Nov 27

Two days after Asus released their x58 motherboard with sata III and usb 3.0, Gigabyte has done the same with their GA-X58A-UD7 motherboard. In the U.S. there are now two socket 1366 motherboards available with sata III and usb 3.0.

Gigabyte’s board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128413
Asus’ board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131614

Still waiting on user reviews. C’mon people, jump onto the bleeding edge and let us all know how it goes!

Edit: Looks like their are plenty of reviews up now, and even a video review from com.puter.tv. (12/21/09)

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Nov 25

It looks like newegg finally has an X58 1366 socket motherboard with sata III and usb 3.0. The ASUS P6X58D Premium is priced at $300, which is not too horribly expensive for an X58 motherboard (I was expecting $400, myself)!

Yeah, yeah….I know; few have usb 3.0 devices and even fewer have hard drives which can push themselves beyond sata II bandwidth limitations, but that is bound to change pretty quickly.

Here are the specs per NewEgg:

ASUS P6X58D Premium

CPU Type: Core i7 (LGA1366)
FSB: QPI 6.4GT/S

Chipsets
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North Bridge Intel X58
South Bridge Intel ICH10R

Memory
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Number of Memory Slots: 6×240pin
Memory Standard: DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066
Maximum Memory Supported: 24GB
Channel Supported: Triple Channel

Expansion Slots
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PCI Express 2.0 x16: 3 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (at x16/x8/x8 or x16/x16/x1 mode)
PCI Express x1: 1
PCI Slots: 2

Storage Devices
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SATA 3Gb/s: 6
SATA 6Gb/s: 2 x SATA 6Gb/s
SATA RAID: 0/1/5/10

Onboard Audio
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Audio Channels: 8 Channels

Onboard LAN
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LAN Chipset: Marvell 88E8056
Second LAN Chipset: Marvell 88E8056
Max LAN Speed: Dual 10/100/1000Mbps

Rear Panel Ports
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PS/2: 2
USB 1.1/2.0: 4 x USB 2.0
USB 3.0: 2 x USB 3.0
IEEE 1394: 1 x IEEE 1394a
S/PDIF Out: 1 x Optical, 1 x Coaxial

Not too shabby, eh? I’ll probably wait for a few reviews to come in before I pull the trigger and buy this mobo, but it looks promising.

Check it out at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131614

P.S. Thanks to engadget for including my tip on this piece of hardware and including a link to my site.

Note to self: spell and grammar check blog posts before potentially getting linked to by engadget….ugh.

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Nov 02

iPhone SDK Tutorial: Drawing a Dynamic Pie Chart, part 2 of 2
This is the second of a two part basic xcode iPhone SDK tutorial in which I demonstrate the use of the quartz2d api to draw a pie chart which is dynamically drawn based on the weight of two sliders’ values.

Nov 01

If you find this video helpful please return the favor by checking out my new app in the app store: Robodamus – Robotic Fortune Teller.  It’s only .99 right now!  Ok, enough self promotion….

iPhone SDK Tutorial: Drawing a Dynamic Pie Chart, part 1 of 2
This is the first of a two part basic xcode iPhone SDK tutorial in which I demonstrate the use of the quartz2d api to draw a pie chart which is dynamically drawn based on the weight of two sliders’ values.

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