Originally Posted by incurablegeek
Ah ... May all your thoughts of me be reasonably clean ones!?
Good to be back. All my difficulties seem now to be in the past so I can continue to annoy you on OCN.
Headmixer, you know how much I respect your opinion and appreciate your advice. When you say:
Re the BD being a potentially buggy chip, I fully appreciate your hesitation. I still have the 1055 (new) and a 4-core AMD as well, so I am not looking at the C5F with the BD exclusively in mind.
Re your statement that you are NOT impressed with the C5F, may I know why? I could really use some good old Texas brute force honesty.
I was on the C5F yesterday when I got BSODed. Was most likely the LAN. There is a new driver, But I don't have it yet.
I am going to try to rewrite the reply I lost yesterday, but it just won't have the same felling.
Well, It is most likely me. My expectations for the C5F were/are most likely to high.
This is my first "NEW RELEASE" board.
I felt/feel that moving up to the C5F would have been more gratifying.
After all, The C4F is a hard act to follow.
I hope that ASUS/AMD will improve some features and return some features they seem to have left out.
Like, "NO" NB,SB and VRM temperature monitors. "REALY?" What is this? "THE 80s".
A new/improved SATA chip would be nice. I have exactly the same setup, from Crucial M4s to operating sys as I do on my C4F. The C5F benches just a little over half the READ/WRITE speed of the C4F. I am deeply invested in SSDs and hope they can fix this.
The 990FX chipset is, for the most part, a rebranded 890FX with some VRM power management and some power saver features. Not unlike Nvidia did with the 780A to 980A for their AM3 upgrade.
The board is liken to a C4F with a new BIOS applied. (only not as good yet)
There has been one BIOS update (on ASUS site) and a new driver for the LAN that is not on the ASUS site yet.
OK, Now that I am done rakking the board over the coals. (unfair malicious ranting)
It is a nice board and seems to run the AM3 CPUs well.
It also seems to play well with most of the mainstream memory out there.
We realy need to get the 8 core FX CPUs on this board to see what it can realy do.
Can't realy say anything derogatory about the board right now. It is early in its life and I am sure that forthcoming BIOS and driver updates will ameliorate any infirmity the board may incompass.
You should have no "issues" navigating the BIOS as it very similar to a normal BIOS only "Pretty".
Do your homework, like I know you will.