Originally Posted by t4ct1c47
I know its not exactly comparing a cheap motherboard to a mid-range motherboard but a good example would be the performance of the P5N32-E SLi and the Striker Extreme. Both from Asus, and both make use of the 680i chipset, but the cheaper board with less unnecessary features can clock just as highly. Though to be honest, if you're looking to only spend $60 on a motherboard I think you'll literally get what you pay for when it comes to Intel boards. I hope you're not thinking of an AsRock.
I agree.. this is a perfect example from just reading about these two boards actualy 3...P5N32-E 650I / AND P5N32-E PLUS 680I / AND EXTREME..
I DIDNT KNOW THAT THE ASUS P5N32-E 650I / P5N32-E PLUS 680I USES the same mobo as the extreme, here is a quick quote from fireing squad....
The rear panel of the P5N32-E and Plus boards is very similar to the Striker. The only features missing are the two SATA ports, the debugging LCD, and the LCD backlight toggle button. You can clearly see the empty connections for these on the PCB. All other features are kept. If you don’t need SATA2, are an experienced tweaker and don’t need the debugging screen, you could probably settle for one of lower ASUS 680i boards. All ASUS 680i boards come with the Supreme FX [COLOR=#777799! important][COLOR=#777799! important]audio [COLOR=#777799! important]card[/color][/color][/color]
. If you have your own, you don’t have to use it so it is a great option.
Our overclocking results with the ASUS P5N32-E SLI and Plus boards were different. The BIOS is the same for all of ASUS’s 680i boards, so these boards had the same options as the Striker, which achieved the highest speed of any Intel board we tested. The ASUS P5N32-E SLI achieved a measly 477MHz FSB, which isn’t bad at all, but compared to the Striker’s 537MHz, the ASUS P5N32-E’s numbers seem small. This could possibly mean that the Striker’s chips were hand picked. The ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus topped out at 503MHz, right between the two other ASUS boards. It may have done better because of the solid capacitors, even if that is unlikely. Remember, overclocking is random, and changes by chip. This is also why CPUs all overclock differently.
The striker extreme is now at 329.99 / the p5n32-e is at 126.99 and the plus is at
182.99..big price diff with just some missing items from the extreme.. this is a good example on how they produce boards,. but honestly i wouldnt spend 60 bucks on a board you wont be happy with it..do some reasearch on diff mobo lik eim doing ask questions about them , then make your final mind up on which one to buy
.... I hope this helped you out some ... actual finding of this came from kemo6600