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well I was thinking of getting a new motherboard to test out...I wanted a Intel chip and was completely confused by all the letters and numbers and what not (I usually use Nvidia chipsets) well my first question is what is a good point to start out with P35, X38 or X48?? i kinda don't wanna get the X48 because its very expensive... so which would you choose P35 or X38... (will be used for OCing and games) well I know a few good ones in P35 are the DFI Dark and the DFI BloodIron...what are good choices? what would be the best board for a decent price in P35 and X38 I have around $250 to spend so if I could get both for under that including shipping then that would be cool They will be tested and see which one works the best and then sold off. so all help is appreciated

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The P35 offers the best price/performance ratio. The X38 and X48 (which is a higher binned X38) offer 2 x16 PCI-E slots and PCIE 2.0. Here is a comparison of the P35 and X38:

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.

That all being said, I have had the best experience with my ASUS P5E X38 board. Since the first week of OCing, I have not had a single lockup or crash since last November. Thats with a 3.7GHz E6600, and now a 3.5GHz Q6600.
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hmm so I guess P35 is it but which one should I go with... there are soo many??? (Thanks for all the info ericeod REP+ )
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hmm so I guess P35 is it but which one should I go with... there are soo many??? (Thanks for all the info ericeod REP+ )
To help narrow down your choices, decide on if you want RAID or not.

The boards with an ICH9 southbridge chip dont support RAID. The Gigabyte DS3L for $89 or the Abit IP35-E are both good ones based on this SB.

The boards with an ICH9R southbridge chip support RAID. The Gigabyte DS3R, DFI T2RL and Blood Iron, and ASUS P5K-E are all great boards for under $140.
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