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I've heard great things about both Asus and DFI boards, but DFI is a bit more expensive, and i'm trying to keep this under 1k if possible. If I were to get a DFI board tho, the cheapest one I could find was this. Although i'm not liking the idea of having to install the NB cooler. I put a new one on my Jetway, and it was a pain O_o
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Originally Posted by G|F.E.A.D|Killa View Post
what are you talking about. i know its a nforce board. i said dont go with a nvidia boad unless your going SLI.
Sorry man I must have misread your post.

I've used Asus in the past and never really had any problems with them until I picked up a P5N32E-SLi which has my vote for worst expensive motherboard of the century. I blamed it on the 680i chipset.

I haven't used a DFI yet but I hear nothing but good things about them.
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The X38 is a great board, but the P35 board will perform just as well. Here is a comparison between the chipsets:
Source: X-bit labs



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The newer chipset acquired XMP (Extended Memory Profiles) technology support. It is somewhat similar to Nvidia EPP (Enhanced Performance Profiles) Intel introduced for DDR3 SDRAM. In fact, it implies SPP extensions with information needed to use these memory modules for overclocking needs. Corresponding profiles added to the SPD bear the info on frequency, voltage and timings settings.

These are about the only differences between X38 and P35. However everything we have just mentioned turned out more than enough to require significant changes in the North Bridge of the new core logic. Of course, it affected the heat dissipation in the first place. The Intel X38 North Bridge features 36.5W typical heat dissipation, while the same characteristic for Intel P35 equals only 16W. Although the new chipset is manufactured using pretty up-to-date 65nm production process, the high TDP forced Intel to equip the chip with the same type of a heat-spreader lid that we have only seen on CPUs and server chipsets before.

Intel X38 chipset costs $50, which is about $20 more than the price of Intel P35.
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Uh...that's a 650i board. As in Nvidia nForce 650i.
The ASUS P5N-D is a Nvidia nForce 750i.
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I do know that Asus customer support lacks a little, downloading anything off their site can be painfully slow, and their RMA turnaround times aren't the best. Generally speaking they are good boards though IMO.
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The ASUS P5N-D is a Nvidia nForce 750i.
Whoops...yeah I had 650i stuck in my head for some reason. Thanks for catching that.
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i hate that nvidia wont give intel SLI. i want to have a better board them my 680i. sure its a really nice board i just want to bench at 4.5ghz lol.
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I've heard great things about both Asus and DFI boards, but DFI is a bit more expensive, and i'm trying to keep this under 1k if possible. If I were to get a DFI board tho, the cheapest one I could find was this. Although i'm not liking the idea of having to install the NB cooler. I put a new one on my Jetway, and it was a pain O_o
omg that was the wussiest thing i ever hear a OC'er say

that x38 board is beast
that p35 board is also beast!
some people dont liek the stock Chipset cooler on the p35 as well as blood iron

but that one the x38 board comes with will leave you happy with passive cooling or a lil fan near it

dude believe us, you will be most happy with the x38 or p35

id rather go crossfire than sli anyday
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post #28 of 49
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Thanks for all your advice/suggestions. Really apreaciate it. I'm thinking about that Asus X38 board, idk. I'll probally end up waiting a couple paychecks and decide then... keep the advice/suggestions comming =]
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post #29 of 49
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omg that was the wussiest thing i ever hear a OC'er say
lmao which part?
-edit- lol, the installing the NB part? It WAS! I thought i was gonna push the new cooler through the back of my board! the springs on it were way to strong...
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post #30 of 49
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Originally Posted by G|F.E.A.D|Killa View Post
i hate that nvidia wont give intel SLI. i want to have a better board them my 680i. sure its a really nice board i just want to bench at 4.5ghz lol.
I agree totally. If there was a motherboard with the stability and overclocking potential of a P35, I would gladly buy it and reap the benefits of SLi.

It's no wonder why they won't though. Take away the exclusiveness of SLi to Nvidia motherboards and I don't think there would be much left to make it appealing. While some have better luck than others (as well as different opinions), I think it's fair to say that in general, Intel makes the better board.
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