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It's nearly summer here in the northern hemisphere. Computex 2008 has just ended and, as expected, we're seeing a raft of new chipset and motherboard announcements.


We often wrestle with our individual choices for CPUs and motherboards. It's also true, however, that the feature sets of modern motherboards are driven by the chipsets that lay at the heart of your system. That's not to say that motherboards are all alike, even those that use the same chipset. Motherboard manufacturers add value by adding key design elements, like I/O slot layout, the robustness of the power regulation, and BIOS design. Motherboard makers can also expand on the abilities of the core logic. For example, a motherboard maker may add external FireWire chips, or add another SATA controller for greater storage flexibility.

But the base feature set is determined by the core logic. The chipset determines what CPU you're going to use, the memory type (in the case of Intel chipsets), what type of multi-GPU technology is supported and so on.

So we thought it was time to take a look at the landscape for core logic, to help you better choose what motherboard may be right for you. What we'll cover here is not only the speeds and feeds of the different chipsets, but our general impressions of products based on these chipsets.
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