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Alright, the board in my specs clocks ok but the cmos jumper is really hard to get too. Also it has some hangup issues when I go to restart it which is a pain and also only 3 phase power. I'm basically set on a DFI or an ASUS that I'll buy used off of Ebay or off of someone on this site. Please post any recommendations or suggestions plus any experience you've had with one these boards. I'll also consider other mobo manufacturer's if a member of this forum has had pretty extensive experience with it and can verify reliability. I do want a nForce SLI chipset. I do have a question about the DFI's what is the difference between the nForce4 SLI models? You've got the LAN-Party, Infinity, Expert, etc. Aren't they all the same chipset? Does one clock any better than the other? Thank You in advance for all of your input.

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Check my sig for the DFI question... I highly recommend the DFI boards over ASUS because my experience with ASUS hasn't been as great in terms of performance.

But if you want a A8N32-SLI, CD has one:
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I consider my Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe to be the best motherboard I've ever owned. DFIs may have the best reputation for ultimate performance, but I'd dare say that the A8N32-SLIs aren't too far behind. They also have the reputation for being far more user-friendly than the DFIs. One convenient example: If you go too far with an overclocking attempt, you don't even have to reset the CMOS jumper most times (I only ever did this once, and not even for an OC attempt); the motherboard simply won't boot. You're only required to turn off the main power switch and/or disconnect the power cord to your PSU, then re-plug everything in, and you're back to default BIOS settings. You can then re-set your OC. (I always enjoyed this nifty little feature back when I was in the testing phase of my OCs.)

There are a few caveats, though: Chief of these has to do with cooling. (My board is in RMA because of a damaged chipset due to a stock heatsink losing optimum contact with the chip.) The heatpipe cooling system looks cool, but I strongly advise optimizing your case cooling. This is a hot board, and it cannot be mounted upside down, so Lian Li inverted cases are out unless you're prepared to mod the board's cooling system. Also, this board is said to run the hottest among motherboards with this chipset; I think that Asus just tends to be more pessimistic with its sensor calibration compared to most manufacturers, though. I believe it, too: In a back-to-back comparison with an Abit AN8 32X (the equivalent Abit motherboard) I built for a client, using the same (stock) settings on the same chip (A64 3700+ single-core) in the same case (Antec P180), the Asus reported CPU temps about 6-9 degrees C hotter. OCing the CPU to 2.5GHz, the delta T increased to almost fifteen degrees.

Despite these concerns, though, I still love my A8N32-SLI.

(I've never worked with a DFI, not even for a client; they're simply hard to find, in my opinion, and I didn't get one in their heyday.)

I hope this helps!
    
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For 939 I have had several asus and dfi boards and I must say if you know what you are doing the dfi boards are the best for ocing. Thats what I do so I would recommend the dfi boards.
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The board I have in my sig. I just bought it yesterday off of newegg Open box. Go Go Go!
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I prefer ASUS over DFI, because they're more user friendly. However, DFIs are absolutely FULL of options. If you don't mind spending a lot of tiem tweaking, then DFI is the way to go. If you just want great performance and ease of use, plus pretty darn good overclocking, then ASUS would be a great option, too.
    
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I consider my Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe to be the best motherboard I've ever owned. DFIs may have the best reputation for ultimate performance, but I'd dare say that the A8N32-SLIs aren't too far behind. They also have the reputation for being far more user-friendly than the DFIs. One convenient example: If you go too far with an overclocking attempt, you don't even have to reset the CMOS jumper most times (I only ever did this once, and not even for an OC attempt); the motherboard simply won't boot. You're only required to turn off the main power switch and/or disconnect the power cord to your PSU, then re-plug everything in, and you're back to default BIOS settings. You can then re-set your OC. (I always enjoyed this nifty little feature back when I was in the testing phase of my OCs.)

There are a few caveats, though: Chief of these has to do with cooling. (My board is in RMA because of a damaged chipset due to a stock heatsink losing optimum contact with the chip.) The heatpipe cooling system looks cool, but I strongly advise optimizing your case cooling. This is a hot board, and it cannot be mounted upside down, so Lian Li inverted cases are out unless you're prepared to mod the board's cooling system. Also, this board is said to run the hottest among motherboards with this chipset; I think that Asus just tends to be more pessimistic with its sensor calibration compared to most manufacturers, though. I believe it, too: In a back-to-back comparison with an Abit AN8 32X (the equivalent Abit motherboard) I built for a client, using the same (stock) settings on the same chip (A64 3700+ single-core) in the same case (Antec P180), the Asus reported CPU temps about 6-9 degrees C hotter. OCing the CPU to 2.5GHz, the delta T increased to almost fifteen degrees.

Despite these concerns, though, I still love my A8N32-SLI.

(I've never worked with a DFI, not even for a client; they're simply hard to find, in my opinion, and I didn't get one in their heyday.)

I hope this helps!
Agree completely..this is a great and reliable board...flexible and easy to overclock,..just want to add that reseating the heat pipe system helps with the heat.
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Originally Posted by txtmstrjoe View Post
I consider my Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe to be the best motherboard I've ever owned. DFIs may have the best reputation for ultimate performance, but I'd dare say that the A8N32-SLIs aren't too far behind. They also have the reputation for being far more user-friendly than the DFIs. One convenient example: If you go too far with an overclocking attempt, you don't even have to reset the CMOS jumper most times (I only ever did this once, and not even for an OC attempt); the motherboard simply won't boot. You're only required to turn off the main power switch and/or disconnect the power cord to your PSU, then re-plug everything in, and you're back to default BIOS settings. You can then re-set your OC. (I always enjoyed this nifty little feature back when I was in the testing phase of my OCs.)

There are a few caveats, though: Chief of these has to do with cooling. (My board is in RMA because of a damaged chipset due to a stock heatsink losing optimum contact with the chip.) The heatpipe cooling system looks cool, but I strongly advise optimizing your case cooling. This is a hot board, and it cannot be mounted upside down, so Lian Li inverted cases are out unless you're prepared to mod the board's cooling system. Also, this board is said to run the hottest among motherboards with this chipset; I think that Asus just tends to be more pessimistic with its sensor calibration compared to most manufacturers, though. I believe it, too: In a back-to-back comparison with an Abit AN8 32X (the equivalent Abit motherboard) I built for a client, using the same (stock) settings on the same chip (A64 3700+ single-core) in the same case (Antec P180), the Asus reported CPU temps about 6-9 degrees C hotter. OCing the CPU to 2.5GHz, the delta T increased to almost fifteen degrees.

Despite these concerns, though, I still love my A8N32-SLI.

(I've never worked with a DFI, not even for a client; they're simply hard to find, in my opinion, and I didn't get one in their heyday.)

I hope this helps!
Now the thing is with (some) DFI's, it doesn't apply FSB settings before after the POST. That means if something messes up you can always get to fix it. I've yet to touch the CMOS switch (ok apart from when I booted with an old stick of kingston 128mb RAM, didn't support the 2-2-2-0 timings
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Abit AT8 32X. That's what I was running the CPU and memory on, and it was a champ. 310 HT max.
Another good one is the DFI CFX3200
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Abit AT8 32X. That's what I was running the CPU and memory on, and it was a champ. 310 HT max.
Another good one is the DFI CFX3200
Oooh!

I've got a fresh one waiting for some more parts, waiting to be built!

It'll be used as a client demonstrator and will be mated with an Opteron 170. 310MHz on the HT's not the best, but with a 10x CPU multiplier that's more than enough.

Thanks for sharing!
    
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