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I have a PII x4 945 on my M2n32 SLI Deluxe and I was wondering if there would be a noticeable performance upgrade from switching to something with a newer chipset like the 990FX boards. Right now this set up runs great, but I cant help wondering how much the HT speed and older PCIx16 slots on this bord are holding back my PII and my 6950. My plan was to go with a GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 and 4gb 1600 DDR3 memory and after selling my old parts I will only be comming out of pocket like $20. So do you think the upgrade would be worth the hassle, even if it does not cost very much money?
post #9522 of 12343
i forget a question... the file bios version is .bin or . rom?
    
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I have a PII x4 945 on my M2n32 SLI Deluxe and I was wondering if there would be a noticeable performance upgrade from switching to something with a newer chipset like the 990FX boards. Right now this set up runs great, but I cant help wondering how much the HT speed and older PCIx16 slots on this bord are holding back my PII and my 6950. My plan was to go with a GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 and 4gb 1600 DDR3 memory and after selling my old parts I will only be comming out of pocket like $20. So do you think the upgrade would be worth the hassle, even if it does not cost very much money?

That's really an excellent question. The conventional wisdom would say that upgrading an almost 6 yr old design should be a big step forward. I have a machine with an ASUS Rampage III Extreme. I can't say that it makes me hunger for something more current. For one, you get to trade-up to getting to wait for debug of all the BIOS bugs of a new board.rolleyes.gif

The one thing I'm studying right now is to see what designs are out there that give proper support for all SATA-3 drives and is a known good OC'er. I saw one ASROCK board that was like that for around 2 benjis. I'm in agreement with the idea of using AMD FX chipset too. When I do get the new board and RAM, all the parts in my current system will move over.

And this is possibly a bit trickier, but I would also need to know that the SATA controller and BIOS support for it will play nice with Sandforce 2 based SSDs.
post #9524 of 12343
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i forget a question... the file bios version is .bin or . rom?

You should be downloading directly from the ASUS website. I think it's a .bin. Filesize should be 1024kb. And just to reinforce a point, please use the built-in utility provided within the current BIOS itself to do the flash, and use either the floppy drive or preferably a USB thumb drive to store the file.
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I have a PII x4 945 on my M2n32 SLI Deluxe and I was wondering if there would be a noticeable performance upgrade from switching to something with a newer chipset like the 990FX boards. Right now this set up runs great, but I cant help wondering how much the HT speed and older PCIx16 slots on this bord are holding back my PII and my 6950. My plan was to go with a GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 and 4gb 1600 DDR3 memory and after selling my old parts I will only be comming out of pocket like $20. So do you think the upgrade would be worth the hassle, even if it does not cost very much money?

HT 1.0 bandwidth won't hold up the x4 945.
The 6950 on pci-e 1.0 x16(=pci-e 2.0 x8) is close,but shouldn't bottleneck either.

What is the main use, gaming,music/video editing,ect..
Are you oc'd at all.


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post #9526 of 12343
but i try the BISO take Bim file, but no take this 5002.bin, may be the procedure is wrong , i downloading a zip mmm like this ausm2n32_5002.zip into fila have a 5002 i extract and rename like 5002.ron, and 5002.bin , just only test with .BIN ,,,,
    
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HT 1.0 bandwidth won't hold up the x4 945.
The 6950 on pci-e 1.0 x16(=pci-e 2.0 x8) is close,but shouldn't bottleneck either.
What is the main use, gaming,music/video editing,ect..
Are you oc'd at all.
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Gaming is my highest priority with this PC, but I dont have any OC at this time. Its not that I never will OC, but this thing has just been running so great as it is and I like to get a good feel of stock preformance on new rigs before I start to OC anything.

So you really dont think there will be any noticeable difference in games if I upgraded MB's? Thats all that really matters to me.
post #9528 of 12343
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Gaming is my highest priority with this PC, but I dont have any OC at this time. Its not that I never will OC, but this thing has just been running so great as it is and I like to get a good feel of stock preformance on new rigs before I start to OC anything.
So you really dont think there will be any noticeable difference in games if I upgraded MB's? Thats all that really matters to me.

I can run some benchmarks on my system and you can run the same on yours to do a direct comparison if you want.
Either later tonight or first thing in the morning. Triple header of hockey on the tube tonight biggrin.gif

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Gaming is my highest priority with this PC, but I dont have any OC at this time. Its not that I never will OC, but this thing has just been running so great as it is and I like to get a good feel of stock preformance on new rigs before I start to OC anything.
So you really dont think there will be any noticeable difference in games if I upgraded MB's? Thats all that really matters to me.

Although numbers can be posted to compare relative performance of a 2006 designed motherboard to one that is a 2011 design, how is that going to really stack up in real life? Gaming is highly dependent on GPU. Since you're on AMD now, you can't do SLI, but if your only concern was gaming, you could put 2 decent GPUs onto the M2N32 and make a real impact on gaming performance. My understanding of gaming metrics is that there appears to be some rule of thumb standard that you want to sustain 60FPS in order to get a proper experience. If you could achieve that with the system you have now and run on max graphics settings, then getting a newer faster motherboard won't really do much for you, right? That's one of the conundrums I'm facing now with what I have. Because I can run PC games at max res on an HD screen, there is no impetus to force a hardware upgrade just for this scenario.

The board won't last forever though and I will move to something newer as soon as I find something that meets my requirements, and whatever it is will hopefully wow me as much as the M2N32 did.
post #9530 of 12343
i downloading a ZIP file , into thi have a BIn but i try change this in BIOSCHIP but say a message and no can change, becasue i ask ...i need rewrite BIN for .ROM??
    
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