Originally Posted by Cannon Fodder
Not sure how to do those fancy quotes, but, in regards to the gentlemen or lady who said, "they *should* work right out of the box, ASUS's website claims they support it."
Well, its *obviously* not a case of me asking if it supports something which it does not support...
It is a case of, "it supports" it, but in FACT, for many boards, if you put a 9xx proc in it, it will not even post, nothing. It wouldn't matter if you had a new bios to flash on there, the thing will not do *anything*. That is why, generally we in the business of wasting money on computer parts call this a "bug" or "defect". To fix it, ASUS would send you a replacement bios chip (for lack of a better term) that you would physically replace on the MB. Needless to say, that is a pain.
What I was wondering is whether this was only an issue in early production models, or if it is now resolved, and I can not have to worry about it.
In regards to Pauldovi...
Unless the DDR2 800 ram is actually better in production quality, why even bother getting higher. The FSB, that magical device through which ALL memory information flows is limited, practically, to far less. There is no way, save for some assinine phase-change cooling you are going to get an FSB up to 400mhz. I'd be skeptical of being able to cool things enough to get it over 300, though it does happen.
The point being, why not just save the money and get, at most DDR2 533 ram? I mean, that way, you have a memory bus of 266, with decent clock times, and its not actually larger than the FSB the Proc / MB are running at. It is Literally POINTLESS and gives no performance boost to have a faster memory speed than it does on the proc side of things.
Thus, save money, get better timings, etc, that is my idea. I mean, I want to OC my proc, but with a 14x multiplier on the 920, that is an impressive 3.7 Ghz on each core, not bad at all. Additionally, I won't have wasted output on the memory side of things.
I guess this all changes, quite a bit, if you can downclock the multiplier. They are locked upwards, but maybe not downwards? If this is the case, you can drop the multiplier to 10x, raise the FSB to 400mhz, and then get DDR2 800 ram, and in fact, this would allow the beauty of DDR2 (or its purported beauty) shine through (larger burst data rates).
Hmm, that is an Idea, I think. Also, there is little reason to get a 950 over a 920, unless there is something really awesome about the core in the 950, you can basically OC each to the same extent. Kept at the same temp, they will both function fine. That is to say, the instability comes in when the proc can't function under the heat. Anyway, yeah. Umm, so. The 950 can run at faster clocks using the HS+F at the factory, given the right cooling, it can do much better.
This is likely besides the point. You are all here for a reason, so I won't bother you with more lessons.
If you have read this far, then I think you deserve to know that, I think I am going to go for the 920 in April, even if the mobo is more expensive, it seems worth it, or if nothing else as an experiment into the world of Intel...