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So I really want to try out a DFI board since everyone raves about them.

I am leaning towards a DX P35 because of the price 140$. Does the P35 support 45nm CPU’s? I will be running a 65nm CPU to start but looking at future upgrades possibilities. Not sure if having the 45nm capability for “later†is worth up grading to the X38 or X48. What would you do???

So I know that the X-38 and the X-48 both support 45nm but are they worth the extra 55 and 85$ respectively. If so why?


Links to DFI DK’s
P35
X38
X48

Thanks for the info
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post #2 of 14
The P35 supports 45nm with the newer bio's. I would go for it unless you plan to get a second graphics card.
post #3 of 14
will you be using a Core2Duo or Quad?

Also, will you be using crossfire?

If you aren't using crossfire get the P35.

If you are using a quad, get the x48 dk since it has an 8 phase digital PWM.
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the p35 and x38 is cheaper at motherboardpro. the x48 is cheaper by a couple of bucks at newegg. fyi.
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Thanks for the help. I will be running Duo's and only one video card so it looks like P35 unless i am missing something.

How is DFI RMA?

Onelive: yes but everything else i am getting at the same time is one the egg.
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If you plan on running RAID, don't consider the DK's. I had a DK-x38 (out for rma) and it couldn't run RAID and one of my storage drives and my dvd burner at the same time. All it has for RAID is on the southbridge and it has compatibility issues with other drives. The LT has a secondary JMicron RAID controller, leaving the southbridge SATA controller open for single drives. to answer your question, yes they support 45nm out of the box, but if you are going to use 65nm at first, it may be a good idea to update the bios before you do. Make sure the bios that you are going to flash to supports 45nm processors as well. Don't use LOGAN26's bios flashing utility CD, as it is the reason my board is off for RMA right now. Also, if you botch the bios flashing on the DK boards, you can't replace the bios chip on it. It's soldered onto the boards, and isn't socketed like on the higher quality dfi boards.
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Im running raid on my dfi board runs great super fast to.
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I had two raptors, a samsung DVD writer, a 250gb WD, and a 500gb Seagate drive hooked up to the southbridge with RAID-0 on the raptors. The motherboard would refuse to even see the seagate drive, and the OS and everything would come to a screeching halt if I plugged in the DVD writer. Everything would be fine as soon as I unplugged it though. craziest thing I ever saw. Needless to say, I had to send the mobo back after all the problems I had with it. Ordering a UT-X48 sometime this week from MBP.
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Im using 2 320gigs and 1 sata dvdrw and no issues at all.
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post #10 of 14
I love my P35, but if you want Crossfire, probably one of the X boards would be more to your liking. I have no experience as far as RAID goes, though my Optical drive and HDD are both SATA, and I have had no issues.
    
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