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CFX3200 vs. K9A Platinum

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I recently ordered 2 new mobos from newegg, and was wondering if I could get some help researching these boards, as I have not been able to find much info regarding either of them. I know the easiest way will be to just set them up and see how they run, but if I can just get what I want from the first setup, I can then just rma the other. Here are the two boards that I ordered.

DFI CFX3200 M2/G Infinity AM2
MSI K9A Platinum XPRESS 3200 AM2

Basically, I want something that will has great oc capabilities (with good adjustable voltages, better than 1.4v for cpu and better than 2.1v for ram). I allready know pretty much everything else regarding these two boards, regarding the N.& S. bridge stats, DRAM capabilities, sata, etc. I guess I would just like to know which one will give me the higher (stable) overclock. I am giving my current mobo (ECS KA3-MVP) to my girlfriend, as she doesnt oc much, but still wants a little more power from her DC 4200+.

I'll be running the chosen board with a Thermaltake T.Power 700w, 2x WD 250gb drives RAID, AMD FX-62, and either Crucial Anniversary Ed. 667, or G.Skill "PK" 800. And also crossfire X1950XTX setup.

All info you guys can dig up is totally appreciated and rep-worthy!
    
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DFI is always better... especially when compared with an MSI motherboard
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I have no specific details about the DFI mobo, but the K9A was on my shopping list a month ago. I abandoned the idea of buying it because of the preety lame OC results with the early BIOSes. Only some site, I think anadtech.com managed a decent OC after they demanded and received a decent BIOS from MSI. I have no idea if that bios was finally released to the public, they said it was in beta state.
As for the DFI, as I said, about that one I haven't much info, but since I am a DFI owner since 2 weeks ago I'm willing to bet the DFI is better, DFIs are simply better at OCing, they're designed for this.
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Ok, well it seems as though you both were right. I have spent numerous hours browsing review sites, forums, and even a call to DFI, and here's what I've got.

The DFI CFX3200 M2/G Infinity is now DFI's top-tier product for the socket AM2 setup. The cost-to-performance ratio is outstanding: seated at the $150 range with the board being capable of a 400mhz FSB right out of the box with no bios updates. The voltage selection is absolutely amazing, alowing for fine tuning of CPU & DRAM voltages, with over-voltage protection- which will lower the voltage to just what is needed for stability. So, if you need to set the board to 1.6v to get your 320+ FSB OC stable, and it only really needs 1.55, the board will detect heat/performance/power levels and compensate as needed. It is also the first board to use a ceramic south-bridge heat-sink, kept at a low profile as not to impede installation/use of larger graphics cards.

This board seems like its the new go-to-guy for AM2/ATI performance enthusiasts. I cant wait to get it set up, and get some benches run! I'm not even going to bother with the K9A... although I may decide to keep it for a future machine, or a built-to-sell setup (I sell & repair PC's for a living). You guys may want to keep this board in mind for future inquiries regarding an AM2/Crossfire solution. I should have everything up and running by early tomorrow evening, and I'll post back in regards to my findings and whatnot regarding the board.

Thanks again for the info, much appreciated!

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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[PHENOM II 940 BLACK ED] [3.65Ghz@1.46v] [MSI K9A2 PLATINUM] [HD4890 TOXIC @ 1055/1160] [BIOS V.mod~1.4125v] [2Gb G.SKILL PC2-6400 "PK"] [@860mhz 4-4-4-12] 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
[CAVIAR BLACK 500gb] [BARRACUDA 7200.12 500gb ] [LITEON 24x CD/DVD+R/RW/R-DL] [WINXP PRO SP3] [2*ACER "X223w"] 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
[SAITEK ECLIPSE II] [TOUGHPOWER 750w] [COOLERMASTER CENTURION S] [^heavily modified] [LOGITECH G5] 
Mouse Pad
[FLEXIGLOW X-RAIDER] 
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[PHENOM II 940 BLACK ED] [3.65Ghz@1.46v] [MSI K9A2 PLATINUM] [HD4890 TOXIC @ 1055/1160] [BIOS V.mod~1.4125v] [2Gb G.SKILL PC2-6400 "PK"] [@860mhz 4-4-4-12] 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
[CAVIAR BLACK 500gb] [BARRACUDA 7200.12 500gb ] [LITEON 24x CD/DVD+R/RW/R-DL] [WINXP PRO SP3] [2*ACER "X223w"] 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
[SAITEK ECLIPSE II] [TOUGHPOWER 750w] [COOLERMASTER CENTURION S] [^heavily modified] [LOGITECH G5] 
Mouse Pad
[FLEXIGLOW X-RAIDER] 
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