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Asus A8N SLI Premium or DFI NF4 SLI-DR?

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Asus:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...0R#DetailSpecs



DFI:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813136151R



They're both in my price range. Which should I get? What's the pros/cons of each?

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DFI has better oc'ing capabilities; however, it is pretty fickle and will take some tweaking just to get it booting and running smoothly. The Asus is pretty nice and it has a chip heatpipe instead of a fan so you save some room below any graphics card(s) you put in the system. I've owned both and I would have to recommend the DFI. Just make sure you have decent components going with it. Also, DFI really doesn't have a customer support team so you'll have to rely on the forum DFI-street. Asus has a pretty decent customer support team but their answer for everything seems to be to just rma the board. Hope I helped some.
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post #3 of 12
Better have some patience with a DFI and be willing to take alot of time setting it up correctly. You also may want to make sure your RAM is good with it as well. The Asus will OC just fine and is alot easier to setup. Your choice.

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post #4 of 12
IMHO, Get the dfi if your experienced. The DFI's seem to hate ocz ram, but you've got corsair so you can go either way. Doesn't really matter, But in my opinion the asus will be alot easier for overclocking. However, the one thing that kills the asus board is the very low vcore options, not much above 3.0 but if you get some good tccd you won't need it anyways.
    
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post #5 of 12
Get the Asus, look at the colors are on the DFI.
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When you say "moderate" overclock on the Asus, what exactly does that mean? I've got a microATX board that will go well over 300 Mhz stable, which I would tend to think is more than a "moderate" overclock. I'm assuming both boards will go well over 300 Mhz which is overkill for the components I have. By the time I'll want to upgrade my processor, I'll be building a completely new computer (new socket) so building around these components is the way I'll go.

I'm thinking of going with the Asus because I want to set my processor/memory where I had it on my Neo4 and leave it there. I don't want to have to completely start over and find my max overclock (which I would probably have to do on the DFI due to the plethora of options).

Edit: Just ordered the Asus. We'll see how this works!
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post #7 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pinhead-227
Edit: Just ordered the Asus. We'll see how this works!
good choice amigo. I had my 3700 on an A8N5X and it was at 3GHz stable.

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post #8 of 12
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And my X2 3800+ is going to be under a TEC, running at subzero load temps. We'll see how far she'll go!
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post #9 of 12
Good choice, I was gonna recommend the Asus, I have one and it's a pretty sweet setup.
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post #10 of 12
I was also going to recomend the asus, as i hear with that dfi board it doesnt like to oc with corsair. and it pretty much requires a true 24pin p1 connector. and i think yours is 20+4.
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