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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?
Of the two MBs the DFI will allow you to maximise the OC from every component, these may well be subtle in some case but the difference will be there.

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.
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Isn't it funny how 2 different posts from the same person can make you want two different things, lol. Looks like I have some more thinking to do. Thank you for your very insightful posts ncsa. Do you know if my current memory will work with 1T or use anywhere near 4.0v? As far as voltage or heat goes im not to worried as my w/c'ing works good.
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LOL .. yes I know .. but at OC.net is to provide feedback, hopefully constructive and as non-biased as possible, and for you to make your own choice

Your current mem will not need to use more than 2.75-2.85 as they should be TCCD chips and will run 1T. The higher Vdimm on the DFI just allows more options to you, as required.

Note that there have been some concerns with Corsair and DFI MBs... some work & some have trouble .. however, these may have been resolved with recent BIOS releases.... As I do not use Corsair I have not looked at the finer detail but I will have a look around.
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