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How come everyone here on OCN says to go Asus??

Right now I'm looking at the P5K Deluxe or whatever its called (Too lazy to browse Newegg) but ranging $250...

I've always used Gigabyte and MSI in the past but who here agrees that MSI sucks? I certainly do after what I've gone through with mine...

I know theres plenty of other boards out there like Abit/Biostar/eVGA/DFI/ETC... but why does majority vote Asus?

Is it because most people have tried all sorts of different boards and have come to find that Asus is the most stable or is it a matter of most people just go Asus by default and there hasn't been an equal amount of OC'ers using different boards like the ones listed above?

That being said I'm thinking of getting the P5K and G.Skill HZ's and my CPU is a toss up. I may stick with my E6400 but it has a bastard stepping but I guess if I do decide to replace it I'll go E6600 (Unless anyone here has other suggestions.
    
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You can't say a company sucks just cause you bought a cheap board. You want performance? you'll have to pay for it. It's as simple as that. Asus isn't the best , it's all personal preference. A lot of people would say DFI, gigabyte,abit.

My MSI board has been excellent to me.
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Yeah the MSI board I had on my Socket939 was great...I'm kind of wondering what the difference is between an Asus mobo sporting the P35 chipset or the MSI mobo sporting the P35 chipset? lol
    
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The p5k ends up being the most recommended p35 board based on all the grand reports pouring in.

Some of our own members are having tremendous success with P5k boards, and I kinda want to shift to Asus because of that. I have a P35 Gigabyte Board (DS3P which has a more "advanced" bios than the DS3R and DS3) and while I haven't gone into more extensive and versatile testing... it seems that it's still as limited as it's predecessor, the 965p DS3.

All in all, though, it's what you're willing to try out: it isn't as if you're not permitted to RMA if you're unhappy. And at least you'll have the knowledge to pass on to the community.

Asus P5K + E6600 is probably a really good Match. Check KNITELIFE's thread, he's under 50c load temps on air with his E6600 on P5k board.
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The p5k ends up being the most recommended p35 board based on all the grand reports pouring in.

Some of our own members are having tremendous success with P5k boards, and I kinda want to shift to Asus because of that. I have a P35 Gigabyte Board (DS3P which has a more "advanced" bios than the DS3R and DS3) and while I haven't gone into more extensive and versatile testing... it seems that it's still as limited as it's predecessor, the 965p DS3.

All in all, though, it's what you're willing to try out: it isn't as if you're not permitted to RMA if you're unhappy. And at least you'll have the knowledge to pass on to the community.

Asus P5K + E6600 is probably a really good Match. Check KNITELIFE's thread, he's under 50c load temps on air with his E6600 on P5k board.
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post #6 of 17
im buying a P5K
G skill HZ 2 GB
im waiting until july 22nd when the processor prices drop gonna pick up the E6850

cant wait.. =)

i have only had Asus and havent had a single problem..

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post #7 of 17
I like asus because most of their tech support people are quite knowledgable and also because the bios is just set up so well, it puts gigabyte to shame. And like other here will tell you the new the p5k is cheap and OCs like crazy. As for your processor I would wait for the q6600 when it hits $266 towards the end of july, that will be your best bet!
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I've had an MSI, a DFI, and now an ASUS. This ASUS has made me definitely make them my #1 recommendation.

The MSI was stable for the most part, but just didn't OC like others. Of course, it was a budget board, so I didn't expect much out of it.

My DFI Ultra-D was a pain in the rear. It took me 3 nights of tinkering to get it to boot up into Windows. Then, I only got 2.8 out of an Opty 165. Ya, that OC is fine and dandy, but I got almost 2.7 on my MSI, so I just went back to it.

This ASUS, however, has been a godsend. I overclocked to like 2.6 on stock volts, and 3 GHz on stock cooling, with good temps, to boot. If I go overboard with an OC, I don't have to remove the CMOS like my other boards. I just reboot and I can always get back into the BIOS, it just gives me a message that my OC failed and I need to fix settings. Plus, you can save your OC settings on the board, so if you mess something up and just want to go back to what you know is stable, you just go into the BIOS and reload the saved OC profile.

I will not be a fanboy, I just know that the almighty DFI Ultra-D was not all it was cracked up to be, and that for $130, I got a stable, easy to use CrossFire mobo that I can push to 335 FSB. I am very pleased indeed.
    
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I have had an Asus, Asrock, Gigabyte and MSI motherboard. I cant speak for DFI .

but with ALL the boards above that I tried
- Asus was compatible with ALL memory I tried. kingston, corsair, gskill, AUm and some onther ones (ALL memory i tried worked, no matter what.) gigabyte was too picky, Asrock was compatible wit all aswell but not too many options(value model, duh..)
- Asus had the most options in bios
- Asus was the easiest to understand in the bios and manual
- Asus had the best tech support(although it takes a while to answer).
- Asus was always the best performing and most overclockable from all reviews I searched, aside from DFI. (A8N sli premium, P5NE-sli, P5b deluxe etc...)
- Asus had MORE OPTIONS on their line of products to choose from, so it's as if you can "customize" what you want in your board. sata controllers, sli support, wifi, etc.. there are models with all type of combinations.
- silent solutions(copper heatpipes), which means less replacement of parts and quiet pc.
- plus asus is not one sided, you have SLI solutions and CROSSFIRE solutions ( though i never used em)

FInaly, lets be honest, dont you just love that sexy dark and sparkly finish on their high end boards?
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How come everyone here on OCN says to go Asus??

Right now I'm looking at the P5K Deluxe or whatever its called (Too lazy to browse Newegg) but ranging $250...

I've always used Gigabyte and MSI in the past but who here agrees that MSI sucks? I certainly do after what I've gone through with mine...

I know theres plenty of other boards out there like Abit/Biostar/eVGA/DFI/ETC... but why does majority vote Asus?

Is it because most people have tried all sorts of different boards and have come to find that Asus is the most stable or is it a matter of most people just go Asus by default and there hasn't been an equal amount of OC'ers using different boards like the ones listed above?

That being said I'm thinking of getting the P5K and G.Skill HZ's and my CPU is a toss up. I may stick with my E6400 but it has a bastard stepping but I guess if I do decide to replace it I'll go E6600 (Unless anyone here has other suggestions.

Okay rather than bandy platittudes and make conjectures I will tell you as an owner/user of the P5K that it really performs.

I got my E6300 to OC to 3.1 on stock volts and it ran really cool. Can't do that with the ABit Aw9D-Max or FP190HD I also love and own.

Plus I got my Hz DDR2 800 running at 1171 max and 1066 smooth on stock volts. No other board can make your RAM run as fast and cool.

THis particular board from Asus has superior memory control and a very sophisticaed Vcore damper that keeps the CPU running at as low a voltage as possible--hence cool--et keeps it rock stable!

Hard to beat that,

One of our members posted his review of the comparable top end Gigabyte board and the results were not that impressive.

Asus has put out what I think is the best OCer since the p4p800SE..it OCs like a bandit--I got my FSB to 490 without even trying.

It's a set it and forget it board...no need for major tweaks to get the OC.

I just now received the Deluxe and will test it with my Q6600 aand report on the performance later today
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