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Hello,

This is my first post, but I have been using this site for information for a long time. Basically, this is what happened. I ordered an ASUS M2N-E SLI motherboard when they first came out, I installed everything and the motherboard was DOA. So I had to send it back, TigerDirect.com did not have the MoBo in stock when they needed to send me a replacement, so they offered me the NON-SLI version! I was very nieve and went with this, not thinking that I would ever need the power of TWO-GPU's. My power supply and my case is SLI compatible so I am set up for that.

Anyway, I was browsing around on the internet last night and came across a really great deal. They were selling an OEM version of the Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4 motherboard for around $55 shipped. I searched around and found the best price on these was at least $89.99 without shipping so I decided to by the board. Mostly because this board is SLI and I want to start fooling around with SLI.

I have the ASUS M2N-E right now and I do like the board besides the fact that it is very picky on the RAM that you install in it, ASUS seems to be way behind on keeping their products up to date, and you can BARELY overclock the board! Don't get me wrong, its a nice board, the fan-less cooling design is by far some of the best stuff I have seen, and I have always used ASUS in the past. I think that its time for me to try something new.....

My question, besides SLI how does this board stack up to the ASUS M2N-E (SLI or non-SLI) How is this board at overclocking? My system specs are located in my profile under system. I really just want an SLI motherboard for now until the Phenom CPU's come down in price, in which case I will upgrade my MoBo and CPU again, possibly at the end of the year.

Please let me know what you think, and be easy, I have searched this site for months, never joined / posted because I like to find all my information myself. So don't just reply with "Google it", because I already have, and didn't find any of the information I wanted, such as maybe someone has been in my situation before, or can read "between" the lines better than I can. Think of this post as a compliment requesting the general pooling of your professional opinions!

Thank you, and hopefully this will start a good relationship in which case I a can post more threads!

PS: Whoever did the AM2/AM2+ Overclockers Guide, that was great, it really did the job! My girlfriend was upset however, because she was looking over my shoulder, reading what I had printed (yes, I printed the guide on my Canon MP600) and got upset because she didn't understand what I was doing. Then when I told her, she said "Isn't your computer fast enough, gheez!" I love her to death

Thanks guys!
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Well I have that gigabyte board and I can tell you that you should be able to get your 5400+ to 3.0ghz or higher. When I had my 5000be installed on my board I was able to get it to 3.2 stable. Just be careful because the Gigabyte seems to overvolt a bit. People in the forums will say that the 570 chipset is a crappy OC'er but I have not had that experience at least with this board.

SLI works great on this board just keep in mind that one pcie runs at x16 while the other one runs at x8 but that shouldn't really matter since there is more than enough bandwidth to go around anyway.

I could not tell you anything about the asus since I have never used it.
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Hey, well thank you very much. I can't believe I got the board for $54.63 shipped! I can't wait to get it! I am going to overclock the sh&t out of my CPU!!! Then when I fry it, my girlfriend will let me buy the phenom

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Hey, well thank you very much. I can't believe I got the board for $54.63 shipped! I can't wait to get it! I am going to overclock the sh&t out of my CPU!!! Then when I fry it, my girlfriend will let me buy the phenom

Thanks!
I know how it is I get quite a few eye rolls from the wife .
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Well, guess what? I got the board today, I was so excited, I am so happy, I will post pics later. But heres an update, so I have the Coolermaster Centurion case, the one with the two silver poles on the front, and I re-ran all my wires real nice and neat before I installed the board. I have two sata-II drives (400GB x 2) and I bought some 10" blue sata cables with clips on them, and a blue round ide cable (for dvd burners, i have two of them also, don't know why, in case one fails i guess) i put a dual pci slot fan/gpu cooler in also, and i have 2 x 120MM case fans, plus one of my 80mm fans went out in my power supply (ultra x-finity 600watt) so i replaced that one finally also. anyway, with all this going on (new power supply fan, re-route/new wires, new MoBo) i was able to overclock the cpu (X2 5400 windsor) just by changing 1 setting, which was the clock frequency from 200 to 210 making it 2.94GHZ vs 2.8GHZ, and it has been running stable ever since. this something i could not achieve with the asus-m2n-e. besides that, I have SLI now, and I can't wait to try that out! My girlfriend is loving me right now! I had to reformat my harddrives, which wasn't that bad, even though it did boot but needed to reinstall all the drivers and such (because i forgot to enable "boot from cd/rom" in bios) One thing that scared me, I have 4GB RAM (4 x 1GB DDR2 667mhz) which my motherboard only detected about 3GB BEFORE i updated the bios..... my question: why did i have to update bios for my motherboard to detect all 4GB's while posting? I don't understand that part. anyway, I am going to post pics tomorrow in the afternoon, I really like the new board. I have been using the AMD / ASUS combo ever since i was 13 (i'm 24 now) and this the first time I went off brand, and I absolutely love Gigabyte.

Ohh, the fascinating part. I am getting unbelievable temps (through Everest Ultimate edition)

86 F on the CPU
113 F on the GPU

my house thermostat is on 72 F. Are these good temps? It was at 81 F when I was idling, on the ASUS board I couldn't run below 115 F on the CPU and 117 F on the GPU.

What is the most accurate program for detecting temperatures? Is everest ultimate edition a good program for such information?

Thanks.
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post #6 of 6
ASUS M2n SLI deluxe is by far the best board ive owned. And it supports Phenom. I have a phenom. But my board died so now its in RMA. Though These are great boards!
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