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post #21 of 43
Just curious, when do you see yourself buying the second video card?
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post #22 of 43
go with asus,it can OC very well. Look at my sig and more stable than DFI
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post #23 of 43
Well you are in a good place to be buying a new MB, just that there are Pros & Cons for both. Also if you want to compare the DFI to Asus it will be best to look at the DFI Expert rather than the previous SLi-DR.

On the whole both MBs appear to be very good, what it will come down to is what you wish to use them for and how far an edge you are expecting. Given that both are new to market, the BIOS are sorting themselves out and overtime can only improve.

Asus
Pro:
- Nice Passive Chipset cooling
- Good PCIe GPU space
- Improved BIOS flexibility (over previous A8N SLi-Deluxe / Premium)
- Easy to setup and operate
- 8-phase power - reduce heat and consumption
- 3.2v Vdimm
- Up to 1.7-1.76v Vcore, pending CPU core
- PCIe x16 with Dual GPUs

Cons:
- Max operatonal HT is low 345, reduces options for CPUs with x9 Multi
- 1T timing is still an issue when >280
- Vcore limiter based upon CPU installed - X2's cannot go more than approx. 1.58v

DFI
Pro
- Good PCIe GPU space
- Improved BIOS options
- Full 1T support, even with some 4x modules
- 4v Vdimm
- Proven track record
- More visible BIOS development in the market place

Con
- Requires more tuning
- PCIe x16 for Dual GPUs

There are more that can be added to both sides of these, but for the real edge the DFI, currently, still has the current no. 1 spot due to it's BIOS felxibility but does require more handling. So it will come down to what you do as an OC'er.
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post #24 of 43
My vote is for the Asus. I just think their quality is much better than DFI and I have build a number of system for my friends all based on Asus boards and have never had a problem with them.
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post #25 of 43
Iam happy with Asus I wouldnt mind the A8N32 for a upgrade
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post #26 of 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by zerr
Iam happy with Asus I wouldnt mind the A8N32 for a upgrade
I have been considering the same mobo for my upgrade, and I have to say that dual full bandwith PCIe x16 is very appealling. Imagine, the GPU(s) is (are) not the fps bottleneck! And the way the board is laid out, perfect for watercooling.

It is also true that DFI has more numerous "control" options, but the Asus board, theoretically will run smoother. If hard core overclocking is not your thing, go with Asus.
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post #27 of 43
I've always been a DFI fan, but that Asus 8 phase power design is really something. I'm curious who actually owns this board and if the temps are really that much of a change.
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post #28 of 43
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I plan on getting the second card in about 6 months or so. Thanks for all the help everyone. I am going to by the Asus one thanks to the post by Ncsa.
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post #29 of 43
I got the DFI. great board. Lots of voltage to play with...go for it!
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post #30 of 43
I am sure it will do you well, and please post up pics, build etc as it will help others..... haveing read up a bit on this MB there appears to be the 1T issue at higher HT, so pending on the memory and where it can stretch to - may or maynot become an issue.

2T will then be the option of the day and we know that for real-world apps this has very little impact - for time benches it is another story.

Look forward to your new build.

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