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Hey,

My Asus commando has finally died so I need a new motherboard and I need it fast!

X48 seems to be the logical choice for me since I want to run crossfire eventually and I like the idea of having pcie 2.

I would rather not have another asus board because the commando was a nightmare and as ive only had asus boards since core 2 duo was launched, im not sure what to go for.

ive whittled it down to these 2, but i cant see much info or reviews around yet.

this one looks good - are dfi any good for intel boards? last dfi i had was nf4 a long time ago.
DFI X48 review

And this one looks nice as well, but i dont know if gigabyte are any good at the moment?

gigabyte dq6 x48 review

Any help from you pros would be appreciated
post #2 of 9
I have a gigabyte board and I think they are friggin awesome bang for the buck. I had a couple of Asus boards before I switched to Gigabyte. I'm definitely buying Gigabyte from now on as I've had a lot better luck. DFI's are really good too though..
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Thanks slaney, they both seem to be well featured, i suppose its just a case of which one will clock the best as the prices are similar too.

I like the nb cooling on the dfi. does anyone haave either of these boards or both of them?
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Thanks slaney, they both seem to be well featured, i suppose its just a case of which one will clock the best as the prices are similar too.

I like the nb cooling on the dfi. does anyone haave either of these boards or both of them?
My DFI LT X48-T2R should be in my hands sometime Monday evening(damn UPS always gets here ~6PM). Other than that I can't comment much, however I have found a decent review I plan on using as a reference when I get my board.

http://www.clunk.org.uk/forums/revie...ng-review.html

Quote:
A Few Initial Thoughts And First Overclock.

The board setup was completely fuss free and it fired up first time with no problems.

I'm going to start with;
  • Q6600 G0
  • 2x1GB Ballistix Tracer D9 (Green slots - these proved to have better stability for 2x1GB DIMMS on the X38 for me).
  • 8800GT
  • Thermalright Ultra Extreme 120
  • Corsair HX620
  • Raptor 74GB 16MB Cache.
I'm going to do the air cooling first again, and then the phase later.

Once again the build quality is excellent - Nothing more to say about that, you'll just have to take my word for it

One of the things that impressed me about the X38 version was that I was able to achieve some relatively high overclocks at lower voltages than previously possible on any other 775 boards that I've used.

One thing I noticed is that the NorthBridge core voltage is slightly higher at default than the X38 (1.205v vs 1.211v). This may mean a slightly higher NB temp, but not by much.

Keeping that in mind, my first overclock was to be 400x9 and the aim was to get Wprime 1024M/OCCT/Superpi 32M stable at less voltage than I managed on the X38 (1.3256v) - Doable?

Yes, it is doable!

400x9
3600Mhz 1.31v 800Mhz RAM - All voltage settings at default apart from the NB voltage at 1.35v and DRAM voltage at 2.19v.
I'm pumped... Just need to land a Q6600/X3220 for <$200 and I'll be good to go.

-EDIT-

LMAO you linked the same review
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yes same review, i think thats the only one around at the moment.

i think the dfi is the one then, i was almost swayed by the gigabyte but i like that cooler on the dfi.

thank you
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yes same review, i think thats the only one around at the moment.

i think the dfi is the one then, i was almost swayed by the gigabyte but i like that cooler on the dfi.

thank you
good choice, ive got my one coming either tomorrow or saturday...

it will be a good mobo, DFI's are well known for overclocking well, and being very stable with big overclocks... good mobo to choose
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".....Green slots - these proved to have better stability for 2x1GB DIMMS on the X38 for me".

When I read this I got a little suspicious. Two 1 GB sticks should really work in all of the slots.
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I have DFI LT X48-T2R. I haven't overclocked yet (had it for 2 days!) because I have been quite busy. However, I have looked around the BIOS and the setting are extensive.

The board also has jumpers all over the place for every kind of setting you could imagine. You can set the FSB via a jumper on the motherboard.

Seeing as the DFI is the cheapest X48 board, I would definitely go for that.
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post #9 of 9
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Ordered the DFI thanks for the help in deciding folks.

The one snag i have is that i have thermalright extreme heatsink and i see from that review that it wont fit vertically. has anyone managed to fit one and what needs modding?

thanks
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