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Hey,which one to buy?,both are AM3+ so they'll work with bulldozer but one has 970 chipset and the other one has the 870 chipset.
Is the new chipset really that better?,I'm planing to get a 4 core bulldozer when they come out.

Thanks in advance.
 
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I would assume the 970 chipset would provide a better overclock than the 870 chipset. If you aren't looking at OCing I don't think you would see that much of a difference.
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I would go with the 970 chipset, because of the turbo 2.0 on the BD.
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The 970 chipset offers over the 870 chipset, some power features and other stuff designed for bulldozer.

The 870 chipset is NOT designed for bulldozer but will suport it, but NOT fully.

Same goes to 890gx and 890fx.
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Thanks for the quick replies,and what about the 970 vs 990? is there a big difference?
 
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Well from what they just said the most stable mobo to pick would be a 970. Which is expected. Newer chipset means better design.
post #7 of 11
The M5A97 also has a slightly improved VRM setup (it is 4+2 phase and cooled, vs the bare 4+1 phase on the M5A87). This will improve overclocking ability.
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Originally Posted by PcG_AmD View Post
Thanks for the quick replies,and what about the 970 vs 990? is there a big difference?
Well, dont know which 990 you talking about but i will say it all:

They are basicaly the same 970, 990x and 990fx

Differences: 990FX up to 4 PCI-e 16x slots

990X up to 2 pci-e 16 slots

970 1 pci-e slot.
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Well, dont know which 990 you talking about but i will say it all:

They are basicaly the same 970, 990x and 990fx

Differences: 990FX up to 4 PCI-e 16x slots

990X up to 2 pci-e 16 slots

970 1 pci-e slot.
I'm talking about this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131754 the Asus M5A99X EVO.

I've seen that 970 has 2 pci-e slots but it's x16 or x4 whereas the 990 is x16 or x8,but I'm not really planing to go CF I'll probably be getting a 6950 or something from the HD7000 series.
I do plan to overclock the bulldozer.
 
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Get the 970. I had some issues with this board when I first got it, as a matter of fact these issues are why I have this board. I built a system for my dad using this M5A97 and a 955. He likes some old games and wanted to have a dual XP/7 option. I was unable to get XP to install on this board and after a week of trying I decided to use my Biostar A870U3 which was only a couple months old, for his as I was able to get the dual boot working perfectly with it . I eventually found that the issue with installing XP is in regards to setting the device to IDE in the SB settings, regardless of what type of device it actually is. Once you have XP installed, you can then tell the device to operate as SATA if that is what it is. The manual almost explains this, but it suggests making sure that the SOURCE drive from which you are installing XP is set to IDE. I tried this and it didn't work, and eventually i tried setting the DESTINATION drive of XP to IDE (even though it was a SATA3 SSD) and it worked. This isn't a "problem" with the board per say (problem with the manual maybe), but it cost me a lot of hours of consternation before I stumbled on the correct method for installing XP on this board and is the reason I ended up with it at all.

This is obviously a vastly technically superior board to that Biostar and now that I have the XP problem solved and the memory dialed in I am very pleased with it. I am now also ready to get a BD if I so desire in the next year or so. In the meantime this thing running a 555@4.045 with a 245Mhz clock@16.5 ratio/2700 NB/1300MhzDDR3(OCd 300Mhz) runs all of my games perfectly fluid and stays cool while doing it.
    
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