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Oh okay,not that long. I thought the warranty was for about 6 months. But in terms of overclockability(if there is such a word), is it much of a significant difference?
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post #12 of 28
The P5N32-E SLI 680i = Supports Penryn
The P5N32-E PLUS = Doesn't

That's my guess....lol
 
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post #13 of 28
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Don't mind me asking, but what is Penryn?
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post #14 of 28
They both will support Penryn. Also the 680i is different from the plus in that the plus uses the nf570 MCP on the southbridge (So essentially its a 650i with a 680i controller on the nb and a 650i controller on the sb). The plus does have all solid capacitors but thats becoming a trend on the newer boards and is not a correction of the 680i boards in general. I've actually used both and was not able to get the same results on the plus for overclocking that I was able to achieve on the full 680i board, likely as a result of the lower end SB chipset I mentioned above. The NF570 chipset is what was used on the older NF4 chipset boards which happen to be seriously crappy overclockers (The asus P5N32 SLI deluxe using the NF4 chipset is a good example. This board has an FSB ceiling of 350. Period).

With the full 680i I was able to hit 528 FSB (at a 7x multi). with the plus, the highest I was able to hit was 490, still better than the EVGA 680i but not on par with the asus 680i. Also, the plus board needed more vcore to ensure stability than the 680i asus did. Again, I believe this is an issue with the SB controller. That is how they made the board cheaper (as adding all solid caps actually increases the price of the board).

If you can get it, go with the P5N32-E and not the plus. I'm not certain what the logic behind the plus was. If you want to save money, go with the Asus P5N-E 650i board. It will also hit between 470-480 FSB and is much cheaper (although its SLI is 8x8x not 16x16x)
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post #15 of 28
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That was really insightful. Thanks a lot Robilar. But between the Asus P5N-E 650i board and the Asus P5B-E plus, which is better?

Edit: And i'm the kind of person who is like, "If i can't get SLi at x16, x16, i refuse to get a board with x8, x8 and rather stick to 1 pci-e slot". Don't know why i'm like that.
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post #16 of 28
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If you can get it, go with the P5N32-E and not the plus. I'm not certain what the logic behind the plus was. If you want to save money, go with the Asus P5N-E 650i board. It will also hit between 470-480 FSB and is much cheaper (although its SLI is 8x8x not 16x16x)
He beat me to it. P5N-E SLI FTW.
Straight forward 650i board, hybrid board (plus board) is known to be a flaky OCer.

P5N-E is a DAMN good board, and if you want SLI, you'll need it, over the P5B-E.
I know about the P5B Deluxe, I am not familar with the "-E" version but I know the P5B Deluxe is a DAMN good board.

Personally, I'd go with the P5N tho, I may be biased but I love me the the idea of SLI, and plan to SLI 8800GTX sometime next year.

And yes it is 8x 8x SLI instead of full 16x... but there has been studies showing virtually no difference. When things greater than the G80s come out, we may see full utilization of 16x, but for now, not really.
    
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So there is little or no difference between 8x 8x and 16x 16x? I want to future proof my rig... I don't want it to be like my current socket A where its lasting me 5 years where i have to overclock everything just to keep it running.
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post #18 of 28
1) You can't future proof a rig
2) I don't see much more need than SLI G80s for quite some time, lol.

Honestly, I'd save $ on the board and drop it in to a 640MB GTS instead.
$80 saved and $60 respent on GTS...Still have $20 in your pocket, and plenty of GDDR3 goodness!
    
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Many will point to this board as being a “8X8 SLI Only” motherboard and it is, but we have yet to find anywhere that we have seen real world differences in performance. The 8X8 SLI configuration only comes up short when running canned benchmarks in our experience, so if you are a benchmark type of guy, you will want to stick with the 16X16 SLI boards.
From: http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/articl...ZW50aHVzaWFzdA==
    
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I'm convinced. I will get the Asus P5N-E SLI 650i. However, the prices of the 8800gts 640mb versions range greatly. Evga is US$128 more than Leadtek of the same thing, no OC version, no nothing. Should i stick to the Asus 640mb or get Leadtek? Because i still have to spend about US$81 more even if i move to the Asus P5N-E SLI 650i. Anyway, i heard that Asus cards have good temperature management even when you OC them.
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