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post #11 of 30
This is interesting as if i do get a conroe i Really do need to know what motherboard i will require. Cheers
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Originally Posted by Manco
I'm glad to see that the motherboard I have was used for the test. Not sure I might upgrade if the performance benefit is sufficient but am quite happy as it is. Can't wait to see how overclocked these Conroe's can go.
I am glad that Intel is starting to make an Enthusiast's board. Granted its no DFI, Intel is giving up a little more of their OCing fears with every BIOS update. Look for a BIOS revision where there are NO limitations on those Intel boards in the very near future.
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I've heard different things from different sites. Though most comments are pre-IDF.

From Anandtech Spring IDF 2006 Conroe Preview

Conroe Performance Preview Follow-Up


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This guy is talking about some revised version of 975X. Are the new 975Xs this revised version?

For the P5WD2-E, Asus just shows:
Support Intel Pentium® Processor Extreme Edition & Intel Pentium® D Processor
Support Intel next generation 65nm CPU

Does that mean Conroe or only Presler?

I'm considering building a rig almost identical to yours, pauldovi, and later upgrading to Conroe. I was going to build an X2 but there's no upgrade path. Hopefully we'll hear something official in the next couple weeks. (I need a new rig soon so I can play Oblivion...)

[OT] pauldovi, how high have you gotten that 920 so far? [/OT]
yeah. the new intel 975xbx board about 250 at newegg is the BADAXE. i think it has a vrm in it.
    
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Well technically speaking, all motherboards have a VRM (Voltage Regulation Module) , but yes, it appears that the BADAXE has a newer VRM that supports Conroe. The problem is that the BADAXE is limited to a 30% OC if I heard correctly, and it is possible to get a 60+% OC on a D 920, so that is a big limitation. Hopefully, we'll hear something official from Asus soon about the P5WD2-E.
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I go by what he says: Intel employee.

And as of now, I'm going to wait.
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The Asus is unrestricted as far as overclocking goes (well the highest FSB is 450....) and if you were talking about building a system identicle to mine, I think you'll be shocked at how fast it is....my CPU is perfectly stable at 4.2GHz all day long and runs BF2 at 100fps solid all maximum settings, its insane how smoothly it runs lol.
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Thanks Nasgul. Although, the info is somewhat disappointing.

Remonster, I was considering building a rig like yours or pauldovi's, but that was in the hopes that it would be Conroe compatible. I really need a new computer as this one is a rather poor performer. I think I'll bide my time a little longer to see when updated mobo's will become available, but it may be worthwhile to just go ahead and build a Presler rig. I looked at some benches of an OCed 920 vs an OCed 3800. If you get the 920 up high enough (above 4.2GHz or so), it should outperform the 3800 since the X2s tend to hit a wall at 2.8GHz. I'm sure I'd be satisfied with a Presler at about 4.5GHz or more but it's always so hard to make a decision. I should start an upgrade thread and see if you guys can knock me off the fence...
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post #18 of 30
With a good air cooler and case airflow, 4Ghz, or even 4.2 is not unreasonable for even the 920. But 4.5 you'll need water most likely.

Still, not a bad idea to wait and see about Conroe capability if you can wait. Fast as these Presler's are, Conroe's are a whole new beast.
post #19 of 30
Like I said in another post:

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Waiting for Conroe is foolish. Because when Conroe comes out they will be telling you to wait for DDR3, then something else, and so on. You just have to get components that are upgradable. That means getting a 975X board, and some real fast DDR2 RAM (DDR2-800 or better).
There is ALWAYS new technology just around the corner. Just build a new system that will be able to upgrade and you will be fine.
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http://support.asus.com/
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Version 0401 2006/03/10 update
Description P5WD2-E Premium BIOS 0401
Support new CPUs. Please refer to our website at : http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/cpusupport.aspx
Fix the problem of showning error message if USB keyboard is connected
Supposedly, this lowers the minimum voltage from 1.3v to 1.1875. Has anyone updated that can confirm this?
The cpu support link at Asus doesn't say anything because Conroes aren't out yet. But it looks like the P5WD2-E Premium will be compatible with Conroe, since there isn't any other reason why they would drop the minimum voltage.
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