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DFI for me, im still searching to see if i can get one for my price range.
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post #12 of 78
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Originally Posted by ThaWaxShop
Asus isnt the greatest with the BIOS if you want 2.6 go with DFI. Asus is a great mobo maker for intel. Leave AMD to DFI
You really think that the Asus wouldn't hit 2.6? This Abit runs 2.5 all day and it's crap! That and I haven't even tried to hit anything above 2.5 yet. I at least want to get a good overclock because my PC doesn't feel fast until I start getting to about 2.4.
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like someone said up there^ The A8N-SLI is a good board, I went with the deluxe just because it was 30 bucks cheaper and i dont mind the fan versus the premium's passive cooling pipes.

I'm at 2.63 on stock voltage right now, rock solid dual prime stable-24hours stock cooler, stock temps

Right now im running 294x9 to help my ram out, but before i was just running a 260x10.

I paid $100 for mine, you cant beat it!
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I have a X2-3800 @2.8ghz, with a DFI Ultra D. I've had several Asus boards but they never made the grade with me.
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The Expert can be a little more picky "rarely" with RAM, the (HTT FSB) limit is a lower on the Expert compared to the Lanparty. All the voltage in the world is available straight out of the box with the DFI board. They are very stable and are built for the enthusiast (you) by an enthusiast. If you get lost in all of the options in BIOS then simply leave them alone. You are way better off having the option to adjust then not. Whilst ASUS make a very nice board, when it comes to getting the most out of hardware DFI will pull through generally every time.


|2A|N you mentioned you would personally go with ASUS. Why, have you ever had a DFI. What is your reasoning?

There is a reason the DFI is popular amongst the enthusiast, and it is not because we are sheep
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Originally Posted by TheEddie
like someone said up there^ The A8N-SLI is a good board, I went with the deluxe just because it was 30 bucks cheaper and i dont mind the fan versus the premium's passive cooling pipes.

I'm at 2.63 on stock voltage right now, rock solid dual prime stable-24hours stock cooler, stock temps

Right now im running 294x9 to help my ram out, but before i was just running a 260x10.

I paid $100 for mine, you cant beat it!
Price is no object here. I am looking to buy the best socket 939 board made right now. The thing is, if I bought the DFI I would most likely have to get a new PSU, because mine doesn't have EPS12v. If I got a PSU recommended on DFI street that would be about $120 on a GameXStream 600W. Money I just don't have right now, and the Asus would run fine until I go SLi.

EDIT - I really want the DFI, but I'm not sure about the whole PSU thing.
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DFI's are, in the end, a better buy for the AMD CPUs, they simply just allow better control, that is for you to tweak.

If SLi is not on the critical path then look at the Ultra-D, this is prob. the best DFI MB made (non-SLi). The Expert is somewhat more of a difficult character, esp when matching memory - no TCCD modules need apply as you just cannot max them out - the BIOS is not designed for these types of modules. Also consider the nF4-SLi-D/DR as another option.

The Asus are also good, but will limit the OC on the X2 when compared to the DFI.. the Asus BIOS detects the CPU type and limits vCore.

Best to map out what kit you have and intend to reuse, where the GPU path is really likely to go and then see what MB's fit the bill.

With the DFI, even if you are not a heavy OC'er, you will learn a lot by trying out their options...
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Originally Posted by ncsa
DFI's are, in the end, a better buy for the AMD CPUs, they simply just allow better control, that is for you to tweak.

If SLi is not on the critical path then look at the Ultra-D, this is prob. the best DFI MB made (non-SLi). The Expert is somewhat more of a difficult character, esp when matching memory - no TCCD modules need apply as you just cannot max them out - the BIOS is not designed for these types of modules. Also consider the nF4-SLi-D/DR as another option.

The Asus are also good, but will limit the OC on the X2 when compared to the DFI.. the Asus BIOS detects the CPU type and limits vCore.

Best to map out what kit you have and intend to reuse, where the GPU path is really likely to go and then see what MB's fit the bill.

With the DFI, even if you are not a heavy OC'er, you will learn a lot by trying out their options...
Thanks ncsa. I've seen some of your overclocks on amdgeeks.com. Incredible.

I really want a SLi board, and my ram is TCCU. What do you think about my PSU though? Is there any way it would be compatible with the SLi-DR Expert?
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The DFI MB's need a good PSU so this will be another aspect you will need to change out as 460W will not cut-it esp. OC'ing. The X2 when wound up will draw on the PSU a lot... that with a 79xx card, etc.. the PSU is often forgotten Until the system stops or simply cannot OC very well. Hence looking at very good Dual or better yet Quad rails. Personally I have moved to Quad rails as it was possible to overload the, then, good Enermax 600W with the X2 at 3.1Ghz, BH modules (3.7v), 4xHDD and the 7950GX2.....etc, it was all too much for dual rails under load. So where people may say that 600-1000W is not required it is all about how the rails are balanced... and often to get this you need to look at the higher end PSUs... and besides can you really have too much power, OC, Speed ...

GL
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Thanks. But would my PSU be able to run the DFI motherboard? Would it be able to run it at 2.5? When I get the money to upgrade to a 600W GameXStream I will.

EDIT- remember, my PSU does not have the 8-pin connector.
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