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I am still torn between these two boards. The Abit seems good because of the NB/SB/MOSFET heatsinks and quad overclockability, but it also looks a little bad because of vdroop and price. The ASUS looks nice because of the features set and WiFi and price. It looks bad because of poor contact issues with the NB HS and only half the MOSFET covering by the heatsink. I really want to spend less, but I don't want to sacrifice cooling or performance. How do these two boards really compare? Would it be worth spending $25 less on the ASUS P5K-E WiFi/AP, or dropping down $25 for the Abit IP35 Pro? I will have a Q6600 G0 that I want to get to at least 3.2GHz (higher the better) for 24/7 use by my family and me cooled by a Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme with a Scythe Slipstream. I might use a Tuniq Tower, not sure. All will be in a Antec P182. I am also looking at another board, the DFI Lanparty DK P35-T2RS, but I just read a post about massive vdroop issues. The DFI also doesn't seem to have good cooling for NB/SB/MOSFET. It is also missing headers and ports for Firewire. I would need to get a SATA to eSATA conversion card to use eSATA, also. Could someone please advise me on which of these 3 to get? I want features, stability, and cooling.
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bump. No one seems to like these threads!
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jesus, don't bump your threads after 20 minutes. that's not "no one likes my thread", that's "i haven't given anyone time to give me an answer."

Look at the time passed since all the other last posts. it takes a while, try to have a little patience. Oy...



About your question, my vote goes for the P5K-E. If I'm not mistaken, it has a wifi adapter built into it, as well as a special BIOS distribution that allows you to connect to the internet and work on it without ever loading windows.

But the IP35 Pro does overclock like a crazy-beast. Your choice.
    
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Will the ASUS get me what I want, though, with decent temps (at least 3.2)?
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How do these 3 compare: DFI Lanparty DK P35-T2RS, Abit IP35 Pro, ASUS P5K-E WiFi/AP?
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How do these 3 compare: DFI Lanparty DK P35-T2RS, Abit IP35 Pro, ASUS P5K-E WiFi/AP?
Personally, all the boards you listed are great! Here is my order of preference:

DFI Lanparty DK P35-T2RS
ASUS P5K-E WiFi/AP
Abit IP35 Pro



But any one of those boards will give you the OC results you want!
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Personally, all the boards you listed are great! Here is my order of preference:

DFI Lanparty DK P35-T2RS
ASUS P5K-E WiFi/AP
Abit IP35 Pro



But any one of those boards will give you the OC results you want!
Why do you say the ASUS is higher on your list than the Abit? How much of a problem are the DFI heatsinks?
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Personally, all the boards you listed are great! Here is my order of preference:

DFI Lanparty DK P35-T2RS
ASUS P5K-E WiFi/AP
Abit IP35 Pro



But any one of those boards will give you the OC results you want!
WoW, the Abit Quad OCing monster gets last...

The Abit has a CMOS reset switch outside the case so you don't have to remove that annoying jumper. Also, it is the only Abit P35 board that comes with uGuru (allows you to OC within windows) which saves SO MUCH time when doing the final tweaking. I adjusted my volts for 2 hours last night trying to figure out what was Prime95 stable and I never rebooted. I adjusted it at least 15 times. That alone is worth getting the Abit board.

With the Abit board there is also a great thread here and at extremeoverclocking.com where you get obtain way more knowledge than you ever want to know about how this board works and successful and unsuccessful OC's with all kinds of CPU's.

Also, if you get a new one, it will ship with BIOS 14 which is rock solid stable. No flashing required.

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I have the IP35 Pro and Love it. I dont OC, but its bios would make it rediculously easy to OC... Very tempting
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How is the ASUS?
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