Originally Posted by pjlietz
I would like to get the best o/c on this system as possible. I won't need it right away but will save the o/c for when my system starts lag in things. This build has to last me a few years with no upgrades ( other then to go sli) as I will be buying my first house soon. Would the DFI help me do that with the 170?
The DFI will allow for:
- CPC 1T timing for memory up and beyond DDR600
- CPU Vcore to go 1.8v & beyond - what is considered unsafe levels
- Memory Vdimm to go up to 4.0v
These are the 3 key factors which will allow you to OC the CPU the most, plus squeeze the memory and in any system the CPU speed is always King.
While there maybe reviews claiming that the x16 PCIe has given a large performance boost, the reality is that it is minimal and more than likely the latest nVidia Chipset and GPU drivers which have really helped.
It is a choice only you can make based upon what you read and opinions made here and around.... either board will serve you well, but in my opinion the DFI Expert would be the better choice - more to learn on, but will deliver you a faster, higher OC for the same cooling.
I base this on my own research around the various forums and while the Asus has the potential, it really needs Asus to pull finger and sort out some of these key factors - 1T stability for one - an Asus issue across their MBs for a long time.
And yes the Opteron 1xx have the 3D Now! instruction set.