire? So do you put in the second card in the orange slot and the rest of the card just kinda hangs out over that?