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post #1 of 17
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I am about to buy an EVGA 680i SE SLI for $80 used, and I was wondering if I should use it instead of buying a brand new Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L for $110? So what do you all think?
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Only go with the SE if you have a C2D, if you have a quad or plan to go quad any time soon go with the P35 DS3L.
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depends on the rev of the evga.. the A1 is a good board...

Also what cpu? and do you plan on SLI in future?

both are great boards, and i believe the p35 ds3l is only 90 on newegg....

if your not planning on SLI, than go with the p35
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P35 oc's way better than my 680

That is if you dont intend on multi-gpu
post #5 of 17
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I will be using an E2180 unless I can find a Core 2 Duo for less than $100. I want to go SLI in the future but its not a huge deal.

Heres a link to the board. And I think the "rev" is a TR.

http://www.evga.com/products/pdf/122-CK-NF63.pdf
Edited by Zaxbys - 5/19/08 at 5:47pm
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post #6 of 17
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I will be using an E2180 unless I can find a Core 2 Duo for less than $100. I want to go SLI in the future but its not a huge deal.

Heres a link to the board.

http://www.evga.com/products/pdf/122-CK-NF63.pdf
$80 for 680i A1? Not bad but based on what you said, DS3L is the way to go.
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Can you tell me weather the link is an A1 or not? And how much better does a DS3L overclock than the 680i?
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Can you tell me weather the link is an A1 or not? And how much better does a DS3L overclock than the 680i?
A1 will overclock good. A2 sucks << what i have.. P35 jumps generaly a bit above 500mhz FSB thus giving good oc's]

My A2 takes alots of volts on the chipset to get past 3.9
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How do I find out wat rev it is? How well could the 680i OC an E2180?
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post #10 of 17
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Can you tell me weather the link is an A1 or not? And how much better does a DS3L overclock than the 680i?
The one in your link isn't the A1. The part number for A1 is 122-CK-NF68-A1. I don't know how to tell you how much DS3L is better than 680i but I was doing very good on DS3L than 680i. I could get my old E2180 (remember this is from very early batch) 3.8G on DS3L with 1.53v but only 3.4G on 680i with 1.52v. The another key factor is the 680i doesn't support 45nm quad so get the DS3L in case you may get the 45nm quad in near future.
Edited by linskingdom - 5/19/08 at 6:01pm
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