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Ditch my 680i for a P35?

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I was looking at this motherboard, but was wondering if it would surpass the 450mhz FSB wall of my 680i A1. I know there's a more expensive version of the P35 that supports SLI, but I don't think I plan to go SLI anytime soon, plus this chipset may just hold me off until the X38 or whatnot comes out.

Future-proofing questions: it lists voltages for ram specifically; is this like those finicky Intel motherboards that REQUIRE 1.8v and won't be ANY higher? Or is it pretty flexible with voltages?

I know only mediocre-at-best DDR3 modules are on the shelves right now, but will the 4gb cap on ram be enough for awhile? People are beginning to explore the 8gb realm with DDR2, and though faster, I'm just concerned that capacity-wise I would be setting myself up for near obsolescence.

All in all it looks pretty good - minus SLI, but... I don't want to spend $230 on another motherboard until X38 (This 680i cost me about that price too); is it a worthy upgrade or should I stick with what I have? I know these new G0's can hit some really nice speeds on just air but require around 500mhz to have any fun with 'em - so I have a feeling I'll need to ditch this 680i chipset

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Performance wise I don't see it doing anything for you. You would appear to have memory and CPU max'ed out so outside of bragging rights, 500Mhz ain't gona do anything for you.

The P35s appear to be nice boards and if I were building a new setup then it would be my choice. The X38 also brings a newer PCIe, not just SLI which I've never bothered with (I'm too cheap).
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an 8800 and you're too cheap? by comparison, my soul must be an accountant.
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Performance wise I don't see it doing anything for you. You would appear to have memory and CPU max'ed out so outside of bragging rights, 500Mhz ain't gona do anything for you.

The P35s appear to be nice boards and if I were building a new setup then it would be my choice. The X38 also brings a newer PCIe, not just SLI which I've never bothered with (I'm too cheap).
I agree. The only reason why you'd need 500MHz FSB is if you're RAM is 1000MHz. Even still it wouldn't be required. The Q6600 has a 9x Multiplier, which means if you were to run 500MHz X 9, you'd be running @ 4.5GHz. That ain't gonna happen unless you have liquid nitrogen or dry ice. So your need for 500MHz FSB is pretty much nonexistent.

Stick with what you have, it will work great
    
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an 8800 and you're too cheap? by comparison, my soul must be an accountant.
Your soul is probably that of a wise investor, PRO.
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I agree. The only reason why you'd need 500MHz FSB is if you're RAM is 1000MHz. Even still it wouldn't be required. The Q6600 has a 9x Multiplier, which means if you were to run 500MHz X 9, you'd be running @ 4.5GHz. That ain't gonna happen unless you have liquid nitrogen or dry ice. So your need for 500MHz FSB is pretty much nonexistent.

Stick with what you have, it will work great
I guess I forgot to mention: I won't be using my quad. I'm selling it to my brother and getting an E6750 or E6550, that's actually the reason the FSB was important to me.

Still a waste though?
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Most Intel processors max out around 3.6Ghz unless you have excellent cooling (phase-change) or get lucky with the particular cpu you get. Typically good cooling is needed to get to 3.6 too as vcore needs an increase. You can do the math for your cpu's multiplier to see the approximate FSB you need.
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Well, as far as I've read, the new G0's have been capable of 3.6 (E6550 in this case) at 1.31v, but over 500 FSB was required in order to do so. The E6850 was recorded getting to 4.2 on air, but requiring alot more vcore (The source didn't list what vcore was needed, it just said "alot higher"). I'm looking to get at least 3.5 off of the E6750 I'm thinking, and eventually I'm going to use TEC - sometime in the future.

I'm not really buying a new motherboard, I'm selling my brother mine, and my Q66 - since he's heavy into video editing and mixing, and I basically only play games with mine; he was looking to build a computer so I said if e buys me an E6750, I'll give him my quad. I'm thinking I might as well give him my motherboard too though, and I'll let him buy me a new one - thusly I was considering a P35 for somewhere around $150
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Either the evga 680i or a P35 motherboard will do you good with a dual core. The only difference is the P35 motherboards at this time don't support SLI - but most people don't go that route anyway.

With an E6750, which I believe has an 8 multiplier, the max FSB you'll need to achieve 3.6GHz is 450MHz. Both 680i and P35 chipsets are typically capable of hitting that.
    
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