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Been out of the game for a while and i'm looking for a new mobo to try to get past 3.6ghz on my X3210. I've been doing a lot of searching lately and these two boards keep popping up. Now a couple questions, 1) am I right in assuming the these boards have a higher OC capability than the P5B-D I am currently using? I have a huge vdroop on this board and don't particularly feel like soldering it. 2) Are there any real differences besides Price for the two boards?

I hope this doesn't start a huge discussion on which is better I just would like some facts on why or why not one would be better. If there isn't a real difference and I won't need to do a volt mod I'll prolly get the p35.

Thanks in advance (I hope),
Cowboyz
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I have the p35 board the only negative thing about it is the NB runs hot but adding a fan too it will fixed that problem. I got my Q9450 to 3.4 with only a 25mv increase above my VID (1.225) didnt have to change anything else voltage wise.
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Here is a comparison of the x38 and P35 chipsets:

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.

So if you want a single card solution, just get the P35 chipset. The DFI Dark is a great board and is marketed for quad core overclocking. The x38 is a great board, but not necessary unless you want to crossfire.
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have you considered a different brand and going for a P45 board?

I hear that they can get wolfdales to >600FSB (I've seen up to 630)

They don't have full crossfire though.

Between the two DFIs, go for the X48...compared to the P34/P45s, it is almost identical save for the PCI-E x16 lanes. I personally would be interested in looking at an OC comparison between the two. What it may come down to is (if the P35 OCs better): do you want a higher clocked proc or two video cards?
    
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Weird... I just bought an open-box DFI DK from newegg not more than 5 minutes ago($99).. I anticipate a nice marriage with my Q6600 standing ready
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I won't have more than one video card. basically the only thing i'm looking at changing in my rig is the Mobo. My CPU can hit 4+ GHz but my current mobo vdroop is limiting me. No i'm not limiting it to just DFI, I actually am a pretty big ASUS fanboy but in my reading it seemed the dfi's were better OC'ers. Is the general consensus that the p35 and x38 OC the same? The major diff is the x38 is crossfire ready? I may have to look into a p45 board after some OC reviews pop up.
    
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