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Mootsfox, thanks for the link. The thing is I want to see how CrossFire performs at 1680x1050 using 2 x8 versus 2 x16. If the performance gain is minimal, then I can live with 2 x8. Or at least I think I can.

Robilar, thanks for the link to the P5E review. I'm strongly considering this board now.

grmnasasin, I know DDR3 doesn't vastly outperform DDR2. The technology is still rather young and hasn't had a chance to grow. I heard DDR2 went through similar growing pains having minimal performance gains over DDR early on. I'm gonna give DDR3 at least a year before I take the plunge. By then, hopefully DDR3 will be cheaper and faster with less latency.
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I just got the Gigabyte P45, and it's just as stable as my previous X38, trouncing my Striker II Formula (traded it for the P45). Temps are low, and works great all around.
As far as CF bandwidth (if you decide to do it), i doubt you'll see any lag, since 8x PCI-E 2.0 equals 16x PCI-E 1.1...
Besides, this is the LAST LGA 775 chipset, so you have an instant classic...sell it on Ebay in 10 years...
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I just got the Gigabyte P45, and it's just as stable as my previous X38, trouncing my Striker II Formula (traded it for the P45). Temps are low, and works great all around.
As far as CF bandwidth (if you decide to do it), i doubt you'll see any lag, since 8x PCI-E 2.0 equals 16x PCI-E 1.1...
Besides, this is the LAST LGA 775 chipset, so you have an instant classic...sell it on Ebay in 10 years...
I posted proof on the page prior.
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I already know the P45 x8 + x8 would bottleneck CF performance. But from what I've seen, it's only a huge difference at ultra-high resolutions with settings maxed. I'm not concerned with performance on 2560x1600, though, because I won't be gaming at that resolution.

I'm still leaning toward an Asus P5E because it looks more or less like it's a Maximus Formula Lite. I've read DFI motherboards perhaps have too many options, especially for inexperienced overclockers such as myself. Down the road, I may try out their motherboards, but I think it's best if I stuck with something know to be a little more user-friendly.
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I already know the P45 x8 + x8 would bottleneck CF performance. But from what I've seen, it's only a huge difference at ultra-high resolutions with settings maxed. I'm not concerned with performance on 2560x1600, though, because I won't be gaming at that resolution.

I'm still leaning toward an Asus P5E because it looks more or less like it's a Maximus Formula Lite. I've read DFI motherboards perhaps have too many options, especially for inexperienced overclockers such as myself. Down the road, I may try out their motherboards, but I think it's best if I stuck with something know to be a little more user-friendly.
P5E came out after MF too.
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You may want to research Gigabyte X38 motherboards. They overclock slightly better than ASUS X38 boards. But P5E is a good all around board.
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I've already taken the plunge winning an Asus Maximus Formula for $125.65 shipped on eBay earlier today. It wasn't until after I put in my bid did I see a review for the Gigabyte X48-DQ6 and saw it outperformed the MF. If this board ends up not suiting me well enough, I'll go ahead and sell it.
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one thing on the Asus x38 boards, they have shown that the x48 rampage formula bios works with the x38 counterpart. http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...d.php?t=160849 other threads have more detailed instructions, but its been awhile since I saw these but a search should give more info. I know I saw a thread on OCN detailing this also. The MF is a great board, I love my P5E3 and ddr3 prices have dropped considerably since I got it. 2x2gb kits go as low as $154 now http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...nd&Order=PRICE . Good luck with your build.
    
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Way to revive old threads.....
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