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What don't you like about it? Just curious.
Their cooling solution for the chipset doesn't seem to be a good one. Firstly, as someone pointed out, you're just blowing already hot (or warm, wahtever) air on your already burning hot video card. And I wouldn't be very comfortable anyway with a big hunk of conductive metal right next to my video card. It may also interfere with some larger heatsinks and/or mounting hardware. On top of that, I've just heard some unpleasantness about MSI's in regard to component quality. People say they're great and all that, but people say that about DFI and that was the wrost nightmare I've ever had to experience. So, obviously, I'm a little reluctant to stray away from what I know so well and have never had significant problems with, ASUS. I also like that A8N32's eight-phase power regulation, better chipset cooling implementation, and overall board layout. The only thing I can see that the MSI has over the A8N32 is the 4.1v to the DIMM slots while the A8N32 has 3.2v, plenty if you ask me.
    
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Their cooling solution for the chipset doesn't seem to be a good one. Firstly, as someone pointed out, you're just blowing already hot (or warm, wahtever) air on your already burning hot video card. And I wouldn't be very comfortable anyway with a big hunk of conductive metal right next to my video card. It may also interfere with some larger heatsinks and/or mounting hardware. On top of that, I've just heard some unpleasantness about MSI's in regard to component quality. People say they're great and all that, but people say that about DFI and that was the wrost nightmare I've ever had to experience. So, obviously, I'm a little reluctant to stray away from what I know so well and have never had significant problems with, ASUS. I also like that A8N32's eight-phase power regulation, better chipset cooling implementation, and overall board layout. The only thing I can see that the MSI has over the A8N32 is the 4.1v to the DIMM slots while the A8N32 has 3.2v, plenty if you ask me.
Your experience with ASUS is pretty much the same as my experience with MSI. I've used a ton of Socket A MSI boards and always had good luck with them, so when I read good stuff about their socket 939 boards, I didn't hesitate. I was also a little apprehensive to get a DFI because of all the ram settings. I wasn't an experienced overclocker and was worried that I wouldn't be able to find the info I needed to set them properly. I still think ram manufacturers should give more settings than the simple common 5 that are stated. (cpc included)
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post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by YiffyGriffy
Their cooling solution for the chipset doesn't seem to be a good one. Firstly, as someone pointed out, you're just blowing already hot (or warm, wahtever) air on your already burning hot video card. And I wouldn't be very comfortable anyway with a big hunk of conductive metal right next to my video card. It may also interfere with some larger heatsinks and/or mounting hardware. On top of that, I've just heard some unpleasantness about MSI's in regard to component quality. People say they're great and all that, but people say that about DFI and that was the wrost nightmare I've ever had to experience. So, obviously, I'm a little reluctant to stray away from what I know so well and have never had significant problems with, ASUS. I also like that A8N32's eight-phase power regulation, better chipset cooling implementation, and overall board layout. The only thing I can see that the MSI has over the A8N32 is the 4.1v to the DIMM slots while the A8N32 has 3.2v, plenty if you ask me.
/me agrees. i love ASUS, never had any problems.
post #14 of 17
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Your experience with ASUS is pretty much the same as my experience with MSI. I've used a ton of Socket A MSI boards and always had good luck with them, so when I read good stuff about their socket 939 boards, I didn't hesitate. I was also a little apprehensive to get a DFI because of all the ram settings. I wasn't an experienced overclocker and was worried that I wouldn't be able to find the info I needed to set them properly. I still think ram manufacturers should give more settings than the simple common 5 that are stated. (cpc included)
I have to say I've Noticed as sockets progressed and changed *Socket A to present day 939, Sorry fellaz im only using AMD as an example as I am a total intel nub!* It seems that msi never did. Msi boards were awesome for their time back when socket A was the rage, But as sockets changed their motherboards failed to progress... I don't know just my opinion, Personally I'll always trust asus and dfi.
    
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I've got the Neo4-F and I can say it WOULD BE a good overclocker... If it wasn't so buggy. MSI doesn't seem to have the best BIOS coders, either, as they've put out at least 15 different BIOS's for my board alone to try to fix ONE problem. However, that being said, I've got this board past 333 Mhz fully stable. So it's got good hardware, but the BIOS sucks.
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I have to say I've Noticed as sockets progressed and changed *Socket A to present day 939, Sorry fellaz im only using AMD as an example as I am a total intel nub!* It seems that msi never did. Msi boards were awesome for their time back when socket A was the rage, But as sockets changed their motherboards failed to progress... I don't know just my opinion, Personally I'll always trust asus and dfi.
Not sure I follow, their Socket 939 motherboards using both Nforce3 and Nforce4 chipsets have one tons of awards. What are you basing your info on? Personal experience or reviews? If it's reviews, I'd be interested in reading one if you can find one. Here's one on the MSI Neo4 and if you read it, they talk about how MSI has been leading the way in both Socket 754 and Socket 939 performance,as well as giving it their Editor's Choice Award jointly with DFI.
http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2358&p=10
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Yes. the fan on the sink is odd... but if it was blowing the other way it would be fighting the pressure from the CPU/FHS... so why did they put it there in the first place? No biggy... not interested in buying it anyway
    
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