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Poll: Which is the best Chipset for gaming/OCing?

Poll Results: Which of the following is the best chipset for gaming/OCing?

Poll expired: Aug 8, 2008  
  • 20% (6)
    Intel P45
  • 0% (0)
    Intel Q35
  • 63% (19)
    Intel X48
  • 3% (1)
    nVidia nForce 680i SLI
  • 3% (1)
    nVidia nForce 780i SLI
  • 10% (3)
    nVidia nForce 790i Ultra SLI
30 Total Votes  
post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
This poll is mainly for everyone's opinion of which chipset is the best for gaming, but if another chipset is close in performance but has a lot more overclockability, I'd expect the vote to be for that one.

Personally, I think the nVidia nForce 790i Ultra SLI chipset is the best hands down.

I'd appreciate it if you were to explain some of the reasons the chipset you voted for is the best(in your opinion).
Edited by Dark Volker - 7/9/08 at 12:00pm
   
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post #2 of 10
I am no expert what so ever but I can say this. Nvidia chipsets are the way to go in gaming.. they do have great access memory capabilities...but they usually tend to be a ***** to oc on quads so people like Intel chipsets which are very very good they cant use SLI only crossfire and people tend to get more out of them quads ocin with them.

Is up to you bro! Ill stick with Nvidia
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post #3 of 10
not anymore its not. the 790i was at the top due to ati's failures. intel chipsets have always been better, but nforce continued to sell just because of SLI capabilities. now that ati has a quite decent range of cards, intel chipsets shall rule again.
    
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post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
It's hard to believe that only 13 people have an opinion as to which of these chipsets are the best. More voters please!

*Note: Feel free to suggest a chipset not listed!
   
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Bitspower White 90° Rotary Compression Fitting x1 7/16" ID x 5/8" OD Clear Tubing XSPC Xinruilian 1650RPM x4, Push/Pull Corsair AF120 rear exhaust, White ring 
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Samsung 840 EVO 250GB Patriot Pyro 120GB, SATA 6Gb/s Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB, SATA 3Gb/s Liteon iHBS112-04 SATA BD burner 
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XSPC Raystorm CPU Block XSPC Dual Bay res/pump - D5 Vario XSPC EX240mm radiator Bitspower White Rotary Compression Fittings x5 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Bitspower White 90° Rotary Compression Fitting x1 7/16" ID x 5/8" OD Clear Tubing XSPC Xinruilian 1650RPM x4, Push/Pull Corsair AF120 rear exhaust, White ring 
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post #5 of 10
I'd say you might want to add the X38. That's where I'd be.
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post #6 of 10
Given those options, it's definitely X48. Intel chipsets OC better than nVidia boards do, and CF has MUCH better price/performance ratios than SLI. 790i Ultra definitely IS NOT the top contender here.
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post #7 of 10
I vote the X48 for a superior board... However Dual Nvidia cards are also something to look at


BUT!!!!!!!

Coming with X58 Supporting SLI (yes, slower, but still, its SLI) I say we have the best of EVERY world now
    
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post #8 of 10
X48 ftw.

Both of my sig'd 3d 06' scores are on X48-DQ6's at fairly low cpu clocks. Overall, one of the best mobo's I have owned..and the only one to support Xfire with equal bandwith to both pcie slots.
post #9 of 10
X48 So far it is much better than my last MB (680i) Works great with the Quad.
    
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post #10 of 10
X48 hands down now. X48 overclocks processors better and you can pair it up with two HD4870's. Soon you'll be able to get HD4870X2's which will smoke any card that nVidia has out without question until a die-shrink of the GT200 core. Nvidia chipsets are too expensive and X58 will support SLI as well. Why get only SLI when you can get SLI and Crossfire? Intel boards rule the gaming chipset market.
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