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Asus P5E3 Premium WiFi-AP @n Edition

Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6

Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6

MSI X48 Platinum

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We have a clear winner, but not an awardable one: the Asus P5E3 Premium Compare Prices on P5E3 Motheboard was the only motherboard in this comparison to pass all of our testing criteria, so it wins by default. It has a good add-in RAID controller, a sufficient onboard audio solution, and most importantly, stable support for four memory modules.
http://www.tomshardware.com/2008/02/...son/index.html
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I like this statement:
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A higher "validated" speed is no guarantee of increased clock speed potential. The idea that the X48 Express is better than the X38 Express in the same way that a Core 2 Duo E6850 is better than a Core 2 Duo E6750 can be shot down by the fact that our E6850 doesn't overclock as far as our E6750.
This quote is right on the mark. It would seem that not even identical motherboard chipsets perform the same anymore. Much like CPU overclocking, some chipsets can overclock higher then others. My X38 ASUS board can run 515 FSB with 1.43v to the NB, while others with the same board are using 1.5v+ for the same FSB OC.
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post #3 of 17
The Asus P5E3 Premium WiFi-AP @n Edition is an X38.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131218
That's the 1 you meant, right?
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post #4 of 17
Anyone know when the X48 boards will be out? I am getting impatient. I am probably going with a Gigabyte X38 or X48 DQ6 DDR2 version but I was hoping the X48's would cause a price drop on X38 boards; stock is drying up on Gigabyte boards and I may be stuck with a higher priced X48 board (which is fine but waiting is the hardest part). I get why the hold up but its almost March and these boards were supposed to come out in December 07. There are alot of reviews on these boards so I bet they are already being massed manufactured.
    
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post #5 of 17
date is supposed to be end of march for availability.
but that is only the current rumor concensus
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post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
Just googled x48 and looked at the news links, found a lot of stuff saying it will be out next month.
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post #8 of 17
If these are close to come out when are the intel P45s coming?
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post #9 of 17
x48 is supposed to be out before p45 is from what i am told
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post #10 of 17
So why are other X38 boards stock drying up so much. Only Asus seems to be shipping these boards with any kind of regularity. I still may end up with Asus but I really want the Gigabyte with 12 phase pwm. The EX38-DS4 seems to be a second revision of the X38-DS4 with the DQ6's 12 phase up from 6. It lost auxillary power for PCI/e and added dual gig-lan with teaming capability. Still only has 6 SATAII ports but I don't plan on running more than 4 drives anyway with 2 set aside for newer SATA optical drives. Firewire is fine for me for external storage. I am giving it till Mid march sooner if I find that I will no longer be able to get what I want because of no-stock.
    
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