Originally Posted by EasytouchBarBie
I recently have decided to purchase a new gaming system. I have a reasonably budget and definately am looking at AM2 of being my chip of choice. I am considering the M2N-SLI-Deluxe motherboard so eventually I could run 2x7950GX2 cards at 16x.
My question for you guys is what AM2 chip seems to be the one to go with? I have read about issues concerning the memory clock speeds being lower with the 4200+, 4400+ chips and that was what I was considering. Would I be worth while saving a few bucks and going with the 4000+ system? Now If i were to get a 4400+ chip and overclock it to similar 4600+ then the memory frequency wouldn't matter because the multiplier would work out properly.
Currently, the Asus M2N32 SLi Deluxe is the best solution that uses NF590 SLi chipset. Asus is arguably the
best maker of the motherboards on the market, if one follows the sheer amount of them in enthusiast possession. DFI, Abit, and Gigabyte are great as well, but currently, Asus just takes the cake. The M2N32 features the heatpipe system, which is great not only for the noiselessness, but also for the fact that it can't really fail like a chipset fan. (This used to be quite a problem with the 939 A8N Deluxe, and since then, beginning with the A8N Premium, all of Asus' enthusiast motherboards have had heatpipe solutions.) It also features 8-phase power regulation, something which is desirable in highly, or even moderately overclocked systems. To top it off, AM2 (From a motherboard aspect) is almost identical to 939, meaning the M2N32 is pretty much a maturing of the 939 counterparts, as opposed to a completely new generation riddled with bugs.
Couple that with the fact that AMD used the M2N32 for its enthusiast review systems, the systems that would yield the highest[performance numbers for AMD.
The Foxconn C51XEM2AA (I do not remember that from memory.) is a close second, but it does feature less mature BIOS, (This is pretty much Foxconn’s first “premium class” motherboard.), and it is equipped with the dreaded chipset fan. You may find it for a few bucks less than the Asus, but then, the Asus is still the more “mature” product.
The Gigabyte GA-M9SLI-S5 (I actually remembered that one.) is also similar, almost identical really, but I still recommend the Asus, mostly because I feel Asus has better BIOS. It is also slightly cheaper, but the price difference is minimal.
Go with the Asus.
(If you are a hard-core overclocker, or want to become one, it may help to wait for the DFI LanParty UT nF590 SLI-M2R/G
, which will probably be the board to have. It is the first consumer motherboard to support "DPWM," or digital voltage control. This is due to become a set feature in the future, and it is supposed to be loads better than any other viable voltage control. It also is a DFI, meaning it will probably be the most tweak-able AM2 motherboard out, which then implies that it will hold pretty much all the AM2 (SLI) performance crowns.)
I cannot be 100% certain, but I am strongly under the impression that you may not have to do anything, since you will be buying DDR2 800/PC2 6400 or greater, (The M2N32 and any other 590 chipset requires the memory to run at that speed.), you will not be experiencing this error at all.
In other words, coupled with the M2N32 and DDR2 800 memory, you will probably not encounter any frequency/multiplier issue at all, and if you do, the fix is painless (All that you are required to do is bump up the FSB to 200 Mhz, disable any divider (That is, set it to 1:1.), and set the multiplier to its highest possible value. All these steps are clear enough in the BIOS, and can be done by anyone with 5 minutes time, and basic keyboard skills.
(If you are a moderately experienced overclocker, you know the drill.)
That being said, feel free to buy any AM2 CPU without worry for the bug, so long as you buy DDR2 800 memory.
As for the DDR2 800 memory, the following models have a good history with this motherboard (Some memory modules just do not work with the M2N32, so pay attention if you do not feel like returning modules after they fail to POST.):
(XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) 4-4-4-12)
(XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) 5-5-5-12)
(eXtreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) 4-4-3-10)
If you want to be 100% certain that the models work, use these:
(XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) 3-4-3-9 w/ EPP)
Hope that helps.
As for updates to the thread, I have not done so in a long time. I have tons of links stored up, and will update shortly.