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Best X38/X48 that supports DDR2 & DDR3?

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The title basically says it all.

So far I've looked at boards from MSI, Foxconn, and ASRock. It would be great if someone could recommend one, regardless of brand.

If worst comes to worst, I'll probably get this DFI DK X48, seeing as it's on sale. I would really like the option to upgrade to DDR3 in the future though.

The thing that worries me with some boards is the question of whether or not my Xigmatek HDT S1283 will fit with the northbridge heatsinks on some of these boards. So, feel free to recommend, but realize that my Xigmatek fitting is a must.

All advice appreciated...
Edited by x7337H - 7/10/08 at 5:20am
    
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MSI and FoxConn both have DDR2/DDR3 boards. I do not advise getting them. The DDR2 is limited to 4GB and the DDR3 is limited to 2GB. They aren't worth the premium, plus they are very ugly, have difficult BIOSs and do not overclock as well as the DFK DK series.
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I had a DFI X38 they arent anything special what I would grab is a Gigabyte X48DS4 or X38or48 DQ6. Just take a look at the cpuz link in my sig it also took an E8400 to over 4.7. Avoid the combo boards
    
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MSI and FoxConn both have DDR2/DDR3 boards. I do not advise getting them. The DDR2 is limited to 4GB and the DDR3 is limited to 2GB. They aren't worth the premium, plus they are very ugly, have difficult BIOSs and do not overclock as well as the DFK DK series.
Newegg says that on this Foxconn X38A the max supported DDR2 is 8gb and 4gb for DDR3.

I question Foxconn's quality, though, and its ability to fit my Xigmatek with the huge NB heatsink it has.
    
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Newegg says that on this Foxconn X38A the max supported DDR2 is 8gb and 4gb for DDR3.

I question Foxconn's quality, though, and its ability to fit my Xigmatek with the huge NB heatsink it has.
it support 4gb with a 2x2 kit but I really would avoid these boards
    
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Newegg says that on this Foxconn X38A the max supported DDR2 is 8gb and 4gb for DDR3.

I question Foxconn's quality, though, and its ability to fit my Xigmatek with the huge NB heatsink it has.
I was mistaken then, either way, Foxconn's quality isn't the best, but sometimes you get lucky! The Xig should fit even with the NB.

The board is soooo ugly though!
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Well, I really respect both of your opinions. If you don't recommend a DDR2/3 compatible board, then I'll just stay away and stick with the DFI.
    
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Well, I really respect both of your opinions. If you don't recommend a DDR2/3 compatible board, then I'll just stay away and stick with the DFI.
Urgh! Dfi ftl
    
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Urgh! Dfi ftl
Don't be upset that you got confused with it's terrible BIOS xD
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Don't be upset that you got confused with it's terrible BIOS xD
what a hoot
    
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