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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2/25/08 at 3:34pm