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Asus A8N SLI Premium -vs- ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe

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I have an X1900XT and I plan on OC'ing and I was told the
ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe was a better mobo for that.


the ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe is 50$ more and before I order any mobo I want to ask what are the Differences between these two boards? all I seen from the webpage is that ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe supports 16x 16x SLI. IM not going to be using the SLI feature.
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post #2 of 16
As far as I know, neither of those boards support ATi Crossfire, but, as you said, you aren't worried about running two cards, anyway.

Personally, I would avoid both of these boards, and go with a DFI board. Definitnely don't get the A8N32-SLI Deluxe, because it isn't even really beneficial for SLI setups (two cards don't use that much bandwidth, anyway), and has no advantage whatsoever for a single video card system.

I originally went with the ASUS A8N-SLI Premium for this build, and while I found it to be an excellent board, I ended up changing over to the DFI Ultra that I have now (because of SLI layout issues which you wont care about), and I can tell you that, given what I know now, I would have started with DFI to begin with, because it has a better layout overall, and a lot more overclocking options, and it seems to even run more stable than my A8N-SLI Premium did...
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I disagree with Sidetrackd. The Asus A8N32 has been proven to be a top overclocker. HardOCP rated it as the best overclocking board they have tested (except for the new Asus RD580 A8N board which is better). Also he is referring to the A8N32, not the premium, so your issues are irrelevant. I have both boards and the A8N32 is far superior to the premium.

"There is more to the story though. While we can't fully explain why it is faster, we did find the Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe to be as much as 8% faster on the newest games that we tested in SLI mode, and up to a whopping 17% faster in single video mode with single/dual 7800GTX video cards. These are significant increases in performance that can't be ignored. We don't know why this is the case, and we will be testing this further as more Dual x16 boards appear in the marketplace. Perhaps it is the Asus design, perhaps it is the MCP51, and perhaps it could be anything."

Quoted from Anandtech review.

My assumption is that even if you are using a single ATI card, the above mentioned single card benefits would apply.

http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2589&p=13
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You should buy the ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe, if you plan to o.c, because the Asus Premium board ONLY allow you to raise the vcore to 1.5v max. I know cuz i'm owning one, i plan to sell my board to buy ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe soon...
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Neither A8N's allow you maximal voltage raises and thus maximal overclocks are also locked down.

If you are looking to take your chip as far as it can go then the DFi is the way to go and if you are looking for a fast and easy decent overclock then the A8N-Sli is the way to go in my opinion and I have also worked with both boards.

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The reason that I didn't originally get the A8N32-SLI board is because the lack of PCI slots would have forced me to use on-board sound, since I am running two gpus. Since I am a bit old school, and a little less familiar with new tech than some people are, a lot of the talk about DFI boards warning of them being too complicated for some users warded me away from DFI, and so I went with the A8N-SLI Premium. As it turns out, because of my own reasons, I was forced to try the DFI board, and found out that it wasn't all that hard to set up, after all, and that it seems to be more stable, as well. I've got mid 8000s on 3dmark06 tests from this setup at stock speeds.

I can't see how anyone could say that either A8N board would be superior to the DFI boards, if they are limited to 1.5v on the core. Not that the ASUS boards are bad boards, mind you... Any of those boards are pretty awesome, but I would definitely recommend DFI at the moment for anyone that wants to oc especially.

On the flip side, though... why go for an nvidia SLi board and then throw an ATi card in it..? Seems like a bit of a mis-match to me. Closing off future upgrade paths...
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I would take a serious look at the Asus A8R-32 MVP. Here's a very lengthy review showing it against the SLI version and it had slightly better overclocking results. Also, even though you aren't interested in Crossfire, you might as well keep your options open since it's the same price as the SLI board. You can see how a pair of your cards in Crossfire do with extreme AA and AF turned on. Take notice of the benchmarks for all the games at 14X AA and 16X AF. Pretty impressive!

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/chi...s-3200_16.html
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the difference between the two is to do with the sli feature. On the premium that doesnt involve the "32" in the name while ruinnig sli the graphics cards run 8* slower unlike that deluxe which runs at the full 32* speeds.
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i've also heard that using dfi boards with ocz ram and even other brands especially those not in the recommended memory list are unstable with the boards. a friend was telling me that the dfi boards have lots of memory issues, which is why i decided to go to the a8n32-SLi. I plan to have nVidia SLi in the fall, and this is my reasoning for going a8n
    
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I love the a8n line of boards, and if i had the coice..i would never do anything else.....

There is a misleading statement that runs through these posts, and tyhat is that you can;t get higher than 1.5vCore....not true....unmodded, it actually gives 1.55vCore when you set it on 1.5...

Modded, you canget up to 1.9vCore....idk, but can a DFI do that?
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