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Gn00b
07-14-05, 12:51 PM
This may be a viable upgrade path/solution for many people (like me) that are ready to go socket 939 but are not quite ready to part company with their AGP graphics card.

It looks like a very promising board...

http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2471

|MaguS|
07-14-05, 01:05 PM
Nice, I will be keeping an eye out for an SLi version, great board for those who can't make the huge leap into the upgrades.

saturnotaku
07-14-05, 02:00 PM
Very impressive. The big question remains of which motherboard manufacturers will pick up the design. Hopefully it will attract some big names (Abit, Asus) or firms that are new to mobo manufacturing (eVGA, BFG).

Tr1cK
07-14-05, 03:45 PM
They've sold one here already. That is unless DDR2 goes for A64 within the next year, what the dual-core CPUs look like, and what GPU options will be available. But more than likely I will get one.

Gn00b
07-14-05, 09:07 PM
I have no idea how reliable this source is, but if they are to be believed, Asus and Abit "have plans" for this chipset according to this review (see "Conclusions"):

http://www.tbreak.com/reviews/article.php?cat=cpu&id=388&pagenumber=1

It seems to me that most every review I've ever seen on some new, proto-type, review-sample, not-available-in-stores-yet-type hardware said something about drivers and how performance would improve as drivers matured. That being said, I think I would buy this board tomorrow.

superklye
07-14-05, 09:15 PM
this. ****ing. rocks.

OWA
07-14-05, 10:03 PM
The ULi M1695/M1567 is really even more as it also supports PCI graphics. With this ULi chipset, you can simultaneously use PCI Express X16, AGP 8X, and PCI graphics.
That's impressive.

macatak
07-14-05, 11:27 PM
Yeah, if they get the PCI-E performance up to scratch and support for Dual Core i'll be very interested :D

Expansion Slots 1 PCIe x16 (or 2 PCIe x8)
1 AGP 8X
2 PCIe x1
2 PCI Slots

Wouldn't this be capable of running SLI (or 2 PCIe x8)

Gn00b
07-27-05, 12:54 PM
Stumbled accross this review of what appears to be a retail ASrock at OCWorkbench...

http://www.ocworkbench.com/2005/asrock/reviews/939Dual-SATA2/g1.htm

(edit: fixed the above link to the right one...sorry)

And if this post (and the photos) are to be believed, Jetway and Chaintech had M1695-based boards on display at Computex...

http://novia.com.sg/forums/index.php?showtopic=10408&st=0&#entry6812221

|MaguS|
07-27-05, 12:57 PM
Stumbled accross this review of what appears to be a retail ASrock at OCWorkbench...

http://www.ocworkbench.com/2005/asrock/reviews/939S56-M/g1.htm.

What does this have to do with this thread? The Asrock is using a SiS Chipset, this thread is about the upcoming ULi Chipset...

MrSavoy
07-27-05, 12:58 PM
Thats very interesting and I'm looking foward to hearing more about this chipset. Btw gnoob we have the same system except I dont have the raptors. :)

Gn00b
07-27-05, 01:17 PM
Thats very interesting and I'm looking foward to hearing more about this chipset. Btw gnoob we have the same system except I dont have the raptors. :)

Excellent!

I need a board like this (M1695) to help spread out the cost of upgrading to socket 939 and PCI-express.

MrSavoy
07-27-05, 01:21 PM
^^
Same here. :)

superklye
07-27-05, 08:48 PM
Okay, so this still isn't out? Because a quick search of NewEgg brings up a ton of board with ULi chipsets, but none of them have PCIe x16 lanes. :(

I take it back, there is one, but it's not out yet:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813153031

Gn00b
07-28-05, 11:26 AM
Okay, so this still isn't out? Because a quick search of NewEgg brings up a ton of board with ULi chipsets, but none of them have PCIe x16 lanes. :(

I take it back, there is one, but it's not out yet:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813153031


Although the board you link to does have a ULi south-bridge, it is not the ULi M1695 AGP8X/16XPCI-e beastie that we're looking for.

As much as I would like to have a board based on the M1695, I dont think I would buy the Jetway version. Its just me.

I did find it very interesting that Chaintech, who had an M1695 board on display at Computex dubbed the "S1695-2", appears to have a spot setup/reserved to download BIOS for that board here...

http://www.chaintech.com.tw/tw/eng/Download/dl_SubCate.asp?DCSNo=4

Maybe thats a sign that retail availability is near. I suspect the Chaintech would probably be my choice over Jetway and/or ASrock.

Banko
07-28-05, 11:39 AM
Although the board you link to does have a ULi south-bridge, it is not the ULi M1695 AGP8X/16XPCI-e beastie that we're looking for.

As much as I would like to have a board based on the M1695, I dont think I would buy the Jetway version. Its just me.

I did find it very interesting that Chaintech, who had an M1695 board on display at Computex dubbed the "S1695-2", appears to have a spot setup/reserved to download BIOS for that board here...

http://www.chaintech.com.tw/tw/eng/Download/dl_SubCate.asp?DCSNo=4

Maybe thats a sign that retail availability is near. I suspect the Chaintech would probably be my choice over Jetway and/or ASrock.
Why would you choose chaintech over ASrock? I've had Chaintech mobo's and had nothing but problems, and I couldn't even hit 200FSB with their nforce2 Ultra motherboard. Also ASrock is Asus.

Gator
07-28-05, 01:40 PM
Guys, forgive my ignorance... but who is ULI? I keep hearing wonderful things, but it's not a name I'm familiar with like SIS, VIA, or Nforce.

Gn00b
07-29-05, 08:59 AM
ASrock appears to have a board...

http://www.asrock.com/product/product_939Dual-SATA2.htm

I think ULi bought SiS.

|MaguS|
07-29-05, 09:08 AM
Nope, ULi and SiS are two different chipset makers. ULi just hasn't released a chipset worthwhile in a long time.

Delbert
07-29-05, 09:21 AM
GIMME GIMME GIMME.... i want one.... just what i have been waiting for.... if the performance is good and the price right they will clean up in the upgrade market place....

macatak
07-29-05, 09:27 AM
ummm.. so you can run three GFX cards with these boards, 1 x PCI-E card, 1 x PCI and 1 x AGP8x

Gn00b
07-29-05, 09:45 AM
I did notice this on ULi's website...

"ULi Electronics Inc was established as an independent subsidiary of ALi Corporation that focuses in designing core logic, multimedia, and host-based peripheral chipsets."

macatak
08-06-05, 08:46 AM
Now supports SLI....

http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2489

Gn00b
08-06-05, 11:08 AM
Great review isnt it, macatak?

Quote from Anandtech:
"Reference Board 2 tests provided another new twist for ULi because we also found that the Riser card and dual x8 PCIe options in BIOS do support NVIDIA SLI. Two 6800 Ultra video cards were recognized as SLI and properly initialized. While we did have some issues with 3D performance using the modified 71.24 drivers, this appears to the result of an early Reference Board. We fully expect the driver issue to be resolved before vendors start talking about NVIDIA SLI on the ULi chipset. Dual PCIe video also worked, adding some very unique capabilities to the boards ability to run PCIe, AGP, and PCI graphics all at the same time on the same motherboard."

I need this board...NOW!!

Gn00b
08-07-05, 08:15 AM
At the expense of pharming my own thread, if The Inquirer is to be believed, we may see the Asrock boards on shelves very soon...

http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=25199