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post #11 of 17
x38 will eventually go away imo
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x38 will eventually go away imo
Ah there's the rub! Alot of late released 939 boards got shoddy bios support because everyone was switching gears to AM2. For other than playing newer games all my 939 rigs run great. I am worried that if I stay with X38 Mobo makers will jump ship on support, but then again I don't want to pay out the a$$ for X48 just cause its new but really doesn't bring anything other than "official" 1600 FSB which we all know the X38 even the P35 can do.

I know Asus does better bios support than most which is why I am still considering them. Gigabyte has one of the earlier released X38's so at least they have had more time to work out any bugs. But look at DFI, it seems as soon as they released their LP X38 board they are nowhere to be found, only a few people I know were even able to get one. Their new X48 board looks intriguing, especially with the ICH10 southbridge; most other builders are sticking with the ICH9. But sucks to be DFI X38 owners as DFI's history of older chipset bios support is real shoddy and I am not talking about older/older chipsets either (939 LanParty 3200 board anyone). Don't get me wrong they make great products but I find they don't stand to well behind their stuff at times.

I just feel confused as a consumer just as I am jumping ship from AMD back to Intel. For all of AMD's faults their tech roadmap is a little more simplified.
    
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post #13 of 17
yeah i just got me dfi x38 and i am a bit worried about bios support for sure but i am also hearing from a few people that have the newer x48 variant of the same model x38 mono that they have been able to flash the newer bios to the x48 version with no issues at all.. but with the dfi mobo this will not be able to be done due to the ich10r over the ich9r.. which imo yes is great for new buyers (though im sure it will make the cost higher) it will suck for x38 owners.. i am wondering now if i should have held out for just a bit longer il be VERY unhappy if my nice new shiny x38 mobo stops getting support ... though they have sold out of the x38's pretty much every time they have got any in stock it seems so many people want them they could never keep them in stock. besides except for the ich10r im not sure il want to be shelling out nearly (most likely) 350-400$ for a mobo... way to much in my book for a mobo... while x48's will come down in price after a bit the initial price premiums will put them in reach of only a few who want the x48 "moniker" to say they have the best out imo..
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post #14 of 17
totally agree. I was going with DFI till it became damn near impossible to find one, and the lack of stock and later release of their X38 board left me feeling uneasy with its purchase and long term support. I really don't want to pay over $300 on a board either. Sucks about the newer southbridge as being able to flash an X48 bios on an X38 board would be the $hit.
    
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yeah tell me about it.. there are def a few now who have flashed over but thier mobo's still had the ich9r.... i am still wondering why they went to the 10r instead.. every one else seems to be sticking with the 9r for now..
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post #16 of 17
I have been trying to find more info on the ICH10R and I can't seem to find any solid reviews or knowledge base. What does it bring to the table over the ICH9? The newer DFI X48 board looks wicked. I know the Gigabyte X48 version is almost an exact copy of the X38 DQ6 and EX38 DQ4 boards. But I won't risk a flash till I see others successes or failures. I am pretty set on the X38 versions but I am going to try and hold out till mid march for X48 boards. There are alot of reviews for MSI and Gigabyte X48 boards.
    
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post #17 of 17
From this review http://www.hardwarezone.com/articles...482&cid=6&pg=8

"From the way Gigabyte has pushed for the X48 lineup refresh, it would seem that they are keen to replace their existing high-end X38 boards with the X48 (which is why Gigabyte's X38 boards are almost out of stock in the retail channel). Intel may have originally launched the chip for the sake of high-end enthusiast support, but there is no sense keeping both SKUs alive with no real benefit over the other. This is the reason why we're seeing a DDR2-based X48 board from Gigabyte. From what we've gathered, the GA-X38-DQ6, GA-X38T-DQ6 and GA-X38-DS5 will all be replaced by their respective X48 counterparts.

Performance-wise, as we can see, the X48 is identical to the X38 on most counts, but the GA-X48-DQ6 did seem to perform a little under the average that we'd have expected of it, especially in SPECviewperf and AquaMark3. The variance is still within bounds not to suspect anything amiss with the board, still if you're a current owner of a GA-X38-DQ6 board, there really isn't any reason for an upgrade."

Guess I should really just sit tight and wait
    
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